WHITE LADY. A ghostly lady is said to appear underneath the trees along Balete Drive. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

WHITE LADY. A ghostly lady is said to appear underneath the trees along Balete Drive. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

MANILA, Philippines – If you're looking for new museums to explore, you're in luck – the Quezon City Experience (QCX for short) at Quezon Memorial Circle just opened on November 9.

At the opening, QC mayor Herbert Bautista called QCX a "social history museum." True enough, QCX is a big, spacious museum that allows visitors to learn more about the history and culture of the sprawling city. The mayor, together with Camarines Sur Third District Representative and vice-presidential candidate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, cut the ribbon at museum's opening.

OPENING. Quezon City Mayor and Camarines Sur Representative and vice-presidential candidate Leni Robredo cut the ribbon at QCX's opening. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

OPENING. Quezon City Mayor and Camarines Sur Representative and vice-presidential candidate Leni Robredo cut the ribbon at QCX's opening. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

If you're planning a visit, you might want to allot an afternoon to explore it. QCX has 16 interactive galleries, and you'll be stopping at each one – not just to read up on the info that's offered on tablets and computers, but to take advantage of all the photo opportunities they offer.

Aside from the museum, the complex also has a business center with restaurants and shops, a 100-seat theater, a 60-seat lecture room, conference rooms, and rooftop gardens for events and outdoor exhibits.

QCX is open everyday from 9 am to 5 pm, except Mondays. Entrance is free for the whole month of November, but these are the admission fees and discounts effective on December 1:

  • Students with ID – P80
  • Quezon City resident – P100 (must present valid ID with address)
  • Non-Quezon City resident – P150
  • Group of 50 – 20% discount
  • Group of 50 students – 30% discount
  • Senior citizens/Persons with disability/Solo parent – 20% discount
  • Family of 5 members – 20% discount
  • Free admission for children 6 years and below

Here are some of the galleries we saw at the opening:

Pylon

The first gallery you'll see when you enter is the Pylon Gallery, with illustrations of QC on its walls. You'll also be greeted with replicas of the sculptures that can be found on top of the Quezon Memorial Shrine.

QUEZON CITY. The city is illustrated on the walls of the Pylon gallery. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

QUEZON CITY. The city is illustrated on the walls of the Pylon gallery. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

QUEZON MEMORIAL SHRINE. The Pylon gallery boasts replicas of the sculptures that can be found at the top of the shrine. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

QUEZON MEMORIAL SHRINE. The Pylon gallery boasts replicas of the sculptures that can be found at the top of the shrine. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

Quezon on a Hill

Former president Manuel L Quezon supposedly stood on a hill when he first looked over the landscape of Quezon City. QCX lets visitors learn about the city's history from its very own man-made hill.

QUEZON ON A HILL. Learn about Quezon City's history at this gallery at QCX. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

QUEZON ON A HILL. Learn about Quezon City's history at this gallery at QCX. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

Malacanang

There's also a replica of Manuel L Quezon's office at Malacanang, where visitors can sit at the president's chair and look out his office windows.

PRESIDENT'S ROOM. A replica of President Manuel L Quezon's office at Malacanang. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

PRESIDENT'S ROOM. A replica of President Manuel L Quezon's office at Malacanang. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

DETAILS. A map of Quezon City can be found engraved on the president's table. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

DETAILS. A map of Quezon City can be found engraved on the president's table. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

OUT THE WINDOW. Visitors can look at the president's 'view' from his office. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

OUT THE WINDOW. Visitors can look at the president's 'view' from his office. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

War Gallery

The War Gallery at QCX tells the story of the city's involvement in the war and the urban legends that haunt the city. QCX even has an installment of the city's most famous legend, the "white lady" that appears under the trees along Balete Drive.

FALLEN SOLDIER. The War Gallery at QCX recounts the city's role during the war. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

FALLEN SOLDIER. The War Gallery at QCX recounts the city's role during the war. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

WHITE LADY. A ghostly lady is said to appear underneath the trees along Balete Drive. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

WHITE LADY. A ghostly lady is said to appear underneath the trees along Balete Drive. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

URBAN LEGENDS. This display at the War Gallery recounts ghost stories from different landmarks around QC. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

URBAN LEGENDS. This display at the War Gallery recounts ghost stories from different landmarks around QC. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

Monuments

The red scaffolding was a nice touch in the bright, white Monuments gallery. From the University of the Philippines' Oblation statue to Quezon Memorial Shrine, you'll love looking at the details on the tiny replicas you'll find in this room.

