Quezon City, known as the City of Stars, is the most populated city in the Philippines. Founded and named after the 2nd president of the country, Manuel L. Quezon, QC or “Kyusi” is the location of several important government offices. It also houses numerous establishments that offer different activities for people from all walks of life. QC may not boasts of a cosmopolitan vibe like that of BGC, Makati and Ortigas, but the largest city in Metro Manila remains as one of the most visited and explored cities of the country.
And so we say, welcome to Quezon City– a mega city that spells FUN and INTERESTING at the same time!
1. Go malling
Home to some of the biggest and beautiful shopping malls in the area, QC is a place where one can have retail therapy anytime. There’s Trinoma, SM North, Ayala Vertis North, Gateway Mall and a lot more selections of other beautiful and modern shopping malls to while away time or sip a cup of hot joe while enjoying a chat with a friend.
2. Have a nature trip in the city
A well-maintained public park situated along the boundary of La Mesa Watershed Reservation, La Mesa Eco Park provides a day of escape from busy city life. Activities that the park offers include hiking, zip-line, biking and fishing; among others. If the said activities don’t appeal to you, then do some boat paddling in the lagoon or experience the park’s Ecotrail Adventure.
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3. Discover art
If you still haven’t been in Art in Island , a 3D museum located in Cubao Expo, then head on over! Said to be the largest 3D museum in the whole of Asia, Art in Island is a place for the kids and kids-at-heart. No one will judge you if you want to be wacky or act like a screwball while taking countless of crazy and funny photos. Perfect bonding place for the parents and the kids!
There’s also the QCX, or the Quezon City Experience . Located just across Commonwealth Avenue, it’s an interactive museum with 16 galleries, with some galleries dedicated to kids where they can play, roam around and touch the exhibits. Indeed, it sounds fun especially for toddlers. You can also admire the wide collection in the Ateneo Art Gallery.
4. Engage in some calisthenics
Quezon City Memorial Circle is a fun place for those who love to jog, do aerobics, run and bike. There is no entrance fee and its vast open space is ideal ground for many outdoor activities. If you get bored with running, then you can join the other park-goers playing badminton or dancing zumba. You can also try the U.P. Academic Oval for your weekend runs. Hey, it’s not a problem if you don’t have budget for the gym, Kyusi has places for you!
Photo credits: @tessieca via IG (UP Oval)
5. Did anyone say food trip?!
Every food lover out there surely knows Maginhawa Street. It is one of the streets inside UP Village that is a popular place for gastronomic indulgence! A food haven (Malingap Street and other nearby side streets included) Maginhawa has become synonymous with the food tripping activity in Kyusi. From traditional Pinoy food to international cuisine, Maginhawa definitely has it.
Of course, Tomas Morato still packs a crowd. From cheap eats to mid-priced grubs, the area has already made its way to the heart (and tummy) of foodies from within and outside of this city.
Photo credits: @ar.ebsheeran via IG (Maginhawa Street)
6. Visit churches, shrines and monuments
Say a prayer in one of the biggest churches in Asia — the Sto. Domingo Church, a modern Spanish-style church situated on Quezon Avenue and declared as a National Cultural Treasure. Or why not drop by the beautiful neo-classical church located in the busy area of Cubao, the Cubao Cathedral. You can also check out the Tandang Sora Shrine on Banlat Road and get to know the life of a PInoy heroine. There are other interesting structures to see in QC like the ‘Bantayog ng mga Bayani’, Cry of the Pugad Lawin Shrine, to name but a few.
Photo credits: @blezieblue via IG (Cubao Cathedral)
7. Experience ‘palengke’
Go on a ‘palengke’ day in Balintawak Public Market or at Farmers Market where fresh produce, meats and seafood abound. There are numerous vendors and stalls that you can choose from; best to start your “palengke’ day in the early morning as wet markets like these get easily crowded by mid-day.
These must-experience things-to-do in the nation’s former capital are just small facets of QC. Come and discover the rest of Quezon City and know first hand why most Metro Manila people choose to live in QC and consider it the most fun and interesting city in the country!
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