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City of Pasay
Lungsod ng Pasay
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, located within the city.

Motto: The Gateway to the Philippines
Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Pasay City.
Region National Capital Region
Province none
Districts Lone District of Pasay City
Barangays 201
Incorporated (town) December 2, 1863
Incorporated (city) June 21, 1947
 - Mayor Wenceslao Trinidad (LDP/Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
 - Vice Mayor Antonio Calixto (LDP/Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
 - Sangguniang Panlungsod
 - Total 19 km2 (7.3 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 - Total 354,908
 - Density 18,679/km2 (48,378.4/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 1300-1309
Area code(s) 2
Website Official Website of Pasay City

The City of Pasay (Filipino: Lungsod ng Pasay) is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila in the Philippines. It is bordered on the north by the country's capital, Manila, to the northeast by Makati City, to the east by Taguig City, and Parañaque City to the south.

Pasay City was one of the original four cities of Metro Manila. Due to its proximity to Manila, it quickly became an urban town during the American Period.




Elementary Schools:

  1. Bernabe Elementary School
  2. Padre Burgos Elementary School
  3. Padre Gomez Elementary School
  4. Padre Zamora Elementary School
  5. Epifaño Delos Santos Elementary School (EDSES)
  6. Raphael Palma Elamentary School
  7. Bonifacio Elementary School
  8. Jose Rizal Elementary School
  9. Sto. Niño Elementary School
  10. Gotamco Elementary School
  11. Kalayaan Elementary School

High Schools:

  1. Pasay City West High School (PCWHS)
  2. Pasay City South High School (PCSHS)
  3. Pasay City North High School (PCNHS)
  4. Pasay City East High School (PCEHS)
  5. Pasay City Science High School
  6. Kalayaan National High School


  1. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay (PLP)



  1. Philippine Pasay Chung Hua Academy
  2. San Isidro Catholic School
  3. St. Mary's Academy
  4. Pasay City Academy
  5. Blessed Elena Academy
  6. Southeastern College

High Schools:

  1. Pasay Alliance Christian School
  2. Philippine Pasay Chung Hua Academy
  3. Betty's Vermillion Academy
  4. San Isidro Catholic School
  5. St. Mary's Academy
  6. Sta. Clara Parish School
  7. Pasay City Academy
  8. Arellano University (Jose Abad Santos)
  9. Arellano University (Mabini)
  10. Blessed Elena Academy
  11. Southeastern College


  1. Asian Institute of Marinetime Studies (AIMS)
  2. San Isidro Catholic School
  3. Pasay City Academy
  4. Arellano University (Jose Abad Santos)
  5. Arellano University (Mabini)
  6. Manila Doctors College
  7. San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation, Inc.
  8. St. Therese College
  9. Manila Montessori College International
  10. Lacson College
  11. AMA Computer College
  12. Datamex College
  13. Southeastern College


The SM Mall of Asia, one of largest malls in the world

In terms of area, Pasay City is the third smallest political subdivision in the National Capital Region. It is adjacent to the City of Manila and is bounded to the south by Parañaque, to the northeast by Makati and Taguig and to the west by Manila Bay. The city is located at latitude 14° 32' and longitude 121° 00'.

The City has a total land area of 18.50 square kilometers of which 5.5050 square kilometer is the City proper, 9.5 square kilometers is being occupied by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) complex, which include the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Villamor Air Base and the rest of the reclamation area with 4.00 square kilometers. Thus, among the local government in the region, Pasay has the greater area devoted to utilities covering 51.35% of its total land area or 9.50 square kilometers. The City is known for its entertainment - business-restaurants, coffee shops, and clubs, particularly those located along Roxas Boulevard, facing Manila Bay. A large part of Metro Manila's "tourist belt" is located in the City. Pasay is composed of seven (7) districts, divided into twenty (20) Zones, with a total of 201 Barangays. Zone 19, Covering Barangays 178 and 191, is the largest among the zones with an area of 5.10 square kilometers. Zone 1, on the other hand, is the smallest covering Barangays 1 to 3 and 14 to 17 with an area of 100,000 square meters (0.1 km².).

