Four of the world’s thirty largest Pelikan Hubs for 2019 are located in the Philippines. The number of local hubs also more than doubled with a record jump of 10* hubs from last year’s four. If that’s not an indication of more Filipinos becoming fountain pen crazy, maybe the Manila Pen Show being a whole-weekend thing from last year’s one-day affair should be another convincing sign.
September 20 may be primarily all about Pelikan, with the dark pink Star Ruby ink in focus, but the night more about meeting old pen friends and make new ones. Here’s how the Pelikan Hubs 2019 went across the Philippines.
First up is the biggest Pelikan Hub in the world for 2019.
It was the second hub organized by Hubmaster Lorraine Nepomuceno, with over a hundred attendees. Like other hubs, the night was highlighted by a raffle draw, with notebooks, inks, and Shibui pen cases up for grabs.
But Mandaluyong’s main prize was a Pelikan M600 courtesy of EndlessPensPH.
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Micah Robles of EndlessPensPH also shared the online market’s special code for Pelikan Hubs. The same promo was also announced across all hubs in the Philippines.
We also spotted the Pelikan Souverän M1000 Maki-e Five Lucky Bats!
Here are more scenes and pen finds from the Mandaluyong Pelikan Hub.
If Pelikan Hubs planned for dinner at event spaces or coffee shops, the Makati went the kiddie route. We kid you not.
“(The McDo party) was originally just a running joke between the organizing team when we were still looking for potential venues. We wanted something big enough to fit the number of attendees, something affordable, and something that would be hassle free,” Makati Hubmaster Joaquin Toledo told pennoob.com.
Hotel function rooms were inevitably pricey in the city, and other big restaurants were already booked, so McDonald’s became a reality.
“It was a nostalgic experience, McDonalds Greenbelt was where I celebrated my first birthday party 21 years ago,” shared Joaquin. “We had a lot of fun planning out the activities and programs, plus our special guests!”
Here are more scenes from the rest of the Philippine Pelikan Hubs:
Baguio (photos courtesy of Rosalie May Cariño-Del Rosario and Ged Alangui)
Cebu (photos courtesy of Claude Quintana)
Davao (photos courtesy of Francis Adrian Colmenares)
Quezon City (photos courtesy of Malou Layos-Manalastas)
Pasay (photos courtesy of Joanne Ranada)
Vertis North (photos courtesy of Enz Palmares)
Once again, thanks to all Philippine hubmasters, and to Pelikan for making this happen!
Cagayan de Oro’s Pelikan Hub will happen on a later date. We’re missing photos from one hub, so if you attended Taguig, please share your shots with us!