Quezon City Trivia: What Makes the City of Stars Interesting
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, March 01, 2019 4:15pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
We all know Quezon City, the biggest city in Metro Manila in terms of land area. It houses two of the top academic institutions in the country (Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines) and several government establishments (Batasang Pambansa, Philippines National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, etc). It is also the home of two of the biggest media networks in the country—ABS-CBN and GMA, which is why it is aptly called the “City of Stars.”
Apart from these known facts, Quezon City has so much to offer to our historical knowledge. These trivia may be known to some but in case you need a refresher, here's some information about a city from the north.
Quezon City was the Philippines’ capital from 1948 to 1976
In 1948, Quezon City was declared as the country’s capital. In 1976, former president Ferdinand Marcos signed Presidential Decree No. 940. It transferred the title to Manila since the city “holds historical significance as the seat of government of the Philippines since the Spanish colonial period”. In 2012, former city councilor Francisco Calalay appealed that the country’s capital should be transferred to Quezon City since it surpassed the qualifications as the center of transportation, commerce, culture, and education. But Manila still kept the title.
España became the break between Quezon Avenue and Quezon Boulevard
Espana starts when Quezon Avenue ends and also leads the way to Quezon Boulevard. These roads were separated by España—a part of Hacienda Sulucan, one of the ten barrios that formed Sampaloc back in the day. It was donated to the sisters Monasterio de Santa Clara in 1694 but was turned over to the Sulucan Development Corporation. However, there’s a condition: The access road should be called “España”.
Scout Area streets were named in honor of deceased boy scouts
In 1963, a group of Boy Scouts of the Philippines was on board United Arab Airlines Flight 869 on their way to the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Greece. Along their journey, the airplane crashed, leaving no survivors. In honor of the scouts, the 11th World Scout Jamboree Memorial Rotonda in Quezon City was built. The streets were named after the boy scouts who lost their lives.
The city is home to the first ever Max's Restaurant
The famous fried chicken of Max’s Restaurant found its first home at 21 South F Street (now Scout Tuason), Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City. “The house that fried chicken built” first served chicken, steak, and drinks until its menu expanded. The restaurant has branches all over the country and several others abroad.
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Quezon City’s Projects 1 to 8 are housing project names
People's Homesite and Housing Corporation (now National Housing Authority) had housing projects way back in the 60s and 70s. Projects were named with numbers, which was basically the origin of Projects 1 to 8 places in Quezon City. Fun fact: The “jeprox” word in Mike Hanapol’s “Laki sa Layaw” was actually “projects” spelled in reverse. “Jeprox” is used to describe people who came from the government’s housing projects.
Trinoma is an abbreviation
The word Trinoma stands for Triangular North of Manila. A theory about the location of Trinoma went viral way back in 2017. It says Trinoma is termed because it is in the heart of the North Triangle. Looking at the map, it is actually true.
It was meant to be called Balintawak City
Quezon City should be called as Balintawak City, named after the “Cry of Balintawak”. However, assemblymen Narciso Ramos and Ramon Mitra proposed naming the city after the then president Manuel L. Quezon. Thus, Quezon City was born.
Each city in Metro Manila has its own charm and history. As for Quezon City, more than its urbanized setting, it contains stories you would love to share with others.
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