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On Saturday, the movers and shakers of the flourishing Escolta Community are throwing a block party. Yes, there will be food and drankssss but it won’t all just be food and drinks.


The Escolta Block Party will feature heritage tours, a traveling art exhibition, discussions, a movie screening, the comeback of the Saturday x Future market, and live performances.

1. The EscolTARA. It’s a tour that will take you around El Hogar, The Calvo Building, Capitol Theater, and the First United Building. It will be hosted by the Heritage Conservation Youth volunteers and will start at 11am.

2. Rivers of the World. It’s a traveling exhibition hosted and arranged by the MMDA and the British Council Philippines. It will begin at the Escolta Ferry Station and will go on the entire day.

3. A mystery tour! Manila Who, a story-driven walking tour operator, will take guests on a mystery tour that will start at 11am. They like to call the tour “The Tale of the Cursed Painting” and already, we can’t wait to see what it’s all about.

4. Carlos Celdran’s Love Parade. The performance artist cum tour guide will take guests around on a two-hour walk around Escolta and Old Manila on a pay-what-you-want arrangement. Meeting place: El Hogar Building, Muella dela Inudstria, Binondo.


5. Screening of Viva Viva Escolta. A finalist in the recently concluded QCinema short film competition, Janus Victoria’s Viva Viva Escolta is a story about a ghost haunting Escolta who finds respite in Joey, a young man who has just died. They pass time traversing, what else, Escolta. Viva Viva will be screened three times on Saturday—1pm, 3pm, 5pm—at the First United Building Community Museum. There is a door charge of P50.

6. The return of the Saturday x Future Market. Instead of holding the market at the first floor of the First United Building like before, Saturday x Future will reincarnate as a streetside bazaar on Escolta. It is still organized by 98B Collaboratory and it will take place 11am onwards.

7. Live performances and DJ sets. From 4pm onwards, guests can enjoy DJ sets at the corner of Fred’s Revolucion at Hub Make Lab. At 7pm, meanwhile, Joey Arte, Miguel Cortez Hernandez, Primo Chiko and Ana Beatriz Alonso Te will be taking over the space for video presentations and live performances.

Photo: Escolta Block Party | Facebook


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