South of Manila, Republic of the Philippines, Bounded by Pasay City on the North, Muntinlupa City on the Southeast, Las Piñas on the Southwest, Taguig on the Northeast, and the Manila Bay (Reclamation / Boulevard 2000 area) on the West, 14°30’ latitude and 121°01’ longitude.
Land Area and Uses
47.7 square kilometers carefully planned to accomodate residential, commercial, industrial and other establishments.
Residential Areas. A part of the land area used for residential purposes accounts for ancestral homes, another in posh villages, with the remaining portion occupied by apartments, boarding houses, apartelles, townhouses, and condominiums for rent or sale at very reasonable rates.
Commercial Centers. The whole stretch of land, save for occasional vacant portions, fronting roadways from the Northside Barangay of Baclaran to the Southern Barangays of San Antonio and B.F. Homes, is occupied by stores, shops, banks, offices, supermarkets, restaurant, schools, service stations and other related establishments. In some areas, as in the beautifully luxurious Barangays of B.F. Homes and Don Bosco, commercial establishments are found further in the interiors and along roadways, thereby providing a welcome treat to the population of the adjoining residential and/or industrial community.
Industrial Areas. Parañaque’s industrial site used to be in the Northern Barangays of Baclaran and Tambo but because of expansion and commercialization in these areas, the factories were moved to the Southern and Eastern Barangays of San Antonio, B.F. Homes, Sun Valley, Marcelo Green, Merville, and San Martin de Porres. These areas have since become the center of industry in Parañaque, and the corporate headquarters in the Philippines of both Filipino and multinational companies.
Population and Political Divisions
With a population of 449,811 as of year 2000, Paranaque is subdivided into 16 barangays or townships, 2 legislative districts and a lone Congressional district. It was chartered into a city on February 15, 1998.
The City of Parañaque sits on a plain with parts lying along the coastline of scenic Manila Bay. Within the next decade, expansions shall be realized through an ambitious, large-scale, well-planned and fast-track development upon an approximately 1,200 hectare stretch that will contain mixed land uses for residential, commercial, institutional, hotel, residential-commercial, residential-office, greens and open spaces, among other purposes.
March to May are hot summer months. The temperature dips following intermittent rains and occasional gustiness from June to October. Cool and fair weather prevails from November to February. Parañaque experiences an annual rainfall of 1.82 mm. per minute while its temperature ranges from 23 to 33 degrees Celsius; it has a relative humidity of 76% and enjoys an average daylight duration of 12 hours.
Parañaque is an ethnically-integrated community composed of warm, friendly, hospitable, and devoted Filipinos. It is also a second home to various foreign nationals who have come to like and love the city and its constituents and who have realized the locality’s potentials for growth. It is a place wherein people from the different regions of the three main island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are assimilated. Due to rapid migration, only around 10 percent of the population are native Tagalog Paraqueños; the rest is an amalgam of migrants from various regions of the Philippines, plus those foreign nationals who have adopted the City as their "second home."
The City folks' main mode of communication is the Philippine vernacular called Filipino which is basically culled from the indigenous Tagalog language with evident English and Spanish influences together with traces of other languages being used by Filipinos from other regions of the country. However, official transactions are still mostly done in English which is understood and spoken as either a second or third language by most citizens.
Parañaque is not only a melting pot of variant cultures and migrants from all over the country; it is also a crossroad of diverse religions. It is also home to the Baclaran Church, known to be the most attended church in Asia, which is run by the Redemptorist fathers. Although predominantly Roman Catholic, other Christian religions and denominations freely practice their faith in the City. One would also notice the presence of Moslem communities throught Parañaque wherein they have enjoyed the respect and interaction of the Christians. Indeed, Parañaque is a place where inter-faith cooperation for social change begins, takes form, and brings fruit. Religious groups and their respective lay organizations are very active in providing the community with social services complementary to those implemented by City Hall.
Resources courtesy of the City Information Office, City Hall, Parañaque.
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