Photo by Kailash Ramchandani

Fountain Pen Day Philippines 2015 was a resounding success!  This was held at the Cinema VIP Lounge of Century City Mall, Makati, from 10am to 8pm last November 7. This is the second time Fountain Pen Network-Philippines has held the event, and the first time since it was incorporated into a non-stock, non-profit organization.


Photo by Kailash Ramchandani

Around 200 people attended the event, many of them registered for the raffle.  Each person received a Fountain Pen Day button and bookmark in Philippine flag colors, designs courtesy of Cary Yeager, founder of international Fountain Pen Day, and Leigh Reyes.


Photo by Chito Gregorio

Many came to buy fountain pens, inks and stationery from the sponsors – Lamy, Parker, Sheaffer, Faber-Castell, Everything Calligraphy, Wahl-Eversharp/Pengrafik, and Scribe Writing Essentials.










Everything Calligraphy

Photos by John Raymond Lim


Faber-Castell. Photo by Kailash Ramchandani.


Scribe Writing Essentials. Photo by JP Reinoso.

Artists Rolly Magpayo, Arnel Gascon, Rica Palomo-Espiritu, Mark Dean Lim and Al Rio were featured in an art exhibit.


Photo by Kailash Ramchandani

Leigh Reyes held a calligraphy demonstration for children as soon as the venue opened.


Photo by JP Reinoso

At another table, calligraphers Mischel Ocier, Arnel Gascon, Ever Camua and Mark Dean Lim held a demonstration all afternoon.


Arnel Gascon


Mischel Ocier. Photos by Chito Gregorio.

Anthony Goquingco and Mark del Rosario held a nib clinic – diagnosing pen problems, adjusting ink flow, doing smoothing and minimal grinding on nibs.


Anthony Goquingco. Photo by JP Reinoso


Photo by John Raymond Lim


Photo by JP Reinoso

The celebration of Fountain Pen Day wasn’t limited to Metro Manila – our members in Cebu also held a pen meet on the same day!


Photo by Natasha de Guzman

Interest in fountain pens is growing – Fountain Pen Network-Philippines membership on our Facebook page is nearing 2000 members! Membership in our forum is also growing fast. Join us to become part of this yearly event!

Many thanks to Asia Brewery, who provided yoghurt snacks and mineral water during the event.


As of 2015, the following fountain pen inks may be bought from the following purveyors in Metro Manila:

National Bookstore Faber-Castell (selected branches only), Lamy, Parker, Sheaffer, Inoxcrom (cartridges only)

Montblanc branches – Makati (632) 813-3739, Powerplant Mall (632) 898-2347, Shangri-la Mall (632) 633-4636, Manila (632) 521-1140, Robinsons Place (632) 551-2095, Ayala Town Center (632) 850-5532

Scribe Writing Essentials – 3/F Eastwood Mall, QC  (632) 900-0053, Shangrila (632) 654-5071, Glorietta 5 (632) 386-4826, SM Aura (632) 519-5346 and SM Megamall (632) 631-8477. – J. Herbin, Lamy, Sailor, Pelikan (4001 and Edelstein), Noodler’s, Platinum, Omas, Private Reserve.

Cutting Edge (Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, Eastwood, Megamall, Mall of Asia) – Waterman

Times Trading– Lamy

Everything Calligraphy – Diamine, Sailor, Rohrer & Klingner, De Atramentis, Pilot Iroshizuku (50ml and 15ml)

PenGrafik – Diamine

Cosmos Bazar – Pilot Iroshizuku, Pilot (Black, Blue, Blue-Black bottled)

Pens Galore – Pilot Iroshizuku (50ml and 15ml), Pilot (Black, Blue, Blue-Black – cartridges)

Hope this is useful, happy shopping! (Not affiliated with any of these stores, the evangelism is part of being a member of Fountain Pen Network-Philippines.)


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We’re celebrating International Fountain Pen Day 2015 on Saturday, November 7th, at the Cinema VIP Lounge of Century City Mall in Makati!

Fountain Pen Day was established in 2012, to celebrate handwriting, and to share and promote the use of fountain pens in both art and the written word. The Philippines first officially celebrated it in 2014 with a successful 3-day event at SM Aura in Taguig, bringing together the fountain pen lovers of Fountain Pen Network-Philippines and Urban Sketchers Philippines.

