Monday, October 05, 2015

The Oarhouse Pub of Manila - on Google Street View

It's not inside another facelessly anonymous mall. It's not in the upscale swanky lots of the city where name brand stores and restaurants are. It sits quietly nestled on an ordinary Manila street in its most common, people-inhabited district where pedestrians, sidecars, bicycles, street vendors, hawkers and beggars are - and just steps away from the medical school of the country's premier university and its main public hospital. It is as wonderfully real and as unassuming as any bar storefront that would look the same in any other city would look like.

It is The Oarhouse Pub of Manila, your neighborhood community bar.

Oarhouse Pub of Manila
1688-B Jorge Bocobo St., Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila

On Google Street View.,120.9853483,3a,75y,7.22h,85.63t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s3Q9vMNtXYw5YewYiz3dfFA!2e0!!7i13312!8i6656!4m2!3m1!1s0x3397ca2a3061260f:0xe95fe48430147e88!6m1!1e1?hl=en

Monday, May 04, 2015

Maxine Syjuco - 'Noises From A Locked Room'

“My creative process begins with photography,” Maxine explains. “From there, I draw, color, erase, scribble and paint on the photographs. In this manner, I begin a rather violent conversation between the photographer and the painter within — a push-and-pull struggle of mediums filled with accidents, recoveries and revelations.”

Maxine Syjuco’s “Noises from a Locked Room” opens on May 7, Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. with live performances by the Electric Underground Collective (EUC). 

The Oarhouse Pub of Manila is at 1688-B Jorge Bocobo Street, Malate, Manila. Viewing hours are from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, Mondays to Saturdays.

For inquiries, call 516-72 96 or visit,

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TALAkayan Gathering and Artist Talk

This Saturday, April 25 at 5 pm, the women of TALA photo collective invite you to their talk and discussion of their ongoing exhibit at The Oarhouse. Everyone interested is welcome to drop in!

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Oarhouse Before Opening Time, 06.21.12

 A Place At Home With Itself

After my waiters Charlon and Ricky finish cleaning and readying the bar to open for another day, i have always noticed how the late afternoon light of Malate casts a golden glow on the already warm confines of the Oar's interior.

It is usually a quiet time for the crew before the regulars and guests start streaming in after sundown, and it affords us a nice momentary breather as I talk to my staff about what needs to be attended to for the day. and the nicest feeling is that it doesn't feel like a place of business or another cookie-cutter franchise in a noisy mall or commercial center at all. instead it is and will continue to be that welcoming place of community and vessel of real life conversation and exchange amongst like-minded spirits.

Photograph by Luis Liwanag

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Photography and The Oarhouse on 'Illuminati'

Trix Syjuco and Krip Yuson, at yesterday's taping of their weekly program, 'Illuminati', showing tonight, Tuesday 7pm on Destiny Cable's GNN channel. Tonight's unusual, nearly 1-hour topic : 'Photography and The Oarhouse'. ;-)