Friday, April 27, 2007


Your favorite photographs, when printed and framed, could make wonderful gifts to friends and family, as well as add life to the otherwise staid walls in your house. However, finding a good place to get your pictures framed in Manila can be a hassle.

I had only disappointing experiences with unreliable and unscrupulous picture framers in Quiapo until a fellow photography enthusiast, Noel, hooked me up with Tupe. The guy knows his craft and his prices are negotiable and reasonable. No wonder Noel only entrusts his treasured photographs with this guy.

His shop, Tupe Arts & Frames, is located in the newly-refurbished Grand Central Market along Quezon Boulevard near corner Fugoso Street (a few meters from the pedestrian overpass); across the street from the Music Warehouse building.

Tupe's contact number is 0918-231-4462.



posted by Señor Enrique at 5:52 AM


Blogger Belle TH said...

hi Senor,

finance permitting, i am thinking of making a calendar out of the beautiful pictures i took of catanduanes. i though it would make good Christmas presents. what do you think?

April 27, 2007 6:36 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Now, that is a wonderful idea, Belle! Your photographs are truly worth printing.

When compiled and combined with a calendar, would make a great holiday git. Do it ... and send me an autographed edition, please ... hehehe :)

April 27, 2007 6:46 AM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Thanks for the tip.

April 27, 2007 7:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a time i got addicted to cross stitching. I still had to go to Baguio to have my works framed, kasi mas maganda quality ng frames nila. And I prefer the non-glare glass and the back should be really completely covered, no tapes. You think Tupe can provide me those specs, Eric?

BTW, those framed cross stitches - I gave away most of them as gifts. Ngayon, ako naman ang naubusan... :(

April 27, 2007 7:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mean, the back should be completely covered and sealed, so small insects cannot get in.

April 27, 2007 7:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Framed photos will always be the best gift for a person because it's very nostalgic and it has all the memories implanted inside the snapshot.


April 27, 2007 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'll keep that in mind eric. i do have some pics that i liked to be framed and i know that many picture framer floods the quiapo recto area... thanks for the tip... :)

sorry to hear about the server...

April 27, 2007 1:18 PM  

Blogger sheilamarie said...

thanks for the great tip, eric. i have some pics and other stuffs i want to have framed next time. kasi naman, the framing stores i see are the ones in the malls, and it can get quite costly.

April 27, 2007 4:29 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

My pleasure, Sidney!

April 27, 2007 8:48 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Rhoda!

The back of the frames that Tupe does is basically plywood and sealed on the sides with masking tape. However, I'm sure he can cover the entire back with thicker than usual manila paper as they do at more expensive frame shops at the mall. I'm okay with the plywood back.

It might be worth sending him an SMS message and inquire, Rhoda.

April 27, 2007 8:50 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I agree, Kyels ... totally.

Also, it is a labor of love and original :)

April 27, 2007 8:51 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Lino! The servers are fine now :)

Yes, it was exasperating doing business with the other fram shops becasue most of them subcontract the job to another framer who actually does the job. Also, they are unsure when you ask for really custom made framing.

On the other hand, Tupe does the work himself and most often have wonderful ideas on how to best frame the pics.

April 27, 2007 8:54 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Ayayay, Sheilamarie! The ones at the mall may do a good job but they also have to justify the high rents they pay for being inside a nice mall.

Try Tupe with one or two jobs at first. If satisfied, bring the others. And always negotiate the prices; he's cool about it, especially when you're a repeat customer :)

April 27, 2007 8:56 PM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

Thanks for sharing your nice photo of the new Central Market. I spent a lot of time in that area when I was a kid "taga-bit-bit ng pinamalengke" to the waiting kalesas or tricycles for a measly .20 centavo fee. After I earned enough, I would go in the Karinderya section of the market for the best menudo and rice meal.

Are the framers in the Malate area still in business? That's where we used to go for quality work.

