EDSA, METRO MANILA’S MAIN HIGHWAY
Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue, or popularly known as EDSA, is the main circumferential highway of Metro Manila. It divides the northern and the southern part of the metropolis, making it the most common commuting artery.
For a first time visitor, Metro Manila could be an intimidating place: with all the traffic jam, the noise, people buzzing around endlessly. One has to muster up so much courage to be a part of this bustling city.
To get a better grasp of Metro Manila, it is essential to “conquer” the so-called main highway, EDSA. Over the years, EDSA has gone through several face-lifts. It is the hallmark of urban living. Along the length of the avenue you will be mesmerized with the glittering lights of the billboards, the skyscrapers looming along the sides of the road, the gliding railway train in the midsection of the highway. With all these conspicuous landmarks, finding your way around would be easier.
EDSA covers the majority portion of the circumferential road in Metro Manila. It runs from the South of the city covering Roxas Boulevard, and passes through the cities of:
- PASAY- where you’ll find the TAFT AVE. TERMINAL of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT). You can also find along the street hotels, malls and restaurants. This is nearest area to the airport.
- MAKATI- For a long time, Makati is considered the central business district of Metro Manila. Here you will find the sophistication of modern city as notable as Hong Kong or Singapore’s Orchard Road.
- ORTIGAS- In the recent years, Ortigas Center has become the second business center in Metro Manila. It blooms so fast surpassing Quezon City with its development. Hotels abound this area. And if you’re staying around this area , shopping malls, coffee shops, hotels, are just a few steps away. Try to check out this link to get to know the area better
- QUEZON CITY- The city is where many Metro Manila resides. Here you will find the prestigious Ateneo de Manila University; and of course, the two TV Networks: ABS-CBN and GMA7. It prides itself on the quality of its nightlife: with the presence of stand-in comedy bars, funky nightclubs and the like.
- CALOOCAN- The northern part of EDSA. Light Rail Transit can be seen in this area. It passes through the notable Balintawak Market, the drop-point of all wet market products.
EDSA is one of the longest avenues in Metro Manila. With a 23.8 kilometers length and more than 14 junctions along its length, the need for traffic light was eliminated. EDSA can be intimidating to newcomers, but once you find your way around, this avenue can turn out to be your best focal point in all your commuting activities in Metro Manila.
Get to know EDSA well…and fear not the hassle and bustle of this metropolis