Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA, 17 August 2013

Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA, 17 August 2013

As it turns out, I’m a tourist in my own city.

Excited to attend this month’s installment of the Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA, neither Ren nor I had ever been to Escolta before, so we carefully tried to navigate the route outlined by Google Maps. To no surprise, we got lost anyway, so we parked our car at Quezon Bridge instead and hired a pedicab to take us to Escolta.

Riding in that pedicab, I started wondering to myself why we don’t do things like that more often. After all, we do it all the time when traveling abroad. Being in a pedicab like that, listening to our driver’s corny jokes, skirting through the alleys and feeling the city against your face, seemed like a much more fun, intimate way of exploring Manila. It felt as if I were visiting it for the very first time.

While I do understand that having a car is a blessing, one that I’m abundantly grateful for, it can often make you feel detached from your surroundings. Riding around in a pedicab that morning, even for just a few minutes, made me feel closer to this city that I all too often take for granted. Like today’s ultra cool bazaar held on historic Escolta Street, there’s a lot to be discovered and appreciated here. As locals, we often forget that.

Relishing the experience, I was enjoying myself so much that I almost felt sad when we arrived at our destination so soon. Paying the man a fare that I would later learn was more than what locals normally pay, it was then that I realized that yes, I am in fact a tourist in my own city.

I think it’s time to see more of it.

The market is located just a few buildings away from the corner of Escolta and Banquero Streets.
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

It’s held once a month on the first floor of this building, the First United Building on 413 Escolta Street. Organized by the 98B community, Future Market is a bazaar where you can buy all kinds of cool shit, like silkscreen prints, old bottles, 45s, pre-loved bags, accessories, vintage cameras, toys, magazines, pipes, posters, and dog-eared books.

If you’d like updates to all Future Markets, please like 98B’s Facebook page, the link for which you can find at the bottom of this post.
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Vintage

Old bottles and movie star head shots. Check out that beehive.
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Framed Nips wrapper anyone? Ren wanted that vintage VHS auto rewinder. Get it get it? Auto…rewinder? Auto…aaaaah forget it.
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Older cameras and electronics. I guess these are pre-digital? πŸ˜‰
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

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Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Record player and crate of 45s
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Vintage posters and magazines. Panorama! πŸ˜†
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Vintage china
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Chichirya cutters (for opening bags of chips). I had previously seen these on another blog post and looked forward to buying one today. You can have one for just PHP 10.
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Love those two tins in the foreground
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Upcycled

Old dominos converted into pendants…
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

…film rolls into necklaces and keychains…
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

…old maps into new canvases. Very cool.
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Handcrafted

Beautiful journals
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Oversized rings. Love their use of the egg cartons to display them.
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Pendants made from preserved animal parts. I didn’t know whether to get excited or creeped out. 😐
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Skulls are cool. I bought me one of them skull pipes, you know, for display and shit. :mrgreen:
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

So kitschy, they’re almost cool. I said almost.
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Prints / Photography

Beautiful silkscreen prints
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Not sure what these were…
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Loved these. Remember Voltes V?
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Paquito Diaz aksyon figure print, ala GI Joe. πŸ˜†
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

Windy Conversations with Gerome Soriano

A parallel event held at the same venue, Gerome Soriano talked about the rarely practiced technique of Kite Aerial Photography, which was his UST college thesis in 2012. Tethering his camera to that kite, he then takes these fantastic aerial shots with a remote. Pretty damn awesome, but how does he safely land the kite without smashing all his expensive equipment? I can see why it’s rarely practiced. πŸ˜†

Find out more about the process and his work HERE.
Saturday Market X Future Market @ ESCOLTA

To stay abreast on all Future Markets and other 98B events, you can follow them through any of the social networks below. As you can see, they’re not very fond of social networking. πŸ˜†

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JB Macatulad

JB Macatulad

JB is one half of Will Fly for Food and its chief itinerary maker.Β Β He's the one to blame for all the crappy photos and verbal diarrhea on this blog.Β Β Don't listen to him.
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There are 5 comments for this article
  1. Gerome at 10:01 am

    hehehe. To address how I land the camera without breaking a thing πŸ™‚ First the kite-flier should be good and if there’s a friend or a newly-acquired friend I ask for their help πŸ™‚

  2. JB Macatulad at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and clarifying Gerome! Not only is your technique interesting and conducive to some pretty stunning results, it’s damn ballsy too. Good job and all the best. πŸ™‚

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