POEA LOOKS AFTER THEIR CITIZENS
The Philippine Overseas Employment Agency has a huge office near the corner of Edsa and Ortigas Avenue and safeguards Filipinos who want to work abroad and are also responsible for dealing with illegal recruiters. Below is their mission according to their website.
"POEA connects to the world and in partnership with all stakeholders, facilitates the generation and preservation of decent jobs for Filipino migrant workers, promotes their protection and advocates their smooth reintegration into Philippine society".
As nearly 15 million Filipinos work overseas this agency is responsible for promoting and developing the overseas employment program, protect the rights of migrant workers, regulate private employment agencies and try to find the best terms of employment for the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers). Many families will sell their land or obtain a loan just to be able to pay the placement fee to an agency for a member of the family to work abroad, and i know many locals who have paid the fee and have been cheated as the recruiter runs off with the money and appears a few months later with another agency in another part of the country.
CANT BEAT A TRIP TO THE MARKET FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Farmer's Market in Cubao, Quezon City is an excellent place to take some great photographs of the local produce that is grown on the land and caught in the sea. Farmer's market is located just next to the Cubao MRT station, and is known as the best 'wet market' in Metro Manila, which has been around for over 30 years. Most of the sellers are middle men and nit farmers or fishermen as the name suggests, and although you can still see the market functioning in the afternoon it is far better to get there early morning when there is more activity. Produce for sale include fruits, vegetables, flowers and fish (Including live fish and lobsters in tanks). Prices were very cheap as i live in Palawan, known as the "fishbowl of the Philippines" and am aware of the market prices.
NINOY AQUINO MONUMENT
After leaving the Capital One Medical Center we began to walk up Quezon Avenue and came across this colorful monument of Ninoy Aquino, the hero who was assassinated when he stepped off the plane on his return to the Philippines in 1986. Although it is not a monument one would make a special trip to see, if you happen to be in the area just take a quick look at the man as he stands by his pedestal with the national flag behind him. For me it looks much better than some of the other statues scattered around the city (because of the vivid color of the flag).
With Ninoy raising his hand a taxi driver may stop as it looks as if it is a pedestrian trying to flag down a cab!!!!
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Visit Eastwood City, residential, business, commercial and entertainment development by Megaworld.
High end Eastwood Mall with shops and restaurants.
Cyberwalk 1 & 2 with shops, cafes, bars & restaurants.
Eastwood cinemas, bowling and billiards.
Central Park with concert now and then.
Eastwood Open Park with concert now and then.
Lots of paid parking.
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HIGH RISE CITY HALL
Quezon City is the most populous and richest city in the Philippines and its City Hall indicates this as it is a high rise building in the heart of Quezon. Although there is not much reason to visit it you will find nearby Quezon Monument, and a Nature Park nearby that are worth a visit.
Inside the grounds there is also a wooded area with a stream running through it , so it is nice to see a little nature in the city environment.
THE COUNTRY'S NUMBER ONE SPORTS FACILITY
Araneta Coliseum, often known as the BIG DOME is one of the biggest coliseums in the world and is mainly used for sporting events and concerts. Basketball, boxing and cockfighting take place here regularly as well as religious gatherings, circuses and beauty pageants.
Amado Araneta purchased the 35 hectare site in 1952 and construction started 5 years later and completed in 1959. The dome has a diameter of 108 metres, and a floor area of 23,000 sq.m.
The coliseum hosted THE THRILLA IN MANILA fight between Mohammed Ali and Joe Frazier,.
The coliseum record attendance was over 23,000 for a basketball match.
STATUES at QUEZON CITY HALL COMPLEX
In the grounds of the City Hall you will find statues of Philippine heroes. As well as Andres Bonifacio you can see Jose Rizal and Manuel Quezon whose name is given to the city. The city was the capital of the Philippines from 1948 to 1976.
For more information on Rizal, Bonifacio or Quezon, look at my other tips.
If you are in Quezon and visiting the Quezon Memorial Circle, pop by the City Hall and take a quick look at the facade above the entrance to the Legslative Building as it shows scenes from Philippine life. Unfortunately i cannot find anymore information regarding this.
