NBS explores calligraphy

A BOOKSTORE and offices supply store chain is noting a continuous increase in demand for papers and art supplies amid common perceptions that workplaces are going paperless and digital.

“A lot of people are enrolling in workshops as they explore the field of visual arts through calligraphy,” said Trina Aguila, National Bookstore Store (NBS) brand assistant.


This growing interest, Aguila said, results in higher demands for paper and art supplies. NBS, she said, makes sure to offer a range of high quality products—including premium imported brands like Caran d’Ache, Sennelier, Sharpie, and Blackwing—to a customer base comprised by students and young professionals.

Aguila said that the products offered by NBS makes calligraphy, for instance, more inclusive and accessible to many people whether or not they have art backgrounds. Calligraphy, she said, is a good jumping board for people curious about visual arts.


Last January, NBS mounted a Color and Calligraphy Fair in Abreeza Mall in Davao City. The event, which was held throughout the weekend, gathered over a thousand enthusiasts and is just one of the events lined up by NBS for the year.

The fair highlighted calligraphy and coloring workshops lead by artists Carl Chua, Kathryn Joy Fanlo, Dennis Li, Riza Magallon, Odette Oliveros, Kharl Sereda, April San Pedro, and Celvic Villacorta.

Each artist specialized in calligraphy styles, watercolor calligraphy, craft making, flourishing and shadowing, creative journaling, realistic rendering, and DIY bag designing.

The event also had pop-up shops that featured brands like Chameleon, Derwent, Dong-A, Evo, Faber-Castell, Fabriano, Grumbacher, Limelight, Manuscript, Marvy Uchida, Online, PanPastel, Pebeo, Pilot, Prismacolor, Sakura, Sheaffer, Simbalion, Speedball, Uni, and Victoria’s Journals.

NBS posts event and workshop updates in their social media @nbsalert and in their their blog blog.nationalbookstore.com.

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