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