Quezon City

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Introduction

Quezon Monument

Quezon Monument

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Philippines' most populous city and home to most television networks, Quezon City (popularly initialed as QC) has become known for being the City of Stars. Once became the nation's capital for about 28 years, it has become the city address of a number of government institutions including the House of Representatives, the lower House of Congress. The city is the biggest city within Metro Manila. It was named after Manuel L. Quezon, the Father of Filipino Language and was the former president during the Commonwealth period.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Balara is situated on the eastern hilly part of the city, the site of a huge water filtration plant that provides Metro-Manila's drinking water.
  • Cubao is a commercial and entertainment district where the Araneta Coliseum, once the world's largest enclosed dome, is located.
  • Diliman - The largest campus of the University of the Philippines is located here.
  • Galas
  • Libis is fast becoming a commercial and entertainment district since the relocation of most businesses here in the late 1990s.
  • Loyola Heights is an upsacale residential area.
  • Novaliches is at the far north of the city and the largest district in terms of land area and population.
  • San Francisco Del Monte.
  • Santa Mesa.
  • Tandang Sora.

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Sights and Activities

  • Quezon Memorial - An obelisk that stands within the Quezon Memorial Circle and is the burial site of President Quezon.
  • People Power Monument - A monument that commemorates the peaceful revolution known as the EDSA People Power that ousted the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.
  • Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife.
  • La Mesa Dam Eco Park.
  • Walk of Stars - A local version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame featuring local entertainment personalities.
  • Ayala Museum - The core of the museum's historical collections are handcrafted dioramas that chronicle the rich tapestry of Philippine history. Ayala Museum also features a one-of-a-kind boat gallery showcasing miniatures of some of the watercraft that contributed to the development of Philippine maritime trade and colonial economy. The Filipinas Heritage Library is located in the museum.

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Getting There

By Plane

Quezon City, just like much within Metro Manila is serviced by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for all international flights to major cities around the world while the Manila Domestic Airport connects the metro to most airports in the country.

Or, from the north, passengers can get in through Clark International Airport (CRK), formerly Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), in Pampanga, which caters to low-cost carriers. After arriving at CRK, travellers can take the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and the southbound lane of the North Luzon Expressway to get to Quezon City served by Valenzuela and Malinta Exits, and the EDSA interchange past Balintawak Toll Plaza.

By Land

Quezon City is connected to the two railway lines in Metro Manila which are the MRT-2 and MRT-3. These two train lines can get you around Metro Manila. Buses are also commonly found in Quezon City, particularly along Quezon Avenue and EDSA. Fares start at ₱10 non-A/C, and ₱12 for A/C buses. Jeepneys are found almost everywhere. Fares start at ₱8 for the first 4 kilometres. Tricycles and pedicabs can be used for short-distance commuting. Fare usually starts at ₱15.

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Getting Around

Several options are available covering various distances and some areas are accessible only by certain means of transportation.

Jeepney is the cheapest mode of transportation and most major roads and destinations are covered by multiple jeepney routes. Public buses, operated by private bus companies, are also available on main routes and could be more convenient and roughly the same price as jeepneys.

Metered taxis are probably the most comfortable option - just be wary of large taxi fares during rush hours and drivers being picky on their passengers (they try to avoid destinations in crowded areas).

Smaller lanes and roads in residential areas are plied with bicycles fitted with side cars, termed padyak or traysikel.

Finally, two lines of the metro system (MRT Line 2 and MRT Line 3) run through some main points along the city. While their area coverage is limited - this is the best option for avoiding road traffic especially during rush hour (the metro system is bound to get crowded as well though).

Travelling by car is not preferable, as most roads are congested and drivers tend to be unruly. Quezon City has a lot of accidents. Traffic jams are commonplace on the primary thoroughfares, especially Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), and traffic rules are frequently violated, causing accidents or other traffic disruptions. While alternative routes are set up on areas of the city, many of them still have problems with parked vehicles or other road obstructions, that are still prevalent despite crackdown by local authorities.

