» Quezon City

QUEZON CITY is one of the key cities and municipalities that comprise Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. The place is also popularly known as simply QC, named after the former president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon. The city is formerly the capital of the Philippines and is currently the seat of the House of Representatives in Batasang Pambansa. This is also where the two main universities of Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines are located.

HISTORY
The city was once a small town adjoined by then now known as the communities of San Francisco del Monte, Novaliches, and Balintawak. In 1896, the Philippine Revolution was declared by Andres Bonifacio in Pugad Lawin which is now the Bahay Toro at Project 8, Quezon City.

In the turn of 19th century the late President of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon visioned a city, thus in 1938 President Quezon established People's Homesite Corporation and purchased 15.29 km² from the vast Diliman estate of the Tuason family. And on October 12, 1939, a bill was approved naming the city after President Quezon. On July 17, 1948 after the World War II, Quezon City became the Philippine Republic’s capital and in the year 1950 in accordance to Republic Act No. 537, the city boundaries were extended to additional 153.59 km² in land area. However on November 7, 1975 in lieu of Presidential Decree No. 824 by President Ferdinand Marcos, Metro Manila was established and Quezon City became one of the 17 cities and municipalities of Metro Manila. And the following year, Manila became the official capital city of the Philippines.

President Ferdinand Marcos ordered the transfer of the remains of the late President Manuel Quezon from Manila North Cemetery to the erected Quezon Memorial Monument in Quezon Elliptical Road. Currently, the city has developed a database system that is capable of recording property payments and the very first local government in the country with the said computerized real estate assessment and payment system.

PROFILE

THE LAND
Quezon City has a total land area of 16,112.12 hectares which is almost one-fourth of the National Capital Region (NCR) and has the biggest land area compared to other cities and municipalities. It is bordered by Manila in the southwest side, Caloocan City and Valenzuela City in the west and northwest, San Juan and Mandaluyong City in the south side, Marikina City and Pasig City to the southeast side, Marilao River in the north, Rodriguez and San Mateo in the east side.  The city's topography is largely rolling with alternating ridges and lowlands. The land area is mostly residential with 45.45% of its total land area, institutional government agencies, Batasang Pambansa, medical institutions, public parks and some industrial facilities in the north side of the city.

THE PEOPLE
The city has a latest population of 2,173,831 people spread over four districts and 142 barangays with District II as the most densely populated area estimated at
942,074 people. Population growth rate is 1.92%.

COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Quezon City has 55,759 business establishments as of 2001 and with the further development of commercial and industrial ventures, the city has potential to increase further its number for big businesses. Business establishments range from Wholesale and retail trade at 47%, followed by manufacturers at 12%, hotels and restaurants, real estate and other leasing business services, community and other personal services.

The city is said to be the richest local government in the country in terms of asset, cash in banks internal revenue allotment, gross income, and gross net income. It is also the major entertainment capital of the Philippines as it is a home to major television broadcasting networks such as ABC, ABS-CBN, GMA Network, NBN, RPN, and IBC and is known for having various restaurants providing fine dining to fast food, bars and cafes. The city also has various shopping malls, a coliseum and amusement parks. Big telecommunication companies also have their branch offices in the city vicinity.

RELIGION
Majority of the city population is Roman Catholic and has two Catholic dioceses which are Cubao and Novaliches. However, other religions are also present in Quezon City such as the Latter-day Saints, Iglesia ni Cristo, among many other religious sects.

LIST OF “BARANGAYS” (or communities)
Quezon City is subdivided into 142 barangays and is grouped into four congressional districts, each represented by a congressman in the country's House of Representatives.

District 1 District 3
  • Alicia (Bago Bantay)
  • Bagong Pag-asa (Project 6)
  • Bahay Toro (Project 8 / Pugad Lawin)
  • Balingasa (A. Bonifacio)
  • Bungad (Project 7)
  • Damar
  • Damayan (San Francisco del Monte)
  • Del Monte (San Francisco del Monte)
  • Katipunan (Muñoz)
  • Lourdes (Santa Mesa Heights)
  • Maharlika (Santa Mesa Heights)
  • Manresa
  • Mariblo (San Francisco del Monte)
  • Masambong
  • N.S. Amoranto (La Loma)
  • Nayong Kanluran (West Ave)
  • Paang Bundok (La Loma Heights)
  • Pag-ibig sa Nayon (A. Bonifacio)
  • Paltok (San Francisco del Monte)
  • Paraiso
  • PhilAm
  • Project 6
  • Ramon Magsaysay (Bago Bantay)
  • Salvacion (La Loma)
  • San Antonio (Project 7)
  • San Isidro Labrador (La Loma)
  • San Jose (La Loma)
  • Siena
  • Saint Peter (Santa Mesa Heights)
  • Santa Cruz (Heroes Hill)
  • Santa Teresita (Mayon)
  • Santo Cristo (Bago Bantay)
  • Santo Domingo
  • Talayan (Chinatown)
  • VASRA (Visayas Ave)
  • Veteran’s Village (Project 7)
  • West Triangle
  • *North Triangle
    (Undeclared barangay) (Philippine Science)
  • Amihan
  • Bagumbayan (Eastwood)
  • Bagumbuhay (Project 4)
  • Bayanihan (Project 4)
  • Blue Ridge A (Project 4)
  • Blue Ridge B (Project 4)
  • Camp Aguinaldo (Murphy, Armed Forces)
  • Dioquino Zobel (Project 4)
  • Duyan-duyan (Project 4)
  • E. Rodriguez (Project 5)
  • East Kamias
  • Escopa I (Project 4)
  • Escopa II (Project 4)
  • Escopa III (Project 4)
  • Escopa IV (Project 4)
  • Libis
  • Loyola Heights (Katipunan)
  • Mangga (Project 4)
  • Marilag
  • Masagana (Project 4)
  • Matandang Balara (Old Balara)
  • Milagrosa (Project 4)
  • Pansol
  • Quirino 2-A (Project 2)
  • Quirino 2-B (Project 2)
  • Quirino 2-C (Project 2)
  • Quirino 3-A (Project 3)
  • Quirino 3-B (Claro)
  • San Roque (Cubao)
  • Silangan (Anonas)
  • Soccorro (Cubao)
  • Saint Ignatius
  • Tagumpay (Project 4)
  • Ugong Norte (Green Meadows, Corinthian)
  • Villa Maria Clara (Project 4)
  • West Kamias
  • White Plains
District 2 District 14
  • Apolonio Samson (Balintawak)
  • Baesa
  • Bagbag (Bagbag Novaliches)
  • Bagong Silangan
  • Balongbato (Camachile)
  • Batasan Hills
  • Capri
  • Commonwealth
  • Culiat (Muslim Village)
  • Fairview
  • Greater Lagro (Lagro)
  • Gulod (Gulod Novaliches)
  • Holy Spirit
  • Nagkaisang Nayon (General Luis)
  • New Era (Iglesia ni Cristo Central)
  • North Fairview
  • Novaliches Proper (Novaliches Bayan)
  • Pasong Putik (SM Fairview)
  • Pasong Tamo (NPC Village)
  • Payatas
  • San Agustin
  • San Bartolome (San Bartolome Novaliches)
  • Sangandaan (Project 8 / Sangandaan)
  • Sauyo
  • Santa Lucia
  • Santa Monica (Sta. Monica Novaliches)
  • Talipapa (Talipapa Novaliches)
  • Tandang Sora
  • Unang Sigaw (Balintawak)
  • *Novaliches Reservoir
    (Undeclared barangay) (La Mesa Watershed)
  • Bagong Lipunan Crame (Camp Crame / Santolan
  • Botocan
  • Central (City Hall)
  • Damayang Lagi (QI)
  • Don Manuel (Quezon)
  • Doña Aurora (Quezon)
  • Doña Imelda (Marcos)
  • Doña Josefa (Marcos)
  • Horseshoe
  • Immaculate Conception (Betty Go Belmonte)
  • Kalusugan (E. Rodriguez Ave)
  • Kamuning
  • Kristong Hari
  • Krus na Ligas (Diliman)
  • Laging Handa (Boy Scout Area)
  • Malaya
  • Mariana (New Manila)
  • Obrero (Tomas Morato)
  • Old Capitol Site (Philcoa)
  • Paligsahan (Roces)
  • Pinagkaisahan (Ramon Magsaysay, Cubao)
  • Pinyahan (Diliman)
  • Roxas (Project 1)
  • Sacred Heart (Boy Scout Area)
  • San Isidro Galas (Galas)
  • San Martin de Pores (Cubao)
  • San Vicente (Diliman)
  • Sikatuna Village
  • South Triangle
  • Tatalon (G. Araneta)
  • Teacher’s Village East
  • Teacher’s Village West
  • U.P. Campus (Diliman)
  • U.P. Village (Diliman)
  • Valencia (Gilmore)
  • *East Triangle
    (Undeclared Barangay) (BIR)
  • *QMC
    (Undeclared Barangay) (Circle)

