The Philippines will mark the 135th birth anniversary of former Philippine President, Manuel L. Quezon on August 19, 2012, Sunday. The late President Corazon Aquino signed into law in 1989 Republic Act Number 6741 which declared August 19 of each year a special working holiday throughout the entire Philippines and a special non-working public holiday in Quezon City and the provinces of Quezon and Aurora. Manuel L. Quezon was the President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944. He is considered the second President of the Philippines after Emilio Aguinaldo following a national election in 1935. Moreover, he is known as the “Father of the National Language.”
As we remember our former president, let me share with you three places in Quezon City -- a city named in his honor -- where you can bring your family in the coming long weekends.
The Quezon Memorial Circle located at the Elliptical Road in Quezon City is a National Shrine and the central park of the City. The remains of former President Manuel L. Quezon and his wife, former First Lady Aurora Quezon are laid inside the monument at the center of the park. It used to be much larger in 1949 when former President Quirino reserved 425 hectares for the central park of the new capital city. A series of Presidential Proclamations later reduced the park area into the now Quezon Memorial Circle, portions of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife and a small nearby forest. It is now a 25-hectare park managed and maintained by the city government.
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Happy Quezon City Day!