2nd Collecticon 2009

Hobbiworx Inc. and PinoyToyKolektors.comĀ  in cooperation with Robinson’s Midtown Mall present the biggest convention and gathering of various collectors from all over the country and the world. There is also the daily lectures and freebies !!!!

Date: October 10 to 11, 2009

Robinsons Midtown Mall Atrium
Ermita, Manila
10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Admission is FREE !!!

There will beĀ  toys , anime, comics, old vintage stuffs from coins, stamps, books, antiques and collectible experience with 1, 500 sq.m. of open activity space. There areĀ  more than 60 commercial booth spaces . The organizers expect more than the usual number of people attending the event, since the gathering will be held inside aĀ  mall that is within the tourist and university beltĀ  area.

According to one of the organizers,Ā  the commercial space was sold -out in a matter of 3 days !

There are also other events in which collectors can participate :

– Anicon 2009 – Oct. 11, 2009 SM Megatrade Hall

– Komikon 2009 – Oct. 18, 2009 SM Megatrade Hall 1

– Cosplay Fusion 2 – Oct. 2009 Rockwell Power Plant Mall

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A Botanic Garden and Farm

Portion of the resort -style farm

This is a private farm garden owned by one of Metro Manila’s famous politician . The tour group was escorted by a security group upon reaching the place.

Koi pond

The group saw a lot of collections ranging from family pictures, paintings , antiques,Ā  potteries, furniture, santos, jars, figurines, furniture , books Ā  and the south east AsianĀ  style inspiredĀ  architecture inĀ  each of the pavilion like structures which resembles Bali in Indonesia , BangkokĀ  or evenĀ  in Mainland China .

Asian inspired pavilion guarded by Chinese- Fu dogs

ThereĀ  is like a big botanic garden which had themed landscape from European style manicured lawn and themed portions which separates expensive palms,Ā  adeniums, ornamental plants, shrubs and flowering trees including several aviaries .

Shade house filled with blooming Dendrobium anosmum locally known as

( sanggumay ), Vanda hybrids, Vanda teres and native orchids

There are also several big green houses which housed the collections of cacti, succulents, orchids, bromeliads,Ā  ferns, cycads , aroidsĀ  andĀ  anthuriums.

According to one of the caretakers, this is like a wonderland of plants from different parts of the world. The collection of the exotic plants spanned over 30 years which started during the pre-martial law days .

The group was treated to a sumptuous buffet style lunch which offered the best from the area.The group were very happy to spend some time in the resort style farm . Photo opportunities and small chit chat with the gracious hosts were the done after the lunch break.

man -made lagoon planted with lotus

There are several man-made pond and lagoons within the property which serves as a planting area for lotus, water lilies and were Peking ducks swim.

colorful serviceĀ  vehicle

The group needed a small service vehicle in order to tour the entire property.

Before the end of theĀ  day the group was again treated for a light afternoon snacks which consists of native rice cakes, young coconut pie , nuts and soft drinks.

crucifixion tableau scene late 19th century

According to the owner , they are planning to open the property to the public for a fee in a few years to come . The place is perfect for weddings, parties, location shooting , photo opportunity, convention ,Ā  meeting placeĀ  or simply a place to relax andĀ  to admire the wonders of nature.

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