EDSA, Philippines is a main avenue that cuts across cities in Metro Manila. A tourist lodging in this metropolis is likely to encounter vibrant highway EDSA in the course of travel. One might as well get to meet this busiest longitudinal avenue online before being face to face with it.
EDSA, or Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, is some 54 kilometers (or about 25 miles) long. It stretches from the Andres Bonifacio Monument (“Monumento”) in Caloocan to Roxas Boulevard in Manila—about three hours travel. But it is just about an hour in light traffic. EDSA used to be North and South Circumferential Road after its construction in 1940. The Americans later changed it to Highway 54 after World War II. In 1959 it was renamed EDSA.
EDSA cuts across five cities: Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and Caloocan. Aside from public buses and private vehicles, overhead light rail transportation is also available from Taft Avenue in Pasay to North Avenue in Quezon City. Called Metro Rail Transit or MRT, commuters can now enjoy an appreciably shortened travel. From both terminal ends travel can only take some 25 to 30 minutes.
EDSA MRT stations are elevated high by two to three levels (about 6 or 10 meters high) accessible to commuters by escalators, elevators, and stairs. These EDSA MRT stations are highly commercialized with food and accessory stalls and concessions. A lot of them are even connected to major malls. North Station in Quezon City is attached to Tri Noma Mall. Cubao station also in Quezon City is linked to Farmers Plaza. Shaw station in Mandaluyong is joined to Star Mall. Ayala station in Makati is connected to SM Makati.
Maintenance and security are well managed. Exits and entries are manned by trained security personnel and K-9 sniffing dogs. A commuter check point is at these sites. Rest rooms are well kept by building maintenance.
Aside from the city skyline and intermittent show of skyscraper clusters, EDSA takes one to several historical places, luxury hotels, and malls. Aside from those already aforementioned, there’s the EDSA Revolution Monument and Shrine, EDSA Hotel, SM Mega Mall, ABS CBN Channel 2, GMA Network Channel 7, Camps Crame and Aguinaldo (sites of the world famous EDSA Revolution), Shangri La Mall, and Ayala Avenue revealing a patch of Makati business centers, among others.
EDSA is a microcosm of the whole metropolis. Once seen, one gets a good idea of how Metro Manila is.