Quezon Memorial Circle: Everything to Know About this National Park and More

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With a place as big and busy as Quezon City, a first-timer might think, traffic and chaos are all there is in the City of Stars. But there’s actually a lot of places there that could take all your stress away. Among these is the Quezon Memorial Circle. 

It’s a place where you can have a quick pause through biking, walking, jogging, shopping, or even as simple as sitting on a bench while being surrounded by trees. 

About Quezon Memorial Circle

Quezon Memorial Circle is a national park in Quezon City. considered as one of the last lungs of QC, its main attraction is the 27-hectare park where people can promenade, the Quezon Memorial Monument, some museums, and the mausoleum where the remains of former Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon and his wife Aurora Quezon lie.

What’s inside this blog?

Read this blog to know more about the Quezon City Memorial Circle history, the tourist attractions nearby, and more.

Quezon Memorial Circle History

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The Quezon City Circle we know of today isn’t actually it was supposed to be. In 1941, the plan for the oval was supposed to be the location of a proposed Capitol building for the Philippine Legislature. While in the 1949 plan, a big building was proposed to be built there to house the three branches of the Philippine government (legislative, executive, and judicial). The oval would be part of the Executive Center, which would also include parts of land on both sides of the park. 

In 1951, a national contest for the Quezon Memorial Project was held., and Filipino architect Federico S. Ilustre’s design won. Aside from the Quezon Memorial Monument itself, a complex of three buildings, including a presidential library, a museum, and a theater, were also planned to be erected.

Quezon City Circle construction started from 1952 to 1978. After the monument was completed, President Quezon’s remains were transferred there. It was during that time that by virtue of a presidential decree, former dictator Ferdinand Marcos mandated the site as a National Shrine. The National Historical Institute (NHI) manages, and has authority, over the monument, while the Quezon City government administers the park.

Now, visitors can already enjoy walking leisurely or continue their fitness journey by jogging or biking at Quezon City Circle. You can also see the Quezon Memorial Monument erected in honor of President Manuel L. Quezon, from whom the city took its name. 

Quezon Memorial Circle Location

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Quezon City Circle is located at Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila. Check out this Quezon City circle map to be guided.

Rates and Other Information in Visiting

Quezon City Circle entrance fee: Free

Opening hours: The park is open 24 hours but some stores inside are not

Tourist Spots Nearby

If you want to make the most of your Quezon City Memorial Circle adventure, you can also visit these nearby attractions that you’ll love:

  • UP Diliman
  • Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
  • Presidential Car Museum
  • UP Ayala Land TechnoHub
  • Cinema Centenario

Where to Eat Near Quezon City Circle

Here are our top picks of the best places to eat near Quezon City Circle. 

Mang Larry’s Isawan

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Photo credits to Mang Larry’s Isawan: The Famous Isawan in UP

Ask a QC baby about the most affordable and most fulfilling place to eat in Quezon City, for sure, Mang Larry’s Isawan is on top of the mind. It’s the famous place to get cheap and delicious street food in the city!

Address: Jacinto St. near College of Fine Arts UP Diliman 1101 Quezon City

Opening hours: 10am to 5pm

Budget: PHP12-50

Soru Izakaya

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Photo credits to Soru Izakaya

Indulge on a one-of-a-kind colorful sushi experience in Soru Izakaya. They serve Japanese cuisine from ramen to sushis with colorful dips!

Address: 140 Maginhawa St., Quezon City

Opening hours: 11am to 10:30pm

Budget: PHP200-500

Maginhawa Street

If you can’t decide on where to eat, head to Maginhawa Street where many restaurants and cafes are lined up in the whole area! From quaint cafes to bars, Maginhawa has everything you need. 

Address: Maginhawa Street, Quezon City

Opening hours: Depending on the establishments

Budget: PHP200-500

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Frequently Asked Questions About Quezon Memorial Circle

Q: Where is Quezon City Memorial Circle located?

A: Quezon City Memorial Circle is located at Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila. 

Q: How much is the entrance fee at QC Memorial Circle?

A: There is no entrance fee at QC Memorial Circle.

Q: How do I get from Manila to Quezon Circle?

A: Quezon Circle is accessible from the Quezon Avenue and GMA-Kamuning Stations of MRT-3 and Anonas Station of LRT-2. From there, there are jeepneys that have routes passing by the Quezon Memorial Shrine.

Q: What is there to do in QC Memorial Circle?

A: Here are some of the fun things to do at Quezon Circle:

  1. Jogging around the Quezon City Circle park
  2. Biking around Quezon Memorial Shrine
  3. Food tripping
  4. Walking
  5. Visiting museums inside the Quezon Memorial Park
  6. Shopping

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