You’ve heard about the newest incubation space for artists and creative entrepreneurs that is the Hub | Make Lab.
You’ve been wondering if going is worth your time given that the city of Manila is [insert all thoughts of Manila here].
Add to that that traffic is really discouraging to leave your usual coordinates of comfort.
Well, let us share the best of The Hub here and let you decide if it’s a go or a no.
This wall art in the hall going to 98B’s HQ or The Hub
This steel door.
It’s a weird fascination but it makes me happy every time I go to the Hub.
One more day! See you tomorrow sa #HUBMAKELAB !! #MANILA #ESCOLTA #HolaEscolta A photo posted by HUB | Make Lab (@hub_ml) on
The smell of these Eucalyptuses the moment you enter
Eucalyptus heaven #vsco #hubmakelab A photo posted by Emmeline Sia (@emaisia) on
This corner of a beautiful mess.
Slaps #escolta #vscoph #architecture #philippines #tourism #vsco #streetware #manila #streetphotography #landscape #design #history #interiordesign #travel #lifestyle #hubmakelab A photo posted by Brigida (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･✧ (@wolfinsheepskin) on
This partition/ art installation made of paper twine by 1372 Designs
Artists who do art on the spot
Shop that sells works and designs by the entire family, including their kids
This pretty shop called General Merchandise.
It’s one of our favorites! 🙂
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And items like these from their store
Our edibles section is growing! From teas and granolas we now have a selection of artisanal and fresh produce! Visit our store in this cozy weather and chill with us we’re open till 8pm! Seeyahh A photo posted by GENERAL MERCHANDISE (@gen.mdse) on
A photo posted by GENERAL MERCHANDISE (@gen.mdse) on
Mao the Cat enjoying his food with the concrete bento tray. Come visit us today at @hub_ml till 8pm! #concretewares @bsccmdty A photo posted by GENERAL MERCHANDISE (@gen.mdse) on
Cat not included 🙂
Passionate artists who man their shops
(Like Jose Tong of Gen. Mdse.)
Capsule wardrobe shows and other events that happen every now and then like this one
Double Eu: Jose Tong x Euniform A photo posted by Juan Paolo de la Cruz (@_juandelacruz_) on
Forever Ugly‘s beautiful rustic industrial space and witty funny totes
This ingenious old school cassette tapes lamp by Raqsified!
+ Weekendly intimate leathercraft workshops by Raqs herself
Heritage initiatives and related goods by Heritage Collective
SocEnt goods like these Guerilla Bags!
They use local textiles and support empowerment-needing artisans from the provinces.
Locally concocted scents by Simoy ng Haraya.
We’re so lucky they’re our neighbor! We always smell good!
Clay and Pottery handmades and workshop by Clay Stories
This brilliant green idea by MNL Grow Kits.
You get all you need to grow your garden in this box.
3D Printing services by 3nd Box, anyone?
Custom-made pieces of beautiful furniture by Warden Home and Oliohaus
A photojourn studio by Rules of Raw
There’s always that one perfect spot. #art #spot A photo posted by kookie Lim (@kooxlim) on
They have the best homemade healthy ice cream ever, too!
Fred’s Revolución‘s craft, draft, tap beers that the people of Cubao X love.
Their branch #2 has started revolution at Escolta!
@elpagosausages and @popinsbreadshop live at Fred’s Revolucion in Escolta #hubmakelab #escoltarising #firstunitedbuilding #escolta A photo posted by Fred’s Revolucion (@freds_revolucion) on
shots fired! the revolution in escolta officially starts today! mabuhay ang escolta! mabuhay ang revolucion! #escoltarising #firstunitedbuilding #hubmakelab A photo posted by Fred’s Revolucion (@freds_revolucion) on
Three of @tapstation_ph ‘s finest brews are now in the house in #fredsrevolucioninescota . The #craftrevolt has begun. Mabuhay ang #escolta! #escoltarising #fredsrevolucion #firstunitedbuilding #hubmakelab A photo posted by Fred’s Revolucion (@freds_revolucion) on
And of course, our limited, nowhere-else-to-be-found travel finds and designs found a new home at the Hub, too!
We have a few of our select partners moving the boho and traveling lifestyle share the space, as well!
Imagine how resourceful and brilliant someone can be! #tictactoe #travelfinds #wood #art A photo posted by kookie Lim (@kooxlim) on
Your cutesy laundry icons bag is waiting for you at The Hub! Come pick it up at Space 20, Hub | Make Lab, Escolta MNL! A photo posted by Travel Finds (@travelfindsshop) on
Love Local: Ilocos Binakol purse from @travelfindsshop at @hub_ml. With a gigil cutie catface trinket from @bsccmdty + @gen.mdse | #lovelocal #HubMakeLab #98Bcollaboratory #genmdse #FirstUnitedBuilding #EscoltaRising #vsco #vscocam
A photo posted by Juan Paolo de la Cruz (@_juandelacruz_) on
If you need more nudge, here are MORE AND THE BETTER REASONS TO VISIT HUB | MAKE LAB
- Your visit to The Hub support the pioneering batch of local, independent, and emerging artists and businesses of Hub | Make Lab.
- Which may lead to providing permanent incubation space for more entrepreneurs and makers if this first batch proves to be a worthy pursuit.
- Encouraging growth of the incubation space nurtures more small businesses, which, as we know, ultimately makes up and boosts a strong economy.
- You also take part in the bigger cause that started this project in the first place– that is bringing back life to what was once pre-war Manila’s premier commercial district– Escolta.
- A re-enliven Escolta will encourage more investments in the area, which will give jobs to locals.
- This will, hopefully, in the grander scheme of things, make Manila, our capital, a clean, vibrant city we can all be proud of.
Hub | Make Lab is just an initiative by 98B Collaboratory but we can all take part in pushing the advocacy forward; in our small little way, like going, inviting friends, and sharing about the space to your network.
PEOPLE MAKE CITIES.
Don’t be a tourist in your own city (like what most Instagram posts of people who have recently been to Escolta always say about themselves).
It’s great if the shops earn but it is waaaaayyy better for all of us if the campaign succeeds.
This is the part where you do your share.
Schedule a visit. Tag a friend. Spread the word. Buy from the shops. Tour the area. Repeat.
How to Get There
Hub | Make Lab is at 413 First United Building Corp., Escolta St., Manila, Metro Manila
Commuters Guide Going to Escolta from 98B
Easiest and fastest way: Via LRT & MRT
Coming from SM North / Trinoma:
Take a bus, Jeep, taxi etc. Going to the Roosevelt station of the LRT 1 (Yellow line).
Take the train at platform a southbound headed towards baclaran and get off at the Carriedo Station. (Count 11 stations)
Walk towards the BPI building and right next to it is Escolta St.
Coming from Cubao:
Take a bus, Jeep, taxi, MRT etc. Going to the Araneta Center Cubao Station of the LRT 2 (Purple line).
Take the train at platform has westbound headed for Recto Station.
Get off at Recto Station (last train stop) and head towards the Odeon Mall exit.
Exit the Odeon Mall at STI Rizal Avenue exit and cross the street towards Chowking.
Ride a jeep going to Sta. Cruz (PhP 8.00) and tell the driver to drop you off at Escolta.
Coming from Edsa Taft:
Take a bus, Jeep, taxi, MRT etc. going to the EDSA station of the LRT 1 (Yellow line).
Take a train at platform b northbound headed for Roosevelt Station.
Get off at the Carriedo Station (Count 8 stations).
Walk towards the BPI building and right next to it is Escolta St.
Hub: Make Lab Hours
The Hub is open from 11am-8pm, Tuesdays to Sundays