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There are many legendary tales and theories explaining the origin of the name Pasig. However, the most convincing theory comes from the late Dr. Jose Villa Panganiban – a linguist, polyglot, professor, and former director of the Institute of National Language. He said that “Pasig” is an old Sanskrit word referring to a “river flowing from one body of water to another,” in the case of Pasig River, from Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay.

Pasig is one of the oldest towns in the Philippines. The Augustinians created it in 1572. In June 1901, Act No. 137 of the Philippine Commission incorporated Pasig in the newly created Province of Rizal. It became the Provincial Capital of Rizal until 1975 when the Metro Manila Commission was created under Presidential Decree No. 824.

On 26 July 1994, the Senate and the House of Representative enacted Republic Act 7829 converting the Municipality of Pasig into a highly urbanized city. On 8 December 1994, President Fidel V. Ramos signed it into law. The people of Pasig ratified this through a plebiscite on 21 January 1995.

CORPORATE SEAL

The Woman at the center of the logo represents the Mutya ng Pasig, the idealism of perfection in all aspects that epitomizes loyalty, goodwill and splendor of the City of Pasig.

The Body of Water on both sides of the woman is a suggestion of the Pasig River connecting two bodies of water, Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay both suggested by waves.

The Immaculate Conception Parish Church, founded in 1572, exudes not only the Christian faith but also history and tradition. The church is one of the oldest edifices in the city.

Industrial and commercial establishments manifest prosperity and progress, the hallmarks of the city’s development.

GEOGRAPHY

Pasig lies approximately on the southeastern end of the Pasig River. It is bounded by Quezon City and Marikina on the north, the municipalities of Cainta and Taytay on the east, the city of Mandaluyong on the west, and the municipalities of Taguig and Pateros and the city of Makati on the south.

Pocket Profile

Land Area

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31 km²

Classification

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Highly Urbanized City

No. of Barangays

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30

No. of Congressional Districts

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1

Population

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526,043 (as of 2003)

CLIMATE

The climate in the area is mild. Rainfall occurs mostly from June to October due to the southwest monsoon. The dry season starts in November and ends in May registering a warm mean temperature of 29.2 ºC. The coldest month is January.

The normal relative humidity is 77 percent, which is highest from July to September.

The northeast wind normally occurs during the months of January, February, October, November, and December while the southwest and southeast wind occur at shorter periods from June to September and March to May, respectively.