Cubao Expo

For several years, Cubao Expo, as well as its other aliases Marikina Shoe Expo and Cubao X, has been home to restaurants, galleries, kitschy shops, and of course, shoe shops. While the mad rush of people and provincial buses in Araneta Center create a dizzying scene, the U-shaped and colorful world of Cubao Expo seems untouched by all the hustle and bustle. One can get lost in the serenity of the place, among vintage comics and knick-knacks and one-of-a-kind pieces, and forget the unbearable heat and the honking of jeepneys, just for a moment.

The entrance of Cubao Expo

The entrance of Cubao Expo

Some of the shops inside Cubao Expo

Some of the shops inside Cubao Expo

Mad Kahuna Cubao Expo

Mad Kahuna Cubao Expo

Timeless Toys and Collectibles Cubao Expo

Timeless Toys and Collectibles Cubao Expo

Art in Island Cubao Expo

Art in Island Cubao Expo

Halo Cubao Expo

Halo Cubao Expo

Bellini’s Ristorante Italiano Cubao Expo

Bellini’s Ristorante Italiano Cubao Expo. Bellini’s has been here for the longest time, since I was in college. The owner and his wife have a great love story. 🙂

Some of the images on the outside wall of Bellini’s

Some of the images on the outside wall of Bellini’s

Bellini’s Leaning Tower of Pisa

Bellini’s Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Reading Room Cubao Expo

The Reading Room Cubao Expo

Gold Digger Cubao Expo

Gold Digger Cubao Expo

Some of the toys for sale at Gold Digger

Some of the toys for sale at Gold Digger

Vinyl Dump Cubao Expo

Vinyl Dump Cubao Expo

Found on the display window of Vinyl Dump

Found on the display window of Vinyl Dump

Vintage reads and music at Vinyl Dump

Vintage reads and music at Vinyl Dump

Filipino LP records for sale at Vinyl Dump

Filipino LP records for sale at Vinyl Dump

This shop has posters of old Filipino films on its display window

This shop has posters of old Filipino films on its display window

Some of the Filipino movie posters that my grandparents watched: Dolphy in Dressed to Kill and Tony Ferrer in Sabotage

Some of the Filipino movie posters that my grandparents watched: Dolphy in Dressed to Kill and Tony Ferrer in Sabotage

Posters of Mga Saragate with Rey Taylo, Bentot, Cachupoy, Martin Marfil and Eddie Mesa and Sa Manlulupig di ka Pasisiil, a picture dedicated to every Filipino living or dead.

Posters of Mga Saragate with Rey Taylo, Bentot, Cachupoy, Martin Marfil and Eddie Mesa and Sa Manlulupig di ka Pasisiil, a picture dedicated to every Filipino living or dead.

Located at the bottom left of the display window is a photo of some of the most popular loveteams in Philippine movie industry. I know only four actors out of 8.

Located at the bottom left of the display window is a photo of some of the most popular loveteams in Philippine movie industry. I know only four actors out of 8.

Also on display, what I presume to be an ancient camera

Also on display, what I assume to be, an ancient camera

Collectible toys for sale – Cubao Expo

Collectible toys for sale – Cubao Expo

Vintage radio and television set – Cubao Expo

Vintage radio and television set – Cubao Expo

Household accents for sale – Cubao Expo

Household accents for sale – Cubao Expo

Vintage Coca-Cola items and cameras for sale – Cubao Expo

Vintage Coca-Cola items and cameras for sale – Cubao Expo

A bench for the weary soles, nice to look at but smells like cigarette butts.

A bench for the weary soles, nice to look at but smells like cigarette butts.

A carved man, around 6 foot-tall, and earthen jars, near the exit of Cubao Expo

A carved man, around 6 foot-tall, and earthen jars, near the exit of Cubao Expo

Address of Cubao Expo: General Romulo Street, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. It is a short walk from Ali Mall. Most shops open after lunch or later.

 

4 thoughts on “Cubao Expo

  1. Good Evening!

    I was wondering, would you happen to remember the name of the store with all the old posters? Also, are they selling them?

    Thank you!

    P.S Your blog is amazing by the way. It has a lot of good insights.

    1. Hi, Angelica!
      Thank you for the positive feedback. About the posters, I am not sure if the store sells them but as fas as I know, the store is more about the frames rather than the poster. I looked at my file photos, including the unpublished ones, unfortunately, I do not have a photo of the name of the store. I will email you once I know the name of the store and if they sell the posters. I live one train ride away from Cubao Expo. 🙂

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