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Katipunan Avenue
Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Avenue[1]
C.P. Garcia Avenue (C-5 Road, Katipunan) - Ateneo-Miriam area (Quezon City)(2017-09-06).jpg
A section of Katipunan Avenue fronting the Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College.
Route information
Maintained by Department of Public Works and Highways[a] and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
Major junctions
From N129 (Tandang Sora Avenue) / Magsaysay Avenue
Major intersectionsCarlos P. Garcia Avenue
N59 (Aurora Boulevard & Marcos Highway)
P. Tuazon Boulevard
N185 / N11 (Bonny Serrano Avenue)
ToWhite Plains Avenue / Temple Drive
Major citiesQuezon City
Highway system
  • Roads in the Philippines

Katipunan Avenue (Filipino: Abenida Katipunan) is a major avenue in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It runs in a north–south direction from the University of the Philippines Diliman, intersecting with Tandang Sora Avenue at its northernmost point, down to the Manila Philippines Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, intersecting with White Plains Avenue at its southernmost point.

The road is a component of National Route 11 (N11) and National Route 129 (N129) of the Philippine highway network, respectively, and[2] Circumferential Road 5 (C-5) of Manila's arterial road network.

The avenue has three lanes per direction in most sections, widening to four in select areas,[3] and narrowing to two lanes within Barangays White Plains and Saint Ignatius.

An extension project, shelved by the government for the last six decades due to failed negotiations with private entities, has been revived by the Department of Public Works and Highways to address worsening traffic situations along Katipunan and Commonwealth Avenue, as well as Batasan–San Mateo Road.[4] As of February 2021, the project is 70% complete.[5]


The avenue is named after the Katipunan revolution as the area now occupied by the road was originally carved as a passageway for Katipunan revolutionaries to make their way to Banlat, Balintawak, and Pugad Lawin during the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonial government in 1898.[6]


Along the avenue are several higher educational facilities, including the Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, and University of the Philippines Diliman.[7] It is also the location of the Manila Water facilities within the Balara Filters Park. The area along Katipunan Avenue was originally intended as a low-density residential zone. Due to the populous universities along the avenue, numerous condominiums have been since been established in the area. In 2009, the SM Investments Group proposed to build a 31-story high-rise residential project called Stanford Residences on a 35,600 square metres (383,000 sq ft) site on Katipunan Avenue near the Santa Maria della Strada Parish Church, totalling over 1,316 residential and commercial units.[8] To build this, SM would have to get an exemption from Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (Ordinance No. SP 918 S-2000), restricting the height of buildings in residential areas such as that part of Katipunan Avenue to 9 metres (30 ft).[9] Local residents opposed the exemption.[10] SM already had another high-rise project in progress on the other side of Katipunan Avenue, called Berkeley Residences, which was already 40% done by September 2009. SM indicated that it would be willing to move the Stanford Residences project to another location.[11]

Despite advisories warning against alcohol beverage distribution near schools located along Katipunan Avenue, bar establishments continue to be a popular aspect of the area's nightlife.[12]


The avenue generally features heavy motorized vehicle traffic, and is divided in the middle by traffic islands for the convenience of pedestrians.[7] In 2005, the MMDA listed the area of Katipunan Avenue near Ateneo de Manila University as one of Metro Manila's 14 most dangerous traffic black spots.[13] In 2008, the MMDA introduced a traffic rerouting plan on the avenue, cutting off some u-turn slots along the avenue; local residents complained, but the MMDA responded that the road was used by many motorists and not just local residents, and that the measures had improved traffic flow.[2] Later the MMDA stated they might re-open some of the u-turn slots.[14] In 2010, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that it would deploy 2,000 traffic enforcers along the avenue to deal with the heavy vehicular traffic.[15] The city government built a pedestrian overpass in 2006 near Ateneo de Manila University.[16]

Motorized tricycles have long been officially banned from Katipunan Avenue, but the ban was not always evenly enforced, until an announcement in August 2008 by the MMDA. MMDA stated that they would enforce the ban from Aurora Boulevard northwards.[17] In September 2008, Quezon City councilor Allan Butch Francisco proposed an exception to the ban. He stated that the Quezon City Tricycle Ordinance of 1992 permitted tricycles to travel along national highways if those highways were the only access roads in the area, and that Katipunan Avenue was the only road linking to the u-turn slot on C.P. Garcia Avenue.[18] Katipunan tricycle drivers held a strike in mid-September in protest.[19]

