The adjustments in social structures and in individual life-styles that urban living demands may be welcomed or feared—welcomed for the comforts and diversions the city can supply, feared for the erosion of social networks and the toppling of traditional verities. This essay suggests that, in appropriate measure, both reactions may be right for Filipino women— Philippine urbanism may be seen as a qualified good (or a qualified bad) when one considers its effects on women's status, depending on which aspects of status are emphasized.