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Las Piñas City

Las Piñas City is one of the cities and municipalities that comprise Metro Manila in the Philippines. It is bordered on the northeast by Parañaque City, by the municipality of Bacoor in the province of Cavite to the southwest, by Muntinlupa City to the southeast, and by Manila Bay to the northwest.

Las Piñas City

Region: National Capital Region (NCR)
FoundedMarch 27, 1907.
CityhoodMarch 26, 1997.
2000 census—472,780.
Density—11,381 per km².
Area: 41.54 km²
Barangays: 20
Congressional district: Lone District of Las Piñas City
Class: 1st class; urban

Las Piñas is famous throughout the world for its Bamboo Organ. This is a fully wooden organ that uses bamboo for its pipes. Since its establishment as a small fishing port and a major salt-making center during the Spanish Era, Las Piñas has grown into an important residential and industrial suburb of Manila.

Table of contents
1 The City
2 Government
3 History
4 External Links

The City

Las Piñas City is located on the southwestern corner of Metro Manila just north of the province of Cavite. Its southern border with the town of Bacoor in Cavite lies at the center of the Zapote River and Manila Bay shapes the city's northwestern border. The total land area of the city is 41.54 square kilometers. Most of the land in the northwestern portion along Manila Bay is marshland. The terrain is relatively flat and sits on centuries of alluvial deposit.

The city is bisected by the Alabang-Zapote Road, previously known as Real Street. It forms part of the Maharlika Highway which spans the whole country. The Alabang-Zapote Road connects the South Luzon Expressway which passes through Muntinlupa City in the east to the Coastal Road along Manila Bay. The Coastal Road, despite its name, is a major tollway which runs the southern length of Metro Manila's shoreline with Manila Bay. It is an important artery for people commuting to and from Las Piñas and Cavite to Manila.


Las Piñas City has a population of 472,780, according to the 2000 Census. Most of the residents are of Tagalog descent.

Education, Culture, and Sports

Educational Institutions in Las Piñas City
  • University of Perpetual Help of Rizal
  • Saint Francis of Assisi College System
  • Southville International School - College Department
  • Las Piñas Colleges
  • Philippine Merchant Marine School
  • Dr. Felimon C. Aguilar Memorial College
  • Informatics Computer Institute
  • STI College of Computer Science
  • Elizabeth Seton School
  • Bloomfield Academy

While Las Piñas City does not have educational might of colleges and universities found in Manila and Quezon City, it does have many educational centers often in specialized academic fields. The most notable university system in the city is the University of Perpetual Help Rizal (UPHR). This university is known for its excellence in Medicine, Nursing, and Law. The UPHR operates the Perpetual Help Medical Center, one of the leading hospitals in the southern part of the metropolis.

The college and high school departments of the Southville International School is also located in Las Piñas. This is one of the more well-known international schools in Metro Manila, though not of the same prestige as the Brent IS and the International School-Manila.


Like other cities in the Philippines, Las Piñas City is governed by a Mayor and Vice mayor elected to three-year terms. The Mayor is the executive head and leads the city's departments in executing the city ordinances and improving public services. The Vice mayor heads a legislative council, which is in charge of creating the city's policies.

Las Piñas City, being a part of the Metro Manila region, has its mayor in the Metro Manila Council headed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). This council formulates development plans that seeks to solve the problems and improve the conditions in the metropolis.

Las Piñas City is divided into 20 barangays (the smallest local government units) which handles governance in a much smaller area. These barangays are grouped into two legislative districts each with its own set of councilors in the city council. District I is located in the northern half of the city while District II occupies the remaining half. Las Piñas is also its own lone congressional district with one representative in the House of Representatives.

District One Barangays

District Two Barangays


Las Piñas was one of the earliest fishing settlements on the shores of Manila Bay.

It became a separate municipality from Parañaque on March 27, 1907 by virtue of Philippine Commission Act No. 1625. Then, with the founding of the Metropolitan Manila Area (now Metro Manila) in 1976, Las Piñas became one of the municipalities and cities comprising the region.

On February 12, 1997, President Fidel V. Ramos signed the bill declaring Las Piñas a new city. A plebiscite held a month after found the residents in approval of cityhood and Las Piñas became the tenth city of Metro Manila on March 26, 1997.

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