Quirino Avenue
Route 140 shield
President Elpidio Quirino Avenue
Pres. Quirino Avenue
Looking west towards Malate from Quirino LRT Station
Former name(s)Dewey Boulevard
Harrison Boulevard
Koa Boulevard
NamesakeElpidio Quirino
Maintained byDepartment of Public Works and Highways - South Manila District Engineering Office[1] and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
Length3.6 km (2.2 mi)
1 km round
North endPaz Mendoza Guazon Street & Jesus Street in Paco and Pandacan
South end AH 26 (N120) (Roxas Boulevard) in Malate

President Elpidio Quirino Avenue, more commonly known as Quirino Avenue, is a 6-10 lane divided highway in Manila, Philippines. It runs for 3.6 kilometers (2.2 mi) in a northeast–southwest direction from Nagtahan Bridge (now Mabini Bridge) across from Santa Mesa in the north to Roxas Boulevard in Malate in the south. It passes through Paco and Pandacan districts where it also serves as a truck route between Port Area and South Luzon Expressway. North of Nagtahan Bridge, the road continues as Nagtahan Street. It is designated as part of Circumferential Road 2.

Route description

Nagtahan Bridge to Paco-Santa Mesa Road section
Quirino Avenue and the Nagtahan ramp of Skyway

The northern end of Quirino Avenue is at the intersection of Paz Mendoza Guazon (Otis) and Jesus Streets in Paco, at the foot of the Nagtahan Bridge as a continuation of Nagtahan. Jesus Street leads to the former Pandacan oil depot to the east while Paz Mendoza Guazon Street leads to Malacañang Park and Robinsons Otis to the west. Heading south, it enters Pandacan moving past primarily residential areas on both sides, meeting the Nagtahan ramps to and from Skyway Stage 3, and passing by Zamora Market on the west side. At Plaza Berde, the avenue then curves southwest following the alignment of the Philippine National Railways line, where it merges with traffic from Paco-Santa Mesa Road (Tomas Claudio Street).

Paco-Santa Mesa Road to Osmeña Highway section

South of the junction with Tomas Claudio, the avenue traverses the district of Paco where the Old Paco station and Plaza Dilao are located. Southbound traffic is currently carried by Plaza Dilao Road, a loop road around Plaza Dilao just off the main highway, while northbound traffic remain on Quirino. Also located along this stretch are the Plaza Dilao on-ramp to Skyway and the Philippine Columbian Association complex on Plaza Dilao and the new Paco railway station near the intersection with Pedro Gil Street. It follows a straight path south towards the border with Malate where it is joined by Osmeña Highway.

Osmeña Highway to Roxas Boulevard section

The Malate section of Quirino Avenue is primarily residential and commercial. The Singalong area lies directly south of the Osmeña Highway junction just before it intersects with Taft Avenue, where the elevated Quirino LRT Station is located. Past Taft Avenue, Quirino provides access to the tourism center of Malate where the Remedios Circle, Manila Zoo, Baywalk, San Andres Sports Complex, Plaza Rajah Sulayman, and Malate Church are located. It curves westwards past Adriatico Street until it meets its southern terminus at Roxas Boulevard near Manila Yacht Club and Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center. A monument of Elpidio Quirino, to whom the avenue is named after, is also located at the intersection.

Quirino Avenue Extension

Quirino Avenue Extension
Route 156 shield
Quirino Avenue Extension looking south towards Plaza Dilao.
Former name(s)Calle Canonigo
NamesakeElpidio Quirino
Length0.75 km (0.47 mi)
Approximate length
LocationPaco, Manila
North end N156 (United Nations Avenue) / Paz Mendoza Guazon Street / Cristobal Street
South end N156 (Plaza Dilao Road)

Quirino Avenue extends to the industrial area of Paco (Otis) and United Nations Avenue from Plaza Dilao Road. Formerly known as Calle Canonigo,[2] this is the main truck route going in and out of Port Area from Osmeña Highway.


Its origin dates back to the early 19th century under Spanish rule when the avenue was first laid out as Calle Canonigo in Paco.[3] The road leading to Nagtahan Bridge then was a narrow street called Calle Luengo in Pandacan.[4] The narrow street connecting southern Malate to Cavite Boulevard (now Roxas Boulevard) was a street called Calle Cortabitarte.[5]

Built in the 20th century, the avenue was initially known as Dewey Boulevard (for being an erstwhile continuation and a part of the present-day Roxas Boulevard) and as Harrison Boulevard.[5] It was renamed to Koa Boulevard during the World War II and Japanese occupation in 1942.[6] The whole length of the highway that forms part of Circumferential Road 2 was later named in honor of the sixth President of the Philippines, Elpidio Quirino.


