Monday, April 25, 2016

Rediscovering Quezon City: Quezon Memorial Circle

       The Quezon Memorial Circle is located north of Manila, a national park and a national shrine located in Quezon City, which became the capital of the Philippines from 1948 to 1976. The park is located inside a large traffic circle in the shape of an ellipse and bounded by the Elliptical Road. Its main feature is a 66-metre (217 ft) tall mausoleum containing the remains of Manuel L. Quezon, the second official President of the Philippines and the first of an internationally recognized independent Philippines, and his wife, First Lady Aurora Quezon.

       Like the Rizal Park in Manila, this park was erected in honor of Manuel L. Quezon. The place is perfect for family get together or for friends simply hanging out. With lots of trees and gardens surrounding the area, it provides a relaxing treat and a break from the hustle of the city.

Who is Manuel L. Quezon?

       Manuel Luis Quezon was born in the town of Baler to Lucio Quezon and Maria Dolores Molina. "I was born a poor man, the son of a school teacher in one of the smallest towns in the Philippines -Baler. My father had, besides his salary, a two-hectare rice-land which he cultivated. While I was a boy and during my early youth, my father saved as much as he could from his meager salary and from what he could get from his rice-field, only to have a few hundred pesos with which to give me an education. During those Spanish days, a Filipino family could live in a small town on four pesos a month and a supply of rice. Thus did my family live for years. When I was at the age of five, an aunt of mine started to teach me to read and write. My own father and mother, and the priest of the town later gave me my primary instruction."

Quezon Memorial Shrine
    The Quezon Memorial Shrine is dedicated to the unrivaled legacy of the first president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon. It is a national shrine highlighted by a 66-meter trylon monument at the heart of Quezon City’s most important park. The monument’s three columns and angels bowed in grief, holding sampaguita wreaths, represent Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It has a museum that features Quezoniana relics and memorabilia, and a mausoleum where the remains of Quezon and his wife, Aurora Aragon Quezon, were interred. The base of the monument is a museum where you can find bunch of memorabilia about Quezon.

      Prior to becoming president, Quezon pioneered the peaceful campaign for Philippine independence as Resident Commissioner in the U.S. House of Representatives (1909-1916) and later on Senate President of the Philippine Legislature (1916-1935). One of his greatest achievements was the ratification of the Tydings-McDuffie Act, which paved the way to a 10-year transitional government called the Commonwealth.

       His presidency was considered the most successful in the history of the Philippines. He pioneered economic programs, policies, and public improvements. He championed social justice including women’s suffrage, and institutionalized Filipino as the national language. During World War II, Quezon became a symbol of hope for the Filipino people as he tirelessly campaigned to hasten the rescue of the Philippines. These campaigns were fulfilled with the surrender of the Imperial Japanese forces on September 2, 1945. This liberation is attributed to President Quezon’s lifelong work which culminated in the inauguration of the independent Republic of the Philippines.

       The place has been a venue for students practicing for their school presentations like speech choir, dance number, pep squad and the like. Mini concerts and events are also held here. The place has been a favorite spot as well for New Year countdown.

How to get there?

From SM North / TriNoma
       Ride an FX going to SM Fairview and get off at Quezon City Hall. From there, take the underpass to get to the other side where QC Circle is located. FX terminal at SM North is in front of SM The Block, near Hypermarket, while the FX Terminal at TriNoma is just at the parking area facing SM North.

From Quezon Avenue
       Ride an FX or jeepney going to SM Fairview and get off at Quezon City Hall. From there, take the underpass to get to the other side where QC Circle is located

From Cubao Farmers
       Ride a bus going to SM Fairview and get off at Quezon City Hall. From there, take the underpass to get to the other side where QC Circle is located

From Novaliches
      Ride a jeepney going to Philcoa - City Hall. Jeepney terminal is at the gate of Jordan Plains Subdivision, which is just nearby the Catholic Church of Novaliches. The jeepney's last stop is right inside QC Circle.

From SM Fairview
      Ride a bus going to bus going to Cubao and get off at Quezon City Hall. The bus will not pass right in front of Quezon City Hall, so you will enter the City Hall Complex from the side gate.

If you're going to Quezon City Circle, just go to the front of Quezon City Hall, and from there, take the underpass to get to the other side where QC Circle is situated.

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