Passi City, Iloilo

Passi City

Passi City, though a fourth-class city in the province of Iloilo, is still the only largest component city in the Province of Iloilo when it comes to land area, population and income.



Passi City was just a simple settlement of the locals living there and by the Malay migrants. When the Spaniards came, they organized it into a pueblo. A story of its name’s origin was said that the Spanish explorers came to ask a woman who was winnowing pounded rice. One of the Spaniards asked her about the name of the place. Not knowing the language, she replied, “Pasi”, which means some of the unhusked rice on her basket held in both hands. She must have thought that the Spaniards were asking what she was doing and what was inside her basket. From that time on, the place was called “Pasi” until it evolved to Passi”.

Population/ Language/ Area


The City of Passi is located south of Dumarao, southeast of Bingawan, east of Calinog, northeast of Dueñas, north of San Enrique, and the southwest of San Rafael.

The City of Passi is centrally located on the island of Panay and can be reached by Iloilo – Capiz highway, within 45 minutes from Iloilo City and one hour to Roxas City.

Products and Services


Passi City is a rice, pineapple, and sugar-rich area. Because of that, the city is named with its slogan “The Sweet City at The heart of Panay” due to its vast pineapple plantations and annual output in fruit production.

Tourist Spots


Famous attractions in the city are the wide pineapple plantations, the cock farms, the Baroque Church of Saint William, the old Mascuvado Chimney, the Chameleon Butterfly Garden, the Amorotic caves of Brgy. Magdungao, the breath-taking highway view with good sunset and the old Railway Bridge which needs some preservation and attention spanning the Jalaur River.