10 Journals to Keep for a Notable 2016

Here's (yet more) proof that you can never have too many notebooks.


(SPOT.ph) In this ultra-digital age of Snapchat and microblogging, who needs a real, un-live journal, right? But as with other good old things that require manual effort and patience (think artisanal anything) physical journals never go out of style—especially not with stylish choices such as these.



Kraft and Black (P350/pair) from Sunday Paper Co.

Perfect for: The minimalist


This pair of nondescript, no-nonsense notebooks in classic Kraft and Black makes a great backdrop to those brilliant thoughts and ideas and occasional graphic doodles.


Sheet stats

8 x 6 inches

80 unlined sheets

70 gsm

Smooth cream book paper

Acid-free paper




“Choco Poncho/Extra” (P99.75/pair) from Artwork

Perfect for: The quirky


The nostalgic, kitschy Pinoy pop vibe of these notebooks is just right for lighthearted entries and perhaps minor rants—it would be hard to stay in a bad mood with a cover this fun!


Sheet stats

8 x 6 inches

22 lined pages


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Metropolitan Theater and Manila Cathedral (P250/each) from 23060

Perfect for: The Manila millennials


There’s something sad about gorgeous, neglected structures. In Manila, a prime example would be the Art Deco Metropolitan Theater. Millennials weren’t lucky enough to witness it in its glory days, so let this lovely pink-foiled keeper be a reminder. Other designs include the Manila Cathedral (available in black and white) and the Rizal Theater.  


Sheet stats

5.5 x 6.5 inches

100 unruled pages

Smyth bound




Rifle Paper Co. Garance Dorè Paris-New York Notebook (P1,097) from Seek the Uniq

Perfect for: The fashyown


Gorgeous paper empire Rifle Paper Co. teamed up with revered French fashion powerhouse Garance Dorè (illustrator, author, and photographer) to basically give the trendy set a heart attack with a journal Audrey Hepburn would approve of.


Sheet stats

Paris sketchbook with blank pages on one side and a New York memoir style with rules on the other

Features a linen cover with a natural vellum interior

130 led interior pages



Alice Scott Vintage Prints Cycling Dog Gilded Journal (P630) from Powerbooks

Perfect for: The friend of the four-legged


This sweet and adorable notebook with a vintage-y feel would remind you of your favorite furry friend without screaming “I’M A DOG LOVER!” Inside, you can always tuck photos of your Dumplings and Ruffles in between pages.


Sheet stats


5.25 x 7.25 inches

160 lined pages

Embossed cover and gilded page edges

Acid-free paper




“Words and Deeds” Notebook (P450) from Powerbooks

Perfect for: The bookworm


What better way to delight a bookworm than a journal masquerading as a book? This one is based on a classic by H.W Nevinson.


Sheet stats

22 x 13.8 centimeters

Tinted and lined pages

Comes with a ribbon marker




Moleskine Passions Restaurant Journal (P1,390) from Fully Booked

Perfect for: The foodie


Keep all your gastronomic observations in a nifty notebook so you wouldn’t have to scribble your thoughts on receipts (which you will misplace) or ruin the moment by composing a draft on your smartphone. Who knows, once you’ve filled the pages, you might even have material worth publishing! 


Sheet stats

240 pages with five themed sections and five tabbed sections to personalize

Space for restaurant, bar and café notes, chef’s tips, takeaway ratings, wish list

Adhesive labels for personalizing, three bookmark ribbons



The Beatles 3 Mini Journals (P504) from Powerbooks

Perfect for: The musically inclined


This boxed bite-sized keepers feature The Fab Four’s hits from their landmark 1964 U.S. tour. We dare you not to break into a song (or at least a line) at the sight of journals screaming “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”



Sheet stats

Three mini journals in box with clear acetate top

Publisher: Galison

2.75 x 4.33 inches

144 lined; 16 graph pages



Palma Notebook Set (P450) from Tù Aranáz

Perfect for: The ladies who lunch 


These slim, chic journals are perfect for slipping into a dainty purse (and would look great next to any dish, should your food top shot need a certain something to make it truly Instagram-worthy). 


Sheet stats

5.5 x 4.25 inches

Set of three printed notebooks

52 sheets each

Gold stamped




“Fucking Brilliant” (P522) from Powerbooks

Perfect for: The artist, designer, writer (basically the creative set)


Even if for now you’d rather keep your ideas to yourself (as you work on the entirety of your grand scheme), at least pat yourself on the back and acknowledge the sheer f*cking brilliance of your thoughts in this journal by graphic designer and part-time comedian Linus Boman of Calligraphuck, who specializes in exquisite expletives.


Sheet stats

5 x 7 inches

192 pages

Lay-flat flexi-binding; soft cover

Foil-stamped calligraphy on the cover and metallic ink throughout

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