Colors of Escolta

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THELOOKBOOK went OOTN hunting at Escolta Block Party and while most people went to the event in basics, we were able to find a few who stood out with smart use of colors, mix-and-matching, and great styling.

From the waist up, KB Manolo looked like a regular attendee. But you can’t miss his bright pink short shorts because its hue is simply eye-catching.

We are in love with Migs Mabansag’s plaid pants. It’s strategically cuffed at the hem and paired nicely with a simple tee and jacket. The whole outfit feels fresh yet nostalgic. And did we mention we’re so in love with his plaid pants?

Meanwhile, Abram Factoran is giving us all kinds of style inspo with his slouchy yellow sweater and not one but two graphic sling bags. The bandana around his forehead completes the look.

Then, there’s Glen Monajan. His light blue-khaki combination has just the right amount of chicness. And those white kicks pulls the look all together.


Kendrick Cay, on the other hand, went full-on retro with a striped T-shirt and “old-timey” baggy khakis. The vintage sneaks just takes you back to the ‘90s, don’t they?

Finally, we have the united colors of Jobo Nacpil. All the pieces he wore clash beautifully and he came up with a really playful outfit that brings Manila street style to another level. We all need to be wearing cropped pants like those.

About Escolta Block Party
Late November last year, a block party was held on that street in Manila called Escolta. Due to positive audience response, the organizers decided to do it again. And again. And again. This year, on Nov. 25, Escolta Block Party celebrated its first anniversary where it all started—outside the First United Building.

The First United Building is one of the few remaining examples of art deco architecture in the Philippines. Designed by Juan Luna’s son, Andres Luna de San Pedro, it is where the heart of the Escolta Block Party beats. A gathering of multiple communities, the Escolta Block party aims to shine a new light on the history and heritage that Escolta Street holds.

Various talks and discussion sessions are held throughout the day, along with pop-up shops, food stalls, and performances that breathe new life to the historic thoroughfare. People from all walks of life can enjoy, dine, shop, and learn from morning through the afternoon then cap their day off with drinks and dancing during the evening street party.

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