AS the largest city in Metro Manila, Quezon City is known as an “all-in-one” metropolis with its many historical landmarks, business and commercial hub, premier tertiary institutions, and government offices. Of course, it is also home to thousands of citizens.
Indeed, there is so much to celebrate in Quezon City what with decades of progress and growth attained by past and present leaderships. Thus, in the city’s lead-up to its 75th anniversary in October 2014, the local government has rolled out a year-long series of activities for the landmark event.
“The 75th-year celebration of cityhood gives us the perfect opportunity to show off what Quezon City has to offer. This is why we are inviting everyone to become part of our city’s many celebrations as we collectively show our support and pride as residents of this premier city,” said QC Mayor Herbert Bautista.
Month-long landmark event
Quezon City was established on October 12, 1939, and Mayor Bautista wanted to host the grandest celebration for its 75th anniversary with activities representing the values of the city that continue to be upheld.
To start off with a thanksgiving celebration and novena began on October 3, which encourages the city’s religious to pray and be grateful to the heavens will run until October 12 at the Quezon City Hall.
The famous Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC), meanwhile, was the site of the Senior Citizens Walk on October 4, as well as the five-day Jubilee Scout Jamborette, which will conclude today.
On October 6, the city will unveil the Diamond Jubilee coffee table book, a commemorative coin and stamps, and its landmark “Mural of History.”
Shoppers are also in store for huge discounts in eight SM Malls for the “Super QC Sale,” which runs until October 12.
Highlighting numerous food hubs and restaurants around the city, the “Maginhawa Food Festival” is slated on October 11. According to the mayor, this aims to promote Maginhawa St. and its adjacent roads as food and tourist destinations of Quezon City. Located near the University of the Philippines Diliman campus in Sikatuna Village, the local government saw the area’s potential when food establishments mushroomed in the neighborhood, catering to students living on a budget. Food establishments and offbeat shops offering unique but affordable items have become popular along this long stretch, attracting food enthusiasts from north to south.
Besides the Maginhawa Food Festival, Quezon City’s six districts will have boodle fights, concerts, street parties, and inter-district competitions to promote community development and solidarity. There will also be livelihood projects and city wide medical missions, job fairs, a fun run, sports exhibitions and tournaments, including the Martsa ng Musiko.
On the eve of the Diamond Jubilee on October 12, a Grand Diamond salubong will be held, where participants can expect firework displays, marching bands, a 60-foot long Quezon City airship, and a float parade.
The largest Zumba fitness outdoor party will also be held at the QMC in the same day. This outdoor party aims to attract 9,000 residents to join an hour of non-stop dance routines. This is an attempt to break the “Largest Zumba Class” Guinness World Record that India is currently holding, which had 6, 671 participants.
To cap the momentous day, the Gawad Parangal Grand Night will take place at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, recognizing exceptional individuals from Quezon City.
With QC’s Diamond Jubille celebration extending past October, the local government has scheduled more activities until the end of the year. Some events to look forward to include an inter-barangay street soccer tournament, health and wellness fairs, an international film festival, international marathon, a pride march, academic conferences, and the highly-anticipated opening of the Quezon City Museum which will serve as the legacy of Quezon City’s Diamond Jubilee.
For more information on Quezon City’s 75th Diamond Jubilee, visit its official Facebook page.