After taking a look at Makati, the country’s financial district, through the eyes of its residents, it’s time to head up north and discover what Quezon City, the largest city in Metro Manila, has in store for its residents and would-be-transplants.
As the hub of information technology and of the entertainment industry in the Philippines, Quezon City has a good reputation for the city to hang its hat on.
What’s happening in the big city? Safe to say, a lot that could tickle your fancy. Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of living in Quezon City:
Quezon City is known to be a foodie haven, with the emergence of the enjoyable and wide-ranging offerings in Maginhawa St. and the seemingly constant presence of favorite eateries residing in Timog and Katipunan Avenue. Maginhawa St., in particular, has gotten a lot of ink for its up-and-coming restaurants, bars, and cafes.
Quezon City is also a very viable place to live in.
In 2008, Quezon City ranked in the Top 10 Asian cities, according to the London Financial Times. The city was ranked in the following categories: 3rd in Cost Effectiveness, 5th in Best Economic Potential, 6th in Best Human Resources, and 10th in Quality of Life.
Here are some interesting things to note:
The areas of Libis and Cubao are a couple of its model commercial areas featuring a number of shopping malls. Eastwood City in Libis, and Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza in Cubao come to mind. The famous Smart Araneta Center is an iconic Cubao establishment for sports and entertainment. Libis also features a handful of residential and office buildings.
Loyola Heights is an area known as the homes of Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College. A number of commercial study centers may also be found in the area.
Sta. Mesa Heights also feature prestigious Catholic schools in the area.
A majority of the daily commuters have had not-so-good experiences riding the MRT and LRT. However, the LRT Line 2, spanning from Marikina to Manila, may be able to provide a better alternative. It gives more convenience to commuters by being less jam-packed. Jeepneys, the cheapest mode of transportation in the Metro, also ceaselessly crawl around the city, taking in and dropping off passengers both in major roads and smaller alleyways.