10 Thrift Shopping Tips in Kamuning Street, Quezon City

Kamuning street and the district was named after Murraya paniculata. This is a sweet smelling flowering shrub which used to be commonly found within the vicinity.

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Kamuning street

The district was developed mainly for housing project in the 1930’s for government employees. Other business eventually opened and it is synonymous for custom made tailoring shops and supplies.

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Kamuning Bakery which is the oldest existing in the city is located nearby.

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Barangay Kamuning street map

The district also had several bus stations and a jump off point to several provinces in the north and southern areas like Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Bicol and Visayas.

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mid-century houses converted into tailoring stores

Thrift Shopping Tips

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mid- century building along Kamuning street

According to old time residents, Some houses would conduct garage sale once in a while but it was to dispose their pre-loved items in the 1960’s and even 1970’s.

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cloth for sale ( per yard)

Then it was about 30 years ago, when thrift stores began to open one after the other. Some of the stores would held a monthly swap meet, eyeball or discount sale intended to attract customers, loyal clients and friends. Rent is is relatively cheaper compared to Malate, Cubao Expo, Quezon City and Evangelista Street in Makati until few years ago.

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Iyaman Fashion House Ukay-Ukay

Location : 17, Kamuning Road, Edsa Avenue Corner, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

10.) Thrift Stores are located near Kamuning corner EDSA- There were at least a dozen or so thrift stores which are conveniently located near the EDSA intersection. Some specializes on fashion, bags, fixture, bicycles, furniture, office supplies, house items and Japan Surplus. One can have a leisurely walk within Kamuning street from 50 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes visiting each store. The far end of the thrift stores are located near Tomas Morato Avenue.

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Japan Surplus Kamuning-YAMEINA Enterprises

Location: 122 GFO bldg., Kamuning road, Barangay Kamuning , Quezon City

9.) Opening Time – Each store operational hours would vary. The earliest would open around 9:00- 9:30 am and closes around past 7:00pm or 8:00 pm on ordinary days. Some are closed on sundays.

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Swap Meet Antique Store

Location : 124 Kamuning Street, Quezon City

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Santa Clause and Christmas village houses for sale

8.) Have a Strategy – Be sure that one must already know a ballpark figure on what items do you need, have a price estimate and try to scout other thrift stores within the vicinity.

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Laughing Buddha for sale

7.) Have a Pleasant Disposition–  Start the conversation with warm hello or hi, This will brightens everyone’s mood.

6.) Photography – Some thrift stores, especially those carrying home appliances have a large signage which do not allow photography and taking videos inside.

5.) Give Everything a Second or even a Third Look– Do not get afraid to ask assistance from the sales person. Take your time to look at the items for sale.

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Northwest Estate and Collectibles

170 K-1st Street, Barangay Kamuning, Quezon City

Contact: 0905-315-9388 

4.) Not All Items are Cheap – I have a chance to visit a Japanese Surplus store which specializes on items from Japan. They were selling their small kokeshi doll for Php 100 each, which is a bit steep compared to those in Fairview, Novaliches or Valenzuela. Maybe there are a lot of kokeshi doll collectors within the district which may have jack-up the demand for these kind of dolls.

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Japan Selections

Location: 6 Kamuning Road, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

3.) Know their Discount Sales and in-House Promos – Surplus or Thrift stores within Kamuning street also have their discount sale on certain time period.  I do not have an idea on the policy of DTI with regards to returning items. Remember that almost all the electrical appliances on sale does not have a warranty. Pre-love items have the mark of age and patina.  Tagging a friend or acquaintance is also recommended. As some say, ” You do not know everything “.

2.) Regular Visit–  Those thrift shoppers would visit the thrift stores as often as weekly basis or depending on the arrival of items. Find out the days and times your thrift store restocks its shelves to get first deals on all the latest items. Since i do not have a luxury of time, I would only visit these stores on bi-monthly basis.

1.) Do not forget to Haggle – Haggling is an art and do not be afraid to ask for discount.

How to Commute :

Jeepneys have would have route to Kamuning from Project 2 and 3. There’s Project 2 and 3 via Kamuning, E. Rodriguez to Recto; Project 2 and 3 via E. Rodriguez to Welcome Rotonda; Project 2 and 3 to Vito Cruz Mabini, and Arroceros via España and E. Rodriguez to Project 2 and 3.

Another option is by bus which ply the EDSA route. Southbound buses from Malanday, Monumento, Novaliches would pass Kamuning street. Before going to Cubao.

