Quezon City Philippines



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Description: Quezon City has been dubbed as the “City of New Horizons” due to its rich San Diego Hills culture and lifestyle. It lies just northeast of Manila. It is named after Manuel Luis Quezon. first

Quezon City has been dubbed as the “City of New Horizons” due to its rich San Diego Hills culture and lifestyle. It lies just northeast of Manila. It is named after Manuel Luis Quezon. first president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. As a whole, Quezon City has one of the lowest poverty levels in the Philippines. It is also known as country’s premier city due to its progress and performance.

There are many historical landmarks in Quezon City, among which may be counted the San Pedro Bautista Church in San Francisco del Monte. the second oldest church in the country; the site of the Unang Sigaw (first cry) in the Balintawak area to mark the start of the Philippine revolution against Spain; the monument to Gen. Lawton. the pot where the U.S. general was killed by Katipuneros in battle after the Pact of Biak-na-Bato failed in its objective to stop the hostilities even continued after the Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish-American war and wherein the Philippines revolutionary forces continued the war of independence against America.

Quezon City is the biggest of the six cities in the Metro Manila Area, lying immediately northeast of Manila and straddling the northern extension of the Guadalupe plateau. This strategic location provides stable ground foundation, adequate surface drainage, deep water table, and ample ground water supply. It is an area of moderate slopes and the most common soil type is the hard loam, more popularly known as the adobe which was heavily used in construction in the past. In terms of land area, Quezon City is the second biggest in the country, being next in size to Davao City and is five times bigger than Manila.

Quezon City is 10 kms. north of Manila. To the city's east are San Mateo, Rizal and Marikina City ; to the west are San Juan and the city Manila; to the north are Caloocan City and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. and to the south are the cities of Pasig and Mandaluyong. Quezon City is five (5) times bigger than Manila; in area, it is the second to the country's biggest city - Davao City. Rolling hills spread over a large portion of Quezon City. Its lowest altitude is 25 feet above sea level, while its highest is 55 feet.

Quezon City has a land area of 16,112.58 hectares, almost one fourth of the Region and the biggest among the cities and municipalities. Situated on the Guadalupe Plateau, the city's topography is largely rolling with alternating ridges and lowlands. The southern region of the City has a low grade terrain while the northern half is undulating that culminates at the Novaliches Reservoir. Served by a network of rivers and creeks, the city is efficiently drained except for some portions which experiences flash floods due to the deterioration of waterways. Rolling hills spread over a large portion of Quezon City. Its lowest altitude is 25 feet above sea level, while its highest is 55 feet.

The City shares an aquafier system with Metro Manila which, due to overdrawing which has been subjected to saltwater intrusion. Another feature which it shares with the rest of the region is the valley (Marikina) Fault System traversing the city's eastern portion.

Quezon City is divided into four congressional districts composed about 142 barangays. Each district is represented by six City Councilors, four representatives/congressmen, one from each district, are elected as members of the National Legislature. The number of barangays per district is: District I, 37; District II, 28; District III, 37; and District IV, 38. Although District II hast the least number of barangays, it is the biggest in land area, including the Novaliches Reservoir.

  • District 1 - comprises 37 barangays with a population of 373,712 or 17% of the total population of Quezon City of 2.17 million as of May 1, 2002. These barangays are located mostly in the northern part of Quezon City.
  • District 2 - with the least number of barangays (30) has the bulk of the population of Quezon City. Fifty four percent (54%) or 1,163,537 people resides in the said district. Barangay Commonwealth has 120,569 persons counted during the 2000 census of population. Over half of the population is in Congressional District II.
  • District 3 - Only 12% of the population are residing in this district comprising of thirty seven (37) barangays. This is the least populated district where most of the large establishments (Cubao Area) and posh villages/subdivisions such as White Plains, Corinthian Gardens etc. can be found. Also, the smallest barangay in terms of population can be found in this district - Brgy. Mangga with a population count of 494 (113 Households).
  • District 4 - has the most number of barangays (38). But have an almost identical share with District I Both having a share of the population of Quezon City at 17% or a population of 365,410 person. This district has the lowest household size of 4.29 compared to the other 3 districts.

Diliman is where many government offices are located including Quezon City Hall. At Diliman's center lies the Quezon Memorial where the late President Manuel L. Quezon is interred. The monument, encased in marble, is the highest structure in that part of the city. Running around the monument is the two-kilometer Quezon Memorial Circle, also known as the Elliptical Road (R-7/C-5). The circle links Commonwealth (R-7/C-5), Visayas, Kalayaan, East, North(C-5), and Quezon Avenues (R-7). The last three avenues provide access to Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) (C-4), the main highway in Metro Manila. Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Social Security System (SSS), the National Power Corporation. the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs), the National Computer Center (NCC), the Office of the Ombudsman. the Department of Agriculture. Department and Agrarian Reform (DAR), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are some of the government agencies that are located in Diliman. University of the Philippines as well as the 15-hectare campus of Far Eastern University 's Institute of Technology (now FEU-FERN College) is located at the central portion of Diliman.

Commonwealth Avenue was formerly called Don Mariano Marcos Avenue. It is home to many subdivisions such as Don Jose Heights, Ideal Subdivision, Jordan Park Homes and Doña Carmen Subdivision. Commonwealth also plays host to one of the largest squatters' communities in the country, specifically in the areas of Batasan Hills (formerly called Constitution Hills). Batasang Pambansa is located at the heart of Commonwealth Avenue.

It got its name from the Mother of the Revolution, Melchora Aquino or Tandang Sora. The area is primarily residential with Projects 6 and 8 located here, as are other subdivisions, like Town & Country Gardenville, San Pedro Subdivisions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8), NaPoCor Village, NIA Village, Reymar Subdivision, Villa Corrina, and many more. A large portion of Tandang Sora district is Barangay Bahay Toro, where a historic site of the Philippine Revolution known as Pugad Lawin is located. The main campus of AMA Computer University is located in the western portion of Project 8.

Loyola Heights is Marikina City's gateway to Quezon City. The main campus of Ateneo de Manila Univesity and Miriam College are located in Loyola Heights. Loyola Heights is an upper middle-class and rich residential area that caters to students of the Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines, and Miriam College. Near these areas, and right beside La Vista, are some squatters' settlements, making the Loyola Heights area a place of mixed socio-economic classes.




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