City life

Nickles, Greg
January 2002
Philippines: The People;2002, p20
This section provides information on the lives of Filipinos living in the city. Life in cities revolve around plazas which are usually in the centers of cities or neighborhoods. It is in these areas where Filipinos celebrate fiestas or festivals. People in the cities work at construction sites or at factories. Professionals such as teachers, lawyers and scientist work in the cities. The cities in the Philippines have malls and supermarkets but many city dwellers like to go outdoor markets. For meat, they go to the wet market. Housing in the city is very expensive so family members often live together. If relatives come to the city to study or work they become part of the household too. People in the cities live in small, comfortable houses or apartments and wealthy Filipinos have larger, more luxurious homes. The Filipino population is growing faster that almost a third of the people in the cities cannot afford proper houses. They live in homes made of scraps of wood and other light materials. Large neighborhoods of these types of homes are called shantytowns.


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