Pasay is a city in Metro Manila. Just south of Manila, this city houses the Ninoy Aquino International Airport which serves the region, and the Bay City development which hosts SM Mall of Asia, also part of Manila's tourist area.
Pasay's growth is generally connected to Manila's outward expansion. Today, Pasay displays huge contrasts, from the relative sterility of the Bay City development to the urban plight in the rest of the city. The relative lack of sights make this rather a minor destination, except for spots like SM Mall of Asia and Star City, all within the more stable Bay City area, built on land reclaimed from Manila Bay.
The city is roughly divided by Roxas Boulevard into two parts, showing sharp contrasts. The Reclamation Area is the more sterile part of Pasay, where the obvious visitor attractions are found; east of it is the rest of the city which is a concrete jungle, a mix of high-rise condominiums, multistory apartments, ordinary one to two-story houses, and rickety slum residences. EDSA Rotunda is an area at the interchange between Lines 1 and 3 and a land transport hub, also seedy not only for street vendors and petty crime, but also for prostitution and a row of no-tell motels, lending its reputation as a red-light district outside Manila city proper. The southeastern corner of Pasay contains Villamor Airbase, Newport City, and the airport.
- Main article: Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Ninoy Aquino International Airport lies in the southern part of Pasay.
Terminal 1 is principally used by the majority of international carriers; Terminal 2 is exclusively used by Philippine Airlines flights (domestic or international). Terminal 3 is used by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines (some domestic flights), AirAsia, ANA, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, KLM, and Singapore Airlines. Terminal 4 is used by domestic carriers using smaller aircraft.
There are yellow airport meter taxis waiting outside the arrival areas, each dispatched when one departs. Beware of scams, especially those using a device that tampers the meter (batingting), and insist on using the meter.
White taxis are "not officially sanctioned" by NAIA, but their drivers are more honest, with a base fare of ₱30. But most only serve the departure area, and are not allowed to pick up passengers.
From outside Metro Manila
There are multiple provincial bus routes that terminate in Pasay, with terminals concentrated around Taft Avenue-Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) area and EDSA (Pasay Rotonda or Malibay). Most buses come from southern Luzon, especially CALABARZON, Bicol Region. There are only a few bus terminals for routes to northern Luzon.
- ALPS The Bus (A few meters north of the BBL terminal.). Frequent trips from destinations in Batangas (Batangas City and San Juan). Buses have good onboard Wi-Fi service.
- BBL Transport (Balibago Bus Lines) (Beside the DLTB terminal.). Trips from Pacita Complex (San Pedro, via Susana Heights Exit or Southwoods Exit) and Balibago (Santa Rosa). Buses have on-board Wi-Fi, but is badly sluggish. Lines can be long during rush hour at the terminal.
- Ceres Transport/Gold Star. Frequent trips from Batangas City, and bi-weekly arrivals from Iloilo via Mindoro.
- DLTBCo. (BLTB), Taft Avenue. Frequent departures to Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, and some daily departures to Bicol and Eastern Visayas. Services to Nasugbu no longer terminate at the EDSA terminal.
- DLTB Buendia terminal, Taft Avenue (Beside Buendia Station's northwest exit.). Serves trips from most destinations in CALABARZON (Batangas City, Lipa, Lucena, Nasugbu via SLEX/Carmona, Santa Cruz)
- DLTB EDSA terminal, EDSA (On the eastbound lanes, midway between Aurora Boulevard and Edang Street.). Serves trips from Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.
- Elavil Tours, EDSA (At the corner of Apelo Cruz Street, a few meters east of the Philtranco terminal.). Trips from Ormoc (Leyte) and Magallanes (Sorsogon).
- Jac Liner/LLi (Lucena Lines), Gil Puyat Avenue (Beside the Ceres/Gold Star terminal.). Services from Biñan, Santa Cruz and Lucena (Grand Terminal).
- Jam Transit, Taft Avenue (Near Buendia Station's southeast exit, and beside Arellano University Jose Abad Santos campus.). Trips from Biñan, Balibago (Santa Rosa), Batangas City, Lemery, Lipa, and Lucena (Grand Terminal or Dalahican). The company's Pasay terminal has A/C waiting rooms and an in-house convenience store; ticket booking for 2Go ferries can be bought from an agent inside the terminal premises.
