FROM VISION TO REALITY
Brgy. Alabang Chairwoman Abas shares how the barangay has transformed into the place to be–bustling and cosmopolitan.
BY NOVIE ROSE NUÑEZ
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MANUEL GENOROSO
Located in Muntinlupa City, Barangay Alabang has long served as Metro Manila’s “gateway” to and from South Luzon or majority of the CALABARZON Region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon). Because of its accessible location and efficient transportation services, many businesses, shopping centers, and highscale real estate properties were developed in the area. The barangay was no longer
just a portal to the South, it became the place to be with its bustling streets, diverse population, and cosmopolitan lifestyle.
According to the 2020 Census of Population and Housing, Barangay Alabang is home to 71,000 people, not counting the thousands of employees that flow in and out of the barangay for work.
Behind all these is a woman, a leader, and a humble chairperson —Christine May “Tin-tin” Abas. She is the first female leader in the history of the barangay. But apart from this, her political experience shows
that this is not her first rodeo.
Abas’ political career started in 2007 when she was elected as Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairwoman. Since then, she was twice elected as barangay kagawad before finally achieving her historic win as Brgy. Alabang’s chairwoman.
With almost 15 years of experience, Abas has witnessed nearly everything, most notably the many changes in the political landscape of Barangay Alabang and its growth—hardships and successes alike.
For Abas, politics is not just a business, for her it’s a “commitment na bago ka ....