Quezon City

The City of Stars and the Future

With a population of almost three million, Quezon City is the most populous city in the Philippines and the largest in Metro Manila both in land area and population. Aside from its highly urbanized landscape, the city is also known for its role in the country's politics. Quezon City houses several national government offices including the Sandiganbayan court, the Philippine Congress (House of Representatives), Office of the Ombudsman, and the Commision on Audit.

Aside from its pivotal role in Philippine history—being the place where the house of Melchora Aquino was believed to stand during the Cry of Balintawak, Quezon City features a number of attractions and experiences.

University town

Quezon City is home to several major educational institutions. Three of the most well-known schools include the country's top-ranking universities namely the University of the Philippines Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, and Far Eastern University. The city also has several medical schools, which earned Quezon City’s reputation as a center for medical and healthcare education.

City of Stars

Quezon City is also considered the “Hollywood” of the Philippines, where the biggest TV network stations are located, namely ABS-CBN along Mother Ignacia St. and GMA Network along Timog Avenue. It is the city where the country's biggest names reside and work.

A food hub

Quezon City is also an ideal place for a food crawl. Numerous restaurants serving various cuisines are scattered all throughout the city, such as Xian Tian Di, Vikings, The House of Katsu, The Alley, and Victorino. Aside from fancy restaurants, a number of food establishments line up along Maginhawa Street and a few surrounding streets, making it an exciting venue for food trips in Metro Manila. From authentic ramen, lechon broccoli, silog meals, and Mexican beef quesadilla, one encounters a plethora of gastronomic experiences in Quezon City.

Economic Background

Largest economy

With the city’s aggressive economy, Quezon City provides a viable avenue for business and career growth. It has the largest service economy in the Philippines, with numerous service-oriented establishments. The city has more than 64,000 registered businesses and has three existing central business districts, namely the Triangle Park (also known as Quezon City CBD), Eastwood City in Libis, and Araneta Center in Cubao.

Largest employable population

A robust light industry has also flourished along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, which links Quezon City to other suburbs, paving the way for housing projects for low-income workers. High-end residential properties have also been developed in Kamuning and San Francisco del Monte.

Quezon City has the largest employable population (aged 20 to 64) in the country. It has approximately 1.6 million employees, which represents 33.8 % of Metro Manila's aggregate work force and 4.3% of the country's total labor force.

Thriving tourism sector

Taking advantage of a promising economy, the local government of Quezon City is pushing forth projects that will attract more investment opportunities within its business-friendly environment. This will be made possible by tapping into its tourism. Promoting Quezon City’s tourism will introduce more historical and cultural significance to the city's populace, along with creating more livelihood opportunities in the tourism sector. With a robust tourism, the local government of Quezon City expects a spillover effect to other businesses in the food industry, medical tourism, and hospitality industry (hotels and resorts), as well as for local entrepreneurs.

While Quezon City doesn't have any natural resources like beaches and lakes to promote its tourism, the local government will focus mostly on its infrastructures to attract both local and foreign visitors. Particularly, the government plans to promote the city as a wellness center, ICT capital, entertainment and recreational center, National Government center, and an educational center. This will open up more work opportunities for workers in these sectors.

Building growth centers

The government of Quezon City has also developed growth centers that have the capacity to become "a nuclei for future, economic, social, and political development." Aside from QC CBD where the universities and colleges are concentrated, there are the Cubao Growth center, which covers the city's first central business district; the Balintawak Munoz Growth Center, which houses the city's market hub, and traditional industrial center; the Batasan NGC Growth Center where the growing commercial areas around the Philippine Congress and National Government Center are located; and the Novaliches-Largo Growth Center, where fast growing middle-class subdivisions and commercial areas are found.

The local government’s initiative to promote Quezon City’s tourism and economy, along with the excellent educational, medical, and financial establishments in the city, will open more doors for career and business growth.

Future projects and infrastructure

Gora Lane

One project of the local government of Quezon City is the Gora Lane, which aims to develop the Southern Quezon City Pedestrian Corridor. This project will also include the construction of pedestrian corridors on secondary roads to connect the lanes to transportation hubs. The Gora Lane will cover a total of 8.3 kilometers, starting from Gilmore station (LRT2) to Quezon Avenue and GMA MRT stations. This project hopes to promote a "sustainable, walkable, safe, and beautiful street" in the city and is part of the government's 10-year Greening Masterplan. The construction of this project is expected to commence in early 2019.

