This iconic fur­ni­ture shop in Baguio has stood the test of time

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It was a re­lent­less pas­sIon for all things an­tique, old, and pi­noy that prompted pynky Magsino to es­tab­lish pnKY Vin­tage Col­lec­tion 20 years ago—that, and her back­ground in an­thro­pol­ogy. “pnKY is as old as panag­benga. I started with just gar­den fur­ni­ture at Camp John Hay,” she re­calls. since then, the fur­ni­ture store has be­come a fa­mous land­mark in the City of pines.

prior to putting up pnKY, pynky had an an­tique shop in the 1970s, which she had to close down upon mi­grat­ing to the United states. But when the 1991 earth­quake dev­as­tated Baguio, pynky’s fam­ily moved back to the city. “My sis­ter per­ished in the Hy­att Ho­tel, so my par­ents were then liv­ing on their own in their old age, so we de­cided to come back and be with them. when we were back here, I was look­ing for some­thing to do. It just be­came a nat­u­ral thing,” she nar­rates. then, when the first ever panag­benga Fes­ti­val was be­ing planned, pynky got an of­fer to set up shop, which she gladly said yes to. “that’s how I came back into the busi­ness,” she adds.

with all its years in the fur­ni­ture in­dus­try, pnKY has man­aged to re­main true to its goal: to show­case vin­tage, an­tique pi­noy pieces made mostly of wood. this is very much ap­par­ent upon en­ter­ing the store, which is like step­ping into a small mu­seum of prized Filipino ar­ti­facts. ev­ery nook houses unique finds—from del­i­cate ce­ramic ware to dainty jew­elry. the main at­trac­tions, of course, are the fur­ni­ture pieces made of hard­wood. th­ese are dressed up with ac­ces­sories like huge Maranao tops (trumpo), em­broi­dered pil­lows, and ce­ramic ves­sels. It’s not hard to imag­ine how th­ese items will look in a mod­ern pi­noy home.

the fur­ni­ture in­dus­try may con­tinue to shift trends, but pnKY still stands strong. “It’s the driv­ing pas­sion be­hind it, eh. It’s what I feel has fu­eled it this long…and also, I guess peo­ple, when they come to the shop, they can feel that it’s some­thing I love. each thing has a story,” muses pynky. this cor­ner of the shop is filled with eclec­tic finds which are mostly, if not all, sourced lo­cally. Find a piece or two to up­date your own abode. three­seater Ipil/Ka­m­agong slat­ted Bench, p35,800; Cof­fee ta­ble, p15,000; throw pil­lows, from p450 each; Mul­ti­col­ored Ce­ramic Bowl, p3,850; pour­ing Ves­sel, p9,800; Maranao tops, p3,800 each.

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