The Art of Duddley Diaz- book launch

The Art of Duddley Diaz
Book Launch
24 October 2009 (Saturday), 4 pm
UP Vargas Museum

In line with the exhibit
Messenger of the Gods: A Duddley Diaz Retrospective
Exhibition runs until 30 October 2009

The UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum (UPVM), in cooperation with Galleria Duemila, and Vibal Foundation Inc. present the launching of the book, The Art of Duddley Diaz on 24 October 2009, Saturday, 4pm at the UP Vargas Museum.The book celebrates Duddley Diaz’s origins, passions, and wisdom as a child extending to his current status as an acclaimed Filipino sculptor working in Italy. The book is authored by renowned art critic, Dr. Alice Guillermo.

For more information, please contact the UPVM at numbers 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), 928-1927 (direct line), 928-1925 (fax), or send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@ The museum’s official website may be viewed at www.vargasmuseum. org.

The project is also made possible with the support of its major sponsors: Philippine-Italian Association, Jewellery Salon, Tantoco-Rustia Foundation; and also brought to you by Metrobank Foundation, UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA), Furnitalia, Icon Graphics, Ralph’s Wines and Spirits, The Museum Café by Café Iana and Lifestyle Asia magazine.


National Stamp Collecting Month – Philippines

November was declared by then President Fidel Ramos as “ National Stamp Collecting Month” Stamp collecting’s charm is its individual, tailor-made freedom to fit the desires of any collector for as much as he wishes to spend in time, money and effort.

Every year more than 500,000 different stamp issues around the world every year on different subjects.

Stamp collecting is considered as “World’s Most Fascinating Hobby


Philpost In cooperation with Philippine Philatelic Federation, Filipino- Chinese Philatelic Club, Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club will be having an exhibit starting November 9 until the end of the month.

(Stamp exhibits on various stamp themes)

Venue: Manila – Main Post Office

Date: November 9, 2009 (2 week exhibit – tentative)

Time: 8:00 am opening of the exhibit to the public

Schedule:  November 14, 2009 Saturday

Assembly Place: Liwasang Bonifacio (Plaza Lawton) fountain area

Assembly Time:  8:00 am (tentative)

Tour areas: Aduana, Plaza Mexico, Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument, Plaza Roma, Postal Museum and Library, Manila Main Post Office

* Note – a short lecture on basic on stamp collecting will follow and tour of exhibit

Optional Tours (with pay)

Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, National Museum for the Filipino People

(Group of writers and bloggers from southern Luzon and Baguio had already booked for this optional tour)

Deadline for reservation: November 8, 2009 Sunday

Schedule: November 22, 2009 Sunday

Assembly Place: Liwasang Bonifacio (Plaza Lawton) fountain area

Assembly Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tour areas: Aduana, Plaza Mexico, Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument, Plaza Roma, Postal Museum and Library, Manila Main Post Office

* Note – a short lecture on basic on stamp collecting will follow, tour of exhibit

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club will host the afternoon snacks

Deadline for reservation: November 18, 2009 for this free walking tour

Contact details:

(0919-3901671) cellphone

Landline: 735-5001 (Monday to Saturday) Mrs. Josefina Tiongson- Cura

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club – online community:

5th Komikon Tales

The staging of the Komikon festival in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong on October 18 was successful. More than 10,000 people trooped to the convention area just to mingle with over 100 comic artists, publishers, writers, enthusiasts, collectors and sponsors.

charity auction for victims of Typhoon Ketsana and Typhoon Parma

There was a comic auction where proceeds of the said event was donated to the victims of Typhoon Ketsana ( Ondoy) and Typhoon Parma ( Pepeng) The combined proceeds amounted to over Php10,000 .

on the spot  caricature contest winners

Contests like the Independent Comic Book Creation Contest, On the Spot Comic Strip Making and the Original Character Making Contest hopes to bring out the next generation of Comic Book creators to the forefront. Various comic works by the legend Mr. Alfredo Alcala, Mr. Larry Alcala (cartoonist), Tony Velasquez, Mars Ravelo, Pablo Gomez, among others were displayed on a gallery type setting. Friendly marshals, staffs and the secretariat offered help and assistance to the people visiting the convention site. Unlike other event, this convention caters to the teenagers, generations x, y,z , the yuppies  and young professionals who were avid fans of the comic industry.

This convention aims to promote the camaraderie and to foster the artistic nature of the Filipino comic industry. While the comic industry of the Philippines may date as far as the early 20th century with popular Filipino comic heroes such as Kenkoy , Kalabog en Bosyo , Larry Alcala works , Darna, Panday , Gagambino were turned into movies and depicted on stamps , let us not forget that hundreds or even thousands of Filipino cartoonists from all over the world working for the top anime or comic companies such as Marvel, Disney- Pixar Thus Filipinos are ranked as one of the “World’s Top Cartoonist”. FilCartoon , Philippine Animation Studio Inc. were some of the foreign based companies which set up their outsourcing jobs in the country. FilCartoons, for example, does work on Flintstones, Mad Jack the Pirate and Toonsylvania, cartoon shows for the American firms Saban and Dreamworks SKG.  Their artists have done much of the acclaimed work in Fox Studios’ Anastasia and Disney’s Mulan, Finding Nemo among others. Cartoonists find affinity with their fellow nationals doing multinational and overseas contract work.

