The Quezon Heritage House

Quezon Heritage House 1

When was the last time you traveled within your own city?

I never thought I’d discover any more new places within traffic-choked and somewhat chaotic Quezon City until I decided to nerd it up one Sunday afternoon and check out the Quezon Heritage House.  The house, originally built in New Manila, was recently reconstructed at the Quezon Memorial Circle.  The original structure was disassembled and most of the parts were transferred to its new location for QC residents and tourists to view.

The house served as a place of refuge to President Manuel Quezon, the first president of the Philippine Commonwealth.  This was where he (along with his family) retreated whenever he needed a break from all the stress that came with establishing an independent nation.  You know, president stuff.  Sharing here some photos from my quick tour of the house.

Quezon Heritage House 2The living room.  The house is like a mini-museum.  You’ll find interesting information about Quezon and his government on the frames by the walls.

Quezon Heritage House 3New Manila was the first subdivision outside of Manila, hence, New Manila.  Just one of the several new and interesting things/trivia I learned here.

Quezon Heritage House 4Recipes of the family’s favorite food

Quezon Heritage House 5This was also where MLQ stayed when he became ill with tuberculosis.  He was said to have maintained a positive attitude in spite of his condition.  He died in the US.

Quezon Heritage House 6I’m just so amused by old and preserved stuff.

Quezon Heritage House 7He was a good-looking guy, wasn’t he? 😀  This house is said to have served as a go-to place for people who needed help.  The Philippine National Red Cross was founded right at this very living room by Dona Aurora Quezon (right).

Quezon Heritage House 7Sculpture of MLQ in war uniform.  A present from General Douglas McArthur.

Quezon Heritage House 7Scary yet beautiful old mirror.  A gift from the Senate.  Look closely and you’ll see a Spanish message encrypted on it.

Quezon Heritage House 8This is no longer part of the Quezon Heritage House but this is where I went after my nerdy tour — one of those jeepney restos in Maginhawa! :)

Any recent discoveries in your city lately?  Hope you take time to travel within your city during the weekend.  Enjoy! :)

12 Comments on The Quezon Heritage House

  1. Phylicia Marie Pineda
    September 30, 2014 at 9:58 am (3 years ago)

    I didn’t know this existed. How big is it? I found the mirror cabinet the most interesting, and yes scary. It looks like those used in horror movies. :)

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    • Carmel David
      October 12, 2014 at 2:46 am (3 years ago)

      I also didn’t know about it until lately. Haha. It’s quite big. Yes the mirror is scary but the house itself is fine overall, unlike other heritage houses with a creepy vibe. :)

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  2. Chel
    October 1, 2014 at 5:20 am (3 years ago)

    I also didn’t know that this exists. I have to admit, there are a lot of places I haven’t been in the Philippines. There’s lot to see there. I’m looking forward to the weekend so I can go around Melbourne more.

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    • Carmel David
      October 12, 2014 at 2:51 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, there’s a lot to see! I live here and I haven’t explored them all as well. Ooohh you’re from Melbourne? Hope to visit Australia soon! Beautiful country. :)

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  3. Fernando Lachica
    October 2, 2014 at 11:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Nice to know this place for MLQ. It caught my attention these “baol” for ages.Also, the old mirror, like in a horror movie.

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  4. Dizkarteng Noypi
    October 3, 2014 at 8:43 am (3 years ago)

    Mukha ngang nakakatakot yung old mirror..hahaha..Masarap talaga magpunta sa mga heritage na lugar, nanunumbalik o nagpapaalala sa atin ng naging buhay ng ating mga ninuno.

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  5. Millie
    October 5, 2014 at 11:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I love visiting vintage places..:) Those old suitcases- sick! Oh, not related to the article, but I like your header..Pink my ride.:) hehe… But yeah, haven’t been able to explore aside from Intramuros.. but will definitely visit this place soon.

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  6. David D'Angelo
    October 6, 2014 at 5:28 am (3 years ago)

    I just hope that all heritage sites will be preserved this well instead of being demolished. This one is laudable.

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  7. Janice / The Roller Coaster Ride
    October 6, 2014 at 6:03 am (3 years ago)

    I haven’t really explored Quezon City much because we’re from the other end of Metro Manila. :) This is the first time I’ve heard of MLQ’s house being reconstructed. Really interesting stuff. Very scary mirror though!

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  8. Shirgie Scf
    October 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm (3 years ago)

    So yesterday, I visited a museum here in Korea which displays the artifacts and other things from the Joseon Dynasty and I was so impressed with the way they handle those stuff, I said, Philippines could not do the preservation as good as this, until I read this post. Wow, Kudos to the people behind the preservation of these treasure.

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    • Carmel David
      October 12, 2014 at 2:48 am (3 years ago)

      Oh, there are a lot of preservation sites in the Philippines! Look them up, they’re beautiful. :) Planning to go to Korea next year! Will research on that museum.

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