- Pasay Rotonda terminal, EDSA corner Taft Avenue (Behind Hotel Sogo). Owned by Genesis Transport, with trips from Central Luzon, but also serves Airport Link buses from NAIA and some buses from other companies serving southern Luzon.
- Philtranco, Apelo Cruz Street, Malibay (Past the Elavil terminal). Trips from Clark Airport, Zambales, Bicol, Mindoro, Visayas (Iloilo, Ormoc) and Mindanao (Cagayan de Oro, Davao)
Within Metro Manila
There are also various bus routes that can be used to access Pasay within Metro Manila, all passing through the major thoroughfares, namely EDSA, Gil Puyat Avenue, and Roxas Boulevard.
Pasay can be reached by Line 1 from Manila, or Line 3 from Makati and Quezon City.
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Jeepneys are the major mode of transportation around Pasay. Just look at the signage in the front and sides for the routes and destinations.
As with most of Metro Manila, is inadvisable to drive around Pasay. Parking is scarce, traffic may grind to a half at times, and roads tend to be narrow. The major thoroughfares are EDSA, Roxas Boulevard, Gil Puyat Avenue, Taft Avenue, Macapagal Boulevard, Arnaiz Avenue, and Harrison Avenue, but traffic remains worse. The Mall of Asia area can be accessible by car, but parking fees can cost a lot, and commuting is still advised as it is well served by public transport.
- 1 Mall of Asia Eye (MOA Eye), Seaside Avenue (Behind SM Mall of Asia). Part of SM by the Bay, it is 55 m (180 ft) Ferris wheel overlooking Manila Bay.
- Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard. Straddling the boundary with Manila, this building complex is constructed displays the Filipino performing arts and culture. It is one of the key locations around the Reclamation Area.
- 2 Tanghalang Pambansa, Roxas Boulevard. A giant Brutalist theater building that is the center of the CCP complex. It is built in 1969, and the architecture is designed by Filipino architect Leandro Locsin. It houses four theatres for different performance genres.
- 1 Mall of Asia Arena (MOA Arena), Jose W. Diokno Boulevard. A large outdoor arena that serves as an alternative venue for Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) games, most concerts, and theatrical performances.
- 2 Star City. The only indoor, air-conditioned amusement park in the Philippines, with 30 attractions and rides.
Of among the major malls in Metro Manila, SM Mall of Asia, or simply MOA, was built on reclaimed land, is mostly the main shopping destination one may not miss. The mall hosts many high-end brands and restaurants, but besides shopping, there is an ice skating rink and it also has its own theme park, MOA by the Bay behind, overlooking Manila Bay.
There are other malls around Pasay, such as the Metropoint Mall, not far from the Lines 1 and 3, the city-owned and the smaller Atrium Mall, just near Line 1 Gil Puyat station. Those smaller malls do not have the high-end stores, and mostly have tiangge-style shops, which offer cheaper finds, but they usually sell pure imitations of most known brands, usually imports from China.
- Chimara, Level 1, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. This healthy café boasts a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan friendly options from soups, salads and wraps. They also have a great range of soy ice cream and even offer a delivery service. US$4-6.
- Varona Vegetarian Health Foods, 2008 Leveriza Street, Pasay City, ☏ , . Has a canteen with plenty of vegetarian and vegan friendly options as well as a fantastic store offering a very large range of great mock-meats.
- Atrium Manila, 15F Taft Centrale Exchange, Gil Puyat cor. Taft Avenue, ☏ , fax: . The Atrium's 147 guest rooms are inviting, stylish, and spacious: at 52 m², their studio rooms are the largest of any hotel in Manila. From US$35.
- Shogun Suite Hotel, 2867 P. Zamora Street, ☏ , fax: . Near shopping malls, business districts, and major tourist attractions. It is just beside Metro Point Mall and approximately 15 minutes from SM Mall of Asia. Rooms equipped with Air-conditioning, Wireless Internet access, Private toilet and bath. Some of its facilities and services are Business center, coffee shop, Massage service and safe deposit boxes. While here, take time to visit these neighboring historical sites and significant landmarks: Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, World Trade Center and Cultural Center of the Philippines. From ₱1500.
