Quezon City moves to replace Manila as country’s capital

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MANILA, Philippines—The richest city in the country is now on the move to strip Manila of its status as the country’s capital city.

In a resolution, a Quezon City councilor is urging Congress to enact a law, declaring it as the new capital of the Republic of the Philippines.

In 1948, Quezon City was declared the nation’s capital until 1976, when former President Ferdinand Marcos signed Presidential Decree No. 940, transferring the title to Manila.

This was because Manila became the center of transportation, commerce, culture, and education.

But according to the resolution authored by city councilor Francisco Calalay Jr., Quezon City has already surpassed these qualifications since most of the major thoroughfares in the country are now located in the city, including the Light Rail and the Metro Rail Transit, making it the center of transportation.

The three-page resolution added that Quezon City is now the center of communication, since it houses most television and radio networks, such as GMA Network, ABS-CBN, TV5, GEM TV, UNTV, Net 25, NBN, RPN, and IBC.

“Due to [its] present economic and ecological features and considering its historical and cultural significance … the capital city of the Republic of the Philippines should be fittingly reinstated to Quezon City,” the resolution read.

Quezon City was named after former President Manuel Quezon and has the largest land area in Metro Manila.

It also has the most number of private elementary and secondary schools in Manila and is home to several educational institutions such as the University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippine Science High School, Diliman Preparatory School, and Quezon City Science High School.

As to being the center of commerce, the resolution said the sale of car parts and accessories is concentrated in Banawe Avenue, earning it the title Autoparts Capital of the Philippines.

Tomas Morato and Timog Avenues are also the heart of restaurants and entertainment while Cubao has become the City’s commercial capital. The large number of high-rise buildings also reflects the City’s growing economy.

Moreover, Quezon City claims to be the center of culture due to the large number of celebrities, theater artists, and filmmakers residing in it.

It is also home to several historical events, such as the Cry of Pugad Lawin, Battle of La Loma, and the EDSA People Power.

Being the former capital, it has become the seat of several government offices, including the Batasang Pambansa Complex, House of Representatives, Land Transportation Office, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Social Security System, and the National Statistics Office.

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  • ANGEL0_REYES

    sayang! nakalipat na ko sa manila… -erap

  • monses

    after marcos era manila was left way way behind…thats because of corrupt politicians….manila stinks.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PHPM7ZIPGE5DYHRUYRZBPQGHZQ AlexC105

      And Quezon City doesn’t?

      In any case, this question of whether Manila or Quezon City is the capital should be a none-issue. Other countries normally locate their legislature in their national capital, so it does make sense to do the same here.The fact that communications companies are headquartered is really beside the point. QC can be designated as the national capital and Manila can be designated the historical capital. End of story. Huwag na tayong magtalunan pa tungkol dito dahil marami pa tayong kailangan malutas na problema.

    • RiverHorse

      ghastly nga di ba according to claire danes.

  • delpillar

    Para ma-decongest ang Metro Manila, gawing capital ang lugar any rural place  from BALER, SAN LUIS, DINGALAN (in AUroa Province) at isama na rin ang GENERAL NAKAR sa QUEZON.

    Kumbaga from the scratch ang urban planning, then right at the beginning, bawal ang squatter, bawal din ang kalsadang masikip na di makakadaan ang mga buses at bawal din ang tricycle at jeep. Lahat ng present route ng tricycle at jeep ay palitan ng buses at MRT/LRT.

    Para mas challenging at mas maging pantay ang distribution of wealth ay ppede ring piliin na capital ang Samar and Sorsogon, then magtayo ng napahabang tulay between Matnog Sorsogon and Allen, Northern Samar or via Capul, Northern Samar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/oustcorona ILL_HIT_YOUR_FACE

    Yeap… Manila. Bad Rep.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3EYXDE2GQIMQLOK4D35RDE4SA4 Philip Machika

    Long overdue…in the first place Manila shouldn’t have made the capital of the Philippines. Quezon City deserves it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CZS2DG54GHTF7WV34AKNR6JSRE ferds

    Sayang lang oras sa ganitong usapan, ano mahihita naman dyan kung papalitan.

    • dotCommer64

       Correct, this is senseless. It doesnt matter now if it houses GMA, ABS, MRT etc. It should not be the criteria nowadays..

      No matter how many restaurants you line up in Morato or Timog, it still doesnt have Intramuros, Luneta or Rizal Park, Manila Bay, CCP, National Museum, Malacanang Palace etc… these are all national treasures.

