Audio Pilipinas hosts Record Store Day 2017

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Twenty-five independent record stores and online vendors are taking part in a celebration on April 22, which will feature major and emerging bands.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 9) — The Philippines' fast-growing vinyl-record market will get a major boost on April 22 when Manila celebrates Record Store Day (RSD).

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 the Buddha Bar Manila in Makati from 10 a.m. to 12 midnight. Twenty-five independent record stores and online vendors are taking part, including:

  • MusicHaven
  • The Grey Market Records
  • Northwest Estate and Collectibles
  • TRAX Manila
  • Vinylhead Records
  • For The Record
  • Grupo Hifi
  • DP Vinyls
  • Plaka Express
  • Schallplatten Musik
  • Photomanila Depot
  • Manly Estrada
  • Stereofiles Audio
  • Gamit Pang Hiwalayan
  • Perfect Day Records

Major and emerging bands, as well as Filipino musical legends, will perform in a concert. They include The Late Isabel, Hoochie Coochie Mikkie, The Black Vomits, Itchyworms, and 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.

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 in every continent except Antarctica.