Although mostly famous for its vibrant nightlife, Manila’s artsy side is equally exciting. After a night of endless partying, you might want to find something inspiring and, as a post-partying cure, nothing is more appropriate than a walk in Manila’s art precincts.
Head over to Cubao Expo located along General Romulo Avenue in Quezon City. It once housed Philippines’s collection of Maikina shoes, and has now become one of the treasure-hunting grounds in Manila. Vinyl records, old comic books, antiques, vintage clothing and collectibles are among some of the things you will find in the U-shaped complex. With cheap eats aplenty and regular pop-up music gigs, the area is hard to stay away from.
More serious artsy pursuits can be found near Makati, where quite a number of contemporary art galleries fringe the area. Among them Finale Art File is a famous for its unwavering support for young and emerging artists, while Silverlens Galleries specialises in photography and contemporary art. The Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the Cultural Centre of the Philippines and the National Art Gallery are located in the Malate old town area.
Keep your eyes open and your camera ready for the many mobile art pieces on the roads. Many car owners like to flaunt their impressive rides and the unique and creative decorations on the vehicles have inspired many art books – go check out the book stores!
My team will be on hand to suggest an artistic itinerary in Manila. Ask them for recommendations!