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The City Hall of Pasig has undergone a number of iterations since 1967, when it was a mere four-storey structure with 1, 200 square meters of floor area. The renovation in 1999 brought the floor area to approximately 9,000 square meters. Finally in 2005, four more levels were added, bringing the total floor area to 16,000 square meters.

The City Hall is a stunning vision coming onto Caruncho Avenue, with its ivory-and-emerald façade. The ground floor is almost entirely devoted to a parking area, with the exception of the Cooperative Development Office. The second floor is occupied by the Business Permit and Licensing Office and the Treasury Department.

The third floor houses the Commission on Audit, National Statistics Office, Department of Interior and Local Government, Civil Registry, and Urban Poor Services Office. The Senior Citizens Office, Environment and Natural Resources office, and City Records constitute the fourth floor, while the fifth floor consists of the City Budget, Legal and Public Information offices.

The Engineering and Housing offices are situated on the sixth floor, while the Vice Mayor and the City Councilors hold office on the seventh floor. The Session Hall where the members of the City Council convene every Thursday is located on this same level. The eighth floor welcomes a steady stream of visitors daily, as this is where the Mayor’s office is located.

»City Government »City Hall

The City Hall of Pasig has undergone a number of iterations since 1967, when it was a mere four-storey structure with 1, 200 square meters of floor area. The renovation in 1999 brought the floor area to approximately 9,000 square meters. Finally in 2005, four more levels were added, bringing the total floor area to 16,000 square meters.

The City Hall is a stunning vision coming onto Caruncho Avenue, with its ivory-and-emerald façade. The ground floor is almost entirely devoted to a parking area, with the exception of the Cooperative Development Office. The second floor is occupied by the Business Permit and Licensing Office and the Treasury Department.

The third floor houses the Commission on Audit, National Statistics Office, Department of Interior and Local Government, Civil Registry, and Urban Poor Services Office. The Senior Citizens Office, Environment and Natural Resources office, and City Records constitute the fourth floor, while the fifth floor consists of the City Budget, Legal and Public Information offices.

The Engineering and Housing offices are situated on the sixth floor, while the Vice Mayor and the City Councilors hold office on the seventh floor. The Session Hall where the members of the City Council convene every Thursday is located on this same level. The eighth floor welcomes a steady stream of visitors daily, as this is where the Mayor’s office is located.

»City Government »The Mayor

Maribel was born to the late Rita and Rolando Andaya, a seasoned politician from the province of Camarines Sur. Growing up, she was the apple of the eye of everyone being the only daughter of the Andayas.

She attended one of the best private and public schools in the country as she went to the De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School, a private Catholic school located in the south of Manila for her elementary and secondary education and graduated from the University of the Philippines with the degree in Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

Her marriage to Robert “Bobby” Eusebio who was then a City Councilor in Pasig called for Maribel to be by her husband’s side during campaigns and, eventually, at official functions, something she had experienced having an astute public servant for a father. In time, she herself was called on to become actively involved in the City Government’s Gender and Development and livelihood programs for 10 years which under her strong determination and leadership has significantly grown.

A practicing Catholic and a God-fearing woman, Mayor Maribel has been very active with her advocacies that pay deep attention with youth and women empowerment. Her love for Pasigueños is solid and true that her leadership commands excellence and truthfulness in her job. Her past accomplishments include being the President of the Girls Scout Pasig Council, the Chairperson of POWER or Pasigueñas Organization for Women Empowerment and Recognition, the Chairperson of the Pasig Livelihood Foundation, an active member of Catholic Women’s League, former Treasurer and Board member of the Metro Manila Mayors Spouses Foundation, Inc.

Under her leadership which commenced very recently, Mayor Maribel was already able to make Pasig City a consistent awardee from various local and international recognition giving bodies. Amongst the awards Pasig obtained include Most Outstanding LGU in NCR Cooperative Development Office for 2013 which was given by the Cooperative Development Authority during the CDA-NCR Gawad Parangal 2013, the Gawad Kalasag 2013 Best Hospital run by a local government unit for Pasig City General Hospital, and more importantly the Regional and National Awardee as Best Emergency Managers for a highly urbanized city.

Their vision of turning Pasig City as a Green City is finally coming to fruition as it recently gained recognition from the International Liveable Communities Livecom Awards held in Xiamen China recently. These awards are Gold Award for category E-population over 400,000; another gold for Strategic Planning, a gold with cash for the Bursary Award for Environmental Security for Preschools Project, Silver Award for Share the Road-Carless Sunday project and a Bronze award for Pasig Green City program.

From January to February 2014, Mayor Maribel has already inaugurated 38 projects which are all significant for the execution of public service in various aspects such as transportation, health and well-being, education and youth, women and children and other recreational projects that uplift culture and Filipino-ness of Pasigueños, all incorporated in her platform of governance PASIGENYO.

Perhaps what is very admirable about her is her humble leadership that likewise draws her close to all the Pasigueños including the heart of the masses.

Without an air of arrogance, her bright smile motherly attitude and genuine love for what she is doing make it very easy for the Pasigueños to approach her and create a dialogue with her regarding the needs in their specific barangays, therefore making resolution and projects more efficient as her services are geared towards people-centered approach.

A devoted wife, a caring mother, a sensitive and compassionate leader to her constituents, Pasig City’s pride, Mayor Maribel Eusebio has truly proven that being a leader means more than just being popular in number but rather its being known to be of service to every Pasigueño, working for their well being and helping them become better human beings of this world.

»City Government »The City Council

Hon. Christian "Iyo" Bernardo

Vice Mayor

CHAIRMANSHIP OF CITY COUNCIL 2013 – 2016

District 1

Hon Coun. CHRISTIAN G. SIA
Good Governance and Discipline (Blue Ribbon)
Phone No: 643-1173 Loc. 243
Hon. Coun. Reynaldo R. San Buenaventura III
Appropriations, Ways and Means
Housing, Subdivision and Land Use
Phone No: 643-1170 Loc.240
Hon. Coun. Augustin Alexee C. Santiago
Environmental Protection
Livelihood, Cooperative and Urban Agriculture
Phone No: 643-1164 Loc. 234
Hon. Coun. Ferdinand A. Avis
Tourism and Cultural Affairs
Parks and Playgrounds
Phone No: 640-9776
Hon. Coun. Gregorio P. Rupisan, Jr.
Education
Phone No: 643-1163 Loc. 233
Hon. Coun. Rhichie T. Brown
Public Relations, Information and Non-Government Organization
Phone No: 643-1171 Loc. 241

District 2

Hon Coun.Richard C. Eusebio
Health, Sanitation, Nutrition and Social Services
Infrastructure
Phone No: 643-1162 Loc. 232
Hon. Coun. Orlando R. Benito
Transportation, Communication and Energy
Phone No: 643-1166 Loc. 236
Hon. Coun. Raynaldo F. Raymundo
Labor and Employment Manpower Development
Trade, Commerce and Industry
Youth and Minors
Phone No: 643-1168 Loc. 238
Hon. Coun. Charmie Q. Benavides
Games ans Amusement
Woman and Family Affairs
Phone No: 643-1169 Loc. 239
Hon. Coun. Rosalio D. Martires
Urban Poor Development
Market
Phone No: 643-1165 Loc. 235
Hon. Coun. Wilfredo F. Sityar
Peace and Order, Human Rights and Judicial Matters
Phone No: 642-8202

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Hon. Celestino U. Chua (Liga President)
Barangay Affairs
Phone No: 643-1171 Loc. 241
Hon. Julia Nicole B. Pua (SK Federation President)
Sports Development
Phone No: 643-1175 Loc. 245

»General Information »History

There are many legendary tales and theories explaining the origin of the name Pasig. However, the most convincing theory comes from the late Dr. Jose Villa Panganiban – a linguist, polyglot, professor, and former director of the Institute of National Language. He said that “Pasig” is an old Sanskrit word referring to a “river flowing from one body of water to another,” in the case of Pasig River, from Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay.

Pasig is one of the oldest towns in the Philippines. The Augustinians created it in 1572. In June 1901, Act No. 137 of the Philippine Commission incorporated Pasig in the newly created Province of Rizal. It became the Provincial Capital of Rizal until 1975 when the Metro Manila Commission was created under Presidential Decree No. 824.

On 26 July 1994, the Senate and the House of Representative enacted Republic Act 7829 converting the Municipality of Pasig into a highly urbanized city. The, on 8 December 1994, President Fidel V. Ramos signed it into law. The people of Pasig ratified this through a plebiscite on 21 January 1995.

CORPORATE SEAL

The Woman at the center of the logo represents the Mutya ng Pasig, the idealism of perfection in all aspects that epitomizes loyalty, goodwill and splendor of the City of Pasig.

The Body of Water on both sides of the woman is a suggestion of the Pasig River connecting two bodies of water, Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay both suggested by waves.

The Immaculate Conception Parish Church, founded in 1572, exudes not only the Christian faith but also history and tradition. The church is one of the oldest edifices in the city.

Industrial and commercial establishments manifest prosperity and progress, the hallmarks of the city’s development.

GEOGRAPHY

Pasig lies approximately on the southeastern end of the Pasig River. It is bounded by Quezon City and Marikina on the north, the municipalities of Cainta and Taytay on the east, the city of Mandaluyong on the west, and the municipalities of Taguig and Pateros and the city of Makati on the south.

Pocket-Profile

Land Area

:

31 km²

Classification

:

Highly Urbanized City

No. of Barangays

:

30

No. of Congressional Districts

:

1

Population

:

526,043 (as of 2003)

CLIMATE

The climate in the area is mild. Rainfall occurs mostly from June to October due to the southwest monsoon. The dry season starts in November and ends in May registering a warm mean temperature of 29.2 ºC. The coldest month is January.

The normal relative humidity is 77 percent, which is highest from July to September.

The northeast wind normally occurs during the months of January, February, October, November, and December while the southwest and southeast wind occur at shorter periods from June to September and March to May, respectively.

