The nature spots of Quezon City are deemed vital as the lungs of the city, pumping fresh air and providing people with places to breathe and rid of the toxicity of city life once in a while.
Long before it became a highly-urbanized city, Quezon City was composed of small individual towns designed to replace Manila as the country’s capital. It was a purposeful dream for the late president Manuel L. Quezon who envisioned something big for his namesake city. Currently the most populous city in the country, it hosts numerous government offices and historical sites such as the Quezon Memorial Circle and Bantayog ng mga Bayani.
Quezon City is also considered as the seat of knowledge, housing two of the biggest universities in the country—University of the Philippines Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University. Meanwhile, Tomas Morato and Timog Ave are popular centers of nightlife and entertainment, with energy beaming even at midnight. It also houses two of the country’s biggest television networks—ABS-CBN and GMA Network.
However, contained within this thriving city are areas filled with old trees and lush green meadows. Quezon City is home to nature parks like La Mesa Eco Park and Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, and jogging spots like the UP Academic Oval, making it one of the greenest cities in the metro—a fact that is lesser-known to people outside the city.
One of the most convenient modes of public transport to Quezon City is Point-to-Point (P2P) buses. P2P buses run from NAIA to Araneta Center Cubao, from Glorietta 3 to UP Town Center/Katipunan, Robinsons Novaliches, and Eastwood, and from Park Square in Makati to Trinoma. Fares range from P100 to P280. Five MRT-3 stations are also distributed around Quezon City, namely, Santolan, Araneta-Cubao, GMA-Kamuning, Quezon Avenue, and North Avenue. The most common way to get around the city is by riding a jeepney.