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Byline: Hazel P. Villa, Iloilo City
NEVER has a single boulevard awakened so many aspirations as this one in Iloilo City. During early mornings and late afternoons, Efrain B. Trenas Boulevard is swarmed with Ilonggos who either jog, walk, stretch or dance along its 1.3-kilometer stretch from Forbes Bridge in Luna, La Paz District, to Carpenters Bridge in Mandurriao District.
The Trenas Boulevard has morphed from a bypass road to one that is off-limits to vehicles to give way to health buffs and pedestrians after its unveiling on March 13, 2010.
It has also spurred developmental efforts, including the rehabilitation of the Iloilo River on whose bank it is situated. Government institutions and officials, and private groups have joined in efforts to turn Trenas Boulevard and the Iloilo River into a tourism and environment showcase.
Named after the late constitutional convention delegate Efrain Trenas, father of former …