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Stopover at Baclaran


Barangay Baclaran is noted for the Wednesday Novenas at the shrine of our Mother of Perpetual Help National Shrine of the Redemptorist Church. Every Wednesday more or less 10,000 people from all walks of life converge at the church to attend the novena. It is without argument the most attended church in Asia.

by Jhaypee Guia on July 20, 2012
Stopover at Baclaran

Baclaran Market

Overview

Barangay Baclaran is noted for the Wednesday Novenas at the shrine of our Mother of Perpetual Help National Shrine of the Redemptorist Church. Every Wednesday more or less 10,000 people from all walks of life converge at the church to attend the novena. It is without argument the most attended church in Asia.

At the same time, Baclaran is the gateway for those coming from the north to such localities as Las Piñas City, Cavite province, and the other Parañaque barangays in the first district. In fact, people from the Philippine capital of Manila usually pass through Baclaran to reach both the international and domestic airports.

This peculiarity made Baclaran a center of commerce and trade, famous throughout the country and second only to old Manila when it comes to discounts and to the variety of products sold.

Most residents are Roman Catholics, followed by Protestants, members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo and Born-Again Christians. In later years, Muslims have become prominent in the barangay, dominating a large sector of commerce.

Community activities mostly revolve around religious celebrations, particularly during the Holy Week and the Yuletide season when Baclaran becomes host to the multitudes who seek the best discounts for their Christmas shopping.

Baclaran Church 

Historical Background

Being near the sea, Baclaran was named after a fishing gear used by the fishermen, called baklad, which means a rattan fence placed by fishermen around the siblings. The fence surrounding the siblings was such that fish could get out until they become big enough to be sold in the market. Many of these baklads were made in the sea by the fishermen in Baclaran that people started calling the place “Bakladan”. The “d” between the vowels was interchanged for an “r” . Hence “Bacladan” came to be called “Baclaran.”

Location

Barangay Baclaran occupies an aggregate land area of 69.8 spuare hectares. The Barangay is composed of six areas. It has a total number of seven national roads, forty six municipal roads and barangay roads. Situated at the northernmost part of Parañaque, Baclaran is bounded by the Baclaran River in the east, Pasay City in the north, Manila Bay in the West and Barangay Tambo in the south.

Places of Interest

Churches

  • Our Mother of Perpetual Help National Shrine
  • Evangelican Church
  • Iglesia Evenglica Unida de Cristo
  • Iglesia Ni Cristo
  • Moslem mosque
  • Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish Church 

Dry goods markets

  • Baclaran Plaza
  • Baclaran Vendors Cooperative Development Inc.
  • Baluyot Market
  • Berma Shopping Mall
  • Buenavista Plaza
  • Cabrera Market
  • Clara Market
  • DAU Baclaran Plaza
  • F. Cruz Market
  • FAGVMI Trade Center
  • Fater Redemptorist
  • G. I. Yeres II
  • Guitirez Shopping Center
  • ITM
  • Lapid Market
  • LFC Home Industries and Religious Articles
  • Mama Cheding Market
  • Marfil Market
  • Mommy Mart
  • PriceSmart
  • Segundina Market
  • T. G. Reyes Market
  • Tuding’s Market
  • Wilmart Shopping Arcade
  • Yñiguez Market 

Wet markets

  • Buenavista Plaza
  • Clara’s Market
  • Flores Market
  • Loya’s Market
  • Mabuhay Market
  • Seaside Market 

Hotels and apartments

  • Buenavista Plaza
  • Carlston Hotel
  • Chateau de Baie
  • Excelsior Hotel
  • RG Buenavista apartelle 

Mission areas and their associations

  • Sitio Maligaya
  • Sitio San Juan

Transportation

The Public Utility Jeep (PUJ) or passenger jeepney is the most common means of transportation. These vehicles ply the major thoroughfares 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Pedicabs (bicycles with passenger cabs attached to them) are also used to reach interiors.

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