Republic Act No. 2140
An Act Changing the Name of Highway 54 in the Province of Rizal to Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Honor of Don Epifanio de Los Santos, a Filipino Scholar, Jurist and Historian
Section 1. The name of Highway 54 in the Province of Rizal is changed to Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in honor of Don Epifanio de los Santos, a son of said province and the foremost Filipino scholar, jurist and historian of his time.
Section 2. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved, April 7, 1959.
The second post ever on this blog was "Epifanio de los Santos," where I quoted from a book that described Don Panyong as an "obscure librarian." Anyway, I am posting the republic act here because it does not seem to be available online at all, and because it shows clearly that Don Panyong was not just an "obscure librarian."
For more information on Epifanio de los Santos, the story behind the renaming of the former Highway 54, EDSA's role in Philippine history and the current condition of EDSA, see "EDSA: Freedom highway is country's busiest artery" by Elizabeth Zambarrano (Manila Bulletin, 16 October 2005). For information on the EDSA Revolution itself, see Chronology of a Revolution by Angela Stuart Santiago. Online biographies of Don Panyong are available at Filipinos in History, Pipol... and their legacy (cached page) and Aguador Online (Part I II).
In another post, I declared April 7, Don Panyong's birthday, "Epifanio de los Santos Day." To quote myself: "This day will be observed—if not by anyone else, then at least in this blog—by telling or reproducing a story about a living Filipino librarian doing her/his job well." Please leave a comment below if you would like to nominate someone to be featured on this blog on 7 April 2006. Make sure that you have a specific story about the person doing her/his job as a librarian, and not just a list of achievements.
Thanks to Nelia Balagapo, who sent me the full text of Republic Act No. 2140, which according to Balagapo, a long-time law librarian, is the shortest republic act she has ever seen.
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