Pasay City began its development during the American period, when many of Manila’s rich families lived here. Today, it is the city which greets all new arrivals to Manila, as this is where the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is located.
In its heyday, the Roxas Boulevard was a favourite destination as it overlooked the Manila Bay. Before nearby land reclamation began, it had the best view of Manila’s famous sunsets.
The Cultural Centre of the Philippines complex is on Roxas. It hosts cultural shows and exhibits every year; the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philippine Ballet Theatre and Ballet Philippines all perform regularly at the CCP.
Beyond the bayside, much of Pasay City is undistinguished, even seedy. There are still some well-preserved pre-war houses in the area, but they are stuck in ugly neighbourhoods and hardly ever go on the market anyway.