The Quezon Memorial Circle is a usual hangout spot for picnics and other outdoor activities. We also visited the newly-renovated Quezon Memorial Museum, which is in the center of the circle.
Every December 30, we Filipinos celebrate the Martyrdom of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. To give you a little background, Dr. Rizal is our national hero, who fought the Spanish government by non-violent means like propaganda movement and thru literature. He is most familiar with his 2 books, the NOLI ME TANGERE (Touch me not) and its sequel, EL FILIBUSTERISMO (The Filibustering) in which he showed the tyranny and mistreatment of the Spanish government to the Filipinos.
As museum goers, we usually have this notion that a museum is and will be about History (artifacts), and the Arts (paintings). But this time, we found a museum that is neither of the two. It also coincides on the favorite and the longest season for us Filipinos, Christmas Season.
In recent years, almost 30,000 museums in more than 120 countries have organized activities for the International Museum Day. This year’s theme is Museums and Cultural Landscapes, which aims to make museums responsible for their landscapes, asking them to contribute knowledge and expertise and take an active role in their management and upkeep.
After Pinto Art Museum, we decided to do another out-of-town museum trip. It felt like going on an educational field trip again, like when we were kids. A field trip! Where? Up north of Manila! The province where our language was born: The province of Bulacan.
Just across a bamboo bridge in Daranak, we found this alleyway to Batlag Falls. We have already read it somewhere, but we never thought we can get there through Daranak. This is another entrance fee we are talking about, but we went on anyway because the people from the main gate told us that it is more quiet up there.
Philippines is a tropical country and because of that, it is mostly warm during the year, especially in summer. This year is no different. In fact, the temperature reaches a high of around 40 degrees Celsius (but that’s not considered warm, is it?)
What can you do to beat the heat then? Go to the beach such as Boracay, Palawan or Cebu? Go to cold places like Tagaytay or Baguio? Absolutely great ideas! However, if you have a limited time, or a limited budget, what do you do?
Ever noticed that obelisk or monument in the center of the Quezon Memorial Circle?
Philippines is known as the seat of Catholicism in Asia, such that of Rome in Europe and Mexico in the Americas. Having said so, there are over 70 million devout Catholics in the country.
During the Holy Week, when most people are having their vacation in the provinces or just having a staycation in their homes, many people still go out and visit churches to pray and to reflect on the Passion of Jesus Christ. Such religious vow and/or devotion is called Visita Iglesia.