»General Information »Past Mayor

SPANISH REGIME Gubernadorcillos
Term Gremio De Naturales Gremio De Mestizos
1638  Don Domingo de Masangkay  
1639  Don Miguel Hilom  
1640  Don Andres Caharap  
1641  Don Alonzo Coles  
*Before 1710 Don Nicolas Sopling  
  Don Alfonso Hayag  
*Before 1736 Don Lorenzo Gatdula  
  Don Miguel Sali Amaniguti  
1736 Don Alonzo Pagcalinauan  
1741 Establishment of the Gremio de Mestisos  
*Before 1753 Don Andres de Velasco  
  Don Juan Pascua  
1753 Don Bartolome Inocensio  
*Before 1759 Don Francisco del Espiritu Santo  
  Don Baltazar Pagcatipunan  
  Don Sebastian de los Santos  
  Don Fernando Reynoso  
  Don Sebastian Somolong  
1759  Don Lorenzo de Aragon  
*Before 1764 Don Gabriel Panga  
  Don Nicolas Guadalupe  
  Don Gabriel de le Cruz  
  Don Isidro de la Cruz  
  Don Pascual Benito  
  Don Benito Dimasawa  
1764  Don Pedro Juan  
1769 Don Pedro Chanses  
*Before 1775 Don Miguel Sta. Ana  
  Don Joseph Salazar  
  Don Policarpio Macalolong  
  Don Pedro Lacampuenga  
1775 Don Andres Bognot Don Pascual Castillo
1776 Don Pedro Juan  
*Before 1778 Don Marcos de Sta. Ana  
1779 Don Mathias Pinga  
*Before 1780 Don Bernardo Saguisag  
1780 Don Policarpio Macalolong  
1781 Don Policarpio Macalolong  
1782 Don Policarpio Macalolong  
1783 Don Policarpio Macalolong  
*Before 1787 Don Marcelo Javier  
1791 Don Estanislao de los Santos  
1792 Don Baltazar de le Cruz  
1794 Don Clemente de los Santos Don Juan Mendiola
1795 Don Juan Pascual de los Santos  
1796 Don Isidro Salazar  
1797 Don Lorenzo Agapito Mendez  
1798 Don Pascual de Sta. Ana y Tagle (d.29 April 1827; Indio Hacendero De Angono e Isla de Talim)  
1799  Don Pedro Umali  
*Exact year of term is unknown. At this point, they were called "Capitan Pasado"
1800  Don Ignacio de los Santos  
1801  Don Frnacisco de Silva  
1802  Don Gabriel de Morales Don Vicente Sta. Ana
*Before 1803 Don Agusto Paras  
  Don Nicolas Sula  
1803  Don Mariano de los Santos  
1804  Don Jun de los Santos  
1805  Don Joseph Somolong  
*Before 1806 Don Pedro Sanchez  
1806 Don Juan Damian  
*Before 1807 Don Leon Adiya  
  Don Pedro Sulit Dimaano  
  Don Juan de los Santos Don Geronimo de Leon
1808 Don Juan Lopez de Guia Don Leonardo de los Reyes
*Before 1809 Don Joaquin Esguerra  
1809 Don Fulgencio Somolong Don Eucevio Florentino
1810 Don Nicolas Marcelo  
1812   Don Feliciano de los Santos
1813 Don Bernardino Bernardo  
1817 Don Pedro Bognot y Xavier  
1818 Don Pascual Villanueva  
1819 Don Lorenzo Patag  
1820 Don Baltazar de Guia  
1821 Don Matias Xavier  
1822 Don Juan de los Santos  
1823 Don Nicolas Marcelo  
1824 Don Fermin Pinga  
1825 Don Tomas de los Santos  
1826 Don Valerio Damian  
*Before 1827 Don Baltazar Labao  
  Don Carlos Juan  
  Don Thomas Somolong  
  Don Miguel Somolong  
1827 Don Juan Sanchez  
1830    Don Patricio Miguel y Tagle (17 March 1791-1867)
1832 Don Carlos Juan Don Ciriaco Miguel e Hilario
1833 Don Clemente Sanchez Y de los Santos (d.19 February 1861) Don Salvador Lagare
*Before 1834 Don Baltazar Labao Don Espiridion Molina
1834 Don Salvador Marcelo Don Vicente Pozon
1835 Don Juan de los Santos Don Mateo Hilario
1836 Don Januario de los Santos Don Pedro de le Cruz
1837 Don Eugenio Inocencio Don Ciriaco Miguel e Hilario
1838 Don Salvador Marcelo Don Felix Jabson
1839 Don Modesto Pinga  
1840 Don Tomas de la Cruz Don Alejo de los Santos
1841 Don Mariano Sta. Ana y Pablo (d. 5 February 1854) Don Agusti Pozon
*Before 1842   Don Domingo Hapson
1842 Don Gaspar de los Angeles Don Antonio Asuncion y Molo San Agustin (pintor, 1794-1849)
1843 Don Mariano Marcelo Don Espiridion Molina
1844 Don Fernando Umali Don Natalio Herrera
1845 Don Gaspar de los Angeles  
1846 Don Lorenzo de los Angeles  
1847 Don Aniceto Sta. Ana Don Jose Medel
1848 Don Tomas de le Cruz  
1849 Don Juan de Omana Don Feliciano Javier
1850 Don Gabriel Pinga  
1851 Don Jose Saguitan Don Pedro Tomaquip
    De los Santos
*Before 1852 Don Tomas Urbano  
1852 Don Rafael Umali Don Gregorion Tuazon
1853 Don Rafael Umali Don Salvador Xavier
1854 Don Christino Sat. Ana. (Santana) y Clemente (24 July 1824-30 June 1897)  
1855 Don Guillermo Asuncion Don Jose Jabson
1856 Don Alejandro Sta. Ana (Santana) y Clemente (b. 1825) Don Pedro Flores
1857 Don Pascual de los Santos Don Macario Hipolito
1858 Don Felipe de Leon Don Francisco de Sta. Juana
1859 Don Cristino Sta. Ana (Santana) Y Clemente  
1860 Don Mathias Sanches y Marcelo (b. 1827) Don Lorenzo Bartolome y
1861 Don Celestino Damian y Esteban Don Thorivio Lamos
1862 Don Felipe Maritosqui y Miguel DonGordiano Gomez
1863 Two-year terms started  
1863-64 Don Felipe Maritosqui y Miguel Don Salvador Xavier
1865-66 Don Juan Bonifacio  
1867-68 Don Cayetano Eleno Velasquez (7 Aug. 1836-1882) Don Ramon Jabson
1869-70 Don Rafael Umali Don Silvestre Herrera
1871-72 Don Victor Sanchez y Marcelo (21July 1839-ca. 1905) Don Zeferino Victorino
1873-74 Don Apolonio Santiago y Domingo (9 Feb. 1839-17 Nov. 1902) Don Santos Jose (Alcalde Jose)
1875-76 Don Apolonio Santiago y Domingo Don Maximo Miguel y Tongco
1877-78 Don Baltazar Saguitan Don Ambrosio Asuncion y Santana
1879-80 Don Apolonio Santiao y Domingo Don Manuel Jabso y Natividad
1881-82 Don Apolonio Santiago y Domingo Don Cipriano Santos y Florentino (1842-11 Julio 1895)
1883-83 Don Felix Cruz  
1883-84 Don Apolonio Santiago y Domingo Don Luis Asuncion y Santana
1885-86 Don Florentino Umali y Concepcion Don Dalmacio Cruz
1886-87 Don Florentino Umali y Concepcion Don Salvador Concepcion y Miguel
1887-88 Don Alejandro Omana Don Felipe Marcelo
1888-89 Don Liberato Damian y Umali Don Felipe Marcelo
1889-90 Don Pastor Lozada Don Pedro Raymundo
1890-91 Don Patricio Dumandan Don Felipe Benicio Gomez
1891-92 Don Patricio Dumandan Don Engracio Cruz
1893 Don Pastor Lozada Don Faustino Javier
  *CAPITANES MUNICIPALES (AMBOS GREMIOS)  
1894 Don Liberato Damian y Umali  
1895-96 (vacante)  
1896 Heneral Valentin Cruz (Pangulo ng Sangguniang Bayan ng Pasig,Katipunan)  
1897  Don Pantalen Catanto  
1898  Don Valentin Ruiz  
*The mayor's title was changed from Gobernadorcillo to Capitan Municipal and the two racial groups or gremios were united under one executive.
AMERICAN REGIME
Municipal Presidents
1902-04                Felipe Benicio Gomez
1904-06 Julio Raymundo
1906-09 Jose Feliciano
1900-12 Lupo Miguel
1912-15 Francisco Reyes
1915-18 Alejandro Ramos y Agullon
1918-21 Fortunato Concepcion y Cabrera (16 April 1883 - 10 May 1952)
1921-24 Jose Perez y Molina (8 July 1895 - 12 February 1968)
1924-27 Dr. Sixto Antonio y Jose (6 April 1891 - 2 February 1961)
1927-30 Dr. Sixto Antonio y Jose
1930-33 Dr. Sixto Antonio y Jose
1933-35 Dr. Sixto Antonio y Jose
PHILIPPINE COMMONWEALTH
Mayors
1936-42                          Cipriano Raymundo (26 September 1887 - 25 July 1979)
JAPANESE REGIME
1942-45 Cipriano Raymundo
PHILIPPINE COMMONMWEALTH
1945-45 (February to April) Bibiano Reynoso
1945-45 (April –August) Atty. Apolonio V. Santiago (10 July 1908 - 9 December 1080)
1945-46 (September-April) Cipriano Raymundo
PHILIPPINE REPUBLIC
1946-51 Francisco B. Legaspi
1952-55 Cipriano Raymundo
1956-59 Emiliano R. Caruncho, Jr.
1960-63 Emiliano R. Caruncho, Jr.
1964-67 Emiliano R. Caruncho, Jr.
1968-71 Emiliano R. Caruncho, Jr.
1972-79 Emiliano R. Caruncho, Jr.
1080-86 Emiliano R. Caruncho, Jr.
1986-87 Mario S. Raymundo (OIC)
1988-92 Mario S. Raymundo
1992- Vicente P. Eusebio
Note: This list was compiled from the miscellaneous old documents about Pasig in The National Archives and the Archdiocesan Archives as well as in private collections of old families. Since it is still incomplete, additional data from primary sources will be much appreciated. (LPRS)

 

 

 

»General Information »Timeline »Pre-History

30,000-25,000

According to H. Otley Beyer, American pioneer anthropologist in the Philippines, “the earliest settlers in Rizal area (which certainly included Pasig) were groups of people of varied cultures and racial types and came to the Philippines in migratory waves during the long period from 25,000 to 30,000 years ago up to as late as the 14th century A.D., as deduced from archaeological evidences.

1,200 –1,000 B.C.

"Two polished jade adzes of the New Late Stone Age were excavated in Pasig, Rizal" in the early 1920’s and dated to about to 1,000 to 1,200 B.C showing that Pasig was a center of human habitation for at least 3,000 years.

The original Pasig was vast territory extending as it did from Montalban 20 kilometers to the North (being in olden times a barrio of San Mateo) and as far south as Bai more than 50 kms. as the crow flies.

The early known settlers when the Spaniards came to Pasig were called – Remontados. The name was derived from the Spanish verb “remontar,” meaning, “to flee from the hills,” ”to frighten away,” or “go back to the mountains.” This indigenous peoples are said to be the descendants of lowlanders who opted to live in the mountains to avoid subjugation by the Spaniards. Subsequently, they intermarried with the Negrito groups. Also refer to as Dumagat, they prefer to call themselves taga-bundok (from the mountains.)

They have brown complexion, light curly hair and medium height. Their houses are of light materials like bamboo, cogon grass and rattan.

»General Information »Timeline »Pre-History

30,000-25,000

According to H. Otley Beyer, American pioneer anthropologist in the Philippines, “the earliest settlers in Rizal area (which certainly included Pasig) were groups of people of varied cultures and racial types and came to the Philippines in migratory waves during the long period from 25,000 to 30,000 years ago up to as late as the 14th century A.D., as deduced from archaeological evidences.

1,200 –1,000 B.C.

"Two polished jade adzes of the New Late Stone Age were excavated in Pasig, Rizal" in the early 1920’s and dated to about to 1,000 to 1,200 B.C showing that Pasig was a center of human habitation for at least 3,000 years.

The original Pasig was vast territory extending as it did from Montalban 20 kilometers to the North (being in olden times a barrio of San Mateo) and as far south as Bai more than 50 kms. as the crow flies.

The early known settlers when the Spaniards came to Pasig were called – Remontados. The name was derived from the Spanish verb “remontar,” meaning, “to flee from the hills,” ”to frighten away,” or “go back to the mountains.” This indigenous peoples are said to be the descendants of lowlanders who opted to live in the mountains to avoid subjugation by the Spaniards. Subsequently, they intermarried with the Negrito groups. Also refer to as Dumagat, they prefer to call themselves taga-bundok (from the mountains.)

They have brown complexion, light curly hair and medium height. Their houses are of light materials like bamboo, cogon grass and rattan.

»General Information »Timeline »Pre-Colonial History

700 A.D

The Chinese migrations to Malaysia and the Philippines shore began in the 7th Century A.D and reached their peak after 1644 owing to the Manchu conquest of China. These Chinese immigrants settled in Manila, Pasig included, and in the other ports, which were annually visited by their trade junks, they have cargoes of silk, tea, ceramics, and their precious jade stones.

1200 A.D – 14 A.D

Many archeological sites in Rizal, Laguna and Mindoro have yielded vari-sized gold artifacts resembling the Penniform Gold Barter Ring in association with the 12th – 14th century potteries. These barter rings must have been used by our forefathers in trading with the Chinese. Archaeological discovery of three nephrite jade adzes in the Pasig River just in front of the old Rizal Provincial Capitol building in Pasig proved the presence of the Chinese since earlier times in Pasig.

