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
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
Don Carlos Village ES
Epifanio delos Santos ES
Golden Treasure Baptist Academy
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
Marcela Marcelo 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.
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.
Mayor: Wenceslao “Peewee” Trinidad
Vice Mayor: Antonino Calixto