Photos by Leigh Reyes

Fountain Pen Network-Philippines recently celebrated International Fountain Pen Day 2017 last Nov. 4 at Commune Cafe+Bar in Makati! We first started celebrating the event with pen meets and sales from our favorite vendors way back in 2014. Read about our FPD-PH adventures back in 2014, 2015 and 2016. This year, Fountain Pen Day is brought to us by Cars and Calibres, and Calibre Magazine. In our experience, people who like cars and watches usually end up liking fountain pens!


Here’s the indefatigable organizer, Leigh Reyes, manning the registration table. Photo by Kailash Ramchandani.


Photo by Sheila Tiongco

The event lasted all afternoon, and was very well-attended.  The place was packed until the early evening!  Participating vendors included Scribe, Pengrafik, Everything Calligraphy, Bags by Rubbertree, The Curious ArtisanHorology Matters, Peter Bangayan (Bexley Pens, Diamine Inks), and Caloy Abad Santos (Gav N Sav Pen Wraps). Also on display was an aquarium system by Aquarium Design Amano.


Scribe. Photo by Mona Caccam.


Everything Calligraphy. Photo by Iya Buzeta-Acero.


Pengrafik. Photo by Kailash Ramchandani.


The Curious Artisan. Photo by Ticky Tabujara.


Bags by Rubbertree. Photo by Kailash Ramchandani.


Horology Matters. Photo by Ticky Tabujara.


Bexley Pens/Diamine Music Set (Peter Bangayan) and Gav N Sav pen wraps (Caloy Abad Santos). Photo by Kailash Ramchandani.


Cars and Calibres display. Photo by Ticky Tabujara.


Photo by Ticky Tabujara.


John Raymond Lim. Photo by Chito Gregorio.

Local nibmeisters and all-around fountain pen repair guys John Raymond Lim and Mark Tiangco were on hand to deal with quick nib grinds, tine realignments and other issues people had with some of their pens.


Raffle. Photo by Ticky Tabujara.


Leigh Reyes. Photo by Chito Gregorio.

A raffle was held at 4pm, with prizes donated by our generous vendors.


Calibre Magazine Editor in Chief, Carl Cunanan. Photo by Kailash Ramchandani.

Participants who went on social media during the event were given special Fountain Pen Day buttons.  T-shirts were also sold at the event.


Photo by Leigh Reyes


Photo by Augusto Toledo II

Everyone went home with issues of Calibre Magazine.

Fountain Pen Network-Philippines and Fountain Pen Day-Philippines are on Facebook. Join us!

Many thanks to all those who attended and participated!  See you all again next year!




















This year Fountain Pen Network-Philippines is celebrating Fountain Pen Day on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at the Commune Cafe and Bar, at 36 Polaris cor. Durban Sts., Makati, from 1-6pm.  This is open to the public! Entrance is free and snacks will be served to the first 50 guests.  Fountain Pen Day is brought to you by Cars and Calibres, and Calibre Magazine.

International Fountain Pen Day is usually held on the first Friday of November. It was first organized by Cary Yeager in the US. Here in the Philippines, we have been celebrating it since 2014.  Here are accounts of our celebrations from 2014, 2015 and 2016.

If you have any pens that need tuning or basic repair, please bring them on Nov. 4. Our resident nibmeisters, John Raymond Lim, J. P. Reinoso, and Mark Tiangco will be there to give your pens some TLC.


Some of our favorite retailers, Pengrafik, Scribe, Everything Calligraphy and Bags by Rubbertree, will be on hand at Commune Cafe and Bar to supply you with pens, ink, paper and accessories, at major discounts!



T-shirts (men’s sizes only, sorry) will also be available on a first-come, first served basis at P350 each.


See you there!