Philippine Diamond Tower

The local government of Quezon City also aims to join the race in building the world’s tallest man-made towers in the form of the Philippine Diamond Tower. This skyscraper is set to be the second tallest self-supported building in the world and is expected to be completed by 2019. This project has been awarded to Mitsubishi Electric Corp., which plans to build a 612-meter tower within a 7-hectare land along Quezon Avenue. Once completed, the Philippine Diamond Tower will be the tallest structure in the Philippines and second in the world next to Tokyo Skytree. This tower will house restaurants, a 5-star hotel, a shopping mall, a garden park, a disaster-risk management center, and even an international convention center.

Quezon City Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility

The city is also geared towards an undertaking known as the Quezon City Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility Project. This project aims to design, construct, and operate a facility that will provide a sustainable, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective waste disposal system. This project will not only provide health benefits to the constituents, and reduce greenhouse gas emission, but will also generate employment through its construction, operation, and maintenance. The Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility Project is a Public Private Project (PPP) that is estimated to cost Php22 billion. Currently, this project is still in its bidding process.

MRT-7

Another anticipated infrastructure is the Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 7 (MRT-7), which is expected to be operational in 2019. This transit aims to decongest traffic in EDSA and will connect North Avenue, Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan through a 22.8-kilometer elevated railway line.

Pit Stops in Quezon City

Entertainment hubs

As the country’s ‘City of stars,’ Quezon City doesn’t fall short on entertainment avenues. Take a look at some of them:

Quezon Memorial Circle

This is a national park surrounded by an elliptical road which features the mausoleum where the remains of the former President Quezon and his wife can be found. Visitors flock this park every weekend as it also serves as an amusement park offering rides and bikes for rent where the young and old can have fun. Aside from the rides and other sports activities that can be done inside the park, there are also bazaars selling an assortment of apparel, plants, and other items.

SMART Araneta Coliseum

Also known as “The Big Dome,” SMART Araneta Coliseum holds most of the country’s sports competition being tagged a multipurpose indoor sports arena. Among the popular games hosted by the coliseum are PBA, UAAP, and NCAA. Located at the heart of Cubao which is owned by the Aranetas, the coliseum is also used for beauty pageants, gatherings by religious organizations, boxing, international as well as local concerts.

KIA Theater (New Frontier Theater)

Near SMART Araneta Coliseum is KIA Theater which is also a multipurpose hall for events. It used to be the biggest theater all over the country having a seating capacity of not less than 3,500 until the 1980s. It wasn’t used since then and was only renovated and opened to the public in 2015. An elevated bridge connects it to Gateway Mall. Several local and international concerts and plays were hosted by the New Frontier Theater since its re-opening in 2015.

Eastwood City

Eastwood City is a residential and commercial development by Megaworld Corporation. It houses residential condominiums with the Eastwood Mall as its recent development. The Eastwood City Cyberpark is also home to the earliest BPO companies in the city. Several restaurants are also situated at near Eastwood Mall which cater both employees and residents of Eastwood City.

La Mesa Eco Park

This is a public park in Quezon City which traverses the boundaries of the La Mesa Watershed Reservation. Trail bikers and mountaineers can enjoy the bounty of nature with its “ecotrail” located inside the 33 hectare-park. Other activities that families can enjoy inside the park are horseback riding, fishing, rappelling, and zip-lining. Visitors will also have a greater appreciation for the flora with La Mesa’s orchidarium.

SM City North Edsa and Trinoma

An overpass for pedestrians link SM North Edsa and Trinoma, two of the biggest malls in Quezon City. The malls are currently serving the township of Vertis North by Ayala Land. SM North Edsa is considered as one of the largest malls all over Metro Manila. These two malls are accessible via EDSA, North Avenue and Mindanao Avenue and are also linked to the MRT Station.

Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, Farmer’s Mall, and SM Cubao

These are the shopping malls located inside Cubao. Elevated bridges connect these malls, making it easier for shoppers to transfer from one mall to another without having to cross the street. These malls have various shops that cater to different types of clientele. The oldest among the four and considered as the first shopping mall in the Philippines is Ali Mall, named after famous boxer Muhammad Ali.

