Las Pinas-Paranaque

Paranaque, Manila

The Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area is located on Freedom Island and covers an area of about 30 km2 with an elevation of between 0 and 7 meters above sea level. It is a barrier island located across from the Manila–Cavite Expressway just south of another reclaimed site called Asiaworld City, a residential waterfront community that is part of the bigger Bay City development ...


Freedom Island is an artificial island in Manila Bay just off the coast of Paranaque in Metro Manila, Philippines. It was formed between 1973 and 1985 during the construction of the Manila–Cavite Coastal Road. Two other islands lie immediately to the south in Las Pinas, namely Long Island and another smaller island also formed by land reclamation.

The island consists primarily of loam and dredged material pulled from the bay and nearby lands. It contains a mangrove forest and swamps providing a habitat for many migratory bird species, including the Philippine duck, Chinese egret, common moorhen and black-crowned night heron. The island was declared a Critical Habitat by the Philippine government in 2007. It was listed as a Ramsar wetland of international importance in 2013.  Wiki

Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area News

  • Environmental Protection A Must To Sustain Tourism

    The importance of protecting the environment to sustain the local as well as the global tourism industry was the focus of a four-day ecotourism festival that ended here recently.

    International delegates from 10 countries including the United States, Costa Rica, Jordan, Japan, Thailand and Australia spoke on a variety of topics that included general tourism, architecture and ecotourism site development.

    With the theme ā€œEcotourism Driving Sustainability: Asean and Beyond,ā€ the event brought together much sought after speakers from the Global Ecotourism Network (GEN) and other experts f ...

  • Tieza Board Okays P45 Million For LPPCHEA Conservation Drive

    The development of the Las PiƱas-ParaƱaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), a 175-hectare area considered as the "last coastal frontier" or the "last natural bastion in Metro Manila", will be getting a much- needed financial boost.

    The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) board of directors has approved a budget of P45 million for the conservation of LPPCHEA, including the construction of the Wetland Center, Birdhives, Boardwalk and View Towers at the Long Island, Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Res ...

  • Senate OKs Bill Increasing Number Of PH Protected Areas

    The Senate on Monday approved a bill that expanded the number of protected areas in the country.

    Senate Bill No. 1444, or the "Expanded NIPAS Act of 2017" was approved on third and final hearing with 22 affirmative votes, zero negative vote, and zero abstention.

    It would bring 92 new areas, including six internationally-recognized natural sites, under the protection and management of the country's landmark National Integrated and Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act.

    The bill seeks to amend Republic Act 7586 or the NIPAS Act of 1992, in order "to include more areas and to ensure greater ...

  • Bird Watching

    We went to LPPCHEA with the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines for some Bird Watching

  • Stilts At LPPCHEAA

    On the 1st of April, a few WBCP-ers (led by Mike L. and Arne J.) attended the groundbreaking for a wetland park at the LPPCHEA (Las PiƱas-ParaƱaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area). Finally! Hopefully, this project, led by Sen. Cynthia Villar, will focus on the importance of the mudflats as a wetland (it is a declared RAMSAR site!) and as a green space in a city choked by urban developments lacking environmental planning.

    Adri and I were there but unwittingly skipped the ceremonies as we were captivated by several Black-winged Stilts foraging along a relatively clean beach. We had l ...

  • Manila Standard CSR Champions Join DENR Coastal Cleanup Drive

    Last April 8, the Manila Standard CSR Champions rallied to the call for a coastal cleanup issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The cleanup was held at the Las Pinas ā€“ Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), and was the first of a three-part series of festivities lined up in time for Philippine Earth Month.

    About 30 Manila Standard Champions along with volunteers and officials of the DENR, participated in the clean up.

    The volunteers were divided into three-member teams and deployed along the area to pick up trash and other hazardous waste (li ...