Old Paco station on Quirino Avenue


Quirino Avenue

The entire route is located in Manila. Intersections are numbered by kilometer post, with Rizal Park, also in Manila, designated as kilometer 0

N140 (Nagtahan Bridge), Paz Mendoza Guazon Street, Jesus StreetNorthern terminus; continues north as Nagtahan Bridge
Mendoza Guazon StreetSouthbound only
5.7003.542P. Quirino Bridge 3 over Estero de Pandacan[7]
SkywaySkyway-Nagtahan Exit; northbound entrance from Skyway Stage 3[8]
East Zamora StreetTraffic light intersection
Paradise StreetNorthbound only
SkywaySkyway-Nagtahan Exit; southbound exit to Skyway Stage 3 northbound
Obisis StreetSouthbound only
Carlos Street ExtensionNorthbound only
West Zamora StreetTraffic light intersection
San Jose StreetNorthbound only
E. Carlos StreetNorthbound only
N141 (Tomas Claudio Street)Northbound only; access from southbound side via U-Turn slot
4.4502.765P. Quirino Bridge 2 over Estero de Pandacan[7]
SkywaySkyway-Plaza Dilao Exit; southbound exit
N156 (Plaza Dilao Road)Northbound exit, southbound exit, and southbound entrance only
Santo Sepulcro StreetSouthbound only.
Figueroa StreetOne-way; no entry from Quirino Avenue
Pedro Gil StreetTraffic light intersection; no right turn allowed from southbound and no left turn allowed from northbound
Sagat StreetOne-way; southbound only
N145 (Osmeña Highway)Traffic light intersection.
Union Street, Lanuza StreetSouthbound only; Union Street is one-way
Paz StreetSouthbound only
3.8502.392P. Quirino Bridge 1 over Estero de Paco[7]
Anak Bayan Street, Julio Nakpil Street, Mataas na Lupa StreetUnsignalized intersections.
Campillo StreetNorthbound only
Angel Linao StreetUnsignalized intersection; one-way road and former traffic light intersection
Pintong Bato StreetSouthbound only
Smith StreetNorthbound only
SkywaySkyway-Quirino Exit; northbound exit towards Skyway Stage 3
Singalong StreetUnsignalized intersection; one-way road and former traffic light intersection
San Bartolome StreetLimited access road; southbound only
F. Benitez StreetOne-way road; both segments accessible thru nearby intersections
Modesto StreetBoth segments accessible thru nearby intersections
N181 (San Marcelino Street)Traffic light intersection; one-way road
San Pascual Street, Agoncillo StreetBoth segments accessible thru nearby intersections
San Antonio StreetNorthbound only
Leon Guinto StreetTraffic light intersection
San Andres StreetOne-way road going in opposite directions; bisected by Taft Avenue
N170 (Taft Avenue)Traffic light intersection
Fidel A. Reyes Street, Maginhawa Street, Bagong Lipunan StreetNorthbound only
Leveriza StreetTraffic light intersection
Camia Street, Asuncion StreetNorthbound only
Adriatico StreetTraffic light intersection
Madre Ignacia StreetUnsignaled intersection
Mabini StreetTraffic light intersection; northern segment is one-way only
Del Pilar StreetTraffic light intersection; one-way entrance only
AH 26 (N120) (Roxas Boulevard)Southern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Quirino Avenue Extension

The entire route is located in Manila

N156 (Plaza Dilao Road)Southern terminus
San Antonio StreetOne-way entrance only
San Gregorio StreetSouthbound only
Peñafrancia Street, Zamora StreetTraffic light intersection
Peñafrancia ExtensionNorthbound only
Zulueta StreetSouthbound only
Paz StreetUnsignalled intersection
Cristobal StreetSouthbound entrance only
N156 (United Nations Avenue), Paz Mendoza Guazon StreetNorthern terminus; traffic light intersection
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ "South Manila". Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  2. ^ Map of city of Manila and vicinity (Map). 1:10560. Manila?: Office of Dept. Engineer, Phil. Dept. 1919. Retrieved May 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "History of San Fernando de Dilao". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila. Archived from the original on July 24, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "1945 Map of Central Manila". BattleofManila.org. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Map of city of Manila and vicinity (Map). 1:10560. Manila?: Office of Dept. Engineer, Phil. Dept. 1919. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  6. ^ Executive Order No. 41 (1942), Changing the name of Dewey Boulevard to Heiwa Boulevard; Taft Avenue to Daitoa Avenue; Harrison Boulevard to Koa Boulevard; Jones Bridge to Banzai Bridge; Harrison Park to Rizal Park; and Wallace Field and Burnham Green to Plaza Bagong Filipinas, retrieved April 26, 2021
  7. ^ a b c "Detailed Bridge Inventory". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  8. ^ Abadilla, Emmie V. (April 22, 2021). "Skyway Stage 3's Nagtahan exit ramps opened". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved April 22, 2021.

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