Parañaque – In the Middle of Two Bays
With a long history as a residential area, Parañaque has also become
home to some of the country’s largest industrial and business
operations. With its location between Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay, the
city is a trade route between Metro Manila and its surrounding
The city is accessible from many different points; many choose to take
the Baclaran route from Cavite
while others pass by the Southern Luzon
Expressway (SLEX) on their way to Laguna
It is also the
Philippines’ largest aviation hubs as Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino
International Airport is within the city’s jurisdiction.
Living, Working, and Playing in Parañaque
Parañaque is a city with a long history. It was a fishing port during
pre-Spanish times and was a popular pilgrimage town, with the image of
the Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso drawing devotees from all over the
islands. During the American period, the first few factories were built
in Sucat. The area beside the bay became home to some of the country’s
most prominent families, many of whom wished to take advantage of the
cool sea breezes and quiet environment. Many of these stately homes
have been replaced with markets and condominiums, but newer
subdivisions further inland have become the city’s largest residential
, for instance, is one of the largest
subdivisions in Asia, while other subdivisions such as Merville
continue to attract middle-class residents.
This can be explained by the city’s status as an industrial and
commercial center. Parañaque is home to at three SM Supermalls, with SM
Mall of Asia, one of the country’s largest, just a short drive away.
Light and medium industries dominate the landscape of the eastern side
of the city, and the SLEX serves as the main conduit for motorists and
commuters going to and from the factories south of Metro Manila.
The district of Baclaran, close to the border with Pasay, is an
important trading center, thanks to the presence of the 9,000-capacity
Perpetual Help Shrine, also known as Baclaran Church. Nature-lovers can
go birdwatching in Freedom Island, a few meters off the city’s Manila
Bay shore, and motor enthusiasts can enjoy motocross in Speedworld Park
in Barangay Don Bosco.
Buying a House in Parañaque
With its many subdivisions, it is very easy to find a house in
Parañaque. Prices range from P1.8 million to P65 million, and most of
these houses are located in secure, well-lit villages with complete
amenities. With the city growing very fast, it’s advisable to buy a
house in Parañaque now.