Las Pinas is Not a Boring Place That You Thought SoTravelAndMunch | February 4, 2019 | 4 | Travel Stories
Is Las Pinas a boring place to visit?
Las Pinas is not just about getting stuck in the traffic every day of your life, lol. We shall not blame it to the shopping malls scattered around the main roads of Las Pinas. It’s proof that Las Pinas is a 1st class city with lots of opportunities for business owners and a developed urban city.
It was set up as a little fishing port and turned into a noteworthy ocean salt-delivering region, using salt dissipation lakes, going back to the Spanish Era, the city has developed into a vital private, business and modern suburb of Metro Manila.
Las Piñas was one of the early fishing settlements on the shores of Manila Bay. Las Pinas comes from a Spanish name/term Las Penas meaning rock/adobe. The land in Las Pinas is mostly adobe – a hard form of rock.
Proclaimed as a province of Manila either in 1762 or 1797. Las Piñas was previously called “Las Pilas” because of its partition from Parañaque because of its tribal conflicts. Then again, Manuel Buzeta recorded the date at 1797. Felix Timbang was the first gobernadorcillo in 1762 while Mariano Ortiz was the primary city leader of the town of Las Piñas.
Province to City
Our family is originally from Angono Rizal, transferred to Manila, then Mandaluyong and lived for 5 or 6 years and finally settled in Las Pinas since 1990. During that time it was a municipality of Manila and prior to that, it was one of the provinces of Rizal.
In 1997, former Philippine President Fidel Ramos signed a presidential decree to announce that Las Pinas is now a city.
It is located northwest of Manila Bay and a short distance driving between Paranaque, Muntinlupa, and Bacoor Cavite.
Las Pinas is housing numerous private and gated subdivisions and villages and half of its land area is allocated for commercial and other businesses.
Sarao Motors, Inc. is a Filipino Jeep producing company headquartered in Brgy. Pulang Lupa in the city of Las Piñas in Metro Manila, Philippines. The most popular ways of transportation around the Philippines. If Thailand and Cambodia have Tuk-tuk, here in the Philippines we are proud of our Jeepney.
During the American occupancy here, their military was using the jeep and when the Philippines gained its independence, American military left their jeeps and Filipino reconstructed and made it as the primary mode of transportation in the Philippines.
They made it longer where more people can seat from the original 5 to 6 seater jeep. Non-Airconditioned public transportation that can accommodate 14 to 16 people. However, modern times come and the Philippine government is pushing to have an airconditioned jeepney which we have few of it in Metro Manila.
Bamboo Organ Church
One of our pride and only church in Asia that has an original Bamboo Organ and still working. A 19th-century old church located in St. Joseph Parish Brgy Manuyo, Las Pinas. Built by Fr. Cera a musician/architect/priest/scientist. This church has gone a lot of natural disasters, from floods, earthquakes, and typhoon and had gone numerous re-construction just to preserve the beauty and history of this church and the bamboo organ itself.
Inside the parish houses, the Bamboo Organ Museum with a free tour guide and you will be given 2 Bamboo Organ Church postcards.
Museum Entrance Fee: 100 pesos/ 2 USD
One of the popular and visited churches in Las Pinas is Nature Church, located in Moonwalk Village, 10 minutes drive from SM Southmall.
An open church with seats made from cut mango trees. The church houses dozens of old mango trees and other plants around it. Also houses a small cemetery for priests and nuns inside the compound.
Where To Eat
Erawan Thai Street Food
I’ve been seeing this open restaurant adjacent to my favorite coffee shop inside BF Resort. Luckily, 2 of my Blogger colleagues are free last Friday and we all went to try this restaurant offering affordable Thai food.
We ordered Medium Pad Thai for 140 Pesos, Medium Spring Rolls for 100 Pesos, Medium Tom Yum for 180 Pesos and Medium Thai Fried Rice for 110 Pesos.
Their version is Pad Thai is close the authentic Pad Thai of Thailand where I get to eat almost every day when we visited Bangkok 2 years ago. My only concern with this Pad Thai is that they did not serve it with Lime or Calamansi.
Tom Yum is quite sour but lacking spiciness and the flavor of curry is too much. This medium size is served with 4 medium pieces of shrimp.
Don’t expect too much on this, besides its only 100 pesos. Though the veggies are generously served and a little chicken meat in the middle which you can barely see from the photo.
The White Cup Coffee
I’ve been coming here for the past 6 years and still my favorite coffee shop here inside BF Resort, Las Pinas. Over the years, their prices have changed. As of this year, their drinks are the same pricing as Starbucks and other famous coffee shops in the Philippines.
Double choco muffin is 110 pesos and Caramel Frappe is 160 Pesos.
Coffeeshop in Villar Sipag Columbarium
I know, it sounds creepy because this coffee shop is located at the same building of the Golden Heaven Villar SIpag Columbarium and Crematory.
Double Chocolate Frappe for 140 Pesos
Ensaymada for 20 pesos
Carbonara for 100 Pesos
Mocha Frappe for 140 pesos
You see, Las Pinas is not a boring place. We have a history here and we have a decent restaurant and cafes here that will suit your budget.