Escolta was once the seat of financial district in Manila. During the post colonial era and pre war in Manila, Escolata was marked by beauty and splendor. The high-end fashionable shops and department stores were located here. It was reputed as the place for shopping of the rich.
Fashionable women along Escolta Street.
To have a glimpses of the once opulent place, I visited the Escolta Museum, inside Calvo Building, along Escolta Street.
The museum is found at the second floor of the building. There are two rooms displaying vintage bottle collections, old photographs, and copies of revolutionary newspapers . Entrance fee is 50 pesos per person, according to the curator, most of the visitors are foreigners. The existence of the Museum is not known to many locals.
Entrance to the Museum
Inside the Museum
The vintage bottles are uncommon, their designs and colors express the sophistication and ingenuity of the glassmaker’s art. These bottles connect us with history by providing us insight to the ways of commerce : marketing and advertising.
Newspaper advertisements are also exhibited on the bulletin boards. The content of these papers reflect the life and soul of the community pre war era. Because of these papers, today’s generation is given a greater level of understanding of how was life during pre-war. The revolutionary newspapers also give context to the lives of those who lived 100 years before us.
The collections are very educating. I admire the extremely valuable contribution of the people who are behind the creation of Escolta Museum : Escolta Commercial Association, Inc.
After visiting the museum, I had a leisurely walk along the street of Escolta. Interestingly, just across Calvo building, the Capitol Theater still stands to date, although already closed to public. The building was designed by National Artist Juan Nakpil.
Heading straight from Capitol Theater led me to Pasig River Cruise station. I took some snaps of the Manila Post Office from there, since the view is unobstracted. Manila Post Office is located at Plaza Lawton, at the foot of Santa Cruz Bridge.
I ended my Escolta exploration by having savory pancit lomi and fried chicken at Savory Restaurant.
Another worthy Manila trip.