ESCOLTA – Alive and kicking up a storm

I am thrilled by all the buzz happening over at the Escolta across the Jones Bridge in Old Manila.


The Escolta is a one kilometer stretch of Filipino vintage architecture. Six years ago, it was pretty much a cultural wasteland, but now the area has become quite the hipster paradise. Where once there were closed office spaces, the street now attracts tourists and locals to places like Uno Restaurant, Big Scoop Ice Cream, The Calvo Museum of vintage Philippine photos, graphics, and posters, The hipster Polland Cafe,  98BCollaboratory’s Pan Gallery, craft, and design, and The First United Community Museum.


But now, 98BCollaboratory will take everything to a higher level with the coming of HUB:MakeLab in order to truly revive the area in a more sustainable way. The HUB hopes to do exactly that: create a center where people can feel a sense of space and the character of Escolta and Old Manila; a perfect starting point for locals and tourists looking to explore Chinatown and the Quiapo area.

Located at the old Berg’s Department Store, the HUB will be two floors of incubation spaces especially geared for creative businesses. At rents ranging from Php1500.00 a month to Php7,500.00/month, 98BCollaboratory hope to attract young designers and artists to start their creative career at the HUB. This place will surely become a tourist attraction and a cultural landmark. The architecture of the building alone is worth the visit.

If you wanna rent a space, learn more about the HUB, check out the building, or just learn more about Escolta revival efforts, contact Marika at 98B on their Facebook Page:

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