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Eat

  • PenPen, 105-C Scout Castor St. South Triangle, near the Tomas Morato strip. Serving Filipino comfort food everyday. It offers Filipino favorites with an added twist, due to the use of gourmet ingredients such as red wine in callos (a savory stew of ox tripe and leg flavored with spicy chorizo de bilbao and traditionally served with olives) and gourmet daing (dried fish) in pasta to name a few. Its best-seller is the crispy liempo (pork belly) with vinegar dip. Other notable favorites include spicy bicol express (savory and delicious dish made with succulent pork and coconut cream), creamy kalabasa soup (squash soup), mini cordon-bleu (chicken nuggets prepared like cordon bleu)and tinapa (smoked fish) flakes pasta. The prices are affordable and the servings filling.
  • Hossein's Persian Kebab, R-3005 Level M3, Trinoma Mall Edsa, North Avenue (third level of Trionoma mall), ☎ +63 2-901-5613, fax: +63 2-890-58-03, e-mail: persiankebab@gmail.com. Serves authentic Indian, Arabian, Malaysian and Persian cuisine. Halal certified.
  • Blissful Belly 2nd Floor Llanar Bldg. 77 Xavierville Avenue, Quezon City. Phone: 426 6363. Continental restaurant and café. Very vegan/vegetarian friendly. Cakes, bread and juices are also available.
  • Daily Veggie n’ Café, 540 Banawe cor. Calamba St, ☎ +63 2 711 8209. Friendly Chinese restaurant for the travelling vegan or vegetarian.
  • Greens Café and Restaurant 92 Scout Castor. +63 415 4796 / 376 2781. Continental restaurant with many vegetarian and vegan friendly options including cake.
  • Kong Tiak, 27 Macopa St., Santa Mesa Heights, ☎ +63 2 732 1917, +63 917 6087362. Chinese restaurant with a variety of options to choose from.
  • Yoh-Gurt Froz Thompson Square, Tomas Morato.
  • Vegemix 15-B K-H Street, West Kamias. +63 435 3465 / 433 4364. This vegetarian restaurant also has its own store where you can buy everything from mock meats to vegetarian sauce.
  • Banapple Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. This once hole-in-the-wall, almost home-run restaurant cum bakeshop serves some of the best cakes and pies in town and serves mostly the intellectual crowd from the nearby universities of UP and Ateneo (who drive over just for lunch/dessert). Be sure to secure seats as a lot of students flock the place (especially during lunch, early afternoon and dinner) to sample their latest cakes (according to season) or to go for their classic Banoffee pie.
  • Wok Dis Way Loyola Heights, Quezon City. While the food here is not particularly inspired nor something to rave about, this place stocks some good takes on Asian flavors (mostly Chinese food but Filipino style) and is a popular option for groups of friends and students. Usual customers are students from the nearby schools of Ateneo or UP who are taking dinner before moving upstairs to the bar.
  • Manang's Clubhouse Covered Courts Area, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. This open-air and eco-friendly dining place has some of the best home-style Filipino cooking to be found in the Ateneo campus. Green lovers will take pride in knowing that the clubhouse takes part in the major environmental footprint reduction initiatives of the university (though their food is far from the green organic diet strongly associated with tree huggers). Sample their liempo (grilled pork belly) (one of the best in town) or their lechong kawali (pan-fried pork with skin) and feel your arteries constrict with every bite. Clean up as you go after.

