Mr. Mario Feir Filipinana Books and other collections

Unit 11-A One McKinley Place , 26th Street Crescent Park West
Fort Bonifacio Global city , Taguig City -Philippines

Mr. Mario Feir together with his collection of Philippine books

I have known Mr. Mario Feir as a stamp collector ( philatelist ) rather than a book collector . We would occasionally bumped with each other during stamp club meetings , Bayanihan Collectors’ Club meetings once in a while . I would also notice had he would also bid for old books and postcards too!

an array of doll collection from different Asian countries like Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam from his trips abroad

Until one of our postal heritage tour participant,  an employee of NCCA told me that Mr. Feir and Mr. Stephen Feldman ( His best friend and also  an avid book collector)  had an extensive collection of Philippine books ( Filipinana)- The term is used by book collectors who specializes in Philippine published books. Normally the quantity of Philippine publication is not that big . While some local published books are meant for students ( mostly textbooks ) which are printed in recycled papers  meant to cater the students and masses.

part of his book collection  and a painting

Bibliophile ( technical term for book lover and collector) , Mr. Feir left New York about eight- years ago to return to the Philippines for good . He brought with him his growing Filipiniana collection, which, after settling into his Fort Bonifacio condominium unit , He decided to opened to students, researchers, collectors, readers. The library also includes ephemera like old postcards, posters, stamps, antique maps and prints, all of which Mr. Feir was kind enough to show to me during my visit. His book collection is about 10,000 volumes and still counting !

Rizaliana collection

The library had a good collection of Jose Rizal title books – aptly called Rizaliana ( Dr. Jose Rizal his life story and works ),  locally published literary works like Noli Me Tangere , El Filibusterismo among others.

old Philippine map

Mr. Mario had quite a good collection of Philippine maps and prints –Cartography Greek term khartes = papyrus (paper) and graphein = to write) The Yuchengco Museum in Makati would also invite him to their exhibit sometime last year . ( Old Philippine maps)

Fort William Mckinley postcards ( during the American regime ) now Bonifacio Global City

Mr. Mario Feir shows off his collection of rare stamps on covers

Collection :

Sir Mario Feir is an avid stamp collector, He started collecting stamps when he was still in his elementary days and still collecting Philippine and various stamps from all over the world. It is safe to assume that he had been a collector of stamps for more than 50 years !

 Spanish -Philippines stamps which dates back to 1854

He had some Spanish -Philippines stamp issued  in 1854.  For serious Philippine stamp collectors ( Spanish era stamps) are considered creme’ dela creme .

certificate of authenticity

With a certificate of authenticity from Comision de Expertos de Madrid this is a private group which are the experts in stamps issued by Spain and her colonies.  He also had a special de-humidifier devise installed in the air-conditioning units just to maintain the collection.

old document with beautiful  hand writing during the Aguinaldo revolutionary period

Feature:

He was also featured in one of Tulay fortnightly digest about 3 years ago , several bloggers , bibliophile , newspapers like Philippine Star ,  and glossy magazines  featured him on several occasions.

Visitors:

Mr. Mario Feir library  have it share of  visitors from various schools , universities , associations , book lovers, heritage advocates, history buff s ,  well-known personalities like Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos , Mr. Butch Dalisay ,  Chef Claude Tayag , NCCA employees, Malacanan Palace-Media communication staffs, stamp collectors among others.   Due to lack of space , He cannot accommodate  big group of people to his condominium unit. On a monthly basis , The library would get 15 to 20 visitors on an average .

Mr. Mario Feir and the author

Anyone who wanted to make research, study or just some time to chat with Mr. Mario Feir must make an apportionment .   Soft-spoken and warm, His eyes brightened up as he proudly showed me his Filipiniana collection and other stuffs  like  various DVD’s movies which numbered a few thousand of pieces, newspaper clippings  ,several art works and a balcony  garden  .  It seems that time flies so fast that it was almost sundown . I told Tito Mario and Sir Stephen  that i will be coming back for more in-depth research and perhaps a quick chit-chat probably in the near future .  Might tag along some fellow history and heritage buffs .  I must commend these people for sharing  their  time ,  home and their extensive knowledge about culture, history, heritage and art !

Contact Information 

Unit 11-A One McKinley Place
26th Street Crescent Park West
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City- Philippines

Phone: (02)856-0957
Please try to call during office hours, Monday-Friday

Website: http://www.asianrarebooks.net/

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/mariofeir.filipinianalibrary

43rd Numismata Munich 2011

43rd International Coin Fair & Exhibition Munich Germany 2011

Numismata Munich 2011 is the largest global numismatic trade   fair taking place in Germany. More than 260 exhibitors are expected at the event. The entire exhibit area is about 3, 800 square meter.

A large section of them would be associated with classic numismatic.  Visitors would get to explore various products related to numismatics including classic coins, modern antiques, securities, bank notes etc. Numismata Munich 2011 would provide extensive opportunities for connecting with likeminded people from across the globe to share knowledge and ideas. Visitors will be encouraged to interact with exhibiters and get expert advice on products and offers.

