MANILA FOUNTAIN PEN SHOW 2018

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Fountain Pen Network-Philippines, and what better way to celebrate than to hold the first ever Manila Fountain Pen Show? In previous years FPN-P had been holding smaller pen sales events every Fountain Pen Day (first Friday of November), as if in preparation for this bigger event. The show was held at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura, last Oct. 27, 2018.

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Photos by Mark Tiangco.

Long lines greeted us at the opening of the show, until about lunch time. It was heartening to know that there were a huge number of fountain pen enthusiasts waiting patiently to get in! Entrance was free, but donations were received at the gate for Save the Children.

Inside it was jam-packed. People crowded every booth, eager to take advantage of the promotions. All the workshop sessions were full.

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Photos by Ronin Bautista.

Special items exclusive to the pen show included the Manila Copper ink, mixed by Straits Pen of Singapore. Part of the proceeds of the ink sale were donated to Save the Children.

Photos by Leigh Reyes.

The Fountain Pen Network-Philippines 10th Anniversary fountain pen is an Edison Mina in tortoise acrylic. Remaining pieces from the original pre-order were sold at the pen show.

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10th Anniversary Pen. Photo by Kailash Ramchandani.

Sponsors for the Manila Fountain Pen Show included Cross Philippines, Montblanc Philippines, Pengrafik, Straits Pen of Singapore, Lamy Philippines, Everything Calligraphy, Noteworthy, Scribe, Faber-Castell Philippines, Troublemaker Inks, Parker Philippines, Philippine National Bank and Calibre Magazine. Other vendors/service providers included Kasama PH, Shibui PH, Gav n Sav, Guia’s Vintage Pen Corner, JP’s Pen Spa and Nibworks, and John Raymond Lim (nibmeister).

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Cross Philippines.

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Montblanc Philippines.

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Noteworthy.

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Gav n Sav.

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Guia’s Vintage Pen Corner.

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Faber-Castell Philippines.

Photos above by Tintin Pantoja.

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Scribe. Photo by Mark Tiangco.

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Troublemaker Inks.

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Straits Pen of Singapore.

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Shibui PH.

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Pengrafik.

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Kasama PH.

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Everything Calligraphy.

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Lamy Philippines.

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The paper bar.

Photos above by Ronin Bautista.

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JP’s Pen Spa and Nibworks (J.P. Reinoso).  Photo by Tin Marie Reyes Poral.

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John Raymond Lim (nibmeister). Photo by Edber Mamisao.

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Calligraphy Workshop. Photo by Mark Tiangco.

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Calligraphy Workshop. Photo by Rica Palomo-Espiritu.

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Leather pen case workshop. Photo by Ronin Bautista.

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Photo by Ronin Bautista. L-R: Butch Dalisay, Rica Espiritu, Arnell Ignacio, Teresita Herbosa, Marvic Leonen

A panel discussion was held toward the end of the day, on the topic “Why Fountain Pens?”. Among the speakers were collectors Prof. Jose “Butch” Dalisay, Jr., Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen, Atty. Teresita Herbosa (great-granddaughter of national hero Jose Rizal), artist Rica Palomo-Espiritu, and OWWA administrator Arnell Ignacio.

Here’s a Facebook video of Justice Marvic Leonen’s discussion. “We can choose the parts of life we can slow down. The fountain pen is my instrument of revolution to recapture my humanity.” And here’s a Facebook video of Butch Dalisay’s talk. “These pens are not just inscribers of words but are bearers of stories.” (Will add other videos to this blog as soon as they are processed.)

All in all, for a first pen show and a modestly sized one at that, the Manila Fountain Pen Show 2018 was successful and well-attended! Approximately 600 people attended the one-day show.  Everyone agreed that next year, the pen show should be in a bigger space, given the huge amount of interest in fountain pens, inks, stationery and accessories.

Many thanks to all the sponsors, the organizers, and the volunteers who made this pen show possible!

