Quezon City – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) – Presidential Car Museum will conduct a webinar titled CALLE ESCOLTA: Queen Street of Manila on 28 May 2022 at 2:00 a.m. via FB Page live in line with the observance of National Heritage Month.  Resource speaker for this online lecture will be Architect Gerard A. Lico from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Escolta is located in Binondo. Spanish for “escort,” the short strip got its name from the habitual passing of the heavily escorted British commander-in-chief during the British occupation of Manila.[1] 

Escolta is a street that lies alongside the Pasig River.  It used to be Manila’s shopping avenue where quality stores, boutiques, department stores, shoe stores, jewelry shops, and eateries flourished. Capitol and Lyric theaters were located in Escolta and it was said that the first movie shown in the country was premiered in those movie houses.  Savory restaurant,  famous for their chicken made its debut also in this street. 2 

Today, it remains a busy street where business transactions continue and with the changing administrations in the government, beautification and conservation of the old structures and buildings are done to restore its former grandeur.

The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote and preserve Philippine history and heritage through its administration of national shrines, museums, research and publication, conservation, and marking of historic sites and structures.


Prepared by: Maria Edna Santiago

[1] Daluyan: A Historical Dictionary of the Streets of Manila. (Manila: National Historical Institute, 2006.) 31.

2 Nostalgia Remembering the Streets of Manila (Manila: University of Santo Tomas, 2009.) 52-54.