10 Important Events at Quezon City’s 80th Anniversary

Quezon City government in partnership with dozens of cause -oriented groups, advocacy group, volunteer organizations, business establishments started the kick-off celebrations on October 12 and 13 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

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Quezon City employees from various agencies attended the grand parade

The event was dubbed Pista sa Kyusi which had a two day event celebration.

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Thousands of employees, students, cause oriented groups, bloggers, vloggers and the general public had a rare chance to attend some events, concerts, trade fair, cook-off challenge, art event, sports event, bureau of fire special service section and food fair held within the famed landmark.

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10 Important Events at the Quezon Memorial Circle

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10.) Quezon City hall grand parade- A grand parade which started within Quezon city hall ground and wereheld around past 7:30 am and moved to Liwasang Aurora at the middle of the Quezon Memorial Circle.

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mobile library

9.) Mobile Library exhibit- There were 3 mobile library which is on constant on the move within many parts of the city.

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Quezon City public library (mobile van)

The mobile library provide several valuable services like reading literacy awareness, story telling, puppetryshocas among children and students of the city.

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QCX museum facade

8. Free QCX entrance – students, heritage advocates, bloggers, ordinary people and even foreign tourist were treated to a whole day of FREE entrance at the QCX museum. There are a lot of see and experience at the museum.

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author together with Mr. Paulo Ortega ( juanderingbulakenyo) and two Taiwanese tourists

For those who wanted to know and learn more of the city’s history, heritage, art, culture, advocacy. This is a must visit place.

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trade fair booths

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Care Channels inc.

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Balai Kamay

7. ) Trade Fair- There were over 80 booths which showcases different products, native crafts, organic material, advocacy group, health and wellness, photography group, art association and food.

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Len’s Bibingka and Putong Bumbong

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Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes

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Cook-Off Challenge

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6.) Food Fest – There were several food events held at the site. We were fortunate to witness the barbecue cook-off challenge from 6 barangays within the city.

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There were two representatives from the barangay. One of the challenge includes pork barbecue cooked-off.

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judges included well-known chefs, restaurateurs and qc tourism officers.

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pork barbecue

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5.) Art and Drawing Sessions- several well-known artists showcase their talents in painting and giving free art lessons. There were also art competition among young and budding artist of the city.

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Pop Art booths

Quezon City Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office is inviting businesses to join our collective called POP QC (Proudly Original Products of Quezon City).

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4.) Plant Stalls- There are several plant stalls located within the park. One can choose from different kinds of plants, ornamental flowering plants, herbs, orchids , pots among others.

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herbs and plastic pots for sale

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3.) Zumba and Dance Sessions- The group provides free zumba and dance session. One can just join -in with the group.

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2.) Free wall climbing and demonstration by Bureau of Fire Services

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1.) Garden of Joy and Other Landmarks- This is an important landmark for plant, orchid and horticulture lovers.  This used to be called Flower Garden or Hardin ng mga Bulaklak and now called Garden of Joy.

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Garden of Joy entrance

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Cymbidium finlaysonianum orchid attached to a narra tree

We hope that the orchids, ferns, bromeliads and other plants mounted on the trees within the garden will be properly nurtured taken cared off. Since a lot of the plants were donated by members of plant organization.

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Quezon Memorial Shrine

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Presidential Car Museum

One must also try to visit other well-known landmarks like Quezon Memorial Shrine, Presidential Car Museum, Quezon Heritage House and soon to open President Aquino replica house when one visits Quezon Memorial Circle.

Note : Happy 80th anniversary to Quezon City government and to all the organizers of the event.

Walking Tour Around Quezon Memorial Circle

Quezon Memorial Circle , Quezon City -Philippines

group participants at the hardin ng mga bulaklak ( HB garden )

 It is orchid and garden show again this time of the year and we decided to open a guided tour around the orchid show , Quezon Memorial Shrine , Joy of Urban Farming and Quezon Heritage House. There were 35 participants with the status ” Going ” at the 69th mid-year orchid show tour Facebook event page . About 20 managed to showed-up during the duration of the tour, while some choose to stay at the orchid show site and enjoy the exhibits.

We were joined by a small group of bloggers, freelance photographers, educators , students ,  senior citizens and environmental advocates.

Vanda sanderiana -locally called Waling-waling

This is the highlight of this year’s annual show the blooming season of the rare Vanda sanderiana .

Vanda sanderiana variety alba

There is the pale alba form at the booth of Purificacion orchids which marveled the tour participants.

Pioneer Epoxy

There seems to be a lot going inside the orchid show , Aside from the regular plant bazaars ,  there are daily lectures and special on the spot painting contest  ( september 1)

Mr. Lino Rom’s commercial booth

However, some netizens are not very happy with the increased of the entrance fees from the usual Php 20 student and senior citizens and Php 30 for general public to Php 40 students and senior citizens and Php 50 general public .

Joy Urban Farming

But unknown to them , there is pick a price and special raffle to the visitors of the show. Some of the tour participants won Philippine Orchid Society key chains and epoxy .

sala set at the Quezon Heritage House

tour participants at the Quezon Heritage House

Dr. Tess Obusan of Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista was also there to join us. By the time we finished the tour, there were only about a dozen of us.

Note: I would like to “Thank ” the following organizations which granted the permits and other necessary hand-outs- Quezon City government -office of vice-mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte, Quezon City Tourism Office, Communication Coordination Center , National Historical Commission of the Philippines – Ms. Janice and Philippine Orchid Society

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