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Let there be license-plate lights

Here’s a creative way to illuminate your room

These license-plate light fixtures are inexpensive but classy. PHOTO BY VERNON B. SARNE

We admire people who find treasure in trash. Or those who can transform something seemingly worthless into something useful. Especially when that something is somehow related to cars.

We found such repurposed items during a recent visit to Backyard Kitchen and Brew in Uptown Bonifacio Mall. These are, of course, old Philippine car license plates made into colorful light fixtures. With so many people in this country not giving an iota of importance to license plates—yes, including (and especially) the Land Transportation Office—it is refreshing to see some finally performing a relevant function. They’re inexpensive, they’re cool, they’re eye-catching. Not to mention they bring back memories of a foregone era when EDSA wasn’t hell yet.

What discarded car parts can you recycle and assemble into practical stuff?

Before throwing away old items, see first if you can still repurpose them. PHOTOS BY VERNON B. SARNE

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.