I decided to revisit the guitar after seeing some books on the Philippine Guitar at National Bookstore.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Got a copy of Selected Philippine Music for Classical Guitar (with Tablature Notations), arranged by Maestro Jose Valdez.
It is published by Faithful Servant Marketing Printers and Publishers, and they're located at:
121-B Molave St., Project 3,
The songs contained in this book are:
Aking Bituin (O Ilaw)
The inside back cover features luthier or guitar-maker Leonardo Apa, whose guitar shop is located in Block 53, Lot 13, Zontaville Sub., San Isidro, Antipolo City (traveling along Marcos Hiway, go past Cogeo and Masinag).
His telephone number is +63.2 639 5114 and
He also delivers some of his guitars to Maestro Jose Valdez' school in Project 3, so I'm hoping some of his more affordable, local guitars are available there. (Although my dad says stick with better known brands such as Yamaha.)
I called Mr. Apa and inquired about his classical guitars, and the ones he had available were in the P40,000 (about US$800) and below price range. When I balked and reiterated that I'm a beginner, he said he can introduce me to a P25,000 (about US$500) guitar (rosewood, cedar).
He said they were priced that way because the materials are imported.
Perhaps I'll go and learn to play a few songs first on an RJ "pang-masa" (for the masses) guitar, and then later decide whether it will be worth investing in a guitar that's worth about as much as a clone PC here in the Philippines.
In the meantime, I'll go practice a few kundimans on the guitar...
Panuorin Mo Ito...
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