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This Weekend: The Street of Escolta Resurrects from the Dead at the EscoltaBlock Party and You Wouldn’t Want to Miss All the Fun

This Weekend: The Street of Escolta Resurrects from the Dead at the EscoltaBlock Party and You Wouldn’t Want to Miss All the Fun

It was 1594 when a 393-meter stretch of road was born and it was named Escolta. Thishistoric east-west boulevard located in the old downtown district of Binondo runs parallel to the Pasig River, from Plaza Santa Cruz to Plaza Moraga and Quintin Paredes Street. Escolta is home to several fine examples of early skyscraper design in the Philippineswhen Bonifacio Global City, Eastwood and Makati didn’t even exist. Luxury shops, posh restaurants theaters, and apartments for the aristocrats – these were the jewels that once studded the street of Escolta. Today, the neoclassical architecture of the buildings and structures is being revived by the new government of Manila as they launch the annual Escolta Block Party – which is bound to last for a month starting this November 9!

The event, hailed as “Escolta Block Festival” will open on Saturday, November 9, along the infamous Calle de Escolta at 11:00 in the morning with a bazaar and street performance dubbed as “Escolta Sessions”. This exhibition will feature the famous indie band “Up Dharma Down”, along with “Giniling Festival”, “Lenses”, “AOUI”, and more at 6 in the evening. Vintage cars will also be on display in front of the First United Building every Sunday from 7 in the morning. There will be tranvia rides from Escolta to Intramuros, art talks, exhibits, and workshops along with all the happenings.

You can finally step inside the Escolta Exchange, located at the ground floor of Panpisco Building will also be opened and shall serve as a site of the exhibitions and live performances, as well as discussions and other activities. Here you can have a look or even collaborate with Leeroy New’s Alienated Spaces or Proto’s Object Fair.

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Other exciting things you can expect are the Block Market, where you can purchase locally made products: from apparel to food, accessories, and even home ware. Explore the Escolta and Intramuros on a bamboo bike by joining the “Bambike Tour” and learn more about its rich cultural heritage and history. You could also hop on Globe’s EscoltaCrawl with Ivan Man Dy or learn about the role of film in shaping Manila with famous film critic Richard Bolisay.

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Celebrating our second year with @manilaforaday Colors of Manila at the Escolta Block Party. They'll have a public run at 2:00 PM! Slots are extremely limited so register now: ————— A market, a church, a mosque, and everything else in between, this market and halal food tasting tour takes you on a whirlwind adventure through the colors of the Filipino people’s day to day lives—all with a pleasant twist! LEARN MORE SCHEDULE 17 November 2018 (Saturday) 2:00 – 5:00 PM MEETUP LOCATION The Den at First United Building Escolta Street, Binondo, Manila RATES Escolta Block Party Special Rate PHP 999 ITINERARY • First United Building • Plaza Lacson • Hidalgo Open Air Market & Fruit Alley • Plaza Miranda & Surrounding Market • Quiapo Underpass • Globo de Oro Muslim & Halal Food District • Masjid al-Dahab / The Golden Mosque (optional, subject to dress code) • Quiapo Bridge Souvenir & Pasalubong Shops • Quinta Wet Market • Jollibee INCLUSIONS • Expert, English-speaking cultural guide • Guiding fee • Southern Philippine food tasting • Market food tasting (endemic/local fruits and delicacies) • Balut food tasting REGISTRATION • Slots are limited! We can accommodate up to 15 participants only. • Register at • Choose a payment method you are familiar with and are willing to use. Only full payment guarantees your slot. • Wait for the confirmation email and payment instructions. • Settle your bill within 48 hours to secure your slot(s). TERMS AND CONDITIONS • Cancellations are only refundable if made at least 4 banking days prior to the tour. Please send us an email at [email protected] if you wish to cancel. • Cancellations made 3 banking days or less prior to the tour are non-refundable but are transferable. • Slot transfers are only allowed up to 2 days or 48 hours prior to the tour. Please email [email protected] to transfer your slot. • The tour group will start at exactly 2:00 PM. You cannot join the tour once it has started. • Your slot will be forfeited without eligibility for a refund if you are not with the group by 2:00 PM. Non-negotiable.

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So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out the fun and visit the Escolta Block Party this weekend and all the weekends of November!

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