Note: This is just a guide for those planning to visit the thrift stores. This is personal experience and interview with some residents of Kamuning street.

 

 

Philippine Nickle Industry Rakes International Award Recognition from Local and International Giving Bodies

 Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) members recently gained recognition for excellence in operations from the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

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This was revealed during the Pandesal forum held at the Max’s restaurant in Scout Tuazon street in Diliman, Quezon City. The forum moderator was Mr. Wilson Lee Flores.

Local and International Award Recognition

Agata Mining Venture Inc. (AMVI) will be representing the Philippines at the 2nd ASEAN Mineral Awards in Thailand this December. AMVI is nominated for the Best Practices in Metallic Mineral Distribution award which recognizes impact on community development, implications on ASEAN mineral supply, human resource development, productivity and resource efficiency, and measures to address health, safety, and environmental performance.

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On the other hand, the Nickel Initiative 2019 Conference held last March 18 and 19 was shortlisted in Public Affairs Asia’s Gold Standard Award for Stakeholder Engagement and Gold Standard Award for Country and Trade Promotion.

The premiere business conference, which is a milestone event for the country’s nickel industry, was selected over 250 entries submitted by various industries across Asia. PNIA will represent the Philippine’s nickel industry in the awarding ceremony to be held on February 2020 in Singapore.

PNIA members were also awarded by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) as they took home a total of eleven (11) awards for excellence of their mining operations at the 66th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC).

During the event, C.T.P. Construction and Mining Corporation (CTPCMC) and Platinum Group Metals Corporation (PGMC) got the Platinum Award for Surface Mining operations.

CTPCMC was awarded two Platinum Achievement Awards for their surface mining operations in the Barangays of Dahican and Adlay, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur, and PGMC received a Platinum Achievement Award for their surface mining operation in Barangay Cagdianao in Claver, Surigao del Norte.

In addition, AMVI was awarded their second Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) for their Surface Mining operations. PMIEA is the country’s highest award for mining companies that are demonstrating excellence in environmental, safety, and health management, and community development in the conduct of its mining operations.

AMVI also placed 2nd Runner – Up in the Best Mining Forest Award and was Runner-Up for the Safest Surface Mining Operation Award.

On top of being recognized and awarded for excellence in their mining operations, PNIA members raked in awards during the Mine Safety Field Demonstration and Competition ceremonies.

PGMC was 1st Runner – Up in the Fire Extinguishing competition, Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) was 2nd Runner – Up in the same competition, and CTPCMC was 2nd Runner – Up in the Fire Brigade competition.

Recognizing the contribution of the mining industry to trade and exports, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also awarded PGMC as the country’s Top Exporter for the Minerals Sector.

Earlier this year, CTPCMC was titled the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) Champion for the CARAGA region by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for their commendable achievements of their initiatives benefiting safety and health of their workers and the community.

PNIA Chairman Isidro C. Alcantara Jr. underscored the importance of aiming for excellence in mining operation standards as well as creating an impact to uplift lives of people where mines are operating.

“The industry has significantly contributed to nation building by boosting regional economic growth in the countryside. Mining helped secure a sustainable future for their families through employment, livelihood, education and other social services like health and other socio-civic programs,” Alcantara said.

PNIA President Dante R. Bravo highly commends the achievement of PNIA member companies as these successes showcase concrete efforts for sustainable and responsible mining in the Philippines.

“There is integrity in what we do, and these awards are another confirmation of the fact that we are a responsible, responsive, and ethical industry. I could not be happier with what the industry has achieved this year,” said Bravo.

Driver from Tagbilaran, Bohol Awarded at the 4th Pinoy Tsuper Hero

Mr. Augusto “Gus” Pascual from Tagbilaran City, Bohol province received accumulated total of P145,000 prize money, P1,000,000 worth of car insurance, brand new vehicle, Php 50,000 worth of lubes and fuel products from Phoenix petroleum. He was chosen from over 12,000 driver nominees nationwide.

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The glitzy red carpet awarding ceremony held at the iconic Dolphy Theater within ABS-CBN channel 2 compound in Quezon City.

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Mr. Pascual also got P100,000 for his project proposal of modernization of public utility vehicles( PUV) garage project in his area. He is also the chairman of the local transportation cooperative.

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While Mr. Joseph Membrillo, a tricycle driver from Tacloban took home second place with P50,000 cash prize. Third Place, Mr. Eusebio Fabia received Php 30,000 also from Tacloban City, Leyte province.

