There’s more to Pasig City than the hotels and skyscrapers in Ortigas Center and the historical river that bisects the Philippine capital of Manila. Pasig offers an interesting mix of historical sites, culture points, food trip stops, and recreation spots, making it an excellent go-to place for city explorers.
1. Pasig is one of the oldest municipalities in the Philippines. Over the years, it has seen itself develop into a vibrant city. Not far from the airport in Pasay, getting to and from Pasig is not that much of an inconvenience, traffic conditions aside.
2. For travelers who dig history, Pasig is a treasure box. Would you believe that up to now there are houses here that were built during the 1880s? Case in point: the Bahay na Tisa, an antique house made of adobe and capiz shells.
3. The first Marian parish in the country is also located in Pasig – the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. This iconic edifice is built around the same time the town was founded in 1573.
4. There are 2 notable museums in this city. First is the Pasig Museum, a 3-storey mansion that boasts a Neo-Castillian style of architecture. It showcases the timeline of the city’s history.
5. Second is the Lopez Museum and Library. It houses an array of books and maps of the sixteenth century and works by internationally acclaimed Filipino painters, Juan Luna and Felix Hidalgo.
6. Family vacations need not to be out of the metro. You may bring the kids at Ark Avilon Zoo in Frontera Verde. This is the only indoor interactive zoo in the country. And yes, it’s in Pasig.
7. If you wish for more adventure, Pasig City RAVE is the perfect place. This recreational park features rappelling and wall climbing facilities, an obstacle course, and the tallest and longest zip line in Metro Manila.
8. Though this sounds ironic, RAVE can also give you an inner calm that comes with communing with nature. Just pick a trail and find a fix.
9. Oh, have you heard of Las Farolas – The Fish World? Yes, there’s a fish world in Pasig. It’s a tour destination where you can experience and explore the rich freshwater biodiversity.
10. Pasig City is also a paradise for foodies. Well, that’s a common knowledge. Check out Capitol Commons for a whole slew of dining options.
11. But if you prefer the old-time munch favorites, Kapitolyo is just a short walk or drive away.
12. Of course, your staycation in a premium accommodation in Pasig wouldn’t be complete without shopping. To get the best that the Philippines can offer, head to Tiendesitas. More than 450 traders, mostly entrepreneurs from all over the country are offering specialty merchandise.
13. For cheaper finds, visiting Mutya ng Pasig Public Market won’t hurt. This is said to be the largest public market in the country, with a total floor area of 19,475 sqm.