“The Travel City”
An explanation says that Pasay got its name from a princess named Dayang-dayang Pasay. She was a princess of the Namayan Kingdom that existed around year 1175. She owned the lands now comprising the territories of Culi-culi, Pasay and Baclaran.
In year 1727, the of the place was changed from Pasay to Pineda in honor of Don Cornelio Pineda, a Spanish horticulturist who requested for guardias civiles for protection from bandits. The name was used as the name of the place until the early 20th century.
Population/ Language/ Area
The city, according to the 2010 census, has a total population of 392,869. Pasay City covers a total land area of 18.50 kilometers (7.14 sq mi), making it the third smallest political subdivision in the National Capital Region. The city can be divided into three distinct areas: (1) urban area of 5.505 square kilometers (2.125 sq mi); (2) Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) complex, which include the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Villamor Airbase, with an area of 9.5 square kilometers (3.7 sq mi); (3) the reclaimed land from Manila Bay with as area of 4.00 square kilometers (1.54 sq mi). The barangays of the city don’t have names but are designated with sequential numbers.
- Coconut Palace – is the official residence and workplace of the Vice President of the Philippines. It was built in 1978 and was made from several types of Philippine hardwood, coconut shells ans specially engineered coconut lumber apparently known as Imelda Madera. The has an octagon shape with “salakot” (traditional Filipino hat) shaped on top. Inside, there is a coconut-shell chandelier and a dining table made up of 40,000 tiny pieces of inlaid coconut shells.
- Star City – a family-oriented amusement park with a total land area of 35,000 square meter. It has various attractions such as Winter Funland, Dino Island which contains small museum with prehistoric artifacts, Star Theater, miniature train rides, Snow World with freezing temperatures and slides, statutes, castles and igloos carved from ice. Star City also has the Giant Wheel, the tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines with 32 air-conditioned gondolas able to carry six passengers.