Old Street Names of Manila

  

Several streets of Manila have been renamed through the years, sometimes without regard to street names as signpost to history. For historian Ambeth Ocampo, old names of the streets of Manila, “in one way reaffirmed and enhanced our culture.” 

 

 

Former names of some streets in Binondo were mentioned by Jose Rizal in his novels. Calle Sacristia (now Ongpin Street) was the street where Rizal’s leading character Crisostomo Ibarra walked the old Tiniente back to his barracks. The house of rich Indio Don Capitan Tiago de los Santos was located in Calle Anloague (now Juan Luna).   

 

 

Only a century ago, the surrounding blocks of Malate and Ermita were traverse only by Calle Real (now M.H. del Pilar Street) and Calle Nueva (now A Mabini Street) that followed the curve of the Bay and led to Cavite’s port. Today’s Roxas Boulevard was underwater then. Along the two main roads were houses and rice fields punctuated by the churches of Malate and Ermita and the military installations like Plaza Militar and Fort San Antonio Abad.   

 

After the Filipino-American War, new streets were laid out following the Burnham Plan. In Malate for instance, streets were named after the US states that sent volunteers to crush Aguinaldo’s army. Today, those streets were renamed after Filipinos patriots some became key players in Aguinaldo’s government.

 

It is fascinating to learn that Manila’s rich heritage is reflected in its streets. Below is a list of current street names and the little history behind it:

 

Andres Soriano Avenue in Intramuros was formerly called the Aduana, after the Spanish custom house whose ruins stand on the street. The street was renamed after a famous businessman who organized the Soriano y Cia (Cia is not a Spanish surname but an acronym for compania or company). He began his career as an accountant of San Miguel Brewery.

 

Ongpin formerly called Calle Sacristia after the sacristy of Binondo Church whose entrance is located along the street. It was renamed in 1915 in honor of Roman Ongpin, a Filipino-Chinese philanthropist who also owned an art supply store in the district.   

 

 

Juan Luna in Binondo was called Calle Anloague, which means “carpenters” whose shops used to abound the place. It was renamed in the 1913 after the great Filipino painter Juan Luna.

 

Quintin Parades in Binondo is the old Calle Rosario after the district’s patroness the Nuestra Señora del Rosario. The street was renamed after the Filipino statesman and lawyer Quintin Paredes. He represented Abra in Congress and became Speaker of the House. 

 

 

T. Pinpin in Binondo was formerly known Calle San Jacinto, it was renamed in 1913 after Tomas Pinpin, a native of Bataan who learned printing from serving a apprentice at a Chinese press in Binondo. He was the first Filipino printer, who is credited for printing at least 14 books and authored Librong Pag-aaralan nang mga Tagalog ng Uikang Castilla in 1610.

 

His monument was first erected at Plaza Cervantes in 1911 marked the third centennial of the introduction of printing in the Philippines. The monument was later transferred to Plaza Calderon dela Barca.

 

Sabino Padilla is located in Binondo was formerly called Gandara Street, named in 1868 after Governor General Jose se la Gandara who established the telegraph system and Department of Mines in the colony, including the construction of lighthouses. The street was once a residential street of mansions that became famous for its brilliant social gathering during General Despujol’s time. It was renamed in 1995 after Sabino Padilla, Judge of the Court of Appeals and later Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

 

A.H. Lacson is located in Sampaloc. It was named after a former mayor of Manila, Arsenio H. Lacson, generally considered one of the best mayors the city ever had.

 

The street was originally called Governor Forbes, in memory of a popular governor, William Cameron Forbes. He was credited with having carved Baguio out of the mountains, a grandson of American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. Forbes was supposed to be renamed as Alfonso E. Mendoza. It was not implemented because of RA 6215 which approved in the 1971 the renaming of the street to Arsenio Lacson.

 

The street is still referred to by old folks as, Forbes, pronounced in two syllables as for-bes.

 

N.S. Amoranto Avenue was formerly known as Retiro, after Jose Rizal’s poem A mi retiro. The street was renamed after the famous politician Norberto S. Amoranto.

