Pasig City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 15, 2007

The city of Pasig is a highly urbanized eastern city found in the island of Luzon in the Philippines.  It was once the capital of the province of Rizal before it became a part of the conurbation of cities that constitute Metro manila, the country’s National Capital Region.  It is surrounded by the cities of Quezon and Mandaluyong in the west, Marikina in the north, Makati, Taguig, and the municipality of Pateros in the south, and in the east by the municipality of Cainta in Rizal province.  Flowing through it is the Pasig River that connects the Laguna Bay with the Manila Bay.  Thus, the name Pasig, derived from a Hindu word, literally denotes a body of water connecting two bodies of water.

Through the years, Pasig has been growing as one of the metro’s important commercial and business centers.  The city is home to the eastern and more significant part of the Ortigas Center, which it shares with Mandaluyong and Quezon City.  It is the country’s second most important district for business and commerce after the Makati Central Business District.  Found in it are the headquarters of the Philippine Stock Exchange, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, San Miguel Corporation, Banco De Oro, the Philippine branch of HSBC, and the Asian Development Bank.  The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) is headquartered northwest of the Ortigas Center, just across Ortigas Avenue.

Pasig is easily accessed from EDSA, Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare that links most cities, either via Ortigas Avenue or Shaw Boulevard, and the C5 Road.  The most commonly used mode of transportation by its residents are the colorful jeepneys that will go through most of the city’s streets.  Alternatively, taxis can also do the same, while access by bus is quite limited as it just passes through the Ortigas Avenue.

Residential Places in Pasig

The different residential areas in Pasig City range from the upper class to the lower middle class.    Many of the upper class residents reside in the city’s exclusive gated communities.  The most prominent of these is Valle Verde. It is divided into six phases with its gates situated along the city’s major roadways, such as the Ortigas and E. Rodriguez Jr (C5) Avenues.  Its prime location provides quick and easy access to the Ortigas Center, which is just 5 minutes away, The Medical City, shopping centers such as the Tiendesitas, SM Supercenter, Robinsons Galleria, and SM Megamall, as well as to several primary and secondary schools, such as the Poveda Learning Center, La Salle Greenhills, St. Paul College, and Lourdes School of Mandaluyong.

The Ortigas Center also offers prime residences with its many high-rise condominiums.  Among these are the Eton Emerald Lofts at the junction of Emerald Avenue, and Garnet and Sapphire Streets, Malayan Plaza located across the Podium and ADB Headquarters, Greenrich Mansion behind the SM Megamall, Megaplaza across Robinsons Galleria, and Cedar Mansion Condominium on J. Escriva Street.

Hospitals and Universities of Pasig

The city is home to The Medical city (TMC), one of the region’s prominent private medical centers.  The tertiary care hospital’s massive complex of multi-level structures sits in a 1.5 hectare land along Ortigas Avenue, next to the MERALCO Compound.  It is composed of two towers connected by bridgeways, where one is currently a 15-level nursing station that holds a capacity of 500 beds.  It has an 18-storey building dedicated for diagnostic and intervention facilities, 280 doctors’ clinics, and a multi-level basement parking for its clients and staff.

TMC is one of Metro Manila’s most modern hospitals boasting of its state-of-art medical facilities and specialized units.  It specializes in cardiology, neurology, surgery, oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, otolaryngology, psychiatry, ophthalmology and rehabilitation.

Other private hospitals in the city are Javillonar Clinic and Hospital on Dr. Pilapil Street in Sagad, Mary Immaculate Hospital along E. Rodriguez Avenue, Sabater General Hospital on Caruncho Avenue, St. Therese Hospital on C. Raymundo Avenue in Maybunga, and Sto. Niño de San Antonio Maternity and General Hospital along Marcos Hi-way in Dela Paz.

Education

Pasig City has one of the newest and most expensive universities in the Philippines, the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P).  It is a private Catholic university that specializes in business, economics, and management.  Its roster of undergraduate degrees includes economics, political economy, communication, humanities, industrial economics, management, entrepreneurial economics, and information technology.  Its offering of postgraduate courses include master degrees in applied business economics, business economics, industrial economics, management, information technology, political economy, communication, education, and humanities, as well as a doctorate degree in philosophy in development management.  It has its campus located along Pearl Drive in the Ortigas Center.

Other private colleges and universities in Pasig are the Development Academy of the Philippines on San Miguel Avenue in the Ortigas Center, Pasig Catholic College in malinas, St. Paul College, AMA Computer College, and the AU Andres Bonifacio College which is a branch campus of the Arellano University.

Commercial Places in Pasig

Pasig City is home to several prime shopping destinations.  The most prominent of these is Tiendesitas which is located in Barangay Ugong, at the corner of Ortigas Avenue and E. Rodriguez Jr Avenue (C5).  Keeping true to its name, which literally means “a collection of little stores”, Tiendesitas is a 30,000 m² shopping complex composed of shops and stores that are grouped according to their merchandise.  These groupings are called villages, and they are categorized into the Handicrafts Village which showcases export-quality Philippine handicrafts, Fashion Village that exhibits contemporary clothes  together with regional products such as cloths, accessories, and footwear,  Personal Care and Novelties Village where homegrown organic soaps and oils can be found, Pets village that houses licensed pet dealers and pet care and grooming services, Garden Village that exhibits exotic orchids and other potted  plants and fruit-bearing trees, Antiques Village which is flagshipped by Mana Manila, Furniture Village that features contemporary furniture’s designed by sought-after  Filipino designers, Food Village that exhibits a variety of native dishes from all over the country, and the Delicacies Village which is an ideal place to find native delicacies for gifts.  These villages are housed in pavilions that features the Maranao architecture and the traditional Filipino dwelling, the nipa hut or bahay kubo.  Another unique feature of Tiendesitas is that it is open from 12 noon to 12 midnight, virtually making it a night market that is open all year round.

The city certainly does not lack in modern shopping malls.  The newest of these is Robinsons Metro East located in Dela Paz, at the corner of Imelda Avenue and Marcos Hi-way.  Its 5-storey structure houses several shops carrying local and international brands, cinemas, a supermarket, and a foodcourt.  Another shopping mall in the city is Ever Gotesco Ortigas which sits along Ortigas Avenue Extension.  It primarily carries shops for local brands, as well as a supermarket, an arcade, and several cinemas.  The SM Supercenter in Barangay Ugong is a large supermarket that sits right beside Tiendesitas.  Also beside Tiendesitas is Fun Ranch, which is a mall/kids’ center especially built for the entertainment and leisure of children.

Dining Privileges

The most prime night spot in the city is at the Metrowalk, which sits at the crossroads of Julo Vargas Avenue and Meralco Avenue.  This leisure and entertainment center houses prominent bars and restaurants, as well as several bazaars selling bargain items.  Some notable restaurants in Metrowalk are the Filipino Bacolod Chicken Inasal and Marikit na Hapag Kainan, the Italian Teazann and Capisce!, the American Mario’s Kitchen and Pancake House, the Japanese Misato, The Vietnamese Pho Hoa, the Spanish El Pescador, the Brazilian Brazil Brazil, and the international restaurants  Cravings and Good Earth.  Some restaurants that feature live bands are Dencio’s Bar and Grill, Aruba Bar & Restaurant, and Love 2 Laugh Bar.  Notable dance clubs and bars in the complex are Music Venue Metrowalk, R&B Metrowalk, Metro Phi Resto Bar, Mugen Bar, Opus Resto Bar, Decades, and the Elbow Room.  Metrowalk also has coffee and snack houses, such as Starbucks, The coffee Beanery, and Ice Monster.

Other prominent establishments in Pasig City are the Discovery Lounge at the Discovery Suites, Bar One and Raphael Café at the Holiday Inn Galleria, and Serendipity Lounge which are all located along ADB Avenue, Bagaberde on Capt. Henry Javier Street, Pier One Bar and Grill at the Ortigas Auto Depot on Julio Vargas Avenue, Congo Grille at the corner of Doña Julia and San Miguel avenues, and the coffeehouse Mocha Blends at the corner of Meralco and Julio Vargas avenues.

Service Establishments of Pasig

Electric power distribution in Pasig is wholly provided by the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO).  Formerly the Manila Electric Railway and Light Company, it currently services 22 cities and 89 municipalities including that of the metro and Greater Manila areas.  Applications and bill payments may be done in its branches, which are all easily accessible by public and private transports.  Its Pasig branch is located at 70 Sixto Antonio Avenue, corner Dr. Pilapil Street.

The major telecommunication product and service provider in the city is the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).  It provides traditional fixed line services, internet access vie dial-up and DSL, and cellular telephony through its subsidiary Smart Communications. Bill payments and applications for its products and services may be done through its branch offices.  The PLDT Pasig branches are located along E. Rodriguez Avenue in Barangay Ugong and on Liksi Street in Caniogan.

Alternative telecom companies that provide fixed line services and internet access in Pasig are Digital Telecommunications, or Digitel, and Globe Telecoms under its brand Globelines.  Both companies also offers cellular services, with its brands Sun Cellular and Globe Mobile.  Together   with Smart Communications’ Smart Handyphone, they constitute the three major cellular service providers in the Philippines.

Security

Pasig City is the headquarters for the Philippine National Police (PNP) Eastern Police District that sits along the Caruncho Avenue.  Besides this, the city also has several police stations all strategically positioned to ensure the city’s peace and order.  Below is a table detailing its location and emergency numbers.

Pasig City Police
Police Station Location Contact Nos.

Pasig city Jose Parancillo Park 641-1433 / 641-0433
PCP* 1 San Joaquin Barangay Hall 0920-4256375
PCP 2 Kalawan Barangay Hall 642-5648
PCP 3 CM Cruz Street, Bambang 628-4539
PCP 4 Revolving Tower 0927-5143485
PCP 5 Pinagbuhatan Barangay Hall 643-3246
PCP 6 Palatiw Barangay Hall 916-0065 local 803
PCP 7 Dr Sixto Avenue, Caniogan 641-0065
PCP 8 Maybunga Barangay Hall 642-8645
PCP 9 San Miguel Barangay Hall 642-9510
PCP 10 Ever Gotesco, Ortigas 0918-5386458
PCP 11 Raymundo Street, Rosario 628-0672
PCP 12 Manggahan Barangay Hall 682-0424
PCP 13 Santolan Barangay Hall 646-4627
PCP 14 Dela Paz Barangay Hall 916-6110
PCP 15 Ugong Barangay Hall 671-5961
PCP 16 Avis Street, Bagong Ilog 671-0681
PCP 17 Sta Rosa Street, Kapitolyo 632-7598 / 635-9027
PCP 18 Banaag Street, Pineda 0918-6086699
PCP 19 San Antonio Barangay Hall 633-4939
PCP 20 Sagad Barangay Hall 747-0340
PCP 21 Concepcion Street, San Jose 640-2355
*PCP-Police Community Precinct

Embassies in Pasig

There are no foreign embassies and consulates located in Pasig City.  The bulk of these diplomatic offices are found in the neighboring city of Makati, and a few others located in Manila.


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Fred Durnst September 30, 2012 at 4:21 am

Is there a college of nursing named San Joaquin in pasig city?

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