We always tend to look for adventures in unexplored islands or places not knowing that there are beautiful spots that were once at their peak, but now have been forgotten. Instead of searching for the unknown, we went searching for our past to rediscover the beauty of a street that used to be “THE MAKATI” of its time, ESCOLTA.
I got an invite from a friend to like a page entitled #selfiEscolta. I am not stingy giving “likes” on pages but this one really caught my attention. Escolta is one of the oldest and used to be a famous street in Manila during its glory days. I never knew that because I was probably too young, or maybe I wasn’t even born yet at that time. It was the commercial district. It was “THE” place to be at when people in the 1950s needed to shop, unwind, and socialize. However, after a number of decades, businessmen started to build new establishments to catch up with the times. Slowly, the brightness of Escolta started to dim until most of what was left of it are abandoned buildings and memories. NOT! This year, 2014 marks the beginning of its revival.
#selfiEscolta was a tour intended to appreciate the past by letting today’s generation see the beauty of its numerous buildings all built by our national artists. Yes you might be amazed with the skyscrapers you see in Makati and BGC, but they are incomparable to the buildings Escolta has! Now you can see and feel how it is to live in an era that used to exist only in photos and documentaries. Of course, I did not let this pass! I signed up for a different adventure just right here, in our beloved Manila.
There were different tour schedules that day. We took the first schedule just because it gets so warm in Manila at noon.
The tour lasted an estimate of an hour and a half. We were even given time to buy ice cream!
Overall, it was a tour worth taking. Here are some postcards to show you how uniquely beautiful Escolta is!
PHOTOS! PHOTOS! PHOTOS!
We had fun.
We’re hoping #selfiEscolta tour will become a regular event soon!