April 27, 2007 10:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Eric, am working late. :)

While reviewing your pics here, I noticed in the second pic, that framed cross stitch of an angel - alam mo, may ginagawa akong ganyan, inumpisahan ko noong year 2002 pa, hanggang ngayon, hindi pa tapos! LOL! But I posted a picture of it in my blog, and it is actually my first upload in my site!

April 28, 2007 1:50 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Noypete's!

There's still much left to be done at the new Central Market, but once finished, I plan to do a more comprehensive photo essay.

NOt bad, Noypetes, because the measly .20 centavo fee you charge per customer would eventually add up. That place used to draw many shoppers! In high school, I used to go with my brothers and cousins to buy fabrics there for our shirts and pants. I have fond memories of this place, too (not too far from where we live but we still needed to take a jeepney, though).

Where exactly in Malate where your favorite framers located. I will visit.


April 28, 2007 5:24 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Wow! Hard-working, Rhoda! I had many errands, too, b ut had to really pace myself because of the heat :(

I thought that the lady customer of Tupe was having her cross stitch project framed, but wasn't sure it was indeed what you'd call cross stitch.

Yes, I believe some of Tupe's customers have these personal projects instead of photographs to be framed :)

Is your angel finished, yet, I like it :)

April 28, 2007 5:29 AM  

Blogger carlotta1924 said...

thanks for the tip senor! =)

April 28, 2007 7:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

G'Day Eric
To visit your blog and read your regular suki"s comments always makes my day.

April 28, 2007 7:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the idea. i would normally just get a frame from national book store, now i have other options.

April 29, 2007 1:51 AM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

West of Vito Cruz between Taft and Tenessee. Right after the fruit market, noth side of the street was a row of stalls of mostly framers and skilled wood carvers. (ca. 1972-78)

April 29, 2007 3:57 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

You're welcome, Carla. Now, you have an affordable place to have one or two of your pictures framed taken from your vacation in the States!

April 29, 2007 6:21 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hello Batapaloc!

If you have any question about a certain place in our beloved City of Manila, or want to see them in pictures, just let me know. If able to accommodate, I'd gladly do so :)

April 29, 2007 6:23 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Getting the frames from a bookstore of gift shop is also a good idea, Dine. But if you have a few (as giveaways) better go to someone like Tupe to save some money.

April 29, 2007 6:25 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

West of Vito Cruz would be heading towards Roxas Blvd., right, Noypetes?
I will most definitely check it out and take pics of the area to share with you.

BTW, just finished my studio lighting workshop with Allan Razo at FPPP. I might now take a continuing photography class at La Salle (St. Benilde) which is located in this same neighborhood. La Salle's new building on Vito Cruz Extension is soon to open and will house all its fine arts and photography classes.

April 29, 2007 6:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i need frames...long have i wanted to print somen of my better pictures in 8x12 but i don't like people of recto :(

any idea how much frame for 8x12, slightly elegant one, not the usual wooden frame cost? i need at least 15 frames. tutubipatrol gallery :)

April 29, 2007 4:24 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I wouldn't be able to guess the cost of what you need, Tito :)

Actually, the way I have mine done is usually figure out the mat first with border of at least 3-to-4 inches, depending on the size of the picture so, the cost always varies. As for the frame itself, I always go for the simple black wood like I have in the States.

April 29, 2007 6:22 PM  

Blogger miche11e said...

most of the picture framers along the kamuning and scout area there in diliman area have been at one time or another went under the tutelage of MANG RICARDO. he's been my suki since 1995 when he is still using the scout Reyes shop. he is quite knowledgeable in color matching of matts, mouldings, local and imported ones/. and he charges reasonably. just like the central market people . he is now located at no. 15 K-8th street, kamuning, q.c. his cell no. is 09194250229. he also pick-up and delivers. best supplier of OFF SIZES FRAMES.

April 25, 2008 4:48 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Many thanks for sharing this information, Michelle! I may try Mang Ricardo's framing services one of these days :)

April 26, 2008 7:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi. does Mang Ricardo frame diplomas?


September 08, 2008 1:26 PM  

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