 

G. Tuazon in Sampaloc was known to be Balic-Balic after the medicinal plant. The land was donated by the heirs of Gregorio Tuason of the Son Tua clan. Son Tua was a Chinese immigrant who helped the Spaniards quell the rebellion of the Chinese in the Parian district. As a reward, the Spanish government gave him vast tract of lands stretching from Manila up to what we know as Quezon City.

 

M. de la Fuente in Sampaloc was formerly called Calle Trabajo. It was named after Manuel de la Fuente, chief of Police and later mayor of Manila. The street is still referred to by its former name. 

 

Legarda in Sampaloc was called as Calle Alix, after Jose Maria Alix, an 1862 magistrate of Manila. Not to many people recall that located at the No. 9 Calle Alix was the original Club Filipino Independiente (later Club Filipino International) was founded.

 

The street was renamed in honor of Benito Legarda, a member of the Mololos Congress and one of the first commissioners of the Philippines to the United States.

 

J. Figueras in Sampaloc was formerly Bustillos after the tragic Governor General Fernando Manuel de Bustillos Bustamante y Rueda. Bustamante’s sternness of character and severity of measures led to his murder by an irate mob of clerics. The street was renamed after Jose Figueras who was secretary of labor during the term of President Elpidio Quirino.

 

S.H. Loyola in Sampaloc was formerly called Lepanto, after the famous naval battle of the Lepanto in the Gulf of Greece where Christian forces defeated the Turks in 1571. The street was renamed on March 8, 1973 after Sergio H. Loyola, a Manila councilor and representative of the 3rd district.

 

Gen. Geronimo in Sampaloc was formerly known as Gardenia, after the fragrant white flower known in Filipino as Rosal. It was also once known as Palomar, Spanish pigeon house after in became notorious for being the red light district of Old Manila. The mayor of Manila Justo Lukban deported prostitutes to Davao and renamed the street after General Licerio Geronimo, commander of the famous Filipino force called “tiradores” that killed Major General Henry Lawton on the Battle of San Mateo, Rizal in 1899.

 

Dos Castillas in Sampaloc, where one end of the street leads to the Dangwa Flower Market was formerly known as Yeyeng.  It was renamed to memorialize the unification in 1469 of the two kingdoms in the Castille region of Spain, Leon and Aragon, with the marriage of Leon’s Princess Isabel to Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Aragon. The union marked the emergence of modern Spain. 

 

 

R. Hidalgo in Quiapo was at one time lined with exquisite ancestral houses of the old rich. It was formerly called Calle San Sebastian. It was renamed in 1913 after the famous painter Felix Resurreccion-Hidalgo. The street is erroneously marked as Ramon Hildago. 

 

 

Carlos Palanca Sr. in Quiapo was formerly Calle Echague, after a Spanish Governor General. The street was renamed after the late Carlos Palanca Sr. (Tan Quien Sien by birth) who was the First Chinese Consul to the Philippines. He is credited for building the first Chinese school and hospital in Manila. The prestigious Palanca Awards given annually to talented writers is in his honor.  

 

 

J. Nepomoceno in Quiapo is known then as Tanduay, derived from the alcoholic drink’s manufacturing plant in the area. The street was renamed in honor of Jose Nepomoceno who pioneered the moving picture business and established the Malayan Movies in 1917.

 

G. Puyat in Quiapo was formerly Raon after Spanish Governor Jose Raon. Raon was instrumental in the expulsion of the Jesuits from the country. The street was renamed after Gonzalo Puyat, the furniture maker who was once president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce. 

 

 

Paterno in Quiapo was formerly known as Noria, the old name was derived from the Arabian word meaning, “wheel for irrigation” or for “drawing water from the well.” It was renamed after Pedro Paterno who served as negotiator in the signing of the peace treaty between Filipinos revolutionaries and the Spanish Army in Biak-na-Bato in December 1897, which resulted to the voluntary exile of Filipino revolutionary leaders to Hong Kong.

 

Paterno became president of the Malolos Congress, succeeding Mabini as premier. He founded the Federalista Party during the American era.

 

Arlegui Street in San Miguel was known as Calle San Geronimo. It was renamed after the Filipino property owners in the area, where the first known Colegio Filipino and later called National University, opened in 1902.