Most of the attractions in the city are on the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) Complex, on which the massive main CCP building, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (formerly Folk Arts Theater), Manila Film Center, Coconut Palace, Product Design and Development Center of the Philippines (PDDCP), Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), World Trade Center-Metro Manila (WTCMM), Cuneta Astrodome, and theme parks such as Star City, Nayong Pilipino, and Boom na Boom are all located. Terminal 2 and the recently opened Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, as well as the terminal of the Manila Domestic Airport is located in Pasay City. Villamor Airbase of the Philippine Air Force is also located here.

Other national government offices could be found in Pasay: Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Senate of the Philippines, the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry's export promotions agency - the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) - located in the International Trade Complex's Golden Shell Pavilion, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). The main office of the Philippine National Bank, led by its president taipan Lucio Tan, is located in the City.

Pasay City is home to the headquarters of the SM Group of Companies and the SM Mall of Asia, touted as the biggest mall in Asia which opened on May 21, 2006. Also interesting is a budding strip of restaurants at the corner of EDSA Extension and Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Ave. It will also be the house of booming call center business industry in the Philippines due to vast land space available located in the reclamation area.


CCP Complex



This city has 2 railways. The following railways are: LRT Yellow Line and MRT Blue Line. The depot of LRT 1 is located along Airport Road near Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

This city has 5 Railway Stations. The following are:

MRT 3: (with 1 Station)

LRT 1: (with 4 Stations)


This city is the location of Ninoy Aquino International Airport. These are the following NAIA Terminals:

  • Terminal 1 (Old) - Ninoy Aquino Avenue
  • Terminal 2 (Centennial) - NAIA Road
  • Terminal 3 (New) - Near Villamor Airbase
  • Domestic Terminal - Domestic Road

Derivation and early history

There are many conjectures as to the origin of the name Pasay.

In one version, the name of the municipality came from the wail of a brokenhearted swain. Jose and Paz were in love with each other and were intent on a life together, but Jose's father was a mere tenant of the hacienda of Paz's father. For this reason, their love was forbidden and Jose was ordered to stay away from Paz. Unable to bear her misfortune, Paz died.

At her funeral, the elite came to mourn and pray as Jose watched from a distance. As soon as everyone left, Jose dug a tunnel into the earth to be with Paz. Once joined, he let out a sharp and anguished cry "Paz-ay!" In sorrow and regret, the parents of Paz named their hacienda Paz-ay. In time, the town came to be known simply as Pasay.

Historians have another explanation for the origin of the name of the city. It is said that back in the day, Pasay was thick with pasaw, a plant with an exotic aroma. It was said that a Spanish botanist, Antonio Pineda, frequented a place called Basal in the vicinity of San Rafael to gather pasaw.

Pasay may also have come from the name of an ethnic group called Pasai in Malaysia.

The version deemed to be most credible is that Pasay was named after a princess of the Namayan Kingdom, Dayang-dayang Pasay. The Namayan Kingdom was a confederation of barangays that began to peak in 1175 and extended from Manila Bay to Laguna de Bay. Dayang-dayang Pasay inherited the lands now comprising the territories of Culi-culi, Pasay and Baclaran. The royal capital of the kingdom was built in Sapa, known today as Santa Ana.

The natives brought their products to the capital of Namayan. Trading flourished during the 12th to the 14th centuries. Merchants from China, Moluccas, Java, Borneo, Sumatra, India, Siam, and Cambodia came to trade with the natives.

Pasay's name may also have originated from the Spanish Paso hay meaning there is a pass. This referred to the paths cleared among the grass leading to the southern portions from Manila.


Pasay was originally a barrio of maasim. Separation was granted on December 2, 1863.

Pasay became a city on June 21, 1947 with a population of 88,000 and was renamed Rizal City, after Jose Rizal, the country's national hero. In 1949, it was renamed back to Pasay.

On August 21, 1983, Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. (the husband of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino) was assassinated in Manila International Airport (now Ninoy Aquino International Airport) during the Marcos Administration.

On May 21, 2006, SM Mall of Asia was opened in Bay City.

Pasay City's city anniversary is 2 December.


