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The Quezon Memorial Shrine has been designated as a National Cultural Treasure.

The National Museum has designated the Quezon Memorial Shrine as a National Cultural Treasure (NCT) under Declaration No. 29-2020.

According to the National Museum’s website, an NCT must be “a one-of-a-kind object found locally, possessing remarkable historical, cultural, aesthetic, and/or scientific value that is relevant to our country and nation.”

The state will maintain and protect the highly valued cultural properties through the National Museum of the Philippines because they are essential in comprehending the country’s history and culture.

“Director General Jeremy Barns, may maraming salamat sa National Museum of the Philippines. Malaking karangalan ang natatanging pagkilala na ito na sumasalamin din sa makulay na kasaysayan at kultura ng Lungsod Quezon (We appreciate Director General Jeremy Barns and the National Museum of the Philippines.) This is a great honor for us because it reflects Quezon City’s rich history and culture) “Mayor Joy Belmonte confirmed the NCT proclamation in a statement released on Monday.

According to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the shrine houses the Museo ni (Museum of) Manuel Quezon, which was created by architect Federico Ilustre (NHCP).

The mausoleum of President Quezon and his wife, Aurora Aragon, is located on the equilateral triangular foundation of the shrine.

“Three 66-meter-high pylons rise above the base, signifying Quezon’s age at the time of his death and the Philippines’ three major islands.” “Three Art Deco statues of angels clutching Sampaguita burial wreaths, sculpted by Italian artist Francesco Riccardo Monti, stand above the pylons,” according to the NHCP.

The museum also has interactive booths about the former president and his family, as well as personal and political possessions, books, papers, and documents, and images from his youth until his death in 1944.

After the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila at the Santo Domingo Church in Sta. Mesa Heights, the Quezon Memorial Shrine is the city’s second NCT.

The shrine, which is located within the 27-hectare Quezon Memorial Circle national park, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Vaccination cards must be presented to all visitors.

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