The Quezon Memorial Circle is a park and thus it should primarily be a park — not a haven for vendors, a carnival area, or a big parking lot.
And this is what Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte promises to do if she becomes the city’s top official: restore the national park to its original purpose as many people have observed that big portions of the nearly 16-hectare area have become heavily commercialized, looking like a concrete jungle.
“Gusto ko pong sundan ‘yong plano ng atin butihing founding president, si Manuel Luis Quezon. Kasi kung makita n’yo po ‘yong plano for the Quezon Memorial Circle, the intention is really (for it to be a) park, it should be a park and kung meron mang laman ‘yon, it’s cultural institutions,” Belmonte said during an interview on Monday, February 19, with DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan program with Cesar Chavez.
[I want to follow the plan of our esteemed founding President Manuel Luis Quezon. Because if you see the plan for the Quezon Memorial Circle, the intention is really for it to be a park, it should be a park and if there are things that should be there, these should be cultural institutions.]
“Ako po ay sang-ayon sa obserbasyon ninyo na dapat manatili po s’yang park at open space at ‘yan na lang po ang green lung ng atin pong lungsod at if we will be given the opportunity, we will restore the park to its original intention,” added Belmonte.
[I agree to your observation that it should stay as a park and open space and that’s the only green lung of our city and if we would be given the opportunity, we will restore the park to its original intention.]
Belmonte recently reaffirmed her intention to run for city mayor.
“They say that if you want change to happen, it’s really at the local level. I wanted to be an effective agent of change,” the vice mayor recently said.
“I think in the past seven and a half years, I have gotten a firm grasp of the problems of our city. I think that’s a definite advantage I have over other candidates who are considering to run for the mayoralty post,” added Belmonte.