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España Boulevard, Manila

España Boulevard is the main thoroughfare of Sampaloc district, Manila and the extreme western section of Quezon City. It is an 8-lane divided arterial road and is a component of one of the radial roads of Metro Manila — Radial Road 7 or R-7. España's name is taken after "España," Spanish for Spain, the Philippines' colonial power for 333 years. True to its name, several Spanish names abound the street.

España is an east-west artery of Manila. It connects Lerma and Nicanor Reyes (formerly Morayta) streets of Sampaloc district on the west end to Mabuhay (formerly Welcome) Rotonda, Quezon City on the east end. The entire street is straddled by a center island, which is only broken on major intersections and at the railroad crossing. Vehicles are not allowed to make a left-turn at the full length of the boulevard, with the exception of the intersection going to Nicanor Reyes Street at the western terminus. España is two kilometers long. España's north side is its west-bound (Manila-bound) side, while the south side is its east-bound (Quezon City-bound) side. Buses, taxis, jeepneys and cabriolets serve the commuters.


At the east end is Mabuhay Rotonda, which connects España with Quezon Avenue (also known as Quezon Boulevard Extension), E. Rodriguez, Sr. Avenue (also known as España Extension) and Mayon Avenue. Quezon Avenue leads to EDSA and ultimately to the Quezon Memorial Circle. Eulogio Rodriguez, Sr. Avenue (España Ext.) leads to Cubao district of Quezon City, a popular shopping place. Mayon Avenue leads to the North Luzon Expressway (formerly North Diversion Road). Vehicles pass through the Mabuhay Rotonda on a counter-clockwise direction, although the west side of the rotonda is now closed to traffic.

At the south side of España at the front of the rotonda is South East Asian College, a medical and nursing school. At the north side of Macaraig Street are offices of telecommunications company PLDT. Macaraig marks the Manila-Quezon City boundary.


At Josefina Street's south side is a Meralco branch, a power distribution firm. The first major intersection is the one-way (north-south) Blumentritt Road. The street is named after Austrian professor Ferdinand Blumentritt, Jose Rizal's best friend. The next intersections are characters from Rizal's novel Noli Me Tangere: Ibarra, Sisa and Basilio. Crisostomo Ibarra is the hero of the novel, while Sisa was the mother who went mad when her two sons, Basilio and Crispin went missing.

From Welcome Rotonda to Blumentritt lies 2 Ministop Convenience Stores. One is the Macaraig, just beside PLDT and the one with wide parking slot is the Mini Stop Blumentritt-Ibarra branch, across Equitable bank.

The next major intersection is A. H. Maceda (formerly Washington Street), which is named after a prominent politician. Along Craig Street on España's south side is a Mercury Drug branch. Between Kundiman and E. Quintos, Sr. Streets is the only pedestrian traffic light along España. The yellow notice at the traffic light reads "Ped Xing," which means "pedestrian crossing." Between Antipolo and Algeciras streets is the Philippine National Railways tracks, on which trains stop at the España Station, on the south side.

Vicente G. Cruz (formerly Economia) and Manuel dela Fuente Streets (formerly Trabajo) each have traffic lights. This area is still referred to as "Trabajo" (Spanish for "hard work"). The surrounding streets are named after virtues in Spanish. For example, Economia (thrift), Pureza (purity), Sobriedad (sobriety), Verdad (truth), Honradez (honor), Alegria (joy), Constancia (constancy).

Along V. G. Cruz lies a Mini Stop convenience store, while on M. dela Fuente lies a 7-Eleven branch, and Wendy's (now closed) and Chowking food chains. Several meters from España on the south side of M. dela Fuente lies a Jollibee branch. V. G. Cruz can only be crossed on a north-south route while M. dela Fuente can only be crossed on a south-north route.

Between Don Quijote (named for Don Quixote) and Carola streets is Ramon Magsaysay High School, a reputable public high school. It can easily be distinguished from España's north side with its sky blue walls. The school is also the largest public high school in Manila. On the north side, from A. H. Lacson to Padre Noval Street is the 21.5-hectare Manila campus of the University of Santo Tomas (UST).

