Quezon Memorial CircleQuezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
The Quezon Memorial Circle except the monument area is managed by the city government since 2008. The monument is under the jurisdiction of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines since 1972. Before 2008 but not before the People Power Revolution, the park area except the monument area is managed by the Quezon City Parks Development Foundation.
The park is a family-friendly attraction of the city. For the adventerous and thrill-seekers, there is a small amusement park in the area as well as rental bicycles, and zip lining. The traditional park-lovers, green spaces provides picnic areas and smaller gardens provides some are which are secluded. There are several museums within the park as well as dining stalls and outlets.
By footFor those who wish to access the park by foot, there are no pedestrian lanes for pedestrians to cross the Elliptical Road which encircles the park. It is very dangerous to cross the road. There are two underpasses present which provides a safe passage for pedestrians, one located in front of the Quezon City Hall and another in front of the Philippine Coconut Authority (Philcoa) Building at the Commonwealth Avenue intersection. Elevators are present at the Quezon City Hall underpass for the benefit of senior citizens and people with disabilities. As of August 2016, the Philcoa underpass is under renovation but is still open and passable.
By railQuezon Memorial Circle is accessible from the Quezon Avenue and GMA-Kamuning Stations of the Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 3 (Line 3) and Anonas Station of the Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 2 (Line 2). From there are jeepneys that have routes passing by the park. A station for the future Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (Line 7) is being built to the northwest, but will not open until around 2020 or 2021.
By jeepneyFrom Line 2 Anonas Station, board a jeepney at Molave Street en route to the Philcoa or Quezon Memorial Circle. From Line 3 Kamuning Station, walk towards Timog Avenue-East Avenue intersection then board a jeepney en route to Philcoa or Quezon Memorial Circle. From Line 3 Quezon Avenue Station, board a jeepney en route to Philcoa or Fairview. From Manila proper, one can board a jeepney along Espana Boulevard en route to Fairview, Quezon Memorial Circle and Philcoa. Ask the jeepney driver to drop you at the Philcoa jeepney terminal and cross the footbridge to access the Philcoa underpass, or you could ask the drive to drop you by on the jeepney terminal in front of the National Housing Authority and proceed to the underpass directly in front of the Quezon City Hall.
By taxiFrom most points in Metro Manila, Taxi drivers will agree to take you to the park. The taxi driver will likely drop you by the main entrance facing the Commonwealth Avenue.
By carVisitors could access the park two entrances, the one near the food complex just before the East Avenue section and the other through the main entrance facing the Commonwealth Avenue. The park also has a physical entrance at the North Avenue intersection but is closed to the public.
Fees and permits
Monuments and markers
Quezon Memorial ShrineThe main attraction of the Quezon Memorial Circle. The Art-Deco monument which is adorned by mourning angels on each of its three pillars is a national shrine dedicated to the late President Manuel L. Quezon. Embedded artworks are also decorates the base of the shrine. At night the monument is illuminated with lights that gradually shifts its colors.
- According to the book Arkitekturang Filipino: A History of Architecture and Urbanism in the Philippines by Gerard Lico, the monument also houses an observation deck at top of the monument but this feature is not accessible to the public.
Dancing FountainsThe centerpiece of the Liwasang Aurora. It is illuminated at light with moving water features accompanied by music.
Liwasang AuroraA circular paved plaza decorated in a style of a compass rose. Along with the adjacent stage, the Liwasang Aurora serves as the venue for various events such as concerts held at the Quezon Memorial Circle.
World Peace BellThe World Peace Bell, housed in a gazebo, is a donation by the World Peace Bell Association, a Japanese organization promoting awareness on the world peace movement. It was inaugurated in 1994. The World Peace Bell grounds also has other features such as the Peace Wall, a mural and flag poles with names countries at its base (Although flags are no longer hoisted). The grounds is also the location of the Agong of Peace dedicated to the Bangsamoro Peace Process although it is badly damaged as of 2016. As of late-August 2016, the Peace Bell Area is under renovation and is closed to visitors.
Peace MonumentA marker erected to mark Quezon City as a Rotary Peace Community as part of the "Community Peace Cities/Towns" concept conceived by the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga, Australia.
