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Tales of Matryoshka Dolls

Tales of Matryoshka dolls started when i was a teenager, I have a distant aunt ( on the maternal side) who just collected a couple of sets of the famed Matryoshka dolls . It was part of a few items displayed at the second floor of apartment and commercial stall somewhere along Salazar street within Binondo district, Manila.

According to her , the dolls were bought sometime in the early 1980’s from a Russian who sold some Matryoshka dolls during a bazaar in Makati.

It was selling like pancakes since there were few items sold in the country during the early part of the Russian- Philippines diplomatic relations. Being a license jewelry appraiser and Chinese plaque maker was the key in meeting some foreign dignitaries or joining a bazaar.

It was late 2005, when i saw again the dolls at the display cabinet. I felt like those dolls are quite eerie since they were facing the sala set near her room, I felt like those were voodoo dolls. They have large eyes!

She asked me if i have some friends or relatives who would love to buy the set including an old vintage cabinet made from narra ( a hardwood variety ) art deco era around 1940’s and a Fuk Luk Su figurine set . She badly needed the money , But i have no friends who would collect those nesting dolls , Fu Luk Su and even the narra cabinet could not be sold immediately.

Business is getting bad and eventually there were a lot of bad credits and paying their debts is one of her priority. Her father ( technically i called him great grandfather ( tai kung kung  ) because he is over 90 years old ! was the original owner of the cabinet.

Eventually, great grandfather or tai kung kung died a year after and they were evicted by the association who owns the the unit that they were renting since the 1940’s . They are not able to settle the rentals for more than a year. Most of the items were used as payment to settle some of her bad debts, but it was not enough, since outstanding debts runs into millions of pesos ! According to her story, there were 2 old time regular ” suki ” jeweler from the province who borrowed some jewelries ( in millions )  paid in half  , since the jewelries would be shown to her buyer. Eventually, the cheque issued bounced and jeweler could not be found.

It was the same story of a Cebu based fashion accessory owner who also owe her about Php 450,000 worth of real jewelries and only paid her in fraction , Mostly useless fashion accessories which was never sold.

her health failed and she died last year.

History

  The Chinese crafted nesting boxes , gift boxes or surprise boxes that date back to the Song Dynasty, around 1000 AD or a little bit earlier sometime around 950 AD  These boxes were both functional and decorative. Sometime during the 1700s they applied this concept to a set of dolls and the first nesting doll was born.

Chinese nesting dolls are similar to the nesting dolls that are common today.  In the original Chinese sets the smallest doll held a single grain of rice normally or  prosperity or fruitful. There were a lot of meaning an symbolism behind the rice.

Due to trade relations between China and Japan. Some of the nesting boxes or surprise boxes were adopted by the Japanese and new dolls were created sometime around the 17th century .

The outer most doll was Fukurokuju the Japanese god of happiness and longevity. Daruma dolls originated in the city of Takasaki, around the mid- 1760s.  They are a hollow Papier-mâché doll and often have a wooden mold to create their shape.

How did it Come to Russia

Some historians and dolls collector would trace their roots around 1880s to 1890’s when Savva Mamontov discovered a set maybe from Japan.  Mamontov was a wealthy supporter of the arts and wanted to revive Russian folk art.   One of his artists, Sergei Maliutin created the first Russian set with the help of Vassily Zviozdochkin.

Eventually it became a fad and it became a popular gifts . Some Eastern European countries also adopted the nesting dolls and there are clubs and associations which collects and exhibits the dolls.

 

Collector Friend

A friend who will be celebrating her birthday next week ,collects different kind of dolls, one of her bucket list was a Matryoshka dolls. Her passion started when she was a teenager with some barbie dolls she acquired as a birthday present. Her collection quickly expanded into dolls from other countries.

I saw 2 sets posted in a swap and buying site . The item quickly caught my attention. After a few days and a couple of delays ( due to heavy monsoon rains ) I was able to meet the dealer/ collector and paid the stuff. According to the collector, He got the item from Japan few years ago and decided to unload the item.

 

 

 

 

10 Interesting Things to Do at Toy Convention 2017

Toy Convention 2017 is also known as The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention. This is the largest toy , pop culture and collectible event in the country and even in Southeast Asian region.

