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Pan Philippine Highway

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South end:  Zamboanga City
Length  3,517 km
Pan-Philippine Highway
Component highways:  Daang Maharlika from Laoag to Lal-lo Cagayan Valley Road from Lal-lo to Guiguinto North Luzon Expressway from Guiguinto to Balintawak, Quezon City EDSA around Metro Manila South Luzon Expressway from Magallanes Interchange to Calamba Daang Maharlika/Manila South Road from Calamba to Matnog Daang Maharlika through Northern Samar, Samar, Leyte, and Southern Leyte Daang Maharlika from Surigao City to Davao City Carlos P. Garcia Highway over Davao City Daang Maharlika/MacArthur Highway from Davao City to Davao City-Davao del Sur boundary Daang Maharlika from Davao City-Davao del Sur boundary to General Santos City Daang Maharlika from General Santos City to Zamboanga City Spurs: Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road from Palo to Ormoc Davao - Bukidnon Road and Sayre Highway from Davao City to Cagayan de Oro Alternate route: C-4 Road from Caloocan to Navotas Road 10 from Navotas to Del Pan Bridge Bonifacio Drive from Del Pan Bridge to P. Burgos Roxas Boulevard from P. Burgos to EDSA EDSA from Roxas Boulevard to Magallanes Interchange
North end:  Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

The Pan-Philippine Highway, also known as the Maharlika ("Nobility/freeman") Highway () is a 3,517 km (2,185 mi) network of roads, bridges, and ferry services that connect the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao in the Philippines, serving as the country's principal transport backbone. It is the longest highway in the Philippines that forms the country's north–south backbone designated as N1 of the Philippine highway network.


Map of Pan-Philippine Hwy, Philippines

The northern terminus of the highway is in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, and the southern terminus is in Zamboanga City.


The highway was proposed in 1965, and built under President Ferdinand Marcos's governance. Government planners believed that the motorway and other connected roads would stimulate agricultural production by reducing transport costs, encourage social and economic development outside existing major urban centres such as Manila, and expand industrial production for domestic and overseas markets. Construction was supported by loans and grants from foreign aid institutions, including the World Bank.

The highway was rehabilitated and improved in 1997 with assistance from the Japanese government, and dubbed the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway. In 1998, the Department of Tourism designated 35 sections of the highway as "Scenic Highways", with developed amenities for travellers and tourists.

The future segment of Pan-Philippine Highway within Metro Manila is the Skyway Stage 3 from Balintawak, Quezon City to Buendia, Makati City including the existing portion of Skyway Stage 1 from Buendia to Magallanes. It will also serve as an alternate route for the motorists avoiding EDSA from North Luzon Expressway to South Luzon Expressway and vice versa.


Main Route:

  • Gen. Segundo Avenue, Laoag
  • Bacarra - Tuguegarao
  • Cagayan Valley Road: Tuguegarao - Ilagan - Santiago - Bayombong - Muñoz - Cabanatuan - Gapan - San Miguel - Baliuag
  • Doña Remedios Trinidad Road: Baliuag - Pulilan - Guiguinto - Santa Rita (Guiguinto)
  • NLEX: Santa Rita (Guiguinto) - Balintawak (Quezon City) (still unsigned as part of AH26)
  • EDSA (Eastern Route): Balintawak (Quezon City) - Magallanes (Makati)
  • SLEX: Magallanes (Makati) - Turbina (Calamba)(partially signed as AH26).
  • Daang Maharlika/Manila South Road: Turbina (Calamba) - Santo Tomas - Alaminos - San Pablo - Tiaong - Lucena - Daet - Naga - Legazpi - Sorsogon City - Matnog
  • Ferry from Matnog to Allen
  • Allen - Catbalogan - Tacloban - Liloan
  • Ferry from Liloan to Surigao City
  • Surigao City - Butuan - Bayugan - Tagum - Davao City - Digos - General Santos - Koronadal - Tacurong - Sultan Kudarat - Pagadian - Ipil - Zamboanga City
  • Alternative Route

  • C-4 Road, Radial Road 10, Roxas Boulevard, EDSA (Western Route): Balintawak (Quezon City) - Monumento (Caloocan) - Navotas - Ermita (Manila) - Pasay - Magallanes (Makati)
  • Asian Highway Network

    The Pan-Philippine Highway is designated as in the Asian Highway Network, a cooperative project which seeks to improve highway systems and standards across the continent. It is currently the only highway in the system that is isolated from every other highway; island-based sections of the Asian Highway Network in Japan (), Sri Lanka (AH43) and Indonesia () are all linked to the mainland sections by ferries to South Korea (), India (Dhanushkodi), and Singapore, respectively.


  • Manila North Road (Laoag)
  • Cagayan Valley Road (Lal-lo)
  • Santiago–Tuguegarao Road/Cagayan–Apayao Road (Tuguegarao)
  • Santiago–Tuguegarao Road (Santiago)
  • Cordon–Aurora Road (Cordon)
  • Nueva Vizcaya–Ifugao Road (Bagabag)
  • Baguio–Nueva Vizcaya Road (Aritao)
  • Rizal–San Jose Road (San Jose)
  • Pangasinan–Nueva Ecija Road (Santo Domingo)
  • Nueva Ecija–Aurora Road (Cabanatuan)
  • Tarlac–Santa Rosa Road (Santa Rosa)
  • Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Gapan–Olongapo Road) (Gapan)
  • North Luzon Expressway (Guiguinto)
  • EDSA (Balintawak, Quezon City)
  • Quezon Avenue (Diliman, Quezon City)
  • Aurora Boulevard (Cubao, Quezon City)
  • Ortigas Avenue (Ugong Norte, Quezon City)
  • South Luzon Expressway (Makati)
  • Alabang–Zapote Road (Muntinlupa)
  • National Road/Manila South Road (Muntinlupa)
  • Muntinlupa–Cavite Expressway to Daang Hari (Muntinlupa)
  • Governor's Drive (Carmona)
  • Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road (Santa Rosa)
  • Maharlika Highway/Manila South Road (Calamba)
  • STAR Tollway (Santo Tomas)
  • President Jose P. Laurel Highway (Santo Tomas)
  • Batangas–Quezon Road (Tiaong)
  • Lucena–Tayabas–Mauban Road (Lucena)
  • Andaya Highway (Tagkawayan)
  • Rolando Andaya Highway (Sipocot)
  • Magsaysay and Panganiban Avenues (Naga)
  • Almeda Highway (Naga)
  • Gallery

  • Selected segments of the Pan-Philippine Highway
  • References

    Pan-Philippine Highway Wikipedia