Katipunan Station is located on Aurora Boulevard near its intersection with Katipunan Avenue. It is the only underground station on Line 2 and the whole LRTA system.[20]


In 2002, the Katipunan Greening Project volunteers planted Bougainvillea, Lantana camara, petunias, red creepers, and other flowering shrubs along the avenue, after two years of lobbying the MMDA to ensure that the city would water and otherwise look after the plants. Businesses along the avenue also lent a hand.[21] In 2003, the MMDA proposed removing the trees and the traffic islands along the avenue, in an effort to improve the traffic flow; however, local residents objected.[7] The tree-cutting was halted by an order from Malacañang, pending the return of then-President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from an overseas trip.[22] Again in 2009, the MMDA was cutting down trees along the avenue for a road-widening project; in the second case, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources ordered MMDA to stop, after protests by Ateneo de Manila University.[23] There were further back-and-forth accusations between the two departments, with MMDA stating that the tree removal had already been agreed to with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), while DENR criticized MMDA's sloppy work in removing the trees.[24]



In 1996, Colonel Rolando Abadilla of the Philippine Constabulary (now Philippine National Police) Metropolitan Command Intelligence and Security Group was killed by four gunmen, including a fellow police officer, while driving along Katipunan Avenue in broad daylight.[25] In 2002, a police officer was stabbed by the boyfriend of a girl whom he and his cousin had admitted harassing in a nightclub earlier that evening.[26] An armed robber stole valuables from all the patrons of a restaurant there in September 2006.[27] In June 2007, police and carjackers suspected to be planning a bank robbery had a pre-dawn gunbattle along the avenue, leaving three of the alleged criminals dead.[28] In August 2007, three jeepney touts who worked along the avenue were arrested by police; their bodies were later dumped along the avenue, showing signs of torture. The incident led to a probe by the Philippines' Commission on Human Rights.[29]

Traffic accidents

In November 2007, a truck hit a motorcycle while travelling south, precipitating a chain of collisions which ended with the truck slamming into a coffee shop. Five people were injured, and six or seven vehicles damaged.[30] In 2008 there was a fatal accident along the avenue caused by a man driving under the influence of alcohol. The car in question had vehicle registration plates marking it as belonging to the National Prosecutor's League. Two teenagers from the Balara area were killed.[31]


Aurora Boulevard–Katipunan Avenue Interchange
Aurora Boulevard–Katipunan Avenue Interchange

The entire route is located in Quezon City

White Plains AvenueNorthern terminus. Continues north as Temple Drive
Derby StreetWhite Plains Subdivision. Gated access.
Sarangaya AvenueWhite Plains Subdivision. Gated access.
Roseville StreetWhite Plains Subdivision. Restricted access.
Pinesville StreetWhite Plains Subdivision. Gated access.
1st StreetSaint Ignatius Village. Gated access.
11.9757.441 N185 / N11 (Bonny Serrano Avenue)Traffic light intersection. C-5 and N11 segments of Katipunan Avenue start here. south end of DPWH maintenance[33]
Rajah Matanda StreetNorthbound segment part of Blue Ridge A Subdivision.
Both segments are along the service road and accessible via U-turn slots.
North end of Libis Tunnel
Sunriser's StreetSouthbound only.
Highland DriveNorthbound only. Blue Ridge A Subdivision. Restricted access.
Tomas P. Castro StreetSouthbound only. Historically a continuation of Highland Drive, was renamed in 1989.
Cliff DriveNorthbound only. Blue Ridge A Subdivision. Gated access.
P. Tuazon Boulevard, Major Santos Dizon StreetNo left turns. Right-in/right-out for northbound intersection.
Access to Cubao (southbound) & Marikina (northbound).
South end of Katipunan Flyover
N59 (Aurora Boulevard, Marcos Highway)Traffic light intersection. Access to Cubao, San Juan, Manila, Marikina & Antipolo.
Esteban Abada StreetSouthbound service road only.
Xavierville AvenueSouthbound service road only. Access to Project 2 and Kamias Road.
Grade School LaneNorthbound service road only. Gated access to Ateneo de Manila University.
Father Masterson DriveNorthbound service road only. Gated access to Ateneo de Manila University.
North end of Katipunan Flyover
Rosa Alvero StreetSouthbound only.
F. Dela Rosa Street/University RoadTraffic light intersection. Right-in/right-out for northbound intersection. Gated access to Ateneo de Manila University.
Park 9 AlleySouthbound only.
B. Gonzales Street/Thornton DriveTraffic light intersection. Gated access to Miriam College.
J. Escaler StreetSouthbound only. Loops back to Katipunan Avenue.
Mangyan StreetNorthbound only. La Vista Village. Gated access.
Pansol Avenue
(Katipunan Avenue Extension)
Access to Marikina via Tumana Bridge
Carlos P. Garcia AvenueTraffic light intersection. Access to Teachers' Village, Krus na Ligas, UP Village, and University of the Philippines Diliman.
Route number changes from N11 to N129.
Quirino StreetSouthbound only. Gated access to University of the Philippines.
Montalban StreetNorthbound only. Accessible to pedicabs and pedestrians only.
Shuster StreetSouthbound only. Gated access to University of the Philippines.
H. Ventura StreetNorthbound only.
15.7439.782Magsaysay AvenueGated access to University of the Philippines. Southern terminus. Road continues north as N129 (Tandang Sora Avenue).
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ DPWH maintenance does not include the section of Katipunan Avenue south of Bonny Serrano Avenue.


