After over 70 years in existence, the Ramon Magsaysay Flyover is being dismantled to give way to massive infrastructure projects that are set to change the landsacpe of Santa Mesa and the greater metropolis.
Manila’s First Flyover
It is said that during the late 1930’s, at a time when Manuel Quezon served as President of the self-governing Philippine Commonwealth, he was keeping a mistress who lived in what was then the affluent district of Santa Mesa. So he would pay her a visit from time to time on a strict timeframe, something which was of convenience as well since he also maintained a residence in the area. (as well as some other prominent Filipinos during the prewar period) One day however, in one of those visits, Quezon and his entourage was stopped by a passing train along the railroad tracks that intersected Santa Mesa Boulevard. Being in…