Quirino Avenue

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Quirino Avenue
Looking west towards Malate from Quirino LRT Station
Route information
Length 3.6 km (2.2 mi)
Major junctions
North end N140 (Lacson Avenue) in Paco
South end AH26 / N120 (Roxas Boulevard) in Malate
Highway system

Roads in the Philippines

President Elpidio Quirino Avenue, more commonly known as Quirino Avenue, is a 6-10 lane divided highway in Manila, Philippines. It runs for 3.6 kilometers (2.2 miles) in a northeast-southwest direction from Nagtahan Bridge (now Mabini Bridge) across from Santa Mesa in the north to Roxas Boulevard in Malate in the south. It passes through Paco and Pandacan districts where it also serves as a truck route between Port Area and South Luzon Expressway. North of Nagtahan Bridge, the road continues as Lacson Avenue. It is designated as part of Circumferential Road 2.


Its construction dates back to the early 19th century under Spanish rule when Quirino Avenue Extension was first laid out as Calle Canonigo in Paco.[1] The road leading to Nagtahan Bridge then was a narrow street called Calle Luengo in Pandacan.[2]

By the late 1920s, under the United States' Insular Government, the road from Plaza Dilao to the Pasig River across from Santa Mesa was constructed which was later named Tomás Claudio Street (also Paco–Santa Mesa Road) after the Filipino World War I hero, Tomas Mateo Claudio.[3] Following the Burnham Plan for Manila, the road was further extended south to meet Harrison Boulevard that ran southwest from Calle Herrán (now Pedro Gil Street) up to Dewey Boulevard (now Roxas Boulevard). The whole length of the highway that forms part of Circumferential Road 2 was later named in honor of the sixth President of the Philippines, Elpidio Quirino.

Route description[edit]

Quirino Avenue in Paco near Paco railway station.
Quirino Avenue extension looking south towards Plaza Dilao.
Nagtahan Bridge to Paco-Santa Mesa Road section

The northern end of Quirino Avenue is at the intersection of Paz Mendoza Guazon (Otis) and Jesus Streets in Paco, at the foot of the Nagtahan Bridge as a continuation of Lacson Avenue. Jesus Street leads to the Pandacan oil depot to the east while Guazon leads to Malacañang Park and Robinsons Otis to the west. Heading south, it enters Pandacan district moving past primarily residential areas on both sides, with Zamora Market on the west side. The avenue then curves southwest following the alignment of the Philippine National Railways line, where it merges with traffic from Paco-Santa Mesa Road or Tomas Claudio Street.

Paco-Santa Mesa Road to Osmeña Highway section

South of the junction with Tomas Claudio, the avenue traverses the district of Paco where the Old Paco station and Plaza Dilao are located. Also located along this stretch are the Philippine Columbian Association complex on Plaza Dilao and the new Paco railway station near the intersection with Pedro Gil Street. It follows a straight path south towards the border with Malate where it is joined by Osmeña Highway (South Luzon Expressway).

Osmeña Highway to Roxas Boulevard section

The Malate section of Quirino Avenue is primarily residential and commercial. The Singalong area lies directly south of the Osmeña Highway junction just before it intersects with Taft Avenue, where the elevated Quirino LRT Station is located. South of Taft Avenue, Quirino provides access to the tourism center of Malate where the Remedios Circle, Manila Zoo, Baywalk, San Andres Sports Complex, Plaza Rajah Sulayman and Malate Church are located. It curves westwards past Adriatico Street until it meets its southern terminus at Roxas Boulevard near Manila Yacht Club and Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center.

Quirino Avenue Extension

Quirino Avenue extends to the industrial area of Paco (Otis) and United Nations Avenue from a loop road around Plaza Dilao just off the main highway on the north side of its short Paco segment. This is the main truck route going in and out of Port Area from South Luzon Expressway.


Old Paco station on Quirino Avenue


Manila N140 (Arsenio H. Lacson Avenue), Paz Guazon Street, Jesus StreetNorthern terminus. Continues north as A.H. Lacson Avenue.
Gonzales StreetSouthbound only.
East Zamora StreetTraffic light intersection.
Paradise StreetNorthbound only.
Obisis StreetSouthbound only.
Carlos Street ExtensionNorthbound only.
West Zamora StreetTraffic light intersection.
San Jose StreetNorthbound only.
E. Carlos StreetNorthbound only.
N141 (Tomas Claudio Street)Northbound only. Access from southbound side via U-Turn slot.
N156 (Quirino Avenue Extension)Access to United Nations Avenue and Paz Guazon Street.
San Antonio Street, Perdigon StreetOne-way from Quirino Avenue. Southbound only.
Santo Sepulcro StreetSouthbound only.
Figueroa StreetOne-way. No entry from Quirino Avenue.
Pedro Gil StreetTraffic light intersection.
Sagat StreetOne-way. Southbound only.
N145 (Osmeña Highway)Traffic light intersection. Access to Skyway, EDSA and South Luzon Expressway.
Union Street, Lanuza StreetSouthbound only. Union Street is one-way.
Paz StreetSouthbound only.
Anak Bayan Street, Julio Nakpil Street, Mataas na Lupa StreetTraffic light intersection.
Campillo StreetNorthbound only.
Angel Linao StreetTraffic light intersection. One-way road.
Pintong Bato StreetSouthbound only.
Smith StreetNorthbound only.
Singalong StreetTraffic light intersection. One-way road.
San Bartolome StreetLimited access road. Southbound only.
F. Benitez StreetOne-way road. Both segments accessible thru nearby intersections.
Modesto StreetBoth segments accessible thru nearby intersections.
N181 (San Marcelino Street)Traffic light intersection. One-way road.
San Pascual Street, Agoncillo StreetBoth segments accessible thru nearby intersections.
San Antonio StreetNorthbound only.
Leon Guinto StreetTraffic light intersection.
San Andres StreetOne-way road going in opposite directions. Bisected by Taft Avenue.
N170 (Taft Avenue)Traffic light intersection.
Fidel A. Reyes Street, Maginhawa Street, Bagong Lipunan StreetNorthbound only.
Leveriza StreetTraffic light intersection.
Camia Street, Asuncion StreetNorthbound only.
Adriatico StreetTraffic light intersection.
Madre Ignacia StreetUnsignaled intersection.
Apolinario Mabini StreetTraffic light intersection. Northern segment is one-way only.
N120 (Roxas Boulevard)Southern terminus. Access to Pasay, Parañaque, Cavite to the south; Port Area, Intramuros and Tondo districts to the north.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History of San Fernando de Dilao Archived 2013-07-24 at the Wayback Machine. published by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila; accessed 2013-10-09.
  2. ^ 1945 Map of Central Manila published by BattleofManila.org; accessed 2013-10-09.
  3. ^ Briones, A.G. (1955). AB Commercial Directory of the Philippines. University of California. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 

Coordinates: 14°34′33″N 120°59′46″E / 14.57583°N 120.99611°E / 14.57583; 120.99611