14 things to see at QCX, Quezon City's new interactive social history museum

 

MANILA, Philippines – If you're looking for new museums to explore, you're in luck – the Quezon City Experience (QCX for short) at Quezon Memorial Circle just opened on November 9.

At the opening, QC mayor Herbert Bautista called QCX a "social history museum." True enough, QCX is a big, spacious museum that allows visitors to learn more about the history and culture of the sprawling city. The mayor, together with Camarines Sur Third District Representative and vice-presidential candidate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, cut the ribbon at museum's opening. 

URBAN LEGENDS. This display at the War Gallery recounts ghost stories from different landmarks around QC. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

URBAN LEGENDS. This display at the War Gallery recounts ghost stories from different landmarks around QC. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.

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Monuments

The red scaffolding was a nice touch in the bright, white Monuments gallery. From the University of the Philippines' Oblation statue to Quezon Memorial Shrine, you'll love looking at the details on the tiny replicas you'll find in this room.

OBLATION. A small replica of the Oblation statue at the University of the Philippines. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

OBLATION. A small replica of the Oblation statue at the University of the Philippines. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.

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Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.

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Housing

There's a gallery dedicated to Quezon's housing projects too. You can walk through – or sit at – a typical Filipino home's sala (living room) and dining room, complete with old records and the family's achievements on display. There are even garden gnomes outside!

TYPICAL FILIPINO HOME. QCX's gallery on housing lets you walk through u2013 and even sit u2013 at a living room and dining room. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

TYPICAL FILIPINO HOME. QCX's gallery on housing lets you walk through u2013 and even sit u2013 at a living room and dining room. Photo by Vernise L.

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GNOMES. The museum even put gnomes out in the garden of their house replica. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

GNOMES. The museum even put gnomes out in the garden of their house replica. Photo by Vernise L.

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Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L.

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Jeepney

There's an entire gallery at QCX dedicated to the Philippines' iconic mode of public transport – the jeepney. Aside from the giant red jeep replica, visitors can also sit at a bench that looks like a jeep and watch the educational videos on screen.

HOW'S MY DRIVING? QCX has an entire gallery dedicated to the Philippines' iconic public transport vehicle. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

HOW'S MY DRIVING? QCX has an entire gallery dedicated to the Philippines' iconic public transport vehicle. Photo by Vernise L.

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Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L.

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HALF A JEEP. Sit on the bench that's designed to look like a jeep and watch the videos in the gallery. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

HALF A JEEP. Sit on the bench that's designed to look like a jeep and watch the videos in the gallery. Photo by Vernise L.

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Education

QC is home to 81 colleges and 9 universities – including UP, Ateneo de Manila University, and Miriam College – so it's no surprise that QCX has a gallery dedicated to education. Here, you can sit in a classroom, lounge on the field, or grab the headphones available and listen to Freddie Aguilar's "Estudyante Blues" or Parokya ni Edgar's "First Day Funk."

CLASSROOM. You can sit in class at the Education gallery. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

CLASSROOM. You can sit in class at the Education gallery. Photo by Vernise L.

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STUDENTS. The Education gallery has 'students' roaming the campus. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

STUDENTS. The Education gallery has 'students' roaming the campus. Photo by Vernise L.

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Street Scene

From a typical Filipino home to a typical barangay (community). QCX's Street Scene comes complete with sorbetes (ice cream) carts, sari-sari stores (convenience stores), barber shops, and clothes hanging from second story windows.

BARBER SHOP. It's P25 for a haircut over at the Street Scene gallery at QCX. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

BARBER SHOP. It's P25 for a haircut over at the Street Scene gallery at QCX. Photo by Vernise L.

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FREE WIFI. Sit on this bench and learn more about the residents of QC. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

FREE WIFI. Sit on this bench and learn more about the residents of QC. Photo by Vernise L.

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Business

QCX celebrates some of the small businesses that started out in the city and have since turned into big brands.

SMALL CAROUSEL. These came from the Fiesta Carnival Araneta Group. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

SMALL CAROUSEL. These came from the Fiesta Carnival Araneta Group. Photo by Vernise L.

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Entertainment

From the dressing room table, to the studio, to the big screen, the Entertainment gallery tells visitors about the movie outfits and TV networks that have been established in the city.

WEATHER UPDATE. See the studios at QCX's Entertainment gallery. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

WEATHER UPDATE. See the studios at QCX's Entertainment gallery. Photo by Vernise L.

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Issues

QCX doesn't turn a blind eye to the city's problems. The Issues gallery informs the public about the the problems that local govenment units have to address, with the help of beautiful art installations.

ISSUES. QCX has a gallery dedicated to the problems that local government units face today. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

ISSUES. QCX has a gallery dedicated to the problems that local government units face today. Photo by Vernise L.

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Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L.

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Barangay

Here you'll find triva on the 142 barangays in QC, plus illustrations of the toponym of each barangay.

BARANGAY. The walls of the Barangay gallery have illustrations of QC's 142 barangays' toponyms. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

BARANGAY. The walls of the Barangay gallery have illustrations of QC's 142 barangays' toponyms. Photo by Vernise L.

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Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

Photo by Vernise L.

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Outdoor Sculptures

There's art to see outside the museum too. The photo below is one of the sculptures you can find outside, titled "Kiss" by Gerry Leonardo.

'KISS.' There are sculptures outside the museum too, including this one by Gerry Leonardo. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco

'KISS.' There are sculptures outside the museum too, including this one by Gerry Leonardo. Photo by Vernise L.

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Vernise Tantuco

Vernise Tantuco is on Rappler's Research Team, fact checking suspicious claims, wrangling data, and telling stories that need to be heard.

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