Here are some of the photos I took from inside a bus when it passed by Brgy. Parian, Calamba City, Laguna. What you see is the place where a large-scale demolition happened (ironically on April 27, 2011, the same day as the declared 10th Cityhood Anniversary of Calamba City).
I was not able to obtain any news article regarding the incident, only a press release in a blog site and a plea to GMA Network to look into the incident (which was voiced out through Wikipedia).
The press release from the blog site I mentioned said that this particular land is owned by the Lazaros (from the family of former Governor Teresita “Ningning” Lazaro). If this is indeed true, it’s somewhat awkward, more like a political maneuver in fact, given that they no longer hold the office of the governor. What makes it more awkward is that it happened on a feast day, supposedly a day of celebration.
One cannot help but think (if treated in a larger context) that it is part of weeding out those places (or sights perhaps?) which would hamper the boom of Calamba City with regards to its economic development. I don’t think “being urbanized” is the proper term; “being metropolitized” is a more descriptive term.
We are bound to see more of these incidents and drama in the coming years in Calamba City.