DAYANG KALANGITAN ERA

1450 A.D. – At around 1450, Pasig is a peaceful kingdom around the Bitukang Manok River under the leadership of Dayang Kalangitan, wife of Gat Lontok. They have four children: Dayang Panginoan, who marries Gat Balagtas of Sapa now Sta. Ana; Dayang Lahat who marries Gat Timog; Raha Salalila or Soliman I of Maynila and Gat Kahiya. Raha Soliman I becomes the father of Raha Matanda of Ache and Soliman II of Maynila nad Lakan Dula of Tondo. Soliman III is heir to his uncle Matanda.

Along the banks of Pasig River, bancas were moored others plying up and down the river, with farm produce or simply fishes of the river. The same river had women washing clothes of bathing for they were noted for their cleanliness.

»General Information »Timeline »Spanish Era

November 14, 1571 – The encomienda in Pasig is granted by the Adelantado Don Miguel Lopez to Don Juan dela Isla.

January 20, 1572 – The town of Pasig under the province of Tondo is declared a reduccion under Fray Alonzo de Alvarado.

July 2, 1573 – Pasig was declared as the Visitacion Parish. It is the first Marian Parish in the Philippines and probably in Asia.

April 25, 1587 – The immaculate Conception instead of the Visitacion is recorded for the first time as the patroness of the Agustinian convent of Pasig.

603 – Relentlessly persecuted by the Spaniards in Manila, the Chinese took up arms, and in the process, vandalized and burned down the first two churches of Pasig, which were probably made of wood.

1638 – The local government under the Spaniards has been in existence for more thatn 60 years. The first known mayor of Pasig is Don Domingo de Masangcay.

1639 – The Chinese rise in arms for the 2nd time and many were killed. News of their death incites the Chinese of Sagar, a visita of Pasig, to revolt and avenge their countrymen’s death. They burn churches and villages in Pasig and San Mateo.

1740 – Father Felix de Trillo, parish priest of Pasig, found and builds the religious and educational institution of Beaterio de Sta. Rita de Pasig with a nucleus of 14 virtuous ladies of Pasig and nearby towns.

1741 – The Gremio de Mestizos de Sangley (Chinese Mestizos) of Pasig with its own Tribunal.

1742 Fray Domingo Diez constructs the Pariancillo Bridge (later Trillo Bridge) donated by Gremio de Mestizos.

»General Information »Timeline »British Occupation

1762 November 08 – The British occupation of Pasig begins. The British with 500 soldiers attacked Pasig and quickly dispersed the natives. They seize, desecrate and plunder the church and convent, the Beaterio and public buildings. They haul down and melt ancient church bells for conversion into cannons, including the oldest and biggest cast bells in 1573.

The British stayed in Pasig for almost two years.

1964 October 05 - Don Baltazar Villela set up two capellanias in his last will to sustain the Confradia Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion whose charitable works multiplied as a result of the war. As the sign of the spiritual vigor of the parish, at least nine other capellanias were set up by pious Pasigueños till the end of the century to help the local church recover its physical resources.

It was apparently during this time that one of the present treasures of the parish “the Retablo” of the Immaculate Concepcion of Pasig was carved by an unknown native sculptor to included local motifs like oriental clouds, palm trees, square wells, and the basic structure of the old church of Pasig with its dome and tower as “Solomon’s temple” now known as the Lady of the Apocalypse.

»General Information »Timeline »Spanish Era II

1787 – Mariquina becomes a separate town from Pasig in order of the governor-general. Its parish has been separated in 1696.

1813 – Pateros separates from Pasig as an independent parish by the decree of the Archbishop of Manila.

1852 – 1886 The construction of bahay na bato in Pasig started in 1852 now called Bahay na Tisa of Don Cecilio Tech y Cabrera and they were the great grandparents of Historian Carlos Tech. Bahay na Tisa is the oldest house in Pasig. In 1881, Don Apolonio Santiago builds the Bahay na Bato in San Jose and in 1884 it turned into the Cuartel de la Guardia Civil which falls into the hands of the Katipunan in the battle of Nagsabado in 1896. it is now the Guanio residence. And in 1886, Don Manuel E. Jabson constructs his Bahay na Bato in Malinao. It is inherited by his daughter, Doña Leovigilda Jabson, who marries Dr. Pablo Alfonso. It is now the Alfonso clinic.

1892 – Andres Bonifacio founds the Katipunan. The Sangguniang Bayang Nagbangon is organized in Pasig. Its president is Eulalio Santiago (“Magaling”). Valentin Cruz, (Gugol) succeeded him.

1896, May – The Asamblea magna is held at the house of Valentin Cruz in San Nicolas. It is attended by Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto, Dr. Pio Valenzuela, Emilio Aguinaldo, Benjamin Santi, Valentin Cruz, and other representatives of the Katipunan. They agree to start the revolution on the day before Corpus Christi but did not occur because Dr. Jose Rizal noted that the people are not yet ready.

1896 August 28 – Bonifacio issues a proclamation to all towns to rise up in arms and to commence the Revolution the next day.

1896 August 29 – The first battle of the Katipunan begins, an event called Nagsabado sa Pasig. The Pasigueños succeeded in capturing the Tribunal and the Guardia Civil Headquarters.

When Bonifacio heard of the success of the first attack of the Spaniards in Pasig, he said, “Tunay pa lang magigiting ang BatamPasig."

The Chinese migrations to Malaysia and the Philippines shore began in the 7th Century A.D and reached their peak after 1644 owing to the Manchu conquest of China. These Chinese immigrants settled in Manila, Pasig included, and in the other ports, which were annually visited by their trade junks, they have cargoes of silk, tea, ceramics, and their precious jade stones.

»General Information »Timeline »American Era

899 February 8 – The surrender of Pasig was verbally communicated to Lieutenant – Colonel Victor Dubace of the United States Volunteer Infantry by Doroteo Jose and Valentin Ruiz who represented the president and council of Pasig. The certification of the verbal surrender, which was signed by the president, and members of the council was received a few minutes after 12:02 P.M. And at 3:30 P.M the American Forces occupied pasig.

1899 February 9 – American Forces occupy the Pasig Church, rectory and cemetery until their pacification campaign ends the next year. During this time the old church books of Pasig, dating from the 16th century disappear.

1900 February 14 – At the Archbishop’s request, the American forces vacate ecclesiastical premises of Pasig turning over to Padre Victor except the cemetery.

1901, June 11 – The 2nd Philippine Commission organized the province of Rizal with Pasig as its capital.

1901 July 29 – The first Civil Municipal Council was formed.

1920-1921 – Electricity comes to Pasig.

1920 – Lope K. Santos, Tagalog poet and writer, is appointed Senator of Nueva Viscaya, making him the first Senator in Pasig.

1920 November 21 – Plaza de la Paz is renamed Plaza Rizal with the unveiling of the Rizal Monument in the presence of Sergio Osmeña.

1926 – Running water reaches Pasig.

The Pasig Carnival in1926 at the Rizal Provincial Capitol compound inspires Nicanor Abelardo to compose the unforgettable Kundiman, Mutya ng Pasig in the Ancient Kumintang Style.

1927 – Cine Victoria, the first movie house was inaugurated in Pasig. it was said to be the longest movie house in the world.

1930 – The equestrian statue of Andres Bonifacio, unique in the Philippines is erected in the Plaza named for him. (the former Plaza de Pariancillo.)

»General Information »Timeline »Japanese Era

1941 December 8 – It was the Fiesta of the Immaculate Concepcion, the patroness of Pasig, when war breaks out in the Philippines. Mayor Cipriano Raymundo halts the morning procession to announce the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In panic, the faithful scamper in all directions.

1942 January 2 – The invading Japanese forces sent word that they would occupy Pasig that afternoon. Mayor Cipriano Raymundo gathered some men, including his councilors to meet the invaders in front of Cine Victoria movie house. A funny side light is told by the Plaza boys of how Mayor Raymundo thought of serving beers to the invaders.

1942 2nd week of February – In Pasig, two guerilla organizations vied with each other for popular support. The Hunters – ROTC founded by Mike Ver and the markings, founded by Marcus Agustin, an Antipolo bus driver, whose wife, the writer Yay Panlilio, was usaid to be the brain of this particular group.

1943 October – The second biggest (after 1919) ”Bahang Silangan” or the overflowing of Laguna de Bai came, destroying the rice harvest and the hopes of the people.

1944 – UP Law graduate Jovito Salonga tops the bar exams.

1945 February 18 – American tanks go into position behind Rizal Provincial Hospital as the battle of Pasig begins.

1945 February 19 – Pasig guerillas start mopping-out operations against Japanese strongholds. At 9:00 A.M, the American flag is hoisted at the balcony of the Concepcion mansion north of Plaza Rizal.

1945 February 21 – The American forces took over the town of Pasig.

»General Information »Timeline »Post World War II Era

1845 March 14 – After the Liberation, schools were officially reopened at different times. Most building were either totally or heavily destroyed. Pasig was one of the most that suffered from the destruction of school plants and equipments. Make shift shelters were used to accommodate classes while schools were being rehabilitated.

1946 July – Arellano University opened its branch when the country was still bearing the scars from the wounds of the war.

1948 February 4 – The reconstruction of Rizal High School started after the out of the War Damaged Fund and was completed in 1949.

1952 – Eulegio “Amang” Rodriguez established the Rodriguez Rural Bank which pump-primed Pasig into business town. Lending out capital to the town’s first entrepreneurs.

1956 – Emiliano Caruncho (1917-97) is elected mayor of Pasig serving the municipality for 30 years.

- In the same year, the Republic Glass Corporation at Pinagbuhatan was established.

- Carmencita Lozada wins a major prize at the International Nicolo Paganini Violin Contest in Italy.

1960’s – The new municipal building is constructed at its present site.

- The new public market is built behind the municipal building.

- Plaza Rizal undergoes its first renovation.

1963 –Mariwasa, the biggest producers of ceramic tiles in the country today was formed.

Isabel Santos, the Miss Philippines in Pasig participates in the Miss Universe Contest in Miami, U.S.

1964 October – The former Wander Philippines (Ovaltine to kids), is the first chocolate granule manufactured in Pasig and one of the city’s industrial pioneers.

1965 – Lawyer Jovito Salonga is elected as second senator from Pasig.

»General Information »Timeline »Modernization Era

1970’s – Destruction of the Historical edifices such as the Tribunal de Naturales, “a gem of the Philippine architecture” and the Tribunal de Mestizos.

- The historic Bitukang Manok, which flowed through the heart of Pasig to the Marikina River is buried under from the location of the Pariancillo Bridge up to its exit point in Marikina River and is now the site of McDonalds and the Police Headquarters and some private residential lots.

- The church interior is remodeled, obliterating the sacred paintings on the ceiling.

- The exquisite altar of the Beaterio de Sta Rita de Pasig, now the Colegio del Buen Consejo is pulled down and vanishes without a trace.

1979 – Bishop Manuel Sobreviñas becomes the first bishop pastor of Pasig. after almost 80 years, the Belgian fathers left the parish scene.

1982 October 6 –The Ortigas Center Association, Inc., a non-stock, non-profit organization for the advancement of Ortigas Center as one of the leading business districts in the country was organized by Rafael Ortigas, Jr., Manuel C. Lozano, Narciso Padilla, Ramon Cuervo, Jr., and Eulegio R. Rodriguez.

1986 – Mayor Raymundo was appointed mayor by President Corazon Aquino.

1987 – Dr. Luciano P.R Santiago receives the Premio Manuel Bernabe, Primer Premio in History from the Centro Cultural de Embajada de España in Manila for the fiorst Filipino doctors.

Lawyers Jovito Salonga and Rene Saguisag are elected senators. Salonga becomes the only Pasigueño Senate President.

