At dusk, after the rain, crickets break into song with the night birds. The watchman swings the gate shut. Behind you, the honks of jeepneys, the crowds and lights—all fades into the background, stays there. This is Manila. The city has a thousand faces, and this one is ours to show you.
The breeze blows free in the clearing. Lanterns dangle from branches, and a sculpture of a frog perches on a mossy fountain. The scent of brewing coffee wafts from a house built before the war, and you can come in anytime you like.
What you see inside you’ll see—maybe—only today. Everything is always changing. What’s taken from here will be replaced with something else: maybe another chair, maybe a sculpture of a lizard, and then the space rearranges itself to welcome the newcomer.
The beauty of a-11 is that it can be anything you like. You can come for the coffee and roscas, you can come for business. If you want to sit down and chat, that’s fine, and it’s best to take a walk around our place and appreciate the little things that make it what it is.
An acacia-laned street near Pasay, this compound of 1950s white wooden houses set in sculpture-strewnlandscaped gardens has beautifuly period details, not least the rich machuca tiles. Artelano 11 comprises four connected properties, the foil of Eric Paras’ eclectic collection of art deco and mid century inspired pieces, some of which he designs himself, as well as reimagined Filipino craft and home accesories sourced all over the world. It’s a melting pot of ideas, from French crockery to porcelain jars, cheeseboards made out of flattened wine bottles and handcarved headbords.
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