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Are you ready for the Tamiya Asia Challenge?

Create and be ready to have fun, as Leg 5 of the Tamiya Asia Challenge Contest kicks off at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center in Makat City on Feb. 23 to 24.

Ferdie Kahn, organizer for the Tamiya Asia Challenge 2019 and The Brickyard owner, said that Leg 6 of the challenge will take place in the same venue on March 16 to 17.

Then the semifinalists of all Legs (there are six Legs) will move on to compete in the Asia Challenge on June 20 to 23, he said.

Are you ready for the Tamiya Asia Challenge?
The massive Tamiya exhibit
“Just bring yourself, your creation and be ready to have fun. We follow the international rules for the races and it is in our Facebook page @brickyardlhc and in our website (lilshobbycenter.com.ph.). Be ready to be amazed and to experience a race and a race track like no other,” added Kahn. 

The Tamiya event is an opportunity to showcase the Philippines once again because our country manufactures these plastic model kits, radio controlled cars, and other related products.

“As for the event, we want this to be the best Tamiya Asia Challenge event ever.  We hope our local racers will do very well and we hope they get good support.  The Philippines has not hosted this large event before and hosting it will introduce this wonderful and wholesome hobby to more people,” he said.

Founded by Yoshio Tamiya in Japan in 1946, Tamiya products continue to be a favorite among hobbyists, not only in the Philippines but around the world.

Tamiya fans in the Philippines have also converged at the Brickyard located on the 3rd floor of Glorietta 2. The venue, which opened in June 2018, serves as the venue for Tamiya fans where they can meet and have fun with Mini4WD, Model Kit and Remote Control. 

Kahn said, “Mini 4WD is a very social activity and that is the primary reason we decided to setup this destination, The Brickyard. We are all social beings, we like to spend time doing stuff that we like.  Introduce a venue and a platform for people with similar interests and you create a social exchange that is addicting.” 

Asked about the longevity of Tamiya products among fans, he said: “I think the experience of creating something that you can call your own, something unique, and something that is essentially a reflection of yourself, is just so powerful and it is the essence of the hobby and experiencing it with others; that I think explains the longevity of Tamiya.”

Kahn revealed plans for the company to expand in other parts of the country and introduce more products.

“We really want to continue to branch out and take it to every corner of the country. We want to get our friends outside of Metro Manila to experience this phenomenon. Tamiya will continue to introduce new products and we expect improvements with new technology. We also want to continue providing enthusiasts with this platform and hopefully, we can expand to other areas. Of course, more races!  How about, Philippine Mini 4WD Open? That sounds like it will be a huge event!” he said.  

Despite the presence of mobile games, Tamiya products are still selling, he added.

“Tamiya provides something different.  Its tactile, its experiential, it never virtual. There is always a need or a desire to experience something that is physical.  This activity provides you with hours of fun and challenges. And there is always some new challenge and obstacle to climb. Most importantly, it is a family experience as this hobby really know no boundaries and is enjoyed by everyone in the family.” Kahn said.

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44th International Bamboo Organ Festival

The 44th International Bamboo Organ Festival opened yesterday with a concert for the sustaining members of the Bamboo Organ Foundation and major sponsors of the Festival. The public can enjoy the same today and on Sunday (Feb. 24).

The concert will be at the 200-year-old parish church of St. Joseph in Las Piñas that was constructed by Fr. Diego Cera and completed in 1819.  The church has been restored and renovated between 1972 and 1974 by National Artist Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa, and is one of his earliest projects making use of native Filipino material.

To be performed are Magnificat by J.S. Bach and other works of the baroque period (Telemann, Charpentier, and Buxtehude), performed by Johann Trummer (organ, Austria), Manu Mellaerts (trumpet, Belgium), soloists Stefanie Quintin, Sherla Najera, Michelle Mariposa, James Conde, Ervin Lumauag, Christopher Arceo, Mark Abesia, the Villancico Vocal Ensemble, and the Manila Baroque Ensemble, conducted by Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng.

Other events in the program include the open air concert with organist Mauro Goia (Italy) together with trumpeter Manu Mellaerts (Belgium) on Saturday (Feb. 23) with OPM artists Klarisse de Guzman and Nyoy Volante; the organ recital by Viviane Loriaut (France) on Monday (Feb. 25), the Philippine-Korean Friendship Night with organists Dong-ill Shin and Yang-hee Yun, Hyo-young Kim (saenghwang), and Rachel Gerodias-Park (soprano) on Tuesday (Feb.26), and the closing concert on Feb. 27 with the Las Piñas Boys Choir celebrating its 50th anniversary, to be held at the San Ezekiel Moreno Oratory (Villar Sipag Compound along C-5 Extension).

Tickets are at P600, P400, and P200 for Feb. 22, 24, 25, and 26.  Tickets for Febr. 23 are at P600 and P400, and for Feb. 27 tickets are at P200 available at SM Tickets and TicketNet Online.  You can also call the office of the Bamboo Organ Foundation

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Topics: Ferdie Kahn , Tamiya Asia Challenge Contest , 44th International Bamboo Organ Festival , Yoshio Tamiya , Tamiya Asia Challenge
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