Puerta Isabel 2 Gate : Colored Postcard

Quezon City, Philippines

I was invited last year in an auction/ bourse meeting of the Banknote Society of the Philippines ( BNSP  founded in 1980) general monthly meeting last year held at the club house within New Manila, Quezon City .

There were a lot of amateurs , young professionals and old- time collectors .Unlike stamp clubs, which held their meetings , auctions , lectures and walking tours past 12:30pm.  The club pre-auction is held usually in the morning and auction, a short lecture is held after lunch time.

The pre-auction/ bourse normally starts past 10:00am and extends until past 12:00nn where one can see and inspect items for sale in the afternoon. There are more than 600 items for sale . There were several table bourse / dealers selling some old stuffs and collectible items which range from old toys, photos, stamps, coins, banknotes , antiques , reproduction photos and postcards.

Puerta Isabel 2 Gate postcard

Two particular items stood out , It was a pre-war Puerta Isabel 2 gate postcard and another  Saint Jude Catholic School vintage 1980’s postcard.  Since i knew the dealer selling the items, She gave me some discount on both items on sale. It was not a substantial discount . Never least, I was able to buy some items and would show them off to visitors during the postal tour or during show and tell portion whenever i got a chance of getting invited in some schools to talk about the beautiful landmarks of Manila.

I also happen to buy some vintage photo reproduction of Escolta, Pasig River and Post Office. Initially , it was Php 50 per photo. Using my haggling skills and a little it of persuasion , It was reduced to 3 for Php 100.

Puerta Isabel II was the last gate to be opened for pedestrian traffic in Intramuros in 1861 . There used to be a tranvia line which enters the gate via Magallanes street. According to Dr. Ambeth Ocampo ( noted Filipino historian ), Because no Spanish monarch had ever set foot on the islands, indios and Filipinos alike where kept entranced by the magic of royalty through elaborate celebrations held in Manila every year for birthdays of the king and queen of Spain; their daughters (the infantas); the crown prince (principe de Asturias); and assorted titled relatives.

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