MAJOR TOURIST SPOTS

ARANETA CENTER
Araneta Center served as Filipinos total shopping center before the construction of Makati commercial center. The place has various establishments from theaters, boutiques, banks, department stores, restaurants and other service stores.

ARANETA COLISEUM
This coliseum was once the largest covered dome in the 60’s towering 220 feet and has 32,000 seating capacity. The coliseum is a usual venue for concerts, television shows, beauty pageants, athletic events and a lot more. The coliseum was also used during the famous fight between Mohammed Ali and Joe Frasier in 1976.

BARRIO LA LOMA
This is the town where the Philippine-American War had its first bloody battle.

BARRIO PUGAD LAWIN BALINTAWAK
This is a historical site where Andres Bonifacio launched the Philippine Revolution against the Spaniards in 1896. The revolution was called the “Cry of Balintawak”.

CAMP CRAME AND CAMP AGUINALDO
This place is the prime headquarters of the Philippine Military and this is also where the EDSA Revolution of 1986 had started.

FIESTA CARNIVAL COMPLEX
The complex is located in the Araneta Center which offers various rides and sideshows to the young people.

LA MESA DAM WATER RESERVOIR
This is the biggest water reservoir in Manila supplying the whole National Capital Region populace.

MABUHAY ROTUNDA
This is also called Welcome Rotunda and was built in 1948 which serves as a gateway to Quezon City from Manila.

PARKS AND WILDLIFE BUREAU
This is located near the Quezon Memorial Circle, an 80 hectare complex of wooden areas ideal for picnics, family and friends gathering. The park has a zoological and botanical garden, children’s playground, and man-made lagoon.

PHILIPPINE NUCLEAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE
This institute is the most advanced atomic research centers in Asia which conducts experiments on the uses of atomic energy. Its structure is egg-shaped and the whole dome is painted in white.

QUEZON CITY HALL
This 14 storey building is where the new Philippine Constitution was signed in 1971.  It is also a home of other various government agencies.

QUEZON MEMORIAL CIRCLE/ SHRINE
The shrine is 66 meters high and was built in the center of the 27 hectare rotunda park in honor of the founder of Quezon City, President Manuel L. Quezon. It also has a museum and is where the remains of President Quezon were laid.

THOMAS MORATO AND TIMOG AVENUE (TOURIST BELT AREA)
These areas are now a stretch of various restaurants, disco houses, night clubs, sauna clinics, other service shops.

CAMP CRAME AND CAMP AGUINALDO
This place is the prime headquarters of the Philippine Military and this is also where the EDSA Revolution of 1986 had started.

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
This university was built in June 1908 and is considered to be the foremost institute of higher learning and finest in the Far East. It has a total land area of 450 hectares with greenery environment inside the campus. Many of the country's famous leaders, artists, writers, and professionals had been in UP as students or teachers.

Other historical destinations in Quezon City are:

  • Balara Park
  • Bantayog ng mga Bayani
  • EDSA Shrine and Sigaw ng Pugad Lawin Shrine.
  • La Mesa Ecopark
  • Ninoy Aquino Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • People Power Monument
  • People Power Monument
  • Philippine Science High School
  • San Pedro Bautista Church (the second oldest church in the country)

HOW TO GET TO QUEZON CITY

BY LAND
Buses, jeepneys, taxi cabs ply the major routes in Quezon City daily.