OBLATION. A small replica of the Oblation statue at the University of the Philippines. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

OBLATION. A small replica of the Oblation statue at the University of the Philippines. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

Housing

There's a gallery dedicated to Quezon's housing projects too. You can walk through – or sit at – a typical Filipino home's sala (living room) and dining room, complete with old records and the family's achievements on display. There are even garden gnomes outside!

TYPICAL FILIPINO HOME. QCX's gallery on housing lets you walk through – and even sit – at a living room and dining room. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

TYPICAL FILIPINO HOME. QCX's gallery on housing lets you walk through – and even sit – at a living room and dining room. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

GNOMES. The museum even put gnomes out in the garden of their house replica. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

GNOMES. The museum even put gnomes out in the garden of their house replica. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Jeepney

There's an entire gallery at QCX dedicated to the Philippines' iconic mode of public transport – the jeepney. Aside from the giant red jeep replica, visitors can also sit at a bench that looks like a jeep and watch the educational videos on screen.

HOW'S MY DRIVING? QCX has an entire gallery dedicated to the Philippines' iconic public transport vehicle. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

HOW'S MY DRIVING? QCX has an entire gallery dedicated to the Philippines' iconic public transport vehicle. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

HALF A JEEP. Sit on the bench that's designed to look like a jeep and watch the videos in the gallery. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

HALF A JEEP. Sit on the bench that's designed to look like a jeep and watch the videos in the gallery. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Education

QC is home to 81 colleges and 9 universities – including UP, Ateneo de Manila University, and Miriam College – so it's no surprise that QCX has a gallery dedicated to education. Here, you can sit in a classroom, lounge on the field, or grab the headphones available and listen to Freddie Aguilar's "Estudyante Blues" or Parokya ni Edgar's "First Day Funk."

CLASSROOM. You can sit in class at the Education gallery. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

CLASSROOM. You can sit in class at the Education gallery. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

STUDENTS. The Education gallery has 'students' roaming the campus. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

STUDENTS. The Education gallery has 'students' roaming the campus. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Street Scene

From a typical Filipino home to a typical barangay (community). QCX's Street Scene comes complete with sorbetes (ice cream) carts, sari-sari stores (convenience stores), barber shops, and clothes hanging from second story windows.

BARBER SHOP. It's P25 for a haircut over at the Street Scene gallery at QCX. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

BARBER SHOP. It's P25 for a haircut over at the Street Scene gallery at QCX. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

FREE WIFI. Sit on this bench and learn more about the residents of QC. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

FREE WIFI. Sit on this bench and learn more about the residents of QC. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Business

QCX celebrates some of the small businesses that started out in the city and have since turned into big brands.

SMALL CAROUSEL. These came from the Fiesta Carnival Araneta Group. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

SMALL CAROUSEL. These came from the Fiesta Carnival Araneta Group. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Entertainment

From the dressing room table, to the studio, to the big screen, the Entertainment gallery tells visitors about the movie outfits and TV networks that have been established in the city.

WEATHER UPDATE. See the studios at QCX's Entertainment gallery. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

WEATHER UPDATE. See the studios at QCX's Entertainment gallery. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Issues

QCX doesn't turn a blind eye to the city's problems. The Issues gallery informs the public about the the problems that local govenment units have to address, with the help of beautiful art installations.

ISSUES. QCX has a gallery dedicated to the problems that local government units face today. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

ISSUES. QCX has a gallery dedicated to the problems that local government units face today. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Barangay

Here you'll find triva on the 142 barangays in QC, plus illustrations of the toponym of each barangay.

BARANGAY. The walls of the Barangay gallery have illustrations of QC's 142 barangays' toponyms. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

BARANGAY. The walls of the Barangay gallery have illustrations of QC's 142 barangays' toponyms. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Outdoor Sculptures

There's art to see outside the museum too. The photo below is one of the sculptures you can find outside, titled "Kiss" by Gerry Leonardo.

'KISS.' There are sculptures outside the museum too, including this one by Gerry Leonardo. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

'KISS.' There are sculptures outside the museum too, including this one by Gerry Leonardo. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Will you be visiting QCX soon? Tell us in the comments below! – Rappler.com



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