Pasig City

About the city of Pasig

Seal of pasigEtymology:
The name Pasig is believed to come from the Sanskrit word “passis” or sand which refers to the community on the sandy river bank.  Some historians trace the name of Pasig to the Tagalog word “mabagsik” which means violent action which can describe the river which currents brought logs from Montalban to Manila.

It was also called “mapaksik” by Chinese in Binondo, Manila. “Mapaksik” later became “Pasik” and then “Pasig”. It may also come from “pasigan” which means riverbank.

According to Jose Villa Panganiban, former director of The Institute of National Language, “Pasig” is old Sanskrit meaning “river flowing from one body of water to another,” which briefly describes the river because the river flows from Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay

The City Seal:

The woman 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. Pasig is derived from a Hindu word meaning a body of water connecting two bodies of water.

On the lower left portion is the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, one of the oldest edifices in the city. It is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pasig.

On the lower right portion, it manifests prosperity and progress of the city.


On June 11, 1901 the province of Rizal was created through Act No. 137 of Philippine Commission. Pasig was incorporated into the province of Rizal, and was designated as the capital of the new province.

In 1975, Pasig was carved out of Rizal province and became part of Metro Manila when the Metro Manila Commission (pre-cursor of Metro Manila Authority and later Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) was created by Pres. Ferdinand Marcos through Presidential Decree 824.

In July 1994, Pasig was converted into a highly urbanized city through Republic Act 7829. And in December 1994, President Fidel V. Ramos signed it into law, which was ratified through a plebiscite on January 21, 1995.

On February 4, 2006, the ULTRA Stampede happened due to First Anniversary Celebration of ABS-CBN’s Noontime Show: Wowowee because of the prizes that will be given away where 71 people died. The anniversary of the show will be held on PhilSports Arena but the event has been already canceled due to the tragedy.

On September 26, 2009, the city was one of the areas struck by high flood created by Typhoon Ondoy. It is perhaps the most destructive flood in Philippine history. Pasig is accessed by the Pasig River, wherein the waters of Marikina River channeled and the Manggahan Floodway routed to Laguna de Bay.

Political Divisions:

Pasig is politically subdivided into 30 barangays.[2] Its barangays are grouped into two districts for city council representation purposes. The first district encompasses the southern and western sections of the city, while the second district encompasses the northern and eastern sections.