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City of Parañaque
Lungsod ng Parañaque

Motto: Hataw Parañaque! (Move Forward Parañaque)
Pride in Parañaque. Be part of it.
Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Parañaque City
City of Parañaque is located in Philippines
City of Parañaque
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°28′N 121°1′E / 14.467°N 121.017°E / 14.467; 121.017
Country  Philippines
Region National Capital Region
Districts 1st and 2nd District of Parañaque City
Barangays 16
Incorporated (town) November 30, 1572
Incorporated (city) February 15, 1998
 - Mayor Florencio M. Bernabe Jr. (Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
 - Vice Mayor Gustavo Tambunting (Aksyon Demokratiko)
 - Sangguniang Panlungsod
 - Total 47.69 km2 (18.4 sq mi)
Elevation 12.0 m (39 ft)
Population (2000)
 - Total 449,811
 - Density 9,432/km2 (24,428.8/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Area code(s) 2

The City of Parañaque (pop. 552,660; 2007 Census), or simply Parañaque (Filipino: Lungsod ng Parañaque), is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila in the Philippines. It is bordered on the north by Pasay City, by Taguig City to the northeast, Muntinlupa City to the southeast, by Las Piñas City to the southwest, and by Manila Bay to the west.



Parañaque was founded in 1572 Since the place lay very proximate to the sea, the Paraqueños (Parañaquense) did much trade with the Chinese, Indonesians, Indians and Malayans.At that time the main means of livelihood were salt-making, fishing, planting rice, shoemaking, slipper-making and weaving. The community was headed by cabezas de barangay, a westernization of the local chieftains and the principalia as the local aristocrats were called, a very durable social institution since they were the political absorbers. They justified and moderated the demands of the Spanish colonizers. Education was limited to the principalia since it is only they who could afford it. The recorded beginnings of Palanyag began in 1580 when Fr. Diego de Espinar, an Augustinian missionary, was appointed Prior or superior of the convent or religious house of the town. As resident priest, he established the mission house there, with its spiritual jurisdiction reaching up to Kawit in the province of Cavite. The Council of the Definitors (or conference of chiefs of the religious orders) held on May 11, 1580, accepted Palanyag as an independent town. The image of Palanyag's patroness, Nuestra Señora del Buensuceso, was brought to St. Andrew's Church in La Huerta in 1625.

Historical accounts state that since Palanyag was located at the crossroads of Manila, the provinces of Cavite and Batangas, the town's strategic location enabled the townspeople to play an important role in Philippine history. During the invasion of the Chinese pirate Limahong in 1574, Parañaque residents, particularly those from Barangay Dongalo, heroically aided in preventing the attack in Manila. This became known as the "Red Sea Incident" due to the blood that flowed as a result of the defense made by the people from barrio Sta. Monica, the barangay's former name. When the British invaded Manila in 1762, the townspeople once again remained loyal to the Spanish colonizers, especially the Augustinians. The invasion however showed that the power of the Spaniards was not invincible and more than a hundred years later, this would prove to be true. Then came the Philippine Revolution (circa late 19th century) and the Spaniards realized that the town was a practical gateway to Cavite, the bastion of the revolutionary Katipuneros. Conversely to the rebels based in Cavite, they saw the town as their gateway to Intramuros, the Spanish seat of government in Manila. Prominent Paraqueños, like Manuel Quiogue and secular priest Father Pedro Dandan became leading revolutionary figures. When the Americans took over, one of the first towns to have a municipal government was Parañaque.

A burning building along Taft Avenue which was hit during the Japanese air raid in Barrio Parañaque, December 13, 1941.

During the Japanese occupation (circa 1940's), Parañaque supplied the leadership of the guerilla movement like the ROTC Hunters as well as food and arms. Parañaque was one of the first towns to be liberated and its guerillas helped in paving the way for the combined American and Philippine Commonwealth forces to enter the south of Manila. As can be gleaned from the above, Parañaque then and now has and continues to play a strategic role in the Philippines' political and economic progress. Another outstanding feature of this historic town by the bay is the cultivation of its cultural traditions like the Komedya, Sunduan, and Bati, among others that continue to attract local and foreign tourists alike, especially during the summer months.


