The group 98B wants to dust off (or should I say on?) nostalgia and relive the glory days of downtown Manila. According to their Facebook ad:
Escolta was the commercial hub in the early 1900s. We wish to relive the vibrancy of that era through “saturdaymarket@escolta.” This is organized by 98B Future Market. For its first offering, pre-loved & vintage items will be sold. If you have stuff, things, items, bits and pieces that need a new home or owner this is the event for you. In keeping with the theme, we will use the basement of the First United Building which used to be the Berg’s Department Store. Together we can help breathe new life to Escolta.
Email 98B at: firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest
Saturday Market will be on March 9, 2013
98B, established in January 2012, describes itself as “a multi-disciplinary art COLLABoratory… The idea is to have a setting (referred to as “alternative venues”) where artists and creative individuals from other disciplines can interact and work together while presenting art in different ways; be it a talk, a bazaar, a publication, a meal or a simple gathering.”
98B is run by Mark Salvatus, Mayumi Hirano, Con Cabrera, Pau Reyes, Mik Laborde, Don Dalmacio, Vermont Coronel III, Gabriel Villegas, Marika Constantino & Anjo Bolarda.
My opinion: Why not?
If you go around Binondo-Escolta-Carriedo-Quiapo aka downtown Manila, it’s as busy as ever. It’s definitely not dead. Quite the contrary. Seedy, sometimes rank, mostly patched-up and rundown, but very much alive. Admittedly, parts are abandoned or neglected. (Not too sure how it would react to a resuscitation attempt tho.)
But, again: Why not? More activity wouldn’t hurt.