They are hired because of their pleasing personalities, command of the English language, high skills, western disposition, and their acceptance of lower salaries than their counterparts. However, Just like in any industry, there are pitfalls in the Philippine comic industry examples are  lack of government support, high production cost among others.

Love in the Bag comics

ASEAN countries like Thailand and Malaysia minimum volume of comic print over 5,000 per issue , while one artist publisher Mr. Ace Vitangcol revealed to me that his orginal work ” Love is in the Bag ” series have about 1,000 copies!!!!! In the comic and book publishing industry 1,000 copies is indeed a very limited series…. a collectible item !

Mr. Mike Unson

I personally met the dynamic duo host Mr. Mike Unson and Mr. Stanley Chi in Philippine prime time comedy skit ” Front Act ”  which is beingaired every sunday on TV channel 5 .  The show is one of the  event media partners together with Jack television .  Mr. Mike Unson is a stand up comedian, actor, comic collector among others while Mr. Stanley Chi is the producer, host, comic artist, graphic master etc…

Mr. Stanley Chi

Mr. Chi is well-known in the Tsinoy community as a comic illustrator and was once featured in Tulay Forthnightly Digest a bi-monthly digest and Manila Bulletin among others . The friendly hosts gladly took some time in chatting  with me despite of their hectic schedule. Kudos for the organizers , sympathizers and to all the people who went and support the Komikon 2009 !!!! With this , everyone is hoping for the best in the Philippine comic industry !!!

10th Health ,Wellness and Beauty Show

logo of the event

Held from October 16 to 18, 2009 at SM Megamall , Megatrade Hall 3, 5th Level in Mandaluyong City

This event is known for providing an excellent venue for marketing, promotion, advertising, networking and product launching for health, beauty, and wellness products, goods and services. This specialized trade fair for health and beauty awareness with free seminars & lectures, medical & beauty consultation was visited by over 12,000 trade visitors every year.

virgin olive oil

To stay fit and healthy, discover and feel one’s beauty secrets, and maintain a healthy lifestyle are the main objectives of this year’s 10th Health, Wellness & Beauty Show 2009’. The trade show will unleash hot stuff information and awareness campaign on health and wellness, interesting lectures and workshops on fitness & beauty. There will be free consultations and medical clinics by health practitioners and beauty experts, herbal/organic and beauty product presentations, and the trade exhibit features on wide array of health, organic, beauty and cosmetics products, natural food and drinks will highlight the event.


Showcase of various health, beauty & cosmetics, personal care products, organic, natural food and drinks, fitness and wellness services
·       Free lectures & workshops by medical experts, beauty specialists and fitness instructors
·       Free demonstration/product presentation of the latest health, organic, herbal and beauty products
·       Free consultations/clinics by practitioners such as iridology, reflexology, bone density, eye check up, facial massage services.
·       Business opportunities and franchising seminars on leading health companies, beauty & wellness centers, herbal products, cosmetics, etc.

Komikon 2009

According to the event organizer , the commercial stalls promotes comics and comics related stuffs. There is also a competition on comic makings, cosplay, comic artists , autograph signing  and auction.

Event organizer:

Special guests of honor includes

Mr. John Lent, Mr. Dencoy Miel, Mr. Edd Aragon

October 18, 2009
Sunday, 10am – 9pm
Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Level Bldg. B, SM Megamall
Entrance Fee: P80.00

Campaigns 2010

This event will showcase forum, daily seminars, book launching, seminars, Political cartoon,voters education

October 21 to 22, 2009

Venue: World Trade Center, Pasay City

There will be over 120 trade booths  these compromise publishing and printing house, political paraphernalia , political freebies , a COMELEC sponsored forum , and popular television show of Studio 23 (Y-Speak) will have a debate .

Guest of Honor during the opening will be Mr. Jose A.R.  Melo of COMELEC

This is also the time to ask people from COMELEC on how will they conduct the automated election , counting of the votes, etc….

Manila International F.A.M.E

A Burst of Colors, Creative Energy, and Artistic Vibe

50th Manila International F.A.M.E gallery of posters (WTC lobby)

Be dazzled by the explosion of colors, creativity, and artistry at Asia’s Best Design Destination where designs reverberate with character and ingenuity distinct to the Philippines. With the rich and colorful tapestry of Filipino culture, it is not surprising that the country’s design industry is as vibrant and energetic as the Filipino way of life. Uniquely blended, it is Western in mind, Asian in spirit, Latin in soul.

To be inspired, Filipinos need only to look to nature as they are surrounded by beauty. The textures, shapes, and hues, readily available become mediums that are transformed into masterful works of art.

Discover Philippine designs presented with bright smiles and experience first hand world-renowned Filipino warmth and hospitality only at Manila F.A.M.E. International.


Overseas and local trade visitors representing importers, wholesalers, distributors, trading firms, merchandising agents, buying offices, department stores, mail-order houses.


  • Business attire is encouraged
  • Registration required upon entry
  • Guests below 12 years old are not allowed in the exhibit areas
  • Sketching and picture taking are not allowed without prior consent from the exhibitor
  • CITEM reserves the right to refuse admission to any visitor who does not comply with the show rules

Collectibles,books,tours,philately,current events,orchids, plants, environment, trade fairs etc…

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