Foodie Spots

Quezon City is one of the top go-to cities for dining in Metro Manila. Here’s where to satiate your every craving:

Don Day Korean Buffet Restaurant

The reason why this restaurant is popular with diners is its unlimited Samgyeopsal. Korean food lovers will enjoy the restaurant’s course offerings for an affordable price. Other restaurant favorites are Jap Chae and Bulgogi.

BoxPark MNL

This is a new food park situated in Congressional Avenue which houses different restaurants in container-like stalls. The ambience is perfect for casual dining with a group of friends and even families having enough seating provision and a wide selection of different cuisines from snacks, heavy meals, to desserts.

Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge is popular to those who are looking for a classy, romantic place to bring their dates for anniversaries, proposals, and birthdays. The restaurant offers a menu specially concocted by Chef Ninjo.

RB City/Rib City

This is located in Maginhawa Street and specializes in ribs. Its course offerings include salads, pastas, and other selection of main dishes. The unique concept of the restaurant which is to build Legos while waiting for your orders made this restaurant stand out among other restaurants.

Chubs Chasers

SM City North Edsa also has an entry for the most popular restaurants in Quezon City. Chubs Chasers, formerly known as Chubs Steak at Manok, captured not just the appetite but the hearts of its diners with its Filipino-American cuisine. This is perfect for shoppers who are looking for a casual dining experience and would love to have a hearty meal. Their signature dishes are Carvilicious Chicken and Divine Steak.

Casa Verde

Casa Verde is located in UP Town Center in Katipunan. This is Cebuano cuisine found in Metro Manila offering its signature dish, Brian’s Ribs. Since it is located near Miriam College, Ateneo, and UP Diliman, it is frequented by college students most especially during the UAAP season.

Soru Izakaya

Maginhawa Street still has another entry for the most popular restaurants in Quezon City to date. Soru Izakaya is the latest entry for must-try Japanese restaurants in the area. What diners can expect though is a fusion of traditional and modern Japanese cuisine or Japanese cuisine with a twist. Among the recommended dishes are Matcha Cheesecake, Oh Umi Maki, and Wasabi Cocktail.

Café Dominique

For American cuisine lovers, Café Dominique which is located at West Triangle, is the perfect food hub for large gatherings. One of their house specialties include Kare-Kareng Bagnet and Roast Beef drizzled with X.O. sauce.

Naughty Nachos

What made this restaurant popular is its unlimited offer of chicken wings and the Nacho Volcano which is the biggest serving of nachos nationwide. A major plus for its dishes is the generous serving of cheese, a definite must-try for cheese lovers.

Ramen Nagi

SM City North Edsa also houses one of the most sought-after ramen restaurants in Quezon City. Ramen Nagi is frequented by diners because of their Black King and other signature ramen dishes.

Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot by Vikings

For those who would like to experience the Vikings buffet in Cubao, Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot is the place to be. Its main offering is their hotpot serving a wide variety of fresh and healthy ingredients that are carefully selected by the restaurant’s chefs. Hotpot lovers can now enjoy making their own hotpot without limits.

Hospitals

In 2017, the Quezon City local government received multiple awards from the Department of Health for exemplary Local Health Systems and Innovations in providing health services to QC constituents. The local government also aims to become the “Wellness Capital of Asia.” Quezon City gears up to become the medical tourism of the country. Health centers and hygiene clinics are also well-distributed all around the city. As such, these 10 most popular hospitals in Quezon City have also called it home as they offer top of the line medical and health services to QC and even non-QC residents.

Philippine Heart Center

East Avenue, Diliman, Q.C.

Regarded as one of the best heart hospitals of the country, the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) is a government-owned and controlled hospital that specializes in heart ailments. However, the hospital also renders the best possible care for other illnesses. It holds a position in Asia as one of the leading medical institutions for medical and surgical treatment of heart disease. The hospital is also involved in cardiovascular research, training and education, and public information. The center boasts of state of the art facilities, equipment, medical practitioners, and 600 highly-sought physicians who have practiced in the best medical centers of the country, US, and Europe.

Lung Center of the Philippines

Quezon Avenue, Q.C.

The Lung Center of the Philippines is a government-owned and controlled hospital that specializes in lung care, and other chest diseases. The center has a 24-hour emergency room, laboratory, radiology and pharmacy services, in-patient and outpatient consultation, ECG, central supply, ultrasound, nursing care, and ambulance conduction. It is committed to providing top-quality but affordable health care to all Filipinos.

