Nikki Coseteng
Nikki Coseteng
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My ‘cousin’ John, dearest Iya
by Nikki Coseteng - November 17, 2019 - 12:00am
In family conversation, it was never “John Gokongwei.” He was always fondly referred to as “Iya” while his mother Juanita, half-sister to my grandfather Jose Asensi Marquez Lim, was “...
Muscle cars to die for
by Nikki Coseteng - November 4, 2018 - 12:00am
We — as in we “agemates” — surely remember the American muscle cars of the ’60s and ’70s. Really! Who can forget the Ford Mustang, Shelby Cobra, Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro, Pontiac...
Window dressing
by Nikki Coseteng - September 9, 2018 - 12:00am
From all over Turkey, Afghanistan, India and Indonesia and other parts of Asia came her louvers, doors, window panes, pillars, beams, mirrors, grill works, doorknobs and handles.
This ‘Lord of Scents’ sniffs out Louis Vuitton
by Nikki Coseteng - June 17, 2018 - 12:00am
The appeal of the predominantly brown and earth colors of Louis Vuitton luggage and handbags has caught the heart and eye of Joel Cruz, better known as the “Lord of Scents” for creating phenomenal, affordable...
Joker in a McDonald's costume? Yasss!
by Nikki Coseteng - May 6, 2018 - 12:00am
Three decades of collecting Happy Meal toys can be a great way to chronicle the influence and impact of McDonald’s has had on an entire generation, and those beyond.
Finding art in Pulilan life
by Nikki Coseteng - March 18, 2018 - 12:00am
His friendship with Philippine National Artist for sculpture Abdulmari Imao turned a bakery supplies trader into a collector of sculptures.
Something to crow about
by Nikki Coseteng - February 25, 2018 - 12:00am
All that glitters is not necessarily gold. It could be a rooster!
Hello Kitty won her heart
by Nikki Coseteng - February 11, 2018 - 12:00am
I love pink! Whenever I go out with friends and see something pink, I like to have it.
This martial art expert collects toys
by Nikki Coseteng - January 21, 2018 - 12:00am
Unbelievable! G.I. Joe, World War II, Lord of the Rings characters, Samurai figurines, knights and cars and stuffed toys — a karate instructor has been collecting all these seriously for 11 years.
This CEO’s favorite investment? Sports memorabilia
by Nikki Coseteng - January 14, 2018 - 12:00am
I have always loved sports. I think life without sports is boring and not worth living. Sports keeps your blood pumping.” So says Peter Grimes, married to Maris with four sons, Ben (19), Sam (17), Dan (12)...
Tempest in tiny teapots
by Nikki Coseteng - January 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Amazing how miniature teapot collecting has caught on and developed quite a following in the international scene.
This Santa collector’s museum is on the ‘nice’ list
by Nikki Coseteng - December 31, 2017 - 12:00am
Edna Del Rosario, a Santa collector of 17 years,  believes it is the happiest collection to have.      
Away in the manger
by Nikki Coseteng - December 23, 2017 - 4:00pm
My Christmases always had the following must-haves: a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, parols, lots of gifts, midnight Mass, the dinner and the belen.
Her saints go with her wherever she goes
by Nikki Coseteng - December 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
I have a small traveling box where I keep relics of 14 saints I call my companion saints. They go with me wherever I go. I want them to be near other people too so I carry them with me even when I’m just at...
Got remote, will fly
by Nikki Coseteng - November 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
Since Obi Mapua was 12, way back in 1956, until today at age 73, he has been designing and building airplanes. Back in the day, there was no such thing as radio control.
When toys get funky
by Nikki Coseteng - November 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
Mel Stephen Sia says it’s not just about collecting toys. ‘My collection reminds me of that period in my life when FunkoPop made me really happy.’    
Heaven can weight
by Nikki Coseteng - October 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
‘Twenty five plus years ago I came across a beautiful glass globe. I showed it to my partner, Ito Curata, he also liked it. I began collecting paperweights,’ says Bob Miller, a retired executive.
How kimonos wove a friendship
by Nikki Coseteng - September 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
‘Searching for kimonos and people interested in them led me to the KimonoPH page, a Facebook group where Kat Penaranda was actively posting,’ says Priscilla ‘Chi’ Hallare, who has been collecting...
Dr. Jaime Laya: Nationalist, art and culture stalwart and book collector
by Nikki Coseteng - September 23, 2017 - 4:00pm
‘I began collecting books on the Philippines when I was in graduate school in California,’ says Dr. Jaime C. Laya. ‘I used to spend Saturdays browsing secondhand bookshops in San Francisco and North...
Ito Curata – A fan of fans
by Nikki Coseteng - September 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
For most people, hand-held fans serve only one main purpose — to cool one’s self sans electricity or battery. Others look at designs, colors, patterns, themes and materials used.
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