[talk-ph] [waypointsdotph] Who is Epifanio de los Santos and why is the EDSA highway named after him?

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 01:29:46 GMT 2010

Hmmm... the first two paragraphs sounds very familiar. They sound like the
paraphrased Wikipedia article on EDSA which I started in 2004:

Misconception: EDSA was never 54 kilometers in length. I made a mistake
there. :-P

On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 7:33 AM, Rally de Leon <ralleon at gmail.com> wrote:

> answer taken from:
> http://ph.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100221212635AAPihdU
> 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
> Society.
> 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
> Rizal.
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