East Avenue Medical Center

East Avenue, Diliman, Q.C.

Located along East Avenue in Quezon City, East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC), another government-run hospital, provides high-quality health care to all people across all areas of society. It provides a myriad of specialty care which includes medical, nursing, paramedical, public health, poison control, and laboratory services. It also offers medical services such as dermatology, anesthesia, E.R. trauma, OB/GYN, ENT, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and urology.

National Kidney and Transplant Institute

East Avenue, Diliman, Q.C.

Another tertiary referral hospital, owned and controlled by the government, along East Avenue in Quezon City is the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI). This hospital operates the busiest transplantation services-kidney, liver, pancreas, stem cell, and bone marrow-in the country. However, it is considered as an esteemed institution for dialysis and vascular surgery.

Philippine Children’s Medical Center

Quezon Avenue, corner Agham Road, Diliman, Q.C.

Deemed as one of the best children’s hospitals of the country, the government-run Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) is a tertiary hospital, owned and controlled by the government, that provides pediatric care and training programs for medical and allied health care providers. It offers various and general pediatric services and surgery. The hospital is also known for having the biggest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The PCMC is definitely the hospital for all our little tykes.

National Children’s Hospital

264 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, New Manila, Q.C.

A close neighbor of St. Luke’s Medical Center along E. Rodriguez in Quezon City is the National Children’s Hospital. The National Children’s Hospital is a government hospital that caters to all the medical needs of children aged 0 - 19 years-old from all parts of the Philippines. It offers emergency and ambulatory pediatrics, surgery, anesthesia, and other clinical and diagnostic services.

Capitol Medical Center

Quezon Avenue, corner Sct. Magbanua St., Q.C.

Capitol Medical Center, also known as CMC is a private hospital that is committed to providing world-class care to its patients. CMC includes services in OB/GYN, pediatrics, surgery, pathology, radiology, rehabilitation medicine, and anesthesiology. While waiting for your test results or if you just simply want to relax after a consultation with your doctor, you can dine in any of the coffee shops and restaurants that surround the hospital.

Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation

Regalado Avenue, corner Dahlia St., West Fairview, Q.C.

Boasting of its Center of Excellence in 2010 by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, FEU-NRMF is not only a private tertiary hospital but also a medicine school for aspiring doctors and other medical professionals. The hospital offers various health services which include pain, cancer and palliative care, stroke unit, TB DOTS clinic, cardiac, and outpatient clinic spaces.

St. Luke’s Medical Center

279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Q.C.

Residing along E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in Quezon City, St. Luke’s Medical Center is a private hospital that offers world class medical services to Filipinos. It also has a branch in its posh address in BGC. Its services are considered at par with the most advanced hospitals around the globe with its many accreditation and affiliation to prestigious international organizations. St. Luke’s Medical Center boasts of multiple awards which include a recognition by the Diplomatic Council of Europe in 2014 as two of the 20 “Best Hospitals Worldwide” and in 2016 as part of the “Preferred Partner Hospitals” list.

St. Luke’s Medical Center practices a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of various medical conditions and offers advanced medical technologies and equipment in providing the most accurate diagnostics which work hand-in-hand with the hospital’s remarkable physicians and other medical practitioners.

St. Luke’s Medical Center now also offers online services where patients can easily access various services like reservation, payment, viewing laboratory test results among others.

World Citi Medical Center

960 Aurora Blvd., Q.C.

World Citi Medical Center is a tertiary hospital that holds ISO Certifications for Quality Management System, Environmental Management System, and Health and Safety Management. It is home to various internal medicine, surgery, OB/GYN, pediatrics, ophthalmology, ENT, radiology, anesthesia, rehabilitation medicine and physical therapy, dentistry, laboratory and emergency. It also offers a wide array of diagnostic procedures and tests for all its varied clientele.

The medical, health, and wellness centers that are scattered all around Quezon City is just one of the 10 reasons why Quezon City is one of the best places to live in Metro Manila. True to its slogan, “QC welcomes you!,” you will indeed find a home in thate biggest city of Metro Manila.

Educational Institutions

Quezon City is home to some of the most prominent schools in the country. Here are some of them:

University of the Philippines (Diliman)

Roxas Avenue, Diliman, Q.C.

