Eyeball of Bottle Collectors Philippines at Calvo Memorabilia and Bottle Museum

It was an overcast weather last September 15 when members of Bottle Collectors of the Philippines ( Mga Lumang Bote) FB group have their eyeball and informal meet at the historic Calvo Memorabilia and Bottle Museum within the historic Escolta street in the heart of old downtown Manila.

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part of the collection

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Halili beer bottle and wine bottle collection

The group had about a thousand members who collects different kinds of bottles ranging from soft drink brands, milk, beer, wine, medicine among others.

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Calvo building

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Eyeball and Meeting

The assembly started around 12:00 noon time when members arrived at the mezzanine area of Calvo Memorabilia and Bottle Museum. This is a private collection from the Teotico family.

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members Mr. Joel Bernardo Tempongko, Mr. Miguel Delfin, Mr. Lee Delmo and Mr. Mark Claudio

The informal meeting was presided by Mr. Mark Anthony Kyle Gianan aka Krazy Kyle but more popularly known as “Pinoy Picker“.

Unfortunately some members left before having a group photo. It was a wonderful experience meeting fellow bottle collectors.

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photo courtesy of Mga Lumang Bote fb group by Mr. Anthony Kyle Gianane

Note: the author would occasionally conduct heritage tour in this museum as part of the extended postal heritage guided tour.

How to Commute:

1.) via LRT line 1 north bound take off at ( Carriedo station), One can walk toward Escolta street. ( 15 to 20 minute walk)

2.) Blumentritt -Plaza Santa Cruz jeepney

3.) Baclaran to Blumentritt jeepney

4.) Blumentritt to South Pier jeepney route

5.) Malanday, Valenzuela via Avenida Rizal, Plaza Santa Cruz to South Pier jeepney route

6.) San Nicolas to Escolta jeepney route

7.) via Plaza Lawton aka Liwasang Bonifacio – one can take jeep going to Divisoria

Calvo Memorabilia and Bottle Museum ( Mezzanine area)

Address: 266 Escolta Street, Binondo, Manila

Operations: Monday to Saturday

Donation/ Entrance fees: Php 50 general public, Php 30 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s

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Highlights of the 1st Coca Cola Collectors Fair 2018

Coca-Cola Collectors Club of the Philippines in close partnership with Coca-Cola Philippines had conducted a highly successful 1 day collectors fair at the Fisher Mall in Quezon City.

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Coca-Collectors Club of the Philippines members group photo

The opening program started at around past 10:00 am with a short program, group photo of the special guest of honors which included former Senator Ana Dominique Coseteng ( also a coke collector), Miss Jonah De Lumen – Pernia Dir. Public Affairs and Communications Coca-Cola Philippines, Miss Rosbel Q. Bunag of Stratworks PR agency and representatives of Fisher Mall.

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top view

There are about 50 to 60 table exhibitors at the fair. Coke collectors from different parts of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, Laguna, Tarlac, Pampanga and Batangas provinces were all out with their support for this fair.

Mr. Jacque M. Ruby country head of A+E Network ( HistoryconPH organizer) and some local celebrities also attended the fair later in the afternoon.

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Mr. Christopher C. Bonsay and Mr. John Carlos L. Piramide of GNB Collectibles Hangout

Mr. George Bonsay also had a shop located at Greenhills Shopping Center. I would buy banknotes, coins, postcards and coke advertisement cards at his store.

George N. Bonsay Hangout

Shop Address: Greenhills Shoping Center, San Juan , Metro Manila

SMART  #0939-6367312 GLOBE # 0915-11-32-555

Email : georgenantesbonsay@yahoo.com

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Mr. Franco Giorgetii ( A Swiss national) started his hobby on photography in 1986 and had been collecting coke memorabila and limited collectible items for more than 22 years.

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Coca-Cola collectors from Indonesia and ROC ( Taiwan)

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Taiwan Coca-Cola Collectors Club

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Ms. Macel Pascual

Ms. Macel Pascual is a coke collector for several years. She had a lot of unique items exhibited during the fair. This includes coke bags, kitchen utensils, coke bottles and advertisement posters.

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Mrs. Adelina Almirol

Mrs. Adelina Almirol is a coke collector from Marikina. She collects thematic items such Christmas coke village, bottles, flip-flops, miniature coke vending machine and had a cute coke sari-sari store. The miniature coke sari-sari store was created thru the help of Mr. Geraldo Reyes.

She was also featured several years ago, when she hosted a swap meet of Pinoy Coke Fanatic   last March 1, 2014. She also gave me an interesting form of Dendrobium aphyllum ( aka fairy sanggumay ). 

