Considered as a highly urbanized city under the 1st-class category, Pasig City used to be a rural settlement that invested heavily on residential communities and the industrial sector. It can also be traced back in history and centuries ago that Pasig is primarily into the production of fruit, rice, and sugarcane.
Commercialization, however, started to boom as the city began to keep up with the rapid urbanization spearheaded by the construction of Ortigas Center. This center is considered as one of the country’s top business districts comprised of a high number of skyscrapers, commercial establishments, residential condominiums, malls, and schools. One of its notable commercial hubs is the Metrowalk, established in 2005, and located along Ortigas Avenue and Meralco Avenue. It is composed of several depot warehouses, shops, restaurants, and bars.
The western part of the city is Pasig’s business district, which is where the majority of the city’s financial resources are generated and where Ortigas Center is located. This part of the district also houses several warehouses, factories, commercial facilities, and establishments. For the eastern part of the district, residential areas dominate a vast expanse of the land but commercial establishments are starting to rise along Marcos Highway. There are also other commercial developments and real estate projects going on along Mercedes Avenue as well as near the city’s center.
Pasig received an international recognition back in 2013 as one of the cities all over the world tagged to be the best places to live in the metro. With the recent developments in the city’s residential and commercial sectors, residents can now enjoy a more convenient lifestyle where all needs are met from the very basic to the more extravagant splurges.
One prominent privately-run development is the Frontera Verde where a resident can take advantage of its amenities being offered such as pet shops, restaurants, village, mall, park, office buildings, village, and a small zoo.
Another commercial complex. El-Pueblo offers a different setup when it comes to their bars, cafes, and restaurants through its colonial-time-inspired theme. Tiendesitas, a popular one-spot center, is also located in Pasig City, which is similar to Chatuchak, a world-renowned market in Bangkok, Thailand.
The city also initiated a “go green” concept as part of its advocacy to protect the environment. This is evident in the city hall’s rooftop reconstructed and redesigned to incorporate a mini garden.
Also included in its continued efforts to support this advocacy is the Pasigreen Bike Share program, which aims to provide people around the Ortigas Center an eco-friendly option when commuting. The Rainforest Adventure Experience can also be found in Pasig, which offers various types of activities while communing with nature.
Pasiguenos who are residents for a long period of time already can attest that living in Pasig City is similar to living in a laidback country setting. Despite the city’s continued urbanization and commercialization, the city has remained rooted in its cultural heritage with its thriving landscape in terms of arts, culture, and tradition.
Aside from that, it was successful in integrating a haven for the community to unwind and relax such as hanging out in one of its parks, visiting the different art galleries and museums, and exploring the myriad restaurants in the neighborhood. With the local government’s advocacy to remain a green environment, residents will also continue to take part in a worldwide movement to sustain nature and stop its rapid deterioration.
Renting a room in the city can cost anywhere between Php 12,000 to Php 20,000 per month for a 1-bedroom apartment or condo unit located near the city’s center. A 1-bedroom unit outside the city costs between Php 7,000 to Php 17,000, while a 3-bedroom apartment located inside the city’s central business district can go to as high as Php 90,000 for the monthly rent.
Rooms for rent anywhere in the city has a monthly rent that ranges from Php 2,000 to Php 12,000. These are only some of the price listings offered and there are still more various living arrangements found in Pasig City that will cater to every resident according to budget, desired preferences, as well as priorities.