21 May, 2009

Quezon – The Former Capital City of the Philippines


Quezon City or as it is known in the local language, Lungsod ng Quezon, is the first and former capital of the country of the Philippines; it is also the most populated city in the country. It is situated on Luzon close to the urban area of Manila. It is actually one of the districts and municipalities that compound the famous Manila Metro Area. In terms of size, the city is the second biggest, after the city of Davao.

The name of the city comes from the former president of the Commonwealth, Manuel Quezon who founded the city and worked so as to make it the capital city of the Philippines. The city is situated close to Manila at the north part of the Guadalupe plain. A common mistake made by many tourists and some travel guides is that the city is not located at the province Quezon.

The city is conveniently and strategically located and features stable ground, nice setting and fresh water in abundance. The area is characterised by mild climate and moderate slopes. As in every island and area in the Philippines, May to November is the rainy season, and from December to April a dry season, which is more pleasant to the tourists who decide to travel to the city. The average temperature here is 25,6C.

The city of Quezon is divided into 4 districts including 140 barangays. The larger district is the second one, featuring, though, the smaller amount of barangays.

Several government offices and commercial centres are still remaining in the city of Quezon; the house of the Representatives is still there, while two large campuses of the Philippines University are also located in the city. The Diliman university, the larger of the country, also called National University is in the urban area of Quezon.


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