Every time I hear Quezon City Memorial Circle, I cannot help but think of Rizal Park, also known as Luneta, a neglected park that serves as home for the homeless and beggars, and pick up point for the prostitutes. Though, Quezon City Memorial Circle is a lot bigger and different from Luneta, we cannot deny the fact that there were places that got neglected as well. So when we went there last week, I was surprised to see the new QC Memorial Circle.
Because we are from commonwealth, we took off infront of Agri building and had to pass by underpass (the underpass that caused too much traffic and delays to the commuters during its construction). Unlike other underpasses which are dark, pungent and crowded with vendors, the Belmonte Underpass (that is what they call it) is clean, lighted and guarded. It also serves as a mini-Museum for the passersby. There were bulletins on both sides with the Quezon City’s history and its administration.
On the other end of the underpass, this is what welcomed us, “tiangge” or stalls selling different products from shorts, shirts to toys and vegetables. A few meters away are “carinderia” or stalls serving snacks; porridge, noodle soup, spring rolls, etc.
The old picnic place (the area surrounded by the bicycle lanes) was converted to Circle of Joy, the biggest outdoor playground I have ever seen.
There are different types of play sets with slide, fireman’s pole, rock climber, monkey bars, cargo net climber, tic-tac-toe panel, swing, see-saw, and triple bedway slide. All play sets are lined with synthetic grass for kids’ safety. And as expected, RJ had a blast.
Hubby jogged around the circle a few rounds then we played with RJ. It feels great to be like a child again, carefree and playful.
When our stomachs growled, we headed to Aling Cora’s Bibingkahan, our favorite place to eat in the Circle. Rhonnel and I had “goto” (porridge with beef tripe), tokwa’t baboy (tofu and pork in soy sauce and vinegar), and spring roll while RJ had chicken noodle soup. The foods are really good value for our money since the servings are large and tastes good too as the soup made its way toward our little girl’s picky taste buds. We also had fresh buko after.
There are many other spots in the Circle that your family will surely enjoy like this gym area with improvised equipments for your free work-out.
There is also a very large circle of stones to massage your foot (still under construction when we went there). Why foot? Reflexologists believe that there are pressure points in our feet that are connected to the different parts of the body. It means that when you had your work-out in the circle, you gave pressure not only to your muscles but to your internal parts as well and that is all for free. Great, is it not?
By the way, the picnic area is still there. It was just moved to the side where the gym equipments are. They even set-up grill areas for those who want to have their barbeque.
Indeed, it was a great bonding at Quezon City Memorial Circle. And watching Rhonnel and RJ holding hands while walking made it even more greater.
I cannot wait for Saturday to come as Rhonnel promised to go there again to celebrate our Valentine’s Day.