This study aimed to assess and evaluate the role of migration and urbanization in the spatial development of the City of Manila. The city of Manila has been the key instrument in shaping the socio-economic, political, cultural aspect of the country. Being the capital city of the country the city of Manila plays a vital role in shaping our economic goals towards globalization. The objectives of the study were to describe the socio-economic, political and cultural factors that affected the development of the city of Manila; to determine the issues and concerns in the spatial development of the city of Manila; to evaluate and assess migration patterns and urbanization characteristics of the city of Manila that will be applicable in the spatial development of other future cities in the country; and to develop a set of model guidelines for urban planning.
The study used archival research and also histographical documentation as methods in accomplishing the research. The data primarily came from government and private entities, which have direct involvement on the research topic. Other sources of information were the Internet, library research, ocular fieldwork, and interviews with people who have knowledge of the information needed.