The University of the Philippines (UP) is the state university of the country. Since its establishment in 1908, the university has given birth to 17 campuses all over the country. The Commission on Higher Education in 2012 declared 24 units of the university as Centers of Excellence. Six other units were declared as Centers of Development. Among all the UP campuses in the country, UP Diliman offers the most number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The home of the Fighting Maroons, UP has produced four of our Philippine presidents and other well-known personalities in the country. To top it off, UP is the only university of the country to climb the 501st - 600th bracket of the world university ranking of Times Higher Education 2019. The “Iskolar ng Bayan” serves as the trailblazers in knowledge, research, arts, science, social development, and innovation in the country.

Ateneo De Manila University

Katipunan Avenue, Q.C.

Katipunan is not the original home of the Blue Eagles of the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU). The Jesuits, the founders of the university, originally settled in Intramuros, Manila, then in Padre Faura still in Manila before finally moving to its home now in Katipunan, QC. Our national hero, Jose Rizal, is a proud alumnus of the university, along with four Philippine presidents. In 1998, the Ateneo Professional Schools in Rockwell, Makati started operations. Then in 2007, the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health opened in Pasig City in the Medical City compound. The Katipunan campus offers basic education up to professional level with a broad range of course offerings and specializations. Its Kinder to Grade 10 is an all-boys class, whereas Senior High School is now co-ed. Being Jesuit, religion is at its core. Just like the state university of the country, ADMU has produced many notable entrepreneurs, scientists, political leaders, artists, and activists who have contributed their talents in nation building.

University of the Philippines Integrated School

Roxas Avenue, Diliman, Q.C.

The University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) is the laboratory school of the UP College of Education. It offers primary and secondary education to the young. Unlike most other schools, UPIS has no pronounced differentiation of the different subjects from Kinder to Grade 2. It’s in Grade 3 that the general Academic Program begins. Come Grade 8, students get to choose electives such as Creative Drama, Journalism, Painting and Drawing. Grades 10 - 12 offer specialization program. UPIS has only one entry point which is Kinder and has no replacements slots in case a spot becomes vacated in any of the succeeding grade levels. Competition for admission is fierce because only 100 successful are admitted each school year, and 60% of which are children of UP employees. UPIS envisions itself as the center of excellence for basic and teacher education along with research and development.

Miriam College

Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Q.C.

Formerly known as Maryknoll College, Miriam College is an exclusive private sectarian school for girls. It offers primary education, secondary education, tertiary education, post graduate education, and adult education. Miriam College has also branched out to Nuvali in Laguna. Miriam College not only empowers its graduates, but it also houses advocacy centers like the Center for Peace and Education, Environmental Studies Institute, and Women Gender Institute. The Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf resides in Miriam College. Miriam College is committed to forming competent leaders as global citizens in service while deeply rooted in Filipino culture and Asian tradition.

Multiple Intelligence International School

Pre-School - Middle School 4 Escaler St., Loyola Heights, Q.C. Upper School 3rd Floor, Elizabeth Hall, Katipunan Avenue, Q.C.

QC residents need not go all the way to BGC if they want to send their children to an international school. Multiple Intelligence International School (MIIS) in Katipunan Q.C. is an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). Dr. Howard Gardner, an American developmental psychologist and proponent of multiple intelligences in education, praised MIIS for its care in carrying out well the multiple intelligences framework. The school offers an international curriculum from Kinder to Grade 12.

Claret School

Mahinhin St., UP Village, Diliman, Q.C.

Claret School of Quezon City is another exclusive private sectarian school for boys nestled in the quiet UP Village. The Claretian Missionaries have been managing the school since 1967. Claret envisions its alumnus as a competent individual endowed with all the Christian values while working to promote justice and peace in the world. It offers education from Kinder to Grade 12.

Philippine Science High School

Agham Road, Diliman, Q.C.

The Philippine Science High School, more commonly known as “Pisay,” is the leading science high school in the Asia Pacific Region. It is an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It offers top notch education to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics. Every year, thousands of hopeful students aim for a much-coveted slot in the PSHS campus. It prepares its graduates for a fulfilling career in science and technology.

St. Paul University Quezon City

Aurora Boulevard corner Gilmore Avenue, New Manila, Q.C.

