About Las Pinas
Las Piñas one of the cleanest and most peaceful cities in Metro Manila has acquired many nicknames such as Home of the Bamboo Organ, City of Love and Progress, Salt Center of Metro Manila, and the Lantern Capital of Metro Manila. Las Piñas comprises of three zones; Manila Bay, coastal margin and the Guadalupe Plateau. The city was included by the Philippine Government in its list as one of the “Clean and Green Hall of Fame City”. It is the first government unit to receive the Global 500 Roll of Honor from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Las Piñas is a rapidly urbanizing residential and commercial center and recognized as one of the improved and fastest-growing communities in the Metro. It continues to increase its public services, be conscious of the importance of history and culture, and to keep up with the rapid growth and demands of the city.
1. Home of the Bamboo OrganThe Home of the Bamboo Organ celebrates its music festival in the month of February. The musical instrument is made of bamboo, which makes it uniquely made. It is fascinating that the bamboo organ is still functioning amidst that it is century old. Bamboo Organ is considered a national treasure for the Philippines. The Saint Joseph Parish Church in Las Piñas houses the Bamboo organ within the grounds of Antillan House, which is the entry point for the souvenir shop, museum, and adoration chapel. The International Bamboo Festival held every February organizes an annual musical and cultural event. Performers from around the country and from all over the world are invited to attend the festival to develop the rich cultural tradition of Las Piñas.
2. A Festival of Creativity and ResourcefulnessVarious Festivals are lined up for the year in the City of Las Piñas like the Waterlily Festival, which gives importance to the environment. It highlights the products made out of water hyacinths or waterlilies. The waterlilies cause massive flooding in the city, but the government and the residents thought ways to make something out of them. It was found out that waterlily can be used in the making of baskets, sleeping mat, laundry hampers, wallets, tissue holders, and handcrafted materials. The recycling of such made the lives of the residents better and is celebrated during the 27th of July. The Lantern Festival is the much-awaited festival during the Christmas season. Christmas Lanterns made of bamboo strips covered in Japanese paper in all shapes and sizes are paraded in the Las Piñas Parol Center.
3. The Once-Saltbed of the PhilippinesThe Salt Making City in Metro Manila also dubbed as the “Saltbed of the Philippines”. The scenery of Las Piñas was filled with small pyramids of white crystals. The present situation of the site is now built mostly with residential structures with a number of commercial establishments, residential areas, and even dumpsite. The pollution drained into Manila Bay and destroyed the pristine waters of the salt industry. Now, salt imported from other countries like China and India were offered at lower prices. Unfortunately, it put an end to the Las Piñas salt production industry, which now is just a memory of Las Piñas.
Las Pinas Tourist Spots
1. Historical Corridor of Las PiñasThe Historical Corridor is found in the Old District of Las Piñas. Visitors can get to see the historical and cultural landmarks of the city. These places are preserved in order to help promote the area as a cultural and tourist site to local and foreign investors. The restored buildings and structures included along the Historical Corridor are; the Boundary Arc that marks the border of Las Piñas and Parañaque City; Plaza Quezon as the Freedom Park; Bulwagang Ezekiel Moreno, Historical and Cultural Museum, Las Piñas Fish Port, Irasan Center, Zapote Bridge, Barangay Hall of Zapote, Centennial Flyover and Molino Dam to name a few.
2. A Place for Prayer in the Mary Immaculate the Nature ChurchThe one of a kind church is found in the City of Las Piñas. It is a traditional church, beautiful yet simple. The nature surrounding the church enables the brethren to feel God’s presence because of the tranquil surroundings. Its touch of nature, lots of landscape plants and flowers, fresh air making it perfect to be called the Nature Church. The Mary Immaculate Church is made of local materials namely; Anahaw leaves, for the roof, varnished old wood chairs and an altar with natural plants. A place for prayer and reflection to deepen a relationship with God while being in touch with nature. They say that being in touch with nature makes someone really feel closer to God, where everyone can feel His presence. This place is perfect for worship, prayers and communing with God.
3. Commodious Evie Mall Tourist who’s in search of a good place to shop don’t need to worry as the city offers Evie Mall. The warm ambiance and spacious parking, and the security are some of the reasons why local tourist keeps going back to the place. The restrooms are very tidy. The beautiful interiors are amazing and the atmosphere inside the mall is very clean. The security of the mall-goers is one of the mall’s priorities. This place offers a good place for shopping or just hanging out. The mall features some of the known and popular brands of the country, cozy coffee shops, and high-end cinemas. It’s a new place in the South of Luzon to hang out. The place is not too crowded giving alternatives to other malls in the city.