In the Philippines, Pasig City is one of the highly urbanized cities in Metro Manila. The city transformed from a rural settlement to a bustling metropolis mostly due to the establishment of the Ortigas Central Business District (CBD), which is situated in the eastern part of the city.
However, aside from the majestic skyscrapers, Pasig City is also home to some historical landmarks and attractions. For holiday-makers touring the area and people looking for a place to settle down, The Grove by Rockwell recommends visiting these attractions:
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Founded on July 2, 1573, the church originally named Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church was considered as the oldest structure in the city. Before the August 1968 earthquake that destroyed the church’s bell tower and the clock, it had weathered numerous revolutions and natural calamities. It wasn’t until 1980 when it underwent renovation to restore the broken bells and clock. The church was then converted to a cathedral on October 2003 when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pasig was established in the same year.
Mutya ng Pasig Public Market
Spanning three stories and covering 19,475 square meters of building area, this tourist spot is reported to be the largest public market in the Philippines. The market houses over 2,000 stalls with an additional 2,000 used in the flea market during weekends.
Pasig City Museum
Formerly called the Concepcion Mansion, this landmark was established by Don Fortunato Concepcion in 1937. During the Second World War, the mansion served as headquarters for the Japanese. The Americans also used the mansion in 1945 to raise the American flag, a symbol of freedom from the Japanese forces. Today, the museum houses various historical artifacts and showcases the history of Pasig.
These landmarks highlight the rich culture and heritage Pasig City has to offer — and it’s very accessible as well! Various public transportation options are available to reach this wonderful place. Given the heavy traffic in EDSA, the best and fastest way would be to ride the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and alight at the Ortigas Station.