Pasay City

Pasay is one of the original cities of Metro Manila. It is the smallest political subdivision in the National Capital Region. The city is bordered by the following:

Manila – north

Makati City – northeast

Taguig City – east

Paranaque City – south

Brief History

There are several versions of how Pasay got its name. The most notable is the one referring to the reign of Rajah Soliman. He married a Sumatran princess and had two children, Princess Pasay and Prince Sowaboy. Before the rajah’s death, the realm was divided among the two heirs. The portion that went to the princess was named Pasay. Another explanation provided by historians is that the name was derived from the plant pasaw, which has an exotic aroma. The city was said to be filled with pasaw back in the day. Another version refers to a princess called Dayang-dayang Pasay of the Namayan Kingdom. She was said to have inherited the lands that now comprise Culi-Culi, Baclaran and Pasay.

Pasay was originally a barrio of maasim. It was granted separation on December 1863. It became a city on June 21, 1947 and was renamed as Rizal City, after the country’s national hero. It was renamed back to Pasay in 1949.

Schools in Pasay

A. Bonifacio ES

A. Mabini High School (Arellano University)

Apelo Cruz ESBernabe ES

Betty’s Vermillion Academy

Blessed Elena Academy

Cuneta ES

Don Carlos Village ES

Epifanio delos Santos ES

Gideon Academy

Golden Treasure Baptist Academy

Gotamco ES

Grace Christian Community School

Great Beginnings Preschool

Integrated Montessori Center, Inc.

Interfaith Kindergarten School, Inc.

Jose Abad Santos High School (Arellano University)

Jose Rizal ES

Juan Sumulong ES

Kalayaan ES

Kalayaan NHS

Lacson College

Marcela Marcelo ES

Maricaban ES

P. Burgos ES

P. Villanueva ES

P. Zamora ES

Pasay Alliance Christian School

Pasay City Academy (Pasay City Adventist Academy)

Pasay City East HS

Pasay City North HS

Pasay City South HS

Pasay City West HS

Pasay Pre-Schoolers Tutorial and Learning Center

Philippine Pasay Chung Hua Academy

Rafael Palma ES

Rivera Village ES

Rizal City School

San Isidro Catholic School

San Jose Kindergarten School

San Juan Nepomuceno School, Inc.

Southeastern College

St. Gabriel Preschool

St. Mary of the Steps School

St. Mary’s Academy

St. Therese of the Child Jesus & of the Holy Face School

Sta. Clara Parish School

Timoteo Paez ES

Villamor Airbase ES

Business and Tourism

The number of business centers and tourist attractions in Pasay contributed to the city’s growing economy. Pasay is home to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), a massive complex which houses prominent structures such as the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the Coconut Palace and the World Trade Center. Popular theme parks such as Star City and Boom na Boom are located near the CCP. The Cuneta Astrodome, home of the Philippine Basketball Association, the Villamor Airbase and the SM Mall of Asia are also located in Pasay City.

Roxas Boulevard, which faces the Manila Bay, has many hotels and bars which attract lots of locals and tourists. The large reclamation area in Manila Bay has been transformed into a strip of restaurants and bars that lined the corner of President Diosdado Macapagal Avenue.

City Government

Mayor: Wenceslao “Peewee” Trinidad

Vice Mayor: Antonino Calixto