Located at the busy intersection of Aurora Boulevard, Gilmore Avenue, Third Street, and Doña Hemady in Quezon City, St. Paul University Quezon City (SPUQC) is right at the heart of city life. The university is situated near townhouses, villages, and condominiums with Robinson’s Magnolia completing the whole urban feel of the place. In the past, SPUQC used to be just a college and was exclusive only to women. But ever since it became a university, it has opened its doors for men as well. It offers Basic Education up to Graduate Studies level with various course offerings in the arts and sciences including a degree in Nursing. SPUQC has under its belt an autonomous status granted by the Commission on Higher Education up to 2019 and accreditation status by PAASCU and ISO.

Lourdes School Quezon City

Kanlaon corner Don Manuel Sts., Sta. Mesa Heights, Q.C.

Another exclusive private sectarian school for boys is Lourdes School Quezon City, another branch of the well-known Lourdes School in Mandaluyong. Run by the Capuchin Franciscans, Lourdes School Quezon City offers education from Grade School up to Senior High School with a roster of administrators and teachers paving the way for high quality education grounded in Franciscan values.

UST Angelicum College

112 M.J. Cuenco St., Sta. Mesa heights, Q.C.

Located just at the back of Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City is UST Angelicum College. UST Angelicum College offers a one-of-a-kind system because it is rooted on the theoretical framework and practice of a non-graded system of Catholic education. It addresses the unique learning style of each student especially those with special needs. The school gives due emphasis on a self-paced individualized learning in a continuous progression. One of the few schools that has no grade labels and offers a home study program. The school offers grade school up to college levels including TESDA programs. UST Angelicum is truly a pioneer in innovation and learning. Quezon City residents need not venture out of the city in order to acquire quality education. Let this guide of the 10 most popular schools in Quezon City that offer quality education serve as your benchmark in choosing the best school for your child.

How to move around in Quezon City?

Quezon City is absolutely massive, stretching over an area of about 165 square kilometers. Normally, it would be difficult to move around a city of this size without a private vehicle, but its transportation hubs make it easy to visit everything that Quezon City has to offer.

EDSA via Bus

Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, more commonly known as EDSA runs through a portion of Quezon City, stretching from Cubao to Balintawak. One of the main transportation options in Quezon City are the public utility buses that mostly traverse the stretch of EDSA, diverging in Balintawak when northbound and entering the cities of San Juan, Mandaluyong, and Makati when going southbound.

MRT and LRT

Another major transportation hub in Quezon City are the Manila Metro Rail Transit System, or MRT, and the Manila Light Rail Transit System, or LRT. There are five MRT-3 stations in Quezon City, namely North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Kamuning, Araneta Center-Cubao, and Santolan. Meanwhile, two lines of the LRT pass through Quezon City, with the LRT-1 running through the three stations of Balintawak, Roosevelt, and North Avenue, and the LRT-2 running through the five stations of Gilmore, Betty Go-Belmonte, Araneta Center-Cubao, Anonas, and Katipunan.

The North Avenue stations of the MRT-3 and LRT-1 are connected, while the Araneta Center-Cubao stations of the MRT-3 and LRT-2 are also linked. These stations facilitate jumping between the MRT and LRT lines, for an expanded reach of the train systems.

PUVs

Beyond the buses of EDSA, the MRT, and the LRT, various jeepney routes and public taxi services are available. The interconnectedness of the various transportation options of Quezon City make it a very accessible city for people willing to experiment. It may take a few transfers between forms of transportation, but it is usually possible to get from one point to another within the city using only public transportation.

More transportation projects in the pipeline

MRT-7

The accessibility of Quezon City, however, is set to increase over the next several years. One project in the works is the MRT-7, which will extend from the MRT-3’s North Avenue Station through Commonwealth Avenue and end in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. MRT-7 has also been proposed to connect to LRT-2 in Katipunan.

Metro Manila Subway

Even bigger news for Quezon City’s transportation is the planned Metro Manila Subway, which will start going northbound from Mindanao Avenue towards Katipunan Avenue, before extending into Pasig, Makati, Taguig, and ending at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, or NAIA. The subway, which is expected to cost 227 billion pesos, is planned to start construction by 2019 and finish by 2025.

