Baclaran is a barangay in the city of Parañaque in the Philippines. It is bordered by the Baclaran River to the east, Pasay City to the north, Manila Bay to the west and Barangay Tambo in the south. It is located in the northernmost part of Paranaque City. Barangay Baclaran is famous for its seaside market, mall and church.
The name Baclaran came from the word “baklad”, a piece of fishing gear used by fishermen in the past. It is a rattan fence used to segregate fingerlings from the bigger fishes during the time when the Baclaran River and the Manila Bay were still used to breed fish. In the past, the place was famous for its baklads therefore people started calling it the “bakladan”, which later on became “Baclaran”.
Baclaran’s current elected local officials are:
- Dullo Cailles – Barangay Chairman
- Oscar Dela Cruz, Ramir Roland “Sek” Gabriel, Roldan Magnaye, Florentino Celeridad, Tess Datu Del Rosario, Carlito “Boy” Gabriel and Eleazar “Teteng” Diokno – Councilmen/Kagawads
- Wyn Wyn Marquez – Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman
Baclaran is known as a one-stop-shop for everything. The barangay has a famous seaside market right beside the Manila Bay along Roxas Boulevard. Another reason why people rush to this place is because of its wholesale market near the Baclaran Mall. Also, devotees flock to Baclaran Church every Wednesday to hear mass and offer their praise and gratitude.
The market is famous for its fresh and live fish, crabs, shrimps, lobsters, squid and more. On the second floor above the market is the restaurant/cooking area. People can buy raw seafood, vegetables and fruits at the market then hire a restaurant to cook them immediately after buying the ingredients. Customers can choose between dining at the restaurants or having their cooked food to go. It is relatively more expensive than most markets in the metro, being situated near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) but it is famous especially among tourists and “balikbayans” who missed the country's exotic local seafood.
The market is also cleaner, more pleasant and more accommodating than most other markets in the city. The ideal time to visit is from around 10 to 11am and in the late afternoon from around 4pm to 6pm. Most deliveries arrive at these times, therefore offering a greater variety of seafood to choose from.
The Baclaran Galleria Shopping Complex is the the barangay's newly rebuilt mall. The mall burned down in 2008, and with it hundreds of thousands of pesos' worth of products were destroyed. Stall owners were eager to salvage anything they could they rebuilt their stalls even when the mall itself was not yet finished.
The local government of Pasay City filed a complaint and eventually requested the mall’s immediate closure.
The issue was resolved and the mall is currently fully functional.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help or the Baclaran Church is famous for its novenas held every Wednesday. Approximately 10,000 devotees visit the church, making it one of the most visited churches in Asia.
- Baclaran www.paranaquecity.com (Accessed 19 June 2010)
- Seaside Mart Baclaran www.marketmanila.com (Accessed 19 June 2010)
- Pasay Govt Orders Closure Baclaran Mall www.sunstar.com.ph (Accessed 19 June 2010)
- The Baclaran Phenomenon www.baclaranovena.org (Accessed 19 June 2010)