Being a huge lover of street art and murals I was hoping to find some of that in Manila. But that was not all that simple. The city is huge, with 12 million people. And it does not really come across as a safe city to wander and explore freely. Driving around in taxis and walking around I was almost always the one and only caucasian around. And I can assure you that that made me feel uncomfortable most of the time. I felt very tall, blonde and rich. All eyes were on me, wherever I walked. Often I did not dare to take out my camera.
So I tried to find info about murals on the web, so that I could go to certain spots directly. But there was not much info on street art in Manila available. I knew there definitely was some, since Ariel Santillan published a book about it: "Art Avenue. The Manila Street Art Revolution.".
Another way I thought of (to find murals), was to simply keep my eyes open during my taxirides and try to remember where I saw something interesting. Not so easy, because it was not always clear on what street we were driving. But I managed to find back one streetblock that I saw when passing by. It was around San Marcelino. They were quite organised, by art students, but there were nice ones amongst them. My favourites are more towards the end of this post.
|I like the way nature has partly taken over this mural.|
|Here the effect of nature taking over is nice too.|
|This is one of my favourites.|
|This one too.|
|I like this one.|
|Nicely done on this pillar.|
|My favourite in this streetblock.|
My last and 7th blogpost about my 2 weeks in Manila will be a misc one.