‘Wag na baguhin Frisco: Joy Belmonte backs renaming Roosevelt Ave after FPJ
Quezon City Mayor Belmonte has expressed support for the city council’s plan to pass a resolution urging Congress to rename Roosevelt Avenue as Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue instead of Del Monte Avenue.
“It is but right and proper to honor the late Fernando Poe Junior for his invaluable contribution to the city and our culture. At the same time, we also recognize the historical and religious significance of the area. We are hoping this issue will be resolved judiciously,” Belmonte said.
The Council Committee on Cultural Affairs and Tourism led by Councilor Candy Medina and stakeholders decided to come up with the resolution following a public consultation this week.
Belmonte said the proposal to rename Roosevelt Avenue after Poe, which was echoed by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, was a “win win situation” for all stakeholders.
“We thank the Senate President for sharing his wisdom and for providing us with a situation that is acceptable to everybody,” she added.
The Senate President said he wanted to rename Roosevelt Avenue because this is where FPJ’s ancestral home is located.
Priests, residents and other stakeholders opposed the original Senate bill filed by Sen. Lito Lapid because the avenue has historical and religious significance.
Its name was derived from San Francisco del Monte, a retreat founded in 1590 by Franciscan missionary Fray Pedro Bautista, who was later canonized as a saint.