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:

Once a year the country’s Audio and Video-philes gather at the Dusit Thani Hotel to feast on the latest Hifi and Home Theatre offering from around the globe.
The November Hifi Show is the only audio/video exhibition in the country produced by enthusiast, for the enthusiast. They take care on how the music and video is presented by making the most from the exhibitor’s set up. No blasting of loud noise aimlessly till your ears bleed. They appeal to the serious and critical audio/video hobbyist and professionals. All done in the name of FUN!
See vacuum tube amps, modern turntables, restored reel to reel players, the latest flat screen TVs, ton of LP records for sale and much more.
A lot of the participant at the November Hifi Show will be selling new and used vinyl. There are 3 rooms dedicated to just selling records but most of the exhibitors will be offering records for sale along with their equipment line up. There will be so much of the stuff that you’ll think it’s the 1980’s all over again!
Do you have that itch to build your own unique system? Need help figuring out how to get started? Maybe contract a veteran audio geek to build you a one of a kind piece of heaven?
Room 444, 445, 446, 447, 455 are dedicated to the best builders and customizers in the country. Anything from a Start-Up-Kit to Here’s-My-Card-And-Just-Build-It is possible with this guys. Schedule a consultation at the November Hifi Show.  See them for yourself at the Dusit Thani Hotel Makati on November 10-11 starting from 10am to 5pm. ~ November Hifi Show 2012

It is through that I came to be educated about such an esoteric pursuit as audio by really serious guys including a first-hand "tube gear" experience through very accommodating souls like the legendary Rene Rivo and his unbelievable tube collection over at his old, cozy Makati dig a few years ago. Rene, known at the forum as "Hyperaudio" also has a ton of Michael Jackson stuff fans will drool over, I found out. also opened up to me some fine Filipino audio equipment craftsmen (the "DIY'ers" and restorers), the "audio furniture makers," with extreme attention to detail and producing almost near-sculptural pieces, some of which I hope will be on exhibit as well., which has been online rather quietly for around 12 years now, includes among its members, Val A. Villanueva who writes the weekly Audiofile column on the Philippine Star and is one of the driving forces of the forum; the violinist Joseph Esmilla whose DIYs and listening room are impeccable, gallery owner Jay Amante, as well as doctors, businessmen, photographers, architects and engineers, coffee lovers, and just about every Filipino audio and serious music enthusiast who know their circuit boards more than the lines on their palms, both here and abroad.

I am (and have not been) as active in its board nor at its many real-life activities since signing up in 2004 but I do owe much of my audio "education" (and other such interests as places, recordings and recording artists, Philippine music history and such) from its pages. Surely there's more about this wonderful forum to write about but I'll just stop right here for now.

Meantime, cheers to the organizers and participants of the November HiFi Show 2012.

. . .

"The Murillo Velarde Map as the Definite 18th Century Map"

Also happening today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yuchengco Museum (also in Makati City) is a forum by educator and map collector Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia of the Ateneo de Manila University.

From the official e-newsletter announcement:

The "Mapa de las Yslas Filipinas" by Jesuit priest Pedro Murillo is considered the Father of Philippine Maps. Rendered in 1734 and updated in 1744, the map fuses art, knowledge, and power. It features native scenes and inset maps of Manila and Zamboanga; and meticulous attention to details such as mountains, river coasts, and bays, making the map highly useful for navigation. Learn more about this iconic map and why it is considered the definite 18th century map. 
Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Ateneo de Manila University in 1965, and obtained is doctorate degree in Philosophy magna cum laude from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium in 1981. His expertise is contemporary French philosophy.
Aside from teaching philosophy at Ateneo de Manila University, Dr. Garcia's other passion is collecting Philippine antique maps. In 2010, Dr. Garcia edited the third edition of Carlos Quirino's iconic book Philippine Cartography (published by Vibal Foundation). Dr. Garcia is a member of the Philippine Map Collectors Society and regularly speaks on Philippine maps and mapmaking.
Exhibit talk comes with admission (P100 for adults, P50 for students, P25 for children and seniors)
To register, email or call (632) 889-1234.

Rare, I know, but this time the weekend afternoons are bound to be full.

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