SMX Convention Center

Toy Convention is held at the iconic SMX Convention Center Hall 1 to 4 from June 30 to July 2, 2017

10 Interesting to Do at the Toy Convention 2017 :

Collector’s Hive

10.) Register with Collectors Hive – Collectors Hive is a site where collectors can register, trade and meet with fellow collectors. I have featured this online collecting site in my previous article post.

9.) Meet and Greet Celebrities – There are many pop icon , local celebrities and personalities which one can meet at the convention.

Ms. Carla Perez who portrayed Rita Repulsa  together with  Mr.Marcelle Fabie

Ms. Carla Perez  portrayed Rita Repulsa is a villain of a popular show in 1990’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers . She is a Filipino-American and portrayed the second Rita Repulsa. The first one was also portrayed by a Filipino-Japanese actress.

Ms. Liza Soberano is the next actress to portray the role of Darna , a fictional character created by Mars Ravelo.

8. ) Life -Sized statues – There are dozens and life- sized statues from THOR , Groot, Iron Man among others.

7.) FREEBIES- There are several freebies that are given during the convention.

6.) M.A.C Studios create model building , custom paint, dioramas, scale models.

Mr. Israel Resurrection

5.) Comics Sale – There are hundreds of comics , anime and manga items for sale. Some are limited condition.

4.) Toys and Action figures for Sale – A tour of the convention is incomplete without a visit to the commercial booth section. There are hundreds or even thousands of toys to choose from.

3.) Collectors Gallery – There is not shortage of collectible stuffs at the convention – There were over 50 glass stands with thousands of toys collection owned by hundreds of collectors representing different kinds of themes.

Voltron collection by Ms. Anna Gajudo

2.) Popular merchandise items like Darna t-shirts, bags , mugs and pillow bags are on sale.

1.) Meeting with people having same passion and collection. – I have met several collectors from Coca-Cola Collectors Club members and other collectors.

 

Note : Photos are in collaboration with Mr. J.P. Perena

Chinese Figurines Spotted at a Garage Sale

We spotted a garage sale last April 15 Good Friday while having a walking tour and Visita Iglesia near Taft Avenue within Pasay City .  The owner was offering a complete set of encyclopedia worth Php 500 for the entire set . We just looked at the copyright of the encyclopedia that was printed around mid-1950’s.  It would also be impossible for us to bring those items .

The owner again offered us a laughing Buddha figurine for about Php 50 , however we are not that interested with the item.  Aside of being bulky, the figurine had some chip marks and missing some details.

She again offered a couple of Chinese and Buddhist figurines for about Php 350 for the entire lot . It was a collection of her late grandmother , who just recently died . Taking a second look , I manage to haggle the price to a more reasonable price of just Php 200 for the entire lot .

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This is with 4 strands of crystal beads ( made of plastics) around the orange -colored Guan Yin Ma deity ( far right ) four plastic Sanxing or Fuk Luk Sau deities , one Sacred Heart of Jesus ( made of metal and Italy ) , a small laughing Buddha – made of plaster , a seated female deity ( probably made of plastic ) and another set of Fuk Luk Sau/ Fu Lu Shou deities carved from round stones and old bearded wise men ( probably made from high grade resin ) .

San Xing Deities or Fu Lu Shou  ( Mandarin) or Fuk Luk Sau ( Cantonese )

Fuk / Fu  is an old wise man often depicted holding either a scroll, or a child. There is a popular belief that Fuk is the personification of planet Jupiter, with all its associated energy of goof luck  and auspiciousness. The child is there to symbolize the transmission of this good luck to future generations. The scroll connoted value of learning or education. ( normally put in left side )

Luk/ Lu character in imperial China was official’s salary. It goes without saying that the energy of it is stability, fame and success, as well as financial abundance. Luk is often depicted holding either a ru yi symbol of power and authority, or a golden ingot, a popular wealth or financial symbol . ( normally at the center )

Sau / Shou means longevity. This is the wise old man that is usually depicted with a very high forehead and a warm smile on his face.

