LRT-1 private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) officially renames its Roosevelt Station in Quezon City after the late actor and National Artist for Film Fernando Poe Jr (FPJ).
The change in station name is in accordance with Republic Act No. 11608 renaming Roosevelt Avenue as Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue, where the LRT-1 station traverses along the northern end of the avenue. By virtue of RA No. 11608 and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Board of Directors Resolution No. 002-2023, LRMC as the private operator of LRT-1 is directed to implement the renaming of LRT-1 Roosevelt Station to “Fernando Poe Jr. Station.” This was formalized in a ceremonial event held at the station on 20 August 2023, which also happens to be the birthday of the late National Artist.
“In renaming Roosevelt Station to Fernando Poe Jr. Station, we hope that Filipinos will always remember and will be inspired by how FPJ lived with values of determination, courage, and hope. LRMC shares these values and supports the promotion of local arts and culture,” LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso said.
LRT-1, which stretches from Baclaran Station to now Fernando Poe Jr. Station, is known to be the heritage line as it traverses many cultural and historical hotspots in Metro Manila with tourist sites, museums, galleries, and even must-try restaurants and food hubs near the stations. The renaming to Fernando Poe Jr. also gives honor to the National Artist and the luminary of the Philippine cinema industry having been a director, producer, and screenwriter.
The unveiling event was attended by the actor’s daughter Senator Grace Poe, Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Former Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Department of Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez, LRTA Administrator Hernando Cabrera, LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso, and other DOTr and LRTA officials.
The ceremony signifies the start of LRMC’s transition efforts to update and reflect the new station name on its overall system assets and collaterals such as station name signs, route maps, system maps, wayfinding signages, fare matrices, ticket vending machines, signalling system, documentation, among others.
Moreover, LRT-1 passengers will surely get to enjoy the visit to LRT-1 Fernando Poe Jr. Station as the station will showcase different memorabilia, films, and representations of the King of Philippine Movies.