Quezon City Tour: QC Blog Adventure at Quezon City Hall, Eton Centris & Bantayog ng mga Bayani

Sunday, October 18, 2015

It's always nice to tour the places new to you but it's even more wonderful if you'll get the chance to tour the place where you live in in a whole new perspective like what we did here in Quezon City on its 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary. Together with Bloggers, we toured some of the interesting sites and landmarks in Quezon City.

First stop is at the Quezon City Hall which is a 14 storey building where the 1971 Philippine Constitution was signed. It is composed of City Hall High Rise, City Hall Annex, Legislative Wing, Hall of Justice, City Hall Compound, MMA Compound and Civic Center Building A & B.

Next stop is at Eton Centris located at Quezon Ave. near the MRT Station. It is a gateway of the Quezon City Central Business District. Its development features include Centris Station, a two-level transit-oriented mall with a direct link to the Quezon avenue MRT Station, Centris Walk, an expansive strip designed to be a new dining, lifestyle and entertainment venue. The Eton Cyberpod Centris is the business process outsourcing (BPO) office space component lined along EDSA and Elements, the events venue. To this date, luxurious condominiums are set to rise alongside these amenities and facilities.

The impressive 45-foot high structure known as Bantayog ng mga Bayani was our thirsd stop. It was cast as a tribute to the heroes who struggled against the Marcos regime. The handcrafted brass monument in expressionist style was carved by Ed Castrillo, a pioneer and innovator of public art. The towering sculpture depicts a fallen hero, being lifted up by a woman, representing Inang Bayan (Motherland), who looks at the future with upraised hand, a symbol of hope and faith in the eventual triumph of right over wrong.  

You can see all see the Wall of Remembrance at Bantayog ng mga Bayani. The names of the first sixty-five martyrs, some of them well- known such as Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. and many others not as well-known, were enshrined in 1992. The following year, after long reflection, the Foundation decided to include as heroes those who gave their all for the sake of freedom, justice, and democracy during the Marcos years but died after the EDSA Revolution.

Since then, hundreds of heroes and martyrs of the martial law dictatorship have been honored by their names being inscribed on the black granite Wall of Remembrance.

The Bantayog Museum occupies more than a hundred square meters of space on the second floor of the Jovito R. Salonga Building. On the same floor is the Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco Auditorium where film showings are presented and programs are held. It is named after the Foundation’s Chairperson, a prominent businessman and philanthropist who has served as the country’s ambassador to China and Japan.

A library is now open on the ground floor of the same building. It contains archives and reference materials relating to the same period, and has begun to serve students and scholars wishing to do research.

All in all, it was indeed an enriching and memorable day. I really enjoyed the tour and learned so many historical and important details about Quezon City and how much of a fighter we are as a nation. It took a lot of blood and hard work just to get the freedom that we have right now and living here in Quezon City gives me a sense of pride to know that the local government is preserving the historical background of the city and other important landmarks that help build our history. 

Photo credit to Ms Earth Rullan 

I would love to tour other key sites and landmarks in Quezon City someday soon and I'll keep you posted about it. For now, I would like to greet Quezon City again a happy 75th Diamond Jubilee anniversary and thank you for giving us a chance to have a magnificent tour and experience the best activities at the anniversary! Till next time! 

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