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Scribe Writing Essentials: Keep on Writing (Love) Letters

March 7, 2014

I regret the day I threw away the love letters I had received when I was younger. Those letters written in perfumed stationery and folded nicely that means “love”, sealed with a kiss through a cute sticker.

I sure miss reading emotions relayed through pen and paper.  Before you even give me hugs, I have to put a disclaimer that this is not a story of the one who got away, or unrequited love.

I still receive love letters (or I would like to think that they are love letters Haha), in the form of a private message, a like or a poke (well, people believe what they want to believe, right?). People are writing less these days. At one point, I was guilty of it – that I even forgot how to write, and I could no longer recognize my penmanship. So I continued writing. And my love for writing (both in blog and literal hand-writing) equates to greater emotions when I receive actual letters sent via courier. I can be that shallow – that even a personalized invite sent at home excites me.

For those who love writing (love letters, goodbye notes or what-not), there is a specialty store you can go to – Scribe Writing Essentials.

Click Read More to know its history and lovely products..

The store owner, Marian Yu-Ong is like any little girl who collects stationery and cute knick knacks – who started the business as a hobby where she and her sister-in-law would sell specialty items in Bazaar during Christmas. The law of supply and demand kicked in and they started importing reading and writing products from US, Europe and Asia.

Eight years later, they opened up their first store in Eastwood Mall in 2009, and now expanding to 5 stores, with flagship store in East Wing of Shangri-la Plaza.

During the launch and introduction of Brand Ambassadors last Tuesday, 
we got to try our hands at Calligraphy!
I got so excited over quills, and inks!
But I was not as good as these two – Anagon and Artsy Ava 🙂

Calligraphy Message Wall where guests could hang their messages
I am amazed to see there are still alot of us who love writing!
We didn’t know there was a contest!
The brand ambassadors picked a winner based on the message and penmanship. 
Nope, it wasn’t me.

Meet the brand ambassadors

Scribe Writing Essentials chose the brand ambassadors who are loyal customers of the store. Fozzy Dayrit who used to work in advertising now specializes in calligraphy and design – The Fozzy Book which services include hand–lettering envelope, place cards, wooden wedding signs and poetry and quotes monograms.

Leigh Reyes is a Chief Creative Office of Lowe Philippines, one of the country’s top agencies. She also blogs in My Life as a Verb which contains anything that makes a real mark on the surface such as pens, pencils, inks, journals.

Architect Michael Manalo designs structures and is passionate in preserving heritage while working with the UNESCO. He loved looking at illuminated manuscripts from the Gothic Age when he was younger.

The Scribe Writing Essential owner, Marian Yu-Ong aims to expand the business, but will first focus on ensuring that the 5 stores are well taken cared of. She also wants Scribe to be more involved in the community by supporting educational campaigns, conducting workshops and helping those in need. Recently, Scribe teamed up with Korean Opera Star – Sumi Jo in her concert that supports the Yolanda victims.

The Scribe Writing Essential carries the following brands:

  • Pelikan
  • Sailor Pen
  • Platinum
  • Kaweco
  • Cross
  • Lamy
  • J. Herbin
  • Brause
  • Midori
  • Scribe Writing Essentials (private label)
  • Daycraft
  • 7321 Design
  • Speedball
  • Noodler’s Ink
  • Peter Pauper
  • International Arrivals
  • Mighty Bright
  • Thinking Gifts
  • Up with Paper Greeting Cards

These are available in 5 stores in the Philippines: Eastwood Mall, SM Aura, SM Megamall Fashion Hall, Glorietta 5 and Shangri-la Mall East Wing.

Scribe also offers unique services such as customized seals and gift wrapping bar.

Check out these nice products:

Pelikan Edelstein Fountain Pen Inks
Speedball Acrylic Inks for Calligraphy

Sailor Fountain Pens

Sailor Professional Gear Fountain Pen

Scribe Feather Quill Sets

 Scribe Premium Personal Seal

I will end this post with a great reminder from Ms. Marian Yu-Ong:
“I always believed that you should do what you love. That is why it was only fitting that I made a business out of specialty reading and writing products which I’ve loved ever since I was a kid”

One should really follow his/her passion to radiate the same happiness to the people around him/her. And I say..
Thank you Scribe for keeping the tradition of writing and reading alive. 
Do you still write (love) letters? Do you still write?
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