United Nations Avenue

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United Nations Avenue
UN Avenue Manila.jpg
Length 1.9 km (1.2 mi)
Location City of Manila
From Quirino Avenue Ext. and Paz Mendoza Guazon Street in Pandacan
Major
junctions
P. Correa Street
Romualdez Street
San Marcelino Street
Taft Avenue
Maria Orosa Avenue
To Roxas Boulevard in Ermita

United Nations Avenue is a major thoroughfare in Manila, Philippines. A commercial, residential and industrial artery, the avenue runs east-west through the near-center of the city linking Ermita and Rizal Park with the eastern districts. It is home to the World Health Organization Western Pacific headquarters.

U.N. Avenue begins at a fork in Quirino Avenue Extension and Paz Mendoza Guazon Street, just west of Pandacan. It continues through the area of Tanque and Isla de Provisor in northern Paco district passing several rows of warehouses and a few institutional buildings. West of Taft Avenue lies busy Ermita district with a mix of hotels, offices and hospital buildings. Roxas Boulevard lies at its western terminus.

The avenue is served by the United Nations LRT Station.

History[edit]

U.N. Avenue was formerly known as Isaac Peral Street, after the Spanish engineer who designed the world's first fully capable military submarine in the late 19th century.[1] It was later renamed in recognition of the World Health Organization, a United Nations agency, whose building was built in 1959 in the former University of the Philippines property located at its southwest corner with Taft Avenue.[2]

The avenue was also the site of the first Hilton Hotel in the Philippines which opened in 1960.[3] This hotel is now Waterfront Manila Pavilion.

Points of interest[edit]

The Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino at the junction with Maria Orosa Street

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