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
Some of the shops inside Cubao Expo
Mad Kahuna Cubao Expo
Timeless Toys and Collectibles Cubao Expo
Art in Island Cubao Expo
Halo 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
Bellini’s Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Reading Room Cubao Expo
Gold Digger Cubao Expo
Some of the toys for sale at Gold Digger
Vinyl Dump Cubao Expo
Found on the display window of Vinyl Dump
Vintage reads and music at Vinyl Dump
Filipino LP records for sale at Vinyl Dump
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
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.
Also on display, what I assume to be, an ancient camera
Collectible toys for sale – Cubao Expo
Vintage radio and television set – Cubao Expo
Household accents 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 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.