PARAÑAQUE CITY – Malacañang declared February 13 as a special non-working holiday in Parañaque City to mark the city’s 21st founding anniversary.
This is stipulated in Proclamation No. 665 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on February 6, the local government said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
“Whereas, it is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Parañaque be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies,” the document reads.
Parañaque City, a first class, highly urbanized city in Metro Manila, was once a municipality of Rizal until November 7, 1975, by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 824, when it became a part of Metropolitan Manila or the National Capital Region.
It became the 11th city in the metropolis on February 15, 1998, and was was chartered and urbanized by former President Fidel Ramos during the celebration of the city's 418th Founding Anniversary.
There are several accounts as to how the city got its name.
“One such story stated that long ago, at the mouth of what is now known as the Parañaque River, there stood a balete tree that, when viewed from afar, looked like a majestic ship. This earned it the name Palanyag, taken from the term ‘palayag’, which means ‘point of navigation,’” the local government said on its website.
Another version was there were some who lived close to the Manila Bay whose main livelihood was fishing or paglalayag before Spaniards colonized the country.
Conversely, the neighboring place from the east called Muntinglupa had rice farmers who were referred to as taga-Palayan.
One day, the fishermen and rice farmers had a feast and many got drunk from tuba or fermented coconut wine. One farmer suggested that they should name the entire place Palayan as a sign of cooperation and good will between them.
But a fisherman opposed and argued they should name it Palalayag instead. As a compromise, they agreed to merge these two words and came up with Palalanyag.
However, another drunken guest shouted, “Mabuhay ang Palanyag at ang mga taga-Palanyag!”