Diary of Victor Buencamino

May 20, 1942

Names of streets changed. Dewey Boulevard to Heiwa Boulevard; Taft Avenue to Daitoa Avenue; Harrison Boulevard to Koa Boulevard; Jones Bridge to Banzai Bridge; Harrison Park to Rizal Park; Wallace Field to Plaza Bagong Filipinas.

Chairman Vargas explained: “The substitution, in place of the American names of certain streets, boulevards, parks and bridges in Manila with those denoting or referring to purely Japanese or Filipino ideas or persons will be a fitting tribute to the lofty aims of the Great Japanese Empire in establishing the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere under the slogan of Asia for the Asiatics.”

Vargas should read Shakespeare’s “What is in a name?”

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