Facts & Figures
The city of Las Piñas is famous for the Bamboo Organ, praised for its unique, rare, and melodious sound. The unique bamboo organ can only be found inside the St. Joseph Church of the Parish of Las Piñas. It was in the year 1822 that the construction of this one-of-a-kind musical instrument started; it was completed in 1824. Fr. Diego Cera initiated building this organ using bamboo, wood, and metal. Yearly, a Bamboo Organ Festival is being held at the Parish during the month of February.
Las Piñas has also come to be known as a major site of Philippine revolts. During the Philippine-Spanish revolution of 1896, it was occupied by the forces of General Emilio Aguinaldo, President of the First Philippine Republic. Similarly, the city, then only a town, figured prominently during the World War II.
Beliefs on the true origin of the town’s name vary. Some say it is derived from the word “Piña,” meaning pineapple, since traders from the provinces of Cavite and Batangas shipped their pineapples for sale first to this town before the nearby markets. Others believe that the name was really “Las Peñas,” owing to the quarrying of stones and adobe, which were used to construct buildings and bridges. The name could also have originated from the two political groups that ruled the town at that time.
An inscription in an old church bell, which has been preserved inside the museum of the Las Piñas Parochial Church, states, “Siendo Cura-del Pueblo de Las Peñas el M.R.P. Padre Diego Cera se Fundio este equilon ano de 1820.” It shows that, as early as during the time of Fr. Diego Cera, the town’s first parish priest, the town had been called “Las Peñas” – until after sometime that the town’s name was somehow changed to “Las Piñas.”
The City of Las Pinas (Filipino: Lungsod ng Las Pinas) is a city in the National Capital Region of the Philippines. It is bounded on the north and northeast by the Paranaque City; on the east and southeast by Muntinlupa City; on the south by the Municipality of Imus, Cavite; on the southwest and west by the Municipality of Bacoor, Cavite; and on the northwest by the scenic Manila Bay. Half of its land area is residential and the remaining half is used for commercial, industrial and institutional purposes. The present physiography of Las Pinas City consists of three zones: Manila Bay, coastal margin and Guadalupe Plateau.POPULATION
Since the 1960s, Las Pinas has experienced a tremendous increase in population due to migration from different regions outside of the Manila area. The city's record show that in 1960, its population was 16,093, which grew to 43,372 in 1970, to 81,610 in 1975, 136,514 in 1980 and 207,770 in 1985, projected to be at 405,123 in 1990. Based on 1995 census, its population has reach 413,086 and increased to 472,780 (2000 census).
The city is now politically divided into 20 barangays.
Because it is located within Metro Manila, the predominant language or dialect spoken in the city is Tagalog which accounts for 94.4% of its total population while 2.0% speaks Cebuano and the remaining 5.6% accounts for Ilonggo, Bicolano, Waray, Pampangueno and other dialects.CLIMATE
Like the rest of the towns and cities comprising Metro Manila, Las Pinas City has two distinct seasons; the dry season which covers the months of November to April and the wet season from May to October. The maximum rainfall normally occurs in the month of June, July and August.