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Alyssa Donelle E.


From a recently distributed article entitled Boxer Manny Pacquiao to Sell Manila
Mansion after Neighbors Complain, we find out that Manny plans to sell his 9 million peso
mansion in Makati after receiving negative feedbacks regarding his frequent visits from poor
constituents which, according to the mentioned article, the neighbors find physically
inappropriate to their community.
While people may have several comments about this situation, where there are no
incorrect opinions, it is also important to look into the matter through all possible perspectives,
specifically the three major sociological perspectives: Functionalist, conflict, and interactionist
perspectives. By using all three, we may produce more education comments and remarks
regarding Pacquiaos actions without a bias.
Initially, it may be quite easy to say that the article screams of Marxism since the
situation involves a subliminal clash between the poor constituents of Manny Pacquiao and his
neighbors, the wealthy members of his community. Therefore, the most plausible perspective that
people would tend to use in their arguments would be Conflict Perspective one that best
expresses the ideology of the present marxist generation, the public mass.
An example of a comment by Rogie Tangco, found under a similar article from
www.wheninmanila.com, says Discrimination exists anywhere in the world, including Makati
which basically sums up the concept of how people from different classes regard each other. We
acquired this trait from ancestral systematic views explained in Marxism, that all societies are
divided into two the masters and slaves. To Weber, a class may be defined by economic status
and determining each involves engrouping those share a similar position in market economy. In
the situation in Makati, the neighbors belong to the upper class while the poor constituents
belong to the other. Because the former greatly outnumbers the latter in that community, this
makes the latter the outliers. Although there was no report of physical outrage among the poor,
unlike Marxist concepts such as revolutions and rallies, we may still say that there is a latent
impact blown from the rich towards the poor, especially when the neighbors described the
visitors to come with just shorts and slipper. Moreover, they drew a line between themselves
and the poor when they said the visitors make the neighborhood look bad (stated in the article).