 

Martin Ocampo in San Miguel was known as El Dorado. The old name was in reference to the city of gold in the Americas. The street was named after Martin Ocampo, publisher of El Renacimiento and La Vanguardia. Ocampo became councilor and board member of the Manila Municipal Board.

 

Claro M. Recto Avenue stretches from North Port District in Tondo towards Sampaloc. It was formerly called Calle Azcarraga, after Marcelo Azcarraga who served as Minister of War and twice prime minister of Spain. It was renamed after poet-writer, lawyer, and senator Claro M. Recto.

 

Rizal Avenue located, Sta. Cruz district’s main thoroughfare and Manila’s longest street (running from Carriedo in Quiapo to Monumento in Caloocan) is popularly known as Avenida Rizal named after the Filipino national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. It was formerly known as Calle Dulumbayan, which meant “edge of the town” or end of civilized territory. 

 

 

Evangelista Street in Sta. Cruz was formerly called San Pedro in honor of St. Peter. The street was renamed after Edilberto Evangelista, Filipino engineer who figured in the Battle of Zapote Bridge in 1897. He engineered fortified trenches used by the Revolutionary Army against Spanish attacks.

 

Doroteo Jose Street in Sta. Cruz was formerly Melba Street. The old name commemorates the visit of Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer of that time. In August 6, 1914, the street was renamed in honor of Doroteo Jose, a patriot who suffered persecution for his convictions. He led a group of Filipinos in petitioning the expulsion of Archbishop Payo, predecessor of Nozaleda.  

 

 

Tomas Mapua Street in district of Sta. Cruz is formerly known as Misericordia. Tomas Mapua is the founder and first president of the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) and first registered architect in the Philippines after graduating BS Architecture from Cornell University.

 

Misericordia was taken from the Confraternidad de la Santa Misericordia (Fraternity of Holy Piety) that was founded for charitable purposes in 1594 by Governor Luis Peres Dasmariñas.

 

Kusang Loob in Sta. Cruz was formerly called Negros, it was renamed after the Tagalog expression meaning, “of one’s own accord.” A wealthy resident donated a piece of his land for government use. In gratitude, the local government decided to name the street Kusang Loob for the generous deed.

 

M. Natividad in Santa Cruz was known as Evangelista where the famous Teatro Zorilla stood. The street was renamed after Mamerto Natividad, one of the youngest general during the revolution. 

 

Tayuman which stretches from Tondo to Sta. Cruz was formerly known as Morga, it was renamed after the indigo plant called Tayum (indigofera hirsute), commonly found in the area.

 

Carmen Planas was formerly Folgueras, after Mariano Fernandez de Folgueras, twice governor-general of the Philippines. The Basi Revolt marred his term. The street was renamed after the first woman city councilor, dubbed as Manila’s Sweethear.”

 

Magasaysay Street in Tondo was named after President Ramon Magsaysay. It was formerly called Santa Mesa or holy table. The land was originally owned by the La Hermanidad de la Santa Misericordia (Brotherhood of Holy Piety) whose board of directors was known as La Santa Mesa. The street was known earlier as Camatchilehan, after the Kamatsile tree that once shaded its length.

 

United Nations Avenue in Ermita was formerly known as Isaac Peral, in memory of the Spaniard who successfully experimented on a submarine in the post of Cadiz in 1889. The street was renamed United Nations Avenue in 1962 to marked the 17th anniversary of the United Nations.

 

A. Villegas Street is located in Ermita. A portion of Arroceros is renamed after Antonio Villegas, who assumed office after the death of Mayor Lacson. Calle Arroceros was a derivation of the Spanish word arroz or rice, referring to the cargo being docked in the vicinity by cascos from Laguna.

 

Padre Faura in Ermita was formerly called Observatorio, it was renamed after the Jesuit Fr. Federico Faura, who conducted meteorological studies leading to the invention of the Faura barometer which indicated the proximity and intensity of typhoons. The invention won him international fame. He played a major role in establishing the Manila Observatory and the Philippine Weather Bureau.  

