Joined the #QC75 Blogventure in honor of Quezon City’s 75th Anniversary and had a blast! As a resident, I didn’t know that there are still places to see and familiar spots revisited now have a deeper meaning.
Here’s my QUEZON CITY experience which started at the city hall.
A bit of Quezon City history: In 1938, President Manuel L. Quezon decided to replace Manila with Quezon City as the new capital. Quezon City was established on Oct. 12, 1939 thru Commonwealth Act 1502. It was declared as the republic’s capital on July 17, 1948 thru Republic Act. No. 333.
Our first adventure was at EASTWOOD CITY where we were welcomed with good food and had a trip down memory lane with Philippine Cinema/Showbiz legends.
A bit of Eastwood City history: Eastwood City is a 17-hectare (42 acres) commercial and residential development launched in 1997, located in Bagumbayan, Quezon City.
A short walk from where we alighted is CUPCAKE LAB where we had delicious food al fresco. (Photo above clockwise: Churros with Tsokolate or Chocnut Dip, Bagnet and Chicken Burritos, Sisig Fries and Pandan Juice.
A bit of Cupcake Lab history: Cupcake Lab started in 2011 as a ‘laboratory’ to make the best Red Velvet cupcakes. Now aside from premium desserts, they ventured into savory offerings like single serve rice meals, sandwiches & wraps, pasta, salads and my favorite churros with Tsokolate or Chocnut dip!
After that hearty food we then took a stroll along Eastwood City’s ‘WALK OF FAME’ or the Philippines’ version of ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ which is special to me because I consider its founders as my mentors when I worked at and attended workshops at Mowelfund, Inc. (Movie Workers Welfare, Inc.) which incidentally is also located in Quezon City, Cubao to be exact.
Eastwood’s ‘Walk of fame’ was established in December 1, 2005. The project almost did not materialize because of lack funds. Mowelfund Inc.’s Executive Director Ms. Boots Anson-King recommended the project to German ‘Kuya Germs’ Moreno who enjoined showbiz friends to support the cause. And worth noting also that Kuya Germs’ voluntarily used his personal fund to launch said project.
Did you know: Quezon City is dubbed as the ‘City of Stars’ because the top TV networks and radio stations are located here plus most actors live in this city.
Next stop was at CRAFT COFFEE REVOLUTION where we had a taste of their Iced Mocha and Cappuccino.
A bit of Craft Coffee Revolution history: The Eastwood branch is the newest branch (Katipunan, Capitol Commons, Estancia, Greenhills, Podium and Broadway). They roast their beans but also outsource from around the globe.
Did you know: EASTWOOD CITY CYBER PARK was an early leader in business process outsourcing in the Philippines; out of 37 call centers operating in the country in 2003, 10 were located there. Major tenants include Accenture, Dell, IBM Global Services, Citibank, Atos, WNS Global Services, hibu, eTelecare and MicroSourcing.
Eastwood City Cyberpark is a BPO-targeted office complex forming part of Eastwood City. Its buildings include the 20-story Global One Center and the 10-story 1880 Eastwood Avenue. The cyber park is listed as an approved IT Center by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, making export-oriented companies located therein eligible for temporary tax holiday, permanent reduced rate of corporate income tax, and other incentives.
Did you know: Eastwood City has a ‘dancing fountain’ and at night in synchronicity, colorful lights bounces from the surrounding buildings for a spectacular show.
Did you know: Eastwood City as well as all Megaworld Lifestyle Malls are ‘pet-friendly’ and even has its own version of ‘Hachiko’ entitled ‘Silent Companion.’ They also have ‘annual pet blessings’ during the weekend following the feast day St. Francis.
Our last stop at Eastwood City was at GREEN PASTURES which is one of my family’s favorite ‘healthy’ restaurants.
A bit of Green Pastures history: Their slogan ‘Original, Local, Organic’ stands for original recipes, locally-sourced ingredients and authentic organic food.
We were served one of their best-sellers ‘Kale and Mushroom Risotto’ which is so delicious! Green Pastures by Chef Roby Goco has proven that eating healthy and organic does not mean eating bland and boring food.
My family likes their Carbonara, Broccoli-Kale-Arugula Pasta, Sliders, Classic Cheeseburger, Roast Organic Chicken, Duck Shepherd’s Pie and Pan-Roasted Swordfish – link here: Green Pastures
That concludes our Eastwood City venture. We headed on to Ateneo University in Katipunan. Our first stop was at the ATENEO ART GALLERY.
A bit of ATENEO ART GALLERY history: It is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It serves as an art resource for the university community and the general public as well. In the 1960s, the Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) under its first curator Emmanuel Torres, organized regular screenings of foreign art films. Widely recognized today as the first museum of Philippine modern art, The Ateneo Art Gallery was established in 1960 through Fernando Zóbel’s bequest to the Ateneo of his collection of works by key Filipino post war artists. Through the years other philanthropists and artists followed Zobel’s initiative, filling in the gaps so that the collection now surveys every Philippine art movement in the post war era: from neo-realism and abstract expressionism to today’s post-modern hybrid tendencies. Artists represented in the collection include Fernando Zóbel, Vicente Manansala, David Cortez Medalla, HR Ocampo, Galo Ocampo, Arturo Luz, Impy Pilapil and Jose Tence Ruiz.
Did you know: The Ateneo Art Gallery hosts innovative exhibitions and public programs highlighting works from its permanent collection as well as works from other collections for special thematic shows.
Did you know: The Ateneo Art Gallery also spearheads an exciting overview of young Philippine contemporary art annually through the Ateneo Art Awards, now recognized as “the most prestigious prize for an emerging artist in the Philippines.
A bit of ATENEO CHURCH OF GESU history: It was designed by Jose Pedro Recio and Carmelo Casas. The edifice’s massive triangular structure symbolizes the Holy Trinity, as well as the three-fold mission and vision of the school. Its shape and design are also meant to suggest the outstretched arms of the Sacred Heart, and the traditional Filipino bahay kubo (nipa hut).
The visit at Church of the Gesu was the last destination of our Ateneo trip and we trooped back to Quezon City Hall. Luckily, the floats for the ‘Light parade’ were about to leave when we got there. Here are some of the floats during the parade made from recycled materials from different Q.C. NGO’s.
And that concludes my #QC75 Blogventure! I really had an educational, enjoyable and exciting time. The tour rekindled my interest in revisiting the city’s landmarks as well as piqued my interest to discover new places to experience. Happy 75th Anniversay my dear Quezon City!