Kalaw Avenue
Route 155 shield
Kalaw Avenue looking west from Mabini Street
Former name(s)T.M. Kalaw Street
San Luis Street
Part of N155 from Taft Avenue to Roxas Boulevard
NamesakeTeodoro Kalaw
Maintained byDepartment of Public Works and Highways - South Manila District Engineering Office[a]
Length1.4 km (0.87 mi)
Includes 0.3 km (0.19 mi) extension
East end N181 (San Marcelino Street)
N170 (Taft Avenue)
Maria Orosa Avenue
Bocobo Street
Mabini Street
Del Pilar Street
West end AH 26 (N120) (Roxas Boulevard)

Kalaw Avenue (formerly T.M. Kalaw Street) is a short stretch of road in the Ermita district of Manila, Philippines. It forms the southern boundary of Rizal Park running east–west from San Marcelino Street to Roxas Boulevard near the center of the city. It begins as a four-lane road at the intersection with San Marcelino widening to an eight-lane divided roadway along the stretch of Rizal Park from Taft Avenue west to Roxas Boulevard. It has a short extension into the reclaimed area of Luneta and Quirino Grandstand as South Drive. The avenue's main section between Taft Avenue and Roxas Boulevard is assigned as National Route 155 (N155) of the Philippine highway network.[1]

The avenue was named after Teodoro Kalaw, a Filipino legislator and historian of the Philippine Commonwealth period who also served as Director of the National Library of the Philippines (whose post-War incarnation lies along the street). It was formerly known as San Luis Street (Spanish: calle San Luis).[3]


Luneta Hotel

Kalaw Avenue is the main access to some of Rizal Park's main attractions, such as the National Museum of Natural History (former Department of Tourism Building), Museo Pambata, National Library of the Philippines, and Manila Ocean Park. Just across the street from Rizal Park are the Central United Methodist Church, the Luneta Hotel, and the Eton Baypark residential tower. The Casino Español de Manila, destroyed during World War II, was rebuilt on its original site in 1951 near the avenue's intersection with Taft Avenue, which housed the Instituto Cervantes de Manila. Also located at this eastern end of Kalaw are the Plaza Salamanca, the Manila Prince Hotel, and the Masagana Superstore (SM Savemore). The National Historical Commission of the Philippines has its headquarters in Rizal Park along Kalaw Avenue, just beside the National Library. The back entrance of the Manila Doctors Hospital is also located along Kalaw Avenue via the Norberto Ty Medical Tower, which opened in 2016.

See also


  1. ^ DPWH maintenance does not include the unnumbered extension (Kalaw Street).[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "South Manila". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  2. ^ "Road and Bridge Inventory". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  3. ^ Remembrances and the streets of Manila Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine published by Philippine Daily Inquirer; accessed 2013-10-08.

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