EMMA Philippines reveals winners in second round of 2010 car audio challenge

by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Aug 31, 2010

Two sport-utility vehicles with outstanding mobile sound quality posted the highest scores in the second leg of the European Mobile Media Association (EMMA) Philippines’ Regional Competitors Challenge held at the Piazza at McKinley Hills in Taguig City on August 28 and 29.

Eighteen winners were declared out of 63 participants ranging from newbies in the SQ (sound quality) Entry level to seasoned competitors who joined the Master Unlimited class, which is only open to those who have more than seven channels of power amplification in their system.

In the EMMA Sound Quality Loud (ESQL) category where sound reproduction should be both loud and clear to one even when he’s five meters from the vehicle, Raphael Bernando’s Chevrolet Tahoe scored 493.20 points to earn the ESQL Expert Unlimited trophy. With a total score of 449, Christofer Tan’s Subaru Forester topped the SQ Master seven-channel class. Here’s the complete list of winners:

Name Car Category Class
Rico Castillo Toyota Vios SQ Entry Up to 30K
Michael So Honda Accord SQ Experienced Up to 60K
Leonard Co Honda Civic SQ Experienced Up to 120K
Kristofferson Mauricio Toyota Fortuner SQ Experienced Up to 5 channels
Roy Aragon Toyota Innova SQ Experienced Unlimited
Christofer Tan Subaru Forester SQ Master Up to 7 channels
Jerry Jones Lim Honda Jazz SQ Master Unlimited
Macky Sy Mitsubushi Outlander SQ Advanced Up to 240K
Jeff Yap Mercedes-Benz ML350 SQ Advanced Up to 5 channels
Francis Gozon Toyota Camry SQ Advanced Up to 7 channels
Mike Paras Honda Civic SQ Advanced Unlimited
Jiggs Hermano Mazda 3 MM Experienced 2 channels
Danald Rey Honda Civic ESQL Experienced 2W-2Drivers
Jeffrey Sia Honda Jazz ESQL Experienced 2W-Open
Mike Sales Honda City ESQL Experienced 4W-3Drivers
Raymar Pedrajas Honda Accord ESQL Advanced Unlimited
Ian Jason Diego Isuzu Trooper ESQL Master Unlimited
Raphael Earvin Bernardo Chevrolet Tahoe ESQL Expert Unlimited

The technical competence of local car audiophiles has improved significantly compared to when the first EMMA Philippines regional challenge was held in 2008, said EMMA Philippines head Mickey Tang.

“When we first started, we only had less than 30 cars,” Tang said. “This year, I can say that in terms of sound quality, we’ve improved by 100 percent. Given enough exposure, I’m sure we can challenge the Thais who are considered to be the best in the car audio competition scene in Asia.”

The two-day event, with 63 participants, was also the largest field EMMA Philippines has ever seen in the three years it has staged the competition.

“For some time, the car audio scene has been stagnant in the Philippines and we hope that this is a sign that things are finally turning around for the (car audio) industry,” added Tang.

The third leg of the EMMA Philippines Regional Competitors Challenge will be held in Bacolod on October 8 and 9. The top three winners of each class in all three legs will meet their respective competitors for the final round at The Piazza from October 29 to 31.

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EMMA Philippines is the local counterpart of EMMA International, which was founded to create a level playing field for sound quality competitions in Europe and the rest of the world.

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