A. H. Lacson Avenue is named for Arsenio Lacson, a former Mayor of Manila. It was formerly named Governor Forbes Street after William Cameron Forbes, the American Governor-General. At the northwest corner of the España-Lacson intersection is UST's Roque Ruaño building, which houses UST's Faculty of Engineering. Between M. F. Jhocson (named after Mariano Fortunato Jhocson, founder of National University) and Centro Streets is another pedestrian overpass, which serves UST students.

At the front of UST is a Shakey's Pizza parlor, branches of Bank of the Philippine Islands and Metrobank, a Victory Liner bus terminal, Mayric's Bar, several review centers and dormitories. Viewable from España is the Arch of the Centuries, which is a vestige of UST's connections with Intramuros district.

At UST's west side is Padre Noval Street, named after one of the first priests to arrive in the country who served as rector for UST. At the street corner is the Beato Angelico building, which houses the Fine Arts and Design, and Architecture colleges of UST. The street is peculiar because the southbound vehicles are allowed to cross the street, while northbound vehicles are only allowed to make a left or right-turn along España.

At Padre Campa Street are branches of McDonald's and KFC, both on the north side. At KFC's pedestrian side is another pedestrian overpass. Facing McDonald's on the south side is Saint Thomas Square, a shopping center.

España ends when it splits into Nicanor Reyes (formerly Morayta) and Lerma Streets. Nicanor Reyes, named after the founder of Far Eastern University, which straddles its north side, leads to Claro M. Recto Avenue (formerly Azcarraga). Lerma, on the other hand, leads to Quezon Boulevard (a different street from Quezon Avenue), named after the President Manuel L. Quezon, who also studied at UST.

List of intersections from east to west. Bolded names are road crossings with traffic lights. Names in parentheses indicate former names, some of which are still in wide use. Designations in square brackets indicate official Metro Manila national roads.

  • Mabuhay Rotonda (Welcome Rotonda) — Mayon Avenue / Quezon Avenue [R-7] (Quezon Boulevard Extension) / E. Rodriguez, Sr. Avenue (España Extension)

  • Macaraig Street (North side only)

  • Josefina Street (South side only)

  • Blumentritt Road / Ibarra Street

  • Sisa Street

  • Instruccion StreetBasilio Street

  • A.H. Maceda Street (Washington Street)

  • Metrica Street

  • Craig Street

  • Kundiman Street

  • E. Quintos, Sr. Street {Pedestrian Crossing}

  • San Diego Street

  • Antipolo Street

  • Algeciras Street

  • Prudencio Street

  • R.S. Cristobal Street (Constancia)

  • Miguelin Street

  • V.G. Cruz Street (Economia)

  • J. Marzan Street

  • M. dela Fuente Street (Trabajo)

  • Maria Cristina Street

  • Don Quijote Street

  • Carola Street

  • Dos Castillas Street

  • M. Earnshaw Street (North side only)

  • A.H. Lacson Avenue (Gov. Forbes Street) [C-2]

  • Valencia Street (South side only)

  • Ruaño Drive (North side only, inside UST)

  • Extremadura Street (South side only)

  • P. Cayco Street (South side only)

  • Quezon Drive (North side only, inside UST)

  • M.F. Jhocson (South side only)

  • Centro Street (South side only)

  • Osmeña Drive (North side only, inside UST)

  • Moret Street (South side only)

  • Galicia Street (South side only)

  • Tamayo Drive (North side only, inside UST)

  • Padre Noval Street

  • Eloisa Street (North side only)

  • G.M. Tolentino Street (Cataluña)

  • Adelina Street (North side only)

  • Padre Campa Street

  • Paquita Street (North side only)

  • Lerma [R-7] / Nicanor Reyes Street (Morayta)

Source: Wikipedia
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