Quezon City

As the former capital of the Philippines, Quezon City is one of the cities that completes the entire Metro Manila roster. It is also known as the most populous city in the country with a population of about 2.6 million in a 41.7 square mile density. For unambiguity, the Quezon province is different from the city because it is under the National Capital Region.

Given that it was the past capital city, it holds various political offices, for example, the central office of the house of Philippine representatives which is the Batasang Pambansa Complex. Quezon City also handles two notable universities in the country such as the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines Dilliman.

How to pay:

Philippine Peso

How unique:

The city was named after the past Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon – also, the Quezon province.

In the early years, Manila City was the capital city of the Philippines. It was Manuel L. Quezon who initiated the idea of bringing Quezon city on the higher grounds. Before, it was only a small town with three small districts: Balintawak, San Francisco del Monte and Novaliches. When Quezon went to Mexico, his dream was sharpened and soon realized with the help of his fellowmen. From a small town, it became a city in October 12, 1939. A city which became the country’s former capital.

Where to go:

The city is composed of several districts. Each district is a tourist spot of its own.

  • Dilliman (UP Dilliman, Philippine Science High School – Main Campus, Far Eastern University College)
  • Tandang Sora (National Power Corporation, National Irrigation Administration, subdivisions and villages)
  • Timog Area (Tomas Morato Avenue, ABS-CBN, GMA, karaoke bars and night clubs)
  • Novaliches (La Mesa Dam, La Mesa Eco-Park, SM City Fairview, TV5)
  • Loyola Heights (Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College)
  • Commonwealth Avenue (Fairview, Batasan Area, Old Balara, Holy Spirit)
  • Cubao (Araneta Coliseum, Cubao Cathredal)
  • New Manila (Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office)
  • Santa Messa Heights (Philippine Orthopedic Center, National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Shrine of Our Lady of La Naval)
  • Galas-Santol (SM City Santa Messa)
  • San Francisco Del Monte (Philippine Maritime Institute Colleges)
  • Bagumbayan (Eastwood City Business Center, Camp Aguinaldo, Camp Crame)
  • La Loma (La Loma Lechon)
  • The Project Areas (AMA Computer University, subdivisions and villages)

When to go:

The city has a tropical wet climate with a short time of dry weather. The preferable time to go to Quezon is during the dry season which is from January until April. The other months mostly experience rainy season.

What to do:

The best thing about Quezon City is the La Loma Lechon (Spanish word for “pig”). It is where people enjoy eating spit-roasted pigs. There is a lot of shopping malls in the city to experience the urban lifestyle.

Tourist tips:

Visiting UP Dilliman and other notable schools is a worthwhile experience. It is also a high recommendation to have a road trip and visit all districts to experience each of the district’s unique qualities.

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