|Former name(s)||Paseo de Azcárraga|
Paseo de Rey Felipe II
|Namesake||Claro M. Recto|
Marcelo Azcárraga Palmero (formerly)
Philip II of Spain (formerly)
|Length||3.2 km (2.0 mi)|
|West end||AH 26 (N120) (Mel Lopez Boulevard) in Tondo and San Nicolas|
|Juan Luna Street|
N151 (Abad Santos Avenue)
N150 (Rizal Avenue)
N170 (Quezon Boulevard)
|East end||N180 (Legarda Street) in Sampaloc and Quiapo|
Claro M. Recto Avenue, more popularly known as simply Recto Avenue, is the principal commercial thoroughfare in north-central Manila, Philippines. It spans seven districts just north of the Pasig River in what is generally considered Manila's old downtown area.
Recto's western terminus is at an intersection with Mel Lopez Boulevard (Radial Road 10) at the district boundaries of Tondo and San Nicolas close to the Manila North Harbor. It runs northeast before curving to the east at Juan Luna Street and Estero de Binondo. It then passes through the Divisoria shopping area of Manila south of the Tutuban railway station until it curves southeast past the A. Rivera Street junction. East of Rizal Avenue and Santa Cruz district, Recto intersects with the streets of the University Belt area of Quiapocode: tgl promoted to code: tl and Sampaloc before terminating at Legarda Street and Mendiola Street at the district boundaries of Quiapocode: tgl promoted to code: tl and Sampaloc.
LRT Line 2 runs along its T. Alonzo–Legarda Street segment. It has a short extension into San Miguel and towards Malacañang Palace compound as Mendiola Street.
Recto Avenue was developed by sections in various time periods during the course of Spanish rule. The main section leading to the coast in San Nicolas and Tondo from Binondo was named Paseo de Azcárraga, after the Spanish Filipino Prime Minister of Spain, Marcelo Azcárraga.
In the Santa Cruz district, the road was divided into Calle General Izquierdo, Calle Paz and Calle Bilibid because of the three creeks (esteros) that ran through the district. In Sampaloc, the road was named Calle Iris, which terminated at Calle Alix (now Legarda Street). The name Paseo de Azcárraga was extended to include the full length of the street, which was also called Paseo de Felipe at one point (after King Philip II of Spain). Finally, in 1961, the avenue was given its present name in honor of the Filipino senator, Claro Mayo Recto.
On July 7, 1892, in a building numbered 72 Calle Azcárraga, at the intersection with Calle Sagunto (now Santo Cristo) in Tondo, Andrés Bonifacio founded the revolutionary society named Katipunan.
In the early 1900s, Azcárraga was a theater-and-restaurant row, with Teatro Libertad and Zorrilla Theatre attracting the well-dressed crowd to zarzuelacode: spa promoted to code: es shows and operas that ran on weekends.
Originally terminating at Calle Angalo on the former coastline of Manila in San Nicolas at the west, Azcárraga was extended into the new reclamation accommodated for the Manila North Harbor in the 20th century.
Recto Avenue is infamous as a center of document forgery. Counterfeiters openly advertise their services, although the actual counterfeiting is done elsewhere. The forged documents they sell include IDs, receipts, driver's licenses, diplomas, employment references, theses, pilot's licenses, and seaman's certificates. Due to this, locals have sarcastically dubbed the area as "Recto University". The mayors of Manila have ordered several police raids on the area; however, some police officers reportedly accept bribes from the counterfeiters.
Recto Avenue is a major stop on three lines of the Metro Manila Transit System.
The route is also served by several bus companies and jeepneys. Additional stations will be built along the road as part of the Line 2 west expansion project.
The entire route is located in Manila.
|N180 (Legarda Street) / Mendiola Street||Eastern terminus. Continues eastward as Mendiola Street. Access to San Miguel district & Malacañang Palace; Nagtahan Interchange & Rizal Park via Legarda Street.|
|San Sebastian Street||One-way road.|
|Sergio H. Loyola Street||Traffic light intersection.|
|Matapang Street||Eastbound only.|
|Nicanor Reyes (Morayta) Street||Traffic light intersection. Access to N170 (España Boulevard) & Welcome Rotonda.|
|Severino Street||Eastbound only.|
|Coromina Street||Eastbound only|
|N170 (Quezon Boulevard)||Diamond interchange. No access on opposite sides of the road.|
|Evangelista Street||One-way to Recto Avenue; eastbound only.|
|Calero Street||One-way from Recto Avenue; eastbound only.|
|Oroquieta Road||One-way from Recto Avenue; westbound only. Access to LRT-1 Doroteo Jose station. Various provincial buses have terminals near this vicinity.|
|N150 (Rizal Avenue)||Traffic light intersection. Southbound goes to Intramuros, Ermita & Manila City Hall; Northbound goes to Monumento & Grace Park in Caloocan.|
|Florentino Torres Street||One-way to Recto Avenue; Eastbound only.|
|Tomás Mapúa Street||Traffic light intersection. One-way only.|
|San Bernardo Street||Eastbound only.|
|Severino Reyes Street||Westbound only.|
|Teodora Alonzo Street||Traffic light intersection.|
|Benavidez Street||Traffic light intersection. One-way only.|
|Masangkay Street||Traffic light intersection. One-way only.|
|Aguilar Street||Opposite segments accessible via nearby roads.|
|Sanchez Street||One way from Recto Avenue; eastbound only.|
|N151 (Abad Santos Avenue) / Reina Regente Street||Traffic light intersection. Northbound goes to Tondo, Monumento & Camanava area via N150 (Rizal Avenue); southbound goes to Plaza Ruiz & Manila City Hall via Jones Bridge.|
|Narra Street||Westbound only.|
|Antonio Rivera Street||Westbound only.|
|Roman Street||Eastbound only.|
|Bonifacio Drive||Westbound only. Access to Tutuban Center & PNR Tutuban station.|
|Soler Street / Dagupan Street||Unsignaled intersection.|
|Juan Luna Street||Access to opposite segments via nearby roads.|
|Ilaya Street||Access to opposite segments via nearby roads.|
|Tabora Street||Eastbound only.|
|Carmen Planas Street||Access to opposite segments via nearby roads.|
|Sto. Cristo Street||Unsignaled intersection.|
|Elcano Street||Access to opposite segments via nearby roads.|
|Asuncion Street||Unsignaled intersection.|
|Saint Mary Street / Camba Street|
|Angalo Street||Accessible only to bicycles, motorcycles, pedicabs & pedestrians.|
|AH 26 (N120) (Mel Lopez Boulevard) / Delpan Street / MICT Access Road||Western terminus. Unsignaled intersection. Southwest road continues to the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT). Northbound goes to Malabon & Navotas, southbound goes to Intramuros & Ermita districts.|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|