 

T.M. Kalaw Avenue located in Ermita was formerly known as San Luis. The street was renamed after Teodoro M. Kalaw Sr., the editor of the El Renacimiento and director of the National Library which also stands along the street.

 

Engracia Reyes Street in Ermita was formerly called Arkansas. It honor Engracia Reyes founder of the Aristocrat chain of restaurants.

 

Dr. A. Vasquez in Ermita was formerly Wright Street. It honor Dr. Antonio Vasquez, physician and surgeon. He served the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.

 

General Luna in Ermita was formerly known as Nozaleda, it was renamed after the Filipino general Antonio Luna. The street runs through Rizal Park (of which a part if formerly known as Nozaleda Park) to Intramuros.

 

Pedro Gil Avenue which branches from Roxas Boulevard in Ermita to President Quirino in San Andres was formerly known as Herran Street, after Jose dela Herran, a captain in the Spanish Navy during the 1898 Battle of Manila Bay.

 

Pedro Gil was a member of the 1930 independence mission to the United States together with Osmeña, Roxas, Montinola and Tirona. Gil was later elected to the first National Assembly and became chairman of the committee on city government.

 

Roxas Boulevard that stretches from Ermita towards Pasay City was known as Harrison Boulevard until 1915, when it was renamed as Dewey Boulevard, after the American Commodore who destroyed the Spanish Navy during the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898. After World War II, the long road was given its present name in memory of the first president of the post-war republic, Manuel Roxas.

 

Taft Avenue was formerly Columbia Avenue, it was renamed after the first American civil governor of the Philippines, William Howard Taft. Taft later became the President of the United States and Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.

 

Information source: Daluyan: a Historical Dictionary of the Streets of Manila

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  1. Great blog.

  2. What is the history of Calle Sinagoga in Malate? Is it named because there was a synagogue then in that street?

  3. aztig ^^ very informative and interesting, i <3 Manila, not a gate of hell at all,:D

  4. here’s a great 1934 YMCA map of Manila posted by John T Pilot:

    Complete YMCA 1934 Manila map stitched together by Old Pink, Frank D.

    an earlier question above which was never answered, does anyone know the origins of Sinagoga street?

    thanks

    • another great map posted by John T Pilot is from 1911/1919:

      Map of Manila, Philippines and vicinity, 1919

      which shows Roxas Boulevard as ‘Cavite Boulevard’ and Quirino Ave as ‘Dewey Boulevard’ ! Quirino Ave is not even shown on the 1934 YMCA map.

      Salas Street was Divisoria Ermita Y Malate which means where Ermita and Malate are divided.

    • there used to be a jewish synagogue on taft avenue (nearest cross street is san andres). may be that’s the origin of the street name.

  5. thank you so much, it is very informative at the same time nostalgic, i love old manila and i salute you for this remarkable article.

  6. Mira que los norteamericanos por poco erradican el legado hispano. Tienen poca cultura. Por lo menos en Filipinas se conservan los apellidos españoles más las fiestas.

  7. hi all.. i just would like to ask if anybody knows alfonso mendoza st. he is a former congressman of manila.. maraming salamat.

  8. Nce thanks sir!

  9. Anyone know where Wilson street came from in Manilla?

    • Wilson street is somewhere in Greenhills, San Juan

  10. Anyone who knows the old names of Felix Huertas st, Oroquieta st, Lope de Vega Bambang st, Manuel Hizon st. and Pedro Guevarra at Santa Cruz district of Manila’s 3rd District

  11. Thanks po!!!!!!!!

  12. may i know the origin of gonzales st in ermita manila?
    what is the history of this street?

  13. Oh cool! I’ve learned a lot about street names after reading this post! :) and m.natividad pala is mamerto natividad. All this time I’m calling it maria natividad. Hehe.

  14. Ang galing neto nagamit ko sya sa Term Paper ko ahahaha Just continue doing this. Godbless and thanks

    • You’re welcome Dex. -Glenn

  15. Hiii i’d like to know what are the three main roads in Manila? Thanks :D

  16. thanks for information

  17. It’s like travelling back in time,i just wish the local government will protect the old buildings in Manila(or anywhere else in the country) instead of destroying them ,ever think why there’s so many tourist in Rome?