Our organization, Fountain Pen Network-Philippines (FPN-P), began in 2008 with thirteen pen enthusiasts. Today, it has nearly 2000 members on its Facebook page and over 500 registered members on its Internet forum. Lawyers, civil servants, doctors, writers, artists, executives, entrepreneurs and students are just some of the people who attend the regular meets. The group’s activities online and at pen meets in the last few years has been responsible for a boom in the number of fountain pens, ink and paper products now available locally to accommodate a  growing interest in the lifestyle.

This annual event is open to the general public. Among the activities planned are a pen and ink art exhibit, a calligraphy workshop, a sketching session, as well as an introduction to fountain pens for children. Guests may also avail of services such as vintage pen restoration, appraisals and nib tuning.

Supporting the event are Manila’s leading purveyors of quality writing instruments such as Everything Calligraphy, Faber-Castell, Lamy, Parker, Scribe Writing Essentials, Sheaffer and Wahl-Eversharp/PenGrafik. A special thanks to Asia Brewery for their material donations. Visitors may peruse the fine offerings of our sponsors throughout the day.


chito-fpendaygrp2[Photo by Chito Gregorio]

Fountain Pen Network-Philippines and Urban Sketchers Philippines recently celebrated Fountain Pen Day with an art exhibit last Nov. 6-8, and a pen and sketch meet last Nov. 8. Fountain Pen Day is celebrated worldwide every first Friday in November.

Lamy, Parker, Sheaffer and Scribe Writing Essentials sponsored the event, with sales booths at the venues.

markescay-lamy[Lamy Safari and Al-Star pens. Photo by Mark Escay]

parkerbooth3ticky-sheafferboothscribe-boothfpenday-artexhibit[Parker, Sheaffer and Scribe booths. Art exhibit. Photos by Ticky Tabujara]

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romana-fpendaygrpromana-fpendaygrp2[Photos by Romana Go]

There were calligraphy demonstrations at the Scribe booth, by Ever Camua and Fozzy Castro-Dayrit.  There was also a sketching contest.

markescay-ricasketch[Photo by Mark Escay]

There were also smaller seller tables, offering vintage and secondhand pens, and leather pen wraps/cases.

markescay-penwraps[Photo by Mark Escay]

ticky-mangadringticky-wahlbooth[Photos by Ticky Tabujara]

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Some members brought their own pens for show-and-tell.


[Photo by Mark Escay]


[Photo by Ticky Tabujara]

It was a well-attended, fun event that lasted until 10pm. Congratulations to the organizer!


fountain pen day philippinesFountain Pen Day is held every first Friday in November. This year it’s on November 7.  Started by Cary Yeager several years ago in the US, Fountain Pen Day is now celebrated internationally.  This year, the Philippines is participating!

There will be an art exhibit featuring members of Fountain Pen Network-Philippines and Urban Sketchers Philippines, from Nov. 6-8 (Thursday to Saturday), at the ground floor of SM Aura Premiere in between Starbucks and Uniqlo.  Fantastic discounts await pen buyers on site, as Lamy, Sheaffer, Parker and Scribe Writing Essentials are having a sale on all three days. Other pens and writing accessories will also be available on display and for sale

There will also be a sketch and pen meet at the same venue, on Nov. 8, Saturday, at 1pm.


There are still fountain pens being made in the USA, and one brand that comes to mind is Bexley. It’s a relatively new company that started in 1993, manufacturing pens out of Columbus, Ohio.  Many of their designs are inspired by classics from the so-called Golden Age  of Fountain Pens.

My new pen, the Bexley Poseidon Magnum II, is one of their current offerings.  It’s a piston-filler that comes in three colors: Bronze Sands, Green Seas and Blue Lagoon.  The Bronze Sands is made from a swirly, marbled, shimmery brown acrylic resin, with gold trim. It actually reminds me of that old Magnolia Ice Cream flavor from my childhood, Chocolate Marble (when you open the tub, you see these rich veins of chocolate in the ice cream).  I believe no two Poseidon Magnum II’s are alike, as the swirls are pretty random.  That makes it easy for me to identify my own pen at a pen meet – Bronze Sands is so popular that I must be the third or fourth member of Fountain Pen Network-Philippines to own one.