Hall Plan

 

 

Website: http://www.numismata.de/

 

Shanghai World Exposition : Commemorative stamps and coins

The Shanghai Philatelic Corporation has issued a set of Expo 2010 gold and silver commemorative stamps which feature the emblem and mascot for the 2010 event.

set of stamps issued by China Post :

The site of Shanghai Expo spans both sides of the Huangpu River between the Nan Pu Bridge and the Lupu Bridge., As the most important area of exhibition and landscapes, World Expo Centre, China Pavilion, Expo Performance Centre, Theme Pavilions, Expo Boulevard will be reserved permanently after Expo Shanghai.

World Expo Centre will serve as the center for ceremonies and conferences, press conferences and various forums during Expo Shanghai. China Pavilion is designed with the concept of “Oriental Crown”, which represents the Chinese wisdom of the urban development. Expo Performance Centre will serve for major performances and exhibiting activities during Expo Shanghai. The Theme Pavilions will be built with a theme of “City, Make Life Better”, The Expo Boulevard will act as the main axis for human traffic flow and sightseeing at the Expo Site during Expo Shanghai.

China National Philatelic Corporation  issued five FDCs and commemorative cancellations respectively..

The first two gold stamps of the set were issued on December 19, 2007, to mark the debut of Haibao. The others were issued on May 1 to mark the one-year countdown to the opening of the Expo and embody the theme “China and Expo.” A total of 20,100 sets will be issued.

The stamps, depicting the Expo Center, China Pavilion, Performance Center, Theme Pavilion and Expo Boulevard, will be sold at post offices across China for the next six months.
Sales of silver stamps for Expo 2010’s China Pavilion have started.

A set of five World Expo stamps went on sale , with many stamp collectors queuing outside city post offices overnight to snap up the coveted commemorative.

commemorative set of coins on display

The series of 99.9% pure silver stamps feature four categories of 88 grams, 188g, 388g, and 688g, with in limited editions of 200,000, 10,000, 6,000 and 2,010 respectively.

Hai Bao the official mascot of the Shanghai World Exposition

The name of the mascot of World Expo 2010 Shanghai China is Hai Bao, which means the treasure of the sea. The name of Hai Bao is easy to remember, echoes with the color of its body and is a typical lucky name in Chinese tradition.

Hai Bao is the good well ambassador of Shanghai Expo. He is embracing friends from all over the world with his arms and confident smile.

Shanghai World Expo Commemorative Coins issued in 2010

The theme of Expo 2010 is “Better City, Better Life,” representing the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments. This theme represents a central concern of the international community for future policy making, urban strategies and sustainable development. In 1800, 2% of the global population lived in cities. In 1950, the figure raised to 29%, in 2000, almost half the world population moved into cities, and by 2010, as estimated by the United Nations, the urban population will account for 55% of the total human population.

The face of the stamps is watermarked with the design of “China Pavilion of Expo 2010,” while the back features lilies and bats, indicating the all-inclusive Shanghai spirit, harmonious Expo 2010 and blooming nation. All these products are marked with the World Expo anti-counterfeit labels.

The stamps are authorized by the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, approved by China Post Group, produced by Shanghai Stamp Collection Corporation, and distributed by Expo 2010 franchise dealer Shanghai Chang Yu Investment Co Ltd.

commemorative coins issued in 2009 set 1

Products are available at all outlets of Shanghai Chang Yu Gold, Shanghai Old Temple Gold, designated outlets of the Bank of Communications and Shanghai Post Offices and Expo 2010 retail franchises.

commemorative  coins issued in 2009 set 2

There are different countries in the world which issued commemorative stamps, coins, postcards and other collectibles specifically to promote the event.

Website links:
http://en.expo2010.cn/
http://www.chinapost.com.cn/36/175/182/4152.html

Coimbatore Coin Exhibition 2010

poster of the show

Coimbatore Coin Society has informed that Coimbatore Coin Exhibition 2010

Venue– Shree Coimbatore Gujarati Samaj , 500 ,Mettupalayam ,Coimbatore 02.

Date : May 1 to 3, 2010  Coimbatore, India

Auctions by “Oswal Antiques” on 02 May 2010  from 6.00 P M onwards.

Dealers stalls – Rs 4000 for Three Days , last Date  for Stalls Booking – 25 Apr 2010

Host City : The city of Coimbatore is the second largest city in the South Indian  of Tamil Nadu  next only to Chennai. It is the administrative headquarters of the Coimbatore district  and a major textile and engineering  hub of Southern India . It forms a part of the ancient  Kongu Nadu  region of South India, where its people were the first to establish territorial state. Coimbatore city including its suburban areas has a population of 2.4 million people.

2nd Collecticon 2009

Hobbiworx Inc. and PinoyToyKolektors.com  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 be  toys , anime, comics, old vintage stuffs from coins, stamps, books, antiques and collectible experience with 1, 500 sq.m. of open activity space. There are  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 a  mall that is within the tourist and university belt  area.

According to one of the organizers,  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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