These items are normally not worship but are symbol of fortune, prosperity and health. They are normally given a special place in one houses or establishment . Some providing them separate altars and place.

For more information about the meaning Fu Lu Shou. We think that it was a bargain of the day.

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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A Tribute Exhibit to Muhammad Ali : One of the Greatest Sports Hero

Ali Mall, Cubao -Quezon City , Philippines

Muhammad Ali  or  ( Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. ) January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016 is one of the most remarkable personalities of our time and the greatest sportsman in this century.

Forever the Greatest : Remembering Muhammad Ali

The death of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion known for his boxing brilliance, triggered a worldwide outpouring of affection and admiration for one of the best-known figures of the 20th century.

collection of photos

Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson’s syndrome which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body, died on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74.

promotional photos 

Since the Ali Mall bears the name of the boxing icon, it is only proper that Ali Mall would exert all this effort to pay homage to Muhammad Ali.

contemporary art works 

This exhibit was a celebration of Muhammad Ali life and how the Filipinos remembered his unforgettable “Thrilla in Manila” fight.

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 contemporary art work on display

items owned by Pinoy Kollector ( Mr. Edward delos Santos )

Some of the exhibit items were from the personal collection of Pinoy Kollector , a noted collector of memorabilia and other items were also on display including the original souvenir program, boxing tickets, autograph photo, magazines and fight banners.

fight tickets -owned by Pinoy Kollector 

The tickets in 1975 were printed in simple paper and color coded to indicate the sitting arrangement inside the coliseum . These tickets are sometimes collected by collectors as a reminder of the memorable event that took place.

muhammad ali banner 

Special banner were made as part of the promotional campaign of the Ali-Frazier fight

boxing gloves 

Mr. Ronnie Nathanielz (sports columnist )  exhibited some of his memorabilia . One of the most precious memorabilia in the exhibit is Ali’s autographed gloves owned by radio personality Danee Samonte.

backstage pass, staff ID and souvenir program 

This is a priced possession since Ali’s ability to write was hindered by his illness.

scrap book 

There is also a scrap book of the Thrilla in Manila fight and numerous photos of Ali.   An original poster and promotional kit owned by Mrs. Perez was also on exhibit .

exhibition area

The exhibit will run from June 10 up to June 30, 2016. There is no entrance fees.

Website :http://muhammadali.com/

Kada Barkada : Teenage Oriented Show on ABC channel 5

Quezon City , Philippines

I was on my weekend stroll together with some of my friends . Technically,  It was more of a collectible hunting trip. My friend invited a couple of us into her home since they are already moving to a much smaller house . They are throwing some stuffs and i saw some old photos of a group of teenagers with some autographs. Hence , She made some quite revelations and stories behind those photos she kept for around 21 years!.

L-R Mr. Caloy Javier , Ms. Mylene Dizon, Mr. Ricky Liboro, Ms. Sandy Aloba and Mr. Dois Riego De Dios ( original cast of Kada)

KADA is a shorten Filipino word  Barkada,  In street slang which means a group of friends or a gang )  – This was a television magazine ( youth- oriented ) show on then ABC channel  5 which aired  every Saturday afternoon about 4:00pm from 1993 to 1996 .

I think,  the television show started out as an experimental project of  some sorts of advertising agencies during that time.  ( Most of the celebrities were from De La Salle University except for Mr.Caloy Javier   ) . During that time, it was the only teen-oriented program that was fast-paced, cutting edge which had an undeniably chic which created some appeal to the teens . Apart from the usual personality interviews , tourist areas, hangout places,   the team executed instructional videos , their version of music videos, and mixture of other audio-visual goodies. The show is one of the reasons ‘why’ a beer brand ( Cali Shandy ) became popular among the teenagers and young professionals . I think they tapped some of the celebrities in their commercial .

