Paranaque City Guide

Published Date : October 10, 2022 City Guide Travel guide
Paranaque City Guide

Paranaque City Guide

Introducing Parañaque City


Parañaque, formally the City of Parañaque, is a first-class, busy city in the National Capital Region. It has a population of 689,992 citizens, according to the 2020 census.

PAGCOR Entertainment City, a gaming and entertainment complex under development by the state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, spans an area of 8 km2 (3.1 sq mi) in Bay City and is home to four large integrated resorts, including Solaire Resort & Casino, City of Dreams Manila, Okada Manila, and the soon-to-be-completed Westside City Resorts World. It also has the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange public transportation system and the Aseana City business sector, including the Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

Parañaque is a warm, kind, accommodating, and dedicated Filipino community. It also acts as a second home for several foreign nationals who have fallen in love with the city and its residents. People from all around the country have moved to the city to reside.

Short History 

Parañaque had a thriving industry even before the Spaniards arrived. Because of their proximity to the sea, they were able to deal with other Asian traders, including the Japanese, Chinese, Indians, Indonesians, and Malays. Salts, fish, rice, shoes, and slippers were among the traded items.

The Augustinian Missionaries officially founded Parañaque in the year 1572. An Augustinian Missionary named Fr. Diego de Espiar was assigned as the local priest and constructed a mission house there. A council called the Council of the Definitors was convened on May 11, 1580, which declared Palanyag, as Parañaque was then known, to be an independent town.



  1. Asian Institute of Computer Studies (AICS)
  2. Don Bosco Center of Studies
  3. Parañaque City College
  4. PATTS College of Aeronautics
  5. Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Parañaque


  1. Ayala Malls Manila Bay
  2. SM City BF Parañaque
  3. SM City Bicutan

Tourist Spot

  1. Bird Sanctuary
  2. Tambo Mangroves Avian Reserve
  3. Redemptorist Church
  4. Roligon Mega Cockpit

While you’re there

Things to see & do

Bring your Kids to DreamPlay

Visit City of Dreams and enjoy DreamPlay's cutting-edge, world-class approach to family entertainment

Enjoy DreamPlay’s cutting-edge, world-class approach to family entertainment.

Visit City of Dreams and enjoy DreamPlay’s cutting-edge, world-class approach to family entertainment. Play, laugh, and dance with all of your favorite DreamWorks characters! Explore DreamPlay’s fascinating and spectacular attractions to put your abilities to the test, seek adventure, and have the time of your life!

Enjoy The Fountain at Okada Manila

The beautiful Okada Fountain.

The beautiful Okada Fountain.

Okada Manila provides an added delight to its guests and tourists in the form of the Fountain. The Fountain, one of the many highlights of the famous casino resort, truly shines once the sunsets. Starting at 6 p.m., The Fountain will put on a fountain display in which its waters dance to the beat of one song, providing a beautiful view and a terrific photo opportunity, especially from the resort’s guest suites.

These plays run every hour until the clock strikes ten o’clock or until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Pray at Baclaran Church (Redemptorist Church)

Baclaran Church - a notable national shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Baclaran Church – a notable national shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

The Redemptorist Church, commonly known as Baclaran Church, is a notable national shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help along Roxas Boulevard in Baclaran, Parañaque.

The icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is kept in the church. It is one of the Philippines’ largest Marian churches. Filipino Catholics have an intense devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, which has resulted in masses of devotees flocking to the church every Wednesday to attend Mass and pray the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Wednesdays in Manila are known as “Baclaran Day” because of the heavy traffic caused by visitors visiting the shrine.


Local Shopping Market.

Local Shopping Market.

Filipinos adore shopping! Parañaque has its Baclaran, just as Manila has its Divisoria. Baclaran is a paradise for bargain shoppers, with a wide range of retail and wholesale alternatives for anything from clothing to household necessities. This shopper’s paradise, located near the Baclaran Church, has almost everything you could need. So, if you are planning to visit Baclaran Church, you do extra shopping as well.

If you prefer to shop in an air-conditioned mall, Parañaque has several malls to choose from. SM City Bicutan, SM City BF Paranaque, SM City Sucat, and Ayala Malls Manila Bay are great places to shop, chill out, and eat.

Food & Drinks

Amazing Food Scenes in Paranaque.

Amazing Food Scenes in Paranaque.

For foodies, Parañaque has some of the best restaurants in the area. Here are some famous ones, but we encourage you to search for yourself!

  • La Chinesca (BF Homes, Parañaque City)
  • Waterside (Solaire Resort & Casino, Entertainment City, Parañaque City)
  • Meat Depot (BF Homes, Parañaque City)
  • Sensei (BF Homes, Parañaque City)

There are a lot of great restaurants in Parañaque, so we are sure that your visit will be worthwhile. 

How to Get to Paranaque

By Train

One way to reach Parañaque (at least its border) from Manila is via riding Manila Light Rail Transit System Line’s (LRT 1) train. Baclaran station is found at the furthermost part of Taft Avenue in Pasay and near its border with Baclaran, Parañaque. Riding the LRT Line 1 train is one of the quick and direct routes when going to Monumento. This train line also connects to the two other train lines: LRT Line 2 via the Doroteo Jose station and MRT Line 3 via the EDSA station.

Another alternative for getting to Manila or even further south is to take a different train. The Philippine National Railways Bicutan station is near the Taguig-Parañaque boundary on General Santos Avenue in Bicutan, Parañaque. It runs regular (no aircon) and air-conditioned trains between Calamba, Laguna, and Tutuban, Manila.

By Private Transport

Grab, and other ride-hailing apps such as Angkas operate in the area if you prefer convenience. So, if you have a specific place in mind that you want to visit. You may use those applications or use a regular taxi.


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