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Sleep

  • ACL Suites, 72 13th Avenue, Cubao, ☎ +63 2-9132123, fax: +63 2-438-3263. A wide array of comfortable apartelle units and suites and great location for dining, shopping and nightlife make ACL Suites hotel ideal for backpackers and independent business travelers.
  • Dangay Suites, 99-A Dangay St., Project 7, ☎ +63 2 9943717, +63 2 5774224, +63 2 4021587. They offer air-conditioned suites equipped with kitchenette, air-conditioning, and Internet access. Other amenities can be requested, such as a DVD and audio player, hair dryer, stove, and cutlery. Some of its amenities include housekeeping services, laundry and dry cleaning, and complimentary parking (limited slots only). From ₱1,210.
  • Ginhawa, #100 K-6th St, Kamias, ☎ +63 2 441-0658. This place is not the usual accommodation for tourists, but very accessible to public transportation and truly affordable at the cost of y. Ginhawa, which in English literally means comfort or well-being, is a half-way house for itinerant beings searching for deeper meaning and broader perspective of the Philippines in their travel experiences through cultural immersion and relational bonding with healers, transformation facilitators, environmentalists, student leaders and professionals. The house, which is some 15 minutes away from the premiere University of the Philippines, is also a well-maintained community center for integrative or complementary renewal and transformation work which draw from both eastern and western traditions, such as Reiki Healing, Dance Movement Therapy, Body-based Meditation, etc. A pick-up arrangement from the airport, anytime, any day, can be arranged at a cost of ₱500 per person. The center’s service vehicle may also be used to bring the guests to the nearest Metro Station, upon prior arrangement with the guest house administrators. From ₱350 per night.
  • Gran Prix Econotel Cubao, VLI Terminal EDSA Cubao Quezon City, Philippines, ☎ +63 2 413 2984, +63 2 411 6241. From ₱1,455.
  • Robbinsdale Hotel, 14 Araneta Avenue corner Palanza St, ☎ +63 2-716-1262, fax: +63 2-715-6358. Nestled in a quiet corner but easily accessible from Makati or Manila through various routes. From US$34.
  • Stonehouse Hotel, 1315 E. Rodriguez Ave., Barangay Kristong Hari, ☎ +63 2 7247551, fax: +63 2 4142798. The 54-room Stonehouse Hotel combines an excellent location with classic room amenities and complete facilities. From US$21.
  • Tri-Place Hotel #2 Alabama St., cor. E. Rodriguez, Brgy. Kristong Hari, New Manila. +63 2 494-8022 / 415-5324 / 414-8398 / 724-7053. Tri-Place Hotel in Quezon City offers economy rooms and apartelle units. The hotel is near Tomas Morato and Araneta Center.
  • Luxent Hotel, #51 Timog Ave., South Triangle, ☎ +63 2 922-8888. All rooms have in-room safety deposit box, mini bar, individual climate control, LCD flat sreen with cable and DVD player. Some of its facilities and services are lobby lounge, bar, infinity pool, kiddie pool, gym/fitness center, multi-level parking, Wi-Fi internet connection, in-room suite dining service, laundry/pressing and dry cleaning, wake-up call, 24-hour concierge and security. From ₱3,875.
  • The Oracle Hotel and Residences, 317 Katipunan Avenue Loyola Heights, ☎ +63 2 9267777. Standard, Superior, Deluxe and Suite Rooms, all equipped with electronic lock system and 24-hour broadband internet connectivity. Ballroom and gym also on premises. From ₱3,150.
  • Casa Pura, 55 Scout Santiago St., Barangay Laging Handa, ☎ +63 2 373-2384. Casa Pura offers rooms equipped with air conditioning, telephone, writing desk and sofa. The hotel has a deck garden, restaurant, banquet hall, conference rooms, and parking. Room service, laundry service available. From ₱2,400.
  • Crowne Plaza Galleria, Ortigas Avenue corner Asian Dev, ☎ +63 2-6337222, fax: +63-2-6349966, e-mail: MNLCP@ichotelsgroup.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. From US$86.
  • Danarra Hotel, 121 Mother Ignacia Ave, ☎ +63 2 3733601, fax: +63 2 3724426, e-mail: info@danarra.com. Check-out: noon. With outdoor swimming pool, air-conditioned rooms with cable television and daily maid service. Standard rooms from US$37.
  • The Fernandina 88 Suites Hotel, 222 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Cubao, ☎ +63 2-4386688, e-mail: inquire@fernandina88.com.ph. Transportation available to and from international and domestic airports. All suites have living, dining, and kitchen areas, internet connection, cable television, air conditioning, hot & cold shower Standard rooms from US$73.
  • Fersal Hotel Annapolis, 49 Annapolis Street, Cubao, ☎ +63 63 2 911-2161. 62 double or twin rooms with air conditioning, cable television, a mini-bar and telephone. 24-hour convenience store, laundry service and an Inn Cafe also on premises. From US$29.
  • Fersal Hotel Kalayaan, #130 Kalayaan Ave. Diliman, ☎ +63 2 911-2161. It offers fully air-conditioned guest accommodation,cable television, a mini-bar and telephone.Some of its facilities and services are Some of its facilities and services are private toilet and bath with centralized hot and cold shower From US$37.
  • Garden Heights Condotel, 269 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave (St. Luke's Medical Centre), ☎ +63 2 584-1265. Fully furnished condo units for short or long-term residence. From US$35.
  • Imperial Palace Suites Quezon City, Corner Timog Ave & Tomas Morato, ☎ +63 2-927-8001, fax: +63 2-9207884, e-mail: reservations@imperial.ph. This hotel offers room amenities like air-conditioning, cable television, and kitchenette, complete with daily maid service. From $52.
  • Stonehouse Condominiums, 102 & 103 the Forum Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Limbaga St, ☎ +63 2 7247551. Each high-rise condominium provides luxury-filled rooms and suites. From ₱2,100.
  • The Sulo Sulo Hotel, Matalino Road, Diliman, ☎ +63 2-924-5051. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Amenities include swimming pool, babysitting services, air conditioning and television with cable in every room. Standard room rates start at US$70.

