The City of 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 quickly became an urban town during the American Period.
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.
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.
Most of the attractions in the city are on 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.
Spectacular performances are often staged at the Cultural Center and the Folk Arts Theater. Through the years, the main theater has served as the venue for local presentations of the Repertory Philippines, Manila Symphony Society, National Philharmonic Society, Hariraya Dance Company, Karilagan Cultural Arts International, and the world-famous Bayanihan Dance Company. In addition, the parks and playgrounds of the Nayong Pilipino are readily convertible into theaters where performing troupes regale their audiences with songs and dances of the different regions.
Pasay has three five-star hotels – the Westin Philippine Plaza by the bay and the Heritage and Hyatt along Roxas Boulevard. The Philippine Village Hotel is a stone’s throw way from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Traders (formerly the Holiday Inn) is right across from the Cultural Center.
Terminal 2 and the recently opened 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 in Pasay.
Other national government offices could be found in Pasay: Department of Foreign Affairs, Senate of the Philippines, the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry’s export promotions agency – the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions – located in the International Trade Complex’s Golden Shell Pavilion, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. 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.
Companies in the airline industries are located in Pasay City such as Philippine Airlines is headquartered in the Philippine National Bank Financial Center, Spirit of Manila Airlines has its headquarters in Roxas Sea Front Garden and Cebu Pacific and Interisland Airlines have their headquarters on the grounds of Ninoy Aquino International Airport and in Pasay City.
Both the domestic and international airports are in Pasay and these serve to conduct the city’s intercourse with the outside world. Pasay greets an advantage of two searches of better chances in foreign lands. At any given time there are a dozen aircraft parked before the terminal. The tricolor of Philippine Airlines aircraft predominates. PAL, as locals call it, is the nation’s official carrier, noted for its pretty, smiling, and stewardesses. Next to the PAL Boeings and Airbuses are aircraft from JAL, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Lufthansa, United and Northwest. Most are long-haul 747s or new Airbuses.