Las Piñas’ Beauty Queen Village

It is said that in the Philippines, all you need to know is that it has a passion for 3 B’s: basketball, boxing, and beauty pageants. And as far as beauty pageants are concerned, the recently concluded Miss Universe pageant was proof enough how passionate we are for such, a passion greatly rewarded that after 42 years, a Filipina has been crowned Miss Universe in the person of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

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Today however, the Urban Roamer is not going to talk about the event (and the controversy that still surrounds it) or of beauty pageants in general since I am not the authority to talk about such. In the context of this site however, I am dedicating today’s entry to that fascination for beauty pageants and beauty queens, much so that there is a village in the metropolis named after Filipina beauty queens of the past. Continue reading


For The Kid At Heart: A Visit To Yexel’s Toy Museum

Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, we all have this love and appreciation for toys.  It’s inexplicable but there’s something about them that makes us giddy inside as the little child in us comes to life.

And if you want to go to a place where you can experience being a kid again, one place the Urban Roamer would recommend for you to check out is Yexel’s Toy Museum and see a wide array of toys and other items on display.

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Heroism at Zapote Bridge

Today is National Heroes Day, and we remember on this day the heroism of those who came before us for the freedom and liberty of our country. So today, the Urban Roamer revisits the city of Las Piñas to pay a visit to a certain place there that has bore witness to such heroism more than a century ago.

The place in question is in the barangay of Zapote, at the bridge which connects the Las Piñas with Bacoor in Cavite, where on February 17, 1897 an important battle of the Philippine Revolution took place, now known as the Battle of Zapote Bridge.

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The Villars and Las Piñas

In the story of modern Las Piñas, one man (and to an extent, family) has managed to put the city on the map and help it progress to what it is today. I’m talking about Manuel Villar, the real estate developer who became member of the House of Representatives and the Senate and a one-time candidate for the Philippine presidency in 2010. He has then gone back to his property development business Vista Land (at least at this time of writing) while wife Cynthia is in the Senate and son Mark is the House of Representatives. (two other children, Paolo and Camille, remain in the business side)

Cynthia and Manny Villar

Villar has been known for his tagline “Sipag at Tiyaga” (Hardwork and Perseverance) and his advocacy for entrepreneurship as he himself is an entrepreneur who managed to make it big in real estate. Thus, it is no wonder that in Las Piñas, his tagline and advocacy rings out loud, especially if one gets to visit the Villar SIPAG complex in Barangay Pulanglupa.

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Sarao and the Jeepney Legacy

What else can be said about the jeepney? In such a short amount of time since its introduction after World War II, this transportation innovation has become an icon that has become representative of the country itself. Love it or hate it, there is no doubt that as far as Philippine roads go, the jeepney is indeed the king.

And in the realm of the jeepneys, the most recognized name behind them is an icon by itself: Sarao Motors, the jeepney manufacturer that has helped elevate the status of the jeepney to what it is today. The Urban Roamer has been privileged to get to visit their headquarters in Barangay Pulang Lupa, Las Piñas and see history and automotive technology come alive.

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