Kat Candelaria

Kat Candelaria

Hello all, I am Kat Candelaria and Escolta, Manila is one of my favorite places in Manila. I am a Heritage Worker and I love to study about our country's heritage and culture. I want to showcase the beauty of my country and by signing up to this account is one of my ways of doing it. Also, I want to help out those people who can't figure what place they should visit in our country. If you want to know more about my country, I am here to help out.

Escolta Heritage Tour

Escolta is one of the interesting places to explore in the Metro Manila. It is known for its rich history and a great place for artists. It is also known for its "Many Firsts" in the Philippines: First Elevator, first elevator, first cinema house and a lot more. Aside from that, it has old structures that are good backdrop for selfies. It is also an ideal spot for photo walks. When you are in Escolta, it's like you are walking down the memory lane. If you want to learn more about the Old Manila, Escolta is one of the best places to visit.

Tour Information

Location
Duration
1 Day
Departure
08:00
Price per Participant
10.00 USD
Languages
Group size
1 - 5 people
Transportation
Bicycle
Walking
Includes
Excludes
Cancellation

About the creator
Kat Candelaria

Kat Candelaria

Escolta is one of the interesting places to explore in the Metro Manila. It is known for its rich history and a great place for artists. It is also known for its "Many Firsts" in the Philippines: First Elevator, first elevator, first cinema house and a lot more. Aside from that, it has old structures that are good backdrop for selfies. It is also an ideal spot for photo walks. When you are in Escolta, it's like you are walking down the memory lane. If you want to learn more about the Old Manila, Escolta is one of the best places to visit.

Take a selfie with the old buildings

The main highlight of Escolta is its beautiful structure. Taking a selfie with it is something you should not miss. The Escolta Revival Movement has an online campaign called #selfiescolta which aims to raise awareness to revive the Queen of Streets. All you need to do is to take a photo of any historical building there and post it together with the hashtag, #selfiescolta. The campaigners want to use the selfie trend for their cause. If you are in Escolta, do not waste the chance to take the photo with the old structure. It has a big impact already on the advocacy.

Visit the Saturday Market

There is a Flea Market going on in Escolta every third week of the month. As part of the initiative to revive the place, they are organizing events like the Saturday Market to bring more people in Escolta. This event also helps the artists and startups to showcase their products. You will see plenty of great finds in the Saturday Market - statement shirts, paintings, vinyl, artisanal items, old cassette tapes, and more.

Treat yourself to some ice cream

Eating ice cream is part of the Escolta experience. The first ice cream store was built in Escolta during the 19th century. It was a common hangout place for many business people. Now, that iconic ice cream parlor no longer exists in Escolta. However, you can still treat yourself to some ice cream by visiting Escolta Ice Cream Parlor. The store offers a variety of ice cream flavors that are not only tasty but also relatively cheap. They also offer meals if you are looking for a place to eat.

Experience riding in a manual elevator

Escolta was the first to have an elevator system in the Philippines. It used to be located in Burke Building, but the owner decided to replace a new one because of its decrepitude state.  Currently, the Calvo Building and the First United Building still have functioning manual elevators. Don’t miss the chance to have a ride while they are still in good condition. 

Visit the community museums of Escolta

First United Building Museum exhibits the artifacts, objects, and memories of Mr. Sy Lian Teng, the owner of the First United Building. The museum also showcases the history of Berg’s Department – the first department store in Manila. On the other hand, Calvo Museum displays memorabilia of Old Manila –  print ads, socialite photos, and even collections like mason jars and Ginebra bottles. It also shows the depressing photos of Manila after the war. It may be disheartening to see but this is a great way to raise awareness on the history of Manila’s dark past. 

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