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10 Reasons to Visit the QCX Museum

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Are you looking for a museum near Manila that you can visit for the weekend? Try QCX Museum, a newly-opened interactive museum, the first of its kind in Quezon City.

If you’re expecting a gallery filled with endless paragraphs and long footnotes, you’re in for a delightful surprise. The QCX Museum likes to tell a story not with words, but with audience interaction.

The Quezon City Experience, also called QCX Museum, has only been opened in 2015. Each gallery is designed to not just to be read but also to familiarize with the city firsthand. You can sit right at Manuel L. Quezon’s office, pull out cyber postcards, hear Pinoy jeepney tunes, play trivia games, and pose for a virtual photobooth.

Here’s more of what the Quezon City Experience has to offer:

 

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You’ll imagine the 360 degree view of the city

The most notable landmark of QC is the Quezon Memorial Shrine, the three-pronged structure with angels perched on top of each side. It’s that majestic structure viewable from the Elliptical Road where highways from Commonwealth, North Ave., Visayas Ave., East Ave. and Quezon Ave. converge.

Drawn on the walls around the first gallery are landmarks seen at vantage point. Spotted from here are Iglesia ni Cristo’s headquarters, the Big Dome, the oblation sculpture of University of the Philippines, the Mabuhay Rotonda and more!

 

…and find what’s up with the tripod-looking design

The Quezon Memorial Shrine stands 66-meters high, the age when President Manuel L. Quezon died of tuberculosis. No two angels are also the same, as each represents the three main islands of the Philippines. How do you tell them apart?

Luzon wears a Balintawak dress characterized by bell-shaped sleeves. Visayas wears a cross-pendant to symbolize the birthplace of  Catholicism. Meanwhile, Mindanao is clad in malong, typically worn in the region and by Muslims.

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You’ll theorize about the Babae sa Balete Drive

The Babae sa Balete Drive is a horror story that gained popularity in the 1950s about a white lady lurking at Balete Drive in New Manila. Our tour guide relates us two stories — one more interesting than the other:

The first theory is that it was about a hit-and-run victim who died beneath the tree. This white lady is now held responsible for car accidents by nightfall and ghastly apparitions inside taxi cabs. The second story was that Babae sa Balete Drive was merely a made-up tale by a journalist looking for a headline. It probably was a slow news day. Pfft!

…and sing Mike Manopol’s song, Laki Sa Layaw to a new tune

In Mike Manopol’s song entitled Laki Sa Layaw, “jeproks” is actually a slang term for “projects”! Those refer to the housing programs developed in Quezon City we now know as Projects 1-8.

Laki Sa Layaw narrates an easygoing and vice-ridden lifestyle, as it was common among middle-class hippies living within the housing projects. In this gallery, QCX Museum recreates a stereotypical Filipino home. It’s complete with large beaded rosaries, a Last Supper painting and giant wooden spoon and forks. Sounds familiar?

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You’ll discover your barangay’s origin stories at the QCX Museum

Wherever you live in the city, you can find the interesting backstory to your barangay’s name. As for me, an adoptive QC resident, I’ve lived in Barangay Teachers Village, Paligsahan and Krus na Ligas.

Teachers Village, known for Maginhawa Street, was a housing project for Manila public school teachers. Paligsahan (in English, “competition”) was named after a former mayor of QC, Norberto Amoranto, to whom the barangay’s Amoranto Sports Complex was named after. Meanwhile, Krus na Ligas came from a poison ivy tree (ligas) that’s shaped like a cross. It’s actually the oldest barangay in the city!

 

…and saunter on a typical QC street

Did you know the origin of the word jeepney? According to the QCX Museum, the Jeep was the military vehicle from the World War. The –ney literally stands for “knee”. Since jeeps are heavily packed, you’ll be rubbing knees with the other passengers! This unique public transportation permeates the city.

Another gallery depicts a typical street scene in QC. The hallway is livened up with ice cream carts, sari-sari stores, newsstands, wayside barber shops and karinderia. You’d think you’re in a Home along da Riles set. Don’t forget to check out what’s cooking in the fish ball stand!

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You’ll time-travel to the glory days of Philippine Cinema

Because the major local networks that are stationed in QC, it’s not surprising to encounter celebrities inside malls and restaurants. No wonder it’s been dubbed as the “City of the Stars”!

An entertainment gallery is dedicated to just these — old-school weather news reporting, black n’ white films, and showbiz items. Donated by renowned celebrities are Comedy King, Dolphy’s Famas Awards trophies and the Master Showman, Kuya Germs’ suits, are now displayed here. Even vintage movie posters from Sampaguita Pictures hung on the walls. Talk about a throwback.

