Recto Avenue

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Recto Avenue
Recto Avenue looking west towards Divisoria from Abad Santos Avenue overpass
Route information
Length: 3.2 km (2.0 mi)
Major junctions
West end: Marcos Road in Tondo
  Juan Luna Street
Abad Santos Avenue
Rizal Avenue
Quezon Boulevard
East end: Legarda Street in San Miguel
Districts: Binondo, Quiapo, Sampaloc, San Miguel, San Nicolas, Santa Cruz, Tondo
Highway system
Roads in the Philippines
Highways | Expressways (list)
Recto Avenue just west of Rizal Avenue with the elevated LRT-2

Claro M. Recto Avenue, more popularly known as simply Recto Avenue, is the principal commercial thoroughfare in north central Manila, Philippines. It spans seven districts just north of the Pasig River in what is generally considered Manila's old downtown area.

Recto's western terminus is at an intersection with Marcos Road (Radial Road 10) in Tondo close to the Manila North Harbor and San Nicolas district. It runs northeast before curving to the east at Juan Luna Street and Estero de Binondo. It then passes through the Divisoria shopping area of Manila south of the Tutuban railway station until it curves southeast past the Antonio Rivera Street junction. East of Rizal Avenue and Santa Cruz district, Recto intersects with the streets of the University Belt area of Quiapo and Sampaloc before terminating at Legarda Street and Mendiola Bridge in San Miguel.

The Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 2 runs along its Rizal Avenue–Legarda Street segment. It has a short extension into San Miguel and the gated Malacañan Palace compound as Mendiola Street.


Recto Avenue was developed in different time periods and in different sections during Spanish rule. The main section leading to the coast in San Nicolas and Tondo from Binondo was named Paseo de Azcárraga, after the Filipino-Spanish Prime Minister, Marcelo Azcárraga Palmero. In Santa Cruz, the road was split into Calle General Izquierdo, Calle Paz and Calle Bilibid by three esteros (creeks) that ran through the district. And in Sampaloc, the road was named Calle Iris which terminated at Calle Alix (now Legarda Street).[1] The name Paseo de Azcárraga was extended to include the full length of the street which was also called Paseo de Felipe at one point (after King Philip II of Spain). And, finally, in 1961, the avenue was given its present name after the Filipino senator, Claro Mayo Recto.[2]

On July 7, 1892, in a building numbered 72 calle Azcarraga, at the intersection with calle Sagunto (now Santo Cristo) in Tondo, Andres Bonifacio founded the revolutionary society of Katipunan.[3]

In the early 1900s, the avenue was a theater-and-restaurant row, with Teatro Libertad and Zorilla Theater attracting the well-dressed crowd to their zarzuela shows and operas on weekends.[4]


Recto Avenue is a major stop on three lines of the Metro Manila Transit System.

The route is also served by several bus companies and jeepneys.


Crowded Recto Avenue with 168 Shopping Mall in the background
University of the East main building on Recto Avenue
Shopping malls
Universities and colleges
Other notable buildings

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Did you know? Recto Avenue published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer; accessed 2013-10-15.
  2. ^ Old Manila streets lose names to politicians published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer; accessed 2013-10-15.
  3. ^ "The Philippines, the land of palm and pine : an official guide and hand book (1912)". Manila Bureau of Print. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  4. ^ The Americanization of Manila, 1898-1921. University of the Philippines Press. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 

Coordinates: 14°36′17″N 120°58′39″E / 14.60472°N 120.97750°E / 14.60472; 120.97750