The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) expresses its gratitude to the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) for declaring the Quezon Memorial in Quezon City as a National Cultural Treasure (NCT).
Museum Declaration No. 29-2020 was signed by NMP Director-General Jeremy R. Barns on 12 March 2020 but was only recently announced. Director-General Barns is also an ex-officio member of the NHCP Board. As an NCT, it is protected by Republic Act No. 10066 for its “outstanding historical, cultural, artistic and/or scientific value which is highly significant and important to the country and nation.”
Designed by Federico Ilustre and completed in 1979, the Quezon Memorial is a 66-meter pylon representing the years of his life and the three island groups in the Philippines—Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It sits on a triangular base which houses the remains of former President Manuel L. Quezon and his wife, Aurora Aragon Quezon. It was funded through contributions raised by a memorial commission and was built on a site that was originally designated for a national legislature.
The Memorial is also home to the NHCP’s Museo ni Manuel Quezon which immortalizes the life and achievements of the first Commonwealth president through panels, images, and original artifacts.
Born on 19 August 1878, Quezon is best known for advocating Philippine independence and preparing the nation for the recognition of its independence. Among the achievements of his presidency is the proclamation of the National Language and programs to promote social justice. Unfortunately, he died on 1 August 1944 of tubercolosis while leading a government-in-exile during the Second World War.