MOTHER IGNACIA AVENUE IN QUEZON CITY TO BE RENAMED KRIS AQUINO AVENUE

CaptureQUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – There appears to be an organized conspiracy to keep the name “Aquino” forever instilled in the minds of Filipinos.

In 1987,  the Manila International Airport was renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport, in honor of the late senator who was gunned down on the airport’s tarmac upon his return from U.S. exile in August of 1983.

In 2011, there was an attempt by the House of Representatives to rename Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) Cory Aquino Avenue. EDSA was the venue of the People Power revolution of 1986, of which Aquino is considered a heroine. The proposal by Rep. Rene Lopez Relampagos never came to fruition.

Two years later, in the 16th Congress, Pampanga Rep. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao filed a proposal to change the name of the Clark International Airport to Corazon C. Aquino Airport, to no avail either.

In May this year, a bill renaming the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) into the President Corazon C. Aquino Expressway (CAEX) was approved by the House committee on public works and highways. House Bill 4820 was filed by Nueva Ecija Rep. Magnolia Rosa Antonio-Nadres.

(It pays to try and try again)

Today, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista signed a city council resolution renaming Mother Ignacia Avenue to Kris Aquino Avenue.  It is the avenue that borders the ABS-CBN broadcast center.

The television netowrk lobbied the city council for the name change, saying it was a fitting tribute to the contributions of their star talk show host, often referred to as “Queen of All Media.”

Aquino has had, and continues to have multiple shows on ABS-CBN, including ‘Kris TV,’ ‘Aquino & Abunda Tonight, and the recently-cancelled ‘The Buzz.”   Aquino was also host of several reality and game shows including “Pilipinas Got Talent,” and ‘Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal.”

“Renaming Mother Iganacia  to Kris Aquino Avenue will make the TV host’s millions of fans very happy,” ABS-CBN said.

In the meantime, there is speculation that the entire stretch of Roxas Boulevard along the famous Manila Bay will be renamed NoyNoy Aquino Boulevard as soon as the president’s term expires in 2016.

In the U.S., libraries are built to honor past presidents.  In the Philippines, major thoroughfares are named after them.

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