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#QC75: Quezon City’s 75th Anniversary Tour

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.

PRESIDENT MANUEL L. QUEZON, Q.C. HALL | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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.

EASTWOOD CITY | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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.

CUPCAKE LAB EASTWOOD | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved | Clockwise: Churros with Tsokolate or Chocnut Dip, Bagnet and Chicken Burritos, Sisig Fries and Pandan Juice.

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 WALK OF FAME MARKER | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
EASTWOOD CITY’S WALK OF FAME | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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.

CRAFT COFFEE REVOLUTION EASTWOOD | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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.

CRAFT COFFEE REVOLUTION’S CAPPUCCINO | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
CRAFT COFFEE REVOLUTION’S ICED MOCHA | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
EASTWOOD CITY MARKER HONORING BPO EMPLOYEES | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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.

DANCING FOUNTAIN AT EASTWOOD CITY | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | all rights reserved

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.

‘SILENT COMPANION’ | EASTWOOD CITY | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com

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.

GREEN PASTURES EASTWOOD | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
KALE AND MUSHROOM RISOTTO | GREEN PASTURES | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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.

ATENEO ART GALLERY | CARROZA (1958) Polymer on Wood (far right) | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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.

ATENEO ART GALLERY | GRANADEAN ARABESQUE, JOSE JOYA (1931-1995) | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
ATENEO ART GALLERY | SACRED GEOMETRY, DEREK TUMALA | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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.

ATENEO ART GALLERY | UNTITLED [After Metamorphic Histories] III (2014) | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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.

ATENEO CHURCH OF THE GESU FACADE| http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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).

ATENEO CHURCH OF THE GESU | Semicircle stained glass depiction of the Stations of the Cross with the holy water font | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
ATENEO CHURCH OF THE GESU | The Church sanctuary and the crucifix with Jesus in an unusual posture | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
ATENEO CHURCH OF THE GESU |Sacred Heart of Jesus statue in front of the church | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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.

QC 75 PARADE OF LIGHTS | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
QC 75 PARADE OF LIGHTS | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

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!

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URMAJESTYSIRE’S RECIPES: Buko Pandan recipe

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BUKO PANDAN
INGREDIENTS:
2-3 cups shredded coconut meat, drained
1 pack all-purpose cream
1 can condensed milk
1 pack pandan flavored gulaman, cubed
*Tip: Use the coconut water in forming the gulaman for added flavor

You may also add:
1 jar nata de coco or kaong
1 cup sago

Substitutes:
– 1 can green gulaman jelly, cubed

– 1 tsp. pandan essence

PROCEDURE:
– In a large bowl, mix all ingredients

– Chill in the fridge for at least one hour before serving

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CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP: The Bunny Baker’s version made my tummy and sinuses happy

CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP, THE BUNNY BAKER | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved

Wonky weather, feeling under the weather (again). To be safe wore shirt & shorts for quick thingy, because it rained then arid again.

Long story short, sinuses acted up so instead of having delicious cupcakes or gelato at #thecutestcafe had chicken noodle soup.

The strips of chicken, fusili and (perfectly) poached egg (for lack of a better term because its simple yet so yummy) made me feel ‘happy’ in a jiff! Will review preps & details of thingy later..(sorry not paying attention) busy smiling haha! 🍜🍴😜