The MRT-7 and Metro Manila Subway are great additions to the transportation options of Quezon City, but they will require a bit of waiting. There is a project that is nearing completion, however, and that is the Skyway Stage 3. The project will extend the Skyway from Gil Puyat in Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City, connecting to the North Luzon Expressway. This will open up Quezon City to both its northern and southern neighbors, attracting more visitors while offering more options to its residents.

What to do in Quezon City?

Shop at malls

Malls have become a major part of the Filipino lifestyle, and Quezon City offers some of the most popular malls in Metro Manila. There is something for everyone in SM North EDSA, Trinoma, U.P. Town Center, Gateway Mall, and Eastwood Mall, among many others.

Quezon City holds many secrets, but its malls are not one of them. Malls conveniently contain all kinds of dining, shopping, and leisure establishments in one place, and are the go-to spots for people who want to go somewhere within Quezon City.

Pig out at food spots

Compared to malls, food spots around Quezon City are much less hectic although they may get busy during peak hours.

Popular locations for food trips include Tomas Morato and Quezon Avenue, but food parks have also started drawing crowds. Among the best food parks in Quezon City are the StrEat Food Park in Maginhawa, The Yard in Xavierville, the Adventure Food Park along Aurora Boulevard, and The Food Hive in Visayas Avenue.

While restaurants focus on certain types of food, eating at food parks allows customers to eat different kinds of dishes at the same time. It also makes it easier to choose what food to buy because the members of the group can go their own ways in ordering then meet back at the table to enjoy their time together.

Break out a sweat

Quezon City has its fair share of membership gyms. However, for runners, two spots are ideal for training.

The first location is the UP Diliman campus, which has its fair share of long roads with varying inclines while also offering the option to follow up the exercise with a healthy meal at nearby food establishments. The second location is the Quezon Memorial Circle for runners who prefer to be further away from cars without minding a bit more people around them.

Take in the history

Quezon City was established in 1939 and was named after President Manuel L. Quezon. The city holds a lot of history, and for the first spot where people can take it in, we go back to the Quezon Memorial Circle. Standing tall with a triangular structure, the monument features a museum where people can get to know the former president.

Also at the Quezon Memorial Circle is the Quezon Heritage House, which is a replica of President Quezon’s vacation villa in New Manila. The interiors are mostly the original ones from the real thing, so the two-storey house serves as a time capsule from the 1940s.

From the past to the future, museumgoers may also visit the Quezon City Experience, or QCX. The museum holds 16 interactive galleries on the history and facts of Quezon City.

Breathe fresh air

Quezon City is highly urbanized, which is driving forward the city’s economy. However, there are times when there is a need for fresh air. Fortunately, the city also provides that.

The La Mesa Ecopark, situated around the La Mesa Dam, is a nature lover’s dream. It is lush with greenery and wildlife, while offering various activities such as trampolines, rock climbing, and biking. For a more relaxing time, groups can also enjoy their food and drinks in a picnic setting.

The Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is also an option, as it is 22.7 hectares of zoological and botanical gardens right in the middle of the city. The park is a sanctuary for abandoned, sick, injured, and confiscated animals, where they can live in their natural habitat while recovering. Meanwhile, its botanical gardens offer glimpses of various indigenous and foreign plant species.

Visit animal friends

In line with being in tune with nature, there are several dog and cat cafes in Quezon City. In these establishments, customers can enjoy their food and drinks while in the presence of cuddly companions.

Animal lovers may also want to schedule a visit to the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center, which is run by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, to see how they can help with the plight of animal welfare. People can donate to the cause or sign up as volunteers in one of many teams. They can even adopt a dog or cat to welcome into their family.

Popular Neighborhoods

Fairview

Fairview is a primarily residential area located in the northern half of Quezon City. It is surrounded by the cities of Manila, Caloocan, Valenzuela, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Marikina, and Pasig, which makes it an ideal location for families and individuals who regularly access other places in Metro Manila for work or school.

Accessibility is one of its major characteristics, as various forms of public transportation, including buses, jeepneys, and public utility vans, regularly pass through and around Fairview. It is easy to get to EDSA or the MRT, which opens up even more transportation options for people living in the area.

Of course, there are more reasons to go back home to Fairview than to get out of it. One of the area’s major attractions is the La Mesa Dam and Reservoir, which is a 27-kilometer sanctuary that hosts the last remaining rainforest in Metro Manila.

