KING OF OLD TIME RA­DIO

WHAT HE COLLECTS SPECIF­I­CALLY Vin­tage tube ra­dios CRAZIEST COL­LEC­TOR MO­MENT “Tuwing umaga at tuwing tang­hali, pina­pali­nis ko sa am­ing house­help ‘yung bawat piece sa collection ko.”

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per­haps un­like many of our wives or girl­friends, 48-year-old picker boyet guillermo’s wife sup­ports his ob­ses­sion with vin­tage tube ra­dios. in fact, it was she who sparked the start of guillermo’s mad collection. one day in 2010, while they were in cubao expo, they passed by a shop where sev­eral vin­tage tube ra­dios were dis­played. “nakita niya ‘yung ra­dios and told me, ‘in love ako

sa mga ganoong ra­dio,’ sabi niya. ‘gusto ko may mga ganoon tayo.’” and what do you do to please your girl? you fol­low and do what she wants. “that’s why yung isang naka-display doon, binili namin even though it was too ex­pen­sive.”

but that ra­dio looked very lonely when they dis­played it at home. and so guillermo went on

to buy a sec­ond one, and then a third one... un­til the num­ber of tube ra­dios in his pos­ses­sion reached roughly 60 to 70 pieces. “kung hindi ako nagkaka­mali, base sa par­tic­i­pa­tion ko sa groups of pick­ers and col­lec­tors, ito na nga yata ang pinaka­malak­ing collection of tube ra­dios [dito sa pilip­inas].”

an av­er­age non-work­ing tube ra­dio can cost you p2,000 to p3,000. but the ones real col­lec­tors like guillermo are af­ter are the older, rarer, and of course, work­ing mod­els. but it comes at a price: tube ra­dios from the early 1900s to 1920s can cost be­tween p50,000 to p80,000.

Just like many other col­lec­tors, guillermo takes pride own­ing a par­tic­u­lar item, specif­i­cally the 1930s rca ra­di­ola 17, which he bought for p55,000. it’s a rare piece be­cause it had a short run in the mar­ket, from 1923 to 1928, so very few of it still ex­ist. “hav­ing this spe­cific piece in my house, makes me happy. i re­ally trea­sure it,” he says, beam­ing with pride.

“this collection just makes me re­ally, re­ally happy kaya in­aala­gaan ko ta­laga sila. ang saya umuwi sa ba­hay tapos nakikita ko ang tube ra­dios ko. it gives me a dif­fer­ent feel­ing na rito [sa collection] ko lang nakukuha.”

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