 

…and watch MLQ’s dreams come true

How did President Manuel L. Quezon envision the city that is to be named after himself? From a nameless rock to a seat of power, the museum portrayed a Quezon’s “I Had a Dream” reverie.

You can sit on a rock overlooking the imagined terrains of QC. It’s where the young President once sat to rest, as he imagined urban developments in the vast and empty area. The adjacent gallery, Malacanan, is a dramatic representation of how he made things happen. You can now sit at his new throne, a replica of his office in Malacanan, and find what being the first President to stay in the Palace feels like.

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It’s #RealTalk with the non-Utopian approach

What I love about the QCX Museum is that doesn’t glorify the Quezon City as if it was paradise. An entire gallery about the real issues being faced by the local government. With art, no less!

Education is depicted as a can of sardines, primarily because of the overpopulation of classrooms in the metro. Healthcare, a burnt seat from the long waiting time to get a doctor’s appointment. Poverty alleviation was a haphazard wooden ladder, as many would fall on the wayside before making it to the top. While environment is shown as a destroyed tree, as humans pollute the air, land and the sea.

 

For all museum junkies out there, mark your calendars! QCX Museum is giving free passes to the first 138 guests on August 19, QC Day! This is in honor of MLQ’s 138th birthday. Bring your friends here and discover more about what this city has to offer.

 

QCX Museum Rates:

Open daily from 9AM t o 5PM except on Mondays. The museum also has special discounts for families and larger groups, and prioritize QC residents.

  • Students with ID pay PHP 80.
  • QC residents pay PHP 100, just bring a valid ID indicating your address.
  • Non-Quezon City residents pay PHP 150.

 

How to go to QCX Museum:

If you plan to commute, there are two underpasses to go to QC Memorial Circle. One is located near Philippine Coconut Authority, and the other at QC Hall. Vehicles can enter in the gates along the Elliptical Road.

 

This article was later published at the Manila Bulletin‘s Lifestyle Section on August 22

 

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Mommy Queenelizabeth
    November 4, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    I didn’t know there’s a museum in QC. This is nice. I actually love museums and arts. I have a few on my list and i’ll make sure to visit them one at a time. Maybe i should include this too!

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    chardybaldyosa
    October 10, 2016 at 3:28 AM

    I’ve always wanted to check this place out, but I always get told by my friends that the place was “jeje” or sketchy because of the people always lurking around qc circle. But hey, you’ e changed my mind. I” definitely taking my family here and check it out for myself. Great writing and I” staying tuned for more! I’m also checking out more of your posts sam! More power!

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      Sam Coronado
      October 10, 2016 at 11:55 PM

      Thank you Richard!!! 🙂 Hope this does change your mind because I think it’s a very underrated museum in Manila/QC. I do agree that its periphery is somehow sketchy, but trust me in saying that QCX Museum is different. 🙂

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    Zwitsy
    September 7, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    I find the museum really interesting. It would be much more interesting if we will be visiting it personally rather than just read reviews about the place. Is there any discount offer for non QC residents? hahaha

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      Sam Coronado
      September 7, 2016 at 9:33 PM

      Unfortunately, no! Unless it’s a group maybe. But as far as I know, they’ll have free entrance in November, their anniversary 🙂

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    Teresa Dumadag
    September 6, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    I love your post about this museum! It’s very informative. I’ve been planning to bring my kids here but our plans didn’t push through. I hope to bring them here soon.

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    Carola
    August 26, 2016 at 4:17 AM

    I always enjoy going to the museum. This year I went to the national gallery in london. I’ve also visited the Louvre once. I will put this on my list of I ever visit Manila.

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    Louisa Mercado
    August 20, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    I have been wanting to bring my kids here. All the more now that I’ve learned it’s an interactive museum. This should be a must for field trips as it seems fun yet educational. The jeepney signs are interesting and it seems like they delve into QC history from another angle.

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    Milton Coyne
    August 19, 2016 at 3:37 AM

    Yey! I will definitely add this to my list of places to visit! I really find our history truly fascinating and as much as I can, I love exploring places that will somehow take me back in time and learn everything about its insteresting history. Museums like this is a perfect place not just for historically inclined people but everyone who wishes to explore Quezon and its remarkable stories

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    Me-An Clemente
    August 18, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    I’m from Quezon City myself and I’ve never been to QCX museum. Actually, this is my first time hearing about QCX museum. I also would like to visit this sometime when I’m free. I want to discover the origin story of my barangay. And wow! Tomorrow, they’ll give out free passes to the museum. I think it will be jam packed though so I guess it’s still best to enjoy by paying the entrance fee.

