- EDSA AVENUE
(The longest and most congested Highway in Metro Manila)
IT’S CALLED EDSA: BECAUSE IT WAS NAMED TO HONOR A JURIST, HISTORIAN AND SCHOLAR NAMED EPIFANIO DE LOS SANTOS.
WHO IS EPIFANIO DE LOS SANTOS?
Today’s events are tomorrow’s history, yet events seen by the naked eye lack the depth and breadth of human struggles, triumphs and suffering.
Writing history is writing the soul of the past… so that the present generation may learn from past mistakes, be inspired by their ancestor’s sacrifices, and take responsibility for the future.– EPIFANIO DE LOS SANTOS
EPIFANIO DE LOS SANTOS was born in 1871 in Malabon, Manila. He is the man behind the name Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (commonly known as EDSA) the main road through Metro Manila, was named after him in his honor.
He studied at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila where he obtained a summa cum laude’ of Bachelor of Arts degree.
He finished his law studies in University of Santo Tomas and topped the bar exams in 1898.
Epifanio was considered one of the best Filipino writers in Spanish of his time and regarded as a literary genius.
He was appointed district attorney of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija. And later elected as governor of Nueva Ecija in 1902 and 1904
The last and most significant position De los Santos held was Director of the Philippine Library and Museum, to which he was appointed by Gov. Gen. Leonard Wood in 1925. He died in office on April 18, 1928
But before the Road Got it’s Name – EDSA. There were more Notable Preceded names before it. And these are:
_1. NORTH – SOUTH CIRCUMFERENCE ROAD (C4) this is what they called the road was then
_2. AVENIDA 19 DE JUNIO In 1946 the road was renamed Avenida 19 de Junio (June 19 Avenue) after the birth date of national hero José Rizal
_3. HIGHWAY 54 In the 1950s, the avenue was renamed Highway 54, because of the common misconception on that time that the avenue is 54 km long.
_4. EDSA Finally, on April 7, 1959 by virtue of Republic Act No. 2140, it was named Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue or EDSA.
HOW LONG THE HIGHWAY IS? AND WHEN DID THE CONSTRUCTION START?
It is a 23.8 kilometer stretch from the Northbound Caloocan City, where Andres Bonifacio Monument is also situated, passing through Quezon City, San Juan City, Mandaluyong City, and Makati City to SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City (which is the southern end of Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
The construction of what was then called the North–South Circumferential Road began in the 1930s and was finished in 1940 under President Manuel L. Quezon. The construction team was led by engineers Florencio Moreno and Osmundo Monsod.
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