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R-7 R-8
Street sign used in Quezon City
Quirino Highway
The Barangay Talipapa, Quezon City Novaliches 22.jpg
Quirino Highway in Quezon City
Route information
Maintained by the Department of Public Works and Highways
  • R-8 R-8 (spur) from NLEX to Commonwealth Avenue
  • R-7 R-7 from Commonwealth Avenue to Norzagaray
  • N127 in Quezon City
Major junctions
South end AH 26 (N1) (EDSA) in Quezon City
Major intersections
North endVillarama Road / Ipo Road in Norzagaray, Bulacan
Major citiesQuezon City, Caloocan, San Jose del Monte
Highway system
  • Roads in the Philippines
N121 N128

The Quirino Highway, formerly called the El Quirino Express Road[citation needed] or Ipo Road, is a four-to-eight lane, secondary highway that connects Quezon City to the municipality of Norzagaray in Bulacan, Philippines. The road is designated as National Route 127 (N127) of the Philippine highway network within the city bounds of Quezon City, Radial Road 7 (R-7),[1] and a spur of Radial Road 8 (R-8) of Metro Manila's arterial road network.


Prior to the construction of the Balintawak Interchange and North Diversion Road, it forms an old road that linked the city of Manila with Novaliches, previously called as the Manila-del Monte Garay Road,[citation needed] Manila-Novaliches Road,[2] Bonifacio-Manila Road,[3] Balintawak-Novaliches Road,[4] and Highway 52.[5][6][7] The portion of the road south of EDSA is presently known as A. Bonifacio Avenue. Circa 1955, the section of the highway from Novaliches to the Caloocan–San Jose del Monte boundary was called Novaliches-San Jose Road.[8]

It was later changed to the Don Tomas Susano Road, after the first officially recognized political leader of the district and municipal president of Caloocan during the American occupation of the Philippines. The name changed once more to Quirino Highway, right after the death of Philippine President Elpidio Quirino, who had resided and died at a nearby retreat house in Quezon City. It was the historical reversed widening of a highway, to narrow down for public use.

Route description

Quirino Highway in Caloocan, with the under-construction MRT Line 7
Quirino Highway in Tungkong Mangga, San Jose del Monte

Quirino Highway starts from Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, near the Balintawak Cloverleaf in Quezon City. It then runs shortly in parallel to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) carrying one-way northbound traffic and turns northeast towards the northwestern part of Quezon City. It then meets the Old Novaliches and New Novaliches Flyovers, connecting it to NLEX. The highway turns right at Novaliches Proper, approaching the area of Fairview, where it becomes a one-way westbound highway between Belfast Street to Regalado Highway, adjacent to Robinsons Novaliches and SM City Fairview. Its length from there to Araneta Avenue in Pangarap Village, Caloocan is followed by the under-construction elevated MRT Line 7 line. The road ends its N127 designation as it enters north Caloocan. Crossing the Marilao River, it then enters the province of Bulacan at San Jose del Monte, straddling along the mountainous terrain, and ends at the roundabout with Villarama Road and Ipo Road in Bigte, Norzagaray. Past the roundabout, it is continued by Ipo Road that leads to Ipo Dam.

The highway is also the alternate route for motorists en route to Baliwag and up to Cagayan Valley via Cagayan Valley Road.


Intersection of Quirino Highway and Mindanao Avenue

Intersections are numbered by kilometer post, with Rizal Park in Manila designated as kilometer zero