1988 – Plaza Rizal undergoes its 2nd complete renovation and the white Rizal statue in Plaza Rizal is pulled down, and in the process his statue breaks into pieces. A smaller bronzed colored fiberglass statue replaced it.

»General Information »Timeline »Progressive Era

1992 – Marks the beginning of the rapid growth and progressive era of Pasig City with Vicente Eusebio as mayor.

- Ortigas Center experienced a rapid rate of development. Public school buildings begin to flourish in almost every baranggay from elementary to high school.

1994 July 2 – The townspeople celebrate the Araw ng Pasig for the first time.

December 8 – The municipality of Pasig officially becomes a city.

1995– Trina Belamide’s “Tell The World of His Love” is chosen as official hymn of the World Youth Day held in Manila during Pope John Paul II’s pastoral visit.

Concerned parishioners hold rallies and demonstrations against the new parish pastor of Pasig for the abuse of authority, refusal to dialogue and wanton destructions of historical structures which have been saved in the last war.

1988 – The City Government embarked on the construction of socialized and low-cost MRB housing projects for its homeless and landless residents.

2000 – The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig was inaugurated.

2001 – Mrs. Soledad C. Eusebio is elected the first woman mayor of Pasig City with Ms. Lorna A. Bernardo as vice mayor.

- Pasig City General Hospital opens.

- Dean Carlos Tech, the foremost historian of Pasig dies at the age of 80.

2001 September 7– The Archdiocese of Manila declares Pasig as one of its ecclesiastical Districts with Bishop Nestor C. Carino, D.D as its bishop in residence.

2003 August 21 – The Canonical Erection of the Diocese of Pasig and the installation of its first bishop, Most Reverend Francisco San Diego.

2004 – Vicente P. Eusebio is elected as mayor and a new 8-storey city hall is built to serve the expanding services of the city.

2006 – The city ranks 2nd among the cities in the country in terms of gross revenues.

2007 – Robert C. Eusebio is elected mayor of Pasig1992 – Marks the beginning of the rapid growth and progressive era of Pasig City with Vicente Eusebio as mayor.

- Ortigas Center experienced a rapid rate of development. Public school buildings begin to flourish in almost every baranggay from elementary to high school.

1994 July 2 – The townspeople celebrate the Araw ng Pasig for the first time.

December 8 – The municipality of Pasig officially becomes a city.

1995 – Trina Belamide’s “Tell The World of His Love” is chosen as official hymn of the World Youth Day held in Manila during Pope John Paul II’s pastoral visit.

Concerned parishioners hold rallies and demonstrations against the new parish pastor of Pasig for the abuse of authority, refusal to dialogue and wanton destructions of historical structures which have been saved in the last war.

1988 – The City Government embarked on the construction of socialized and low-cost MRB housing projects for its homeless and landless residents.

2000 – The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig was inaugurated.

2001 – Mrs. Soledad C. Eusebio is elected the first woman mayor of Pasig City with Ms. Lorna A. Bernardo as vice mayor.

- Pasig City General Hospital opens.

- Dean Carlos Tech, the foremost historian of Pasig dies at the age of 80.

2001 September 7 – The Archdiocese of Manila declares Pasig as one of its ecclesiastical Districts with Bishop Nestor C. Carino, D.D as its bishop in residence.

2003 August 21 – The Canonical Erection of the Diocese of Pasig and the installation of its first bishop, Most Reverend Francisco San Diego.

2004 – Vicente P. Eusebio is elected as mayor and a new 8-storey city hall is built to serve the expanding services of the city.

2006 – The city ranks 2nd among the cities in the country in terms of gross revenues.

2007 – Robert C. Eusebio is elected mayor of Pasig

»General Information »Past Mayors »Mayors from 1909 to 1951

Felipe B. Gomez

1901 - 1904

Julio Raymundo

1904 - 1906

Jose Feliciano

1906 - 1909

Lupo Miguel

1909 - 1912

Francisco Reyes

1912 - 1915

Alejandro Ramos Y Aguillon

1915 - 1918

Fortunato Conception

1918 - 1921

Jose M. Perez

1921 - 1924

Dr. Sixto Antonio

1924 - 1936

Cipriano Raymundo

1936 - 1945

Francisco B. Legaspi

1946 - 1951

»General Information »Past Mayors »Mayors from 1951 to Present

Cipriano Raymundo

1952 - 1955

Emiliano R. Caruncho Jr.

1956 - 1986

Mario S. Raymundo

Vicente Eusebio

Bobby Eusebio

Present

PRE-COLONIAL HISTORY

700 A.D

The Chinese migrations to Malaysia and the Philippines shore began in the 7th Century A.D and reached their peak after 1644 owing to the Manchu conquest of China. These Chinese immigrants settled in Manila, Pasig included, and in the other ports, which were annually visited by their trade junks, they have cargoes of silk, tea, ceramics, and their precious jade stones.

»About Pasig City »Pasigueños, Famous and Infamous

“Outstanding Pasigueños, An Alternate List, “ was the first title of this section. As the list was being prepared, it was realized that it contained names of people who were not always outstanding, but justly famous as well as justly infamous. So, the change in the title. Here is the “List” which should no be mistaken as something akin to Schindler’s List.

  • Mariano Meledres

    A person of great talent and varying accomplishments, Rizal governor, CFI judge, 1935 Constitutional Convention Delegate from Rizal province, among others. But he was also known for his long-winded speeches.

  • Antonio San Pedro

    Brother of famous composer Lucio D. San Pedro, and son-in-law of Don Mariano, also like his father-in-law, famous (or infamous) for his equally long winded speeches.

  • Atty. Filomino Sta. Ana

    Lawyer, poet, writer nationalist, patriot, and Tagalista of fame, was also known for his speeches.

  • Lope K. Santos

    Former Rizal Governor, Tagalista, eminent novelist and known as the father of the Balarila (reputedly from bala ng dila) the Tagalog Grammar. He taught at U.P and was known for three things: his bushy mustache, his refusal to ride a taxi, preferring a carratela, and his white pants creased on the side, like a pair of carsonsillo. He was from Buting but lived in San Jose for sometime.

  • Gregorio C. Coching

    From Buting, an engraver, painter, collector and novelist who wrote, among others, Ang Taong Demonyo and was called Lakan Kutiting by his fellows in Pitong Matanda sa Nayon because of his dexterous hands.

  • Francisco V. Coching

    Gregorio’s equally famous son is Francisco V. Coching known as the Father of Philippine Illustrators. He has two daughters.

  • Maridel Coching and her sister

    Both internationally known painters, both beauties in their own right.

  • Diana Toy

    From Buting, wife of Hilario Camino Moncado, a millionaire who had following in Hawaii and Mindanao; he was a delegate to the 1935 Constitutional Convention.

  • Isabel Santos

    The Pasigueña who was a Miss Universe candidate of the Philippines in 1963, and niece of Nitang, whose husband Rody de Guzman was Isabel’s chaperon in Miami.

  • Carmencita Lozada

    Internationally acclaimed violinist and one of the few in the world who has been gifted with a rare Stradivarius Violin.

  • Nemesio Dimanlig, Jr

    The first philatelic artist of the country.

  • Ambrosio Morales

    U.P art professor; he was well-known engraver-painter-sculptor who designed the Philippine coins.

  • Mang Comedes

    Was the famous cook from Pasig at a time when anybody who was somebody in the Philippines, needing a good cook for a very special fiesta, would have to hire a Pasig cook, and would settle for no one else.

  • Pastor Cruz

    Called Pato, a nephew of Mang Comedes, who learned the tricks of the trade from his uncle.

  • Rufino (Pinong) S. Javier

    First Pasig Congressman, a talented lawyer and one of the outstanding congressman of the country; is even more famous in Pasig for his jokes and stories, usually told in the traditional venue for such things, the Plaza Rizal.

  • Dr. Sixto Antonio

    A gentleman farmer who became a successful politician, the last Presidente and first Alcalde of Pasig; later he became Rizal governor during the Japanese period and after the liberation. A devout Catholic and daily communicant, he was arrested by the Japanese Kempetai at the Communion rail and brought to Fort Santiago where he fashioned a rosary from scraps of paper, boiled rice kernels from his meager ration of food, and string unraveled from his camiseta.

  • Dr. Cristina Cabrera

    First woman physician of Pasig, known for her philanthropy and extreme fear of germs and bacteria; hence she would go to extremes to protect herself from imagined bacterias, even to the extent of opening her umbrella inside a carratela to ward off the germs from the armpits of the cochero, who had, by the nature of this vehicle, to ride in front of the vehicle, with the wind blowing toward his passengers sundry germs and bacteria that could lurking in his body.

  • Jovito R. Salonga

    The first and only Senate President so far from Pasig; he was a bar topnotcher in the only bar exams during the Japanese occupation when he was allowed to take the exams without having graduated from Law School. He took his graduate courses in Harvard and Yale.

  • Augusto “Bobbit” Sanchez

    A human rights lawyer, the first Labor Secretary; it was said that strikes proliferated during his term.

  • Rene Saguisag

    Another human rights lawyer, and a Harvard graduate, writer, scholar, columnist; he was jokingly called Ang Saguisag ng Pangulo during Cory Aquino’s presidency.

  • Rufina Esperancilla

    From Buting, the first Tawag ng Tanghalan Champion of the Philippines

  • Pitong Matanda sa Nayon

    a loose organization of seven men from Pasig who held tertulias (today called Kapihan) to discuss topics of the day; they began the thankless task of researching the history of Pasig. Composed of:

    • Pedro R. Tech

      Called Lakan Tugis because he was never afraid to attack anybody he perceived to be at fault, president;

    • Gregorio C. Coching

      Called Lakan Tugis because he was never afraid to attack anybody he perceived to be at fault, president;

    • Sixto Antonio

      Lakan Kabag, was a political kingpin of Pasig Rizal;

    • Primitivo Ballesteros

      An Ilocano who migrated to Pasig, fell in love with a Pasigueña and thus stayed on until his death.

    • Ramon Alvares

      A Caviteño lawyer who was a heavy drinker, like most of the pitong matanda, was a humorist par excellence.

    • Manuel G. Gavieres

      Another lawyer famous for his collection of pictures and knick-knacks, he was a career government employee.

    • Demetrio Argosino

      Was another career government employee.

  • Elias Angeles

    A revolutionary hero from Palatiw.

  • Valentin Cruz

    Leader of the Katipunan in Pasig, led the successful attack on the Spanish garrison on the night of Saturday, August 29, 1896, in an affair called Nagsabado.

  • Joaquin Tuason y Enriquez

    Writer-translator especially of religious books; his Matuwid na Landas based on Antonio Ma. Claret’s Camino Recto y Seguro Para Llegar al Cielo, a Spanish devotional book, enjoyed great popularity among the Filipinos.

  • Dominga, Margarita, and Asuncion Tuason

    Daughters of the religious writer, Don Joaquin, of whom Doña Margarita was the best known being a highly literate woman, a teacher who was called Maestrang Margarita.

  • Joaquin Tuason

    a.k.a Mang Joaquin Tagilid, so called because his shoulders are twisted to the left. Jokingly said to have suffered the illness locally called “nahipan ng hangin” perhaps a kind of stroke while playing the flute. Tumutugtog ng fluta ng mahipan ng hangin kaya nagging tagilid. Another joke: Kahit daw maluwag ang daan, laging nakikiraan. He is not related to his namesake, the writer mentioned earlier.

  • Valentin Galit

    So called because he was always angry at trouble-makers; he was the main “character” in Rotonda, Pasig and would take anybody by the neck and punish him for any wrong-doing.

  • Jose Boris

    The only man who shot a Filipino President and lived to tell the tale,” according to Panorama magazine. In an interview with this writer years later, Borris revealed that he shot war-time president Jose P. Laurel while playing golf in Wack-Wack on orders of Guerilla Colonel Marking, who in turn, allegedly received instructions from Manuel Roxas, then in the underground. Laurel survived.

