Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue
FPJ Avenue
Roosevelt Avenue
Roosevelt Avenue Quezon City.jpg
The avenue looking north towards EDSA by the Coca-Cola warehouse
Route information
Maintained by the Department of Public Works and Highways – Quezon City 1st District Engineering Office[1] and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
Length2.871 km[2] (1.784 mi)
Major junctions
North end AH 26 (N1) (Epifanio de los Santos Avenue) in Muñoz
South end N170 (Quezon Avenue) in Santa Cruz
Location
CountryPhilippines
Major citiesQuezon City
Highway system
  • Roads in the Philippines

Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue (also known as FPJ Avenue), formerly Roosevelt Avenue (Tagalog: [ˈruːsbɛlt]),[a] is the principal north–south tertiary road serving the San Francisco del Monte district (colloquially known as Frisco) of Quezon City, Philippines. It runs with a length of 2.871 kilometers (1.784 mi) between Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to the north and Quezon Avenue to the south. The avenue is named after Fernando Poe Jr., a renowned Filipino actor and National Artist of the Philippines who once lived along it.[4][5] As Roosevelt Avenue, it was named after former United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt.[6]

The avenue and the adjacent area are also referred to by local residents as Muñoz, being the site of a popular wet market, the Muñoz Market, located at the corner of FPJ Avenue and EDSA. The market was named after its owner Demetrio Muñoz, a philanthropist, businessman and a presidential adviser during the administration of Diosdado Macapagal from the province of Pampanga.[7] At the opposite end of FPJ on Quezon Avenue is Fisher Mall, a commercial establishment built on the land that used to be the main terminal of the Pangasinan Transportation Company (PANTRANCO) that went bankrupt in 1993.[8] FPJ Avenue is also home to the former transmitter of Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC).

Renaming proposals

A street sign of the avenue after it was renamed to Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue.

In 2010, a bill was authored in Congress by Quezon City's 1st district representative Vincent Crisologo renaming Roosevelt Avenue after his predecessor, former representative Reynaldo Calalay, who died in office in 2003.[9]

Senate amended House Bill No. 7499, originally to rename the adjacent Del Monte Avenue after the actor Fernando Poe Jr. After considerations from opinions from various religious groups and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Senate President Tito Sotto introduced amendment to rename Roosevelt Avenue instead. On September 13, 2021, the Senate approved the amendment and the bill.[10] The House concurred with Senate amendment on September 28 and was transmitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on November 20 for his signature. On December 10, 2021, President Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11608, renaming the road as Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue. It was published at the Official Gazette on January 13, 2022.[4]

Route description

Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue northbound from its intersection with Quezon Avenue.

FPJ Avenue is located in Quezon City, northeast of Manila and runs for roughly 2.9 kilometers (1.8 mi) along a north–south axis. Starting at its southern terminus at the junction with Quezon Avenue in Barangay Santa Cruz, the road heads north toward Barangay Paraiso providing access to Damayan, site of the old Santuario de San Pedro Bautista church of the former pueblo of San Francisco del Monte built in 1593. It intersects with Del Monte Avenue from where it continues on a straight path north through the mixed residential and industrial villages of San Antonio and Paltok where a Coca-Cola plant stands next to the IBC transmitter. The road ends at the intersection with EDSA by the Muñoz Market and Walter Mart North Edsa.

North of EDSA, FPJ continues as Congressional Avenue heading northeast to Project 8 and Culiat area. It is served by FPJ Station of LRT Line 1.

Notes

  1. ^ Despite its rename, the road is still referred to as Roosevelt Avenue.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Quezon City 1st". Archived from the original on June 6, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "Road and Bridge Inventory". Department of Public Works and Highways. Archived from the original on October 22, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  3. ^ Fernandez, Daniza (January 13, 2022). "Grace Poe grateful, humbled for FPJ Avenue". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on January 13, 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Punzalan, Jamaine (January 13, 2022). "Law renames Roosevelt Ave. after Fernando Poe Jr". ABS-CBN News. Archived from the original on January 13, 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  5. ^ "LRT-1's Roosevelt Station to be renamed FPJ Station starting Aug. 20". ABS-CBN News. August 19, 2023. Retrieved August 19, 2023.
  6. ^ "Metro Manila streets named after American leaders". Rappler. April 27, 2014. Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "Municipality of Minalin -Famous people". Provincial Government of Pampanga. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  8. ^ Ramos, Marlon (July 19, 2012). "Court of Appeals upholds auction of Pantranco buses to rival firms". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  9. ^ "Spot.ph's Top 20 Crazy Laws in the Philippines". Spot.ph. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  10. ^ "Senate renames Roosevelt Avenue to Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue". Senate of the Philippines. September 13, 2021. Archived from the original on September 16, 2021. Retrieved September 21, 2021.

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