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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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Creative Ideas from Farmer’s Garden

Farmer’s Garden is a haven for plant lovers that are living within Cubao area. There are about two dozen stalls which sells different kinds of plants, cacti, succulents, water plants, tillandsia, ferns, roses, orchids and ornamental plants.

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The mood is very festive as the Christmas season usher in more buyers.

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cacti and succulents at Php 25.00 per pot

 Farmer’s garden is beehive for cacti and succulent wholesalers and retailers. Some stall holders would put plastic animals to and create some interesting landscape works. One can use their creativity on how to present plants, orchids or cacti in interesting containers or attractive potteries.

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crotons and rhapis palm

Croton or San Francisco plant and Rhapis palm are also making a big comeback.

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African violets

African violets are also called Saintpaulias, these are popular indoor flowering plants.

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Ashitaba

Ashitaba scientifically called Angelica keiskei, commonly known under the Japanese name of ashitaba, literally “tomorrow’s leaf”. This grows at slightly higher elevations like Tagaytay, Lipa, Baguio, Benguet. This is the real ashitaba.

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Roses

These are hybrid roses which bears large flowers and are mostly grown in higher elevations.

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Dendrobium hybrids

Dendrobium hybrids are also popular among backyard growers and as live potted flowering plants. The flowers last between 2 to 3 weeks.

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Dendrobium hybrids

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ornamental pineapples

These ornamental pineapples are used as center table accents, for flower arrangements or centerpiece items. The colorful fruits are attractive and can last for several weeks. However these are not edible.

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different types of tillandsia and orchids for sale

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groot as an accent

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corn plant

 Corn plant or Dracena sanderiana variegata is another popular indoor or good luck plant.

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Tillandsia ionantha variety stricta

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Tillandsia ionantha variety Druid and Tillandsia andreana

Tillandsia ionantha variety Druid develops a peach color rather than the red.  Tillandsia andreana is another species that comes from Colombia and was introduce into the country some 10 years ago. It’s leaves can also have a pink tinge to them, which is actually a sign the plant is about to bloom.

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using bottles as creative way of presenting air plants

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Ruah’s Garden

Most of the plant stall holders are open between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, but some cacti and succulent stalls wholesalers would open a little bit earlier, especially when their new supplies would be unloaded.

Farmer’s Garden is near Araneta Center, PUV terminal, MRT 3- Araneta Center.

 

 

Freedom Fridays Experience at Novotel Cubao

Celebrate your freedom and kick off the weekend with Freedom Fridays at The 6th! Enjoy acts from guest performers over beer and cocktail bundles starting from Php 699 net.

participants at the pool area

The pool area is located at the 6th floor of the hotel and also serves as a party venue, gym and place to relax.

Novotel at night

One can visibly the night sky , city-view and skyscrapers not only within Cubao area but in many parts of Metro Manila.

Novotel pool side view from the 12th floor

One cannot resist going and have a good time and party all night long at Novotel– Araneta , Cubao

Photo courtesy of Novotel- Cubao

One can choose to swim, party and have their staycation while enjoying their sumptuous snacks and cocktail drinks.This is every friday and weekends.

Basic necessities like  bible, notepads and cable ready television will delight those who will book a stay at one of the rooms of the hotel.

breakfast buffet is also a treat to with hundreds of breakfast meals ranging from breads, rice , muffin , cereal , noodles among others.

Cool Treats from Novotel

Cool treats as the summer temperature rise and long hot months arrives, Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City  gives us the coolest and sweetest reasons to beat the smoldering summer heat and visit Novotel Manila Araneta Center on April 16 onward – as Ice N Cream by Novotel, the newest ice cream destination in town will start scooping their fun, creative and most of all delicious ice cream flavors!

Novotel, Araneta Center- Cubao, Quezon City

What is nice with their ice cream is that they uses no stabilizers like gum arabic , gelatin or any form of emulsifier. On the left side was Carmen’s Best ice cream and Novotel own artisanal ice cream chef .

tropical fruits like soursoup /guyabano , calamansi, durian, mangoes, passion fruit ,coconut , avocado, ube are just some of the ice cream flavors

There are a lot of flavors ranging from Philippines tropical fruits such as calamansi with honey to passion fruit and vanilla ice cream with real vanilla essence .

ice cream toppings

There are different kinds of toppings to choose from : chocolate sprinkle, gummy bears, corn flakes, jelly candies, chocnut bars, merange, dried fruits , chocolate crinkles, cookies , marshmallows, raisins  among others.