  18. I was wondering if you have more information on Calle Anloague :D

  19. tnx for the info.. can i ask…
    who knows anything about g.(gerardo) tuazon????

  20. Thank you so much! It really helps me a lot! Finally, i had answered my homework in Filipino, old names of the streets definitely with help of course of this site! THANKS A LOT! more power TRAVELERONFOOT!

  21. do you know the former street name of E Quintos st in sampaloc manila?

    and who is Domingo Santiago….. one street in sampaloc named after him (D. Santiago st)

  22. Hello, glad to reached ‘traveleronfoot’ page. wonderful! i was really looking for a particular street named “Calle Mercado” in Ermita District. Most probably it was renamed already. Can you help my Deaf friend to locate ‘Calle Mercado’ (if there was as such ca. 1916).

    Thank you so much!

  23. nice. very helpful. :)

  24. maraming salamat po!

  25. Oh, just a rejoinder: I already forgot that I did comment here last 6 October 2008 (8:54 pm), hahaha! Man, I’m getting old.

    Anyway, I’d like to answer Gabriel Scott…

    “On July 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm Gabriel Scott said:
    who is m. adriatico? why dakota street was named after that person?”

    M. Adriático Street is named after MACARIO ADRIÁTICO of Calapán, Mindoro. He is one of the founders of the Academia Filipina.

  26. I didn’t know that you already wrote about this! Sayang. Naunahan mo acó, ¡hehehe!

    Keep it up! This is now a good resource material on the web. =)

    Regards.

  27. I did some research on streets surrounding the UP Manila area and it’s fun to know their old names. ;-)Great post by the way.

  28. what is the History behind Sinagoga street in Malate?
    Many Thanks

  29. what current street Did Gen. Edilberto Evangelista was born in present day Santa Cruz, Manila?

  30. Hi Traveller on Foot,

    Will really appreciate if you can help provide origin of the name of Quiricada St. in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

    More power!

    • I am not sure Patrick… based on some sources Quiricada St. is named after one on the original residents in the area.

  31. Hi your blogs are really good and I just want to let you know that I really love to travel around the city of manila bec. you will learn a lot of things specially to local elderlys also I would like to include some streets : dakota now is adriatico, tayabas is now Yuseco, Camarines st. is now Herrera

  32. thanks a lot for your blog. i was able to help with my sister’s assignment.. really helpful!

    • Glad we’re able to help analyn.

      • Thanks again.. Hope you’ll continue to blog useful information.

  33. interesting blog.

    i’m from Malate and i learned from older neighbors the former names of the following streets in the area:

    Bocobo St. used to be called Nebraska St,
    Maria Orosa St. was Florida St, and
    Adriatico is formerly Dakota St

    • Thank you for this information Dante.

      • who is m. adriatico? why dakota street was named after that person?

  34. im here from seattle , im just wondering kung meron kang group o affillated ka sa isang association of travellers i like to join i, like to see old places too in the phil when im in phil dont have money to go anywhere,

  35. very informative..it help me a lot with my work as a tour facilatator

  36. Sir

    May I know why the old name of our street is Calle Remy,
    here in Barangay 732 Singalong? our street is near the creek Tripa de Gallina and Arellano Avenue where the College of Saint Benilde is located.

    Thank you and best regards

  37. I really liked your blog-travelogue. Your journaled travels, especially in Quiapo, helped me put “flesh” into my research paper on the economic valuation of certain heritage sites. May I ask your permission to quote/refer to your blog. I also intend to use your pictures.

  38. i’m assuming that the old dakota ave is now called querino avenue. i’m also interested to know the old district names of manila some of which i remember as isla de balut, isla de troso, isla de trabajo etc.. i understand and assuming that these names came about due to the fact that manila was once composed of islet divided by stream and tributaries of pasig river. these streams, navigable rivers were long gone.. if any was left of these bodies of water – remnants were no more than trash filled open canal. and we wonder why ondoy brought so much havoc to sorrounding cities of manila

  39. thanks,very helpful…my daughter needed it for her homework..its funny because they cant find it on the web. she’s blaming the internet cafe (there in QC) because “mabagal mama yung computer”, she said…thanks

    • I am glad to know that one of the articles I’ve posted was able to help your daugther lisette.