To see more photos and social media posts on the Manila Fountain Pen Show, use the hashtag #mnlfountainpenshow2018.

 

 

 

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FOUNTAIN PEN NETWORK-PHILIPPINES TENTH ANNIVERSARY

Way back in 2008, fourteen fountain pen enthusiasts and fellow members at the international Fountain Pen Network forums banded together and organized a local pen lovers’ group, now known as Fountain Pen Network-Philippines.

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Photo by June Dalisay.

Above are founder Jose (Butch) Dalisay Jr. and friends at the very first pen meet at his house at the University of the Philippines campus.

Fast-forward ten years later, and the group has grown from 14 to 5,800+ members on Facebook, with its own forums at http://www.fpn-p.org.

Earlier in the year, Peter Bangayan organized an FPN-P Tenth Anniversary Pen, made by Bexley. It’s the Corona model, except it is cartridge/converter and not a piston-filler. It came in two colors, blue and turquoise, with a special medallion in the finial produced by Juan Luis Faustmann, in a limited quantity. There was also a Tenth Anniversary Ink, made by Diamine, called Blue Orient, a turquoise with a red sheen. (Another anniversary pen, the Edison Mina in tortoise acrylic, is in the works, courtesy of Anthony Goquingco. This is for those who weren’t able to acquire the Bexley.)

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Photo by Rommel Bernardo.

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Photo by Shey Pia Abaya.

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Photo by Mona Caccam.

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Photo by Leigh Reyes.

Co-founder Leigh Reyes quickly booked a lovely function room/co-working space at 3rd Space Legaspi for July 7, 2018. It was well-attended, with new and old members mixing and trying each other’s pens and inks.  There was an ink bar courtesy of Leigh, plus a sales area for pen wraps by Lara Telan of Gav n Sav, and empty cigar boxes.  Video of ink bar by Ronin Bautista here.

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Photo by Kailash Ramchandani.

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Photo by IamLennie.

At around 4pm we held a raffle, with prizes contributed by longstanding sponsors Scribe, Times Trading (Lamy) , Pengrafik and Stationer Extraordinaire. The grand prize was a proudly Philippine-made pen, made by KasamaPH (IG: KasamaPH, Facebook: KasamaPH). It’s called the Una, because it’s the first model ever made in the Philippines.

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Photo by Michelle Suratos.

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Photo by Kailash Ramchandani.

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Photo by Leigh Reyes.

Many thanks to Mark Tiangco for the delicious Quorn lasagna and nuggets, Babyruth Chuaunsu for the Sunkist drinks, and the various members who donated cakes and pastries for the event.  Thanks also to Vad Mayores of 3rd Space for making sure we were all comfortable at their venue.

Here’s to more years appreciating fountain pens!

 

 

DON’T MISS FOUNTAIN PEN DAY 2015!

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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.

MANILA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF SHEAFFER

Last May 2013, Sheaffer recently celebrated 100 years as a successful pen brand worldwide. The Manila celebration was held last May 29th, at the Yuchengco Museum, in Makati.   Walter A. Sheaffer originally built the company in 1913, in Fort Madison, Iowa.   While Sheaffer had been selling in the Philippines in the early 1990s, they pulled out and recently relaunched themselves a few years ago, in cooperation with the country’s foremost bookstore chain, National Bookstore.  They invited members of our fountain pen group, Fountain Pen Network – Philippines, most of whom are loyal customers.

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The event was hosted by media personality RJ Ledesma.  We were greeted by BIC Asia Regional Manager Alejandro Rodriguez Tabo, with gracious remarks from National Bookstore’s doyenne Mrs. Socorro Ramos.  There were on-the-spot games with the audience, where my friend Raffy won some gift certificates for having brought the oldest vintage Sheaffer pen in the room (a 1920s black-and-pearl flat top lever-filler).

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Among the items being featured that evening were the new Taranis, a hooded-nib fountain pen designed by US architect Charles Debbas, and the Sagaris, a fountain pen inspired by the earlier Sheaffer Triumph (1990s, a tribute in turn to the much earlier 1970s Imperials).   There were also three very special pens, collector’s limited editions:

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The sterling silver commemorative pen has an 18k inlaid nib and is one of only 516 made.  The 18k gold commemorative pen is one of only 45 that exist.  It also has an 18k inlaid nib, and comes with a commemorative ink (although I was not able to ask what color it was).

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The third commemorative pen was a sterling silver Legacy Heritage, with a palladium-coated 18k inlaid nib.  It is only one of 1,913 ever made.

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Towards the end of the evening, there was a raffle, at which my friends Carlos and Allan won the top two prizes.  Carlos won a Sheaffer Valor in brown marble, while Allan won the grand prize, a Sheaffer Legacy Heritage.

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We all went home with a Sheaffer Sagaris rollerball, stamped with Sheaffer’s centennial logo.

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It was an enjoyable night, after which FPN-P members continued with another pen meet at a nearby ramen restaurant.

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Many thanks to Robby da Silva, National Bookstore’s Sheaffer manager, for the kind invitation!

GIFT FOR A STYLOPHILE

What do you give a writer and stylophile (as in stylo lover, one who appreciates fountain pens) like Reggie?  Why, another journal, of course.  Can’t have too many of those.

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As you can see, I tried out different pens on this page, all of which agree very well with the quality of the paper.  What is this mysterious notebook?  Clue:  It’s a black hardcover notebook with a marker ribbon, and it’s not the brand that you think it is.

reggie-03You gotta love a notebook with a flexible enough cover and spine to let the pages lie flat. It’s also got very high quality paper.  90 gsm lined, creamy white Clairfontaine paper, to be exact!  No feathering, no bleedthrough, and best of all, loves ALL fountain pens and inks!  Yes, those are some of my vintage Sheaffer fountain pens in a case above. I decided to give this journal to Reggie at the Fountain Pen Network – Philippines Christmas Pen Meet last Dec. 30th.  About 18 enthusiasts attended the meet, bringing together various pens, inks and papers.  We’d just raffled off some very nice items, and Reggie won the blue J. Herbin glass pen I donated to the raffle.  I thought I’d raise the excitement level some more by giving her this:

The Quo Vadis Habana Notebook!

reggie-04This excellent 6″ x 9″ notebook came to me, on a very long journey, from the very generous Karen Doherty of Exaclair, Inc., distributors of Clairfontaine, Exacompta and Rhodia paper products in the US.  I first heard of the Quo Vadis brand online, from various reviews.  This year my friend Clem Dionglay, whose blog was recently included in the Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper, mentioned that she had written Karen for products to review, and was surprised to receive the Habana, despite being all the way in the Philippines.  I started following @exaclair on Twitter, and one day, I read that they were again offering paper products for review.

I emailed Karen and then kept my fingers crossed.  To my great big shock, the items I emailed Karen about arrived two weeks into December without getting lost in the Christmas postal backlog!  (It arrived with a plain Clairfontaine notebook with a maroon morocco cover, plus J. Herbin inks Poussiere de Lune and Lie de The. I’ll describe these in later reviews.)

Now if the Habana is so excellent, why am I not keeping it?  I’d just won 2 different Clairfontaine notebooks in previous FPN-P pen meet raffles.  Reggie just got a new job teaching World Literature at the College of St. Benilde.  She needed a notebook JUST LIKE THIS!  She’s had plenty of the other brand, now’s the time to try something new.

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Now check out that big smile 🙂

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Clairfontaine paper products are available at all branches of Fully Booked. The Quo Vadis Habana is not yet available in the Philippines, but other Quo Vadis and J. Herbin products are available at Scribe Writing Essentials at the 3rd Floor of the new Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City.

This blog has no affiliation with any of these outlets.