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Manila on canvas

Rachel Mayo

FERDINAND MONTEMAYOR, Drugstore, Etc., 1994, oil on canvas, 99 x 122 cm, courtesy Boston Gallery.

The city

Metro Manila is a bustling hub of urban realities. Composed of thirteen suburban cities and towns, it is one of the most congested cities in the world with a level of urbanisation higher than most Asian capitals. With a population of almost nine million people, there are a mind-boggling 12,315 persons per square kilometre.

The resulting effects of such urban congestion, boosted by heavy immigration from the provinces…

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