Julia Vargas Avenue
Julia Vargas Avenue is the central east-west artery through Ortigas Center in Metro Manila, Philippines. It is a six-lane divided avenue that runs parallel to Ortigas Avenue to the north and Shaw Boulevard to the south. The avenue stretches 2.3 kilometers (1.4 mile) from C-5 Road in Ugong, Pasig in the east to Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Wack-Wack Greenhills, Mandaluyong in the west. It was named for philanthropist Doña Julia Vargas y Camus vda. de Ortigas, wife of Ortigas & Company Limited Partnership founder Don Francisco Ortigas y Barcinas who owned the Hacienda de Mandaloyon estate on which Ortigas Center was built.
Early afternoon traffic at Julia Vargas Avenue
|Length||2.3 km (1.4 mi)|
|West end||Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Wack-Wack Greenhills|
|ADB Avenue–San Miguel Avenue|
|East end||Circumferential Road 5 in Ugong|
Julia Vargas Avenue originates at an intersection with C-5 Road, also known locally as E. Rodriguez, Jr. Avenue, where SM Center Pasig is located. It heads west across Valle Verde passing the Silver City Auto Mall and Valle Verde 5 and 2 Village gates. Between the next intersection at Lanuza Avenue and City Golf, Vargas serves as the boundary between Valle Verde 3 and 4 villages. It passes the Ortigas Home Depot, a Sitel call center building, and a row of bars on the northern side before it comes to an intersection with Meralco Avenue. West of Meralco, the avenue officially enters the Ortigas Center business district. It crosses beneath the Meralco flyover and passes the office towers of San Antonio, Pasig toward the border with Wack-Wack Greenhills, Mandaluyong at the intersection with ADB Avenue and San Miguel Avenue where El Pueblo Real de Manila strip mall is located. From ADB and San Miguel to its western terminus at EDSA, Vargas is one-way westbound only. Here, at the western edge of Ortigas Center, is St. Francis Square Mall, San Miguel Corporation Headquarters and SM Megamall where the avenue ends just past the mall tunnel.