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Cubao Expo: A Rendezvous for the Past and Present

CUBAO EXPO is a treasure trove teeming with countless vintage and novelty finds. It is a haven for marvelous selections of footwear, books and accessories, and remarkable displays of vinyl records, skateboards, and other similar gems. Adventure begins as one steps into its U-shaped path lined with unique establishments.

1. Shoes – Solimann Shoes

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photo by  KRISTELA DANIELLE S. BOO

Famous for its quality and expertise, Solimann Shoes is home to an array of custom-made pure leather boots, comfortable moccasins, brown loafers, snazzy white sneakers, and classy oxfords. Men and ladies are bound to find their ideal pair for important events, leisurely walks, and daily office or school use.

2. Gouache Bags – Mad Kahuna Surf Shop

 

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Carefully crafted with local artistry, Gouache’s stunning leather straps and waxed canvas bags can be a perfect match for your next outfit. No bag is like the other and each design is fashioned to fit its owner’s personality. The bags come in earthly shades of khaki, maroon, and olive green, as well as vivid colors such as cerulean, red, and yellow.

3. Glasses — UVLA

 

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Whether as a fashion trend or a necessity, glasses have always been around as a crucial part of daily living. UVLA’s impeccable display could satisfy your need for the perfect pair, as their adorable retro rounded specs await another pair of eyes to cover.

4. Paper Vinyl Wallets — UVLA

 

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photo by KRISTELA DANIELLE S. BOO

Vachuca’s paper vinyl wallets are made with stylish sleek compartments convenient for storage. They are available in several designs, and are created with imaginative illustrations.

5. Books — Black Cat

 

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Black Cat’s shelves, which are lined up with collections of mystery, suspense, thriller, and non-fiction novels about war and love, will definitely delight bookworms. All books are reasonably priced, neatly covered, and handled with utmost care. Here, anyone could find the next thought-provoking story that will keep his or her eyes open from dusk until dawn.

6. Comics — UVLA

 

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photo by KRISTELA DANIELLE S. BOO

UVLA has compiled a good deal of past comic issues, such as those of Spiderman, Wolverine, The Lone Ranger, and The Fantastic Four. Catch a glimpse of how they evolved through the years by browsing the store’s selections, and witness how decades of publications have immortalized countless superhero escapades. Owning a copy or more of these treasures is a must for superhero buffs.

7. Ukulele — The Four Strings

 

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photo by KRISTELA DANIELLE S. BOO

The Four Strings features an array of locally made ukuleles made from the finest mahogany, spruce, acacia, and mango trees. The store opened in 2014, and has since turned into a regular hang-out spot for the musically inclined, as it also offers free ukulele workshops for beginners.

8. Vinyl Records — Black Cat

 

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photo by KRISTELA DANIELLE S. BOO

For collectors and avid music fans, these authentic album records are timeless. Black Cat’s vintage record compilation includes hits from the 80s and the 90s. Browse the shop’s selections and find famous works by the legendary Frank Sinatra and Joe Cocker, as well as those of renowned composers such as Tchaikovsky and Mozart.

9. Rotary Telephones —Timeless Toys & Collectibles

 

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Rotary phones are still alive and turning up in numbers. Take a trip back to the 70s with these retro-style telephones. This vintage piece is definitely an eye-catcher and could add a dash of elegance to your room.

10. Tin Signs — Timeless Toys & Collectibles

 

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Metal signs are no longer purely for advertisement purposes; today, they could be hung anywhere—bedrooms, cafes, restaurants, garages, and others—and draw nostalgia or lift up people’s moods. F JULIENNE MAUI C. MANGAWANG

 

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