Pasay City was one of the original four cities of Metro Manila. Due to its close proximity to Manila, it fast became an urban town during the American Period.
Among the many attractions in the city are the CCP Complex, on which are the located the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Folk Arts Theater, and the Philippine World Trade Center. Terminal 2 and the soon to be completed Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as well as the terminal of the Manila Domestic Airport is located in Pasay City. Villamor Airbase is also located here.
Pasay City was notorious for being a red-light district in Metro Manila. Through the recent efforts of the city government, this reputation has been minimized somewhat and efforts are in place to develop the city as a reputable tourist destination.