Bukod sa usual jogging at biking sa Quezon Memorial Circle every weekend, may iba pang family gimik na libre at accessible para sa mga taga-QC.
Take a few steps from the entrance facing City Hall and you won’t miss the replica of the house of President Manuel Quezon and his family.
Almost one year nang nakatayo ang historical attraction that doubles as a museum. Isa itong living memory of the city built by the second president of the Philippines.
Naging property ng pamilyang Quezon ang magarang bahay noong 1927, na nasa Gilmore St., New Manila. Binili ito ni President Quezon para makapagpahinga sa sakit nyang tuberculosis na naging cause of death ng dating pangulo noong August 1, 1944. Bukod sa mahangin sa area, secluded at surrounded by trees pa ito.
Nakaka-impress ang replica dahil karamihan sa construction materials, including the furniture inside, mula sa orihinal na bahay. As if nilipat lang ang dating house sa Gilmore sa current location nito sa loob ng QC Circle!
A park and peek into history
Let your tour guide take you up the balcony on the second floor. Gawa sa kilalang Machuca tiles ang sahig na gamit ng mga high-society families noon.
To your left, pwedeng pumasok sa bedroom ng dating First Lady Doña Aurora Quezon, who was also the first chairperson of the Philippine Red Cross (May separate bedrooms ang couple dahil nakakahawa ang tuberculosis ni President Quezon).
Inspired ng American Commonwealth era ang design ng kwarto. Next stop naman sa tour ang room ng private nurse ni President Quezon.
Then you’ll see the President’s room. On display ang kanyang American suit na madalas niyang suot sa special occasions. There are antique pieces owned by the family all around, including the cabinet, bed, and baul.
Next, step into the ballroom para bumilib sa workshop ng goldsmith ng Quezon family. Meron pang fancy fire escape on the side. Andito rin ang wooden indoor plant box na gift ng Tapia family sa First Lady.
Down the spiral staircase shaped like a snail, check out the dining room on the first floor (Nowadays, ito ang madalas na meeting room nila Mayor Herbert Bautista at Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte).
Sa sala, merong paintings of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary with other interesting artworks at personal items ng family, like the Venetian glass mirror and Florentine cabinet.
Free educational trip
According to tour guide and curator John Paul Castañares, dinadagsa ang Heritage House.
They welcome 50 to 100 visitors during weekends—proof that Pinoys still admire and respect the former President,
and are curious of our country’s past, including the life of the Quezon family.
Bilang treat ng local government sa 15th Founding Anniversary ng QC, open ang Heritage House from Tuesdays until Sundays, 9 AM hanggang 4 PM in the afternoon.
Walang entrance fee but you can donate any amount and help advocate the love of history.
For group visits, makipag-coordinate muna sa Office of the Vice Mayor through the following numbers: 988-4242 locals 7380 / 8205 / 8128 to 8130.
Photo credits to the owner.