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Coca-Cola Collector’s Club -China Chapter

Coca-Cola Collectors Club – China had one of the most number of coke collectors not only in Asia but also in the world. Among the collectible items included 2008 Olympic bottles and cans.

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Coke miniature bottles, coke studio headset

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customized coke jeepney

International Delegates

Other delegates includes Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, Singapore, Hongkong, Taiwan, Macau, Japan and China.

The general public expects a bigger crowd and more exhibitors at the next coca-cola collectors club fair.

The author would like to “Thank” Mr. Arjay Mendoza, Ms. Anne Ong, Mr. Danreb Recio, Mr. Gerardo Reyes , Ms. Macel Pascual, Mr. Norman Lontoc, Mrs. Adelina Almerol and all the coke collectors at the fair.

Website : http://www.coca-cola.com.ph

 

 

 

1st Philippine Coca-Cola Collectors Fair

1st Philippine Coca-Cola Collectors Fair will be held at the Fisher Mall in Quezon City on September 8, 2018.

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There will be a lot of exciting coke collectibles on display and meet fellow coke enthusiasts not only in the Philippines but foreign coke collectors.

This is FREE to the general public.

New Site for Collectors to Showcase their Collection : Collectors Hive

Collectors from all over the world have a reason to share their valuable collectible items such as stamps, coins, postcards , die cast toys , key chains , anime related stuffs, comics and among others .

 

some of the popular items and collectibles

They can start by simply creating an account at the http://collectorshive.com/  by registering one of your emails and /or the fastest option is by linking your existing Facebook account to Collectorshive . Aside from showcasing their own collection, one can catalog  and share their collections to fellow collectors from around the globe.

One can also buy and sell items at the site.  The site’s theme is Save, Share and Socialized with your collectors community , all for FREE !

Unlike people in other social media sites and platforms, Collector’s Hive aims to build a wholesome community and trusted  collectors with no biases or honest transaction.

Collections allow people to relived their childhoods, to connect themselves to a period in history or to a time , they feel strongly about .

Their collections may help them to ease insecurity and anxiety about loosing a part of themselves or memories of the past era.

We think that this will be a great site not only sharing one’s passion for collecting items, but also meeting new collectors with similar passion.

Another feature of the site is the mobile/android app you can download it at google play store for FREE.

Categories includes bottles, breweriana (brewery name or brand name), collectible and trading cards, comics, currency, electronics, fashion, lamps,pens and writing instruments, petroliana ( gas stations or the petroleum industry), recognition, sewing,souvenir and memorabilia,stamps,tobacciana (anything about cigarettes and tobacco products) ,toys and many more.

How to showcase / Upload your Collection ( Step by Step Procedure) 

1.) ( Showcase Collection ) if you have your own collection like stamps , coins, banknotes , anime related stuffs, toys , postcards , you may try to take photos using camera phones or any camera.

 2.) (Find Your Missing Piece) start to browse the catalog and try to find the categories which fit your personal collection .

3.) (Meet Collectors with Similar or Same Interests) Tru Collectors Hive , one can meet fellow collectors with same or similar interests. Like stamp , coin , collecting clubs.

4.) (Explore or Navigate Collectors Catalog) One can view the items or collectibles .

Collections

We started collecting McDonald’s Happy Meal toys since late 1980’s . Happy Meal Toys back then was single color and few items. Sometimes are are not part of the promotional items – They are bought separately . Unfortunately, All of our Mc Donald Happy Meal toys that we collected were lost over the years and the only ones left in good conditions were bought in the late 1980’s , we have the Garfield car set (4 pieces ) way back in 1988 . Mc Donald’s Happy Meal collectors would have an annual catalog where mint and rare toys are featured .

Collecting other fast food chain promotional toy items soon followed , among the popular ones are Jollibee , Burger King , Wendy’s , KFC and 7/11

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This is a two piece set of Walky Talkies R2 D2 and C-3PO Figure complete with China -made batteries issued by Jollibee Food Corporation for the Philippine market in time for the release of Star Wars Episode 2 movie Attack of the Clones around May 2002 – This set was not a regular item and was bought separately upon purchase of Jollibee value meals . This was initially sold at Php 299 or around $8.00 at that time.

Now, the same items being sold at an Ebay site would cost around $39 Australian dollars. Unfortunately , We only bought 1 set of this item.

Jollibee is also synonymous to Kiddie Meals . Jollibee toys are sometimes more collectible compared to Mc Donalds and other international brands. One reason is that Jollibee Kiddie Meal toys are issued mostly in the Philippines and countries where large Filipino expats lived. We used to meet the marketing head and promotions several years back and the toys are more limited in quantities compared to the international brands.