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4th Pinoy Tsuper Hero

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Mr. Lawrence Lubiano from Sorsogon province

Before the program started, several Phoenix petroleum dealers were given an award for their tremendous support for the campaign.

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ten finalists

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Pinoy Tsuper Heroes ambassadors ( winners during the past few years)

Pinoy Tsuper Heroes ambassadors Mr. Reynaldo Samonte, Mr. Edwin Escamos of Iloilo and Mr. Alberto Abad of Rizal province were present.

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Kuya Kim Atienza, Ms. Susan Bautista -Afan and Mr. Bong Fadullon ( President and COO Phoenix Petroleum) were present at the ceremonies.

This is the 4th time that the outstanding Filipino driver or “Pinoy Tsuper Hero” awards was held. This is in partnership with ABS-CBN Foundation (AFI), ABS-CBN regional, Phoenix Petroleum,Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and other government agencies.

All the ten finalists also got Php 10,000 cash prizes and Phoenix Petroleum shirt, cap and packages.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!

Reunion of Descendants of Asian Revolutionary Heroes at Pandesal Forum

 A rare and unique experience for the attendees at the pandesal forum. It was the first ever reunion of descendants of the top leaders behind Asia’s earliest republics and anti-colonial revolutions, who supported each other. President Emilio Aguinaldo in 1898 who sent emissary Mariano Ponce and whose cause received support from China’s Dr. Sun Yat Sen (who also became president after the success of his revolution in 1911).
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Mr. Wilson Lee-Flores along with special guests and descendants of Dr.Sun Yat Sen, General Baldomero Aguinaldo, Dr. Mariano Ponce, Historians Xiao Chua and Dr. Niel Santillan
The site of the pandesal forum is at the historic Kamuning bakery. The bakery still uses  brick oven to bake their pandesal and other pastries.
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Kamuning Bakery located in #43 Judge Jimenez corner K-1 Street, Quezon City

Asian Revolutionary Heroes

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Dr. Lily Sun Sui-Fong – She is a Hawaii property developer, philanthropist & granddaughter of China’s revolutionary hero and first republican President Dr. Sun Yat Sen, who supported the 1898 Philippine Revolution. The foundation that was named after his grandfather gave about 250 statues of Dr. Sun Yat Sen in different parts of the world.
Mr. Charles Wong – great grandson of Dr. Sun Yat Sen. He is also fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese languages.
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Mr. Cesar E.A. Virata together with Mr. Wilson Lee Flores
Mr. Cesar E.A. Virata – He is the Vice Chairman of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), former Prime Minister and Finance Minister; grandson of revolutionary hero General Baldomero Aguinaldo and  grandnephew of revolutionary hero and first President Emilio Aguinaldo.
Ms. Maria Theresa Bautista Valero – great grand daughter of Mariano Ponce.
Dr. Neil Marcial R. Santillan Chairman, History Department, University of the Philippines (U.P.)
Professor Michael Charleston “Xiao” Briones Chua -Filipino historian, academic, and television personality.
Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong President, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII).
Mr. Peter Fung – General manager of Lin Nam Noodle house and Filipino -Cantonese association.

 

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After the short talk and dialogue, The guest were given pandesal and ensaymada.

RetroCon at Fisher Mall

Retro Convention (RetroCon) held a 3 day trade fair, exhibit and program from November 15 to 17, 2019 at the Fisher Mall in Quezon City.

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crowd and table bourse

Unlike in the previous RetroCon at the Lucky Chinatown Mall, There were more table bourse sellers and participants at the convention. There were life size superman, Voltes-V ,wonder woman among others.

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retrocon neon signage

RetroCon at Fisher Mall

There were on the spot raffle, contest, live entertainment, retro music, m and lots of items to see at the site.

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greek universe

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Voltes V

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live program

Unlike other pop culture or trade exhibits in other parts of the metropolis, There is no entrance fees at the convention.

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vinyl records and cassette tapes for sale

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Krazy Kyle Gianan- Pinoy Picker’s booth

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Krazy Kyle Gianan

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banknotes

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toys and magazines for sale

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anime dolls and toys

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tin trucks

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Mac Kolektibolz

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coins, banknotes, old photos, cameras, telephones and posters

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old Php 1.00 coin ( Pilipino series 1972 to 1974) for Php 35 each and coins (Php 10.00) each.

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tomica toy cars

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different kinds of toys and dolls for sale

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Jerry’s life size statues on display

It was a wonderful experience roaming around the convention and chatting along with the table bourse sellers and organizers of the event.