On and off for over a year now, I’ve been doing research for a personal design project, reading books and collecting photos from local provincial museums around the country. Yesterday, after picking PJ up from work in Pasay, and before finally beginning the real
work for the project, we headed to my last stop: an ‘arts and crafts store’ right in the heart of Manila.
Silahis has always been my favorite Philippine crafts store, with 4 levels of antiques, home accessories, books and fine art. I was there for ‘research’ so I went around the store like it was a library/museum. It was really educational and so inspiring! Almost all the items had tags with information about its purpose and the tribe/province where it is from. The selection over there is far from the cliche wooden magnets and pina fiber cloth that come to mind when you think of “Philippine Souvenirs”. They have narra dressers, wooden trays and bowls, original illustrations of Philippine artists— I was mentally “pinning” everything for our future house. I wish I had more time (and money!) to shop around but they were kicking us out at 7pm (closing time), with a friendly ‘just come visit us again next time’ from the lovely staff. I came out with a coffee table book that I got at 50%-off, some placemats, accessories, and a few Christmas presents for friends.
Here’s what you can expect to find there:
tribal accessories (I really wanted to get this hat… but where on earth would I use it??)
antiques and textiles
beautiful beadwork on a headband from…China??
Purchase a poem for 50 pesos.
Fernando Alonso visited Silahis?? Whuuut??? Where was I when this happened??
Of course, PJ is in the Rizaliana section. His favorite!
Beautiful antique furniture that I WANT.
Eat your heart out, Anthropologie.
A narra dresser with balud textile.
Vintage books, 3 for P100.
fine art for sale!!! ahhhh!!!
most of these illustrations aren’t even more than P2,000.
Silahis is officially on my list of happy places.
The Silahis Center
744 Calle Real del Palacio (Gen. Luna), Intramuros 1002, Manila
Open 10am-7pm daily, even on holidays.