Manila Hits + Nayong Pilipino Sketchwalk

Hello! Today, I’m rounding up a post on Manila because after several En Route posts (which consisted of travels abroad), I realized I have several photos of my hometown which I never (ever) got to share on my blog.

Funny how I grew up being a Manila girl (I studied in Saint Jude Catholic School & De La Salle University-Manila). I used to spend most mornings having breakfast at Binondo (so much for being a Filipino-Chinese) and running errands with mom before class, but with all the work I’ve been doing recently, that hasn’t been possible in a very, very long time.

This year though, I’ve been blocking off days visiting Manila. Oddly enough, I like the rarity of it all. Now that I seldomly go there, it seems to bring out more charm and personality than what I remembered it to be.


Went to Intramuros last summer for Design Week Philippines. It was charming and brimming with historical wonder – especially for someone like me who doesn’t frequent this part of Manila.



Alessa introduced us to Silahis, a local crafts store (which was full of amazing things!) during our ocular. I ended up getting a vintage map and other ephemera. 🙂


Photo 17-04-2016, 7 12 32 PM

Last April, I was able to hold my first sketchwalk as part of Design Week Philippines’ activities. Had fun sharing my knowledge on sketching to students during that afternoon. 🙂


A month after DWP, I was tapped by Parkfest PH & Nayong Pilipino to draw on a kalesa – one of the many fun and interesting projects I got to work on this year.



Making the kalesa was definitely an experience for the books. More on that soon when I get to update my portfolio 🙂

Last Friday was my day-off this month (okay, half day-off). I had 2 deadlines to turn over and I was panicking over morning stress BUT let’s not talk about that. I went on a field trip to Nayong Pilipino and a quick sidetrip to National Museum.NP

Of course, we had to say hi to my kalesa there. 😀


The area, located at Rizal Avenue (behind Rizal Park), is a huge space filled with trees and lots of places to look at art (we still have our installations there) and take in some quiet time in the midst of a bustling, busy city.

We ended up spending a few minutes sketching from a hanging bridge (yep). I realized I haven’t sketched in a really, really long time after working on several deadlines. *gasp*

My assistant, Jean, in her element.

Me, in my element. Lolz. (Thanks achie Koko for zee photos!)


A quick sketch I did from the view I saw. I did an ocular around the area for my upcoming sketchwalk (more details at the end of this post!) and I’m pretty excited to show you guys around the park.


After walking around NP we decided to walk the opposite road and head to the National Museum. Entrance is free (yay!) and it’s good to know that more people have taken interest in visiting museums in Manila.


I really like Amorsolo’s work so I always enjoy visiting the hall where his sketches are exhibited (above). There are surrounding buildings as well (which we didn’t get to visit but I hope to, soon) that are more specific on the types of exhibitions (Planetarium, Museum of the Filipino People, etc).


Closing time light. I love the architecture! I hope next time the museum would allow sketchers to draw inside the museum though.


I was dead tired after that day, but something about walking along the streets of Manila reminded me how much I really like living here despite the craziness and chaos. 🙂

Anyway, as I was saying, I’m having a sketchwalk!

Some notes:

  1. We will be walking around the Nayong Pilipino park complex.
  2. I will be sharing tips on sketching, using watercolor, and finding your personal drawing style.
  3. Participants must have a background in sketching or drawing (not necessarily advanced).
  4. Please bring an umbrella, towel, and extra shirt as the venue is open-air.
  5. A waiver will be sent out as part of the workshop.
  6. Entrance fee is part of the workshop fee already, and all materials + snacks will be provided.

That’s about it! Hope to see you there. Click here to sign up. 🙂

Have you been to Manila? Let me know what place/s you’ve visited. I’d love to know in the comments below!


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