Metro Manila · Silahis Arts & Artifacts
Located inside Manila’s walled city Intramuros is a quaint antique and crafts shop called Silahis (sun’s rays), The shop, established in the late 1960s, is dedicated to a “better understanding of the Filipino people” by collecting and selling arts and crafts from different parts of the country.
Upon entering the shop, one will see paintings in various sizes as well as furniture made from local materials such as bamboo, narra, and kamagong, amidst an array of hand-woven baskets made from Rattan and wood, jars made from red clay, colorful table napkins beautifully arranged in mother-of-pearl dishes, hand-woven mats and décor as well as accessories made from freshwater pearls, shells, and gems.
Silahis Arts & Artifacts also sells old publications that focus on Philippine culture and its neighbours. From artifacts to fine art to prints and sculptures –Silahis’ aim during its inception was slowly realized through the showcasing of goods that express the eclectic lifestyle of Filipinos from the Spanish period to the present. This collection of course was work done in their decades of rounding up fine crafts from Batanes to Sulu and exporting them to other parts of Asia and the Pacific as well as parts of North and South America and Europe.
The arts and crafts shop does not only sell native Philippine products here and abroad but also offers appraisal services for artists or collectors who want an evaluation of an art piece to get any of the following –the piece’s insurable value, evaluation for fair market, liquidation value, and authentication. Silahis also accepts conservation jobs.
Why Megacitizens Should Pay This Establishment A Visit
Silahis Arts & Artifacts has a wealth of products in their Intramuros showroom. If you are looking for souvenirs for friends and family back home, you can bring arts and crafts from anywhere in the Philippines without having to scour for such items outside of the metro.
Going to this establishment can be a wonderful experience. Just looking at the trinkets in the upper floor will wile away those lazy afternoons. And these are not the only things available in the shop: the paintings for example reflect the rich heritage of the Filipino people, and since the tropical destination is also rich in natural resources, one can see Silahis products made from different local materials, ranging from copper and wood to pearls and mother of pearl.
Location & How To Get There
744 Calle Real del Palacio (Gen. Luna),
Intramuros 1002, Manila City
Tel.: (63) 2 527 3841/42