THE NEW ESCOLTA

TAKE AN ARTS-AND-CUL­TURE TRIP AND DIS­COVER ITS NEW VIBE

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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.

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