Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center | Things to do in Quezon City-Metro Manila

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Located in the University of the Philippines Diliman campus, Vargas Museum is a four-story museum that specializes in Filipino art. The museum is surrounded with sculptures outside, with the Lapu-Lapu sculpture located in front and the Balanghay at the back. Inside, the Main Gallery displays artworks from the 1880s to the 1960s. It covers various mediums such as watercolors, pastels, oil paintings, sculptures, and art installations, from celebrated artists such as Lorenzo Guerrero, Simon Flores, Juan Luna, and Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo. The third floor is dedicated to the archives section, which is home to the Filipiniana library and the Vargas memorabilia. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center is named after Jorge B. Vargas, who donated his collection of art, coins, stamps, library, and personal papers to the University of the Philippines in 1978. The Museum Cafe sits just outside the building, serving caffeinated drinks, sandwiches, and pasta.
Open: Tuesday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm
Address: Roxas Ave., University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Fee: P30
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Nearby attractions

UP Academic Oval
Attraction
0.20 km away

The one hundred seventy massive acacia trees are the asset of the UP Academic Oval. The trees flank each side of the elliptical road, stretching up into a roof of cool green. The canopy of acacia trees shade the runners, bikers, students, and passenger jeepneys below. The Oval measures 2.2 kilometers in circumference, with a dedicated bike lane and several cemented benches along its pedestrian lanes. Inside the Oval lies the Lagoon, a quiet hangout among lovers and bookworms, and the Sunken Garden, a multi-purpose spacious ground, sunken about 1 meter deep because of its limestone nature. Surrounding the Oval are the neo-classical buildings that make up the university's colleges, and several artworks. The most popular is The Oblation, sculpted by the National Artist Guillermo Tolentino. A few meters away from The Oblation, travelers can find more artworks at the Vargas Museum.

Presidential Car Museum
Attraction
1.78 km away

Classic, vintage cars reconditioned to their most elegant shape—not only are the physical cars the highlight of this particular museum. These vehicles are special in themselves for they were made to transport some of the most powerful people in Philippine history. The museum features 12 beautiful presidential cars as well as other vehicles used by historical personalities such as first lady Imelda Marcos, World War II General Douglas MacArthur, and Malolos constitution author Leon Apacible. Managed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), the museum was built to share the narrative of past Philippine presidents through these interesting and intriguing artifacts. No other place will you see so many vintage cars in the city than in the Presidential Car Museum!

Words by Michelle Tobias | Photos by Riah Camposagrado

Marikina Shoe Gallery
Attraction
3.01 km away

Marikina Shoe Gallery houses the biggest pair of shoes in the world. Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2002, the shoes measure 5.29 meters long, and took 77 days to finish. Made of genuine leather, the same pair can produce approximately 250 pairs of regular-sized shoes. Other than this display, Marikina Shoe Gallery showcases locally made shoes for sale. Created by both regular shoemakers and established shoe designers, the shoes displayed range from flipflops and sandals, to clogs and wedges, down to stilettos and boots.

Things to do nearby

Learn Archery in 1 Hour
₱200.00
Experience
Adrenaline junkies
2.49 km away

Learn the basics of archery and get to grips with unlimited arrows. DMZ Archery Range opened it's doors to the public on October 29, 2016 with a record breaking price of P199/hr, which was the cheapest rate for any archery range in the country. It was initially designed to cater friends and fellow archers who has the same passion as the owners. 

Paoay Seen Like Never Before: The BJ Experience
₱400.00

  • See and understand Paoay and the Ilocos region through the eyes of BJ Esposo Guerrero, the published writer, culture and history buff, story-teller par excellence, and well-travelled Ilocano behind “Theberntraveler”  in social media, and his associates.
  • His carefully designed tours are unique, giving visitors of Ilocos a genuine and almost-expert look at everything to be learned in the north, from architecture, local history, cultural heritage and the arts, and even food!
  • Don’t miss his tons of interesting trivia and sharp witted commentaries – he has appeared on TV as well! All you get from his tours are real, un-sugarcoated, fun(ny), and straight-from-a-local experiences and insights you can surely boast of!

Lunch or Dinner Buffet at Chef Laudico Guevarra's
₱998.00

  • Lunch or dine on buffet local delicacies at the famous Guevarra's Filipino Restaurant
  • Learn about Filipino Food and the best of Filipino traditions
  • Have a quick tour of the old Filipino house and learn about its history
  • Meet and greet the famous Chef Laudico Guevarra
  • Get to the location quickly and easily with a convenient hotel transfer

Where to stay

Prime Hotel
₱2200.00
Hotels and homes
0.20 km away

Ideal stay option for Family Vacations, Couples and Solo Travellers. Additional facilities available in RedDoorz Premium @ South Triangle Quenzon City are; Desk, Non Smoking Rooms, Room Service, Water Heater, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Car Parking Area, Rooftop Bar and 24 hours Front Desk. Popular Landmarks, Leisure, Shopping and Entertainment experiences near the Guest House are; Quenzon Memorial Cirlce (3.8 km), Jollibee (450 km), Seoul Trsain Korean BBQ (700 m), Max’s Restaurant (1 km), Fisher Mall (2.2 km), Robinson Magnolia (3.3 km), Il Terrazo (1.1 km), Kamuning Public Market (2.3 km) and SM North EDSA (2.9 km).

RedDoorz Premium near Trinoma
₱1300.00

Ideal stay option for Family Vacations, Couples and Solo Travellers. 24 hour front desk, elevators, limited parking, Additional facilities available in RedDoorz Premium near Trinoma Mall are; Desk, Non Smoking Rooms, Room Service, Water Heater, Limited Car Parking Area, and 24 hours Front Desk. Popular Landmarks, Leisure, Shopping and Entertainment experiences near the Guest House are; Fisher Mall (4.3 km), The Landmark (1.2 km), SM City North EDSA (750 m), Philam’s Finest Cuisine (2.2 km), Fisher Mall (4.3 km), Circle C Mall (3.3 km), Munoz Market (2.6 km), Circle of Fun (2.5 km) and QCX Museum (2.6

Microtel by Wyndham UP Technohub
₱3910.00

Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub has 120 guestrooms housed in a 6-storey block in the UP-Ayala Land Technohub’s commercial development along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, Philippines

The reasonably priced accommodations overlook a triangular, expansive garden that provide an ideal setting for relaxation. To further complement your stay, we have laid out facilities and services that are at par with international standards, including chiropractor-approved mattresses, cable TV, and wireless internet access. The hotel also features a restaurant with an al fresco patio, a function hall with a capacity of up to 300 persons, and 3 function rooms that can accommodate 15-24 persons.

This urban retreat lies within a tree-filled university campus, near the heart of the country’s government centers and business establishments. It enjoys an enviable address that brings you close to an array of key landmarks in the area, such as restaurants, churches, and malls. Embraced by vibrant scenes and warm people, Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub hotel in Quezon City, Manila truly serves as your affordable home in the city.

Getting there and around

Roxas Ave., University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila

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