Las Piñas City

It has 1,031 pipes! Visit Saint Joseph Church in the Historical Corridor and you’ll find this imposing instrument on the second floor.  To hear its distinctive sound, you have to attend mass. Master organist Armando Salarza and his students play up to seven masses on Sundays, and two on weekdays.  Saint Joseph Church is worth a visit in itself, built from adobe or volcanic tuff in the 19th century.

How about visiting a factory where they make of “museums on wheels?” The Sarao Jeepney Factory is the most famous jeepney maker in the country. After World War II, Filipinos took the vehicles that American soldiers left behind and gave them their own twist. Today, it works like a smaller, more fun commuter bus.  The   jeepney is a reflection and expression of the person that owns it. It may have photos of the owners’ children, a favorite quote painted on, visuals of places where he’s lived and worked, caricatures of favorite actors, or the prerequisite shiny hanging trinkets. It’s a virtual museum, and a feast for the eyes. Go to Pulang Lupa to see this quintessentially Filipino vehicle being crafted.

Shared with the City of Parañaque, the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-tourism area is the only remaining mangrove site on Coastal Road.  Go bird watching here to see Collared Kingfishers, Chestnut Munias and Whiskered Terns.