Health and History in Quezon Memorial

Fitness, food, and shopping—-all these in a circle of vast grounds right in front Quezon City Hall. It’s a beehive of activity from sunrise to sunset—-no room for boredom. Yet a short trip also offers peace and quiet to the meditative and the bookworm.

Quezon Memorial Circle (or “Circle”) along the Circumferential Road (C-Road) is a choice weekend trip of excursionists, tourists, and the common man who just wants to amble in the park. Employees also cross the Circle going to different vital government offices and agencies along the C-Road.

Before the sun shows up, joggers and cyclists make their rounds on the outer bounds of the Circle. One full round makes for about 2 kilometers of hard work out around Quezon Memorial Circle.

Inside the Memorial Circle, more joggers and brisk walkers take rounds around a smaller circle about the soaring memorial monument. Other health buffs may be seen in areas secluded by trees and shrubberies quietly doing martial art rituals, shadow boxing, or sweating it out in badminton or volleyball. Some tackle a basketball game or rehearse a dance step (there’s a dance studio, too).

More chic athletes for a short trip prefer jerky aerobic maneuvers at the open ground near the monument. Free lessons are offered. Others go for the bike area and pedal their way to health. The bike lanes go up and down rolling slopes amid tall trees.

Some visitors for a weekend trip stay at the Buddhist Bell inside the Circle studying or devouring books. Idlers talk slouched on benches, basking in gentle sunlight filtering through trees. Students review plays or song numbers on mini concrete stages. Many others absently watch other people. These are among what’s buzzing up at Quezon Memorial Circle.

There’s a steep vertical wall for rock climbing at the Circle. Young climbers for a weekend trip, looking like puffing hip-hoppers, gather crowds of stunned fans wishing for the same skill. Kids attack the tough playgrounds of Quezon Memorial Circle by droves, anxious mothers lagging behind.

There’s a massage clinic run by the deaf and mute offering cheap service.

Around lunch time famished visitors stride to clustered restaurants, also at the Circle, just across city hall. They mostly offer chicken in various gourmet styles.

Hot early afternoons are best spent in the air-con museum at the base of the memorial tower. Memorabilia of the late President Manuel L. Quezon, the city founder and national leader of the Commonwealth before the war, are on display. His remains lie in a tomb in a chamber at the center-most part of the monument. So a weekend trip here can be very informative.

Finally, late afternoons at the Circle are perfect for shopping at the flea market in the bike area for souvenirs and cheap but hip shirts and accessories. That’s before sitting down the steep outer steps round the monument to view the sunset and wait for romantic byway lamps lit up one by one.

Quezon Memorial Circle is ideal to spend weekend trips in for energy surges and a recharge before a rigid week ahead. It’s a sanctuary for shaping up body, mind, and soul—-with a little side shopping.

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