From Palanyag to Parañaque

Palanyag, the old name for the city of Parañaque, generally means "my beloved", among other definitions, for as far as its residents are concerned, this best describes their affection for their hometown. Another version came from the combination of the terms "palayan" and "palalayag", the former meaning ricefields of which the city once abounded in and the latter pertaining to the sailing and fishing occupation of many of its residents. This was also a sign of cooperation and goodwill between the two major working sectors of the town, the farmers and the fishermen. It was however a drunken guest, during a certain affair which decided on the final name, who said "Mabuhay ang Palanyag at ang mga taga-Palanyag! (Long live Palanyag and the people of Palanyag!)" So the name stuck from that day on. Another version, according to tradition, was when a Spanish soldier told the driver of his caruaje or horse-drawn carriage, to "Para aqui, para aqui (Stop here, stop here)!" The driver, uncomprehending, kept on prodding his horse to go on while the soldier angrily repeated his instruction: "Para aqui, para aqui!" Onlookers just laughed as the Spaniards empathically said "para aniya aqui para aniya aqui (he said 'stop here' he said 'stop here)." For days the incident was repeated around and term "para aniya aqui" stuck. There is another story that says of an imposing balete tree at the mouth of the Parañaque. It looked like a boat sailing slowly and majestically, earning the Tagalog term Palanyag, a corruption of the term "palayag" which means "point of navigation". Further adulteration of the word later resulted in the word "palanyaque". A historian believes the town's name may have come from the term "palanas" which means a "broad flat plain," the geographic description of Parañaque.

Other origins of the name Parañaque are "palanac" (with no special meaning), "patanyag" or contest for popularity, and "paranac", a native term for the shell product that used to be the livelihood of the natives of the town at one time. Parañaque, in the olden times, was where many people unboard the "kalesa", or horse-drawn carriage and would usually tell the conductor to "para na aque", which literally means "stop now, boy". The word "para", taken from the Spanish word "parar" which means to stop, "na" is a term in the Filipino language which means "now", and "aque" taken from the Filipino term "lalaki" or "lalake", meaning "boy". The phrase "para na aque" was used so often that it eventually evolved into a term pertaining to a place, thus, Parañaque. An alternative meaning of "para na aque" is "stop here", where the term "'aque'" might have also come from the Spanish word "aqui" which means "here". Whatever the correct origin of the name of Parañaque, the various terms strongly suggest the town's storied and mosaic past.

During the Philippine Revolution, Parañaque became one of the hottest battle zones due to its location halfway between the province of Cavite, where the revolutionaries held sway, and Manila, the seat of the Spanish colonial government.

During the American occupation of the Philippines, Parañaque became one of the first municipalities in the Metro Manila region.


Parañaque City was converted as the 11th city in Metro Manila (after Las Pinas City in 1997, the following year later), and chartered and urbanized city by Former President Fidel V. Ramos on February 15, 1998.

Parañaque City Today

In May 2001, SM City Sucat (Formerly SM Supercenter Sucat) was formally launched, and it became the 1st SM Mall Franchise in Parañaque City, the Supercenter was changed later to SM City, and it became a larger and wider mall.

In November 2002, the second SM City mall in Parañaque City was launched, SM City Bicutan, becoming one of the most popular malls in Parañaque City after Uniwide Coastal Mall.

In February 2003, the City of Parañaque celebrated their 5th Cityhood Anniversary.

In September 2007, the first strip mall located in Sucat, Parañaque City was "Santana Grove". It has more than 10 restaurants and 1 coffee house chain.

In February 2008, the City of Parañaque celebrated their 10th Cityhood Anniversary.

In April 2008, the Pergola Lifestyle Mall in BF Homes was formally opened and launched.

In August 2008, the Great Mall of Asia was launched and located in Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Paranaque City.

In spite of the rapid growth in infrstructure and the revenue that the city has been gaining in the last few years, Parañaque has yet to go back to its "subdivision" roots and address the rising reports in crime - burglary, holdups, rape and streetgang violence. Most recently, the city has been plagued with crimes involving current call center workers in and around the city. With the upswing in the call center business in last 2 years, Parañaque has yet publicly come out and identify contingencies measures and visibility to protect these wave of employees who are mostly graveyard - 900pm to 900am, shift workers.


The name "Parañaque" is derived from the phrase "para na aque," which was commonly used in the past when people wished to disembark from kalesas (horse-drawn carriages). The phrase literally means "stop now, boy": "para" from the Spanish parar (to stop), "na" from the Tagalog word for "now" or "already," and "aque" from the Tagalog word for boy, lalaki. An alternative meaning of "para na aque" could be "stop here," with "aque" being derived from the Spanish aquí ("here").


Mayors of Parañaque City

  • Mayor Florencio "Jun" M. Bernabe, Jr.(2004-Present)
  • Joey "Tsong" P. Marquez, (1995–2004)
  • Pablo "Doc" R. Olivarez, (1992–1995)
  • Wilfredo "Wally" Ferrer, (1988–1992)
  • Rodolfo G. Buenavista OIC (1986-1988)
  • Florencio Bernabe, Sr., (1972–1986)
  • Col. Eleuterio de Leon, (1963–1972)

Districts and barangays

Parañaque is composed of two congressional districts and two legislative districts which are further subdivided into 16 Barangays. Legislative District One contains eight barangays in the western half of the city, while legislative District Two contains the eight barangays in the eastern portion of the city.