Fairview’s connection with nature, which is also exhibited with the suburban type of living in the area, blends well with modern infrastructure including universities and colleges, malls and commercial establishments, and a business park and office spaces. Fairview is a great place for individuals and families who want access to all of these things, without diving too deep into the city life.

Batasan Hills

Batasan Hills is a barangay in Quezon City that derived its name from Batasan Hill, formerly known as Constitution Hill, where the Batasang Pambansa Complex, the legislative session hall of the House of Representatives, stands.

Also found in Batasan Hills is the Sandiganbayan, the court that handles cases involving public officials and government employees, as well as the headquarters of the Civil Service Commission, the Commission on Audit, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The barangay is not just all about government-related infrastructure though. While it was once envisioned as the new home of the National Government Center, which would have housed the three branches of the Philippine government, most of the area is now residential.

Living in Batasan Hills offers easy access to commercial centers like Ever Gotesco Commonwealth, churches such as St. Peter Parish, and schools such as the Batasan Hills National High School.

There are three major roads in Batasan Hills, namely Commonwealth Avenue, the Batasan Road, and the Batasan-San Mateo Road. In the future, Batasan Station will serve the commuters of Batasan Hills as part of the MRT-7, an expansion project of the Manila Metro Rail Transit System that will connect the North Avenue Station of the MRT-3 to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

New Manila

Once the crown jewel of Quezon City, New Manila is a pristine community that is characterized by sprawling spaces and old mansions that symbolize the area's elegant and tranquil vibe.

During the American occupation, this quaint, tree-lined residential community was home to the country's affluent and elite. It survived the Second World War with minimal damages and became the most expensive residential land at the time.

Over the years, New Manila has evolved into an accessible community that caters to modern families who prioritize privacy and exclusivity more than anything. It is surrounded by schools, churches, gastronomic hubs, as well as commercial establishments that complement its storied past with modernity.

Commonwealth

Commonwealth Avenue is one of the major roads in Metro Manila that covers 6 to 8 lanes. It’s formerly tagged as Don Mariano Marcos Avenue.

Commonwealth is among the locations in Quezon City that houses several government offices such as the Sandigan Bayan, Philippine Coconut Authority, and Commission on Audit. There are also residential subdivisions and commercial establishments that can be noted within the area. Other notable landmarks that can be found in Commonwealth is the Central Temple of Iglesia ni Cristo, the New Era University, the University of the Philippines Diliman and Quezon Memorial Circle. The stretch of Commonwealth Avenue starts from the Quezon Memorial Circle that passes the Elliptical Road, which continues to Philcoa, Tandang Sora, then Balara and Batasan Hills until Quirino Highway in Novaliches area.

Commercial establishments can be noted in the area such as Kia Motors, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, and Suzuki. The Fairview area also houses La Mesa dam which supplies water all over Metro Manila.

Cubao

The commercial center of Quezon City is Cubao with several malls and commercial centers that can be found in the area. Araneta Center is located in this area which is owned and managed by the Araneta Center. The Smart Araneta Coliseum is one of the notable landmarks found in Cubao which is a major event place that sponsors concerts and sports events. Among the shopping malls to take note of are Gateway Mall, Shopwise Cubao, SM Cubao, and Ali Mall, the latter now the designated mall for government centers such as the DFA, NBI, SSS, among others.

Novotel, a hotel and accommodation establishment, is located at the heart of Cubao which is tagged as a 3-star hotel. The Araneta Bus terminal is also the transportation hub of buses catering the South Luzon. Gateway Mall and Farmers Plaza are also connected to the MRT and LRT lines making it accessible for commuters who will visit Cubao via the public transportation.

Tandang Sora

Named after the “Grand Old Lady of the Revolution” Melchora Aquino, the Tandang Sora district was also the historic site of the Philippine Revolution known as Pugad Lawin, specifically Barangay Bahay Toro, which is within its heart.

The area is primarily residential with Projects 6 and 8 located here. Some of the biggest avenues in Quezon City are also in Tandang Sora, namely, Congressional Avenue, Visayas Avenue, and Mindanao Avenue. Several industrial facilities can be found in the area, especially in Mindanao Avenue. Similarly, many educational centers are also within the area such as Colegio De San Lorenzo, St. Patrick School, St. James College, and Maria Montessori.