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

Rally de Leon ralleon at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 03:08:29 GMT 2010

If there was a Highway 54, there must be a Highway 53 & 55 somewhere. Saan
kaya yon? :-)

On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 9:29 AM, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hmmm... the first two paragraphs sounds very familiar. They sound like the
> paraphrased Wikipedia article on EDSA which I started in 2004:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Epifanio_de_los_Santos_Avenue&oldid=2929627
> 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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