Another aspect of the show, is they promote bank saving among the youth  ( Landbank is one of the major sponsor)  . One of the requisites to become member of the Kada Barkada Club is to open an account with  Land Bank of the Philippines.  Members of the club would have some sort of perks by joining the group . They had their eyeball / meeting together with the hosts and the sponsors. It was told to me by my friend who is a big fan of these teen oriented shows. She later joined Gimmick and TGIS fan clubs.

signed autograph by the hosts ( sandy , caloy , mylene, ricky , dois )

 The host of KADA Barkada are an odd mixture of lesser known and budding talents during the early 1990’s   (Although some of them were commercial models): Mr. Dois Riego De Dios,  He is like the big brother ( kuya ) of the group . He had a couple of television commercial  , appeared in a kid show in ABS-CBN channel 2 and taught at DLSU for sometime )   Mr. Caloy Javier, who had a  bad boy image type .

Ms. Sandy Aloba – chubby, bubbly  band singer and program host ; Ms. Mylene Dizon later ventured into show business and moving to ABS-CBN channel 2 after that ( she is the most visible among the group ) .

Mr. Ricky Liboro, the nerdy, intelligent , soft spoken, next neighborhood boy . He is also a part time commercial model too !  (  Ivory Soap commercial  circa 1992- 1993 ) according to my friend , He is one of the first male celebrity commercial model of the brand in the country.  My friend also told me that ( Mr. Liboro ) is one of her crushes , that explained ‘why’ she still keep the old photos that she got.   Mr. Ricky Liboro is now connected with a top- banking company in the Philippines.  I have no idea on what ever happened to the rest of the team. She pretty knows a lot about this person.

Some of them graduated from the show after some episodes were replaced by Mai Mai / My My Davao is still active in showbiz with occasional television guesting and hosting. She also belongs to the Davao celebrity clan.

Ms. Trisha or Tricia was also part of the show , especially during the later part.

Eventually more commercialized teen-oriented shows from GMA Channel 7 ( TGIS)  and ABS-CBN channel 2 ( Gimmick ) gained more viewership by mid- 1995 and 1996 which eventually cause the viewers attention to both of the station.

My friend  have around half a dozen of those small pocket sized photos with autographs ! I happened to be there at the right place and at the right time when she gave me one ! She told me that she attended one of the grand eyeball of Kada and one of the items given away during the eyeball was the pocket photos of the original members.

Until My Next Hunting Trip !

 

King Alfonso XIII of Spain stamps

Quezon City , Philippines

Collecting stamps and other collectible items are like collecting  little pieces and bits of history .  Bargain hunting , haggling is always part of the exciting hunt.  Collecting Spanish -Philippines era stamps can be quite expensive as very few items are up for sale and sometimes, there are even forgeries that even experience stamp collectors ( philatelists ) cannot easily distinguished.

different kinds of stamps issued during the Spanish colonial era 

I happen to chance upon a small lot in a local bourse/ auction several weeks ago which contained an array of unused ( without gums)  and some in mint condition King Alfonso XIII of Spain. Most of the 10 piece stamp set were issued  in 1889 , 1890, 1896 , 1897 and 1898 and it is between 107 to 126 years old.  Many stamp collectors would think it was a bit pricey to own this set. Luckily , I was able to get the entire stamp set for just under Php 100 or $ US 2.25 dollars ! It was not really that CHEAP for i know a stamp collector was able to buy a stamp collection for just under Php 250.00 with a lots of Spanish- Philippines issues and comes with a stamp album, Now that is the real bargain hunter.

Biography: Alfonso was born in Madrid, Spain on 17 May 1886. He was the posthumous son of   King Alfonso XII, who had died in November 1885, and became King of Spain upon his birth. The French newspaper Le Figaro described the young king as “the happiest and best-loved of all the rulers of the earth”. His mother, Maria Christina of Austria , served as his regent until his 16th birthday. During the regency, in 1898, Spain lost its colonial rule over Cuba , Puerto Rico , Spanish East Indies which includes Guam, Marianas , Palau and The Philippines . Spanish: Alfonso León Fernando María Jaime Isidro Pascual Antonio de Borbón y Habsburgo-Lorena; English: Alphonse Leon Ferdinand Mary James Isidor Pascal Anthony of Bourbon

References:

Spanish -Cuban stamps: http://www.stampworld.com/en/stamps/Spanish-Cuba/Postage%20stamps/?year=1880

King Alfonso XIII: http://www.catawiki.com/catalog/stamps/depicted-persons-individuals/1012477-alfonso-xiii-of-spain-1886-1941