Meet PNoy, the 'audiophile'

Posted at 10/05/12 2:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines – “Kris TV” hosts Kris Aquino and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero revealed a different side of President Benigno Aquino III on the morning talk show’s Friday episode.

Kris, the President’s youngest sister, called him an “audiophile,” or a person who has a strong interest in stereo or high-fidelity sound reproduction. She said that at one point, her brother even made fun of her audio system at home.

“Nilait niya ‘yung home system ko. Sabi niya, ‘you just chose it because they’re tiny’ and parang ‘it’s your architect who chose it. Pero kung papakinggan mo, wala ‘yan,’” she said.

“He even has intelligent lights na sumasabay sa music. He’s an audiophile,” she added.

Escudero, who has been friends with Aquino since they ran for Congress in 1998, said he and the President share a lot of interests such as cars and guns.

But he admitted that Aquino’s passion for music and sound is too much for him. “May panahong techno siya. Hindi ko ma-gets ‘yon,” he said, laughing.

“Kumplikado siya, may sweet spot siya. Sasabihin niya ‘umupo ka rito, ito ‘yung best spot na nakaayos ‘yung speaker na may mga reflector na tumatalbog-talbog. Hindi ko ma-appreciate eh.

“[Kasi] ‘yung tunog sa akin sa isang sulok, sa kabilang sulok ganoon pa rin eh.”

The senator added: “Hindi cultured ang tenga ko, hindi ko ma-appreciate. Para sa akin, maganda kahit saan ako umupo eh.”

Aquino’s Executive Secretary, Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa Jr., earlier said that the President is so focused on music that he is “almost like a sound technician.”

Ochoa said Aquino’s rooms in his bachelor pad near Malacañang Palace (Bahay Pangarap) and his family’s home in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac are “all set up.”

“One thing he really loves is listening to music. I don’t know if people know that he’s an expert in [music]. He’s almost like a sound technician. He’s so focused on it. He builds up a good sound system way back pa,” he said.

“You’ll find the whole room is surrounded by compact discs… That’s what he enjoys most, listening to music,” he added.

Aquino likes listening to different kinds of music, from Original Pilipino Music or OPM to disco, trance and house, as he mentioned in one of his speeches last year.

His favorite local artists include Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, APO Hiking Society, Noel Cabangon, Jose Mari Chan and Mitch Valdez.

Alcasid, Velasquez, Cabangon, APO and other big names in the local music scene performed at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila during Aquino’s inaugural on June 30, 2010, causing many to call the event a “musical show.”