Friday, May 24, 2013

Quezon City, Philippines

Quezon City, Philippines

by Raychel Ria Agramon

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Quezon City – popularly known as “QC” to the locals – is one of the most vibrant spots in the Philippines. As the country’s former capital (and the richest city in the RP), QC serves as an excellent portal to tourists who want to enjoy a cultural, gastronomical and retail experience unlike any other.

Tourist Attractions

Despite being highly commercialized, there are many historical tourist spots that QC has to offer. One is the QC Memorial Circle – a national park which – you got it right – is shaped like an ellipse. Its shining beacon is a tall mausoleum which houses the remains of former President Manuel Quezon, whom the city was named after.
Surrounding the mausoleum are a number of jogging paths and playgrounds, which double as event and concert centers as well. Every weekend, events are held in the park, making it the ‘place to be’ for locals and tourists looking for a fun time.


Getting by in QC is easy with the many modes of public transportations available. A tourist can roam the city by riding any of its trains – LRT 1, LRT 2 or MRT – or by taking any of the bus routes. Local jeepneys are available for short rides as well. But since it can get very humid in QC, a recommended alternative is the air-conditioned FX. Or – if you have money to spend – ride a taxi!
Word to the wise though: mind your belongings and be alert!


Whatever cuisine you are in the mood for – QC has the restaurant that can cater to your gastronomic gustos. Famous haunts for foodies include the Timog and Tomas Morato areas – wherein every nook and cranny is littered with affordable to high-end restos.


If you are in the mood for clubbing and partying all night long, then QC is the place for you. Apart from being home to great restaurants, the Timog and Tomas Morato areas are also dotted with hot and happening clubs. Eastwood City – which is right at the brink of QC and Pasig City – is another hub for partygoers.


Shopping is ‘more fun in the Philippines,’ especially in QC. It plays home to a number of major shopping malls, including SM City North Edsa, which is the largest mall in Southeast Asia. Adjacent to it is Trinoma, another spacious haven for shoppers.
Other fabulous shopping centers in the QC are Gateway, SM Centerpoint, SM Fairview and Eastwood Mall, to name a few.
True enough, QC is a must-visit place for any tourist who wishes to immerse in the rich culture of the Philippines. With its noteworthy tourist spots, fab hangouts and friendly people, a visit to QC will surely be hard to forget!


  1. Is there any airport within the city? If no,suggesting that one come from Africa and wanna tour QC,where does one land and how many hours ride will it take one to the city center? Where to stay on touring QC with affordable charges?

  2. Hi, airport nearest to the city is located in Paranaque (Ninoy Aquino International Airport), about 1.5 hours away from QC. Luxent Hotel, located in Timog (restaurant heaven) costs about USD 100 per night. The hotel offers a superb buffet for about USD 25.