Quezon City Memorial Circle facing Commonwealth Avenue- Quezon City , Philippines
Vice Mayor Maria Josefina ” Joy” Belmonte 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.
Destileria Limtuaco with old wine barrel
The distillery earned the distinction “The Oldest Distillery in the Philippines”.
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 .
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 .
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 -Alimurong
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
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 for the accommodation extended. – Photos are all from the author