Escolta was alive and kicking the last time we passed by.
It was getting close to midnight, but the lights were still on at the First United Building, the 1928 Art Deco building that had become ground zero for the Escolta cultural renaissance: a loose movement of creative entrepreneurs (or entrepreneurial creatives) who were trying to bring life back to Manila’s long-forgotten business district.
They were gaining ground, too, judging from the noisy crowd of regulars at Fred’s Revolucion, the artist-run bar on the ground floor that had become the favorite after-hours watering hole for the Escolta crowd.
That was February.
A lifetime ago.
It all came to a screeching halt as …
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