» Pasay City

PASAY CITYis bordered by Manila City on the north side, Makati City on the northeast, Taguig City on the east side, and Parañaque City on the south. This city is one of the key cities in Metro Manila, Philippines.

HISTORY
According to history records, the name of the place came from various versions, one version came from the love story of Jose Rizal and his first love Paz during the early years when their love was forbidden by the latter’s parents. When Paz died, Jose Rizal was said to have cried out in loud anguish and uttered “Paz-ay!” in her grave and later on the parents of Paz also named their hacienda Paz-ay which eventually became the name of the whole Pasay town. Another version is that Pasay was derived from an abundant “pasaw” or a plant with an exotic aroma within the vicinity of the place during the early years. Others say it was named after a princess of the Namayan Kingdom, Dayang-dayang Pasay in 1175.

In June 21, 1947 Pasay became a city and was renamed Rizal City in honor of Dr. Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero. However, in 1949 the city’s name was renamed back to Pasay.

Currently, Pasay City boasts of its newly opened SM Mall of Asia, the biggest SM Mall ever built in the Philippines in the Bay area on May 21, 2006.

PROFILE

THE LAND
Pasay City has a total land area of 18.50 square kilometers. The city is the third smallest political subdivision in the National Capital Region yet it has the greater area devoted to utilities covering 51.35% of the total land area. The city has various entertainment, and business establishments.

THE PEOPLE
The current population of the city is 408,610 with 73,846 households. Predominant language used is Tagalog, followed by English language.

RELIGION
The city has diverse religion from Roman Catholics to Iglesia ni Kristo, Baptist, among many other religious sects or organization.

MAJOR TOURIST SPOTS

Pasay City has various interesting spots to visit such as:

  • Cuneta Astrodome
  • Design Center of the Philippines
  • Manila Domestic Airport
  • Manila Film Center
  • National Government Offices such as Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), among many other.
  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal II and III
  • Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)
  • Philippine Trade Training Center
  • Philippine World Trade Center – Various exhibits both local and international are held here.
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • Theme Parks such as Star City, Nayong Pilipino and Boom na Boom.
  • Villamor Airbase

COCONUT PALACE
The Coconut Palace is sometimes used as a venue for weddings, conferences, and shows. The place consists of seven suites with an interior design based on indigenous materials of different regions in the Philippines.

CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES (CCP)
The center is usually a venue for various art and culture shows, stage plays, concerts, exhibits, among many other cultural performances.

FOLK ARTS THEATER
The theater is now known as Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (formerly Folk Arts Theater) with a 10,000 people capacity used for concerts and other performances.

GSIS MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Paintings and sculptures of famous Philippine artists can be found in this museum, such as the works of Amorsolo, Ocampo, Alcuag, Abueva, among many other Filipino painters and sculptors.

PHILIPPINE MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY
This museum can be found in Nayong Pilipino showcasing various attractions in the country and artifacts.

RESIDENCES OF RECTO AND QUEZON
Pasay City is also where Claro M. Recto and President Manuel L. Quezon lived.

STA. CLARA PARISH CHURCH
This is the oldest Church that was built in Pasay City.

HOW TO GET TO PASAY CITY

BY LAND
The city’s public transport system is made up of jeepneys and buses. Economic activities along its major thoroughfares grow, such that volume of the private cars and taxi cabs are getting heavier in these areas. City streets are also congested during the rush hours.