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.
The 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.
New Manila was the first subdivision outside of Manila, hence, New Manila. Just one of the several new and interesting things/trivia I learned here.
Recipes of the family’s favorite food
This 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.
I’m just so amused by old and preserved stuff.
He 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).
Sculpture of MLQ in war uniform. A present from General Douglas McArthur.
Scary yet beautiful old mirror. A gift from the Senate. Look closely and you’ll see a Spanish message encrypted on it.
This 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!