Monday, November 12, 2012

The November HiFi Show (Day 2)

The board at was busy with posts, comments and reviews about the November HiFi Show as soon as Day 1 ended on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

I finally did make it on Day 2, Sunday afternoon, after Pres. Aquino, a known audiophile, had left. No media accompanied him, I was told, by my good friend the journalist who I finally had the favor of being in company with and was there ahead of me.

The November HiFi Show occupied rooms of the 2nd and 4th floors of the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City. I like this Event because unlike popular "trade shows," it gives one the moment to be up close and very personal with music and the owners who set up the equipment themselves in their respective listening rooms.

It was my first time at such a gathering and, unlike the veteran attendees, organizers and members posting comments at the forum, I was at a loss for words. When I found it all I can say is, what a profound and overwhelming experience it is.

To be face-to-face with exquisite craftsmanship, breathtaking music, and meeting the people who made this Event possible; main man Tony Boy de Leon ever so kindly led the tour and proudly showed off the room for the collection of the late businessman and acknowledged audiophile Johnny Cruz, affectionately called Mang Johnny of Balikbayan Handicrafts – what an honor it was to just be there and hold some of Mang Johnny's well-preserved vacuum tubes and audio ephemera.

To be greeted by Val and – in his assigned room where music was played for us and his guests through his proudly Filipino-made instruments, I knew I was in good hands – be seated between him and another Philippine audio legend Mang Rod, Rodrigo B. Teope, himself.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Maps and Music Weekend: the November Hi-Fi Show and Murillo's Maps

I am grateful for days like today that give me some free time to check out two particular interests: maps and music.


Presented annually since 2004 by members of the Philippines' only audio enthusiasts community, (of which I count as among the few female members), the November HiFi Show opens its 2-day event today at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City.

Besides starting as a swap gathering of vinyl collectors–mostly the guys–the organizers have put together audio equipment owners and DIY'ers and provided them and their guests space and chill time to talk and listen closely to really good music.

Eventually, Philippine dealers of fine audio equipment got wind of the event and asked to be included in succeeding schedules which led to the formalizing of the swap meet to what it is today.

Of this year's show, it's main man, Tony Boy de Leon, wrote:


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