The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is headquartered in Pasay City.[2]


Philippine Airlines is headquartered in Pasay City.[3]

Sister cities


External links

Coordinates: 14°33′N 121°00′E / 14.55°N 121°E / 14.55; 121


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Pasay City is a city in Metro Manila.

  • Chimara, Level 1, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, 556 0809, [1]. This healthy café boasts a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan friendly options from soups, salads and wraps. They also have a great range of soy ice cream and even offer a delivery service. $4-$6 US.  edit
  • Varona Vegetarian Health Foods, 2008 Leveriza Street, Pasay City, 525 0389 / 5367426. Has a canteen with plenty of vegetarian and vegan friendly options as well as a fantastic store offering a very large range of great mock-meats.  edit
  • Gran Prix Econotel Pasay, VLI Station EDSA Cor. Tramo Pasay City, Philippines, (63 2) 886 5159, (63 2) 886 5195, [2]. Gran Prix Econotel, treat every guests with affection. There are wonderful services you can witness as well as conveniences every traveler must have. Its accessibility to the Metro's transportations should prove city lovers that Gran Prix is the best choice you'll ever make. Best rates on official website start at PHP 1,455.00.  edit
  • Atrium Manila, 15F Taft Centrale Exchange, Gil Puyat cor. Taft Avenue, +632-552-0351 (fax: 632-552-0180), [3]. The Atrium's 147 guest rooms are inviting, stylish, and spacious: at 52 square meters, their studio rooms are the largest of any Hotel in Manila. Best rates on official website start at US$35.  edit
  • Copacabana Apartments, 264 EDSA Extension, +632-831-8888 (fax: +632-831-4344), [4]. Copacabana Apartment Manila Hotel is the pioneer in the serviced apartment industry. Established in the early 1970's, this Manila hotel carries with it a long history of quality service and dedication to excellence. Light sleepers should be warned: the EDSA Extension is one of the major highways in the southern Metro area and motor traffic will be audible even on the top floors, particularly on weekends. Best rates on official website start at US$50.  edit
  • Kabayan Hotel, #2878 Zamora St. corner Edsa, Rotonda, +632-5214845, [5]. Geared towards returning Filipino OCWs (Overseas Contract Workers) has accommodation ranging from dormitory beds to family rooms. They even provide a transfer service to and from the airport. Rates range from US$8 to US445.  edit
  • Hyatt Regency Manila, [6], 2702 Roxas Boulevard, Tel: +63 2 833 1234 Fax: +63 2 831 8076. Situated along Roxas Boulevard offering spectacular views of Manila Bay. Hyatt also has another property in Manila.
  • Sofitel Philippine Plaza (formerly the Westin Philippine Plaza), CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., tel. (632) 551-5555, fax:(632) 551-5610 to 11 / 832-692, [7]. Located at a bayside area within the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex
  • Nichols Airport Hotel Quirino Avenue, Metro Manila. Nichols Airport Hotel provides comfortable air-conditioned accommodations with room service, airport and city transfers, and other travel-friendly services.
  • Manila Marriott Hotel, Andrews Avenue, Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
  • Manila Airport Hotel, tel (632)8547549-50; mobile 09208080082, 09229433652, e mail:, [8]. Located at the Ninoy Aquino International the only hotel located at metro Manila's premier airport complex.
  • Park, Bed and Breakfast Affordable and comfortable rooms, convenient facilities, and friendly service for the whole family. The first true motorist hotel in the country offering professional care for you and your car. Address: 733 Woods Street corner EDSA, Pasay City, Philippines. Tel. No. +632.702.2700 to 04. Fax: +632.638.9256
  • Victoria Court Cuneta, tel +63 (2) 831 4615 to 16; [9]. Victoria Court Cuneta offers themed suites that ensure a romantic rendezvous for every couple. Located near Mall of Asia and Casino Filipino. Online reservations are accepted.
  • Victoria Court Gil Puyat 2149 A. Luna St, tel. +63 (2) 831 1036; The hotel, located right off the boundary of Makati City and Pasay, offers themed suites for couples and groups. All-inclusive room service is provided. Online booking available.
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