Ever noticed that obelisk or monument in the center of the Quezon Memorial Circle?
That is a museum. Yes, a museum. That is the Manuel Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum. Actually, it is a mausoleum, where it contains the remains and memorabilia of the father of Quezon City, the First President of the Commonwealth, Manuel Luis Quezon.
The monument consists of 3 Pylons signifying the main geographical divisions of the country (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) and stands 66meters (217 feet) as it represents his age at the time of his death. His wife, First Lady Aurora Aragon Quezon’s remains was interred there as well.
The newly-renovated and modernized museum was opened to the public again on the 19th of August 2015, which is also the commemoration of President Quezon’s 137th birthday.
Because the museum doesn’t require any fees, and by that time, there was an event at the Circle, the museum visitors come and go as they please. Though there were a few security guards reminding the visitors where the entrances and exits are, we still feel that, because of the lack of manpower, there hasn’t been an enforcement of proper museum decorum. It saddened us because it was the first time that we have seen such incident. We hope that in the future, there will be a proper way to handle huge numbers of museum visitors and instill them the proper decorum, even in a free admission museum.
Manuel Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum (Museo ni Manuel Quezon)
Quezon City Memorial Circle, Elliptical Road, Quezon City
(632) 377-5494 / 264-2325 / (+63) 9178519548
Museum Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays, 8am to 4pm (Closed on Mondays)
Admission is free, but donations are accepted.