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The real Lumanog guitars

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AHH, the good old days. For those of us who couldn't afford to buy an imported acoustic guitar, the next best thing was a Lumanog. In a recent article on PhilMusic.com, Gerry Diwa takes us back to his days of hunting the best local custom-built guitars. Apart from the Cebu-made types (not those made out of plywood, of course), the Lumanogs became very popular because of their distinct sound. (If you can't relate, blame the generation gap, heh). There were other brands at the time. But the Lumanog guitars became popular among budding musicians who wanted a custom-built acoustic guitar that was truly Filipino-made, as this blogger wrote back in 2005. Excerpt from Diwa's article:
The Lumanog name is synonymous with Philippine made acoustic guitars. As far as I can remember, when someone in the family wanted an acoustic guitar the reply is always to "get a Lumanog" 'cause "it's the best". And since the family hails from Pampanga, everyone knows where the best of the best Lumanog guitars can be found - at the hub of guitar and music instrument shops all bearing the name Lumanog in San Anton, Guagua, Pampanga. Thus, when it was my turn to get my first acoustic guitar - as soon as we changed Apo Ando's $100 gift into pesos - we rushed straight to San Anton in Guagua, me and my cousin haggled the hell out of the C.B. Lumanog music shop.

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