  40. Wow, this is such an interesting article because I pass by these streets on the way to work everyday and wonder who those people whose names are on the streets signs are. Another major street with a name change is A. Mendoza which I understand was formerly known as Andalucia.

  41. We are doing a research work on ALCANTARA STREET in Sampaloc, Manila. Why was the street named after Alcantara? What accomplishments did Alcantara contribute to give him the honor of naming a street after him?

    • Most likely named after the last Francican priest assigned to Sampaloc, Fr. Pedro Flores Alcantara, circa 1898. Fr. Alcantara was assigned to the reconstruction of the Our Lady of Loreto Church after it was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1888.

  42. To answer my own question, Tennessee Avenue is now Gen. M. Malavar

  43. thank you, Anthony

  44. san antonio street in tondo manila was called el mabato during the pre war due to rocks and pebbles was present in the area and according to the old people settle in the area that the place was body of water close to break water and was just filled with sands and soils to erect houses, by the way 2 members of the katipuneros are from mamante.

  45. do u know that a street in tondo now called Zaragosa was the old mamante strret???

  46. Pennsylvania Street is now called Leon Guinto St. I don’t remember Tennessee. I will purchase Daluyan later if I manage to reach NHI before 5pm.

    • do you recall the callejon near dagonoy street which would intersects to taft and pennsylvania streets. my grand parents think its callejon gregorio villa. their parents used to live in that callejon. thanks

  47. Very helpful and informative. I was, even in my teens one of those who feel that Manila’s streets should remain as they were originally named. If only the original names of Magdalena, Bangkusay, Requesens, Tayabas,Misericordia, Mayhaligue and so many others can be known, plus their current names, then we can see how self serving and short sighted our politicians can be. I propose a movement to initiate actions to make our congressmen revert all of Manila’s streets to their former names.

    • Requesen – Eriberto Remigio
      Mayhaligue is still its name
      Zurbaran – Fugoso St.

  48. Does anyone know the current names of Tennessee and Pennsylvania Avenues in Malate?

  49. thanks for the information! great help! I have this homework for my Rizal subject and we need to take photos of streets named after characters in Noli and El Fili which I already did. hmmm do you know any facts about how the city of manila came with that idea? thanks!

  50. Good evening! I was reading your list of names of old streets. Just so you’re aware, Retiro, currently NS Amoranto, was the name of the street that lead many souls to go on a retreat from Intramuros to the church of San Francisco del Monte in Quezon City. The street was meant to serve as a reminder to many that the street lead to a place of solace and retreat that priests, missionaries, martyrs, politicians and church officials would go to avoid the crazy noise of the city. The church of San Francisco del Monte, as you have mentioned in one of your articles was the reason why that street existed. It ends up at the current Talayan Hills Subdivision. From the street, one would have to cross the creek and climb the hill to the place of retreat. You might want to expound on that write up of yours. Cheers!

    • The Church name in San Francisco del Monte is now called San Pedro Bautista Parish

  51. you’re right Nicky former name of Gen. Luna was named after the Archbisshop of Manila

  52. I think Nozaleda (General luna today) was named after an Archbishop of Manila

  53. Dos Castillas… was renamed to memorialize the unification in 1469 of the two kingdoms in the Castille region of Spain, Leon and Aragon… the union marked the emergence of modern Spain.”

    Amigo, I just learned of this a few minutes ago from a Spanish gentlemen (Sr. Ramón Perdigón) who is a co-member of the yahoogroup to which I belong.

    He wrote “no hay tal cosa” (there is no such thing).

    Here’s the rest of his text (with my translation below it):

    “A tiempo del matrimonio de Isabel de Castilla (reina de Castilla, no de Leon) con Fernando de Aragón, el reino de Castilla se extendía por los dos tercios occidentales de España desde Galicia, Asturias y Vizcaya hasta las costas de Andalucía. Para ver la razón del nombre de Dos Castillas hay que mirar al contexto urbano de Sampaloc que se desarrolló en el primer tercio del siglo XX: hay un grupo de calles con nombres de regiones españolas, y una de las calles se llamó Dos Castillas porque entonces había dos regiones en España llamadas Castilla la Nueva (lo que es hoy Castilla-La Mancha) y Castilla la Vieja (la parte oriental de lo que hoy es Castilla-Leon) , de ahí vino el nombre Dos Castillas.”

