Pasay City


Pasay City

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official_name = City of Pasay
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native_name = "Lungsod ng Pasay "
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motto = "The Gateway to the Philippines"


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Coordinates: 14°41'N 120°58'E


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subdivision_name3 = Lone District of Pasay City
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leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Wenceslao "Peewee" Trinidad (Kampi/LDP)
leader_title1 = Vice Mayor
leader_name1 = Antonino G. Calixto (Kampi/LDP)
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established_date2 = December 2, 1863
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established_date3 = June 21, 1947
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postal_code = 1300-1309
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website = [http://www.pasay.gov.ph Official Website of Pasay City]
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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 fastly became an urban town during the American Period.

The Embassy of Japan is located in Pasay City. [http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/]

Government

Mayor: Wenceslao "Peewee" Trinidad

Vice Mayor: Antonino Calixto City Councilors:
# Marlon Pesebre
# Richard Advincula
# Lexter Ibay
# Grace Santos
# Ma. Luisa Petallo
# Jonathan Cabrera
# Imelda Calixto Rubiano
# Noel Bayona
# Reynaldo Padua
# Arnel Arceo
# Editha Vergel De Dios
# Ian Vendivel Ex-official Councilors:
# J.T. Trinidad| (SK President- J.T. TRINIDAD)
# Charlie I. Chavez| (ABC President- CHARLIE I. CHAVEZ)

District Representative: Jose Antonio F. Roxas

Location

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 200 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 soon to be completed 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.

Landmarks

*SM Mall of Asia
*Ninoy Aquino International Airport
*CCP Complex
*Villamor Airbase
*Cuneta Astrodome
*Philippine International Convention Center
*Coconut Palace
*Bay City
*Star City
*Folk Arts Theater
*Metro Manila World Trade Center

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 "barangay"s 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.

History

Pasay was originally a barrio of maasim (Masama). People then clamored for separation which was granted on December 2, 1863.

One of its most famous inhabitants in Pasay is former Pasay City Mayor Miguel Cornejo. He is the father of famous Filipino music composer Rodolfo Cornejo and lawyer/pianist Crisanto Cornejo.

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

Pasay City's city anniversary is every 2nd day of December

ister Cities

* Jaechon, Korea
* Union City, California

Railroad System

*MRT is in EDSA and LRT stations are in Taft Ave., Libertad and Gil Puyat.

References

External links

* [http://www.pasay.gov.ph/ Official Website of Pasay City]


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