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Migdal Bavel: Quezon Memorial Shrine

A view of the final resting place of former President Manuel L. Quezon in the heart of a city named after him. He is also widely known as the Father of the National Language here in the Philippines.

Photo by janey_mcfly

“Behold the Tower of Babel,
out in the glare of white sheet,
bold and brash like a winged sepulcher.

There it is!
Defiantly perched, full of pride.
Signaling the fall of man’s might."

Photo by janey_mcfly
Photo by janey_mcfly

March 2009, a few days after the failed assault of a cab driver who tried to run off with most of my stuff, I decided to go out on a photowalk with some friends to calm my nerves. We went to check out Quezon Memorial Circle, which was right smack at the center of the infamous Elliptical Road in Quezon City (I’d like to call it the “merry-go-round road” by the way). I have been living in Metro Manila for quite some time but I have never been to such national landmarks. My reason? No time at all. Given the time, I would be broke. Give or take, either which.

The Quezon Memorial Shrine is dedicated to the Philippine’s second official president, Manuel L. Quezon. A sarcophagus is located inside the shrine, which houses the remains of the former president. Quite visible from a few kilometers afar, the first thing you would notice would be the monument’s three vertical pylons which represents the three main geographic archipelago of the Philippines (namely Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao). With a height of 66 meters (Quezon’s age of death), the massive tower is surmounted by three mourning angels holding a wreath of sampaguita, the national flower.

The snippet of the poem that I made above was a direct homage to the biblical passage of the Tower of Babel. Ironically, Manuel. L. Quezon has been dubbed as “The Father of the National Language” and the Buwan ng Wika (Month of the National Language – August) was therefore wholly dedicated to him.

“Looks like Isengard,” used to be my initial reaction every single time I pass Elliptical Road.

“…except for the Art Deco angels.”

Photo by janey_mcfly
Photo by janey_mcfly

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©Jane U. Gaspar

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