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Quezon City (Filipino: Lungsod Quezon, is the former capital (1948-1976) and the most populous city in the Philippines. Located on the island of Luzon, Quezon City (popularly known to Filipinos as simply QC) is one of the cities and municipalities that comprise Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. The city was named after Manuel L. Quezon, the former president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines who founded the city and developed it to replace Manila as the country's capital. Quezon City is not located in and should not be confused with Quezon province, which was also named after him.

Being the national capital, many government offices are located in the city, including the Batasang Pambansa or the House of Representatives, which is the lower legislative chamber of the Congress of the Philippines. The main campuses of two noteworthy universities, the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines, Diliman are located in the city.

Quezon City is the richest local government unit in the country in terms of current assets, cash in banks, share of internal revenue allotment (IRA), gross income, and gross net income. It remains the only solvent Philippine city as it operates on a surplus fund of over 2 billion pesos. QC features many spacious parks, tree-lined boulevards, and many commercial areas popular with shoppers all over the metropolis. Most of the city is composed of residential areas.

QC is also the major entertainment capital of the Philippines or "the Hollywood of the Philippines", as many Filipino TV shows, music, and movies are produced here. The major TV networks in the Philippines have their main stations in Quezon City. Geography

This largest city in Metro Manila, its approximately 160 square kilometers and comprises almost one-fourth of Metro Manila. The city lies on a relatively high plateau on the northeast corner of the metropolis between the lowlands of Manila to the southwest and the Marikina River valley to the east. The southern portion is drained by the very narrow San Juan River and its tributaries to Pasig River, while running in the northern portions of the city is the equally narrow Tullahan River.

Quezon City is bordered by Manila to the southwest, by Caloocan City and Valenzuela City to the west and northwest. To the south lies San Juan and Mandaluyong City while Marikina City and Pasig City borders QC to the southeast. To the north across Marilao River lies San Jose del Monte City in the province of Bulacan and to the east lies Rodriguez and San Mateo, both in the province of Rizal.

The city can be divided into a number of areas. The southern portion of the city is divided into a number of places including Diliman, Commonwealth, the Projects (housing) areas, Cubao, Kamias-Kamuning, New Manila, San Francisco del Monte and Sta. Mesa Heights. The northern half of the city is often called Novaliches and contains the areas of Fairview and Lagro. Most of these areas have no defined boundaries and are primarily residential in nature.

Location

Quezon City is located northwest of Metro Manila. It is bounded to the north by the province of Bulacan, to the east by the Provnce of Rizal, to the west by Manila Bay and to the south by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna and Laguna de Bay.

Land area

166.20 km²

Climate

Weather conditions in Quezon City are more or less the same as those prevailing in MetroManila. Due to its higher elevation, the temperature is generally lower, relative humidity and wind velocity are proportionately higher.

Quezon City experiences the highest amount of rainfall during the months of July to October averaging to 9.79 inches. The number of storms passing the city is the same as those passing in the Metro Manila area.

Population

The total population was 1,989,419 as of the 1995 census.

Language

Tagalog, English 

Currency

Philippine Peso (Php) in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1 in pesos and. 25, 10, 5 and 1 in centavos.

Economy

Katipunan Avenue, a major road in Quezon City. The trees on the right side of the image are part of the Ateneo de Manila University campus.

The commercial center of the city is in Cubao where you can find the Araneta Center shopping malls and the Aurora Tower. There is a farmers plaza and Farmers Market. Fiesta Carnival is an enclosed amusement park cum carnival which is located in the heart of the Cubao Commercial Center. You will also find the domed Araneta Coliseum, a venue for concerts as well as sports events.

This capital is also home to major television broadcasting networks. Major television companies (ABC, ABS-CBN, GMA Network, NBN, RPN, and IBC) are all based in Quezon City.

It also has a vibrant nightlife. Tomas Morato Avenue is known as restaurant row where restaurants range from fine dining to fast food establishments. Bars and cafes too line up the avenue. West Avenue, on the other side of Morato, has its own version of restaurants which are clustered along West while Morato has restaurants rows in nearly the entire stretch.

For the more adventurous, Quezon Avenue, Timog Avenue (near West Avenue) has a lot more to offer, with nightclubs and other drinking joints. Some are somewhat seedy while others are wholesome.

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