Fun and Interaction at the Quezon City Experience

Quezon City Memorial Circle facing Commonwealth Avenue- Quezon City , Philippines

Vice Mayor Maria Josefina ” Joy” Belmonte- Alimurung together with QC Experience officers

Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” G. Belmonte  lead the opening of QCX (Quezon City Experience), the first interactive socio-cultural, event place,  green building and LEED compliant museum in the country.

function area had a capacity of between 120 to 150 people

The museum occupies around 2 hectares of the  Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC).  Ground breaking started late 2008 and construction slowly progresses until late last year . It took around 7 years to finish the entire complex which can rival some of the most modern museums , socio-cultural , event venue of the city and even in country.

L-R Mr. Dhoic dela Cruz ( Head -Quezon City tour guide ) Mr. Roel Reulla , Ms. Gina Cristobal , Ms. Elena Estabillo , Mr. Benedick M. Lapuz Mr. Franco Macaraeg , Mr. Dionito Rubio , Mr. Alemar Andrade

The museum had capable and very knowledgeable tour guides which were from different social studies and history teachers of public high school within the city.

audio visual room

audio-visual room had a capacity of between 70 to 80 people which can host film showing, audio visual presentation , company seminar , product launching among others. It had modern theater seats which are colored red.

lecture/ seminar room

Seminar or lecture room had a sitting capacity of between 60 to 70 people . It is ideal for small company talk, lecture or business meeting.  These areas can be rented out at a determine rates still to be set by the Quezon City government .

modern paintings hang near the entrance of the gallery

The museum had a soft opening last May 2015 and there are some groups which were given a sneak preview of the place like Museum Foundation of the Philippines  which conducted their tour  last November 7 .

It had 15 galleries which are divided into thematic exhibits that features the socio-economic , historical , business, interactive area.

Gallery 1- Pylon

Gallery 1-showed a 3-D almost life-like statutes of the 3 mourning angels – Luzon , Visayas and Mindanao .

Gallery 2- Quezon on a Hill

Gallery 2 -showed President Manuel L. Quezon was walking on top of a hill somewhere in Diliman together with his colleagues. It also shows a different video and photo clips from the different eras and Quezon revolutionary vision will not only prove itself as a landscape of unlimited potential .

Gallery 3- Malacañang Palace

Gallery 3 showed a replica room of Malacañang Palace during the time of President Manuel L. Quezon

Gallery 4-Second World War

Although much of city was spared during the second world war  , Government employees living within the city needed to walk 15 kilometers from their homes in Quezon City to their offices in Manila and back because of shortage in gasoline. There are life-like statues of soldiers and their victims.

Gallery 5- Miniature Scale Models of Popular Landmarks

Welcome or Mabuhay rotunda is one of the landmarks of the city.

Gallery 6- Housing Projects 

Gallery 6 showcase the different housing projects from the commonwealth era to the present administration . The total land area available to the government for these projects according to Architect Juan C. Arellano’s master plan was at 164 hectares.

Gallery 7 -Jeepney Ride and Routes

A big jeepney pay tribute to the present ” King ” of Philippine road .

Gallery 8- Education

Along with the city’s development as a metropolis came its growth as a cradle of learning. The city is home to 98 public schools, 175 private secondary schools, 81 colleges , and 9 universities .

Gallery 9- Street Scenes

Typical street scene in the country .Street foods , local enterprises and ambulant business.

Gallery 10 – Business and Technology

Several big time local enterprises made the city as vibrant and providing income for the locals and as iconic symbol .  Business districts or Technology Centers such as East Wood , Eaton Centris, Ayala Techno Hub are places known for their Business Processing Outsourcing offices . Food Giant –Jollibee had their first branch in Cubao .

Kamuning , Atlas Publishing and Monte de Piedad

Historical Kamuning Bakery – the oldest -still existing bakeshop now bakery and restaurant . This exhibit  area shows old photos of the places and a bread cutting machine that was used by the bakery several decades ago.

Marca Piña had their factory plant located in 23 P. Dela Cruz St., San Bartolome,Novaliches, Quezon City, 1123.

Piñakamasarap Corporation began humbly in the late 1940’s in the Philippines. It started with less than 10 people in a backyard factory, which was then known as National Soy Factory. Today, Marca Piña Soy Sauce, Marca Piña Vinegar and Marca Piña Patis are sold in over 20 countries including the United States, Japan, Germany, Australia and England.

Website: http://www.pinakamasarap.com/

Destileria Limtuaco with old wine barrel

The distillery earned the distinction  “The Oldest Distillery in the Philippines”.

