Mel Lopez Boulevard
Radial Road 10, North Harbor Tondo (Manila; 01-28-2023).jpg
The boulevard looking northbound towards Zaragoza Street in Tondo
Route information
Auxiliary route of AH 26 (26)
Maintained by the Department of Public Works and Highways
Length6.2 km (3.9 mi)
Major junctions
North endMaralla Bridge over Estero de Marala at ManilaNavotas boundary
Major intersections
South endAnda Circle in Port Area and Intramuros, Manila
Major citiesManila
Highway system
  • Roads in the Philippines

Mel Lopez Boulevard is a 6.2-kilometer (3.9 mi), six-to-ten lane divided highway in northern Manila, Philippines, connecting Bonifacio Drive in Port Area in the south with Radial Road 10 (R-10) in Navotas in the north. The highway is the main component of the R-10 network, which runs north of the Pasig River until Anda Circle, and is an extension of Bonifacio Drive, running north–south through the Manila North Port area serving the coastal districts of Tondo and Port Area, as well as San Nicolas and Intramuros.

Route description

The south end of M. Lopez Flyover looking south towards Pasig River

Mel Lopez Boulevard originates at Anda Circle, the intersection with Andres Soriano Avenue, Bonifacio Drive, and Roberto Oca Street, as a continuation of Bonifacio Drive in Port Area. It crosses the Pasig River via Roxas Bridge (also known as Mel Lopez Bridge and Del Pan Bridge),[1]. It then comes into an intersection with Recto Avenue, Del Pan Street, and MICT South Access Road at the district boundary of San Nicolas and Tondo; traffic passing above is carried by the M. Lopez Flyover. The boulevard then heads northwest toward Pier 4 of the Manila North Harbor before bending north into the Moriones and Don Bosco villages of Tondo. The road passes east of the entire Manila North Port terminal complex and leaves Barrio Magsaysay for Barrio Vitas past Capulong Street (C-2). Continuing north, it soon crosses over the Estero de Vitas (Vitas Creek) and enters the Balut area of Tondo where the old dumpsite of Smokey Mountain is located. The boulevard terminates at the Maralla Bridge, which crosses over the Estero de Marala (Navotas River).

North of the estero, the boulevard extends into the reclaimed fish port complex of Navotas running parallel to North Bay Boulevard as Radial Road 10 (R-10), which runs up to Circumferential Road 4 (C-4) above the Tullahan River.


The boulevard's section, particularly north of the Pasig River, was built on reclaimed land called Tondo Foreshoreland, reclaimed in the 1950s as part of a government plan to expand and improve port facilities in Manila. It soon became the resettlement site of thousands of urban poor families that turned the area into what was once Southeast Asia's largest squatter colony.[2] The road itself was also named Dewey Boulevard Extension in the planning stage and was conceived as part of the planned route from Manila to Bataan under the Manila Bay Coastal Road project initiated during the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos.[3][4] It was later constructed between 1976 and 1979 as part of the Manila Urban Development Project and was initially named Marcos Road, after the president.[5]

In January 2017, a bill was filed by Buhay Party-List Representative and former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza in the Philippine House of Representatives changing the name of this portion of Radial Road 10 to Mayor Gemiliano Lopez Boulevard in honor of the late Manila Mayor Mel Lopez.[6] In April 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11280, officially renaming the highway to Mel Lopez Boulevard.[7][8] With the renaming, the segment of Bonifacio Drive from Roxas Bridge to Anda Circle became part of Mel Lopez Boulevard.


Manila Harbour Centre


  1. ^ MEL LOPEZ BRIDGE PAPAGANDAHIN NA RIN OCTOBER 19,2019 UPDATE (in Filipino). Pugong Biyahero. October 19, 2019. Event occurs at 3:06. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  2. ^ Honculada, Jurgette A. (1985). "Case Study: Zoto and the twice-told story of Philippine community organizing". Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies. 1 (2). University of the Philippines Diliman. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  3. ^ "Coding Standards for General Land Use Mapping Task Force Committee on Land Use Mapping" (PDF). Philippine Planning Journal. 1 (1). University of the Philippines Diliman. October 1969.
  4. ^ "Letter of Instruction No. 85, s. 1973". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. June 1, 1973. Retrieved April 7, 2024.
  5. ^ Presidential Decree No. 931 (July 9, 1976), "Appropriating Funds for the Manila Urban Development Project", Lawphil.
  6. ^ House Bill No. 4737 (2017), An Act Renaming the Portion of Radial Road 10 Traversing the City of Manila as the Mayor Gemiliano Lopez Boulevard (PDF), House of Representatives of the Philippines, retrieved February 15, 2017
  7. ^ Balinbin, Arjay (May 20, 2019). "Road in Manila renamed to honor late sportsman and politician Mel Lopez". BusinessWorld. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  8. ^ Republic Act No. 11280 (April 12, 2019), An Act Renaming the Portion of Radial Road 10 Traversing Bonifacio Drive at Anda Circle in Station Kilometer (STA KM) 1+100, up to Marala Bridge at the Foot of Estero de Marala STA KM 6+445, All in the City of Manila as Mel Lopez Boulevard (PDF), Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, retrieved January 27, 2021

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