THE chairperson of the Metro Manila Development Committee of the House of Representatives opposed the plans of Quezon City Representative Vincent Crisologo to build a coliseum in the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC), citing the havoc the proposal would create on the natural parks and historic value of the circle.
Representative Winnie Castelo, the Quezon circle would not be appropriate for such a huge edifice.
“The place would not be appropriate. It would compromise the beauty of the place as serene and tranquil,” Castelo said.
In a press conference on Saturday, March 9, Crisologo, who is running for Quezon City mayor, said he plans to build an auditorium at the QMC.
Crisologo said the QMC is a big place fit for an auditorium.
“My plan is to build [an] auditorium there. Tayo na lang walang auditorium [na] air-conditioned na multi-purpose na pwedeng basketball court. Lahat meron na,” Crisologo said.
“It’s a big space ano, kulang lang sa planning. Kasi ang nangyari noon, may maisipan sila [tapos] tayo rito, may maisipan sila [tapos] tayo roon. There is no general planning. So I think we should re-plan the circle,” he added.
Crisologo stressed that while cities like Manila, Caloocan, San Juan and Makati have their own large sports auditoriums and basketball stadiums, Quezon City does not have one.
Castelo, however, pointed out that QMC is a passive park designed for walking and promenade.
"The real purpose of that park is for tranquility and serenity. It's a passive park where park-goers can promenade," he said.
Castelo also noted that the place is sacred as it is where the remains of President Manuel L. Quezon are buried. He noted that the proposed project would be a "desecration of the remains" of the city's founding father.
Another aspect that Castelo opposed is the adverse environmental impact it would have on the park coupled with a horrendous traffic problem that an auditorium or a coliseum would create in the area.
Castelo said putting up a huge building would wreak havoc on the trees and other plants in the park that has served as a respite from the daily grind of Quezon City residents.
"Furthermore, a coliseum would require parking that the present park space cannot provide. This would just create chaos of big proportion," the chair of the Metro Manila Development panel said.
He added, "It would create monstrous traffic because that is the center of a major street."
Castelo suggested that Crisologo's plan could be put in “some place that would not hamper social and environmental concerns" where "free flow of parking can be ensured.” (PR)