  1. ^ "Waze" (Map). Free Driving Directions, Traffic Reports & GPS Navigation App by Waze. Waze. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Philippine Daily Inquirer: Katipunan rerouting by MMDA draws flak from motorists". Archived from the original on October 5, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  3. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer: Katipunan road plan gets big 'No'
  4. ^ "Katipunan Ave. extension takes off after almost 6 decades". www.pna.gov.ph. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Katipunan Ave. Extension 70% complete". PTV News. February 8, 2021.
  6. ^ Mawis-Aliston, Vittoria (March 4, 2022). "Revisiting Katipunan". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 12, 2022.
  7. ^ a b c Philippine Daily Inquirer: Reprieve
  8. ^ Manila Bulletin: QC residents, others oppose granting of zoning exemption to multi-level structure
  9. ^ "The Guidon: David vs. Goliath". Archived from the original on March 10, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  10. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer: Proposed reso on planned SM condo put on hold
  11. ^ "Manila Times: SM unit to transfer new project amid opposition". Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  12. ^ Philstar (September 14, 2017). "QCPD: Search of Katipunan bars a standard operation". Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  13. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer: Metro's 14 most dangerous spots
  14. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer: MMDA may reopen U-turn slots if
  15. ^ The Philippine Star: MMDA deploys 2,000 enforcers to decongest Katipunan, U-belt
  16. ^ The Philippine Star: New QC bridge to ease Novaliches traffic
  17. ^ GMA News: MMDA to strictly enforce tricycle ban on Katipunan Avenue
  18. ^ "Philippine Daily Inquirer: Quezon City council asked to allow tricycles on Katipunan". Archived from the original on February 11, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  19. ^ "Philippine Daily news: Katipunan trike drivers hoping for a reprieve". Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  20. ^ GMA News: LRTA offers traditional free ride on June 12
  21. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer: Katipunan Avenue in bloom
  22. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer: Palace stops cutting of trees on Katipunan
  23. ^ The Philippine Star: DENR to MMDA: Stop removing trees from Katipunan Avenue
  24. ^ The Philippine Star: MMDA: Tree removal covered by DENR deal
  25. ^ "Philippine Daily Inquirer: SC upholds conviction of 5 men for ex-intelligence chief slay". Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  26. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer: Stabbed on Katipunan
  27. ^ The Manila Times: Holdups and other unsolved crimes
  28. ^ GMA News: Cops kill 3 alleged carjackers, bank robbers in QC gunbattle
  29. ^ GMA News: CHR to probe QC policemen in summary killings
  30. ^ ABS-CBN News: Truck slams into QC coffee shop, six vehicles; five injured
  31. ^ "Philippine Daily Inquirer: Driver of car who ran over, killed 2 scavengers was drunk". Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  32. ^ "Quezon City 2nd". 2016 Road Data. Department of Public Works and Highways. Archived from the original on December 2, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  33. ^ "Road and Bridge Inventory". www.dpwh.gov.ph. Retrieved July 31, 2020.

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