The Philippines’ fast-growing vinyl record market will get a major boost on April 22 when Manila celebrates Record Store Day (RSD) for the first time.
Audio Pilipinas, a Facebook-based homegrown group of music lovers and audiophiles, is the local host of RSD 2017 Pilipinas.
The celebration will be held at Buddha Bar Manila, in Makati, from 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight on April 22, Saturday, with 25 independent record stores and online vendors taking part.
Major and emerging bands — as well as Filipino musical legends — will perform in a concert at Buddha Bar Manila to mark RSD 2017 Pilipinas. They include The Late Isabel, Hoochie Coochie Mikkie, The Black Vomits, Itchyworms and Ely Buendia’s Apartel.
Apart from bringing together like-minded individuals with a passion for records, music reproduction and attending live performances, Audio Pilipinas also upholds corporate social responsibility through projects like providing free musical instruments to lower-income youth.
“This year, we hope to use RSD to promote the small and independent record stores in the Philippines and tie that in to our advocacy of helping underprivileged children through corporate sponsorships and donations,” said Reggie Halili, one of the administrators of Audio Pilipinas (www.audiopilipinas.com).
Audio Pilipinas has a closed group of more than 6,000 members on Facebook, including Filipino expatriates living across Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East.
They share their record collections, exchange tips on how to improve music playback, host rotating listening sessions at private homes and hold regular gatherings to promote knowledge and camaraderie.
Audio Pilipinas also has a trading platform on Facebook called The APStore, also a members-only group.
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today, there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.
Record Store Day Pilipinas 2017 is made possible with the support of Buddha Bar Manila, Canvas Boutique Hotel, Beach Montemar, November HiFi Show, Offshore Music and 105.1 Crossover.
Participating Record Shops:
- The Grey Market Records Northwest Estate and Collectibles TRAX Manila
- Vinylhead Records
- For The Record
- DP Vinyls
- Plaka Express
- The Source
- Photomanila Depot
- Manly Estrada
- Gamit Pang Hiwalayan
- Perfect Day Records
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