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Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City Will Soon Be Called FPJ Avenue

Senate gives the bill a thumbs up.
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The street where Fernando Poe Jr. once lived is one step closer to being named in his honor. 

The Senate has passed on third and final reading a bill seeking to rename Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue.

Twenty-two senators voted in favor of the measure, with zero voting against and one abstention: Poe’s daughter Sen. Grace Poe.

"I purposely abstained because of our rule that it might be a conflict of interest,” Senator Poe said after the vote. “But in my heart I am so happy that this has passed. So thank you very much.”

The original bill filed by Sen. Lito Lapid sought to rename a different street, Del Monte Avenue, into FPJ Avenue. But a religious group voiced opposition to the plan, saying that Del Monte Avenue had historical and religious significance. Franciscan priests said the street is named after San Francisco del Monte, a retreat founded in 1590.

Senate President Tito Sotto then proposed renaming Roosevelt Avenue instead, saying that it’s actually where Poe’s ancestral house is located.

“Besides, it’s a larger street,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Senator Sotto as saying.

Roosevelt Avenue was named after former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the U.S.

FPJ is widely regarded as the king of Philippine movies, having starred in multiple films throughout his 40-plus year career as an actor, producer, and director. He ran for President in 2004 but lost to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He died later that year at the age of 65.

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In 2012, he was posthumously named a National Artist by then-President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino Jr.

 

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