Las Piñas is a highly urbanized city found in the Philippine National Capital Region in the island of Luzon. The city is located at the mouth of two rivers—the Zapote and Las Piñas Rivers, with its land generally characterized by rolling plains and gentle slopes reaching not more than 10 meters above sea level. It is bounded by Parañaque; City to the north and northeast, Muntinlupa; City to the east and southeast, The municipality of Imus, in Cavite to the south, the municipality of Bacoor, also in Cavite, to the west and southwest, and the Manila Bay to the northeast. Half of the city’s total land area of 32.986 km2 is developed as residential areas, while the other half is used for industrial, commercial, and institutional purposes.
Las Piñas is home to the famed bamboo organ housed in the St. Joseph Church. The 19th century church organ was constructed in 1816 by Fr. Diego Cera, the parish priest of Las Piñas in 1795. The bamboo organ was completed in 1824 and is made up almost entirely of bamboo; only its trumpet stops are made out of metal. The organ is praised for the unique, melodious sound that it produces and has been declared by the National Museum of the Philippines as a “”National Cultural Treasure’”
Las Piñas used to be a barrio in the town of Parañaque. It was through the vision and efforts of the same secular priest that brought progress and development in the little barrio. Through his hard work, a church was established, and roads and bridges were constructed which had urged the growth of simple industries, such as salt production, dye making, and handicrafts. All these progress and development paved the way for its declaration as a town. However, the town did not stay peaceful for long. In 1896 to 1898, during the Philippine Revolution, Las Piñas became the site of bloody battles between Filipino forces and Spanish troops. The incident at the Zapote Bridge was one of the revolution’s turning points.
Las Piñas was one of the first municipalities to be created under the American occupation. In 1901, the municipality of Las Piñas was incorporated with the province of Rizal, only to be integrated once again with Parañaque to form a single municipality in 1903. Las Piñas was made a separate municipality in 1907 and became a constituent municipality of Metropolitan Manila, now Metro Manila Region in 1976. Finally in 1997, President Fidel V. Ramos signed the bill that declares Las Piñas a city.
The city has many awards and recognitions attached to its name. Among its list of honors and recognitions, it has been consistently awarded as the “Cleanest and Greenest City” in Metro Manila and in the Philippines. In 2000, Las Piñas was a Hall of Fame awardee in the said category. Also in 2000, it was honoured with the Global 500 Roll of Honour for environmental Award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP. In 2004, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) declared the city as among the “Top Five Most Business Friendly LGU in the National Capital Region”. Most recently, Las Piñas was awarded the “2005 Most Competitive Cities in the Country” by the Asian Institute of Management Policy with the United States Agency for International Development and Germany’s Technical Cooperation Unit.
Residential Places in Las Piñas
The largely residential area of Las Piñas has a variety of subdivisions and villages where most middle class and upper class families live. Some prominent subdivisions and villages in the city include the Philamlife Village, Martinville Subdivision, Versailles, Equitable Village, Moonwalk Village, Pilar Village, Angela Village, Ayala Southvale, Cittadella Executive Village, Doña Manuela subdivision, Las Piñas Royale, and Teresa Park
The most affluent of all the gated communities found in Las Piñas are BF Resort Village, BF International Las Piñas, and Bf Homes Almanza. These subdivisions were developed by the same company that had developed the prestigious BF Homes in Parañaque. These three subdivisions are the residence of choice of most upper class and upper-middle class families. The retail shops, eating establishments, churches, and schools found within these areas makes them virtually self-contained communities. This adds to their appeal as the most prime residential neighborhood in the city.
Hospitals and Universities of Las Piñas
The city’s educational system provides instruction and training in various academic and technical fields. One site for acquiring such instruction and training is at the city’s largest university—the University of Perpetual Help DALTA System. It is a private, nonsectarian university established in1975 and stands along Alabang-Zapote Road in Pamplona. The university is renowned for its degrees in medicine and health sciences, such as nursing, Pharmacy, medical technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiologic technology, and midwifery. It also offers degrees in law, criminology, engineering, as well as graduate degrees in various fields.
Another notable private educational institution in Las Piñas is the Saint Francis of Assisi College. It started as a preparatory school in 1981 and grew in reputation, until in 1989 it started offering education for tertiary levels. It now offers degrees in engineering, computer science, information technology, education, business administration, hotel & restaurant management, nursing, care-giving, and graduate studies.
Two more prestigious schools are located in Las Piñas. They are the Southville International School and Colleges, which stands at the corner of Luxembourg Street and Tropical Avenue in BF International Village, and the Elizabeth Seton School located in the BF Resort Village. Both schools were touted by the Department of Education as the “School of the Future” and had received accreditation from prestigious accrediting organizations. The former is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), while the latter is accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU).
Also found in the city is the Philippine Merchant Marine School, Las Piñas College, as well as numerous computer schools, such as the STI College, AMA Computer College, Informatics, Earn Institute of Technology, and the Imus Computer College.
The University of Perpetual Help DELTA Medical Center (Perpetual Help Medical Center (is the largest and one of the most reputable tertiary care hospitals located in the city. Serving as a teaching hospital for the university’s medical students, the hospital boasts of modern medical facilities and special care centers and units to address all possible medical needs of its patients. Among these are the Cancer Management Center that addresses all needs of cancer patients, Neurodevelopmental Center which offers services for children with developmental and behavioral needs, Diabetes Educational Clinic that affords support for diabetic patients, Intensive Care Unit for post-surgical, cardiology pulmonary, neurology and critical pediatric care, and Hemodialysis Unit for the proper care and treatment of patients with renal diseases. In addition to these, the hospital also offers a Home Care Program and the Philippines’ first Air Reserve Hospital.
Other tertiary- and specialty-care hospitals found in Las Piñas are listed below:
Las Piñas Hospitals
Hospital Address Telephone
A. Zarate General Hospital Atlas Compound, Naga Road, Pulang Lupa 874-6903
Cabinte Maternity & Children’s Hospital Marcos Avenue, Talon I, 872-2950
Christ the King Maternity and Lying-In Hospital 130 Real Street, Pamplona 873-1119
JSM Memorial Hospital 1335 Fruto Santos Avenue, Zapote 873-7117
Las Piñas City Medical Center 1314 Marcos Alvarez, Talon V 800-5695
Las Piñas District Hospital Bernabe Compound, Pulang Lupa 873-1887, 873-0556 or 873-0551
Las Piñas Doctors Hospital 8009 Aguilar Avenue, Pulang Lupa 825-5236
Las Piñas Medical Clinic Alabang Zapote Road Corner Pelayo Village, Talon 801-4535, 842-0680 or 850-0540
Pamplona Medical Clinic 46 Real Street, Pamplona 873-0524
Commercial Places in Las Piñas
Las Piñas has a large shopping mall called SM SouthMall, which stands along the Alabang-Zapote National Road. It is part of the largest chain of SM supermalls in the Philippines owned by SM Prime Holdings. This supermall stands on an area of 205,120 m2 and carries over 350 service and retail shops that carries international and local brands, 10 cinemas, amusement centers, department store, supermarket, and several restaurants. Some top brand shops found in the mall are Bayo, G2000, Giordano, Guess, Kickers, Marithe Francois Girbaud, and Mossimo.
Two other smaller malls are found in the city, namely the Star Mall Las Piñas situated along CV Starr Avenue in Pamplona, and M Star, which is located at the Philamlife Village just within the same vicinity.
There are several locations in Las Piñas where restaurants are clustered together or within walking distances of each other. Cuisine served from these restaurants may range from Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, American, or Italian. The areas where these eating establishments are most conveniently located are at the SM SouthMall. Some notable restaurants found there are the Filipino restaurants Barrio Fiesta and Kamay Kainan; Japanese restaurants Fukuya and Tokyo Tokyo; Chinese restaurant Mongkok Dimsum & Noodles; American pizzerias Little Caesars Pizza! Pizza!, Shakey’s, Pizza Hut, and Yellow Cab Pizza; Mexican restaurant Taco Bell ; international restaurants Almon Marina, Cafe Elysee; and the coffee shop The Coffee Experience.
Another prime restaurant-clustered area is found at the upscale community of BF Resort Village. Some restaurants found there are Rosalyn’s Place Garden and Restaurants that stands at the corner of Buenvenido and Jose Ma. Abello Streets, Tambayan Bar, Grill & Restaurant along Main Drive, Tarragon Grill and Restaurant on BF Resort Drive, Dexter’s Pizza at the Foodlane, Royal Caribbean Jamaican Patties near the Elizabeth Seton School, and the coffee shop Mocha Blends that stands at the corner of Gloria Diaz and Editha Vital Streets.
Nightlife in Las Piñas is not as grand and as varied as the ones found in Makati or Manila. Music bars and drinking joints in the city are not clustered, but quite scattered. In spite of this, some establishments have thrived and have managed to become a favorite night spot among the locals. These establishments include Dencio’s Bar and Grill and Mark’s Sports Bar at the Star Mall, Z-Bar and Cowboy Grill along Alabang-Zapote Road, and Cuba Libre Bar & KTV along CV Star Avenue in Pamplona.
Service Establishments of Las Piñas
The city’s electricity is solely supplied by the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO). The large electric power company was formerly known as the Manila Electric Rail and Light Company and currently services 22 cities and municipalities mainly in Luzon. This includes the areas of Metro and Mega Manila. Applications for service and bill payments may be done at its Las Piñas Branch office located at EMC Drive, Alabang-Zapote Road in Pamplona.
Telephone services in Las Piñas are provided by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT). Aside from fixed line services, it also offers internet connection through dial-up and DSL. The Las Piñas PLDT business office is located along Alabang-Zapote Road in Barangay Talon.
Alternative internet service providers in the city are globelines of Globe Telecom and SmartBro of Smart Communications. Both companies offer wireless internet connection, with the former offering the additional service of fixed telephony.
Smart Communications and Globe Telecom, together with Sun Cellular of Digitel communications, form the three large cellular network providers in the city. All three companies offer prepaid and postpaid subscriptions. Applications for postpaid subscriptions may be done by visiting their centers that are usually located in major shopping centers. Prepaid subscriptions, on the other hand, simply require a SIM card, which can be bought at their centers or at phonecard booths.
The Las Piñas Police Station is the Philippine National Police Southern District’s 4th station. Under it are several sub-stations located all over the city that functions as community police and precincts. Below is a table detailing their location and contact information:
Las Piñas Police
Police Station/PCP Location Telephone
Las Piñas Las Piñas City Hall Quadrangle 871-8221, 874-0904 or 874-9201
PCP 1 Diego Cera Avenue –
PCP 2 Viaduct Zapote –
PCP 3 Pamplona Uno 871-9699
PCP 4 Balikatan Street/CAA Road –
PCP 5 Pilar Road, Barangay CAA –
PCP 6 Marcos Alvarez Avenue 801-0160
PCP 7 BF Resort Village 873-6347
PCP 8 Gatchalian Subdivision –
PCP 9 San Antonio Valley 803-1234
(PCP-Police Community Precinct
Embassies in Las Piñas
Much of the foreign embassies and consulates to the Philippines have their offices located in the cities of Makati and Manila. There are no offices of consulates or embassies located in Las Piñas.