  • Joe Mente

    A boxer, noted for his loud voice.

  • Juan San Juan

    Famous photographer, but an even better retoucher; hence he was liked by everybody because he could make them (in photos) look young and without wrinkles.

  • Mang Bandino Enriquez

    Famous manghihilot like.

  • Ka Mianong Medina

    Another manghihilot, as famous as.a woman manghihilot, a wife of a carpenter , who gave her clients an excellent massage in her house.

  • Jose R. (Pepe, Castila) Caruncho

    Long time Land Transportation Commission boss, called Castila because of his Spanish features.

  • Francisco Cruz

    (Paquitong Baka)

  • Ernesto Cruz

    nephew of Paquito, and

  • Sonny Santos

    Were all, at one time or another, famous baseball players of the Philippines.

  • Moises Agustin

    Known to all as Mang Moises, music teacher, church organist, singer, he was an institution in the church choir loft, where he practically “held court.”

  • Maestrong Moises

    A woman choir member was Nene, called Neneng Puto (or Kuto) because she sold puto (rice cakes) as a means of livelihood. Her voice was tiple.

  • Fortunato Santos

    A third choir singer, known as Tato, who once when asked whether his voice was tiple, tenor, or baritone, replied that it was tenor; but people say it was tiple, all part of a joke. He was versatile, being a painter, photographer, barber, violinist, poet, and a lot of other things beside.

  • Juan Singer

    Was neither a singer nor American but a Singer Sewing Machine agent, whose real name was Juan Cruz.

  • Pedrong Tingala; Pedrong Paragua (native bamboo sled); and Pedrong Bayag

    In the Rosario-Maybunga area there used to live three men all named Pedro. Filipinos of old were not used to family names, such being systematized only in 1849 when Governor-General Narciso Claveria ordered the systematization of family names to avoid confusion. Hence, Filipinos and Pasigueños prefer to use what is known as bansag.

  • Vicente Marifosqui

    A well-known bandmaster and a versatile musician; it was sad that he could not handle any musical instruments.

  • Marcial S. Esquerra

    a.k.a “Kabo Marcial,” one of the first Pasigueño engineers and among the first Pasigueños to study in the United States.

  • Dr. Fernando Santiago y Cabrera

    The first physician of Pasig who later entered local politics, and the first municipal councilor of Pasig under the Americans.

  • Capitan Don Apolonio Santiago

    Dr. Santiago’s father, gobernadorcillo of Pasig for five terms, the longest during the Spanish regime.

»About Pasig City »Pasigueños Living and Dead, Who Made a Difference

  • VALENTIN CRUZ Y ANTONIO

    He made a big difference not only for Pasig but also for the entire country. In his house on the Shore of Bitukang Manok River in San Nicolas, Pasig, Supremo Andres Bonifacio made the historic decision to begin the Revolution. He led the attack on the Spanish forces in Pasig in a battle called Nagsabado. In this bathe he defeated the Spanish forces and thus achieved the first victory of the Revolution. (d)

  • NICOMEDES BUENSUCESO

    “Mang Comedes.” One of the best in Pasig, he was a cook of Bonifacio and Gen. Valentin Cruz, who must have recommended him to the great leader. A great cook of native festive dishes. Pastel de lengua, pastel estofado, galantina and chicken relleno were his forte. He was also cook to Maximo Tech, first Pasig municipal treasurer under the Americans, and Cecilio Tech, Pasig teniente primero for “bionio 1878-1879.” (d)

  • PASTOR CRUZ

    “Pato.” When too old to do serious cooking, Mang Comedes introduced his nephew pastor to my grandfather. Pato was sometimes said to be an even better cook than Mang Comedes. To enhance his cooking he always specified “quesong REX.” (d)

  • ELINO SALVADOR

    “Mang Elino.” The third of the famous Pasig triumvirate of master cooks. Elino was cook to President Quirino and to many of Pasig’s great men. (d)

  • NEMENSIO DIMANLIG, JR.

    “Menching, Menchie.” First philathelic designer of the Philippines, he is also a popular painter. (d)

  • DONA MARGARITA TUAZON

    “Maestrang Margarita.” Most famous of the three daughters of Don Joaquin Tuazon, she was a perennial lay leader, and quite fluent in Tagalog, Spanish and French. Her sister Asuncion and Dominga were lesser known but were also active in church affairs. (d)

  • DON JOAQUIN TUAZON.

    An intellectual but humble lay leader in the Immaculate Concepcion parish, he wrote and/or translated many devotional books, most famous of which was “Ang Matouid na Landas Patungo sa Langit,” Manila, 1909, an adaptation from “Camino Recto y Seguro Para Llegar Al Cielo, “ by Archbishop Antonia Ma. Claret, Barcelona, 1905. Claret is now a saint. (d)

  • DR. ENCARNACION JABSON – DEL ROSARIO

    “Encarning.” Daughter of Juanita and Leandro Jabson, the second lady physician of Pasig, the first being Dr. Cristina Cabrera. (a)

  • MA. JOSEFINA JABSON - DEL ROSARIO

    The third generation of the distinguished Jabson family, a young intellectual woman of conviction, she bravely stood up against attempts to eliminate hallowed Pasig traditions.

  • CARMENCITA LOZADA

    “Tita.” One of the world’s best violinists. She is based in Germany, but comes home periodically. (a)

  • CONRADO SANTOS

    “Cura.” An uncle of the great Carmencita, singer, composer, arranger, band and choir conductor, and “compleat” Pasig musician. (d)

  • RAMON P. SANTOS

    Former Dean of the UP Conservatory of Music is a renowned composer, arranger, conductor, and another “compleat” of Pasig. National Artist awardee 2009 (a)

  • KATRINA BELAMIDE

    The very young Pasigueño composer of the 10th World Youth Day Hymn, “Tell the World of His Love” which was sung in the Philippines in January 1995 when Pope John Paul II made his second visit to our country. (a)

  • OCTAVIO CRUZ

    “Tavio.” An opera singer, also a teacher, was a regular church singer. (d). His son.

  • AVELINO V. CRUZ

    “Ave.” A son of Octavio Cruz. Was bar topnotcher, now one of the better known Filipino lawyers. (a) Now Executive Secretary under the new Presidency of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

  • JOVITO R. SALONGA.

    “Jovy.” First Pasig bar topnotcher, the only Pasigueño Senate President. His doctoral dissertation in Yale was declared the best ever written in Private International Law. (a)

  • ENGRACIO LEGASPI.

    Founded Minerva Association in 1922. Another person claims the honor but committee of citizens declared Legaspi the true founder of Minerva, a fact known to many Pasigueños. (d)

  • REV. FR. ARMANDO MANAOG.

    “Andy.” Not really from Pasig but was adopted by the Comite de Festejos an honorary member, becoming an honorary Pasigueño. He celebrated the Mass of the Immaculate Concepcion at Plaza Rizal during the historic Town Fiesta of December 8, 1995 when Pasigueños defended hallowed traditions of Pasig. (a)

  • REV. FR. ANTONIO LAZARO, OFM

    “Tony.” Fr. Tony was adopted honorary member of the Young Catholic Social Circle, Inc. thus becoming another Pasigueño. He celebrated the Mass in honor of “Virgen de las Flores” of the YOCASOCI on the afternoon of May 31, 1996 in the La Immaculada Concepcion School of Mr. and Mrs. Romeo Brown. Here he stressed that no one has the right to deny Holy Mass to anybody, for that would be tantamount to “excommunication.” (a)

  • CONCEPCION TATCO – BROWN

    “Ching.” She had accommodated in her school the Young Catholoc Social Circle for the past two years and given her fullest support to the Comite de Festejos in their defense of Pasig’s hallowed traditions. (a)

  • MARIA CRUZ – SALVADOR

    “Maring.” Founder of the Girl Scouts Movement in Pasig, a daughter of the hero Valentin Cruz. Affectionately called “Grandma” by all Pasig Girl Scouts.

  • DANTE SANTOS

    Owner-President of PHILACOR, member of the Agrava Commission which recommended the prosecution of the infamous Gen. Ver. As PAL President, he took the National Airline out of the “red,” and now runs Grandair. (a)

  • BISHOP MANUEL C. SOBREVINAS, DD.

    An able auxiliary to Cardinal Sin, not from Pasig but was so loved by Pasigueños that everybody considers him one even today. A holy man of God, a true intellectual, compassionate, a great builder, he respected Pasig traditions, he was never interested in the money of the parish. Other “loud” priests pale miserably in comparison with his solid accomplishments. While in Pasig he did not even want to take his meager allowance, which he fully deserved. (a)

  • MSGR. CESAR PAGULAYAN

    Another true man of God, a great builder but he never crowed about it. Another intellectual, he could have become wealthy but preferred to be honest. (a)

  • SOR LOURDES GOMEZ

    A holy nun, she was much loved by her fellow nuns and Pasigueños. (d)

  • CIPRIANO TUICO

    “Piryanong Aso.” In San Jose whenever a mad dog alarmed is raised, everybody hides home to hide. Not to Mang Piryano. Even when asleep, he would wake up, get his Kamagong club and go out to hunt the mad dog. He would not go home without having killed it, whereupon, he would tie it with a piece of rope, drag it to the river, and dump it there. Thus, he became a local hero of sorts. (d)

  • DAVID AL BERTO

    “Big Tarzan.” Big Tarzan was his ring nickname, but he was a perennial loser, yet he was very strong, with a wonderful physique, the envy every young boy in the market where he was also a “kargador.” While ordinary man groan under the weight of the usual pair of kerosene cans of water on a shoulder pole, he would have three pairs, three on either end of his bamboo”pingga,” walking nonchalantly as if carrying six toy balloons instead of six kerosene cans of water. (d)

  • TIAGO

    Nobody knew of his full name, but he was another strong market “kargador” much addicted to music. Whenever he heard a brass band playing, he would drop whatever he had been paid to carry and run to where the bass was, march ahead of it like an band major. When the band stops, he would face it, wave his right hand and pretend to be conducting it. He would walk on his hands ahead of the marching band, to the delight of admiring children; this was the stunt called “Tirik saging” in Pasig. (d)

  • RUFINA ESPERANCILLA

    The first “Tawag ng Tanghalan” champion from Pasig, she became a hometown hero when she returned to Buting from her victory in the finals. Her winning song was “Pandangguhan,” which promptly became a popular hit of the day. (d)

  • SOME PASIG FIRST LADIES:

    • GENOVEVA ANTONIO (d) (Dr. Sixto Antonio) (d)

    • NENA RAYMUNDO (d) (Cipriano Raymundo) (d)

    • DOLORES PR SANTIAGO (a) (Atty. Apolonio V. Santiago (d)

    • AURORA CARUNCHO (a) (Emiliano R. Caruncho, Jr. (a)

    • MA. TERESA S. RAYMUNDO (a) (Mario A. Raymundo) (a)

    • SOLEDAD EUSEBIO (a) (Vicente P. Eusebio) (a)

  • ARMANDO ISON

    “Tata Mando.” Poet, composer, band conductor, Senakulo musical director, famous for his “Rosario Cantada.” (d)

  • MANUEL LOZADA

    “Manolo.” Brother of Carmencita, world famous violinist, owns “Panaderia Dimas-Alang.” Pasig most successful bakery due to its personalized management. He is also a well known tenor and painter.

  • PITONG MATANDA SA NAYON

    An organization of seven elderly men, they met weekly a la Spanish tertulla, discussing all imaginable (and unimaginable) mostly relevant topics of the day. Composed of

    • PEDRO R. TECH

      President. Civic and Catholic lay leader, no one was spared from his acid tongue – be he president, governor, mayor, cardinal, archbishop, bishop, monsignor, priest – anyone he perceived to be doing evil.

