Pineapple Lab in Poblacion Is Closing Their Doors

The local art hub has been around since 2015.

PHOTO BY Facebook/Andrei Pamintuan

(SPOT.ph) The Philippines has plunged into a recession, and the pinch is forcing many restaurants and even indoor amusement centers to close their doors for good. Most of these places have been shuttered since quarantine started; and with no clear future, they're forced to cut their losses and let go of their physical spaces. The latest on the list of places that we now have to say goodbye to is Pineapple Lab, a popular art hub along Palma Street in Poblacion, Makati City. They're officially moving out at the end of August.

"No words can even capture all the moments in between these photos and all the people that changed our lives along the way—many of whom have continued to create movements in some shape or form," said Pineapple Lab's creative director Andrei Pamintuan in farewell post on August 8.

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The space, which opened in July 2015, served as a venue for local artists to mount exhibits, stage performances, and gather like-minded individuals for an afternoon of creative discussion or artist talk. The creative hub was "dedicated to finding innovative ways to showcase the works of Filipino art makers, international artists and collaborators," their About page says. It was also a staple venue for Fringe Manila, an open-access annual art festival that offers out-of-the-box shows.

Pineapple Lab's versatile performance space hosted poetry readings, acting workshops, drawing sessions, and a lot of other art-filled events.
PHOTO BY Facebook/Andrei Pamintuan
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It brought together international and local artists, and let them engage with a community hungry for art.
PHOTO BY Facebook/Andrei Pamintuan
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"The past five years have been quite an amazing ride and we would not have thrived if not for the community that shaped what the lab has become. It was not an easy decision, but we have to take this time to pause for a bit, deal with the grief so we can pick ourselves up and create something that will enable us to continue our work and be there for the community. And while we let go of our space, we hang on to all the memories and lessons learned until we can make new ones again. Magkikita pa tayo pramis," Pamintuan added.

Glorious Dias was one of the pop-up stores that called Pineapple Lab home.
PHOTO BY Facebook/Glorious Dias

Pineapple Hub was home to Filipino-themed vintage shop Glorious Dias and Leslie Espinosa's hair salon. They also hosted pop-up stores like The Lil' Gay Shop in June 2019.

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Pineapple Lab is at 6053 R. Palma Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City. For updates, follow Pineapple Lab on Facebook.

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