Sonny Belmonte gets it and says "cities are the new nations":
Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said the emergence of cities as centers of commerce and economic drivers of their respective countries has provided growing power to local governments, enabling local leaders to increase their influence in state affairs and in national breakthroughs.I'm glad to see that Belmonte, Bayani Fernando and Jejomar Binay are on various shortlists for 2010 (thought I'm not too hot on the latter two).
“Cities are malleable habitats for life. They can be molded, guided, equipped, strengthened and fine-tuned to achieve goals like employment, innovation and growth,” he said during a symposium organized by the German Federal Intelligence Service Bundesnachrichtendienst, where he was invited as a panelist.
I have no sense of their prospects but it may be a good chance to push forward an urban agenda into the platforms and presidential debates.