Metro Manila

Pasig City Founding Anniversary

Pasig City Founding Anniversary commemorates every July 2 the establishment of Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines. The date may be declared a special non working holiday by the Office of the President (see Proclamation No. 1 in 2022).

History of Pasig City

Pasig City was a mission for Christianization by the Augustinian friars, and this riverside town was organized in 1572. Its name is from its landmark, the 27-kilometer long Pasig River, and the word pasig said to have originated from Sanskrit that denotes a channel; Pasig River is the body of water that connects Laguna and Manila Bay.

The river has been utilized as transport system, settlement (for food, water source, and fishing), and navigation throughout history. Communities sprang along its banks that grew over time during the span of the Spanish colonial period.

During the American occupation, it was one of the towns that comprised the province of Rizal according to Act No. 137 that was passed on June 11, 1901. The law (specifically Section 6) also declared Pasig as the capital of the province. Industrialization commenced during this time.

With the continued rise of companies and various industries came rapid deterioration of the waterway as pollution and wastewater made its way to the river.

Its status as a provincial capital remained until it was seceded to the newly formed Metropolitan Manila by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 824 that was signed on November 7, 1975. The next decade was pivotal in its development and progress through the establishment of Ortigas Center a business district.

On July 26, 1994, Republic Act No. 7829 that transformed the town of Pasig to a city was approved by the Senate and the Congress. It was signed into law by President Fidel V. Ramos on December 8, 1994 and ratified via plebiscite on January 21, 1995.

How to reach Pasig City

From Ninoy Aquino International Airport, one can take the land transport (via cab or public commute) which is about 20 kilometers away.


Pasig City Founding Anniversary Summary

NamePasig City Founding Anniversary
CelebrationFounding anniversary of Pasig in 1573
Contact8643-1111 local 1211, 1212, or 1213
DateJuly 2
LocationPasig City, Metro Manila
OrganizerCity Government of Pasig