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Simpson Family – Burger King- Philippines used to issue collectible promotional toys, which is called Burger King Jr. Meal Toys – This 10 piece family set comes with a special promotion with 1 Homer Simpson figure ( chef with burned face)  that was raffled -off to lucky 1,000 customers way back in 2001 – This comes with minimum purchase.

There were a lot of good toy sets that was issued by Burger King and Filipino collectors went crazy over the nice looking toys , plastic were durable but these toys does not come CHEAP . The value meal package were a little more expensive compared to the two other popular restaurant chains. Eventually, Burger King -Philippines discontinued the issuance of the toys and concentrated on promotional items instead .

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MC Donald 4 piece school set – This was issued with the intention of selling the dual functional toy set – One comes with note pad , stamp pad ,  pencil sharpener and this also comes with ruler .

This is one of the most saleable items for the year .

This are just few of the items that i would like to share with my fellow collectors , This set are not that expensive, But this will be forever cherish in our memories .

Searching Catalog– site have categories in which one can neatly arrange their collections. Stamps are popular collectible items and on the bucket list.

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Meeting of Stamp Collectors at the Lotus City Garden Hotel

Lotus Garden Hotel , A Mabini corner Padre Faura street , Ermita, Manila-Philippines

I was invited by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus and Mr. Hans Becker after the stamp awareness exhibition at the Saint Stephen High School last November 9, 2015 . He just told me that an important stamp collector is in town and a well-known local philatelist is also visiting .

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I quickly joined the impromtu meet-up at the Lotus City Garden Hotel.  This is also the place where Mr. Hans Becker is staying until his departure for Cebu the following day. When we arrived at the hotel lobby, Sir Rey told us that we are going to meet Mr. Nigel Gooding and his wife Velda together with local philatelist and stamp book author Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan of Pampanga .

Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan holding one of his books published in the mid-1990’s

Mr. Cuyugan is author of several philatelic and numismatic books which were published in the mid -1990’s and early 2000.  I have featured him conducting free public lectures at the PHLPOST vicinity way back in 2011.

Link to previous post: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/philippine-postal-corporation-goes-high-tech-on-their-228th-anniversary/

The hotel lobby had a mini-collection of dolls from the Philippines and from other countries affix on a doll case. The dolls are some sort of attractions to the visitors of the hotel and restaurant.

There is also a breakfast buffet which only cost Php 300 per head, however we were not able to catch -up since we arrived past 11:00am

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The group just ordered a-la carte meals and desserts by Cilantro restaurant.

 I have tasted better and more tender adobo compared to the ones being served at the hotel, Perhaps they are catering to the foreign guests at the hotel which does like the strong vinegar taste.

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Collectively , the hotel had an interesting Filipino ala carte breakfast meal served to their guests, each plate cost Php 250  had a combination of beef tapa/ boneless bangus , longganisa / pork tocino / corned beef , served with garlic fried rice and pickled papaya ( atchara ) with coffee or tea or sliced fresh fruit in season.

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I have the privilege of speaking and meeting with Mr. Nigel Gooding, This is my first time to meet him in person. I have seen his vast collection of Spanish- Philippines stamps ( via internet and some publication of IPPS)  and on covers . I must say it is quite impressive. He started his stamp collecting when he was studying in Xavier School way back in the mid- 1970’s.  He was born in the Philippines and stayed for several years before studying in Australia and now staying in England .

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He is quite fluent in Filipino and got a chance to ask him about stamp clubs that he joined when he was still in the Philippines. He told me that there used to be more stamp clubs when he started collecting them.

He met a lot of old -time stamp collectors and dealers which were quite helpful . Prices of Spanish-Philippines stamp and on covers were not that expensive when he started collecting. He began with mostly Philippine republic stamps and FDC ( First Day Covers) which were quite cheap and can easily be bought with pocket change or school allowance then gradually moving to the more difficult covers and Spanish era .

The group had quite a good long chat before we parted ways, Mr. Robert Tan ( former President of Philippine Philatelic Federation ) joined then in the late afternoon . Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Mr. Jorge Cuyugan and the author had to rush for our afternoon appointments and we had to go before Mr. Tan arrived at the hotel.

It was a good meeting and i learn a lot of things from these people whom i consider as pillars of philately ( stamp collecting) in the Philippines. They tirelessly promote stamp collecting . It is quite rare now a days that people would really concentrate on these things.  We bid farewell to one another and hope that we will have another fruitful acquaintances in the future.

Nigel Gooding : http://www.nigelgooding.co.uk/

Website: http://www.lotus.citygardenhotels.com/