The City of Pasay is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila in the Philippines. Pasay City is the third smallest political subdivision in the National Capital Region. It is adjacent to the city of Manila and bounded to the south by Parañaque, northwest by Makati City, and Taguig to the west. It occupies a total land area of 13.9 sq. kilometers. Pasay City is known for its leisure and entertainment establishments – 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 Pasay City. Geographically, the city is situated on the south side of the capital, Manila.
Farming was once an important livelihood in the barrios of San Isidro, San Roque, and Malibay but it later give way to the manufacturing industry. Fishing, too, was a good source of livelihood in the town – until the construction of Roxas Boulevard, which was formerly named Dewey Boulevard.
Today, Roxas Boulevard is a recognized center for culture and the arts in the country. Found here is the Cultural Center of the Philippines, which was built to symbolize the country’s national cultural development. The CCP is an institution mandated by law to preserve, promote, and enhance the Filipino people’s cultural heritage. Not far from the Cultural Center of the Philippines stands the Folks Arts Theater. The work of Architect Leandro Locsin, the 10,000-capacity theater is used for popular performances which anticipate extensive audiences.
The Civil Aeronautics Administration complex (CAA), which is comprised of the Villamor Air Base and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), occupies a huge portion of the city. Aside from being loaded with numerous entertainment and leisure attractions, Pasay City also plays a significant role in promoting Philippine arts and cultures, being home to important venues such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Folk Arts Theatre.
Most of the attractions in Pasay are in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex, where Philippine International Convention Center, Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (formerly Folk Arts Theater), Manila Film Center, Coconut Palace, Product Design and Development Center of the Philippines, Philippine Trade Training Center, World Trade Center-Metro Manila, Cuneta Astrodome, and theme parks such as Star City, Nayong Pilipino, and Boom na Boom are all located.
For astounding theater performances by the Philippines’ greatest acts, book a show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Bayanihan, the country’s premier folk dance group, are residents here. They’ve won so many awards internationally we’ve lost count. The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino and the multi-award winning Philippine Madrigal Singers also take up the stage. Our performances will enrapture you. Foreign acts and Broadway shows also come to life in this theater—from Miss Saigon to The Phantom of the Opera. At the Little Theater, watch experimental plays and “indie” performances.
Visit any palace lately? The Coconut Palace is almost 100% made out of coconut—from the tree, to the root, and down to the coconut husk. Take a peek behind the gates; you might even see the Philippine Vice-President. This is his official office and residence.
The Philippines is swiftly becoming a world-class destination. At any given weekend there will always be a concert, a show or a trade fair in the World Trade Center, SMX Convention Center, or the SM Arena. From design and lifestyle expositions, to rock concerts and speaking workshops—we have it all.
The fourth largest mall in the world is also here: SM Mall of Asia. It’s overwhelmingly huge. Weekends are always happening here, with open-air entertainment and even a fireworks show. Walk by the bay, watch how Filipinos hang out with their families. Drop by Kultura to shop for some Filipino handicrafts and souvenirs.
Foray your way into Resorts World; it’s like Las Vegas, Filipino style! A casino and lifestyle complex in one, it boasts three hotels, a concert arena, clubs, movie theaters, and upscale shopping.
Found in Pasay are the houses of two prominent people in the national government, Claro M. Recto and President Manuel L. Quezon. With its nearness to Manila and the proliferation of business firms and factories, Pasay has been the target destination of people from all walks of life who have wanted to settle and build beautiful residences in the metropolis. Pasay today is a progressive city boasting modern conveniences and, for its multitute of urban settlers, cheap forms of transportation.
Aside from being the site for the three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pasay City is served by two major railway systems in Metro Manila, which are the LRT Yellow Line and the MRT Blue Line. Depending on which part of the city you want to visit, you can alight from five different stations. The LRT Baclaran Station is the closest one to the airport. The three other LRT and MRT stations include Gil Puyat station, Libertad station, Taft, and EDSA station. Regular public buses also operate around the city and metred taxis are always available for hire.