Sunday, October 14, 2007
EDSA - SM Megamall and vicinity
14 Oct 2007
SM Megamall is the third largest shopping mall in the Philippines. It is also known as SM Ortigas.
SM Megamall is located within the greater area of Ortigas Center, in the portion of the center encompassed by the city of Mandaluyong. It stands along the main EDSA thoroughfare and is almost-adjacent to the the Metro Rail Transit's Ortigas station.
The mall is located in close-proximity to several other shopping centers and malls. It is right across the street from another shopping complex, St. Francis Square, which has branches of some shops restaurants also found in SM Megamall. Some of the more notable shopping malls nearby are Robinsons Galleria, Shangri-la Plaza, Starmall, EDSA Central and The Podium
Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, abbreviated EDSA, is the main highway in Metro Manila, Philippines. It is an important commuting hub between the northern and southern parts of the metropolis. EDSA is a partially controlled access, 10-lane divided highway (expressway) with many interchanges along its length that eliminate the need for traffic lights, but with a few traffic lights where there is insufficient space or funds for a complete interchange. EDSA handles around 225,000 cars per section on average every day, typical of major freeways in other large cities.
EDSA forms a major portion of one of the circumferential roads in Metro Manila, C-4. It runs in a rough semicircle around Metropolitan Manila and, from the south, passes through the cities of Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Quezon City, and Caloocan. Its southern endpoint is at the rotonda near the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay and its northern terminus is at Monumento, a monument to Andres Bonifacio, in Caloocan. When the avenue was constructed during the presidency of Manuel L. Quezon, it was named Junio 19, after national hero Jose Rizal's date of birth. It was later renamed Highway 54, and because of a Republic Act in 1959 was further renamed in honor of Epifanio de los Santos, a noted historian. "Epifanio de los Santos" also means, the gathering of the Saints. It is also named the battleground of advertising billboards.
The Metro Rail Transit or MRT, Line 3 of the metropolis's railway system, runs along most of EDSA, from Taft Avenue in the south to North Avenue near the SM City North Edsa Mall in northern EDSA. Future expansion of the MRT will extend it all the way to Monumento.
EDSA also figures prominently in the recent history of the Philippines for being the site of two peaceful demonstrations that toppled the administration of two presidents, Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada.
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