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Philippine collector's passion for restaurant toys
Published: Apr 28, 2021 06:08 PM
A collection of Bearbricks in a toy store in Shanghai Photo: cnsphoto

A collection of Bearbricks in a toy store in Shanghai Photo: cnsphoto


From the age of 5, Filipino graphic artist Percival Lugue has had a passion for collecting toys from fast-food restaurant chains like McDonald's, Burger King and home-country favorite Jollibee.

Now, nearly five decades later, the 50-year-old has about 20,000 toys packed from floor to ceiling in his home and holds a Guinness World Record from 2014, when his collection reached more than 10,000 items.

"The toy is like a storyteller in itself," said Lugue, explaining his hobby while sitting among an eclectic mix of toys in his three-story home.

Lugue, who lives in Apalit in Pampanga, a province northwest of Manila, built his home especially to house his collection.

One of his most treasured pieces is a "Hetty Spaghetti" figurine, a mascot from the Jollibee chain that his mother gave him in 1988.

His dream now is to eventually put his collection on display for the public or even open a museum to "give others a chance to revisit their own childhood memories."

Reuters
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