Last time I wrote about the area once known as the second site of the Rizal Provincial Capitol, it was all fenced out as the Ortigas & Company (the owners of the property that was originally donated to the Rizal Provincial Government but was reverted to them by the deed of donation) was laying the groundwork for future development in the area. Here we are almost two years later, and we are now seeing that development christened as the Capitol Commons taking shape. At this time of writing, there are still significant portions of the complex that have not yet been completed like the mall and the residential buildings. But…
First thing you need to know about Barangay Kapitolyo in Pasig is that despite its name, the old Rizal Provincial Capitol was not actually located in its premises, but rather right across it. But I suppose that particular matter is moot and academic now with the Capitol itself now gone. If anything, Kapitolyo is one of those places that has come out to make its own identity beyond what is was known for before as a barangay named after a provincial capitol. In recent years, there has been a boom in the area’s commercial activity, most striking of which is the growing presence of restaurants and other food establishments here.