- Copacabana Apartments, 264 EDSA Extension, ☏ , fax: . Copacabana Apartment Manila Hotel is the pioneer in the serviced apartment industry. Established in the early 1970s, this Manila hotel carries with it a long history of quality service and dedication to excellence. Light sleepers should be warned: the EDSA Extension is one of the major highways in the southern Metro area and motor traffic will be audible even on the top floors, particularly on weekends. From US$50.
- [dead link] Gran Prix Econotel Pasay, VLI Station EDSA Cor. Tramo, ☏ , . Accessible to the Metro's transportation. From ₱1455.
- The Heritage Hotel Manila, Roxas Blvd corner EDSA,, ☏ , fax: . A five-star deluxe hotel, it is minutes away from the international and domestic airports, business hubs; convention centres and SM Mall of Asia, the largest shopping mall in the Philippines.
- Kabayan Hotel Pasay, #2878 Zamora St. corner Edsa, Rotonda, ☏ . It offers 253 air-conditioned rooms, all equipped with cable TV, private toilet and bath, telephone, and bedside control panel. Some of its facilities and services are restaurants, function/meeting rooms, business center with Internet facility, room service & laundry, and massage service. From ₱1175.
- Midas Hotel and Casino, 2702 Roxas Boulevard, ☏ . A/C rooms equipped with cable television, private balcony, shower with bathub, hair dryer, phone and wi-fi internet access. Some of its facilities and services are airport and city transportation service, cafe and parking. From ₱4220.
- The Mabuhay Manor, 2933 F.B. Harrison cor. Ortigas Streets, ☏ . It offers 115 rooms, all equipped with an air-conditioner, Wi-Fi access, a private toilet and bath, mini-bar, hair dryer, and telephone for utmost convenience. Some of its facilities and services are restaurant, swimming pool, business center, function rooms, prayer house, complimentary use of safe deposit box at the front desk, and laundry and dry cleaning services. From ₱2730.
- Park, Bed, and Breakfast, 733 Woods Street corner EDSA, ☏ . It offers 75 affordably cozy rooms, all equipped with air-conditioner, cable TV, mini-bar, Internet access, coffee/tea maker, private toilet and bath, and a telephone. Some of its facilities and services are airport and city transfers, business center, car rental, restaurant, massage service, and valet parking. From ₱1021.
- Pinoy Pamilya Hotel, 2897 F. B. Harrison cor. Cuneta Ave., ☏ . It offers air-conditioned rooms, all equipped with cable TV, Internet connection, IDD/NDD telephone, mini-refrigerator, and a coffee/tea maker. Some of its facilities and services include Wi-Fi Internet access, coffee shop, room service, massage service, and room service. From ₱1437.
- Hyatt Regency Manila, 2702 Roxas Boulevard, ☏ , fax: . On Roxas Boulevard offering spectacular views of Manila Bay. Hyatt also has another property in Manila.
- Manila Airport Hotel, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. +632 8547549-50; mobile 09208080082, 09229433652. The only hotel att the Ninoy Aquino International
- Sofitel Philippine Plaza (formerly the Westin Philippine Plaza), CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., ☏ , fax: . At a bayside area within the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex
- Victoria Court Cuneta, ☏ . The hotel offers themed suites that ensure a romantic rendezvous for every couple. Near Mall of Asia and Casino Filipino. Online reservations are accepted.
Parañaque, another city, is not too far from the airport.
|Routes through Pasay (by car)|
|Cubao ← Makati ←||N S||→ END|
|Becomes ←||N S||→ Parañaque → Becomes to Las Piñas|
|Ermita ← Malate ←||N S||→ Becomes|
|Ermita ← Malate ←||N S||→ END|
|END ←||W E||→ Jct ← → → Makati|
|Routes through Pasay (by rapid transit)|
|END ← Baclaran ←||S N||→ Malate → Ermita|
|END ←||S N||→ Makati (interchange with ← → → Cubao|