(Photos by Manny Llanes/MB LIFE)
Have you ever wondered how Binondo looked back in its heyday? Imagine no more.
Chinatown Museum, has officially reopened with a brand new exhibit that will bring visitors back to pre-war Binondo. “Digital Manila” exhibit covers over 161-square-foot of floor space, where visitors can explore a rare collection of digital renders and footage depicting the urban landscape of Binondo during the height of its economic success in the 1930s.
The exhibit is created in partnership with Renacimiento Manila—a group of artists, creators, and history enthusiasts committed to heritage advocacy, with a particular interest in Manila’s built heritage—are photos and digital renders of the iconic buildings and landmarks of Escolta, the country’s pre-war economic center and financial hub and was once called “The Wall Street of Asia.”
Through walkthrough videos and installations featuring old and current photos, you can also learn more about the dynamic evolution and the vital role Escolta played in Philippine history. This art show is supported by the National Commission for Culture and Arts and Fundador, will run from July to December 2022.
To further support the exhibit, Chinatown Museum has also lined up various programs for museum visitors for the rest of the year including sketch walks, bike tours, food tours, and photo walks.
Chinatown Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is located at the 4F North Wing of Lucky Chinatown, Reina Regente St. Binondo, Manila.