Joy Belmonte thanks Senate for passing bill renaming Roosevelt Ave after FPJ

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has expressed gratitude to the Senate for passing on third and final reading a measure seeking to rename Roosevelt Avenue to Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) Avenue.

In a statement,Belmonte said the bill recognizes Poe’s “immense contribution” to the Filipino movie industry and culture.

“We also consider it a big honor to have one of our city’s main arteries named after FPJ. After all, Quezon City is the city of stars and it is but fitting to name one of our major thoroughfares after the biggest star of them all,” she said.

In his 46-year-career as an actor, Poe starred in around 300 action films, earning him the title “Da King” of Philippine movies. He passed away on Dec. 14, 2004 at age 65.

Belmonte said the Frisco area where Roosevelt Avenue is located will be developed into a tourist destination. Poe’s ancestral home is in the area.