Second Wave of RETRO Convention 2019 at Ali Mall

Retro Convention (RetroCon)2019 second wave had another successful trade fair, exhibit and show held at the iconic Ali Mall from March 30 and 31, 2019. This was organized by the same team behind the popular HistoryCon and supported by management of Ali Mall and Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.

RetroCon crowdcrowds and booths

First Wave

The first wave was held last March 22 to 24 with Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates and Araneta Center management were on site to meet and greet their well wishers and collectors. The first wave also pave way for the reopening of ALI X, Ali Mall’s new wing that is home to all things vintage that are for sale.

vintage celebrity photos(old vinyl magazines, posters, photos etc…)

Nostalgia

We would remember that some of the old time serious collectors would have stalls, hosted swap- meets and hang-out area (tambayan) within Ali Mall.

stickerscollectors/dealers

Elmer Padilla
Mr. Elmer Padilla (Boy Tsinelas)

Mr. Elmer Padilla is more popularly known as “Boy Tsinelas“. He originally hailed from Catbalogan City in Samar province and decided to relocate to Imus, Cavite province in order to seek better pasture. He started to craft some well loved action figures by using old flip-flops as a medium to makes both ends meet.

He caught a netizen’s attention and posted his photos on Facebook, and was reposted in several pages around September 2017.

His crafts were presented to Mr. Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) an action figure from Filipino artist Elmer Padilla – Thor star Chris Hemsworth got one as well.

Table Bourse

There were at least 50 table bourse dealers with different kinds of unique items ranging from old magazines, photos, banknotes, coins, wood carvings, stamps, first day covers, antiques, tin robots, kewpie dolls, tektite, car plate numbers, soft drink bottles, stuff toys, game consoles, comics, books, rosaries, emphameras among other stuffs.

metal toysretro metal/diecast toys

Atty escanoAtty. Jose M. Escaño

There were other interesting actives like on the spot raffles, traditional games that were played on streets like tatsing, teks game cards among others.

tatsingtatsing game

Saw some familiar faces, friends and co-pickers within the group. There were live performances and on the spot auction for those looking for vintage items.

Retrocon 2019live performers 

Another highlight are the different comic artists and on the spot sketching activities. Unlike other events, It is open to the general public and there were no entrance fees!

Kawang KomiksKawangis Komiks and a Komikero /Comic book Artist

plastic toy carsretro plastic toys

Kewpie dolls
Kewpie dolls

There will be another event slated on April 14, 2019 SUNDAY at Ali X Auction dubbed as ” Grand Antiques and Collectibles Exposition“.

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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.

art works

 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/