EDSA AND INEQUALITY

21 December 2013

By Mong Palatino

Inequality in Philippine society is reflected in the whole stretch of Edsa. Despite its People Power past with its egalitarian promise, the site Edsa is still very much a territory dominated by the elite. In fact, the relics of the feudal past are visible along Edsa. Several prime properties which dot the 54 kilometer highway are former hacienda estates of the old rich. The Cubao Araneta Center was part of the estate owned by the Aranetas. Their relatives (Tuason family) used to own the nearby Katipunan and Marikina. The Madrigals have properties in New Manila, while the Quezon family is the original owner of the PSBA lot today which used to have the best view of the quaint Marikina Valley. Adjacent the Araneta Hacienda is the estate owned by the Ortigas Family. They donated some parts of their vast estate to the government which later became Camp Aguinaldo. The hacienda owned by the Ayalas in Makati was developed in the 1970s and quickly evolved into a major financial mecca.

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3 Responses to EDSA AND INEQUALITY

  1. December 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm
    abj

    ito pala ang history ng edsa? i had no idea!

  2. December 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm
    manuel buencamino

    Ano yun San Roque?

  3. December 24, 2013 at 6:55 am
    BrianB

    Is he a communist?

    Pinoys didn’t earn their freedom, and because freedom was a gift to us di na tayo maging mapili. Syempre ibig sabihin di na nabalik yung lupa sa totoong may ari.

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