Quezon Memorial Circle Field Trip Part 1
I spent most of my early years being a resident of Quezon City. I was born and raised in Quezon City. I spent my entire childhood in this city. All the schools I went to were in Quezon City — Republican College, Stella Maris College and University of the Philippines, Diliman. My family and I only moved to Rizal province after my college graduation and when I finally had my first job. But even then, many of my activities were still in Quezon City. That is why Quezon City will always have a special place in my heart.
I’ve long wanted to bring my kids to the Quezon City Memorial Circle to have a field trip. But since we live in the south of the metro, this plan has been postponed many times.
This month, being History Month and the month when Quezon City Day and Quezon Day is celebrated, I planned to bring our boys here for a field trip. Thankfully, it finally pushed through yesterday, August 27, 2017.
My original plan was to bring our kids to QC Experience, which was also inside the Memorial Circle. But we found out yesterday that they have changed their operating schedule already and they are no longer open on Sundays. They are now open from Monday to Saturday. Also, since today, August 28, is a holiday, because the celebration of National Heroes Day was moved to today, the administration closed the facility yesterday also. Good thing, the two other museums inside the compound are open. Yes, there are three (3) museums that you can visit inside the QC Memorial Circle. Isn’t that wonderful? And another good news about these museums is that these two museums, Museo ni Quezon and The Quezon Heritage House do not have entrance fees.
The Quezon Heritage House
We started our field trip by visiting the Quezon Heritage House. This is a replica of the original house that his family had in New Manila. They moved many of the structures and furniture to the QC Memorial Circle since the original property was already sold. It’s not as big as the original house because of the limited space allotted for it inside the Memorial Circle.
Although the house was really open during Sundays, most of the guides took a day off yesterday because of the long weekend. Good thing that one of the guides, Sara, was there to accommodate us. She explained each part, room and shared anecdotes about the different things that can be found in the Quezon Heritage House.
My husband and I learned new things about former President Manuel L. Quezon and his family. We were also reminded of some of the things we learned about him from our history lessons in the past.
Let me take you to a virtual tour of the house.
There is a spiral staircase that leads to the basement where you can find more rooms and a big dining room that also serves as a conference room.
I love bonding with my kids through field trips. I love it when our field trips are timely and relevant to the holidays being celebrated at the time of our field trip.
The field trip to The Quezon Heritage House took us around less than an hour but over 30 minutes. If you have older kids or adults with you, it might last for an hour because I would encourage those who already know how to read to read the posters they have made and examine the memorabilia.
Young children have shorter attention spans; so, you cannot expect them to linger that long to inspect the memorabilia. My husband and I read some parts of the posters to the younger ones. We encouraged our eldest (who is already 8 years old) to read the posters also.
After touring The Quezon Heritage House, we had lunch first at Max’s restaurant which was nearby and just inside the QC Memorial Circle.