Hangouts

Places Around Manila Where

Street Art Thrives

by Shara Mae Balce, May 20, 2019 5:00pm

Art by Ahl Mirambel

Hangouts

Places Around Manila Where Street Art Thrives

by Shara Mae Balce, May 20, 2019 5:00pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
 

It isn't new to people living and working in Manila to see drawings and paintings on street walls. Behind these are Fine Arts students and graduates, professors, and hobbyists hiding behind pseudonyms. Street art slowly made its way to society’s acceptance from mere vandalism to political and artistic movements.

Bonifacio Global City

With popular art pieces around the area, BGC is considered an Instagrammable commercial hub. Huge murals adorning the cosmopolitan's buildings and interactive installations can be found in every corner. Local and international artists have been invited to do commissioned artworks here since 2015. “Between the Lines” by Cyrcle and “Pilandok” by Egg Fiasco are among the popular ones.

 
 
 
 
 
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University of the Philippines Diliman

Most of the street artists, individuals, and groups around the Metro are graduates of UP College of Fine Arts. The skills of known street artists like Ang Gerilya were honed, so it’s no wonder why the campus is brimming with vibrantly painted walls and pillars. You can take UP Ikot jeepney, ride a bike, or walk to see the most eccentric spots of murals.

 
 
 
 
 
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Quezon City Memorial Circle

These benches located at the Quezon City Memorial Circle are inviting everyone to have a seat and relax after jogging or a Zumba morning.

 
 
 
 
 
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Nagtahan Bridge

Those going to and from Santa Mesa and Paco Manila witness how each of the ten pillars of the Nagtahan Bridge come to life. The bright-colored images of the country’s revolutionary heroes painted on the 20-meter high columns looks impressive, whether you see them while traversing the bridge underpass or from Light Rail Transit System Line 2 between Pureza and Legarda stations.

 
 
 
 
 
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Centris Station

The facade of Centris Station that displays dazzling, vibrant murals makes people stop from walking to take photographs. This mural made by Dee Jae Pa’este is inspired by Filipino textile patterns found on Leyte-style woven banigs, Yakan hand-woven fabrics, and Barong Tagalog embroidery. Check out this wall stretching off the shopping mall’s frontage and let it brighten your day.

 
 
 
 
 
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Poblacion, Makati City

Poblacion offers more than food hubs and Instagram-worthy neon light streets. Stunning art pieces are displayed in restaurants and sidewalks—matching the vibe of Poblacion nightlife. This mural by Jappy Agoncillo attracts visitors to stop by, take photographs, or experience happy hours inside this whiskey house in Poblacion. More art pieces await if you dare to have a short leisurely walk.

 
 
 
 
 
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Luneta

The park is famed for Jose Rizal monument and other national landmarks around it. But more than just the historical emblem, Luneta Park also houses art pieces that bring cultural relevance to the public. This one spotted in the park made by Ang Gerilya shows a glimpse of rich Ifugao culture.

 
 
 
 
 
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The city is probably the best canvas with all those colorful paintings on walls and buildings. Amid all the stressors of urban living, street art serves as a conveyor of hope, peace, and unity. It’s a beacon of change. Do you know any other places in the metro where to spot awesome street art pieces? Share it with us on the comment section below!

 

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