Quezon City AH 26 (N1) (EDSA)Southern terminus; accessible from EDSA northbound
East Service RoadNorthbound entrance only
106.2 AH 26 (E1) / N160 (NLEX) – ManilaAccess to NLEX southbound and West Service Road and entry from NLEX northbound
Santa Quiteria Street / Howmart RoadAccess to Libis Baesa and Reparo in Caloocan.
Mendez Road / Caroline StreetAccess to Bahay Toro in Quezon City.
Tandang Sora Avenue / Tullahan RoadWestbound goes to Santa Quiteria in Caloocan & eastbound towards Mindanao Avenue.
N128 (Mindanao Avenue)Access to C-5 and E5 (NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link)
King Alexander Street, Don Julio Gregorio Street (Sauyo Road)Access to Sauyo, Fairview and Holy Spirit districts via Don Julio Gregorio Street; Mindanao Avenue, Katipunan Avenue and Gen. Luis Street via King Alexander Street.
E5 (NLEX Segment 8.2)Future Quirino Highway Interchange of NLEX Segment 8.2 (NLEX–C-5 / NLEX Citi Link)[9]
Pagkabuhay StreetAccess to Bagbag Cemetery.
Pablo Dela Cruz StreetAccess to Holy Cross Memorial Park and towards San Bartolome & Novaliches Proper.
Forest Hill DriveAccess to Mindanao & Commonwealth Avenues via internal roads.
Sarmiento StreetTraffic light intersection. Vehicles approaching Novaliches Proper are not allowed to turn left.
N118 (General Luis Street) / Susano RoadNovaliches Proper; access to Valenzuela and North Caloocan.
F. Salvador StreetJordan Plains Subdivision Phase 1 & 2. Alternate access to Commonwealth Avenue.
N170 (Commonwealth Avenue)Change from R-8 (spur) to R-7. Access to Diliman, Quezon Memorial Circle and surrounding areas.
Zabarte RoadAccess to Camarin and Bagong Silang in Caloocan
Belfast AvenueEastbound vehicles are shifted here as Quirino Highway becomes one-way westbound. Provides access to Mindanao Avenue.
Maligaya StreetAccess to Camarin in Caloocan, Fairview Terraces, and Robinsons Novaliches
Regalado HighwayShift from one-way westbound to two-way, four-lane highway.
Ascension AvenueAccess to Greater Lagro.
St. James StreetAccess to Sacred Heart Village in Caloocan.
Esperanza StreetAccess to Our Lady of Fatima University Quezon City.
La Mesa RoadControlled access road leading to La Mesa Dam and Reservoir.
Quezon CityCaloocan boundaryQuezon City 1st District Engineering Office–Metro Manila 2nd District Engineering Office highway boundary
(Route change from N127 to unnumbered route)
CaloocanMakabud StreetAccess to Amparo Subdivision.
Malanting StreetAccess to Amparo Subdivision.
Crispulo StreetAlternate access to Camarin Road, Amparo Subdivision & surrounding areas.
Araneta AvenueAccess to Pangarap Village and Ciudad Real
2817Malaria RoadAccess to Tala in Caloocan.
Marilao River28.892–
Alat–San Jose Bridge
BulacanSan Jose del MonteSanta Maria–Tungkong Mangga RoadAccess to Santa Maria, Bocaue and Marilao in Bulacan.
Skyline Road
Francisco AvenueAccess to Francisco Homes Subdivision
Kaypian RoadAccess to Bulacan State University and San Jose del Monte city proper
Igay RoadAccess to Rodriguez, Rizal
Del Monte Road
Dr. Eduardo V. Roquero Sr. AvenueAccess to the Sapang Palay Resettlement Project
NorzagarayVillarama Road / Ipo RoadNorthern terminus; roundabout intersection.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b "Road and Bridge Inventory". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  2. ^ PHIMCOS (August 2020). "Occupation and Victory The Philippines in World War II". The Murillo Bulletin Special World War II Issue. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  3. ^ Manila, Philippines map (Map). American Red Cross Service Bureau. August 1945.
  4. ^ Executive Order No. 483 (November 6, 1951), Establishing the Classification of Roads, retrieved September 23, 2021
  5. ^ Tan, Michael L. (March 1, 2017). "Promises to keep". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  6. ^ "Map of Manila including Kalookan (Caloocan), Grace Park and Grace Park Airfield". Pacific Wrecks. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  7. ^ "Aerial view to the southwest overlooking Grace Park Airfield in northern Manila bordering Manila Bay". Pacific Wrecks. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  8. ^ Executive Order No. 113 (May 2, 1955), Establishing the Classification of Roads, Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, retrieved September 23, 2021
  9. ^ Yalao, Khriscielle (January 28, 2024). "NLEX revs up expansion of C5-Link, SCTEX". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved February 15, 2024.

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