Basilica Minore Santuario de San Pedro Bautista
Basilica Minore Santuario de San Pedro Bautista

San Francisco del Monte, also referred to as SFDM, is a district of Quezon City, Philippines bisected by two major thoroughfares, Roosevelt Avenue and the eponymous Del Monte Avenue. It is bounded by West Avenue on the east, Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue on the north, Quezon Avenue on the south, and Araneta Avenue on the west.

History

San Francisco del Monte may be considered as Quezon City's oldest district. It was founded as a pueblo by then-Franciscan missionary Fray Pedro Bautista on February 17, 1590, who named it after St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order. Del Monte, which is Spanish for "on the mountain" was added to the name not only because the area was hilly, but also to distinguish the place from the San Francisco de Manila Church in Intramuros, Manila.[1]

The original land area of the old town of San Francisco del Monte was approximately 2.5 square kilometres (1.0 sq mi) and covered parts of what is currently known as Project 7 and 8 and Timog Avenue. It was later absorbed by Quezon City composed of barangays San Antonio, Paraiso, Paltok, Mariblo, Masambong, Manresa, Damayan and Del Monte. It featured a hilly topography with lush vegetation and mineral springs, in the midst of which the old San Pedro Bautista Church was built as a retreat and monastery for Franciscan friars.

Del Monte Ave. entrance of Siena College of Quezon City
Del Monte Ave. entrance of Siena College of Quezon City

The transmitter and studios of IBC are located along Roosevelt Avenue.

Today, it is a heavily populated district with a mix of residential, industrial, and commercial areas. The most prominent educational institutions located in the area are Siena College of Quezon City, Angelicum College, and PMI Colleges, while Fisher Mall is the largest commercial establishment.

Famous residents include the late Filipino actor Fernando Poe, Jr. whose ancestral home can still be found in Barangay Paraiso along Roosevelt Avenue.

References

  1. ^ Doyo, Ma Ceres P. (2020-10-15). "Rename Del Monte Avenue after FPJ?". INQUIRER.net. Retrieved 2021-09-01.