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Handbook of Religion and the Asian CityAspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century$
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Peter van der Veer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281226

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281226.001.0001

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Global and Religious

Global and Religious

Urban Aspirations and the Governance of Religions in Metro Manila

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Handbook of Religion and the Asian City

Jayeel Serrano |Cornelio

University of California Press

This chapter explores urban aspirations and the governance of religions in Metro Manila, the Philippines. The management of religions is not a central role for the agencies governing Metro Manila, which is composed of sixteen cities and one municipality with their respective local government units. These units are coordinated by the Metro Manila Development Agency (MMDA), which is often relegated to short-term and problem-solving tasks concerning traffic management and flood control, for example. This chapter first considers how the state imagines Metro Manila as a global and religious capital and how religious diversification and the global religious movements that originate from it also enrich its global character. It then discusses a number of recent controversies and cases that highlight the different kinds of relationship between religions and the state in Metro Manila.

Keywords:   urban aspirations, religion, Metro Manila, Metro Manila Development Agency, state, religious diversification, religious movements

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