Quezon Memorial Shrine, Quezon City , Philippines
Quezon Memorial Shrine
It took over one year before i was able to set foot again inside the Quezon Memorial Shrine , We did some historical and heritage tour inside the shrine whenever there are special events like orchid, horticulture , bonsai , cactus shows within the Quezon Memorial Circle ( QMC ) .
Three mourning angels which symbolizes the three main island group
The three angels represents Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao by Italian artist ,sculptor and professor Francesco Riccardo Monti.
I remember my first visit to the shrine in the early 1990’s as part of the school field trip , It was a bit dark and poorly lit inside the museum and it had some water seepage .
Now, It is very conducive for education tours and those who wanted to know more about heritage and President Manuel L. Quezon lifeworks can be seen with a 7 minute audio-visual presentation.
Some of the videos were taken from the United States archives . The area ( audio-visual area) can accommodate between 60 to 100 people at any given time.
President Manuel L. Quezon room with executive desk , chairs and personal items
The museum and shrine is divided into 5 different galleries ,each gallery tells a story from his childhood, commonwealth period, world war 2 , world recognition, his personal struggle and legacy .
Doña Aurora Aragon-Quezon gallery
The gallery is a special tribute to Mrs. Quezon with personal belonging such as traje de mestiza dress, bags, hat, matrimonial bed among other stuffs
an interactive podium with the 1935 commonwealth presidential seal
It was again re-opened last August 19, 2015 by no less than President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in time for the 137th birth anniversary of the former president .
Security within the vicinity was strict during the celebrations. I was quite lucky to visit the place a little bit past noontime.
The Malinta Tunnel is a tunnel complex built by the United State Army Corps of Engineer on the island of Corregidor It was initially used as a bomb-proof storage and personnel bunker. It was later converted into hospital .
The base of the Quezon Memorial Shrine holds a large marble sarcophagus that contains the remains of Manuel Luis Quezon . On April 28, 2005, the remains of Mrs. Aurora Aragon Quezon, widow of the president, were solemnly re-interred in the memorial in a smaller sarcophagus .
Manila landmarks and buildings during the 1930’s as depicted in old postcards and photos
I was met by Ms. Janice M. Tambo– Shrine Curator II – of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines or NHCP who toured the author around the newly renovated shrine. I was amazed with the change in the exhibits and how they modernized the shrine.
Quezon Memorial Shrine history
A compilation of colorized and re-rendered, historical photographs of President Quezon and his family is available in Flickr account.
Note : The shrine and museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00am until 4:00pm, For large groups- Try to book days or weeks in advance
Although there is no entrance fees, any small token change or donation for the upkeep of the museum and shrine is accepted .