I finally made it to the Quezon Memorial Museum this time, just beneath the towering monument in the middle of Quezon Circle. The entrance is free but a guard would ask you to drop some money to the donation box (sapilitang donasyon?). Oh well, I entered the door to the gallery where paintings, pictures and relics related to President Quezon are on display. There were documents, busts and Quezon's clothes too.
Doing snapshots on the gallery is prohibited. The whole gallery is not too large yet not too small for a large collection of Quezon memorabilia, walking around the gallery took me some 20 minutes.
Before I left the museum, the guard asked me to have a glance at the former president's tomb in the very heart of the shrine. It was an inexplicable feeling to stand in front of a great man's resting place. Though he was long dead, his legacy still lives today.
Pesident Quezon died of a tuberculosis on August 1, 1944 at Saranac Lake, New York. His original death bed was brought here at the museum for display. At first he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, USA then was flown home to the Philippines on July 27, 1946 and was re-interred at the Manila North Cemetery. He was finally laid to rest in this shrine in a granite tomb on August 19, 1978.
The tomb of his wife, Doña Aurora Quezon, is also found here.
The Quezon Memorial Museum is open every Tuesday to Sunday, from 8AM to 4PM only. The entrance is free.
Link to Quezon Circle trip.