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Learn

Quezon City is home to some of the major universities in the country among which are the following:

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are a number of internet service providers nationwide: PLDT-Smart Communications, Globe Telecoms, BayanTel and Sun Cellular and each have their signal strengths in various locations. Internet access areas of broadband speeds are plentiful in city malls, much less so outside the cities, but are growing at a rapid pace. Internet surfing rates depend primarily on where you surf and the medium used (e.g. WiFi or wired). Internet services offered by hotels and shopping malls are expensive and can go up to ₱200/hour (approximately US$5) but neighbourhood cafes can be as cheap as ₱15/hour (approximately US$0.35).

Public place WiFi services in the Philippines is provided by Airborneaccess.net and WiZ is likely to cost ₱100 (approximately US$2) for up to an hour. But if you want cheaper, there is a internet cafe chain in SM malls called, "Netopia", that has a landline internet connection for around 20P an hour (about 0.46 US). Coffee shops as well as malls usually carry WiFi service some are free to use. Certain areas may also carry free WiFi. The SM chain of malls offer free wifi, so you can sit virtually anywhere in the mall and access free wireless.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company commonly known as PLDT is the leading telecommunications provider. It is also the largest company in the country. There are three major companies operating GSM 900/1800 networks: Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular. Your home provider at home should have agreements with one of these providers so check with them before leaving home. Roaming may be quite expensive just as elsewhere however, pre-paid SIM cards of these networks are easy to acquire and cost as little as ₱30 and provide a cheaper alternative.
If you don't have a phone to begin with, a complete pre-paid kit with phone and SIM can be purchased for as little as ₱1,500.The usual cost of an international long-distance call to the United States, Europe or other major countries is $0.40 per minute. Local calls range from ₱ 6.50 per minute for prepaid calls.

Due to the wide use of mobile phones, pay phones are increasingly becoming obsolete. Some malls and public places still do have them and they usually come in either the coin or card operated variety. Globe and PLDT are the usual operators. Phone cards are usually sold by shops which sell cellphone pre-paid loads and cards. Note that phone cards of one company can not be used with the other company's card operated phones.

Post

The Philippine Postal Corporation, or PhilPost, is the provides the postal service throughout the Philippines. PhilPost is pretty reliable, but one can hardly call it fast services. It is fine for sending postcards and letters though, both domestically as well as internationally. Prices for sending postcards or letters within the country start at around P7, while most international post costs at least P20. For sending parcels to and from the Philippines it might be wise to use companies like FedEx or UPS. The opening hours of post offices in the Philippines differ from one place to another. Usually, post offices are open from 8:00am to 12 noon and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on weekdays. And for those that operate on Saturdays, the business hours are from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 14.633333
  • Longitude: 121.033333

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