History of Quezon City

Quezon City (Lungsod Quezon in Filipino) is the former capital and the most populous city in the Philippines. Located on the island of Luzon, Quezon City (popularly called "QC") is one of the cities & municipalities that comprise Metro Manila. Read more in its history!

President Manuel L. Quezon

Pres. Quezon signing the appointment papers of Tomas B. Morató as first Mayor of Quezon City.

1939: The first breakfast meeting of Pres. Manuel L. Quezon (second from right) in Quezon City, in the first residence constructed in Diliman (Quezon City) - the residence of Tomas B. Morató (first from left).

.Historical Highlights

Following is a collage of important dates and historical events about the City.

Manuel Luis Quezon - Born August 19, 1878

August 23,1896 - Bonifacio and his men tear their cedulas at Pugad Lawin and ignites the Filipino Revolution against Spain.

October 10, 1938 - The People's Homesite Corp. purchases 1,529 hectares from the vast Diliman Estate of the Tuason Family as site of the future capital city.

September 28, 1939 - The National Assembly approves Bill No. 1206 proposing the creation of Quezon City.

October 12, 1939 - Pres. Quezon signs into law Commonwealth Act No. 502, officially establishing Quezon City, and assumes the position of Mayor in a concurrent capacity.

November 10,1939 - Tomas Morato is sworn into Office as Mayor of Quezon City.

March 11, 2003 - Assemblyman Guillermo Villanueva of Negros Oriental files a bill seeking to make Quezon City the seat of government of the Philippines.

December 17, 1945 - Pres. Osmena issues Proclamation No.32 launching the nationwide campaign to raise funds for the erection of a national monument in honor of Pres. Quezon.

January 1, 1946 - Ponciano Bernardo is appointed by Pres. Osmena as Mayor of Quezon City

July 17, 1948 - Republic Act No. 333 slices Baesa, Talipapa, San Bartolome, Pasong Tamo, Novaliches, Banlat, Kabuyao, Pugad Lawin, Bagbag, Pasong Putik and other areas for Caloocan and cedes them to Quezon City.

February 4, 1954 - Pres. Magsaysay formally appoints Norberto S. Amoranto as acting Mayor of Quezon City.

June 16, 1956 - Republic Act 1575 is passed in the third session of the third Congress of the Philippines, amending and repealing certain sections of Quezon City. This law radically changes the geographic composition of the City.

November 30,1972 - The 1971 Constitution Convention is signed in Quezon City.

March 31, 1976 - Adelina Rodriguez succeeds Norberto S. Amoranto as Mayor of Quezon City.

March 31, 1978 - Pres. Marcos declares 1978 as Manuel L. Quezon Centennial Year.

January 1980 - In the first local elections after martial law, Adelina Rodriguez and Stephen Santo are elected mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

February 22-25,1986 - Quezon City is a site of the EDSA "People Power Revolution."

February 2, 1988 - Brigido Simon Jr., and Vicente Sotto are sworn into office as duly elected mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

October 12, 1989 - Quezon City celebrates its Golden Jubilee.

July 1, 1992 - Ishmael A. Mathay Jr., is elected mayor with Charito Planas as vice mayor.

May 8, 1995 - The people of Quezon City gives Mathay another mandate . Herbert Bautista is elected vice mayor.

May 11, 1998 - Mayor Mathay is again re-elected for his third and final term. His running mate Connie Angeles is elected vice mayor.

July 1, 2001 - Feliciano Belmonte Jr., assumes office as elected mayor with Herbert Bautista as vice mayor.

President Quezon himself served as the city's first Mayor but immediately  appointed Tomas B. Morató to the position. A long line of distinguished Mayors succeeded Morató in the stewardship of the city as follows: Ponciano Bernardo, Nicanor Roxas, Ignacio Santos Diaz, Norberto Amoranto, Adelina Rodriguez, Brigido Simon, Jr., Ishmael Mathay, Jr. and the incumbent Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.


Tomas B. Morató, the First Mayor of Quezon City: Nov. 5, 1939 to Dec. 1942

Tourist Belt

Quezon City has its own tourist belt, found in the once quiet district of  Tomas Morató, Roces and Timog Avenues plus a portion of Quezon Avenue which are now dotted with luxurious and exquisite restaurants, disco houses, night clubs, sauna clinics and other shops.