Pinoy artist reimagines a greener-looking EDSA

February 26th, 2018

One of the dirtiest and most polluted place in Manila is the whole stretch of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). Being the the main thoroughfare in the metropolis, it is also the most congested highway which eventually became a source of your everyday #hugot lines.

Buti pa sa Edsa may FOREVER. #traffic 😭😭😭

— Fifth Pagotan (@FifthSolomon) July 23, 2015

#mmda proposed bawal ang single driver sa #EDSA … eh kung MWF bawal single, TTh, bawal in a relationship?! #Fair #hugot #BandAidSolution

— TIFFANY ❤ (@TIFhunny) October 11, 2017

Mabuti pa ang ang bagal ng traffic sa EDSA may patutunguhan. Ang pagibig ko wala. #hugot #EDSA

— Uge Carlo (@gennoboy) July 17, 2016

#EDSAKaBa cos we’re made for EDSAder

— Joyce Pring (@joycepring) February 25, 2015

Aside from the heavy traffic jam, the blaring billboard ads, and the pedestrians scurrying along the sidewalks, there’s nothing much to see along EDSA. So can you imagine being stuck on that highway for hours? It’s the worst experience you could possibly have as a commuter. We all know that with EDSA, it’s always gonna be a long ride. What people would often do is either fiddle with their phone or take a nap.

But what if there’s more to EDSA and it looked different from what it is now? We already know what EDSA-Guadalupe would look like in a Makoto Shinkai film. But what if EDSA is covered with plants and trees, instead of billboards and buildings?

We know it’s just wishful thinking, but this 25-year-old Advertising Arts graduate from UST thought it wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot. And so he did.

Bryan Aranda knew that many commuters pass by EDSA daily and he wanted to give them a glimpse of what it would be like to pass through this highway and see green and lush plants.

He shared on Facebook his idea of a greener-looking EDSA and it instantly went viral with over 1.8K reactions, and 1.4K shares.

May nakita ko post dati na ginawang green ang EDSA, so i thought I'd have a go. sana magkatotoo haha.original photolink: https://goo.gl/evwWyY

Posted by Bryan Aranda on Monday, February 19, 2018

Aranda told InqPOP! that this idea was inspired from a post he saw on Facebook (which unfortunately he couldn’t find anymore) wherein a part of EDSA was transformed into an eco-friendly place. He decided to not just make EDSA eco-friendly but fill it with trees — so much so that he actually replaced the mall with Supertrees found in Singapore.

baka someday Edsa shrine <3 feat the singapore supertrees. not feat that robinson's ortigas bldg.Original photolink:https://goo.gl/Dmg2Xy

Posted by Bryan Aranda on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Looks awesome, right? Perhaps if EDSA looked this way despite the heavy traffic, people might feel less stressed and irritated. But we can only imagine — or in this case — reimagine.

At the moment, Aranda is working on another part of EDSA and Luneta park. The artist also wishes to reimagine Quiapo and Taft. You can check out his Facebook page for updates on his new works.


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