Attractions in Quezon City, Philippines

by Lynda Wilson
Quezon City, in the Manila metropolitan area, is called the

Quezon City, in the Manila metropolitan area, is called the "City of New Horizons."

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Quezon City, the most populous city in the Philippines with over 2 million inhabitants, is located within the Manila metropolitan area, also known as Metro Manila, which is made up of 16 independent cities and towns. Quezon City, the second-largest city in the country in land area, is home to more wealthy Filipinos than any other city in the Philippines.

Historical Attractions

The Quezon Memorial Circle Shrine is the city's tallest structure at 216 feet. The memorial is a tribute to President Manuel Luis Quezon, the founder of Quezon City, which was created as a product of the President's philosophy of social justice. He envisioned a city for the working class that included comfortable homes with modern sanitation and parks that would be constructed by the government and sold to the laborers at cost. The dream became a reality in 1939 when President Quezon signed the legislation and Quezon City was born. There are two military headquarters in the city, Camps Crane and Aguinaldo, where a historic rebellion against the Marcos government took place in 1986. Some of Quezon's historical attractions predate its creation as a city; Barrio Pugad Pawin is the site of the launch of the Philippine Revolution against Spain in 1896, and Barrio La Loma is the location of the first battle against the Americans during the Philippine-American War in 1899.

Cultural Attractions

The Museo ng Buhay Pilipino (Museum of Philippine Life) is dedicated to preserving the traditions of the lowland Christian Filipinos, including Tagalogs and other indigenous ethnic groups in the Philippines. The museum displays the tools, furniture and traditional clothing used by the Christian Filipinos. Constructed to preserve the history of the Ni Kristo religion (Tagalog for "Church of Christ), the Iglesia Ni Kristo Museum and Gallery exhibits posters and dioramas depicting the church's history. Early and mid-19th-century Philippine artwork can be viewed at the Goethe Institute Art Gallery at the German Cultural Center.

Religious Attractions

Two of the oldest churches in the country are located in Quezon City. Santo Domingo Church was built by the Dominicans in 1588 and is home to the image of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, who is believed to have protected Manila from a Dutch invasion in 1646. She is honored every October in a procession called "La Naval de Manila." Santuario de San Pedro Bautista, built in 1590, is the second-oldest church in the Philippines. San Pedro Bautista and many friars are buried in the catacombs beneath the church. The Iglesia ni Kristo Church is known for its Gothic and Moorish architectural styles.

Parks and Nature

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife and the Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park are two of Quezon City's well-attended parks. Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife contains Quezon City's zoo and botanical garden. The park, located on almost 200 acres, is popular for picnics and boating on the man-made lagoon. The zoo houses specimens of plants and animals native to the Philippines. Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park is more than just a park -- it is a historical site displaying historic monuments. La Mesa Eco Park, which includes the La Mesa Dam, offers walking, biking and fishing.

Shopping, Dining and Nightlife

Two of Asia's largest shopping malls are located in Quezon City, the SM North EDSA and the Trinoma. The Cubao neighborhood in Quezon City includes more than five malls and dozens of restaurants, where you can eat traditional Philippine cuisine such as lechón, whole roasted pig, or adobo, chicken or pork braised in garlic, vinegar, oil and soy sauce. The Banawe District in Quezon City is sometimes called the Banawe Chinese District due to the dozens of Chinese restaurants located there. In the Kamuning District of Quezon City, the "Tourist Belt" is an area with a large assortment of restaurants and bars.

About the Author

Lynda Wilson has been sharing her knowledge with web readers for over 10 years. She currently owns and operates online travel websites covering travel to Mexico. Her past experience includes operating a Spanish school in Mexico, as well as directing graduate admissions at a major U.S. university. Lynda holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.

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