    • GREGORIO C. COCHING

      Vice president. Jack of all trades, master of each. Novelist, short-story writer, essayist, poet, engraver, amateur, chemist, painter, cook;

    • MANUEL GA. GAVIERES

      Philatelist, numismatist, writer, humorist, lawyer;

    • DEMETRIO Y. ARGOSINO

      Honest government employee

    • PRIMITIVO BALLESTEROS

      Director, Bureau of Printing, he married a Pasigueña and stayed on until his death.

    • MARIANO LANTING

      Quiet but deep, a humorist.

    • DR. SIXTO ANTONIO

      Became mayor of Pasig and governor of Rizal province

  • MOISES AGUSTIN

    Mang Moises. Music teacher, church organist, singer, an institution in the Pasig church choir loft, which where he literally held court.

  • RTC JUDGE HERCULANO TECH

    Son of Pedro, brother of Kaloy, he has made a name for himself as an upright judge, the nemesis of gamblers.

  • FR. JACINTO P. ZAMORA. Fr. Zamora is a “ZA” of GOMBURZA

    Who made a NEGATIVE difference in Pasig. While Pasig has P. Gomez and P. Burgos streets, the people refused to have a street named after him because Fr. Zamora was allegedly a gambler priest. According to some historians, “nahawa lang sa dalawang banal na bayani.”

  • SERAFIN J. ALVAREZ

    Was a Philippine National Chess champion in 1951. He was known as “Stonewall Alva” in local chess circles because of his strong defense. His daughter, the formidable Jo Alvarez, recalls that Florencio Campomanes and his group used to play chess (and were sometimes beaten) by her father. Alvarez was named Father of the Year in 1972 by the Pasig Federation Women’s Club, which also named his wife, MRS. FLORENTINA A. ALVAREZ, who gave him 16 children, 1957 Mother of the Year. Many of the children went on to become successful professionals.

»About Pasig City »PROFILES OF PASIGUENO

"Women and Men of Distinction"

By: Elizabeth Lolarga

DAISY HONTIVEROS AVELLANA

Theater Actress

Daisy Hontiveros Avellana, National Artist for Theater, essayed on the stage such memorable roles as Desdemona in William Shakespeare’s Othello, Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Bernarda Alba in Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Laba, Mary Tyrone in Eugene O’ Niell’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, among others. Her delineation of Candida Marasigan in Nick Joaquin’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino is considered the most definitive performance of the role.

With husband Lamberto National Artist for Film, she founded the Baranggay Theater Guild in 1939. It was the first professional theater group in the Philippines, with Leon Ma. Guerrero, Raul Manglapus and Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero as some of its members.

Ms. Avellana studied Philosophy at the University of the Philippines and earned her masters at the University of Santo Tomas. She also wrote film scripts like Sakay, Anak Dalita, and Badjao all of which were translated into screen classics by her director-husband.

This grand dame of the Philippine stage earned recognition from various groups. Among her awards are the Magsaysay Awards for Outstanding Work in Theater in 1956, the Araw ng Maynila Cultural Award for Drama in 1966, the Tandang Sora Award for Theater in 1981, Gintong Ina Award for Performing Arts in 1988, Gawad CCP Para sa Sining from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1990, the CCP Centennial Honors for the Art in 1999, the Gawad Siglo ng Aliw Awards Foundation also in 1999, and many others.

She has three children directors Jose Marie and Lamberto, Jr. and painter Ivi Avellana-Cosio, and lives in San Antonio Village, Pasig City.

LETTY JIMENEZ – MAGSANOC

Journalist

Leticia Jimenez Magsanoc, the fearless editor-in-chief of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, was educated at St. Theresa’s College in Manila where she received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She went on to earn her master’s in the same field at the University of Misouri in the US.

Letty, as she is popularly known rose to become editor-in-chief of Philippine Panorama, the Sunday magazine of Manila Bulletin, from 1978 to 1981. During the protest years against the Marcos dictatorship, she served as editor of Mr. & Ms. Special Edition from 1983 to 1986.

From 1986 to 1987, she was the first editor of the Sunday Inquirer Magazine. She was a columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer from 1987 to 1991. In 1991, she broke the glass ceiling and became the first female editor-in-chief of a national broadsheet. She continues to serve in that post up to the present.

The awards she has received include: the Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service in 1981, University of Misouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 1993, First Woman Editor-in-Chief (National Daily) given by the Washington-based Philippine-American Foundation in 1998, and Journalist Award of the Rotary Club of Manila in 1998.

Magsanoc lived for around 20 years in Baranggay Kapitolyo before moving to Valle Verde, also in Pasig.

CARMENCITA LOZADA

Violinist

Carmencita Lozada, often described as “a violin phenomenon in Asia” and “one of the great truly great violin talents of our time,” was born in Manila.

She started her music training at five, first on the piano with her mother and uncle as teachers, and shortly afterwards shifting to the violin. At 10, she first performed in public, and the result of this unprecedented Manila event so inflamed the imagination of the audience that it immediately established for her a local career.

During her studies in the Philippines, she won many prizes and awards, among them the first prize in a national competition in Manila. At 15, she was chosen soloist for the Tschaikovsky Concerto by the NB C (founded by Toscanini) which was then visiting Manila.

At 17, she obtained her Bachelor of Music degree at the Philippine Women’s University. The school showered upon her all possible honors.

She took advanced studies for four years at the Vienna Academy of Music in Austria on a Philippine government scholarship. She also attended summer courses in Nice (France) where she was awarded a Diploma of Honor and in Salzburg (Austria) where, as a prize, she was the soloist of the closing concert playing the Katchaturian Concerto. While a student at the Vienna Academy, she was a top prize winner in the 1961 International Paganini Competition in Genoa (Italy) where as an 18-year-old, she was also a prize winner. Her studies in Vienna were rewarded with a Diploma with Highest Honor and Excellence and a departure cash award.

Ms. Lozada started concretizing in 1965. She had been hailed on concert podiums in West Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, England, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Canada and the Philippines.

She has recorded numerous sonatas and concertos for radio and television. Her disc recordings are with Eurodisc.

She is our Ambassador of Goodwill, winning friends and honor for the Philippines. She has been called an interpreter of superlative refinement and taste.

CONCHA MEJIA ANGELESA

Public Servant, Now Civic Leader

Concha Mejia Angeles entry into politics was rather unexpected. An Education graduate at the University of Santo Tomas, she went right into business, supplying rice to the public market in sari-sari stores in Pasig.

One time she was sweeping the front of her store while a Nacionalista Party meeting was going on next door. The old politicos could not complete their line up of councilors. When they saw her sweeping the palay grains, they invited her to be their last candidate for councilor. She refused, saying she was busy with her own business.

Later, Sixto Antonio went to her to convince her to join. She remained adamant in her refusal until veteran politician Lorenzo Sumulong was dispatched to talk to her. Not wanting to leave the impression that she was playing hard to get, Concha finally accepted the offer, ran and won in 1965. She went on to serve Pasig as a councilor for 16 years or the equivalent of four terms.

One accomplishment she is most proud of during her terms of office was passing an ordinance requiring couples that are about to get married to first undergo a family planning seminar. The other thing she is proud of is the cleanliness-and-beautification campaign. This fell within her wing of responsibility, she being the only woman councilor in the municipality then

When she retired from the public office, Ms. Angeles became active in civic organizations like Minerva. She organized and put up Puericulture and family planning centers.

Now, she stays home in Baranggay Santo Tomas, Pasig with her husband Maximo who still runs a real estate business. They have four children (Certified Public Accountant Perla A. Damian, homemaker Maria Elene A. Ariola, Pasig City Vice Mayor Lorna A. Bernardo, and businessman Victor), and 15 grandchildren

ROSA M. VALLEJO

Librarian

For many students through the years, Rosa Menguito Vallejo has been the Librarian, the teacher. If anyone deserves the title “Librarian’s Librarian,” it is she.

Rosa was born in Pasig in 1929, the year of the US stock market crashed, ushering in the depression. Although her arrival was greeted by an aura of doom, as far as Rosa was concerned, the years brought nothing but happiness and success in her personal life and chosen field.

Rosa graduated from the University of the Philippines with an A.B in Library Science in 1951, and that year started her career as an apprentice librarian at the UP Library. Later she became a junior library assistant, then assistant catalogue librarian with the rank of instructor.

Always thirsty for knowledge, Rosa pursued graduate studies in the US earning Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She then returned to her post at the UP Library, where she stayed for fifteen years, eventually becoming an assistant professor. In 1970, she joined the UP Institute of Library Science, becoming a full professor in 1981. She retired in 1994.

Through the decades devoted to library science and to teaching, Professor Vallejo has been many plaques of recognition and awards, including an Alumni Recognition Award from the University of Michigan, a Distinguished Information Professional Award from the International Federation for Information and Documentation, Outstanding Librarian of the Year from the Professional Regulation Commission, and Hall of Fame Award from the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. The latest accolade is the Mother of Philippine Librarianship Award.

Over and above her professional activities, however, Professor Vallejo remains a wife (to retired Brig. Gen. Benjamin R. Vallejo), a mother and, in recent years, a grandmother.

ROSALINA DE LA PAZ – MAGAT

Economist

Rosalina “Sally” de la Paz – Magat, senior vice president and head of the strategic planning and research group of the Development Bank of the Philippines, has consistent history of excellence.

She graduated with a degree in economics, magna cum laude and class valedictorian, at the University of the Philippines. There she also earned her Master of Business Administration with distinction, being number five among the top 10 MBA graduates.

She went on to John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for her Master of Public Administration, concentrating on business economics and government as an Edward S. Mason fellow and scholar of the National Economic and Development Authority and the United States Agency for International Development.

She served as an economic analyst of the Board of Investments, chief economist of the Central Bank, division manager for corporate planning of the National Development Company, assistant vice president of the Land Bank of the Philippines and vice president fore treasury and planning of the Philippine Veterans Bank.

Among the awards and citation she has received are: Outstanding Pasigueño in Banking and Industry in 2000, Outstanding Alumnus of Rizal High School in 1995, Outstanding Economist from the Philippine Leadership Organization in 1981, and awardee for academic excellence from the UP Sigma Alpha Sorority.

Ms. De la Paz – Magat became the first and only woman president of UP MBA Alumni Society. She was elected president of the First International Workshop on Women in Industrial Cooperative Management in Tel Aviv, Israel, out of 34 delegates representing 25 countries in 1992.

She makes her home in Kawilihan Village, Pasig City.

VICENTE MARIFOSQUI

Musical Director

Professor Vicente Marifosqui was born on January 14, 1866. His father was Felipe marifosqui and his mother, Victoria Tuason.

During his childhood days, he spent most of his years as a colelgia at the Ateneo de Manila. After a few years at the Ateneo, he transferred to Colegio de San Juan de Letran for higher studies.

Ever since his stay in school, he devoted much of his time to the study of the solfiego. Just then his father, who was the founder of Banda Pasig, the origin of the present Dimas-Alang Band died, and the responsibility of the home and the band was transferred to his mother. The young boy returned home and fortunately found a opportunity to develop his inborn capacity and love for music under Banda Pasig, with Rosalio Silos as director.

The band did not stay long under his mother for it was later bought by Bonifacio Arevalo. It was greatly honored when the French Governor General of Indochina contracted it to give a concert with the French Marine band during the exposition in Hanoi in 1902-1903. Before the end of the exposition, its director Ladislao Bonasantos, deserted the band and returned to the Philippines for family reasons. It was a great opportunity for Marifosqui for when the band arrived in Manila, his directorship was contracted by Arevalo

As director of Banda Arevalo, Marifosqui showed an unusual skill in the task of selecting musicians that composed the famous Orchestra Rizal which was entrusted to him.

Aside from this, he also organized several other bands which became famous under his management, like Banda del Rosario in Cavite, Banda Navotas-Malabon, Banda Guardia Nacional during World War II, and Banda Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija. Later, due to a misunderstanding between Arevalo and the members of his band, Banda Pasig was disbanded (pun not intended). From its members, Marifosqui organized a new band known as Banda Dimas-Alang.

