A Capital City at the Margins

A Capital City at the Margins:
Quezon City and Urbanization in the Twentieth-Century Philippines

Michael D. Pante
Published in November 2019
Ateneo de Manila University Press & Kyoto University Press



Quezon City served as the Philippines’s capital for almost three decades (1948 1976), yet Filipinos today barely remember this historical fact. Was the city, therefore, a failure? This book answers this question by presenting an unconventional historical geography of twentieth-century Quezon City, one that focuses not on its grandiose architecture and master plan but on its boundaries, peripheries, and marginal areas. In so doing, it shows how the city functioned as a buffer zone mediating between city and countryside, and thus developed due to the urban rural overlaps inherent in sociohistorical forces such as colonialism, revolution, agrarian unrest, decolonization, migration, and authoritarianism. Not quite Manila-centric, this book is twentieth-century Philippine history from an off-center point of view.