(Waterman inks photo by Cesar Salazar.)
More and more people are growing interested in using fountain pens here in Manila, as evidenced by the growing membership in our pen group Fountain Pen Network-Philippines. For a long time Parker, Waterman, Cross and Montblanc were the only brands readily available in the local fountain pen market. Now there are new brands available: Lamy, Pelikan, Sailor, to name a few. Waterman,Aurora, Cross and Rotring are now no longer being sold here, while Sheaffer recently reintroduced itself. The local Pilot distributor sells only school pens, not the fine writing instruments, nor the ink.
I’ve compiled a list of stores that sell fountain pen inks, in bottles and cartridges as of 2013: (click on links to see directory info)
National Bookstore branches – Parker, Lamy, Sheaffer, Inoxcrom (cartridges)
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. – Herbin, Lamy, Sailor, Pelikan (4001 and Edelstein), Noodler’s
Cutting Edge (Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, Eastwood, Megamall, Mall of Asia) – Waterman
Times Trading– Lamy
Updated: We now have a distributor for Diamine inks! Since I don’t have permission to post the contact details here yet, please join the Fountain Pen Network-Philippines forum or on its Facebook page and make your order there, addressed to Peter.
Updated September 2013: Scribe Writing Essentials now carries Noodler’s inks! Contact Cindy Fulo at 0998-9983998 for which branches carry specific Noodler’s colors.
Updated August 2014: Scribe Writing Essentials now carries Platinum Mix Free and Carbon inks!
As of this time, there are no local distributors yet for Rohrer & Klingner, Aurora, Visconti, De Atramentis, Pilot (regular and Iroshizuku), and other popular brands of ink. For these, we resort to buying from eBay or online stores based overseas.