THE BELMONTE UNDERPASS
Unfortunately we did not discover this underpass until we visited the area a second time. The underpass leads from Quezon City Hall to Quezon Memorial Circle which we wanted to visit. After trying for 30 minutes or so to try and cross the road where 7 or 8 lanes of traffic whizzed around the circle we gave up but on our second visit we discovered the underpass which led to the monument, restaurants and car park. Mayor Belemonte of Quezon was the one who instigated the project. The underpass is guarded by security guards, well lit,and clean and is the only safe way to get to the circle. On the walls are photo exhibits showing the history of the area, almost like a mini-museum.
A plaque offering more information can be viewed at the entrance.
THE FATHER OF THE PHILIPPINE REVOLUTION
Outside Quezon City Hall there is a rather impressive statue of Andres Bonifacio (y de Castro) who was the Supreme Leader of the Katipunan Movement which fought Spain for independence.
He was born in 1863 but was executed before his 35th birthday. He and his brothers were caught after being tricked into a meeting, then there was a trial (the outcome of guilty had been decided beforehand) and he was sentenced to death, but later commuted to life imprisonment, but his enemies persuaded this sentence to be changed again, then he was summarily executed in the mountains of Maragondon.
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A BELL FOR PEACE
At Quezon Memorial Circle you can find a quaint little shelter that houses the World Peace Bell, which was installed in 1994 by the Japanese. National flags of many countries surround the site. It is quite tranquil there as it is surrounded by shady trees.
A WILDLIFE CENTER IN THE CITY
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (65 hectare) is a place to relax and escape the city for a few hours. We had to wait for some medical results from a nearby hospital so we discovered this wonderful place and took full advantage of it. Once you pay the 8 pesos entrance fee you will discover a lagoon, shady paths and many different trees and bushes. I am afraid that some of the birds did not appear to be in their cages anymore, i wonder what became of them. Inside the park there is an aquarium, a playground, a botanical garden and an animal rescue center where injured animals are taken care of.
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AMAZING MAUSOLEUM, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT
Manuel Quezon's Mausoleum is to be found at the Quezon Memorial Circle at the end of Quezon Avenue. It is built in the center of a roudabout where 8 lanes of traffic whizz round. It is a very interesting structure that is illuminated at night, three vertical columns representing the three areas of the country (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao), rise 66 meters (Quezon's age when he died). On the top of each post is an angel holding a sampaguita (the national flower). At the bottom is the mausoleum holding the remains of Quezon, and in 2005 the remains of his wife were also interred there.
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The Araneta Coliseum was built in the 1960's and is the main sport and entertainment center in Quezon City. It opened with the championship boxing match between Filipino Gabriel "Flash" Elorde and American Harold Gomes. The arena has a seating capacity of over 16,000 and over 20,000 with Standing Room Only. Among it it's regular tenants are the Philippine Basketball Association, National Collegiate Athletic Association and University Athletic Association of the Philippines basketball games. It has also hosted a number of international music artists over the years and the annual Binibining Pilipinas beauty pagent.
Center for dining and shopping. This city boasts for its numerous malls within it. Coming from South, you will be welcomed by series of malls and dining places at Cubao, here you will find budget-friendly malls such as Farmers' Plaza and Ali Mall, or even high-rated malls such as Gateway, and Rustan's. Watch see a movie at Gateway cinema offering you both 3D and 2D movies at very affordable price. Around the biggest dome of the country, you can choose among hundreds of great restaurants to dine. Or if you want fresh picks of seafoods and vegetables, Farmers Market is just across the big dome.
Traveling further you will reach North EDSA malls starting from TriNoma and right across it is one of the top 5 biggest malls in the country (and still expanding), the SM North EDSA.
If you are only into dining and some wine and beer, head on to Timog. Getting within the Tomas Morato area, you'd be welcomed by hundreds, if not thousands, of fine dining restaurants, bars, grills and fast foods. It's all up to you where to go, whether you want go Asian, European or American, Timog can cater whatever your tongue craves for the day.
Great finds, great price, and good food all in one place.
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