Places to Explore: Pasay
There are so many things you can do, see, and enjoy in this hip and happening community
Pasay City is the closest thing Metro Manila has to a melting pot, what with its proximity to the Ninoy Aquino International Airports and southern expressways. It is also a flourishing community of villages and condominium developments, and is almost like a resort destination with its numerous luxury hotels, theaters, and leisure facilities. If you're planning to explore this part of the city, better keep a copy of this list:
SEE & DO
Pasay is the choice for hotels because of the airports and the location of international convention centers like the SMX at Mall of Asia Complex and the World Trade Center. Solaire, Resorts World Manila, City of Dreams and newest player Conrad Hotel are for luxurious staycations and casino weekends. Catch international plays and musicals at The Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World. Bring the kiddos to DreamPlay at City of Dreams, an interactive activity center; or to Star City—an amusement park for nostalgia’s sake. Do not miss the art exhibits, local plays, and Ballet Philippines performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in the CCP Complex. The building is a perfect example of Brutalist architecture by National Artist Leandro Locsin.
The Mall of Asia complex offers countless food choices. There are many buffets at the hotels, but the Spiral buffet at The Hotel Sofitel in the CCP Complex is the most famous. Harbor Square, also at the CCP Complex, is technically in Manila, but don’t miss it as its restaurants offer lovely views of Manila Bay. There are several dampa paluto (cook-to-order) seafood restaurants along Seaside of Macapagal Ave., and the nicely designed UCC Clockwork and other quiet restaurants along Bluebay Walk, Metropark.
There’s the humongous Mall of Asia, but if you want something more upscale, high-tail it to the glitzy S Maison luxury mall at the Conrad Hotel, with stores like Bang & Olufsen, Cole Haan, Zero Halliburton, and more. Another high-end mall is Newport Mall at Resorts World, with brands like Swarovski and Tudor lining the marble halls. For an artsy vibe, visit 2680 FB Harrison—a compound of 1940s houses that were refitted to become designer furniture store a11, the Avellana Art Gallery, and cozy Henry Hotel. Meanwhile, there’s bargain hunter’s heaven Baclaran with its various sidewalk vendors for affordable houseware and clothing. While you’re there, pray a novena to the Mother of Perpetual Help at the Baclaran Church.
STUDY & HEAL
The new Singapore School Manila along Roxas Blvd. has a Singaporean curriculum for kindergarten to secondary students. The Philippine State College of Aeronautics, along with other aeronautics schools, are conveniently located near the airports. Manila Tytana College along Macapagal Ave. offers nursing courses. San Juan de Dios Hospital is the main medical center in the area, though Manila Doctors Hospital along United Nations Avenue is a short trip away.
In photo: The Henry Hotel.
DMCI—LA VERTI RESIDENCES
La Verti, which means "Green and Vertical" in Italian, is another modern-contemporary project that provides a resort-themed enclave with swimming pools, courts, and tropical gardens in the heart of Manila. The twin, high-rise tower will give residents a spectacular view of the Manila Bay and the Makati skyline. It's just a few minutes away from some of the top schools like De La Salle University Taft, College of St. Benilde, and St. Scholastica's College as well as commercial and business establishments.
- Type: High-Rise Condominium
- Location: Taft Ave., Pasay City
- Price Range: Studio units start at P2.3M
- Contact Details: DMCI Homes, Tel. (02) 555-7777
FEDERAL LAND—SIXSENSES RESIDENCES
Located in the sprawling Mall of Asia complex, this lifestyle-centered residential condominium is part of the numerous other master-planned districts in the area. Federal Land’s own pioneering township of Metro Park along Macapagal Avenue and EDSA offers a different kind of city lifestyle—one that is geared toward pleasure, entertainment, and enjoyment. As a resident of SixSenses Resort, you will automatically become a member of one of the city's most exclusive resort clubs, the Club Metropark while having your own set of resort-like amenities in the condo such as swimming pools, basketball courts, and playgrounds.
- Type: High-rise condominium
- Location: Macapagal Blvd. cor. Federal Ave., Metropolitan Park, Pasay City
- Price Range: 1-BR units start at P3.1M
- Contact Details: Federal Land Tel. (02) 551-0888
ROBINSONS RESIDENCES—RADIANCE MANILA BAY
Get to experience the world-famous Manila Bay sunset from your balcony when you live in The Radiance-Manila Bay. Aside from being located near one of the most popular malls in the metro, and near the bohemian quarter in Malate, it’s a location that is accessible to major thoroughfares. Enjoy amenities like pools with gazebos, landscaped gardens, and jogging paths.
- Type: Condominium
- Location: Roxas Blvd., San Rafael St., Pasay City
- Price Range: Starts at P4.4M – 1BR (36-47.98 sqm), 6.2m for 2BR (57.15-92.05 sqm), 11.3 for 3BR (108.10-114.60 sqm)
- Contact Details: (02) 397-0101 (02) 636-0888 Mobile (0922) 838-0888
Conveniently located at the SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, Shell has an exclusive beach-like amenity within the sprawling 2.2-hectare land area. Everything is within reach, from the numerous shops and dining spots at SM Mall of Asia, to the thriving array of activities and attractions in the Entertainment City, it’s the perfect choice for young families and empty nesters alike.
- Type: Mid-rise condominium
- Location: Edsa cor. Road 11, MOA Complex, Pasay City
- Price Range: Studio units start at P2.2M
- Contact Details: SM Development Corporation, Tel (02) 858-0300, Mobile 0917 500 5151
Another project of SMDC within the same area, Shore Residences also offers the finest in resort living like its sister development Shell Residences. Wake up to the sound of waves coming from the Manila Bay. Numerous shops and dining spots nearby guarantee a thriving array of activities and attractions in this side of the city. There will be a pool, social areas, and courts available for the resident of this beach-inspired enclave.
- Type: Mid-Rise residential condominium
- Location: Seaside Blvd. corner Sunrise Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
- Price Range: Studio units start at 2.4M
- Contact Details: SM Development Corporation, Tel. (02) 858-0300
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