Heralded as the city of the stars, Quezon City continues to shine bright—both as a sustainable residential suburb and a bustling industrial hub.
Bearing the same moniker as a former Philippine President, the city was named after President Manuel Luis Quezon who selected the site in 1939. The area was once a private estate before it was converted into a city. Today, it is known for being the biggest city in Metro Manila when it comes to land area. While the city is often confused with a province in Region 4 that bears the same name, Quezon City has distinct and remarkable traits that set it apart from the province.
Quezon City is regarded as one of the more highly urbanized cities in the Philippines and is slated to have its business grow exponentially in the following years.
In this regard, existing and prospective residents have a lot more to look forward to. It is home to a cross-section of Filipinos, from people working in the information tech industry to the rising OFWs. As the city is lovingly referred to as the city of the stars, it should come as no question that several local Filipino stars are billeted in Quezon City as well, considering its proximity to most major studios (TV network juggernauts GMA and ABS-CBN). The general ambiance of Quezon City is pretty much like a cross between an exciting cosmopolitan and a thriving industrial hub.
As a result, it attracts individuals with diverse personalities from all walks of life. Indeed, while Quezon is often regarded as the City of the Stars, this multi-faceted city can be considered the city of dreams as well.
FACTS ABOUT QUEZON CITY
- Quezon City was once the capital of the Philippines from 1948 to 1976. In 1948, the city was declared as the country’s capital. However, former President Ferdinand Marcos signed a decree that transferred the title to Manila in 1976.
- The largest shopping mall in the Philippines and the third largest mall in the world, North EDSA SM Mall is located along EDSA in Quezon City.
- Melchora Aquino is one of the beloved Filipina heroes in the Philippines. Tandang Sora, as she was lovingly called, had a pivotal role in the Katipunan. In recognition of her efforts during the revolution, an entire Quezon City district (and even a street in San Francisco, California) are named after her. She also has her own respective National Shrine in Banlat, Quezon City, her hometown.
- Quezon City should have been called as Balintawak City, named after the “Cry of Balintawak” on August 23, 1896. However, through the proposal of Assemblymen Eugenio Perez and Narciso Ramos, the city was named after then-President Manuel L. Quezon to honor the latter.
- Quezon City is, by far, the largest city in the country—both by area and population. In fact, it is so big that apart from Manila, it is the only city to have its very own police district named after it (QCPD) since day one. Other cities would conventionally use the usual directional police district.
REASONS TO LIVE IN QUEZON CITY
EASE OF TRANSPORTATION
- As a highly urbanized city, Quezon is expected to have advanced systems of transportation. To live up to its name as the country’s premier gateway, Quezon City beefed up its existing transportation systems and even has an on-going project for the Metro Rail Transit 7 which is expected to be fully completed by the end of this year.
HIGH REAL ESTATE VALUE
- Quezon City is known to be one of the cities with an enviable zip code in Metro Manila. After all, living in Quezon City is pretty much being in the center of it all, and in proximity to practically everything you might ever need. In this regard, it is inevitable for real estate properties to have high market value. With Quezon City’s strategic location and accessibility, houses and condos in the area might cost a bit more but will prove to be worthy investments in the long run.
COMPELLING EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS PROSPECTS
- With Quezon City’s rapid growth in terms of progress and industrialization, countless local and international companies are headquartered in the city as a result. Among business process outsourcing companies are media networks, information technology companies, real estate services, and other business ventures. Having a strong economy and key accessibility, businesses—whether big or small—will likely thrive in Quezon City. As a result, countless employment and career advancement opportunities are created regularly.
MEDICAL, HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTERS
- The city is one of the Philippine cities slated to become the next leader in medical services and medical tourism. Some of the country’s best medical institutions and hospitals are located in Quezon City. In fact, the city is home to four hospitals with international health certifications such as the Philippine Heart Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center, World Citi Medical Center, and the National Kidney Transplant Institute.