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“Novena Mecca Of Metro Manila”

            Palanyag was its original name, which 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 rice fields 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 and 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 a 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 empathetically said “para aniya aqui, para aniya aqui (he said ‘stop here’… he said ‘stop here).” For days the incident was repeated around and the term “para aniya aqui” stuck.
            Whatever maybe is the real origin of the name Parañaque, the various terms strongly suggest the town’s stories and mosaic past.


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By Land: Parañaque is accessed by these following major roads: South Luzon Expressway, Coastal Road, Metro Manila Skyway, Dr. Santos Avenue (Sucat Road), Carlos P. Garcia Avenue (C-5 South Extension) and C-6 Road.
Parañaque is served by the LRT-1 (via Baclaran Station, which is located in Pasay City) and the PNR (via Bicutan station).
Parañaque is also the location of one of Ninoy Aquino International Airport's terminal. This terminal is Terminal 1 located along Ninoy Aquino Avenue. The flights of major international airlines are located in this terminal.


By car - The metropolis has an extensive system of highways connecting the various cities and municipalities.
By jeepney 
By taxi - Taxis are very affordable by western standards but pretty expensive for locals and almost all are now air-conditioned and use a meter to compute for the final fare. 
By bus - Buses are common in the major thoroughfares of Metro Manila and most will pass through EDSA. 
By minivan - FX(minivans) are a relatively new transport mode available now. They are more expensive than jeepneys, but cheaper than taxis. 
By tricycle - These are common for short trips in areas where jeepneys do not travel. 
By rail - The LRT which is run by the Light Rail Transit Authority or LRTA. The LRT has two lines. Line 1 (also known as the Yellow Line) runs along Taft Avenue from Baclaran Station in Paranaque to Roosevelt Station in Quezon City. Line 2 (also known as the Purple Line) runs from Santolan in Pasig to Recto in the heart of downtown Manila. The MRT (Metro Rail Transit) a light rail transit system that runs along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue or EDSA, one of the main thoroughfares in Metro Manila. 
On foot - If walking is inevitable, just remember that you should always walk on areas were pedestrians walk, and crossing a street is not a problem, if you know how to cross the street correctly.


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  • Amvel Business Park and El Shaddai International House of Prayer
  • National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
  • Bulungan sa La Huerta
  • Chinese Temple
  • Casino Filipino
  • National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians Parish
  • The Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew
  • Solaire Resort & Casino
  • Salt Manufacturing 
  • Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-tourism Area
  • San Dionisio Chapel 



  • The Mecca for Christian Pilgrims. Considered to be the most attended church in Asia.
  • Threatened rare and uncommon water birds.



  • Feast of Sto. Niño (3rd Sunday of January - a feast named after barangay Sto. Niño is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January with a procession of images of the Sto. Niño.)
  • Komedya / Moro-Moro (May - another theatrical drama which history dates back during the Spanish times. The theme centers on the animosity between Christians & Muslims in the beginning, and unity & brotherhood in the end.)
  • Nuestra Señora del Buensuceso (1st to 9th of September - a yearly celebration of the canonization of Nuestra Sra. Del Buensuceso, patroness of the City.)
  • Caracol / Feast of San Nicolas (10th of September every other year - the fluvial parade is in honor of Brgy. La Huerta’s patron saint San Nicolas de Tolentino.)
  • Feast of San Dionisio (9th of October - A religious celebration wherein the Komedya or Moro-Moro is stage-played that brings added color to the feast.)


Due their proximity to the sea, the early Paraqueños traded with the Chinese, Japanese, Indonesians, Indians and Malays. Traditional livelihoods included salt-making, fishing, planting rice, shoemaking, slipper-making and weaving.

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