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Inside the Quezon Memorial Circle

There is something for everyone at the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC). This is what I realized when I have finally gotten around to taking a closer look at this 25-hectare park situated at the heart of Quezon City, Philippines, and the city’s most distinguishable landmark.

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I have been a Quezon City resident for more than a decade and I haven’t really been inside ‘Circle’ as the place is popularly called until two weeks ago. I initially got interested in finally checking out Quezon Memorial Circle  after all these years because it was one of the locations used in my favorite teleserye (Philippine soap/drama series).

My first attempt was more than a year ago I think, but there were a lot of people at that time, also the places I wanted to see were being renovated then, the Circle of Fun and Circle of Joy, so I gave up. I also attended an event in QMC after that but I didn’t manage to go around the place, just at the area of the park where the event was being held.

Recently, I have taken to jogging, running and walking, to keep myself fit and one of the places I found out where I can do this is at the Quezon Memorial Circle. In between brisk walking and slow jogs, I took pictures and checked out various points of interest there:

° The Quezon Memorial Shrine. The area around the shrine is a favorite jogging/running path. I even saw some practicing martial arts on the shrine’s grounds. There is a museum inside the shrine for Commonwealth of the Philippines President (1935-1944) Manuel L. Quezon, after whom the city was named, but it was closed for renovation when I checked it out. I’ll write about the shrine, which is also Quezon’s final resting place, in details when the museum opens and I can take a closer look at it too.

jogging 1 jogging path

º Gardens. I prefer calling them parks within the park. There are picnic tables in some areas. People also play badminton, chess, exercise or jog in and around these areas.

park 1 park 2 park 3 park 4 park 5 park 6 park 7 park 8

º Playground, amusement parks and a zip line.  There are a lot of interesting things for kids at Circle of Joy but I suggest, though, to bring the kids in there not too early as the park employees are still cleaning the place, early morning. When I went there at around 7AM, there were quite a bit of garbage still from the night before! The Circle of Fun, on the other hand, opens in the afternoon.

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º Biking. The area around Circle of Joy is also designated as a biking area. You can rent bikes and go at the path around the playground.

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º Zumba/aero sports venues.  On the Saturday I was there the first time, there were a lot of people participating in the zumba session near the shrine. There were other places in the park doing so. One was at the fountain area, and also in this covered court.

zumba aero sports

º Tiangges (bazaars). The first time I was there, which was a Saturday, the stalls were full of stuffs, mostly clothes. I went around and to my delight, found a stall that sells ceramics and I was not able to resist buying a bowl for my collection! There was also a food tiangge that Saturday. When I returned on a weekday, the stalls were all empty.

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º Places to eat, buy food and have coffee. Aside from the big restaurants near the entrance, in front of the city hall, there are also other places inside Quezon Memorial Circle where you can buy food and have coffee.

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º The peace bell.

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º Urban farming. I was delighted to see the house made of native materials in this area, with a banggera (a  part of old/traditional Philippine houses where one can wash plates, glasses, etc.)  in the back.

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º Plant shops/nurseries for those who likes to garden. I bought some of my sunflowers from one of the stalls at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

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º The Quezon Heritage House. This one I have toured on a separate date. When the museum was closed, and the guards were unable to tell me when it will open, they directed me to this house. I’ll write about it next.

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The fee for vehicles going inside the park is below. There are parking spaces inside as well. There are also pedestrian underpasses now, which make QMC more accessible.

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So,  after several trips, Quezon Memorial Circle is not just a place I passed by on my way to other Quezon City destinations! I also  discovered that the best time to go there if you are not into jogging/running/doing zumba, and would just like to walk around and relax a bit, do something different aside from walking inside the malls, is around 9AM to lunchtime on weekdays. The place is pretty quiet and lovely, especially in summer. Inside the park, you forget about the thousands of vehicles that pass around it, non-stop, everyday!

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  1. #1 by palomarescora on April 30, 2015 - 4:36 AM

    You’re welcome. You’re correct when you said na ang feeling e parang our favorite loveteam e nandun when we went there.

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  2. #2 by Marilyn Tagudar on April 29, 2015 - 6:51 PM

    Wow thanks to the info ..pasyal din us pag uwe namin diyan sa pinas ..sa pag visit mo sa the place scene location of our favorite team is like we were there with you ….thanks again.

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  3. #3 by palomarescora on April 29, 2015 - 5:32 PM

    yes dun ung romantic place. when you go inside ask the teller kung saan ang way papunta dun and they will tell you.siguro this time hindi na ung nakaenclose.kasi twice kami napunta run e nakaenclose siya kc magtetaping pa raw ang bcwmh dun.not sure kung merong mga snakes dun,pero dun sa lugar na malapit sa romantic place e merong cage ng mga parrots.not sure rin kung dun ung scene na nag dance sila.

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    • #4 by Antigone on April 29, 2015 - 10:57 PM

      I will try. Maybe with that incentive in mind, I will be able to, hahaha. Basta when you see an entry here about Wildlife, I’m able to brave the presence of snakes there! 🙂 Sana nga wala. Pero pangalan pa lang ng place, parang meron.:-) Thanks a lot.

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  4. #5 by palomarescora on April 29, 2015 - 3:13 PM

    never been there, so nice pala sa loob. i’ve been to the parks and wildlife where bcwmh shoot the most romantic place of nanay teresita and tatay arturo

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    • #6 by Antigone on April 29, 2015 - 4:20 PM

      Sa Wildlife pala iyon! I didn’t know that. Thanks for the info. I have a feeling na iyong date din nina SC and Maya where they danced and ate in a dimly-lit park, doon din kaya iyon? I’m not sure I can feature the place in this blog if it is true what I have been told, na may snakes doon. 🙂 I’m deathly afraid of snakes kahit pa nasa cage! Kaya rin I don’t go to zoos. I have been to Wildlife once, a long time ago.

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  5. #7 by Marian Navarro Yip on April 29, 2015 - 1:31 PM

    Thank you A for this eye opener. I lived in Quexon City too before for many years and always passes by QC circle when I was working nearby but never had the chance to look inside it. Now knowing na marami palang laman yan I’ll try to visit the place with my brother’s family one day when I visit Pinas again.

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  6. #8 by anne on April 29, 2015 - 12:52 PM

    beautiful, hope someday makapunta din ako dyan. marami naman talaga tayong magagandang mapupuntahan or matatambayan kahit saan pang bahagi tayo ng Pilipinas, hindi nga lang natin napapansin ung ganda nito dahil most often nakatuon ung pansin natin sa mga lugar na nasa labas ng ating probinsya or city, very informative ms. A 🙂

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  7. #9 by batiboj on April 29, 2015 - 12:40 PM

    Next time I’m in Pinas I’ll make that a priority, used to live in Quezon City before

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  8. #10 by chasalva on April 29, 2015 - 11:13 AM

    Thank you for this post very informative , didn’t know this place but I’ll make sure thus is one of my place to see

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  9. #11 by day630 on April 29, 2015 - 10:15 AM

    Thanks for this post. Funny how you pass by a place everyday and not notice it until someone like you showed how beautiful this place is. From your pictures the place looks serene, maybe you were there before the crowds. Even then it is a place worth exploring. The next time I am in Manila I will try to visit this place.

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