DSCN5830 (1024x768)DSCN5832 (1024x768)It’s 57/16” capped and 67/8” posted, according to Richard Binder – roughly the size of a Pelikan M600.  The barrel has a girth that makes it comfortable to hold, similar to that of a Montblanc 146. Definitely not a slim pen, but it’s lighter than it looks.

There was an earlier Poseidon model.  A larger Poseidon Magnum model later followed.  Both are cartridge/converter models. In fact, a couple of years earlier, I had seen the Poseidon Magnum in black, at one of our pen meets.  At the time I remember being attracted to the Poseidon Magnum because of its similarity to the classic Pelikan 100N.  The peaked cap, the cap rings, the general shape of it.  Alas, I had no budget for a pen at the time, so I tried to move on.  Earlier this year, I was asked by another friend which Bexley pen model to buy, this Poseidon Magnum II or the Corona? Both were piston-fillers.  As a matter of fact, I also own the Corona, in Lemon Meringue. The Corona is no slouch, but I steered him toward the Poseidon Magnum II, which I felt had a more luxe, premium feel.  A few months later I saw it again on someone’s Facebook wall, and asked myself why I didn’t own it yet. It’s a beautiful pen.  If I’d had a bigger budget I’d have gotten it with an 18k nib.  As it is, I’m happy with the stainless steel nib, which is a smooth, wet F.

If you are in the Manila, and want to get your own Bexley Poseidon Magnum II, join Fountain Pen Network-Philippines.  The members will happily put you in touch with the local Bexley distributor.


We’ve all seen those ads or eBay postings for suspiciously low-priced Montblanc pens. Lots of people ask on the Fountain Pen Network if they’re possibly buying fakes. If the price is too good to be true, it’s always better to think twice.

I’m writing about this today, because I help moderate the Fountain Pen Network-Philippines Facebook page, and we’ve had several discussions about how to treat posts that deal with product clones/replicas, especially as there is buying and trading of pens among members.

We’ve had posts showing Lamy Safari knock-offs (Hero 359, Jinhao 599), and the low price and color selections look mighty tempting. We’ve been joking that it’s taken so long for Lamy to produce a purple Safari that the Chinese have beaten them to it! I’ve handled the Hero in person at a pen meet, and while it writes well enough, the plastic does not look very robust, and the finishing cannot compare with the Safari’s. You get the quality you pay for, I guess. Lamy does not seem to be pursuing any copyright infringement cases against the Chinese knock-offs at present.

One of our members received a takedown notice from Richemont (Montblanc’s parent company) about an old For Sale ad he had in a popular online marketplace. He is contesting it, because his items were original, previously-owned Montblancs. We’ve also had posts of fake Montblancs. In one post, the poster tried to skirt the obvious fact that his pen was a Chinese replica of a Montblanc Starwalker, by referring to it as an “homage” pen. If he had called it by its proper name “Baoer Skywalker”, it would have flown under the radar. But no matter how you glamorize it, it still copies a Montblanc too closely for comfort. With Richemont assiduously guarding its intellectual property rights, we don’t want any of that reflecting on our group page or membership, so we came up with this rule:

“Fountain Pen Network-Philippines would like to foster respect for intellectual property. We recommend that posts on fake fountain pens be limited to how to identify the real from the fake.

Also, please properly identify the pen in your post as identified by the manufacturer to avoid confusion with registered trademarks and tradenames. (Eg. If you post a photo of a Lamy or Montblanc knock-off, please identify them by their manufacturer names like Hero 359 or Jinhao 159, instead of the original branding.)

Posts on fakes or replicas reflect only the opinion of the poster, and in no way reflect the position of the group. Posts that do not meet the moderators’ requirements may be removed at their discretion.”

As soon as we posted this rule, the one who posted about the Chinese-made “homage” pen voluntarily deleted his post. In reality we can’t prevent people from knowingly buying fake products, but we can steer members’ attention more towards original, attractive and affordable products. As for aspirational brands, one can always save up for the real thing.