Museo ni Manuel QuezonA museum at the triangular base of the Quezon Memorial Shrine, dedicated to the political career of President Quezon. The remains of President Quezon is situated inside a marble sarcophagus inside the museum. His wife Aurora Quezon is also interred at the site.
Quezon City ExperienceFocuses on the history of Quezon City. The interactive museum is divided into multiple pod buildings which were designed to be green building compliant.
Quezon Heritage HouseA historic house museum which used to be the house of the family of President Manuel L. Quezon and was at 45 Gilmore Street in New Manila, Quezon City. The museum focuses on the personal life of Quezon in contrast to the Museo ni Manuel L. Quezon which focuses on Quezon's political career.
President Corazon Aquino HouseA museum dedicated to President Corazon Aquino. Under-construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2017.
Hardin ng mga BulaklakThe Hardin ng mga Bulaklak is a flower garden which is a project of the city government, the Succulent and Cactus Society of the Philippines, and the Philippine Horticultural Society. It features various indigenous flowers and is often a location of gardening and flower shows by various gardening societies of the country.
Tropical GardenGarden featuring tropical plants which was inaugurated in October 2012. It features a small pond as well and is another venue for gardening and flower shows.
Joys of Urban FarmingThe urban farm where vegetables are planted in the park is part of Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte urban farming project, "Joys of Urban Farming". A custodian is available within the farm's premises where visitors could learn about growing crops at their own backyard.
Charito L. Planas GardenA small fenced garden dedicated to Quezon City Parks Development Foundation head, Charito L. Planas who was responsible for the rehabilitation of the park in the early 2000s.
Fern GardenA garden dedicated to ferns, however as of 2016, only a few ferns are present at the garden. Nevertheless, the garden provides a secluded place for park visitors that prefers a quieter place.
Cactus GardenIn a secluded area behind the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, the Cactus Garden features cactuses and succulents of various types and sizes some almost as tall as a human. It also has a greenhouse but is usually off-limits to visitors.
Quezon City Memorial Circle ZiplineFor the adventurous and definitely not for the faint-hearted. Zipline from a height equivalent to about four-stories. The path of the zipline crosses the Pedal N' Paddle Pond. One Zipline station is near the Children's Playground and the other near the Joy of Urban Farming.
Circle of JoyA children's playground within the park. The playground features various slides and other attractions such seesaws. The grounds are either covered in concrete or artificial grass which reduces the likelihood of little kids from getting dirty while still having fun.
Circle of FunAn amusement park within the park. It features various attractions and rides such as the "Fun Drop" a drop tower ride and the "Sea Dragon", a pirate ship type of amusement ride.
QMC Bicycle RentalBicycles and bicycles with side cars can be rented from a station located near the Children's Playground. The use of the rented vehicles are only for a bicycle track which circles around the Children's Playground.
Pedal N' PaddleA amusement space featuring bicycle and pedal-powered-boat rentals.
Pokemon GoA suitable place for players due to many Poke-stops within the park's premises, although the use of mobile data is highly recommended since the public Wi-Fi is unreliable. The Coconut House provides Wi-Fi for players but it is highly recommended to order something from the establishment or its adjacent ice cream parlor as a sign of courtesy.
A Tiangge or Flea Market is also situated in the area between the Philcoa entrance and the Liwasang Aurora which is open in the afternoon and evening. Likewise stalls are also present near in the Children's Playground area.
phone: +63 (02) 513 0142Specializes in dishes that use coconut. Also offers non-food products that also use coconuts.
Coconut Ice Cream HutOffers non-diary ice cream made from coconut. A selection of flavors are available in small cups, popsicles, and bucket-size containers.
Tropical Hutphone: +63 (02) 755-8000A good place to order burgers. Other food such as chicken and sundaes are also available at this fast-food restaurant.
phone: +63 (02) 924-3392, +63 (02) 924-3399A Filipino restaurant popular for its chicken.
New Kamameshi HouseA Japanese restaurant which offers an array of sushi as well as yosenabe or Japanese hot pot.