Quezon Memorial Shrine

Look! Quezon Memorial Shrine bathed in shifting colored lights

I have something to confess. In my entire life of studying, working and living in Metro Manila, since 1991, it was only the third week of September that I have, finally, visited the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. Sure, I know about it, as that one big grand rotunda with a tall, art deco style monument that I’ve been passing whenever I am in the area. But it actually is amazing once you get inside. The park is big, at around 27 hectares and, although it is called a Circle, is actually in the shape of an ellipse with the 66 meter monument the centerpiece of the park.

This monumnent, built in 1950s was designed by Federico Ilustre designed as the mausoleum of former President Manuel Quezon and his wife, Dona Aurora Aragon. It houses a gallery and museum and the top crowned by three angels representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, carved by Francesco Monti, an Italian sculptor who took residence in Manila. Although, I haven’t yet entered the structure, visiting it at night is spectacular as it is bathed in colored lights, changing every few seconds. And I can’t help but marvel and be in awe of such display. Check below for a video of the changing lights. Spectacular!

What about you? Have you visited the shrine?

NOTE: Video is originally three minutes plus but I purposely hastened the frame rate to make it within one minute. Actual changing of colors is slower than in the video.

The Quezon Memorial Shrine at night is lighted with colored lights

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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2 Comments

  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    September 19, 2016 @ 16:50

    Have u seen the Quezon Memorial Shrine shift colors at night? Video at the post https://t.co/z8MSf3TNf6 #quezoncity https://t.co/pGWUVsr9Cp

  2. Adrenaline Romance
    September 19, 2016 @ 17:22

    Beautiful! Love it when the red, blue, and yellow appears. Very patriotic.

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