Marcos Road

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Marcos Road
The road near Smokey Mountain
Route information
Length6.2 km (3.9 mi)
Major junctions
North endCircumferential Road 4 in Navotas
 Lapu-Lapu Avenue
Circumferential Road 3
Capulong Street
Moriones Street
South endRecto Avenue in San Nicolas
Major citiesMalabon, Navotas, Manila
Highway system
Roads in the Philippines

The Marcos Road, is a 6.2-kilometre (3.9 mi), six-to-ten lane divided highway in northern Manila, Philippines connecting Recto Avenue in San Nicolas district with Circumferential Road 4 in Navotas in the north. The highway is an extension of Bonifacio Drive and Roxas Boulevard (Radial Road 1 or R-1) north of the Pasig River running north-south through the Manila North Port area serving the coastal Tondo and Navotas communities.


Radial Road 10 was built on reclaimed land called Tondo Foreshoreland, reclaimed in the 1950s as part of a government plan to expand and improve port facilities in Manila. It soon became the resettlement site of thousands of urban poor families that turned the area into what was once Southeast Asia's largest squatter colony.[1] The road itself was constructed between 1976 and 1979 as part of the Manila Urban Development Project of the Marcos administration.[2]

In January 2017, a bill was filed in the Philippine House of Representatives changing the name of this portion of Radial Road 10 to Mayor Gemiliano Lopez Boulevard in honor of the late Manila mayor Mel Lopez.[3] This bill authored by Buhay Party-List Representative and former Manila mayor Lito Atienza is still pending in the Committee of Public Works and Highways as of February 2017.


Housing developments at the former Smokey Mountain landfill

Marcos Road originates at the intersection with Recto Avenue as a continuation of Bonifacio Drive from Roxas Bridge (formerly Del Pan Bridge) in San Nicolas. It heads northwest toward Pier 4 of the Manila North Harbor before bending north into the Moriones and Don Bosco villages of Tondo. The road passes east of the entire Manila North Port terminal complex and leaves Barrio Magsaysay for Barrio Vitas past Capulong Street. Continuing north, it soon crosses over the Estero de Vitas (Vitas Creek) and enters the Balut area of Tondo where the old dumpsite of Smokey Mountain is located. North of Estero de Sunog Apog (Sunog Apog Creek), the road extends into the reclaimed fish port complex of Navotas running parallel to North Bay Boulevard. It terminates at Bangkulasi Bridge over the Bangkulasi Channel before the road turns east as Circumferential Road 4 (C-4) which heads to Malabon and South Caloocan.


Moriones Gate of the Manila North Harbor


  1. ^ Case Study: Zoto and the twice-told story of Philippine community organizing published by the University of the Philippines Diliman; accessed 2013-12-18.
  2. ^ Presidential Decree No. 931 published by The Lawphil Project; accessed 2013-12-18.
  3. ^ "House Bill No. 4737" (PDF). House of Representatives of the Philippines. Retrieved 15 February 2017.

Coordinates: 14°37′31″N 120°57′35″E / 14.62528°N 120.95972°E / 14.62528; 120.95972