Quezon City Memorial Circle Revisited

We have been to Quezon City Memorial Circle on countless times. It is one of our favorite places here in the Metro with trees, grass and greens. Since it’s a long weekend, hubby and I decided to visit it again so that RJ can play on the park’s nice playground…and so we thought. We were disheartened by what we saw…garbage are everywhere, from plastics to paper plates. The playground’s condition now is totally different from the last time we went there (you can read it HERE). Some play sets are already dilapidated and not safe for kids.

It’s not well-maintained and dirty. I am afraid that children might catch some bacteria and get ill.







Walking in the playground is like walking on a dump site. I don’t know if it is because of the number of people that went there this long weekend or if the park doesn’t have sufficient number of cleaning crews. There are trash bins everywhere but seem like people forgot how to use them. Just like these coconut husks that were left on a table after they got emptied.

If you think it’s because there may be no trash bin around, you are wrong because trash bins are just a few steps away. Sigh.

It is sad and depressing that some people doesn’t care at all. Good thing that there are  still other spots in the QCMC that are not filthy like the exercise and picnic  area where your family can spend the day.

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The Fountain in Quezon City Circle

Clear writers, like clear fountains,
do not seem so deep as they are;
the turbid look the most profound.
~Landor,Walter Savage~

My entry for Watery Wednesday.

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Bonding at Quezon City Memorial Circle

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.

All of these plus a little bottle of soda and 500ml. water costs only P174 ($4).

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.

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