Istorya sa Plasa: The Ilonggo Plaza as a Communication Context


by: Jude Vincent E. Parcon


The study explored the urban public plaza as context in the Ilonggo communicative experience. In the same way that previous studies considered the city as a communication context, the plaza, being a significant feature in urban cities, can also be considered as context. Within the physical boundaries of the plaza, people can interact, socialize, and form meaningful conversations. Conducted in Molo Plaza and Plaza Libertad, the study utilizes Vikas Mehta’s (2014) five dimensions of public spaces in describing the plaza as context. The five dimensions include inclusiveness, pleasurability, safety, comfort, and presence of meaningful activities. As a result, Ilonggo plazas are inclusive since these places cater to Ilonggos coming from different walks of life as well as provide spaces for various activities. Pleasurability, safety, and comfort are characterized by the presence of subspaces and structures within the plazas as well as the perceived convenience, attractiveness, interestingness, and accessibility of the two public plazas. Moreover, various meaningful activities can be done in these plazas. Ilonggos can eat, relax, unwind, play, or meet with their friends and family as well as interact with one another and engage in various conversations. These Ilonggo plazas exemplify an environment that is conducive for social interaction and is a space that contributes to meaningful conversations.

Keywords:Public Spaces, Communication Context, Ilonggo Plaza, Urban Communication,
Interpersonal Communication