Music. Art. Quirky stuff for sale. Street food. Booze. Street party. Art-deco, neo-Classical, and Beaux-Arts buildings. Manila’s Heritage. This is all what the Escolta Block Party is about.
The Binondo Block Party we attended was no different and it stayed true to its goal: to revive and breathe life back into Binondo’s historic Escolta Street, Manila’s “Queen of Streets” that was once regarded by the New York Times as the “Fifth Avenue” of the Philippines, but has since lost its luster after the second World War.
This quarterly event had many different pocket events spread throughout the day – that includes museum exhibits inside the First United Building that showcase photos and artifacts from Escolta Street’s heydays as Manila’s business hub, to incredibly cheap and quirky artworks, souvenirs, and mementos in the artist-run Hub: Make Lab, and of course noone can say no to cheap Pinoy street food and artisan crafts and clothing at one of the stalls lining this once glorious street.
It all culminated into an epic street dance party known as the Escolta Groove which has been an Escolta Block Party tradition, where event-goers were treated to groovy music ’til midnight. We couldn’t miss out on this upbeat neighborhood event and so we attended and took part in all the shenanigans with our trusty phone cameras in tow. Relive the good moments through these awesome photos.