While barangays are the administrative divisions of the city, and are legally part of the addresses of establishments and homes, many residents indicate their subdivision (village) instead of their barangay.

Listed below are the barangays in each district and some notable subdivisions.

District 1 Barangays

District 2 Barangays

  • B.F. Homes
  • Don Bosco
  • Marcelo Green
  • Merville
  • Moonwalk
  • San Antonio
  • San Martin De Porres
  • Sun Valley


Parañaque City has a diverse educational system with specializations in various academic and technical fields and is home to many schools and colleges.

Government School

  • Parañaque City College of Science and Technology, Administrator: Mrs.Socorro C. Rivera

Special points of interest by Paranaque City

  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport
  • Casino Filipino (beside NAIA)
  • Asia World City (the HIStory World Tour concert of Michael Jackson was held in this venue)
  • Dampa (Ninoy Aquino Ave.)
  • SM City Bicutan
  • SM City Sucat
  • Jaka Plaza (Sucat)
  • Elorde Boxing Sports Center (Sucat)
  • Uniwide Coastal Mall (Roxas Blvd.)
  • Max Restaurant [Besides Santana Grove]
  • Wild Card Boxing Gym (BF Homes), the practice home of boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and other boxing icons.
  • Manila Memorial Park
  • Santana Grove (Sucat)
  • The Pergola Lifestyle Mall (Aguirre Ave., BF Homes)
  • Shopwise Sucat (Dr. A. Santos Ave.)
  • Baclaran Redemptorist Church, officially the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, one of the biggest and most active churches in the country where devotees flock to hear mass every Wednesday
  • Loyola Memorial Park Sucat (Dr. A. Santos Avenue)
  • Olivarez Coliseum (Dr. A. Santos Avenue)
  • Olivarez College (Dr. A. Santos Avenue)
  • Don Galo Motor Works (Quirino Ave. Don Galo)
  • Duty Free Philippines
  • Entertainment City (Pagcor City)


Parañaque is served by the LRT (via Baclaran terminal, which is located in Pasay City) and the PNR (via Bicutan station).

Sister cities


  • The Michael Jackson History Concert Tour was held in Asiaworld City, Parañaque on December 8 & 10, 1996, which millions of Filipino fans supported, it was the largest concert ever held in the Philippines.
  • Parañaque City is home to famous fiestas like "The Sunduan Festival".
  • Parañaque City has also a seafood restaurant called, "Dampa" where you can eat seafoods that are freshly caught from the pier in Manila .
  • Parañaque City became a 2 time dancing champion in the "Sinulog Dance" Festival from Cebu City.
  • Parañaque City is known to its devotees on Baclaran every Wednesdays and Sundays at National Shrine Of Our Mother Of Perpetual Help Baclaran Redemptorist.
  • Parañaque City have PBA players who have held or are holding elective office in the government. Freddie Webb became a congressman from 1988-1992; Joey Marquez was mayor from 1995-2004; Abe King became a councilor for the first district. Currently, Jason Webb is a councilor for the first district. Current San Beda Red Lions head coach and Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters team manager, Frankie Lim, ran unsuccessfully for councilor in the 1990s.

See also

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Largest cities in the Philippines
Rank City Region Population Rank City Region Population


1 Quezon City National Capital 2,679,450 11 Dasmariñas Region IV-A 556,330
2 Manila National Capital 1,660,714 12 Cagayan de Oro Region X 553,966
3 Caloocan National Capital 1,378,856 13 Parañaque National Capital 552,660
4 Davao City Region XI 1,363,337 14 Las Piñas National Capital 532,330
5 Cebu City Region VII 798,809 15 General Santos Region XII 529,542
6 Zamboanga City Region IX 774,407 16 Makati National Capital 510,383
7 Antipolo Region IV-A 633,971 17 Bacolod Region VI 499,497
8 Pasig National Capital 617,301 18 Muntinlupa National Capital 452,493
9 Taguig National Capital 613,343 19 San Jose del Monte Region III 439,090
10 Valenzuela National Capital 568,928 20 Marikina National Capital 424,610
Philippines 2007 Census

Coordinates: 14°28′N 121°1′E / 14.467°N 121.017°E / 14.467; 121.017

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Parañaque City is in Metro Manila, in the Philippines.


1. Baclaran Church 2. St. Andrew's Cathedral 3. Duty Free Philippines 4.


Tapa at Maty's Tapsilog in Don Galo

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