That Quezon City has been dubbed as the City of New Horizons
holds truth when it comes to culture and lifestyle the experience
is fresh and not quite what would be expected of the usual urban
Fast becoming a famous landmark in the metropolis is the Ninoy
Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center, an experience of nature
within the city. Conveniently located at the heart of Quezon City,
the area was developed to simulate a natural forest setting and
serve as a breather from high-rise and concrete. Found here are
about 38 species of trees and shrubs, which are represented by 2,443
trees commonly found in Philippine forests. Nature tripping tastes
all the sweeter as there is a grove, lagoon, rock garden, mini-zoo,
craft village, and fishing village, among others.
Diliman in Quezon City is home to the University of the Philippines,
the countrys foremost institute of higher learning and considered
the finest in the Far East. UP was established in June 1908, and
is sprawled over an area of 450 hectares. The state-owned university
has produced many of the countrys best leaders, artists, writers,
and professionals. The city is likewise the home of Camps Crame
and Aguinaldo, two of the most important military headquarters where
the famous four-day peaceful rebellion called People Power or EDSA
Revolution of 1986 had started.
Holding court as the Cubao districts focal point is Araneta
Coliseum, the worlds largest covered dome during the 1960s.
Towering 220 feet and with a seating capacity of 32,000, it captured
the Philippines first post-war world boxing title by the legendary
Gabriel Flash Elorde. Araneta Coliseum has since staged
world-famous shows, from the classic Fight of a Lifetime
between Mohammed Ali and Joe Frasier in 1976 to beauty pageants,
basketball tournaments, musical concerts, athletic events.
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Quezon City is 10 km. north of Manila. To the city's east are San
Mateo, Rizal and Marikina City; to the west are San Juan and the
city of Manila; to the north are Caloocan City and San Jose del
Monte, Bulacan; and to the south are the cities of Pasig and Mandaluyong.
Quezon City is five times bigger than Manila, and in area, it is
second to the country's biggest city, Davao City.
Rolling hills spread over a large portion of Quezon City. Its lowest
altitude is 25 feet above sea level while its highest is 55. The
city occupies a total land area of 166.2 square kilometers
The total population was 1,989,419 as of the 1995 census.
Quezon City consists of 140 Barangays, which are subdivided into
fours Congressional districts. It has been classified as a Highly
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QUEZON CITY IS
Quezon Memorial Circle/Shrine
The tallest structure in the city, Quezon Memorial Circle pierces
66 meters to the sky, a fitting tribute to the founder of Quezon
City and one of the country's greatest statesmen, President Manuel
Luis Quezon. The monument which was built in the center of the 27-hectare
rotunda park also boasts a museum housing priceless Quezonian items
plus the added attraction of the remains of this great man laid
to rest in a bronze casket and marble niche.
Barrio Pugad Lawin Balintawak
It is a foremost Philippine historic site where the "Great
Plebian" and founder of KKK, a revolutionary society, Andres
Bonifacio launched the Philippine Revolution against the Spaniards
in 1896. The uprising was called the "Cry of Balintawak."
Barrio La Loma
It was in this barrio that the Filipinos first fought the Americans
during the Philippine-American War.
Quezon City Hall
It was in this imposing 14-storey edifice where the new Philippine
Constitution was signed in 1971. The building is the center of city
government activities and houses other national government agencies
as well. Its location is beautified by the refreshing view of a
Originally callled Welcome Rotunda, this towering structure which
was built in 1948 by City Architect Luciano V. Aquino serves as
the gateway to Quezon City from the neighboring city of Manila.
This is where three of Metro Manila's busiest roads meet: España
Boulevard in Manila, and Quezon Avenue and E. Rodriguez Avenue in
University of the Philippines
The state-owned University of the Philippines, which was established
in June 1908, is the country's foremost institute of higher learning
and considered the finest in the Far East. Sprawled over an area
of 450 hectares, the university provides a cool ambiance amidst
tall and ancient trees conducive to learning. Although a government
entity, the university enjoys its own charter of independence from
government and other external agencies. Its subsidy from the national
government allows it to provide education at a very minimal cost
to most students and a totally free education to the meritorious
through an extensive scholarship program. Many of the country's
famous leaders, artists, writers, and professionals had been in
UP as students or teachers. It remains as the center for the fermentation
of ideas as well as for training in various fields of knowledge.
The world's largest covered dome during the 60s, Araneta Coliseum
towers 220 feet and has a seating capacity of 32,000. It holds court
as the district's focal point. The coliseum has staged various shows
from the moment it captured the Philippines' first post-war world
boxing title by the legendary Gabriel "Flash" Elorde.
It presented, too, the classic "Fight of a Lifetime" between
Mohammed Ali and Joe Frasier in 1976. Also worth mentioning are
the beauty pageants and basketball tournaments of national and international
tones plus local shows ranging from musical concerts to athletic
Camps Crame and Aguinaldo
These are two of the most important military headquarters where
the famous four-day rebellion called People Power or EDSA Revolution
of 1986 had started.
Parks and Wildlife Bureau
Quezon City's very own zoological and botanical garden, situated
near the Quezon Memorial Circle, is a haven for young and old nature
lovers. The 80-hectare complex of wooden areas is replete with wildlife
conducive for picnicking and promenading. The park is also equipped
with a children's playground and a man-made lagoon for boating.
Specimens of the country's various flora and fauna, including the
famous monkey-eating eagle, are found here.
Prior to the buiding of the Makati Commercial Center, the Araneta
Center served as the total shopping center for every Filipino. It
is called the city's business heart. At the center are all kinds
of commercial establishments such as theaters, banks, boutiques,
department stores, restaurants, and many more. Huge department stores
in Cubao even offer special discounts to tourists and balikbayans.
Tomas Morato and Timog Avenue Tourist
Quezon City has its own tourist belt, found in the once quiet district
of Kamuning. Tomas Morato and Timog Avenues and a portion of Quezon
Avenue are now dotted with luxurious and exquisite restaurants,
disco houses, night clubs, sauna clinics, and other shops.
Fiesta Carnival Complex
Originally conceived for fun-loving children, the complex is situated
within the heart of the Araneta Center. The carnival offers merry
rides and sideshows at minimal prices.
La Mesa Dam Water Reservoir
It is the biggest water reservoir in Metropolis Manila. The dam
supplies the water needs of the National Capital Region residents.
Philippine Nuclear Research Institute
The white-domed and egg-shaped structure is considered as one of
the most advanced atomic research centers in Asia. It conducts experiments
on the uses of atomic energy.
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