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      Sam Coronado
      August 19, 2016 at 1:45 AM

      Go ahead! It’s amazing the research they put into the barangay origins actually 🙂

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    Klaudia
    August 18, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    In fact I am not mad about visiting museums , as most are boring . But your story sounds different and a lot more “entertaining” than just walking through halls staring at pieces of art or history. Interacting opens the senses and causes more attention , I think I would enjoy that kind of museum as well. Very interesting post tho !

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    Alyssa tuangco
    August 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    I think I’m going to enjoy this because I live in QC! This should be a place for a field trip for schools around qc. I was amazed with the 360 drawing of the map and animated film. This is good 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      August 19, 2016 at 1:47 AM

      Thanks! I agree on the field trip idea… Would be great for schools in the city 🙂

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    Berlin
    August 18, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    There were two instances I was within the vicinity and would want to visit the museum. Unfortunately the events ive attended extended thus wasnt able to even take a glimpse of what was inside. But would still want to push that visit, hopefully with my boys. Heard so much positive reviews b

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      Sam Coronado
      August 19, 2016 at 2:28 AM

      You can drop by next time. Aside from QCX, there’s also the Quezon Museum right beneath the towering shrine 🙂

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    mariaisquixotic
    August 18, 2016 at 3:03 AM

    Wow. I so love the stories about the views and the museum itself! I could not say more because it’s just so amazing. I mean, looking at the photos and reading your experience and they way you describe. It’s as if I’m already there experiencing it. 😀

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    Fenrile
    August 18, 2016 at 2:39 AM

    I like how you built the post. Easy to read and it’s a nice idea and handy way to illustrate what you talk about through instagram pictures. I love museums and this one looks really interested. You gave all the information needed and I’m around one day it’s a museum I’ll visit for sure

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    Kathy Kenny Ngo
    August 18, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    I love to visit museums. Luckily, this is from Philippines too. I never heard about QCX museum but it looks like pretty interesting to me. I might consider going here whenever I am free. I will bring my son too! I am sure he will enjoy here.

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    Lester
    August 17, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    This place looks amazing. So much history in one place. I love how it doesn’t glorify QC and how it tells it’s story. Ticket prices are on point. I’ll definitely check this place out when I have time!

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    walkwithmisspiggy
    August 17, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    This is cool! First time to hear about it. I am a museum fanatic and will visit this soon. I love learning from museums, they take me back in different eras in our country and it widens my horizon so much

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    jayresa03
    August 17, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    A 150 is a little expensive for a visit but if it is to relive QC stories of thepast, then it’s worth visiting. I am planning to visit museums in Manila after I gave birth and I’m thinking of going to National Museum and Pinto Museum. I shouldn’t have to miss this one.

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      Sam Coronado
      August 19, 2016 at 2:25 AM

      I agree, it’s quite pricey! I live in QC but I don’t have an ID that says so, so I paid the full price 🙁 Oh well, I still think it’s worth it though, and for a good cause.

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    Nica
    August 17, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Oh goodness I didn’t know there is a museum that looks so good like this one! Err not a museum fan but I do appreciate art and I admire people who do love viaiting these places. I’ll have this noted and share to my friends 🙂

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    Joanna
    August 17, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    I like the fact that this museum is different that all the other I have visited before. It doesn’t seem to have a proper theme, it just gathers stories and art and experiences. Very interesting!

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    Nilyn_ECM
    August 17, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    We’ve been to QCMC for soooo many times already but I’ve never been to the QC museum! I should plan visiting there with my son when he’s a bit older. He hasn’t visited any museums yet.

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      Sam Coronado
      August 19, 2016 at 2:30 AM

      It would be great for him! He doesn’t have to know how to read yet to enjoy QCX 🙂

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    Stella the Travelerette
    August 17, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    This sounds really interesting. I love history and I think museums are often a great way to learn about history. I would like to learn more about the cinema of the Philippines as well. And I hope the story about the lady in white wasn’t just made up by a journalist!

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      Sam Coronado
      August 19, 2016 at 2:21 AM

      Really!! I’m hoping it’s made up so it’s not that scary. Haha.

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    Amazing Life Daily
    August 16, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Stories do sell, and I am sold on the stories I would learn about. Personally, I am not a fan of museums if what could be done is to look at a few pieces of ‘artifacts’ but here, the QCX provides something different. Ok, so money was spent on visuals, but it’s the stories behind that makes this an interesting destnation on a slow day 🙂

    #AmazingLifeDaily

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