Ice N Cream Promo 

To jump start the launching season, Ice N Cream by Novotel will generously extend complimentary one (1) scoop of ice cream for every purchase of one (1) scoop of any ice cream flavors (diner pays for the higher priced ice cream flavor) starting Easter Sunday, April 16 to 29.

Media and Bloggers

What’s more, if you are  social media savvy and aspiring “IT” girls and guys, join Novotel iScreamers: search for the Ice N Cream Dream Team, simply follow Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/NovotelManilaAranetaCenter/ and share why should you be part of Novotel iScreamers, take your shot to be part of the lucky five (5) to win generous and exciting prizes such as a year’s supply of ice cream at Ice N Cream by Novotel (two scoops per day until April 2018), one (1) overnight stay in an Executive Suite with breakfast and Premier Lounge access, exclusive pass to product tasting, events and new flavor launches, meet and greet with Bb. Pilipinas Candidates on April 28 during the Ice N Cream grand launching plus much more.

Executive Chef Micheal Schaub

Made from premium local and imported ingredients from Germany and France, gluten-free, less sugar and stabilizer-free, the Ice N Cream by Novotel showcases yummy flavors like Cocoyeah, creamy coconut milk mixed with slivers of young coconut meat; Passionista, pleasantly sweet and tart silky passion fruit goodness; Papa Don Preach (alcoholic), plump, juicy raisins enhanced with a kick of warmth from rum; Oh Honey Honey (sugar-free), local lime zing blended with Tagaytay honey; Yo Berry Yo!, merriment of tartness from Swiss yogurt and mixed berries; Leche De Almond, velvety leche flan crowned with crunchy Almond Florentine; Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, rich notes of coffee with real coffee bean crunch; and more luscious flavors. Ice N Cream flavors are reasonably priced from Php100 nett per scoop.

Carmen’s Best Ice Cream

More than the delish ice cream offerings, Ice N Cream by Novotel also features freshly made pastries and baked favorites like Coconut Cheesecake, Chocolate Praline Cake, Mini Mango Passion Cake, Croissant, Danish breads, Double Chocolate Chip cookies, Honey Pistachio cookies and much more.

With Novotel, AccorHotels offers every guest the freedom to fully enjoy their stay.

Korean chef

 Novotel Hotels, Suites & Resorts provide a multi-service offer for both business and leisure guests, with spacious, modular rooms, 24/7 catering offers with balanced meals, meeting rooms, attentive and proactive staff, kid areas, a multi-purpose lobby and fitness centers. Novotel has over 470 hotels and resorts in 61 countries, ideally located in the heart of major international cities, business districts and tourist destinations.

AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, is present in 95 countries with more than 4,000 hotels and 240,000 employees.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center is strategically situated inside Araneta Center and just few steps away from shopping malls, entertainment centers, Araneta Coliseum and business offices. For more information and reservations, please call (02) 990 7888 or email H7090-RE@accor.com. To know more about Novotel Manila Araneta Center, visit www.novotel.com or www.accorhotels.com.

Royal Welcome for Miss Universe 2015 Homecoming

A Royal welcome befitting the Miss Universe 2015 winner  Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. After 42 years, the Philippines has once again clinched the Miss Universe crown after a controversial coronation mix-up last December 20.

The schedule is tight and was posted on several pageant related sites and official Binibining Pilipinas website.

She will arrive on January 23 early evening at around past 8:30pm

A press conference will be held on January 24 at the Novotel in Araneta Center, Cubao. Pia will have her grand victory parade on January 25 starting at the Araneta Center at 9:00 a.m.

It will then proceed to Ayala then to Luneta in Manila. Courtesy calls at the Malacanang Palace, the Senate and Congress are set on January 27 while her grand victory party will be held on January 28 where she will have her victory walk. According to her interview with Interaksyon TV channel 5 , Pia will also attend her best friend Ms. Pauleen Luna’s wedding on January 30.

She will come back again in April for the coronation night of the Binibining Pilipinas 2016.

Pia Wurtzbach is the third Filipina to bring home the Miss Universe crown.