Last weekend was the first time I was able to drop by the RONAC Art Center, this peculiar building along Ortigas, an installation that I believe is the home of local street culture. I heard about RONAC for some time now, maybe dating back to late 09. Big Boy of Fresh Manila, also head honcho of RONAC, had some images of the court and shared plans of what was going down.
With Bunker opening a couple of months back and with First Dibs happening there this year, I had no reason not to drop by and check the place out. I was impressed with the place! From the materials used, the wooden elevator, the steel panels, everything- you definitely get a sense that RONAC was well thought of. Blood, sweat, and tears (and a boatload of dough) was put into the center and it’ll definitely show. With a quality court, a couple of stores all slated to open November 2010, good eats (Charlie’s Grind & Grill and Yoggle), RONAC is definitely a destination for all you design enthusiasts. I got lazy with the photos again but here are some to at least get you interested.
If you park at the basement, you’ll immediately see Borgy’s joint, Bunker. Moving his store from the Fort to RONAC was definitely a wise decision. Carrying select apparel, accessories and footwear, Bunker’s got goods that you only see on the net or read in magazines. From special edition Product (RED) CLOTs to the Pattas, Bunker’s got the elite status on lock. The store also carries Vans and some QK/Tier Zero Nike pieces. Bunker also shares the space with OBEY, the iconic street wear brand. The OBEY store’s got hats, tees, and other garb worth your hard earned dough.
It’s all about timing. I also dropped Jason Markk Premium Sneaker Solution at Bunker that day, making them 1 of 4 stockists carrying the quality solution. With Bunker carrying JM, we now have QC, Ortigas, the Fort and Makati covered– all areas where you’ll also find special kicks.
Like most of my posts, my photos will never do justice to the places I check out. Blame it on being overwhelmed or just appreciating it (and not immortalizing it by clicking), but RONAC, Bunker, OBEY are just 3 reasons why you should visit the Art Center. And with Yoggle and Charlie’s at the ground floor, do you even have to think twice?
RONAC Art Center is located along Ortigas Avenue (right before the Petron by the corner of Ortigas and Santolan). Grand Opening is slated to be on the 6th of November. Congrats to Big Boy and the rest of the Fresh Manila crew as well as the Commune guys for successfully hosting First Dibs 2010.