    (At the time of Isabel of Castilla {queen of Castilla, not of León} and Fernando de Aragón’s marriage, the Kingdom of Castilla was spreading over two-thirds of Western Spain, from Galicia, Asturias, and Vizcaya up to the coasts of Andalucía. To realize the origin of the name Dos Castillas, it is necessary to look at the urban context of Sampáloc which developed in the first third part of the 20th century. There is a group of streets with names of Spanish regions, and one of the streets was called Dos Castillas because then there were two regions in Spain called Castilla la Nueva (what is today Castilla La Mancha) and Castilla la Vieja (the oriental part of what today is known as Castilla y León), hence came the name Dos Castillas.

    ¡Saludos!

  54. Glad to hear from you Eric.

    Well I think too much importance given to politics than to our heritage and culture that authorites would choose to grossly change the historical name of a street to the name of a politician or a businessman.

    This attitude has to be rectified for heritage sake.

  55. Wow! I think a train ride is an interesting and exciting way to discover Manila royefarol. Thank you for sharing this idea.

    Same here, I also take my son to different places in country and we have a good time together.

    I appreciate the feedback.

  56. Great information! I just wish that they’d revert to the former names instead of glorifying these has-been politicians and super rich industrialists.

  57. this is a very educational site.my son and i have a good time together visiting places we usually go to everytime we take our train day – from tutuban to fti and back and lrt-from monumento to baclaran and in between carriedo and avenida. thanks alot for this wonderful tour site of manila. best regards and all the best wishes. thanks again.

  58. Thank you ynchaustti. I hope to hear more from you.

  59. That’s a great idea Patrick.Having two street signs indicating the old and the new name. Similar on what they did to some streets in Intramuros where the old name were embossed on the wall while the new name is written in a modern looking signpost.

    However, what I would really appreciate is for those in-charged in renaming the streets to consider the historical and cultural value attached to the streets of Manila.

  60. very informative. i enjoyed and i’m amazed.

    i’ve always imagined Manila’s street signs to have two names..

    one with the original names, i.e. “Calle Real” in an intricate, antique style of frame and above it is the new name, however, in an original-Filipino design concept.

    UNLIKE, the green-white thing, patterned after US, I surmise.. i’ve always hated it.

  61. Impressive and very helpful.

  62. Your first comment is spot-on! It would’ve have been really ideal if all the original names were kept for that sole purpose. It’s really too bad that some people – especially those in power, don’t see the significance in all this. So much of our heritage could be unearthed and embraced from questioning the the origins of something as seemingly insubstantial as street names.

  63. Thanks for visiting the site Don.

    I just know that Tagaytay received its name from a legend involving a father and son while hunting the forest down the slopes. According to the legend, the father was attack by wild boars.The son threwn in a jungle knife (taga) and cried “taga” “itay” (Itay is father). His echo was heard through out the forest by Spanish conquistadors. Thus naming the place “Taga-ytay.”

    This is pre-empting the next article I’m about to post about Tagaytay.

  64. Interesting and informative post! Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been wondering about the origins of other Philippine place names too–e.g., Tagaytay, Diliman, etc.–would you happen to know a good reading material on this?

  65. Thanks! I’m in the U.S. right now, but I did request Daluyan from another library. Do you happen to know where the actual location of Teatro Filipino in Calle Echague is? Thanks again!

  66. I’m that this article was able to help you with your endeavor juanwesley.

    If you wanted to know more about Manila’s rich heritage as reflected by its street, may I recommend that you visit the National Historical Institute located along T.M. Kalaw Avenue and acquire the book Daluyan. The book has a comprehensive listing of street names and a detailed history behind it.

    Good luck on your project!

  67. This is really helpful! I’m working on early 1900 manuscripts pertaining to the history of Methodist work in Manila and a lot of old street names do get mentioned. Now I can easily look this up as quick reference. Thanks!


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