Meet the New Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum (Plus Some Exclusive Shrine Photos!)

It’s been a long while since the Urban Roamer visited the Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum. And since then, there have been so many big changes there. And I do mean big in a manner that you won’t recognize the museum anymore if your last visit was at least last year.

You see the museum underwent a total renovation and makeover of sorts for about a year. The result: a new and improved look of the Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum, now officially known as Museo ni Manuel Quezon which was unveiled just last August 19 this year, in time for the birth anniversary of Pres. Manuel Quezon.

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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.

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MLQ in QC: The Quezon Heritage House

Manuel L. Quezon (MLQ) is a figure known by many honors and accolades. For this entry on this month known as Quezon month, we will deal with one such distinction as the “Father of Quezon City,” a city he originally conceived as the capital city of the Philippines before things got screwy and leaving those dreams unfulfilled. (the full story could be found in a previous piece here)

That being said, questions have lingered in the minds of some people over the years as to whether Quezon made residence in the vicinity of the current city named after him. It has been known that the Quezons used to live somewhere in Pasay (back in those pre-reclamation and pre-urban congested days when it was a scenic neighborhood that enjoyed the Manila Bay) as where other prominent families resided as well. Thus it was a pleasant surprise to learn that Quezon and his family did live in what is now Quezon City, in particular in the emerging neighborhood of New Manila.

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The soul of Quezon City (part 3): the Quezon Memorial Circle

From its original purpose as the site of what supposed to be our National Capitol of a new capital city, the elliptical-shaped land was eventually converted to a park and a memorial to the capital city’s founder and Commonwealth President Manuel Quezon.


Even so, the Quezon Memorial Circle that we have today is a far cry from what it was originally intended: it would be more of a grand memorial (with an auditorium, library, and a bit larger museum) dedicated to Quezon rather than the green landscape we now see. Continue reading


The soul of Quezon City (part 2): the Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum

While the administration of the Quezon Memorial Circle is handled by the Quezon City Government, the Quezon Memorial Shrine on the other hand is being administered by the National Historical Commission, not only because of the significance of the structure itself, but also because of the heritage it holds inside: a rich throve of memorabilia related to Manuel Quezon.



At the foot of the shrine is a small museum dedicated to Quezon, one of the few examples of a dedicated presidential museum in the country. The best thing about this place is that it is open to the general public for free; rather, it encourages donations from the visiting public as a way to help keep the museum’s maintenance running. Continue reading