A new name is set to grace the Light Railway Transit-1 Roosevelt Station in Quezon City, effective this upcoming Sunday.

Through Republic Act (RA) 11608, crafted by Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid and endorsed by then-Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd, Roosevelt Avenue in the initial legislative district of Quezon City will be rechristened as FPJ Avenue.

The initials “FPJ” pay homage to the late Fernando Poe Jr., renowned as “The King of Philippine Movies.” Despite his presidential bid in 2004, which he lost to eventual victor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, he left an indelible mark on the nation. He passed away in December of the same year.

This Sunday, the renaming ceremony will be led by Senator Grace Poe, FPJ’s daughter, along with Sotto and Lapid. Esteemed attendees include Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, President and CEO Juan Alfonso of the Light Rail Management Corporation, and other company dignitaries.

The occasion will also feature a pop-up exhibit showcasing the life of FPJ, who attained the distinction of National Artist in 2012. Alongside this, a fresh plaque bearing the name of the late National Artist Fernando Poe Jr. will be unveiled, coinciding with his 84th birthday on August 20th.

Poe expressed, “I hope that each time commuters step onto this train, they remember FPJ. The spirit of public service always burned brightly within him. Providing passengers a secure and comfortable journey is a means of perpetuating his legacy.”

“Bestowing an FPJ Station is a splendid tribute to both FPJ and his followers,” added Poe. (ai/mnm)