Pasay City

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City of Pasay
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Region Metro Manila (National Capital Region)
Mayor Antonio Calixto (LDP) (de jure)
Barangays 201
Physical characteristics
Area 19 km²
Total (2000) 354,908
Density 18,679/km²

The City of Pasay (Lungsod ng Pasay) is one of the 16 cities that make up Metro Manila or the National Capital Region in the Philippines. It is considered to be the third smallest subdivision in the region with a total land area of 18.50 square kilometres. Pasay City is bounded by other neighboring cities in the metropolis such as Manila, the country’s capital city, to the north, Taguig City to the east, Paranaque City to the south and the city of Makati to the northeast.



There are several folk tales explaining where Pasay City got its name. One story was about two forbidden lovers; there was also a story that the city name originated from a plant which was abundant in the town’s area way back. Another story was that the name Pasay actually came from an ethnic group in Malaysia called Pasai. Although local stories abound about the origin of Pasay's name, most people believe that it came from Dayang-dayang Pasay, a princess from the Kingdom of Namayan, a cluster of barangays. Princess Dayang-dayang inherited the land of Pasay and other areas including Baclaran from the Kingdom. From the 12th until the 14th centuries, merchants from different lands used the Kingdom of Namayan as a center of trade.


Like all the cities in the country, Pasay City is lead by a mayor, vice mayor, lower house representatives in each congressional district and other local officials. In the 2010 national and local elections, Antonino Calixto won as the mayor-elect of Pasay City with a margin of 1.44% over his close contender Consuelo Dy. Marlon Pesebre garnered the highest number of votes for the vice-mayoral position. The lower house representative seat went to Imelda Calixto-Rubiano, Calixto's sister. Pasay is made up of 200 barangays which are divided into seven districts.


According to the 2007 Census research, Pasay City has a population of 403,064, compared to 354,908 residents in the year 2000. Based on these figures, the city has an annual population growth rate of 1.77%.


Pasay is famous for its commercial and urban establishments. It is also the location for art-enthusiasts because it is where the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is located. There are also other art establishments and museums in the city such as the Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas or the Folk Arts Theater, Metropolitan Museum, Manila Film Center, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Design Center of the Philippines, Aliw Theater and other entertaining sites such as amusement parks like the Star City and the Boom na Boom where children and the young at hearts can have fun. Terminals two and three and the deomestic terminal of the country’s premier airport, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), are also situated in Pasay. There are also many government offices in Pasay. The Department of Foreign Affairs, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the Government Service Insurance System, the Philippine National Bank headquarters and the Senate of the Philippines are all situated in the city.




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