As the former Rizal province capital, Pasig serves as the gateway to the hot springs, waterfalls, and indigenous art of Rizal and Laguna provinces. It may be named after the polluted historical river bisecting it, but there is more to Pasig than just heavy traffic and pollution. Its Ortigas Center hums with corporate and leisure activities, starting from the colonial-themed restaurants of El Pueblo, to the high-end shops of The Podium.
Entertainment and accommodations
Numerous high-rise residential condominiums, office buildings, schools, and other establishments surround Ortigas Center. Among them is Metrowalk, a cluster of discos, cafés, resto-bars, and shops selling odds and ends like lovemaking costumes. The deluxe Holiday Inn Galleria Manila, Discovery Suites, Linden Suites, Richmonde Hotel, Astoria Plaza, and Goldland Millenia Suites provide comfort and luxury for a fraction of the price being offered at five-star hotels in nearby Mandaluyong and Makati.
In C-5 lies Frontera Verde, which boasts of a mini Avilon Zoo and a sprawling Tiendesitas, a dining and shopping complex often being compared to Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand.