Wednesday, March 15, 2023

The Manila Pen Show is Here!

And here are 6 people with seriously swoon-worthy handwriting! 

Catch them at the Manila Pen Show at the Holiday Inn and Suites, Makati City, on March 18-29, 2023. 

Everyone’s most formative memories have to do with learning to write in script. The satisfaction of looking at your immaculate, handwritten notes is something everyone can relate to even today, with the advent of technology that has taken us away from the simple act of writing with pen and paper.

Even if you can’t write that well, the sight of other people’s neatly spaced writing can still take your breath away. Here are some people whose handwriting can inspire you to pick up the pen and practice your way to becoming the scribe of your dreams.

Aside from being an award-winning advertising creative, Leigh Reyes is an avid pen collector. "The thrill of acquisition does fade, and in its place the joy of discovering newness in what one already owns glows more brightly," she writes on her website (

On Leigh's Instagram (@leighpod), you can see her handwriting prowess in her photos of handwritten notes. She also gamely answers questions about all things pens and writing.

On Saturday, March 18, 2023, Leigh will give a workshop at 2:00 PM, titled “Mad Scientist.” She will also moderate the panel discussion featuring fountain pen collectors on Sunday, March 19 at 3:45 PM.

2. Imma Frias

Imma Frias started her calligrapher journey in 2013. She has been a calligraphy instructor since 2014, and penmanship in 2016. "Calligraphy is something that is therapeutic… once you get the hang of it, it’s actually soothing," she told The Lasallian a few years back.

Visit Imma's Instagram (@dyosaimma) to see her deeply satisfying works of handwritten art. At the Manila Pen Show's Saturday opening, Imma will lead a Handwriting Hangout at 10:30 AM. She will host Modern Calligraphy with Flex Pens on Sunday, March 19.

3. Lorraine Castañeda 

On Lorraine Castaneda’s Instagram (@calligraphyspot), she calls herself a “Purveyor of calligraphy appreciation, teacher of beautiful writing, and a stay-at-home time traveler.” All those things are true: her beautiful handwriting would not look any different from a passionate love letter written in the 1800s. 

On March 18, 3:00 PM Castaneda will be heading a talk on Fountain Pens for Kids of AllAges, proving it is never too early to start enjoying the art of handwriting.

If you thought fountain pens could only be used by those who write in elaborate script, you haven’t seen Clement Dionglay’s Instagram (@clemdionglay). Clement's occasional italic calligraphy and neatly written words in her stick-font style, along with her impressive collection of Lamy and TWSBI fountain pens are on Instagram. She also shares her fountain pen and ink reviews on Instagram.

5. Pao Alfonso

Pao is also a fountain pen enthusiast who likes to write in print, Her Instagram account (@the.serial.doodler) showcases her thoughts on the world of pens. “Nib preferences really do change over time. I started out preferring fine nibs, then fell in love with medium and stub nibs. Now I’ve come full circle and prefer fine nibs again.” Pao's drawings, accompanied by her writing, work as mini food reviews of places she's enjoyed.

6. Toni Santos

Toni Santos’ Instagram feed (@toniscalligraphy) features her calligraphy, with thoughtful handwritten quotes and song lyrics that offer inspiration and occasionally humor. Other than being a pen collector, she also collects notebooks. On March 19, she will be heading a talk about Fountain Pens for Kids 7-12.

This article was distributed by MullenLowe MARC for the 2023 Manila Pen Show which is happening at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Makati City (5th Floor) on March 18-19, 2023, from 8:00AM to 6:00PM. A portion of the Manila Pen Show's proceeds will go to Save the Children Philippines and their Life-Changer for Children program. For a full list of exhibitors and speakers, schedules, and general updates, please check @manilapenshow and #manilapenshow2023.

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