  • http://twitter.com/kintoy Boardinggate101.com

    my vote for Sharif Agwak as capital

  • Philcor

    that is why the chinese are daring for our own territory because we dont know where we are, and who we are. We are either here or there. We dont know our territory until it is occupied by others. Much so, we dont even know our capital whether it would be manila or quezon city. 

    • PHtaxpayer

      well. not exactly but I do get your point.  we are kalat and magulo so we can be vulnerable to takeover or exploitation

  • adminmycom

    However, nasa Manila ang mga historical landmarks kagaya ng Luneta, Intramuros, at Manila Ocean Park (lol). Syempre, symbolic na rin yung kantang “Manila” ng Hotdogs. Yung Cultural Center of the Philippines at Malacanang Palace ay nasa Manila rin. Karamihan ng mga rally ay sa Manila ginagawa tulad ng Mendiola at Liwasang Bonifacio.

    Palagay ko tama lang na Manila pa rin ang capital ng Pilipinas.

    Basta ibalik nyo na lang si ERAP sa San Juan.

  • adminmycom

    Pwede nyo na lang tawaging CARNAPPING CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES yang Quezon City.

  • alienpatriot

     It is very clear that one city dominates all others when it comes to commercial activities> Makati is the real capital in terms of what happens within that city. Quezon city has the universities and very little else. Most foreign embassies are already in Makati anyway.

    • PHtaxpayer

      Not necessarily.  Makati is relatively young.  Back in 1940’s it was all swamps.  It only rose to prominence in the 1950-60’s when rich families were invited to move and invest in a residential, commercial and financial district by the Ayala’s.
      Besides, the capital is usually the traditional seat of govt.  Commercial or financial centers like Mumbai, Shanghai, New York and Munich are not the capitals of their countries, just like Makati.

      • alienpatriot

         My view is that the main offices and buildings of relevance are spplit between Manila nd makati. Malacanang is in Manila as is the US embassy. The rest is in Makati with the exception of the Senate building which is in Pasay. Thus the two cities that have claims to be the capital are Manila and Makati.
        Minor claims can be made by Mandaluyong and Pasay, the first due to its commercial activity and offices such as ADB, the latter for it houses the senate. QC is not on the list.
        My point is not to try to make Makati the capital. It is to demonstrate that QC is a ridiculous choice.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    Ang sabi ni Erap: “Dumaan ka muna sa ibabao ng akin bangkay”.

  • marienkind

    Move the capital where there’s ample space to centralize government function.

    Somewhere undeveloped and then build from scratch. There are large tracts of land in Laguna that can be used for this purpose.

    Moving the capital away from MMla will help ease the population overload in the longrun.

    And it’s not like the government offices have to be in the center of commerce anyway. Washington DC is a good example. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22PRRPV4XKOOIC5TBS2ZLT7PZQ Tirador Ngbuwaya

    Councilor Calalay SIR, hwag nyo ng pagtalunan yang kung anung ciudad ang dapat gawing capital of the Philippines. . .HINDI  MAKAKAALIS  NG GUTOM  YAN sa mga mahihirap na taga Quezon city at taga Maynila. . . Ang importante sa inyong dalawa, Quezon city at Maynila ay umunlad ang buhay ng mga mahihirap na nakatira dyan sa dalawang ciudad na yan. . ., magka trabaho ang mga tao, mawala ang mga FIXERS  sa city hall, maging malinis at disiplinado ang mga tao sa pagtatapon ng basura, mawala sa lansangan ang madaming namamalimos na pulubi at mabawasan ang kriminalidad. Araw araw dyan sa dalawang lunsod na yan ay may pinapatay na tao, may hinoholdap. . .may kina CARNAP  na sasakyan. . .title lang yang pag aaksayahan mo ng oras. . .hindi mahalaga yang title na yan, . .

  • CyberPinoy

    whichever is the capital, they should solve the problem of squatters first.  Kahit naman manila or QC wala naan saysay yan dahil pareho lang infested ng squatters at urban poor yan dalawang city na yan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5R7FDH6I73P4IOHMOLQGDWOW7E n

    gumagawa na naman ng inconsistency ang councilor.. magulo na nga utak ng ibang pinoy, ginugulo pa lalo.. isang version lang din ‘to nang madalas na pagpapalit ng mga pangalan ng kalye. habang ang ibang bansa puro research ang ginagawa para makahanap ng bago, ang councilor na ‘to e pabalik-balik na lang ang iniisip. maling pagbabago.

