[talk-ph] Who is Epifanio de los Santos and why is the EDSA highway named after him?
Rally de Leon
ralleon at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 23:33:20 GMT 2010
answer taken from:
Highway 54 -former name of the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue(EDSA).
Stretching some 54 kilometers, Highway 54 serves as a lifeline for hundreds
of thousands of Filipinos passing or doing business in Metro Manila].
It formed a major part of the circumferential roads in Metro Manila. From
the south, it passes through five cities Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, Quezon
City, and Caloocan. Its southern endpoint is at the rotunda near the SM Mall
of Asia in Pasay City while its northern point is at Monumento in Caloocan
City near the Andres Bonifacio monument.
When the avenue was constructed in 1940 by engineers led by Florencio Moreno
and Osmundo L. Monsod, it was first named as North and South Circumferential
Road. But at the end of World War II, the American occupiers changed the
name to Highway 54.
Epifanio delos Santos, also known as "Don Panyong" was a lawyer, journalist,
historian, philosopher, bibliophile, biographer, painter, poet, musician,
literary critic, antique collector, and librarian. He was born April 7, 1871
in Malabon, Rizal province. He was a member of the Malolos Congress, and
served as fiscal of Nueva Ecija.
At the time of his death on April 18, 1928 at the age 57, he was the
director of the National Library and National Museum. His assistant then,
the late Senate President Eulogio Rodriguez, was a prime mover in renaming
Highway 54 to EDSA, but he died before his dream was realized.
It was Juan Francisco Sumulong, a lawmaker from Rizal province and a
classmate from his law school days at the University of Santo Tomas, who
continued the campaign. "There are praiseworthy sons of the province. Why
are we always borrowing from the honor of others?" Sumulong asked.
In between name changes, the Americans wanted it called (Gen Douglas)
McArthur Highway, supporters of the late President Ramon Magsaysay wanted it
named after him, while loyalists of Rizal fought for 19 de Junio, the
national hero's birthday.
EDSA won, supported by a number of associations including the Philippines
Historical Committee, Philippines Historical Association, Philippines
Library Association, Association of University and College Professors,
Philippine China Cultural Association, and Philippine National Historical
But in 1959, by virtue of Republic Act 2140, the highway was renamed in
honor of Epifanio de los Santos, a famous statesman of the province of
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