Saturday Market X Future Market

Quezon City's Eton Center is bustling with vendors on their weekend bazaars and Makati with its Legaspi Sunday market for wet and dry goods meanwhile Escolta's got creatives busy with their own trade. I took a trip to the once famous strip in Manila to see what this market has to offer.


Reviving Escolta is the The Saturday Market X Future Market organized by Saturday Market Escolta (98B).


98B is a community + network + library + kitchen + shop. Established in January 2012 as a response to the need for alternative art and creative venues in Manila, 98B is a setting where artists and creative individuals from other disciplines can interact and work together while presenting art and other creative endeavors in different ways; be it a talk, a bazaar, a publication, a meal or a simple gathering. We are a site for creative sharing, discussion and collaboration. -taken from the 98-B website
Saturday Market X Future Market is one of their venues where creatives and the general public get together. A bazaar like this is like finding a diamond in the rough for local art and vintage item hunters.

This is not their first Saturday market, it was only early this year that they've held three (including this one) in the area as part of their vision to Revive Escolta. The venue was hard to miss. The bare concrete ground floor of First United Building is located at the mouth of Escolta St. right after the bridge near Sta. Cruz Church.

Here are some of the items that were sold in the Saturday Market.
Memorabilia from the 60's and later

Merchandise by Garapata and Blanco Quaderno

Clocks and photo prints 

Fancy DSLR camera straps.

pulseras (bracelets) from  B1989 and Gold Lock Army




Tote bags, door stoppers, water bottle holders made from indigenous material, and portable backpacks all by What if

Merchandise from 98B and Boy Agimat


Washi tapes, prints, artwork and custom journals by Hey Kessy.


There were also outputs from the workshop held by 98B on display. These were mostly from their book binding class.
This matchbox-zine is definitely a looker.

I also liked how there is a lot of art interaction in the bazaar from the wish jar and walking labyrinth. Folks were to draw whatever they want on small wood planks which paved the walkway.


One of the designed planks for the labyrinth.


Meanwhile Carlos Celdran dropped by to say hi to the sellers.  I had a star-struck moment and ended up buying stickers from Anak Ng Kwek Kwek to mask my excitement. Susan Calo-Medina also dropped by. Carlos shared a photo with her taken from either Uno or the Chinese seafood restaurant along Escolta. More photos from the event here.

Want to check out the Saturday Markets for yourself? It is a scheduled event I'll keep you guys posted on their next bazaar schedule.

Until then, stay in Manila :)

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