Introducing Quezon City
Quezon City, popularly known as Q.C. (pronounced Kyusi in Filipino), is the Philippines’ most populated city. According to the most recent census, it has a population of 3,198,926 individuals. The city was envisioned as the Philippines’ new national capital to replace Manila, which was suffering from overcrowding, a lack of housing, inadequate sanitation, and traffic congestion. Quezon City dubbed the “City of Stars” because of its culture, entertainment industry, and media, is home to major television networks’ headquarters and studios. Commerce, education, research, technology, politics, tourism, art, and sports are also well-known. The city is home to several national government branches, notably the Batasang Pambansa Complex, which houses the Philippine House of Representatives.
From 1948 to 1976, Quezon City was the Philippines’ chartered city and capital. The city is located in central Luzon, just northeast of Manila. It was named after President Manuel Luis Quezon, who chose the site (which was previously a private estate) in 1939, and it took over as the capital in 1948. The city began to flourish following World War II (1939–45) with the construction of government facilities on the Capitol Site, and it is now considered part of Metro Manila. However, many national government activities remained in Manila, and the capital was returned to Manila in 1976.
- AMA Computer University
- Angelicum College
- Ateneo de Manila University
- Central College of the Philippines
- Miriam College
- St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City
- St. Mary’s College Quezon City
- St. Paul University Quezon City
- Trinity University of Asia
- University of the Philippines Diliman
- Eastwood Mall
- Gateway Mall
- SM City North EDSA
- SM City Fairview
- U.P Town Center
- Vertis North
- Capitol Medical Center
- East Avenue Medical Center
- FEU-NRMF Medical Center
- St. Luke’s Medical Center
- The Medical City
- UERM Memorial Medical Center
- World Citi Medical Center
- Art In Island
- EDSA Shrine
- La Mesa Eco Park
- Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
- Quezon Memorial Circle
- Santo Domingo Church
While you’re there
Things to see & do
The largest and most populated city in Metro Manila, Quezon City is noted for its skyscrapers, massive commercial districts, vibrant food hubs, and dozens of shopping complexes. Even if the traffic is sometimes terrible, it’s one of the Metro’s go-to spots for the latest and greatest. The City of Stars is indeed home to a thriving art scene and a multitude of art galleries. Check out some of the art galleries in the northern section of Metro Manila if you get a chance.
Visit Furr Babies
There are several dog and cat cafes in Quezon City. Cuddly pets are available for guests to pet as they enjoy their meals and drinks at these locations.
For Animals lovers, visit PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center, administered by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society. If you’re thinking about getting a dog or cat, you may consider adopting one from the shelter. To learn more about how you can assist PAWS in achieving its purpose of providing protection and promoting humane treatment for all animals, you can visit their website.
If you prefer these kinds of activities, Quezon City has a lot of facilities that your friends and family can enjoy. For example, Ace Water Spa offers a huge swimming pool where you can swim laps, go to a sauna, hot tubs, cold tubs, massaging jets, and even an area for kids to splash in falling water and slide down slides.
There are a lot of churches located in Quezon City, but the biggest one you can visit is Santo Domingo Church. The Santo Domingo Church is not only Metro Manila’s largest church or one of the largest in Asia, but it is also one of the most beautiful. In October 2012, the National Museum and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts named the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary at La Naval de Manila a National Cultural Treasure.
Shopping & Nightlife
Quezon City has some of the most prominent malls, and malls have become an integral part of Filipino life. SM North EDSA, Trinoma, U.P. Town Center, Gateway Mall, and Eastwood Mall, to name a few, have something for everyone.
Shopping malls are a staple in the Quezon City lifestyle. There are a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options all in one location in a mall. If you want to buy in high-end boutiques or at a flea market, you have a wide range of options. You might want to check out Eastwood City. The dining and entertainment options appear to be limitless, and there are always exciting events to look forward to, especially on weekends and during holidays like New Year’s.
SM North Edsa is another well-known shopping center in Quezon City. In addition to being the Philippines’ largest shopping mall, it is also the country’s first SM Supermall. This mall is also home to the SM Bowling Center. In addition to offering bowling classes for children, the SM Bowling Center also features billiards tables and table tennis for adults. For the most value for your money, SM Bowling Center always has an offer.
Suppose you want to experience the best of what Quezon City nightlife offers. In that case, there are no words to convey the level of surreal events you will have while on a night expedition in Quezon City. At night, this city truly comes to life.
Here are some of the bars and nightclubs to experience in Quezon City:
- Cowboy Grill
- Vanity Club
- Guilly’s Night Club
- Tago Jazz Cafe
Food & Drinks
Aside from peak hours, food joints in Quezon City are less crowded than those found in the city’s shopping malls.
Some of the best places to eat are Tomas Morato and Quezon Avenue, although food parks are also attracting a lot of attention. Food parks in Quezon City include the StrEat Food Park in Maginhawa, The Yard in Xavierville, the Adventure Food Park along Aurora Boulevard, and The Food Hive on Visayas Avenue. Customers at food parks can sample a variety of cuisines simultaneously, as opposed to restaurants, which specialize in a single style of meal. It’s also easier to decide on what to eat because everyone may order separately and then reunite at the table to share their meal.
But before you go, make sure to check if the establishments are open. Due to the pandemic, many of them are currently closed.
How to Get to Quezon City
There are a lot of train stations that are located in Quezon City. For LRT 1, Balintawak and Roosevelt are under Quezon City. Since Quezon City is a massive city for LRT 2 starting from Gilmore until Katipunan is covered by the city. Lastly, MRT 3 has Araneta Center-Cubao to North Avenue. If you are planning to go to SM North, North Avenue is your destination.
From Nearest Airport
Take the P2P bus from Naia Terminal 3 to Kabayan Hotel in Manila to get from Naia Terminal 3 to Quezon City. Then, take the MRT3 line to Cubao Farmers station from Taft Ave MRT station. This route takes roughly 40 minutes to complete. If you prefer convenience, you can choose from plenty of cabs and ride-hailing applications like Grab.
Quezon City is known as the “Entertainment Capital of the Philippines” and the “City of Stars”, since it is where major studios located and most Filipino actors and actresses reside. To support the film industry, the city established the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC). The city also holds its own film festival, the QCinema International Film Festival, every October or November and showcases local and international films, documentaries, and short films, and gives grants to their creators.
Quezon City is home to the Philippines’ major broadcasting networks. There are 11 local television networks, 6 cable TV, 7 AM radio stations, and 4 FM radio stations in the city. Major commercial broadcast network in the Philippines such as ABS-CBN and GMA Network have their headquarters in the city. State-owned media and television network such as RPN, IBC and PTV also have their headquarters in the city.