Website: http://www.limtuaco.com/

Gallery 11- Entertainment

Quezon City is known as the “City of Stars ” or ” Entertainment City ” Almost all the major television stations and film outfits are located within her boundaries. A visitor can interact and even watch period classical movies complete with set .

make-up area

A visitor can have this “feeling” on how one can be an instant celebrity . I am sure that young and old would have fun and unlike other museums.  one can interact with the tour guides and exhibits . There is never a dull moment . There are also comfortable chairs and tables to sit and relax whenever one gets tired .

Gallery 12 – Issues

Made by young artists and fine arts students . The gallery shows the artist interpretations of some of the social issues that plague the city . One of them is the poverty, environmental degradation, lack of basic health care and crowded schools .

Gallery 13-Visions

There is another room which lies at the core of the museum, the gallery projects the  sensurround ” Visions of the Quezon City Future ” Merging global cutting edge technology and Filipino creative minds.

Gallery 14- Barangays of Quezon City

These gallery shows almost all the barangays and their brief history . Highlighted in a wall are the trivias express in graphics designs and videos .  There are 6 districts of the city and the walls illustrate the toponym of each of the 142 barangays .

Gallery 15- Outdoor Sculptures

One will be amaze with all the artworks both inside and outside of the building complex . There are also paintings made by young artists .

Vice Mayor Maria Josefina ” Joy” G. Belmonte -Alimurung

There is a section which promote local handicrafts made by the indigent communities of the city .  One can help these communities is by purchasing their products . as the tagline goes . When you buy these products , You help people, learn more , create more and earn more.

Sikap Buhay Entrepreneur and Coop Office – 988-4242 local 8731

email: skapuhay@quezoncity.gov.ph

Website: http://quezoncitycouncil.ph/vicemayor.php

Operation:

The Quezon City Experience or simply called QCX is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm .

Entrance Fees: TBA- To Be Announce -Soon

 Note : I was invited by Ms. Tetta Arroyo – Tirona a few days ago . The author would like to extend his heart felt ” Thanks” to all the staffs and to the office of Vice-Mayor Maria Josefina ” Joy ” G. Belmonte- Alimurung for the accommodation extended. – Photos are all from the author

1st Quezon City Inventor’s Exposition and Trade Fair

The 1st QC Filipino Inventors Expo and Trade Fair was held at the Quezon City Hall Risen Garden last November 15 – 21, 2010. The expo and trade fair is a project of the Mayor, Vice Mayor and the Filipino Inventors Society. The event secretariat is the Sikap Buhay Entrepreneurship and Cooperative Office.

tarpaulin poster of the event

This trade fair wanted to showcase  the Filipino inventors that have  drawn on their resourcefulness to survive even the direst of circumstances. Their ingenuity has also come to the fore to provide creative solutions to persistent problems. This inventiveness is world renown- with creations that have been showcased all around the world, and even further- with the Philippine invented buggy used on the first moon landing.

In recognition of this spirit,  Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy G. Belmonte had spearhead the 1st QC Filipino Inventors Expo and Trade Fair within the Quezon City Hall grounds. This initiative intends to extend support to the country’s diverse pool of inventors, as well as the small and medium enterprises that they have established.

laminated shell blocks intended for kitchen sink

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Filipino Inventor’s Society (FIS), an organization of Filipino inventors established in 1943.  The event is in line with their celebration of Philippine national inventor’s week.

crowd attending their daily lectures

The week long exhibit  showcase more than 80  exhibitor booths from  the Filipino inventor and those who manufacture various herbal supplements , in categories ranging from infrastructure and construction, alternative energy sources, food and nutrition and health and wellness products.

Mr. Ricardo Mijares posed for his tin can flower art

Mr.Ricardo Mijares started recycling tin can several years ago as a hobby, in 2004 when people in his neighborhood notice how intricate his works started buying from him. Now , he usually makes 100 to 200 pieces  a day , a bulk of which are for export .

“It was an odd hobby,” he said. Collecting and recycling tin cans, artistically shaping them into cut flowers which he called “new species” of flower decorations. Tin cans are thrown almost everywhere , Now we had to just collect them and fashion these things into decorative items.

Despite hardships , For those who want to make a difference in any productive and income-generating ways they can, Mr.  Mijares, 48 said.

Philippine Daily Inquirer article which featured Mr. Mijares  tin can business were proudly displayed

Mijares decided to continue the business with the help of the Filipino Investors Society Inc. and other NGO groups  which assisted him in looking for local and foreign buyers.  “If you want to succeed, no matter how modest, you have to love what you are doing, leave to the back burner the profit motive, pray hard and God will take care of the rest,” Mijares said.

INVRICKS – exhibit booth of Mr. Ricardo Mijares

A number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from Germany, Japan, South Korea , Hong Kong and United States  have also placed their orders.

Prices range from as low as Php 10.00 per item to as much as several thousand of pesos, depending on how intricate the tin can flower arrangement  .

The exhibit  likewise double as a trade fair, where these inventions will be marketed to potential investors and the general public.

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