Many concerned residents have registered their rabid opposition to a proposal in the Senate to rename Del Monte Avenue in Quezon City after the late movie star Fernando Poe Jr. (father of Senator Grace Poe).
The move is contained in a proposed bill filed by Senator Lito Lapid, which obviously didn’t sit well with people living in the area who promptly circulated a petition to underscore their collective pique.
In the petition which garnered over 1,000 signatures, cited was the historical significance of the iconic street which was derived from the “San Francisco del Monte” hilly retreat house founded by the Franciscan missionary Fray Pedro Bautista in 1590.
Fr. Cielo Almazan – head of the local Franciscan community – said the religious significance of the current name is the fact that the first Christian community, from which Quezon City emerged in 1939, was established in San Francisco del Monte.
“There is no doubt that FPJ has done great things to the movie industry. He can be honored via a street renamed after him, but please choose another street that isn’t named after anybody (right now),” Fr. Almazan said.
The National Historical Commission (NHC) likewise frowned on the Lapid proposal as the existing Heritage law prohibits the renaming of streets whose names have been in existence for at least 50 years.
And Del Monte Avenue has been known as such since 1961 (or 59 years), the NHC said.