Samson Road

Circumferential Road 4
Samson Road, looking east from New Abbey Road near the University of the East Caloocan
Part of
NamesakeApolonio Samson
Maintained byDepartment of Public Works and Highways – Metro Manila 3rd District Engineering Office
Length1.06 km (0.66 mi)[1]
East endBonifacio Monument Circle
West endA. Mabini Street / Marcelo H. Del Pilar Street

Samson Road is a major east–west street in Caloocan, northern Metro Manila, Philippines. The road is a continuation of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), linked to it via the Bonifacio Monument Roundabout (Monumento) to form a single through route. These roads form part of Circumferential Road 4 (C-4) of the Metro Manila's arterial road network, National Route 120 of the Philippine highway network, and Asian Highway 26 of the Asian highway network.

Samson Road is named for Apolonio Samson, a Katipunan barrio lieutenant from Sitio Kangkong, Balintawak, Caloocan (now part of Quezon City) who fought alongside Andres Bonifacio during the Philippine Revolution.[2][3]


Samson Road, the main road in South Caloocan, officially begins at the Bonifacio Monument Circle (Monumento), the junction with EDSA, MacArthur Highway and Rizal Avenue Extension, and ends at the junction with A. Mabini and Marcelo H. Del Pilar Streets. At its eastern terminus, it runs between Araneta Square Mall and Puregold Monumento (on the northwest corner of Rizal Avenue and Samson Road) and SM Hypermarket Monumento (on the southwest corner of MacArthur Highway and Samson) at Monumento. For much of its length, the road is generally commercial, with a mix of high-density residential zones as well as a few schools. Notable sites along the road are the University of the East Caloocan (formerly UE Tech), SM Center Sangandaan, and the Caloocan railway station. It is also the home of the University of Caloocan City and the Philippine National Railways Hospital (Col. Salvador T. Villa Memorial Hospital). At its western terminus,[4] it continues west as Gen. San Miguel Street.


Aerial view of Caloocan showing Calle Samson, 1933

Samson Road, formerly called as Calle Samson, used to reach as far as near Malabon to the west and San Francisco del Monte in the present-day Quezon City to the east. It comprised the segments currently known as Gen. San Miguel Street, EDSA (from Monumento to Balintawak), and apparently the Old Samson Road that reached Sitio Kangkong, where its namesake hailed from.[5] Its section west of Mabini and Del Pilar, now Gen. San Miguel Street, used to be the right-of-way alignment of tranvia's Manila–Malabon line until 1945.[6] It became part of the Manila Circumferential Road (present-day EDSA; Highway 54 or Route 54) until the 1950s.[7][8][9] It was later made part of Circumferential Road 4, when the proposal for the Metro Manila Arterial Road System was done in the late 1960s.[10]


  1. ^ "Metro Manila 3rd". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  2. ^ Talambuhay ni Apolonio Samson published by; accessed November 3, 2013.
  3. ^ QC: A Saga of Continuing Progress Archived September 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine published by Quezon City Public Library; accessed November 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Metro Manila Infrastructure Development" (PDF). University of the Philippines Diliman. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  5. ^ Manila and Suburbs (Map). July 25, 1944. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  6. ^ "The extensive pre-war rail network of Greater Metro Manila". The Urban Roamer. September 20, 2020. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  7. ^ "Aerial view to the southwest overlooking Grace Park Airfield in northern Manila bordering Manila Bay". Pacific Wrecks. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  8. ^ Republic Act No. 311 (17 December 1940), Establishing the Classification of Roads, retrieved September 30, 2021
  9. ^ Executive Order No. 113 (2 May 1955), Establishing the Classification of Roads, retrieved September 30, 2021
  10. ^ "Overview of the Metro Manila Arterial Road System". Department of Public Works and Highways. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2013.

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