Pateros, officially the Municipality of Pateros (Filipino: Bayan ng Pateros), is a first-class municipality in Metro Manila, Philippines. This small town is famous for its duck-raising industry and especially for producingbalut, a Filipino delicacy that is boiled duck egg. Pateros is also known for the production of red salty eggs and "inutak", a local rice cake. Moreover, the town is known for manufacturing of "alfombra", a locally-made footwear with a carpet-like fabric on its top surface. Pateros is bordered by Pasig Cityto the north, Makati City to the west, and Taguig City to the south.
Pateros is the only municipality and the smallest, both in population and in land area, in Metro Manila, but it is the second most densely populated at around 29 thousand people per square kilometer after Manila.
The name Pateros most likely derived from the duck-raising industry. TheTagalog word (of Spanish origin) for "duck" is pato and pateros means "duck-raisers". Edmund Roberts used Duck-town as the alternate name for Pateros, stating that he "never before saw so many ducks together," in one place.
Another theory, though less known, is that the name may allude to the town's small shoe-making industry. The Tagalog word for "shoe"—also ofSpanish origin—is sapatos and shoemakers are called sapateros.
Pateros is politically subdivided into 10 barangays: