QCX: Appreciating Quezon City Anew

The Urban Roamer has long been a supporter of efforts to showcase and educate local history and culture, sharing the belief that one would be able to better appreciate national history and culture through learning and understanding local history and culture.

While other provinces, cities, and towns have made laudable efforts to promote the learning of local history and culture, sadly not much attention has been given in promoting the history and culture of Metropolitan Manila, to be specific that of the cities and town comprising this region. Something that can be attributed to the fact that such local identities are obscured by national identity being the capital of the country.

Nevertheless, there are bright spots to see in this situation, notable among them is the effort of the Quezon City Government to build a place where everyone can learn more about the city through its newly-opened museum, the QCX.

Located right within the Quezon Memorial Circle, theQCX stands for the Quezon City Experience, a modern and interactive venue where one can learn a lot of things about Quezon City and its story through its 16 interactive galleries that provide visitors a fun and enlightening experience.

flat screens around the reception area surrounded by illustration of the Quezon City cityscape as seen from the top of the Quezon Memorial Shrine monument

replica of one of the figures seen on top of the Quezon Memorial Shrine monument and representation of the view around it in art

There is so much to absorb in each gallery as one gets to learn a great deal not only about the overall story of the city. This story is not just about its history from being borne out of a vision of a new capital city for the Philippines to the bustling city that it is today. It also about the story of commerce, education, entertainment, the various aspects of day to day life in the city then and now, encapsulated in this venue.

the stone in the foreground is a representation of the stone Pres. Quezon sat on as shown in the background when he envisioned a capital city for the country that was to be Quezon City

interactive gallery of some city landmarks and institutions

replica of Pres. Quezon’s office in Malacañang

 

Such effort makes this museum stand out among many other museums as it is one of the very few places that manages to tell the city’s story to its visitors in an engaging manner. There is so much to see and absorb in this museum that you should allot at least a morning or afternoon to visit the whole place. And no, an hour would not do justice for that.

a representation of a typical home in Quezon City in the 1950s, symbolizing the city’s beginnings and growth as a housing site, thus the existence of the “Project” areas we know today

interactive classroom representing the educational heritage of the city; QC has the most number of educational institutions in its vicinity than any town or city in the country

interactive screen showing you one of the many jeepney routes in the city

Selecta, one of the most beloved ice cream makers in the country, was born in QC; the Selecta brand was later sold to Unilever while the original owners set up Arce Dairy in its place

old moviehouses of Quezon City, especially in Cubao

a broadcast studio, representing the city’s role as an entertainment and broadcasting hub

the museum does not shy away from highlighting the issues affecting the city and what it does to address through art installations like this one, illustrating the problems in education like lack of classrooms and facilities

a gallery of (most of) the city’s barangays and how each of them got their names

The QCX is not just a museum though. It is also envisioned as an events place as well as there are spaces where one can hold talks or meetings or even hold exhibits or other events.

Architecture-wise, the QCX is a green structure. In fact, no trees were cut down in constructing the complex and the buildings were built right around the existing trees. As such, the construction of the complex cost quite a fortune and it took about 7 years for it to be finally completed.

Despite the fortune and the length of time it took, the way the QCX looks today makes it worth it. It is one of those places that should be high on the must-visit list, especially if you are someone looking for places to learn and have fun as well. You don’t have to take the Urban Roamer’s word for it. But drop by QCX one of these days and see for yourself the experience it has to offer.

 

QCX is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm with P100 entrance fee for Quezon City residents and P150 for non-QC residents. Discounts are available for students, while entrance is free for children 6 years old and below

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