In one of the seediest roads in Quezon City lies a furniture shop that uses local materials. Although the shop at NIA Road is usually not given any importance by passers by except maybe for an occasional question of “Magkano po?”, it showcases Filipino craftsmanship and design and to those who would like to explore what the Philippines can offer, it could be a connection to a very rich heritage even before the Spanish came to the country.
The owner, Imelda Molina started her business at the age of 17 when she moved to the capital from Urdaneta, Pangasinan. While showing pamphlets to prospect buyers, Ate Imelda said, “Dito ko na rin kinuha yung pag-aaral ng mga anak ko.” Mrs. Molina has five children –two daughters and three sons.
Her shop is very busy. While Weng, one of the people who man the shop when Mrs. Molina is not there is taking care of deliveries the two other men who work there prepare items to be delivered –applying varnish on abaca products and making sure that everything is delivered in good condition.
While many buy imported goods for their homes, a number of people who live in posh subdivisions in Quezon City and Makati drop by the shop to order items for their homes.Mrs. Molina said, "Nagdeliver ako sa isang bahay, hindi ko akalain, artista pala yung nag-order."
If you are interested in going to Molina’s to take a look at the abaca furniture, you can contact Mrs. Molina herself at 0910-683-3257.