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It's More Fun In La Huerta

 

Barangay La Huerta has a total land area of 121.72 hectares to include Freedom Island, which is composed of 21 streets and divided into 4 puroks (areas). The barangay is mostly composed of residential and commercial establishments. The three main roads mentioned above are elevated from the community. 

Its main sources of livelihood are primarily general commerce, followed by fishing, vending, and salt-making

 

Location

Barangay La Huerta is located at the southern street of Quirino Avenue of the City of Paranaque. It is bounded on the north by Bgy. Don Galo and the Paranaque River, on the east by Bgy. Sto. Niño, Bgy. San Dionision on the south, and the waters of Manila Bay on the west.

There are three main roads that traverse the barangay, namely E. Aguinaldo Hi-way (formerly the Manila-Cavite coastal road), Quirino Avenue and the Ninoy Aquino Avenue.

 

Historical background

La Huerta is a Spanish word which means "orchard", a place thick with fruits, flowers and trees. A long time ago, the barrio was like a garden where people picked flowers, fruits and trees that offered a breath-taking sight. It had a very beautiful garden where young ladies and men strolled together. Even the friars, Spaniards and señoritas enjoyed spending time in the garden. People from as far as the southern province of Batangas could not refrain from stopping and admiring the place. 

However, since there was no one to maintain the famous garden, the orchard slowly deteriorated. Hence, at present, not even a trace of those trees and plants can be found.

 

Demography

Population 7,035
No. of Households 1,489
Registered voters 5,415

 

Special events


Caracol
The caracol is basically a festivity on boats. Beautiful ladies and handsome gentlemen ride in decorated boats and parade along the Parañaque river. A musical band plays at the end of the procession with the hermana and hermano mayors (sponsors) in one of the boats waving and smiling to all. Fruits like corn, chico, mango and santol are thrown by the hermanas to the other boats and to those swimming to cause chances inside the boats. 

Salubong
Feast of Resurrection where the townspeople keep vigil from Black Saturday to Easter Sunday.

Flores de Mayo
A procession of young pretty girls escorted by local gentlemen. The last lady, usually the loveliest and best attired, represents Sta. Elena (Queen Helena) with her son Constantine as the escort holds a crucifix symbolizing the cross of Christ.

Sunduan
The root word, 'sundo', means 'to fetch'. The tradition was originally a parade of the loveliest gowns (called ternos) made by the better known couturiers in Manila. The ladies' escort, before entering the lady's house, was made to wait for some time. Hence, the lady deliberately makes the men wait. To hasten the ladies, a marching band would be called in to play.

Town fiesta
The feast day of St. Andrew is when the town fiesta is held.

 

Places of interest


St. Andrew's Church
The oldest church in Parañaque, it also serves as its main place of worship for Roman Catholics in the city.

Bulungan sa La Huerta
Famous fisherman's wharf where fish catch from all over the northern part of the country are delivered and bartered wholesale. This is where vendors from Southern Metro Manila get their fresh sea products at low prices.

Schools St. Andrew's School Quirino Ave. Tel. (632) 8262129

St. Paul's School Quirino Ave. Tel. (632) 8263116

La Huerta Elementary School Ninoy Aquino Ave. Tel. (632) 8262095

Parañaque Nat'l High School (Annex) Quirino Ave. Tel. (632) 8262095

Sagrada Familia P. Dandan St. Tel. -

House of Lourdes Quirino Ave. Tel. (632) 8290175 


Churches


St. Joseph chapel

St. Andrew's church

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel



 



 

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