  • julymorning

    CAPITAL MY FOOT! ETO YUNG PRIORITY NYO? KAYONG MGA WALANG SILBI AT MAGNANAKAW NG AMING MGA BUWIS?  MAGLINIS KAYA MUNA KAYO NG MGA KURAKOT SA MUNSIPYO NYO, SA BAKURAN NYONG NANGANAGAMOY BURAK AT SA KALSADA NYONG SUPER TRAFIC, AT SA MGA PULIS NYONG MGA MANGONGOTONG AT MGA WALANG SILBI. MAS MAKAKABUTI KUNG KAMING MGA MAHIHIRAP GAWIN NYONG CAPITAL AT BIGYAN NG CAPITAL. KUNG HINDI, PARA SA AMIN, ANG ITURING NAMING CAPITAL NG PILIPINAS AY PAYATAS, KUNG SAAN KAMI NABUBUHAY.

  • PHtaxpayer

    oh gee and all this time I thought QC was the capital.  I guess cuz I was studying abroad when McCoy changed it to Manila.  haha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOARJX3G3HKHGF34B6UVMZIIYY markus32

    Tong.. este Cong.. wala ka bang magawang ibang batas? Kapag maunlad ba dapat Capital na? New York: Capital ng USA? No! History should alway play a role here. MANILA is the cradle of civilization of the Philippines. Politicians nowadays, walang magawa, even changing names of streets for their namesake, kahit di naman kilala or walang ambag sa lipunan. There are many streets like that, that have names changed pero matatanong mo sa sarili mo, sino yun? or di naman karapat dapat. Kaya nawawalan ang Pilipino ng identity dahil pilit nyo tini-twist ang history. Internationally, MANILA is even known better than the Philippines itself. Hintayin mo maupo si Erap, tingnan natin kung makaporma ka.. hehehe. Oo nga pala, why dont you give back “the home to several historical events, such as the Cry of Pugad Lawin, Battle of La Loma” which is rightfully CALOOCAN.

  • w33k3nd3r

    If this is going to make things more expensive in my home, QC; especially taxes and Land Tax, forget it… no thanks~

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6R2QAY7UWNJMTCRTED3JZXPIA Joey

    i am from manila, so maybe i am being biased here.   but OMG! doesn’t this congressman have anything better to do than to tinker with the capital city of the country? and his arguments are not even valid! there are other cities in the country that are better centers of commerce, transport, population, culture, and history than quezon city. makati is definitely richer than quezon city. the population center in metro manila is still manila. so are the historical and cultural institutions.  in terms of welcoming tourists into the country, pasay city and paranaque seem to be the gateways to the philippines. needless to say, there are many things one can say against picking quezon city as the capital.

    but the most important thing that really comes to mind is that THERE ARE BETTER THINGS OUR CONGRESSMEN CAN DO TO SERVE OUR PEOPLE THAN TINKERING WITH THE NATION’S CAPITAL CITY!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3DMF6TPVTHAVBZCUCNURS2BG6Q Jan Carlos

    You should not approved. Remember Pres. Quezon is the reason why we loose to become part of the U.S territory. Look at Saipan & Guam they had maintained to be part of the U.S & their citizens had better future than us.

    • winkle esguerra

       and way better grammar than yours.

  • RiverHorse

    this can be settled once and for all in just one piece of argument – where does the president hold office? if malacañang is in quezon city then it should be the capital. otherwise, if the president holds office elsewhere, then that should be the capital.

  • takerenatoout

     “The richest city in the country is now on the move to strip Manila of its status as the country’s

      “Call Center Agent Deadliest Route”    (capital?) city.”

    yan ang bagay sa into mga Inutil!!!

  • kishbuff

    Hahahaha, soo funny! Idiot!

  • la mona segrestat

    if this will be approved, wouldn’t it be strange that Quezon city, the country’s capital, will be inside Metro “Manila”? are they planning to change the whole metropolitan to Metro QC? sorry, just a curious thought that probably doesnt make sense..

  • http://lottoschedule.blogspot.com/ Lotto Schedule

    May sense naman na gusto nila gawin capital ang QC kasi mas mayaman na ito. Pero sana magtulungan na lang kesa magpagalingan. I think this is causing conflicts between our own people when we should be fighting against China. Tsaka gaganda ba ang economy ng Pilipinas kung gagawing QC ang capital?

  • flip1sba

    I would rather have one united Metro Manila instead of having individual cities trying to compete for each other.

  • muddygoose

    I prefer that QC just become the BEST city in the Philippines.

    I already think it is the best–a biased opinion of course–but it actually has a lot of potential. QC has sound waste management practices, has beautiful parks, the best universities, and a large population of intellectuals and artists. It is in a position to build promising commercial centers after Cubao is rebuilt and the North Triangle CBD finally comes to life. I believe many cities in the Philippines will eventually become great cities. QC will be one of those cities that will lead the way. =) 

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