It is quite rare for one to find a city that mixes the classic and the modern; but just set your eyes to the southern side of Metro Manila and you will find out that this is possible. Las Piñas started as a settlement for Manila Bay fishermen. It became a town some time between 1762 and 1797, and fast forward to March of 1997, it officially became a city.
Las Piñas seamlessly mixes the cultural classic and fast-paced modernity. Although more famous for the Bamboo Organ and the Las Piñas Church, Las Piñas can treat travelers to a host of other tourists spots such as the Las Piñas Bridge (a.k.a. Zapote Bridge), the Asinan Area (translated as salt-making area), the Father Diego Cera Bridge, and the Old District Hospital. Backpackers are sure to enjoy the classic beauty of these spots, aside from their close location to the city’s downtown locations.
On November 13, 1997, the Las Piñas Historical Corridor Project, an effort to restore the old town of Las Piñas, was launched. Eighteen historical structures- the Boundary Arc, Bulwagang Ezekiel Moreno, Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno, Police and Fire Station, Public Library, Plaza Quezon (designated as the Freedom Park in the City of Las Piñas), Central Elementary School, E. Aldana Police Station, Fr. Diego Cera Bridge, Historical and Cultural Museum, Las Piñas Fish Port, Irasan Center, Las Piñas Manpower Youth Council (TESDA Building), Zapote Police Station, Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center, Zapote Bridge, Brgy. Hall of Zapote, Centennial Flyover, and the Molino Dam- were earmarked for restoration under the project.
Of course, scenic sites are not complete without the colorful and fun-filled festivals. Las Piñas holds the annual town fiesta in honor of its patron, Saint Joseph. The world famous International Bamboo Organ Festival is being held during February to celebrate the music of the Las Piñas Bamboo Organ. Other cultural festivals in the city include the Waterlily Festival, which is being celebrated every 27th of July, and the “Parol” or Lantern Festival during Christmas.
Las Piñas is not at all about nostalgia. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in the south. It is home to a wide array of commercial establishments. SM Prime Holdings, the country’s largest retailer and mall operator, has two malls in Las Piñas: SM Southmall and SM Center Las Piñas, both of which are located along Alabang-Zapote Road. Robinsons operates Robinsons Place Las Piñas, which is also located along Alabang–Zapote Road. Other commercial and retail establishments in Las Piñas include Starmall, Puregold, and Vista Land’s Evia Lifestyle Center.
If you are the type of person who enjoys a perfect blend between nostalgia and modern convenience, then Las Piñas is the perfect place for you. Anyone who wants a piece of Las Piñas nostalgia can experience it without breaking the budget by renting an apartment.
Take a look at some of the offerings at Myproperty.ph. Do you prefer a place near shopping malls? There are brand new rooms near SM Southmall and Alabang Town Center that can be leased for only PHP 5,000 a month. If you prefer to stay in a gated community, then a semi-furnished loft in Alabang can be rented for only PHP 10,200 a month. If you are the type who wants to just settle in; check out the apartment for rent at Manuyo Dos, which comes complete with an air conditioner and a refrigerator, and can be rented for only PHP 9,000 a month. Feel free to browse around. Surely there is something for you in Las Piñas.
There are many advantages to renting, especially in Las Piñas. First, you have lesser responsibility for the place. A pipe bursts resulting in a chain of damage, and the owner of the place shoulders the repair bills. In contrast, if you own the place, all gets charged from your pocket.
Second, renting allows you to be free of debt (save, of course, from your monthly rental commitment). When you rent a place, all you pay for are the rent and the utilities, whereas if you try to purchase the place, it would most likely be through financing, such as a bank housing loan. This in turn will put you in debt by a huge sum of money, which will force you to stall other plans.
Third, you may have other priorities on top of home ownership, such as college education, financial investments, and others. Renting affords you a viable and flexible means to sustain both expenses without breaking the bank.
And finally, renting provides you with the utmost flexibility before finally deciding to settle in Las Piñas. With terms that range from six months to one year; there should be a property for rent in this city that fits your needs accordingly.