Quezon Memorial Circle, Shrine and Monument
The shrine is inside a circle that also hosts a bicycle rental, picnic ground, skating rink, various pocket parks, shopping stalls, various restaurants (Tropical Hut, Max's), food stalls and the World Peace Bell.
Many health buffs jog around the monument in the morning, others prefer to play badminton while a group dance their flabs away. During Eid al-Fitr, many Muslims congregate here to celebrate end of Ramadan.
Designed by architect Federico Ilustre
Height is 66 meters representing the age of Quezon when he died (of tuberculosis while in exile in the US during the 2nd World War)
3 pylons represent the Philippines' 3 island groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao
3 Angels at the top of the pylons holding sampaguita garlands designed by Francesco Riccardo Monti (who also has works in Far Eastern University (FEU), University of Santo Tomas (UST), Metropolitan Theater, Don Bosco Technical Institute, Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and Sto. Domingo Church)
Inside the monument is a museum with old photos and memorabilias of the former president and his catafalque. His remains were transfered to the shrine from Manila North Cemetery.
Three angels sculpture by Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti
night picture of the monument
the circle is near Quezon City Hall
Quezon Memorial Museum is open to the public free of charge, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 8:30am to 5pm
How to get to Quezon Memorial Circle:
Jeepneys plying Fairview or Philcoa in Manila will pass by the place. Drop off in front of Quezon City hall and cross the circle going there (the pedestrian underpass will soon be completed) Buses on EDSA going to Fairview. The nearest MRT station is Quezon Avenue.
posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:05 PM,
- At Oct 21, 2007, 9:32:00 AM, said...
I did not visit this shrine; where is it located exactly?
- At Oct 21, 2007, 12:36:00 PM, niceheart said...
Very interesting trivia. I didn't know that there are angels on top of the monument. Very nice.
- At Oct 22, 2007, 3:49:00 AM, Photo Cache said...
It's a pity I did not get to visit this. There were opportunities, but lack of interest I guess prevented me from visiting it. Will do next time.
- At Oct 22, 2007, 4:37:00 AM, pieterbie said...
It looks like a perculiar monument to me. Pretty big, I guess.
- At Oct 22, 2007, 5:06:00 AM, RennyBA said...
What majestic architecture and how well you have capture these monuments - thanks for sharing!
I wish you a great week ahead and welcome over if you like to get into a romantic mood :-)
- At Oct 22, 2007, 10:28:00 AM, tutubi said...
kyels. it's in Qusezon city, north of Manila. i posted info on how to go there. but if you're coming here, let me know. i can show you around :)
niceheart, those angels are really not visible from afar.
photo cache, people always pass by the place, Quezon Memorial Cicle exactly, unaware of what's hidden there
peiterbie, a monument to our former president with "edifice complex" :)
rennyba, thanks. had a great weekend indeed
- At Oct 22, 2007, 1:36:00 PM, LAWSTUDE said...
Hmm. Brings back good memories. When I was still working in Manila, I lived in UP Village which is just a couple of blocks from QC Circle. So I almost see that structure everyday for about two years. The irony is, I never really got the chance to roam around the place. Ah, little things I regret.
- At Oct 23, 2007, 5:27:00 AM, carlotta said...
learned them from a school field trip waaaaayyyyy back so thanks a lot for posting this. i've forgetten it already =)
btw, have you tried crossing the elliptical road from commonwealth? scary. it's a good thing they already build that pedestrian underpass. =)
- At Oct 24, 2007, 10:52:00 PM, bw said...
Nice pics and very educational for me who has to make up for lost time to see these important landmarks :)
- At Oct 31, 2007, 7:10:00 PM, dodong flores said...
...my former abode...
This was just a walking distance from our rented house in Project VI when I was still working in travel agency.
Thanx for sharing the trivia. It is actually the most important part in this post :)
- At Oct 31, 2007, 7:48:00 PM, Gita Asuncion said...
we saw this when we checked out the Durian Festival being held at the grounds.
sayang, the museum was closed nga lang that day. maybe because it was a sunday.
i took several photos of the monument... sana lang they were half as great as your shots man lang... ;-)
- At Jan 4, 2008, 12:04:00 PM, Cielo said...
Nice pictures and trivia. I'm glad you're able to write about the shrine. It really deserves more publicity.
Your blog really looks nice (it doesn't look like it's hosted by blogspot). :)
- At Jul 20, 2009, 8:17:00 AM, said...
I have long been a resident of QC and never knew that Quezo's remains are buried there. Shame, tsk, tsk. Anyway, do you know where they bought the new artificial trees surrounding the memorial? They're real attractive when one drives by at night.
- At Jul 21, 2009, 9:34:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
ashley, no idea about the trees. have yet to notice them. i also prefer real trees for they really breathe :P
- At Dec 15, 2009, 5:39:00 AM, itchie said...
brought my grand daughter here last time I visited Pinas and she loved playing in the inflared playground. There are also bikes and trikes for sale and Tai Chi lesson. There are several restaurants on site and I love Kamameshi with their steamed rice. I remember during the early 90's there are cultural shows presented every Sunday. I wonder if it's still being done.