Music was an integral part of his life. He played the piano, guitar, clarinet, oboe, bass, and flute not like the ordinary musician but with skill extraordinaire. His Philosophy was for further appreciation of classical music, which he was determined to achieve by unraveling before young music lovers, knows the real technique, without the least expectation for any material remuneration. For his efforts he received laurels from his beloved town and country.

OCTAVIO CRUZ

Singer

We have not seen the famous Enrico Caruso, but we have heard a lot about him and felt the lure of his voice. The music world has idolized him as the greatest tenor. The name Caruso is now, synonymous with beauty, perfection, sweetness and charm of voice.

In this brief sketch of the life of Octavio Cruz, it will not be an exaggeration to modify his name with the word “Caruso.” Neither will it be an obligation to sacrifice even a word for an apology.

Octavio is the son Ramon Cruz and Guillerma Villareal. He was born in Pasig and completed his primary and intermediate schooling at the Pasig Central School. In March 1925 he graduated from the Rizal High School. While in High School he distinguished himself as a debater, singer, and athlete. As a debater, he was of no mean ability; as a singer he was extraordinary, and as an athlete he was assistant manager of the P.H.T.F. and champion sprinter of the defunct S.T.A.A. in the Interscholastic Truck and Field. He was one of the best athletes during his heydays in high school, before he broke his ankle. This disability forever barred him from athletic competition.

After high school, he enrolled at the University of the Philippines and graduated in October of the year 1932 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education. His university life was tinted with success. He was a member of the UP Dramatic Club and participated in the Cradle Song and Romantic Age. He was also a member of the UP Mix Gymnastic Team. Now he distinguished as a member of the “Manila Chamber Music,” and participated in Aida by Verdi. He will also appear as a leading character in La Traviata by the same composer, this coming May 3, 1933.

Whether this man will be a great educator or a celebrated singer is not certain. Most possibly he will be destined as the singer of the highest order for his philosophy of life is: “Sing and laugh, for the world sings and laughs at you.”

He is at present taking voice culture at the Conservatory of Music, UP as a pensionado of the Manila Chamber Music. One of the Islands’ beast pianists considers Mr. Cruz to be the best and greatest tenor of archipelago. It is also rumored that he will be sent to Italy for further cultivation of his musical talents.

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PROFILES OF PASIGUENOS IN THE LITERARY AND VISUAL ARTS

By: Manolo Lozada

LOPE K. SANTO

Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Critic

Did you know that the roots for the consolidation of Tagalog-based Filipino into one national language were planted deep into the very soil of Pasig by our townmate Lope K. Santos of Buting? It is a disservice to this man that Pasig little recognizes today – one who had many talents and national accomplishments, especially in the literary field.

Santos, a.k.a. “Berfugo,” was born in 1879 and lived till the age of 84. He was a fictionist, poet, printer, revolutionary (in the Philippine-American War), politician (governor of Rizal 1910-1913, first Filipino governor of Nueva Vizcaya 1918-1920 and senator of the 12th district 1921-1922). As senator, he authored the law on Andres Bonifacio Day and sponsored bills to improve the condition of workers.

From 1941 to 1945, he was director of the Institute of National Language and espoused the teaching of the national language. His Balarila ng Wikang Pambansa of 1946 became the official textbook.

In the early 1900s, Santos went into newspaper work, and wrote for and edited several Tagalog publications, including Muling Pagsilang and its sister publication, El Renacimiento, both of which exposed American abuses in Bacoor, Cavite, in 1905.

American authorities filed a libel suit against Santos and Fernando Ma. Guerrero (editorial director of El Renacimiento). But, in a celebrated verdict, they were found not guilty and hailed as champions of freedom of the press.

Santos authored 10 books of poetry and six novels, including his masterpiece Banaag at Sikat. He was also one of the pioneer essayist and critics writing in Spanish and Tagalog in Philippine language and literature. As a critic and scholar, he is credited with having established the code of writing poetry that critic Virgilio S. Almario called balagtasismo.

He received many awards, among them the posthumous Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1977. It should be a source of pride for Pasigueños that through Lope K. Santos and his descendants, Pasig has contributed much to the national heritage and culture.

His descendants include his children, especially the writer and Pilipino grammarian Paraluman S. Aspillera and the lexicographer Vito Santos; his niece, the film director and screenwriter Susana C. de Guzman; his nephew, the playwright Severino Reyes (author of Walang Sugat), whose grandson was Constacio de Guzman, the composer of the “second” national anthem Bayan Ko (lyrics by the poet Jose Corazon de Jesus), and who also wrote the music and lyrics of now classic Maalaala Mo Kaya, Ang Tangi Kong Pag-ibig, Babalik Ka Rin, Pamaypay ng Maynila, Bituing Walang Dambana, Pagdating ng Takipsilim, and many other songs.

GREGORIO COCHING

Novelist, Translator

Another son of Buting born in 1892, a.k.a. Kalingkingan, Gregorio Coching was one of the popular novelist of his time.

He began writing in 1923 with the novel Sanggumay, which won first prize in the Liwayway publication contest.

His many other novels include Baliya, Nita Ravinsky, Okami San, Dama de Noche, Nanay Ko, and Babae ng Bayan.

He translated into Tagalog John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Two of his novels were made into films: Teniente Rosario and Ilaw ng Langit.

He had a son who became a noted komiks writer and excellent illustrator, Francisco, who in turn has successful portrait artist daughters, Lulu and Maribel.

Among Francisco’s works for the komiks, which were serialized and held the readership in suspense, were Satur, Sabas, Ang Barbero, Palasig, Maldita, and Movie Fan. Most of his works eventually found their way into films.

FEDERICO LICSI ESPINO, JR.

Poet, Short Story Writer, Playwright

Born in 1939 in Palatiw, Pasig, multi-awarded Federico Licsi Espino, Jr. received his journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas in 1959. He worked as editorial assistant of Saturday Mirror Magazine. Later, he became a freelance writer, writing in four languages: English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Ilocano.

He also authored collections of stories: The Country of Sleep, Percussive, Blood, and Geometries, Bright and Dark.

He wrote two Palanca winning plays: The Ricebird Has Brown Wings and Lady Macbeth/ A Black Symphony in Three Movements.

Espino continues to live and write in Palatiw, Pasig City.

LUCIANO P.R SANTIAGO

Writer – Historian

A descendant of some of the political and social pillars of Pasig, he lives in Baranggay Bagong Katipunan. From the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Encyclopedia, we quote:

“He finished his early schooling at Pasig Catholic College, high school at San Beda College, and a medical degree at the University of the Philippines. Santiago’s commitment as a doctor has never gotten in the way of artistic and writing inclinations. Trained in adult and child psychiatry at Sheppard and Erroch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, he won the Wendell Muncie Prizes for 1970 and 1976 for writing in psychiatry. He is the only non-American and only two-time recipient of the award.

Santiago’s research on the various aspects of the 19th century has produced books like The Hidden Light: The First Filipino Priests, 1987, and The World of Damian Domingo, 1990, with Nick Joaquin. He has contributed on Filipino artists to the Filipinas Journal of Science and Culture and Philippine Quarterly of Culture and Society.

His love for history and the arts has brought him prestigious awards and prizes such as the Premio Manuel Bernabe, Primer Premio in History from the Centro Cultural de la Embajada de España in 1987; finalist, Best Book for The Hidden Light, Catholic Mass Media Awards in 1988; the Catholic Author Award from the Asian Catholic Publishers and the National Book Award for art from the Manila Critics Circle for The World of Damian Domingo, both in 1990.”

BENIGNO R. JUAN

Writer

Another writer from Palatiw, cousin-in-law of Federico Licsi Espino, Jr., he is a staff member of Liwayway Publications. He has been awarded prizes for his short stories in Filipino. He also served as barrio councilman of Palatiw, and was among those named Outstanding Pasigueños in 1994.

BERNARDO DEL ROSARIO, JR.

Playwright, Novelist

Amazing indeed that this mechanical engineering graduate of the University of the Philippines, and now associate professor of the Rizal Technological University, would be a twice-awarded literary personality for works in Filipino.

In 1966, he won the first prize in the Palanca Awards for his one-act play, Itim ang Kulay ng Paruparo. In 1968, he won first prize in the Liwayway novel contest for Ang Panginoon ng Madera.

Effacing and mostly reticent, he is a living proof of “depth in silence.”

He lives in Sagad with his family, where his roots have always been.

CENON M. RIVERA

Painter, Stained-Glass Artist

Standing tall in the galaxy of Pasig visual artists is painter Cenon M. Rivera of P. Gomez, Baranggay San Jose. It is sad that this artist, who was dean of the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts (succeeding the recognized Father of Modern Art in the Philippines, Victorio C. Edades), is no longer with us. He died in 1998, leaving his only son Noel to keep alive the technique and the art of stained glass. Noel, in turn, has a professional photographer in his son Angelo.

The CCP Encyclopedia says this about Rivera: “His earliest style in painting was influenced by academic realism, but in 1951 he abandoned realism for semi-abstraction and analytic cubism. He evolved a distinct style blending semi-abstract figurative and stained-glass and mosaic technique.”

Rivera learned glass technique in European cities on a scholarship from the Italian government in 1962-1965.

Some of the important glass works are: Mt. Samat Memorial Shrine, consisting of three panels on the Battle of Bataan; the four skylight panels for the Dominican chapels in Baguio; the 22 panels for Sanctuario Church in San Juan; 14 murals at the Shrine of Santo Niño in Cebu.

He won prizes and received awards both here and Italy.

ROD PARAS-PEREZ

Painter, Museum Curator, Art Critic

A product of Rizal High School and the University of the Philippines, and a Pasigueños of many years standing (Kapasigan), Paras-Perez pursued higher education at the University of Minnesota and obtained a doctorate from Harvard University. He received several scholarships, among them the Schimdth-Mundt Fulbright and the Rockfeller. An award-winning artist, he has exhibited locally and abroad. He has expertise in museum curatorship, has written critiques and books on several Philippine artist and on the French sculptor Rodin. His woodcut illustrations for the special edition of Florante and Laura became a collector’s item.

The public had to wait 11 years before Paras-Perez mounted another major painting exhibition in 1999 in Makati City. It was noted that his paintings there showed a distillation of complex thought process and imagination. A reclusive scholar, Paras-Perez nevertheless “has the logic and informed pragmatism of a corporate mind. It is not surprising then that the institutions abroad, including the culture institutions of such countries as Singapore, have regularly tapped his mind for their culture planning. Sad to say, it takes foreign entities to recognize his value. (Philippine Daily Inquirer).”

And Paras-Perez himself speaks of “how the arts are a premium vehicle in teaching our children the sense of values. Only a generation with strong values can be a key to a country’s growth.”

AMBROSIO MORALES

Sculptor

This gentle soul was a sculptor from Pulo (now San Miguel) who designed and executed some of the monuments that stands around Pasig. He is to have been involved in the design of Philippine coins, Morales was a professor at the UP until 1950s.

In the early 1960s, upon his encouragement and leadership, the Pasig Art Club was born with members that included Cenon Rivera, Rod Paras-Perez and Jose Pyt Santos.

BENIGNO R. JUAN

Writer

This gentle soul was a sculptor from Pulo (now San Miguel) who designed and executed some of the monuments that stands around Pasig. He is to have been involved in the design of Philippine coins, Morales was a professor at the UP until 1950s.

In the early 1960s, upon his encouragement and leadership, the Pasig Art Club was born with members that included Cenon Rivera, Rod Paras-Perez and Jose Pyt Santos.

FRED CARILLO

Comic Book Illustrator

Those who followed in their youth the forceful and florid komiks drawings of Fred Carillo (1950s-1970s) would not fail to recognize the name. For he created visual worlds out of the stories of Clodualdo del Mundo and other writers, and help shape the consciousness of the reading nation steeped in the likes of Pilipino, Hiwaga and Especial Komiks and the Liwayway group of publications.

