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“In recent years a number of local entrepreneur artists and culturephiles have set up grass-roots NGOs to promote everything cool going on in Manila (and not in the mall).

VivaManila (www.facebook.com/vivamanila.org) is one such example, started by a proud group of ManileƱos on a mission to revive what had become downtrodden downtown Manila. They promote cultural events, art shows and gigs, as well as putting on street markets, music festivals and Sunday brunches.”

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/philippines/manila/travel-tips-and-articles/why-manila-is-fast-becoming-one-of-asias-coolest-cities#ixzz3Y74H2HFs