I have passed the Quezon City Memorial Circle probably a hundred times but never had a chance to stop by and to have a look around. So today, I was glad to have a chance to finally visit it since Lev’s martial arts tournament was being held there.

Crossing is a cinch: In order for a commuter (like me) to reach the Circle, he or she can cross the road using the new and improved underpass (above) near Philippine Coconut Authority.

What’s in the Circle? Joggers and exercise buffs make the Circle their fitness venue.  There were families who come for picnics or stroll around.  I saw pet owners walking their dogs. Students or barkadas converge to practice their dance routines or play basketball, volleyball and badminton.

The Quezon City Memorial: Took decades to build, it was finished in 1978. It was based on a design by architect, Federico Ilustre.

Some of the bas reliefs adorning the Memorial. I was happy to see they were all intact -so far- for I have heard of stories that bas reliefs here have been stolen (along with the imported Carrara marble and memorial funds) through the years.  Nakakahiya at nakakalungkot talaga.

The entrance to the museum. You can make any monetary donation if you want to see the inside.

On display at the museum: Quezon’s presidential memorabilia and some of his and his family’s personal items.

Quezon’s tomb is located at the base of the monument.

Other parts of the Circle that is of interest was the colorful Peace Wall…

…and the World Peace Bell.

To be continued in Part 2