International Fountain Pen Day is celebrated every first Friday of November, but this year Fountain Pen Network-Philippines celebrated it the entire weekend of Nov. 5 & 6!  This is the third year we are celebrating with major pen brands and purveyors of fine writing instruments, inks, stationery and writing accessories.  Thanks to the management of SM Aura Premier, we were granted a good space at the third floor atrium opposite Toy Kingdom.  An estimated 300 people visited the event over the weekend.


Photo by Kailash Ramchandani


Pengrafik, one of the major sponsors of the event, offered Wahl-Eversharp, Karas Kustoms, Platignum, Ranga, Wink, and Nemosine fountain pens for sale.  They also sold Diamine and KWZ fountain pen inks, Bali leather pen cases and wraps, as well as Tomoe River, Curnow Journals and other brands of stationery. (Photo by Kailash Ramchandani)


Scribe Writing Essentials, the other major sponsor, offered discounts on all its fountain pens. Available for sale were Pilot, Sailor, Visconti, Montegrappa, Platinum, Edison, Pelikan, TWSBI and Noodler’s pens.  They also had a promo on Rhodia notebooks. (Photo by Ticky Tabujara)


Photo by Eliza Rehal


Photo by Kevin Apolonio

Everything Calligraphy sold Pilot Metropolitans and 78Gs, Jinhao and Nemosine fountain pens.  They also had Diamine, Pilot Iroshizuku, Robert Oster and Blaze Wu inks available.  Also available were Elias pads and journals, Field Notes and Rhodia notebooks.  They also offered calligraphy penholders and nibs, and calligraphy inks.


Faber-Castell offered their full line of fountain pens and other writing instruments at a discount. (Photo by Eliza Rehal)


Times Trading had Lamy writing instruments on sale, also at a discount. (Photo by Edrie Alcanzare)




Caran d’Ache

National Bookstore offered Sheaffer, Online and Caran d’Ache fountain pens at a discount. (Photos by Pher Mendoza)



Artwork by Amado Chua. (Photos by Maia Castaneda)


Artwork by Maia Castaneda. (Photo by Kevin Apolonio)

All around the event venue were artworks by established and amateur artists that used fountain pens and inks.  The exhibit was organized by Claire Armedilla.

There was an introduction to fountain pens workshop for kids aged 7-12, conducted by the young Amani Rehal.


Photo by Ronin Bautista


Photo by Eliza Rehal



Photos by Kailash Ramchandani


Photo by Eliza Rehal

Fozzy Castro-Dayrit , Lorraine Nepomuceno and Imma Frias conducted successful penmanship workshops on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.


Josef Lees, Business Development Director for Asia from Platignum Pens Singapore, spoke about the brand and its products. (Photo by Kailash Ramchandani)

There was also a group of local nibmeisters doing pen repair, for donations to FPN-P. These included Angelito “Butch” Palma, John Raymond Lim, Anthony Goquinco, Mark Tiangco, Jonathan Isip, and J.P. Reinoso.


Photo by Kevin Apolonio

The Fountain Pen Day weekend was enjoyed by all!  Many thanks to the organizers and sponsors!



The Philippines will once again celebrate Fountain Pen Day this November 5 & 6 (Saturday and Sunday), 2016!  It will be held at the 3rd floor atrium of SM Aura Premier in Taguig, opposite Toy Kingdom.  Fountain Pen Day, founded by Cary Yeager in the US, is celebrated internationally on the first Friday of November – this time we are celebrating with a weekend of exciting sales and activities.


Major sponsors include Parker, Sheaffer, Lamy, Faber-Castell, Scribe Writing Essentials, Pengrafik and Everything Calligraphy.  Each sponsor booth will have attractive promos, so if you’re looking for fine writing instruments, ink and stationery, do drop by!  Other sponsors include Asia Brewery and PNB Savings Bank.


Fountain Pen Day-Philippines  2016 is organized by Fountain Pen Network-Philippines, which has a forum and a Facebook group page (with now over 3,000 members). This is the third year in a row that it has been promoting the use of fountain pens, and the love of handwriting and calligraphy, to everyone.  Admission is open to the general public.



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.


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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.