In his creative peak, it was easy for Carillo to be illustrating five novels per month for the komiks, as well as other commissions. Among his works of the period were Daluyong which he also wrote, and Prisipe Paris. The era was one of great illustrators, including Francisco Coching, Redondo, Javinal, Larry Alcala, Tony Velasquez, and others.

Towards the mid-1970s, Carillo was plucked from the country by giant US publications, Pendulum Press and Marvel Publications, and there he contributed to the universe inhabited by superheroes like Phantom Stranger, Spiderman, He-Man, and The Transformers. In the US, he also single-handedly created in comic form the classics, like the works of Shakespeare.

His production is voluminous, lying uncatalogued in his residence in Robinson Circle. Somebody – quick! Catalogue these works. Better still; make a coffee-table book out of these.

Among Carillo’s awards was the 1971 Award for Mass Media as best illustrator. Generous with his craft and art, he has trained apprentices. One of his protégées is the talented Danny Acuña of Baranggay Santo Tomas, now a leading cartoonist and illustrator whose abilities are being used extensively by the Pasig City government.

MANUEL CARILLO

Art Director, Illustrator, Watercolorist

A natural talent, Manuel Carillo, brother of Fred, was art director for Admakers for 35 years, while he also did illustrations for Liwayway. After retirement, he became active as watercolorist. He has exhibited his works, which are representational and refined, and show great attention to details.

MANUEL D. BALDEMORN

Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker

Manuel and Fred Baldemor, uncle and nephew, are by-words in Philippine art. They are Pasig-based artists who find inspiration from their ancestral town of Paete and its tradition in carving. Their clan has contributed much to sculpture and the visual arts as a whole. The Baldemor children, if not artist themselves, either teach art, work in graphics, or are studying art here and abroad.

Manuel of Santolan is a product of the University of Santo Tomas and the workshop of the woodcarvers and santeros (makers of religious images). The CCP Encyclopedia writes that early on, he worked on sculptural reliefs and later on tried to develop the taka (paper mache) industry by designing flat wall taka depicting rural scenes

He first attracted attention in the early 1970s with his pen-and-ink drawings, which captured the folk spirit in meticulous detail; he also did printmaking and is a leading painter with a recognizable style.

FRED BALDEMOR

Sculptor, Painter, Illustrator

Although a commerce graduate, Fred has been kept hostage to art – understandably so – and maintains a studio, Ukitan, on Shaw Boulevard near the Rizal Medical Center. He originated in 1974 the image of Santo Niño de Palaboy (Holy Child, the Vagrant), which has become the folk imagery commonly sculptured today. He produced a body of work called Sining Kahoy and a series of sculpture in ivory on the subject of Filipino myths and legends. He is currently at work on a statue of San Lorenzo Ruiz, which will be installed in the landmark of St. Patrick Cathedral in New York as his personal donation through the Filipino community./p>

He has done a larger-than-life sculpture in wood of Mutya ng Pasig which is his personal collection. The painting of Santa Rosa de Lima on the side of the main altar of the church in Bagong Ilog is another testimony to his skill.

Baldemor also paints and draws.

WIDMARTH A. LODRIGA

Sculptor

BENIGNO R. JUAN

Writer

Widmarth has just turned 21 and is a fresh graduate of UP. He won the grand prize in the recently-concluded Shell Art Competition, besting 84 other countries.

Even a young boy, Widmarth has been winning prizes (the first when he was six).

After his elementary education at the Pasig Catholic College, he gained acceptance into the Makiling High School for the Arts in Los Baños as a government scholar.

His talent undoubtedly received encouragement and breath from his thoroughly artistic family of San Joaquin (father: artist; mother: art teacher; siblings: all into fine arts and architecture). Widmarth also plays the violin.

His winnings piece was called the Philippines’ Naïve, intended as a representation of the Filipino’s boundless optimism in the face of disaster, both manmade and natural. Lodriga used the difficult lost-wax process.

A description of that piece runs thus:

Lodriga’s works stands votive-like, complete with a pool of drippings to suggest a lit candle. The work isn’t exactly naïf and is reminiscent of stylized human figures depicted in Etruscans and Tanzanian cave paintings (Sunday Inquirer Magazine, March 18, 2001).

We believe that Pasig is once again nurturing a serious artist of tremendous promise.

The magazine article about him was entitled “The Shape of Things to Come.

That could be prophetic regarding Philippine sculpture.

FEDERICO ESTRADA

Painter, Muralist

Is there a Pasigueño who has not seen at least an obra of this Sumilang painter?

His mural on Pasig hangs prominently at the Pasig City Museum

He painted many of Pasig’s lost landmarks, which were exhibited in the soft-launching of the Pasig City Museum last December 2001.

Estrada also did portraits and other landscape, mostly in oil and often in the impasto technique, laid down sensitively with the palette knife.

»About Pasig City »PROFILES OF PASIGUENO

PROFILES OF PASIGUENOS TALENTS IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS

By: R.B Manuel

JUSTO E. MANALO

Contractor

Justo E. Manalo is the founding president of the firm now known as J.E Manalo and Co., Inc.

Manalo now 72 years old, is a true-blue Pasigueño

He studied at Pasig Elementary School and Rizal High School and obtained his degree in accounting at the University of the East. He was at one time baranggay captain of Baranggay Kapitolyo. He was president of the Rotary Club of Pasig in 1975-1976. He was president of the Philippine Constructors Association. He was Executive Chairman of the 421st Anniversary of Araw ng Pasig in 1994.

His company, established in 1961, entered the contracting trade as a sole proprietorship. Its single large asset then was a small crawler crane. From its very auspicious start, the company grew over the years into a triple A contractor.

In December 1969, the company was incorporated with an initial capitalization of one million pesos. The initial projects consisted of the construction of commercial building and their facilities.

In 1974, the firm became a contractor for major flood control projects of the Bureau of Public Works. In 1978, J.E Manalo and Co., Inc., was elected as one of the 13 Most Outstanding Public Works Contractors. One of its prestigious works was the construction of the Port of Cagayan de Oro City in 1983 with a co-venturer, FASCON (MLA) Inc.

Not too long ago in Pasig City, J.E Manalo & Co., Inc., built two bridges: the Sandoval bridge in Ugong-Maybunga and the Manggahan bridge in Manggahan. The bridge in Bambang was just elevated to allow barges to pass underneath even at high tide.

J.E Manalo & Co., Inc., is located on Bernal St. and C. Raymundo Avenue, Rosario Pasig City.

JOSE V. ANGELES

Engineer and Contractor

In 1965, Engr. Jose V. Angeles established the construction firm J.V Angeles Construction Corp. with present office at C-5 Baranggay Bagong-Ilog, Pasig City. The company’s main businesses are the design, installation, and construction of various water projects. The company is one of the prime contractors of the Manila Waterworks and Sewerage Systems.

One of its prestigious projects, a joint venture with GLF SELI of Italy, was the construction of the Umiray-Angat Transbasin Tunnel in 1997. This tunnel is about 13.2 kilometers long in Sierra Madre Mountain. It brings water from the watershed of the Sierra Madre, water that would have flowed uselessly to the Pacific Ocean, to the Angat Reservoir of MWSS.

Angeles studied at the Pasig Elementary School, Rizal High School and the University of the Philippines where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and masters in Industrial management. In 1990, his alma mater, the UP College of Engineering honored him with a Professional Achievement Award.

He was a three-time president of the Philippine Constructor Association and is presently a board member of the UP Engineering Research Foundation.

Angeles, now 79 years old was at one time baranggay captain of Baranggay Bagong-Ilog and a councilor of Pasig City. He was charter president of the Rotary Club of Pasig.

RODOLFO V. CRUZ

Stockbroker

The president and chief executive officer of HK Securities Inc., (HKSI) is a Pasigueño, Rodolfo V. Cruz.

Cruz is a certified public accountant and holds an MA in business economics. He completed studies in corporate financial management at the University of Michigan in the USA. He was former president and chief executive officer of Security Diners International Corp., executive vice president of the Philippine American Investment Corp. and senior vice president of the Security Bank and Trust, Co. he is also either chairman of the board or president of several large companies.

HKSI, the company that Cruz heads is a member of the Philippine Stock Exchange. It was incorporated in 1998 and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 16, 1998 as a broker and dealer in securities with license 1663.

HKSI accounts include both institutions and private individuals, foreign and local. The company has extensive expertise in both commercial and investment banking services. Its affiliate company, RV Cruz and Associates, has concluded various business takeovers and managed the closing of these agreements.

HKSI is a member of the unified bourses that comprise the Philippine Stock Exchange. It has combined capital of over P 11.7 million. Its authorized capital amounts to P20 million broken down into 200,000 common shares at par value of P100 per share.

HKSI holds office at Suite 102, 10/F Columbia Tower, Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City.

KIKO BOLINAO

Entrepreneur

A Pasigueño with considerable business dealings with the Manila Railroad Company (MRR) was the late Don Francisco Adriano Bolinao, better known as Mang Kiko.

Mang Kiko was the principal supplier to the MRR of all kinds of hardware and railroad ties (molave wood) which he sourced from Sorsogon, Nueva Ecija, Palawan, and as far away as Tawi-Tawi (no Abu Sayaff then).

He did not limit his business with the MRR to just being a supplier of hardware and railroad ties. Being a shrewd entrepreneur, he branched out to the repair of the trains and cabooses when the opportunity came.

This business relationship with the MRR lasted for two decades. Mang Kiko died in 1968.

PEDRO R. TECH

Government Employee

A man who could be a role model for many present-day government employees was the late Pedro R. Tech, a Spanish-speaking member of the gentry of Pasig.

Tech studied at the Ateneo de Manila where he was an interno (boarder) and obtained his law degree there.

Instead of opting to be a full-time lawyer or an entrepreneur, he decided to enter government service, especially the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Although the bureau later earned a reputation for being a graft-ridden entity of the government, Tech retired as chief of the Specific Tax Division in 1963 without any taint of a scandal.

At the retirement program in his honor, the commissioner praised Tech for his honesty and dedication to the service.

Tech owned vast ricefields in Pasig, extending to Cainta, Rizal.

His relationship with his tenants spoke greatly of his true character. There was never an occasion of dispute with his kasama.

He provided all the expenses needed to plant rice and never refused a loan at no interest to his tenants.

A devout Roman Catholic, Tech attended mass daily. Because of his devotion, the Belgian CICM parish pries appointed him as the permanent and lifetime chairman of the Semana Santa religious celebration in Pasig.

Tech joined his Creator on May 13, 1973, exactly on his 75th birthday.

»About Pasig City »City Council »Atty. Roman Romulo

Atty. Roman Romulo

Representative

Lone District of Pasig City

Roman T. Romulo is the lone representative of Pasig City to Congress.Inspired by Romulo’s complete devotion to public service, the city re-elected him to a second term in Congress (2010-2013) by an overwhelming majority.

A lawyer by profession, Romulo was admitted to the Philippine bar in 1995. He obtained his pre-law and law degrees from the University of the Philippines.

Romulo was practicing law at the country’s largest law firm, Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, when he chose to serve the people of Pasig.

During his first term, Romulo co-authored Republic Act No. 9504, which exempted minimum wage earners from income taxes and raised the personal exemptions for other salaried employees

He has also introduced bills and resolutions seeking to:

  • Enable a greater number of families to send their sons and daughters to college through an affordable student loan program;
  • Upgrade old-age pensions and other benefits due senior citizens;
  • Provide extra health care assistance to overseas Filipino workers; and
  • Generate new employment opportunities for young professionals as well as high school and fresh college graduates

Romulo has also committed his Priority Assistance Development Fund to improving the quality of life in Pasig.

Born on February 28, 1967, the Congressman is the son of statesman and diplomat Alberto Romulo and Rosie Lovely Tecson. He has four siblings: Guadalupe, Monserrat, Bernadette and Erwin.

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