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

A Visit to the Newly Restored Quezon Memorial Shrine

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 .

auto-visual presentation

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.

life-size image

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.

Malinta tunnel

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 .

marble sarcophagus

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.

These can be accessed collectively through this URL: www.gov.ph/quezonmemorial. social media accounts—Twitter and Facebook

Website: http://www.gov.ph/quezonmemorial/

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

Contact -264-23-25

Although there is no entrance fees,  any small token change or donation for the upkeep of the museum and shrine is accepted .

70th anniversary of the end of second world war exhibit at Bahay Tsinoy

Benito Cu Uy Gam Hall – Bahay Tsinoy, Intramuros , Manila – Philippines

exhibit

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war, Bahay Tsinoy , Wha Chi Veterans Association with special participation of Mr. John Tewell, Mr. Terry Sy , Lopez Museum and Library and the descendants of the Wha Chi 48th squadron .

memorabilias

The exhibit was open to the public last May 25, 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war in this side of the world. The exhibit theme ” REMEMBERING history, HONORING heroes

paintings, vintage bicycles

It showcases various photos , memorabilias, photos and anecdotes  which showed the extend of the destruction caused by the Japanese from rape of Nanjing , China,  massacre of innocent children and destruction of Manila.

It also showed the Filipinos and Chinese forces helping each other during the second world war with countless of Fil- Chinese joining guerrilla movements like Wha CHi .

 Exhibit runs from May 25 to June 28, 2015.

Note : There is a small entrance fees of Php 100 general public and Php 60 for students with valid ID’s

Status of the Postal Museum and Library

Manila Central Post Office compound, Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita- Manila Philippines

Here is the post of Mr. Carlos Celdran: from his Facebook fan page

Dear National Museum, Ayala Foundation, Lopez Museum, ANYONE. The Manila Post Office collection of rare Philippine Stamps and memorabilia is under threat. They have no means to store them properly and they are in a damp store room in the building next to the Post Office parking lot in Lawton. CAN YOU GUYS HELP? They are more than willing to let go of this collection to any Philippine agency willing to care for it and display to the PUBLIC. Please contact me, Carlos – Here on Facebook if you want to get in touch with Arlene of the Manila Post Office. (We will visit the Post Office on tomorrow’s 930am tour.)

-This was his facebook fan page posted last October 4 , 2013 with the photo of the Manila Central Post Office main lobby  to entice the crowd to join his FREE guided tour around Manila – route Luneta, National Museum , Manila City-hall and Manila Central Post Office .   I was deeply shocked to know that the Postal Museum and Library is already giving their collection away? Being a stamp collector for almost a quarter of a century- 25 years! I started collecting stamps since kindergarten days.  It is a very sad and maybe irresponsible way of announcing it to the public.

His Facebook account  last October 4, 2013 got over 55,300 followers and more than 90 shares !

But then, I just wonder who gave Mr. Carlos Celdran ( the well-known  tour guide and social activist ) of Manila those information? or misinformation? or miscommunication ?  I tried calling his home / office and a staff answered , said he was still outside. I again called after 30 minutes and I think ( a relative or his wife answered? ) telling me that he was still out.

I think he was not informed too that there were several stamp collectors from 1926 until now that is helping the post office ( in any capacity that they can) in pro-Bono and Gratis .  A lot of them donating several of their stamp collections, philatelic bulletins, books, brochures, stamp catalogs etc… If my memory is right, I also donated some stuffs in 2007 during Ms. Nena de Guzman ( curator ) Postal Museum and Library  now retired .

 comments made by Facebook users

     After his tour of the Manila Central Post Office , There were several stamp collectors who went to Ms. Arlene ( marketing -philatelic section) to clarify some issues.  Some even tried to call.  Although she clarified the issue.   I must say, If Ever the Philippine Postal Corporation wants to GIVE away their collections, I think they must consult first all the registered and acknowledge stamp clubs and the Philippine Philatelic Federation under the leadership of Mr. Robert Tan.

First : Some of the collection that are currently stored at the Postal Museum and Library are donated by kind-hearten philatelist ( stamp collectors)

Second: Stamps, Bulletins, Essays, Paintings, Books , Typewriters and Stamps from UPU member countries donated to Philpost are Public Property and thus the public must enjoy viewing them.

 THIRD: While other Southeast Asian countries postal museums and libraries are busy acquiring new collection and busy promoting the hobby of stamp collecting , Is the Philippine Postal Corporation doing the same?

Fourth: Ms. Arlene and Most of the Senior Department Heads denied the RUMORS/ Gossips that Philpost Museum and Library is giving away their collections to other Museums!

Last: The Postage Division also denied the rumors, While the Philatelic Section Head cannot be reached for comments and was not around when Mr. Carlos Celdran toured the Post Office vicinity last October 5, 2013 !

Here are the the list of the accredited Philatelic clubs of the country: https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/page.php?id=23

Some of them are no longer existing and the list is not updated for the longest time. Erratum –  Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club P.O. Box is 2986

I must agree with the observation of my blogger friend , that stamps are not just ordinary piece of paper!

LOL Philospher.blogspot.com  : http://lolphilosopher.blogspot.com/2013/10/stamps-are-not-just-paper.html

I still have a lot to write and say , Remember that WE philatelists, deltiologist , letter writers, collectors are always updated with the latest news and in social media . Ciao !

National Museum – FREE entrance for the month of October

To celebrate the   Museums and Galleries  month- the Museum is opening their doors from October 1 to October 31, 2013 This includes all the 14 branches of National Museum and our flagship museums in Manila: the National Art Gallery (former Old Legislative Building), Museum of the Filipino People (former Old Finance Building), and National Planetarium.

Contact Information:

Operations; Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am to 5:00 pm

Telephone : 527-12 -15

Website: http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationalmuseumofthephilippines

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