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Are there tourist attractions in Quezon City?

My wife booked us a flat in Quezon City. I understand that it's mostly a residential area and quite far from the tourist belt in Manila. Are there any attractions worth seeing around the area? - Hank096 - Guest

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Quezon City is not the biggest tourist destination. It's nowhere near as historical as Manila, where there's an abundance of old church ruins and of course, Intramuros, but you can still find good places to waste your time in while in town.

Gigantic shopping malls litter the highly industrial town, but there are beautiful patches of nature that you can escape to when the city's chaos becomes too much to bear: Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center and the Quezon Memorial Circle are worth visiting. Both are located very close to the city center. If you don't mind a longer drive, La Mesa Ecopark is only 30 minutes away, with its isolated nature trails dipping pools, and a whole mixed bag of recreational attractions.

If you're feeling more adventurous, pick a street and go streetfood-hunting or visit popular food strips. You may also people-watch at the University (University of the Philippines, Diliman) where there are plenty of interesting things to see. (Quick Tip: If you happen to be in town for the holidays, watch out for the annual Lantern Parade held in the same University, during which you will see all kinds of creativity on display through giant, colorful lanterns parading around the academic oval, marking the Christmas season.)


The University of the Philippines is very interesting. Though technically not a tourist attraction it does attract many foreigners who come there to jog or to accompany their Filipino spouses who might be visiting alumni.

When you're there, be sure to visit the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice. It's a very beautiful circular chapel with some serious design pedigree. This open-plan Catholic church was designed by a national artist to hold large gatherings of 1,000+ people. Unlike typical Catholic churches in Manila, it's minimalist; you won't find religious statues here. This is really less of a church and more of an attraction because it is a museum. Everything - from the  floor  to the the double-sided crucifix to the paintings on wall were made by esteemed national artists, and you can tell.  The Parish of the Holy Sacrifice is within walking distance of the main UP oval. It's quite a walk, but don't worry, it's safe and scenic.  I hear that you can take the university jeepneys to reach it but I am not sure.


Sebastian F.
The Quezon City circle is home to a mausoleum that houses remains of the first president of the Philippines, Manuel Quezon. It's also a nice enough park where locals congregate on the weekends for tai-chi classes and free concerts. It's literally in the middle of a circular road, and if you don't have a car, you have to take the pedestrian underpass from Commonwealth Avenue or the Quezon City Hall to get into the park. There are a number of restaurants here serving authentic Philippine food. Kids (and even adults) can rent bicycles. 
This is an out-of-the-box attraction, but hear me out. You know how Manila is famous for its epic traffic jams? It's a part of the culture, really, and is quite interesting to watch. If you go to the Sky Garden of SM North Edsa in Quezon city, you can safely and comfortably watch the rush-hour traffic madness and somewhat see what makes this country tick. I discovered this by accident, as my wife and I were having dinner in one of the Sky Garden restaurants (I don't remember the name). We wanted to let the traffic jams subside before going back to our hotel in Makati, so we decided to grab dinner. There are many restaurants in Sky Garden. Choose one with a view of ESDA. It's a nice way to pass the time.

Bohlin

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