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Considered the premier teaching institution of the Philippines, THIS IS MY Alma Mater – the University of the Philippines. Students from all islands of the Philippines take the national exams, hoping to become a scholar in this beautiful university set in Diliman, Quezon City.
Just walking around the campus is nice as you will see the everyday lives of the students hoping for a brighter future. There is the Sunken Garden which is a “crater-like” depressed garden right in the middle of the campus, lined by giant trees. Reserve military corps practice their marching on the grounds on weekends, and you might even catch a concert or two….There is always something going on around the UP Campus which also has theaters where you can watch very well directed theater masterpieces.
The University also has a great library collection (I am not sure if you ask for a day-pass if you want to go in and look at some books- policies might have changed since I was there). There are several sport venues open to the public like the Track and Field Oval, tennis courts, the gymnasium, duckpin bowling and billiards and of course, an Olympic-size swimming pool where I used to do my laps.
Very nice peaceful campus and worth an hour or two to relax in….and of course, don’t forget to take a picture at the OBLATION which is the emblem of U.P. The original I think has been replaced by the current statue (original at Fine Arts Building probably) --- it is a man with outstretched hand and I used to copy this pose a lot, hehehe….
Updated Feb 17, 2009
The La Mesa Nature Reserve /Watershed is a protected area and has been restored and reforested by the Bantay Kalikasan and its partners. Eco trail and Camping are available at for the visitors to enjoy this place. The ecotrail allows you to explore the area by trekking at a leisurely pace throug a 2.5 km man-made trail which takes you through the grasslad, the forest and the lake. The trekking schedules are at 8 am, 9am and 10 am and lasts for about 2 hours. There's a minimum of 5 paying trekkers to do the trail. A forester is assigned to every group to take you around. The fee is 150 pesos for each adult and 100 pesos for person below 15 years old. Children under 7 are free of charge.
If the eco trail is not enough for you to enjoy nature, camping is available at the reserve and is open 24 hours when there are campers around. You will have to bring your own tent though. the campsite is located right next to the lake which guarantees a cool and quiet evening under the stars. Security is round-the-clock and forest rangers are available to assist you from pitching your tent to lighting a bonfire. There are portable toilets in the area for the guests to use. a minimum of 10 paying campers is required to do this activity. campers are advised to be in the area before 3 pm and allot 1 hour to set up camp and undergo orientation while daylight is available. The fees are 150 pesos for students below 15 years old and persons over 15 are charged 200 each. There's an additional 100 pesos for each person charged for each additional night of stay. Reservation should be done at least 5 days prior to stay.
Visit my blog at http://pinas-et-al.blogspot.com/2006/05/trip-to-la-mesa-ecopark.html.
Updated Feb 24, 2008
Address: East Fairview Quezon City
Phone: 4109670/9244101 loc 4551
Basically if your an adventurer and love countries like thailand and Malaysia you will surely love the Streetfood hopping in Quezon City. From the basic Fishballs (grined fish/flour mix and turned into balls), Kikiam (grined fish and squid) to Scamble (crushed ice with flavoring) to Tukneneng (quail eggs wrapped in batter) to exotic balut (duck eggs) and One day old chickens. You must try it all!! ... and yes they are safe =)
Written Oct 2, 2007
This is one of the newest addition to the growing list of Shopping Malls in Manila. is an upscale shopping center located on the corner of North Avenue and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Quezon City, Philippines. Its location at the end of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) train makes it more easily accessible among all new malls.
Trinoma will play host to more than 550 high-end shopping and retail establishments. It will boast of flagship stores which are not only the largest, but also the best out of a brand's chain of establishments.
On the Entertainment side: It has 6 digital cinemas and 1 THX cinema. A Timezone, the flagship and largest Philippine location (a computer gaming area), RedBox Karaoke and
Updated Aug 3, 2007
Address: of North Avenue and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue
Im sorry. I mean, are you religious? Then Quezon City offers numbers of Churches to give your weary soul a much needed rest.
Dont fail to visit the following places
1. Sto Domingo Church, Quezon Ave cor Banawe.
2. Iglesia ni Kristo along Commonwealth Ave.
3. Christ the King Church on E Rodriguez, New Manila
4. Saint Peter Church along Commonwealth.
I promise, even if you are not interested in the Hereafter, the Architectures of these buildings will be enough overwhelm you.
Written Aug 22, 2006
Check out what is showing at Gateway Cineplex 10 and really, really relax and see a movie!
For about 7USD, enjoy a movie on the big screen while sitting on a reclining La-Z-Boy and munching on and gulping complimentary popcorn and soda.
The cinema only has 40 seats so you have to call to make sure you can get in your preferred showtime.
Written Aug 20, 2006
Address: 4/F Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Quezon City
Phone: + 63 2 911 5555 / 2394
I was able to watch a musical (April 2006) called Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah in PETA Theater. Here is a picture of me with Wilma, one of the anti-heroines and an international model in real life.
The theater is small and can accommodate around 150 people.
Written Jun 6, 2006
go biking, hiking, fishing, picnic, boating, swimming, etc. You can pitch a tent or just bring a mat and find a shady area to stay in. We were there late so we weren't able to choose a nice spot. the park opens at 8 am and closes at 5 pm. It's better to be there by 8.
The entrance fee is 50 pesos per person while the entrance to the swimming pool area regardless of whether you swim or not is an addiitional 80 pesos per person.
Written Apr 9, 2006
Phone: 410-9670/924-4101 loc 4551
Located in the roundabout of Tomas Morato and Timog, night owls can choose from a wide array of restaurants. Vegetarian meals and Vietnamese noodles (Pho Hoa), pizza and calzone (Don Henrico's, Shakey, California Pizza Kitchen), dimsum (Wan Chai), crabs (Red Crabs), latte (Starbucks), steak (Mario's, Melo's), paella, hamburger etc.
Get into the groove at Ratsky's, Virgin Cafe and other acoustic bars along that strip.
Updated Feb 19, 2006
Araneta Coliseum (a.k.a. Big Dome) is a venue for musical concerts, basketball playoffs, international beauty pageants, and religious meetings. It has a 20,000 seating capacity and has been newly-renovated to include several restaurants and coffee shops all catering to international palate (Singaporean, Japanese, Italian, Chinese to name a few). The Coliseum is also attached to a 4-storey mall and cineplex called Gateway.
Once you enter the Dome, take note of the standing billboards that show the many events that took place here. It's like a walk down memory lane, from the mid 60s up to the present time.
Back in my gradeschool years, we use to watch Holiday on Ice and Circus shows here.
Written Feb 2, 2006