Escolta, Manila

I am two-thirds the way through my residency that is hosted by 98B, an artist run space in Escolta, Manila. The residency is made possible by Asialink and the Department of Culture and the Arts Western Australia. Here is a snapshot of the neighborhood where my studio is based and its daily going-ons.

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The intersection at Sta. Cruz and Escolta

There are also many old buildings in the area some of which survived the American bombing in WW2 and some that have been rebuilt.DSC_2227

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Not much public open space in a capital city of 20 million people, so you will find the community invent their own. Viva Manila!

Escolta is an interesting area where the oldest Chinatown on the globe is located alongside Manila’s Muslim quarter. Nestled amongst it all is the Quiapo catholic church and street markets, typical in any Asian city.

DSC_2284DSC_2288DSC_2307Manila is one of Asia’s most fascinating cities, it is the largest place in the Asian geography that has a dominant catholic religion.

DSC_2461If you take the time and the have the courage of adventure, Manila is a city with many different layers to be peeled back and be discovered. For me, it was a good place to be based for my three-month long residency and research ideas around Filipino post-colonial identity in contemporary art along with learning traditional rattan furniture making techniques .

rattan_supplierFiona Gavino