Circumferential Road 2
C-2 Road
National Route 140
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Capulong Street, a segment of C-2 in Tondo
Route information
Maintained by the Department of Public Works and Highways
Length10.18 km (6.33 mi)
Major junctions
North end AH 26 (N120) (Mel Lopez Boulevard) in Tondo
Major intersections
South end AH 26 (N120) (Roxas Boulevard) in Malate
Major citiesManila
Highway system
  • Roads in the Philippines
N130 N141

Circumferential Road 2 (C-2), informally known as the C-2 Road, is a network of roads and bridges that all together form the second beltway of Metro Manila in the Philippines.[1] Spanning some 10.18 kilometers (6.33 mi), it connects the districts of Tondo, Santa Cruz, Sampaloc, San Miguel, Santa Mesa, Paco, Pandacan, and Malate in Manila.[2][3]

The entire route is also designated as National Route 140 (N140) of the Philippine highway network.


The development of a major road network in Manila was first conceived in the Metropolitan Thoroughfare Plan of 1945, predicting that the metropolis in the 1940s will expand further to the shorelines of Laguna de Bay. The plan proposed the laying of circumferential roads 1 to 6 and radial roads 1 to 10.[4]

Since roads were already existing, the concept was to just connect short road segments to form C-2. To be joined are Calle Capulong, Calle Tayuman, Governor Forbes, Calle Nagtahan found north of the Pasig River, and Calle Canonigo in the south bank of the Pasig. The Nagtahan Bridge, the widest bridge crossing of the Pasig River until it was surpassed by the Guadalupe Bridge in 1963, connected these two sections.

Older roads dates back to the early 19th century, under the Spanish rule. Calle Canonigo (now Quirino Avenue Extension) was laid out to connect Plaza Dilao and Paco railroad station to Calle Isaac Peral (now United Nations Avenue).[5] The road perpendicular to Canonigo leading to the Pasig River was a narrow street called Calle Luengo in Pandacan.[6]

A 1934 map of Manila by the YMCA shows Calle Tayuman starts at Calle Sande (now Nicolas Zamora Street) and Calle Juan Luna and ends near the San Lazaro Hippodrome.[7] The road then connects to Calle Governor Forbes (now Lacson Avenue) which stretched until Calle Lealtad (now Fajardo). Calle Nagtahan connects the Santa Mesa Rotonda up to the Pasig River. South of the river, only Calle Canonigo was existing. Harrison Boulevard (now Quirino Avenue) was then built during the Commonwealth period to connect Calle Herrán (now Pedro Gil Street) to Dewey Boulevard (now Roxas Boulevard). Eventually, Calle Luengo was extended to Calle Herran.

Route description

Capulong Street

Also known as the C-2 Road, Capulong Street starts from Mel Lopez Boulevard, a part of Radial Road 10 (R-10), and ends in Juan Luna Street. It is the main thoroughfare of the district of Tondo in Manila.

Tayuman Street

Main article: Tayuman Street

Tayuman Street

Tayuman Street is a four-lane main thoroughfare of the districts of Tondo and Santa Cruz. It starts from the Juan Luna Street and ends in a junction with Lacson Avenue. The entire road is considered as a part of the C-2 Road.

Lacson Avenue

Main article: Lacson Avenue

Lacson Avenue

Formerly known as Governor Forbes Avenue, the C-2 segment of Lacson Avenue starts from the junction of Tayuman and Consuelo Streets in Santa Cruz and ends at Nagtahan Interchange, skirting the old San Lazaro Hippodrome.

Nagtahan Street

Nagtahan Street view from Nagtahan Interchange southbound

Nagtahan Street connects the Nagtahan Interchange with Mabini Bridge (Nagtahan Bridge).[8]

Quirino Avenue

Main article: Quirino Avenue

Quirino Avenue

Quirino Avenue starts at the southern end of Mabini Bridge at the junction of Paz Mendoza Guazon (formerly Otis) and Jesus Streets in Paco and ends at Roxas Boulevard in Malate.[9]


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  2. ^ Page Nation. "President Elpidio Quirino Avenue". Creative-commons. Archived from the original on September 24, 2021. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Simbianize.com. "Drivers Tell Horror Stories About Quirino Avenue". Simbianize.com. Archived from the original on August 8, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "PH, JICA prepares new Metro Manila road network development plan" (PDF). Wallace Business Forum – Philippine Analyst. July 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 26, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  5. ^ History of San Fernando de Dilao Archived July 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine published by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila; accessed October 9, 2013. [verification needed]
  6. ^ 1945 Map of Central Manila Archived October 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine published by BattleofManila.org; accessed October 9, 2013. [verification needed]
  7. ^ Complete YMCA 1934 Manila map (Map). 1934. Archived from the original on November 14, 2021. Retrieved June 20, 2022.
  8. ^ Google (June 19, 2020). "Nagtahan St" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  9. ^ Citiatlas Metro Manila. Asiatype. 2002. p. 183. ISBN 978-971-91719-5-9.