Have you ever tried biking? Try it, it’s fun–it’s simple, clean fun! Some of my kids and I go to the on weekends to go biking. QMC has a biking lane–it takes about 10-15 minutes to complete the whole 2 km-loop. If you do not have bikes, or for one reason or another, cannot bring your bikes, you can rent one, from as low as P60/hour.
QMC is one of the remaining public places in Metro Manila where one would find trees, trees, and trees, other places in Quezon City are the UP, Ateneo and Miriam campuses in Katipunan. I always enjoy passing through these areas, especially in the early evenings, when traffic has eased out–one would see students, children, adults walking, jogging, walking their dogs, or just enjoying the place, especially at the Sunken Garden in UP.
Last Sunday, my youngest son, Alan Jr and I went to QMC at 7am, with his bike in tow, plus our badminton sets. I had to rent one for myself. We biked to our heart’s delight, uphill, downhill, in between pot holes, and all. It’s not at all fun if the bike lane is all smooth. Pot holes are ok, they are challenging. There were still few bikers at 7 am, by 8:30 am, the number of bikers has increased. Oh, yes, for me biking amidst nature for exercise is much better than in the stationary bike, that is, if one has the option.
We played badminton afterwards. We were lucky because it was cool, and the air was still. By the time we went home at 10 am, picknickers, hikers, and those who just wanted to take a walk in the park were already coming in droves. Food is not a problem in QMC–there are restaurants, like Max’s and Tropical Hut, eateries and small stalls selling junk food and drinks. And yes, there are “tiangges” near the bike area.
A monument, encased in marble where the remains of former president Quezon is right in the middle of QMC. I remember having brought my kids there a year ago to learn a litte history, and climb this structure, which is the highest in Quezon City. Somehow, it reminds me of the Taj Mahal in Agra, which the Indians are very proud of.
For fun–free and simple, QMC is worth checking out. Quezon Memorial Circle is also known as the Elliptical Road (R-7). The circle links Commonwealth (R-7), Visayas, Kalayaan, East, North, and Quezon Avenues (R-7). The last three avenues provide access to EDSA (C-4), the main highway in Metro Manila.
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