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Manuel Quezon’s Legacy of Fun Weekends at the Quezon Memorial Circle

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Visiting the Manuel L. Quezon Memorial Circle and Museum actually affords experiencing the place in its multifaceted nature: as a museum, a shrine, a memorial circle–plus more! No wonder it is among worthy and highly recommended tourist destinations in Quezon City where visitors learn, roam, shop, eat and have some adventure.

 

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Quezon Memorial Circle, along the Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City, a common venue for marathons, concerts and other fun activities that make Quezon City a fun weekend venue for the family

 

Background

 

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Manuel Luis Molina Quezon was the president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines serving from 1935 to 1944. He was also the first Senate president to be elected Philippine president, and actually the first president elected to office. He is also dearly remembered as the Father of the National Language which is called “Filipino”. He is the founder of Quezon City which was established in 12 October 1939. In his honor, the national language is celebrated in 19th of August of each year which is also his birthday. On 1 August 1944 he died of tuberculosis in a cottage at the Saranac Lake, New York.

 

To immortalize his memory, former President Sergio Osmena issued an executive order after Word War II for the creation of a fund raising committee to erect a memorial in honor of Manuel L. Quezon. The monument was to include a presidential library and museum. In the 1950s, the shrine was built 66 meters high, symbolizing Quezon’s age when he died, and located in a 36-hectare elliptical lot in the center of major thoroughfares surrounded by government establishments.

 

The shrine includes 3 pylons on which 3 angels stand mourning and each holding a wreath of sampaguita flowers. The angels stand for the 3 main islands of the country–Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, while sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines.

 

Also, in relation to his birthday anniversary, each year on the 19th of August is celebrated as Quezon Day. Workers and schoolchildren in Quezon City and in the provinces of Quezon and Aurora will have a midweek holiday. This year, Quezon Day will be celebrated next week Wednesday.

 

What to See in the Museum and at the Circle Park

 

MUSEUM

 

The museum houses important memorabilia about Quezon’s life, political career, sports and hobbies, furnishings, and historical materials on Quezon City, while at the centre of the shrine, the Sarcophagus, lies a large tomb containing his remains. The immediate surroundings of the shrine itself–especially the steep flight of steps leading to it–is an interesting spot where students and fitness buffs loiter.

 

CIRCLES

 

The small circle around the shrine is the place where avid runners and brisk walkers love to do rounds of workouts in the morning and where also a crowds congregate to do dance exercises together to the beat of popular music. The perimeter circle, about 2.3 km in measurement, is where bikers and long distance runners love to test their physical prowess.

 

WATER FOUNTAINS

 

The Circle Park is dotted with numerous water fountain spots, the biggest of which is near the shrine and famous for its dancing fountain which changes colour through the play of spotlights at night. This spot is also a favourite hangout of young people. One can also find vendors of different types of small merchandises–from toys and balloons to quick snacks.

 

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

 

The Circle Park also offers different fun and adventure park themes designed for the family, like rides for children, biking and go-cart lanes, zipline, sky train ride, wall climbing, boating, and playgrounds.

 

FOOD

 

Visitors will never starve or thirst at Quezon Memorial Circle. Posh restaurants are located at the entrance facing Philcoa. There are also numerous snack bars and food carts that are located across the premise selling popular comfort food, finger food, dumplings and even street food.

 

TIANGGE

 

“Tiangge” is vernacular for makeshift stores that sell a variety of goods at cheaper prices, both new and used items. Visitors love shopping at the Circle Tiangge for anything they need–clothes, shoes, accessories, utensils, wares, tools, toys, gift items and small appliances.

 

At the Quezon Museum, Memorial Shrine and Circle, you get history, culture, plus a taste of the Filipino Fiesta spirit!

 

 

Author: CS Gaerlan 
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Image sources:

Top photo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quezon_Memorial_Circle and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_L._Quezon

Quezon – https://vimeo.com/100091432

 

Reference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quezon_Memorial_Circle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_L._Quezon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quezon_City

 

 

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