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    Pasay City

    Brief History

    Records show that Pasay City originated way back during the reign of Rajah Soliman who married a Sumatran princess who bore him two heris, namely Princess Pasay and Prince Sowaboy. Even before his death, he distributed his realm to his two children. Princess Pasay got a portion of that realm, hence the name Pasay.

    In 1727, Pasay was formerly attached to Sta. Ana and annexed to Malate. IN 1863, prominent people of Pasay petitioned civil and ecclesiastical authorities that they be granted the opportunity to govern themsleves. Said petition was granted through the recommendation of Archbishop Gregorio Meliton, thus making Pasay independent.

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    As timed changed, the population increased and so did the industries. Farming was once an important livelihood in the barrios of San Isidro, San Roque and Malibay, but later gave way to the manufacturing business. Fishing too, was a livelihood not until Roxas Boulevard was constructed. Roxas Boulevard was formerly named Dewey Boulevard.

    The economic life of the town steadily improved until its income exceeded the limit for an ordinary town, so it became a city on August 16, 1947 and named after our national hero, Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal. By virtue of Republic Act 183 in June 7, 1950, it was changed to Pasay City. A fast becoming progressive city and its nearness to Manila, business firms and factories are among the reasons why many people from all walks of life have settled and built beautiful residences in it. The city has modern conveniences and cheap forms of transportation.

    Pasay City is the third smallest political subdivision in the National Capital Region. Adjacent to the city of Manila and bounded to the south by Paranaque, norhtwest by Makati City and Taguig to the west. The city has a total land area of 19 square kilometers of which 5.5 square kilometers is the city proper. The Air Transportation Office (formerly CAA) occupies 9.5 square kilometers which inclides the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Villamor Air Base, and the reclamation area, Pasay City has the greatest area devoted to utilities covering 61% of its total land area of 11.7 square kilometers.

    The city is known for its entertainment business, particularly located along Roxas Boulevard facing the Manila Bay, known as Manila’s “tourist belt.” Commercial and residential areas are merged in a zone.

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