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This Tini Wini Wrapper Is Now a Rare Collectible

What looks like trash to some is actually a priceless treasure to collectors.
IMAGE JOHN ALBERT CORTES
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John Albert Cortes was walking home from work when he spotted something shiny in the ground near a vacant lot. When he took a look, he noticed it was the metallic blue wrapper of Monde's Tini Wini cookies. 

"What looks like trash to some is actually a treasure for collectors," Cortes told Esquire Philippines. "May hinuhukay kasi sa bakanteng lote doon, tapos may mga nahukay na basura. Nakita ko yung Tini Wini wrapper doon. Tumingin muna ako kung may ibang mga tao na kukuha nung wrapper, wala namang gustong kumuha kaya pinulot ko."

According to Cortes, the production of Tini Wini stopped two decades ago. 

"Naaalala ko pa nawala yung Tini Wini sa mga grocery nung 2001. Grade 2 ako noon, at iyon ang palagi kong baon."

("There was an excavation at the vacant lot, and they dug up old garbage. I saw the Tini Wini wrapper. I looked around if anyone was interested in taking the wrapper, but no one was attempting to pick it up, so I did. I remember Tini Wini disappeared from groceries in 2001. I was in second grade, and that was my snack at school.")

John Albert Cortes took this photo of the Tini Wini wrapper he found at a vacant lot.

Photo by John Albert Cortes.
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According to Cortes, he didn't mind if people thought he was scavenging among the trash because he knew what he found was priceless. He took it home, cleaned it, and placed it in a plastic protector. 

Photo by John Albert Cortes.
Photo by John Albert Cortes.

Despite Tini Wini being discontinued around 20 years ago, it still remains to be a memorable snack for kids who grew up in the '90s. 

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Now, a quick search on Google about Tini Wini will produce very few results. Cortes's photos are the most recent and clear images of the wrapper. 

Cortes collects items from the 1990s, but this is the first time he has picked up a wrapper. "I usually collect toys from my childhood," says Cortes. "This is the first time I decided to keep a wrapper." 

Asked about how much he thinks is the price for such a rare item, Cortes admits he has yet to learn about it. "I don't know how much it sells for, to be honest," says Cortes, who says what's more important is the item's historic and sentimental value to a lot of people. 

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