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MANILA, Philippines - A large number of roads in Metro Manila have been named and renamed, and renamed again over the course of the last couple of decades.
It started when the Philippines gained full sovereignty in 1946, and the government changed the names of places and streets that were originally named after Spanish and American colonists.
In Metro Manila alone, there are over a hundred major roads, avenues and streets named after politicians, influential businessmen, philanthropists, and other notable icons in Philippine history. In the past few decades, there was rampant renaming of places and motorways such that it appeared to favor personal interests of public officials and prominent personalities.
Republic Act. No. 10086 formed the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, tasked “to conserve, promote and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage and resources.” One of the resources protected by this commission are historical street names or streets that have been in existence for at least 50 years.
Still, the only reason you may know the names of most of these streets is because you happen to pass them on your way to the office or on your way home.
We just know that most of these roads are prone to flooding or are traffic bottlenecks. You know – for example – that EDSA is an acronym, that the road’s actual name is Epifanio De los Santos Avenue. You also know that it’s easily one of the most traversed and congested roads in the country.
From EDSA to Boni Avenue; the streets named after the American governor-generals, and even the woman who was first to hold the honorific of First Lady – there are plenty of roads in the metro that have plenty of interesting stories behind them.
But most of us don’t often remember the history behind the names, or the people who got streets and avenues named after them owing to their contributions to society and to history.
Here are 5 names that may be worth learning about: