THE NEW ESCOLTA
TAKE AN ARTS-AND-CULTURE TRIP AND DISCOVER ITS NEW VIBE
Ask Almost Any Filipino Above the Age oF 50 and they would remember escolta, manila’s “Queen of streets,” in its heyday. by the late 1960s, the once-vibrant locale teeming in commerce gradually saw merchants uprooting to a newer, business-savvy district: then-booming makati City. shops started hanging “closed” signs, theaters slowly emptied out, department stores no longer restocked, and at the tail end of the 1980s, escolta had become just another forgotten street in the metro.
several years later, escolta is bearing witness to its own renaissance. this is spurred on not by new, spanking shopping malls, but by a humble movement in arts and culture that goes hand-in-hand with the district’s richly layered history. this rebirth is initiated by young, creative individuals along with open-minded building owners and entrepreneurs.