April 29, 2007

Thundercats: Exodus / Watch Cool 80s Cartoons DVD Quality Video

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The Pilot Episode. The Thudercats, Jaga, Panthro, Tygra, Cheetara, Lion-O, Snarf, and Wiley Kit and Wiley Kat, watch from a spaceship as their home planet, Thundera, blows up. The set a course for a distant planet, but on the way they are attacked by the Mutants from the planet Plun-darr. The damaged ship is now unable to make it to that planet, so while the other Thundercats sleep in Time-Suspension capsules, Jaga pilots the ship manually to Third Earth. Jaga manages to get them there, but he dies just before reaching the planet. Lion-O, the new lord of the Thundercats, goes from boyhood to manhood during the trip.



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April 27, 2007

Big Toy Sale! Nova Fontana's old stock of Action Figures, Role Playing Game Sets, and other Amazing Vintage Toys! Don't miss this one!


Ah yes, Nova Fontana! That was everyone's toy store wasn't it? I had so many fond memories of Nova Fontana, especially the Shoppesville branch. They had a really cool display window at the front with all the coolest toys. You went inside and on the left side they had a counter, and behind that was a wall covered with action figures! He-Man, G.I. Joe, Marvel Secret Wars, M.A.S.K, Centurions, Transformers, MR Mini-Robots (Japanese version of GoBots) and so much more, too many to list! On the other side they had these Barbie & Ken display shelves, along with some Playmobile playsets. And on the other side of the store, they had all the Role Playing Game sets and books by T.S.R Hobbies: Dungeons & Dragons, Marvel Super Heroes, Gamma World, Star Frontiers, and Top Secret! And on one side they had Remote Control car kits (most of them by Tamiya), and other sorts of model kits by companies like Revell.

Well, our favorite toy store has closed. I can hear the moans of a million 80's kids. But! You can own a bit of Nova Fontana history! Our good friend Toni has discovered that Nova Fontana's old stock is being sold at 2 venues in Greenhills! Toni reports:

It’d be best if you see it for yourself. Be prepared to say the following lines: "Oh my gosh!", "Hey do you remember this…?", "I had one like this before!" or "Uuuuuuuuuy!" (said in the tone of one hitting gold unexpectedly).

There's no time to lose! Check out Toni's blog for the entire scoop! She tells you exactly WHERE these two sales are at!

Many thanks to Toni for sharing this bit of news. I'm sure all you Nostalgia Fanatics would love to check it out. I'd buy everything if I was in Manila! ;)

Always,
--NM

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Let's Go Back In Time With Totoy Time Machine's Awit Hulaan!


Oras na namang mag-side trip ang Totoy Time Machine patungo sa mga nagdaang dekada. Gaya ni Marty McFly, mahilig rin tayong maglakbay sa "Time-Space Continuum" pabalik sa nakalipas na panahon sakay sa magarang Delorean sports car ng ating mapaglarong isipan at imahinasyon.

Espesyal ang byaheng ito, byaheng Nostagia Manila! Pinahaba at pinaluwag ang sasakyan para magkasya ang mas maraming pasahero. Nariyan si Totoy sa manibela, si NM ang flight navigator, at mga byaherong pumuslit pa sa kani-kanilang mga pamilya at barkada para makasama lang: Jake, Jon, Edmond, Vince, Neo (Uy! Salamat rin!), gatorPinoy66, Mary Ann, Gigi, etc. Sino pa bang kulang? May lugar pa, gusto mo bang sumama? Halina at sumama kayo!

Ibigay lang ang tamang pamagat ng awiting pinanggalingan ng mga sumusunod na linya:

Awit1
"Ang nakalipas ay ibabalik natin, Ipapaalala ko sa'yo"

Awit2
"Sana'y maaaring ibalik ang kahapon at iguhit na muli ang nakaraan"

Awit3
"Mga araw na nagdaan kailanma'y hindi malilimutan, kay tamis ng araw ng pagmamahalan, ang akala ko'y walang hangganan"

Awit4
"At sana'y nakikinig s'ya, naaalala kaya n'ya ang love song namin noon na niluma na ng panahon?"

Awit5
"Di na madaig o mabalik ang dating matamis na kahapon, pilit ma'y tuyo na'ng damdamin"

Ano? Sirit na?


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April 25, 2007

Sa bumubuo ng Nostalgia Manila - A wonderful email from a new Nostalgia Fan!

Sa bumubuo ng Nostalgia Manila,

Isang mainit na yakap po sa inyong lahat mula sa isang nagpapasalamat. Gumawa po kayo ng tulay sa panahon ng aking buhay na akala ko ay nawala na. Nang aking madaan ang inyong website, naramdaman ko po muli ang tibok ng siyudad ng Maynila. Lalong lalo na sa Greenhills kung saan ako po noon ay laging nagigising at naaaliw. Ang mga panahon na inyong pinansin at binigyan ng tingin ay lugar at oras na tinikman at isinayaw ng mga taong naglaro sa tiyempo ng pagkakataon. Mula kay Ate Vi, hanggang sa VST, ang sarap alalahanin. Ang sarap iwagayway kung paano ang Maynila ay naging puso ng buong silayan. Dinibdib ng mga taong nagkita, nag-ayon at nagising sa kulay na dulot ng paligid. Mula sa mga ibang taong nagpadala na sa inyo ng kanilang mga sariling alaala, ligaya ang iisipin kung gaano tayo kapalad. Mayroon tayong mga larawan sa ating mga isipan na ang dulot ay matatamis na ngiti sa ating mga mata at init sa ating mga paa.

Dalawangpung taon na po ako dito sa Canada . Natupad ang aking mga pangarap. Masaya ang aking buhay, salamat sa tiyaga. Ngunit kung hindi ko naranasan ang aking dinanas sa Maynila nung 70's at 80's, hindi po ako ang taong makikita ko ngayon sa salamin.

Muli po, napakaraming salamat. Pagpatuloy po ninyo ang mabuting gawa at pagpalain po sana tayong lahat ng totoong nakakaalam.

Mula sa Montreal,

Gil Sanchez Peralta

(Third Son of Romeo C.Peralta, owner of ROPER STUDIO: Famous personal favorite photographer of the stars during the 70's and 80's.)


Maraming salamat kay Gil Peralta na nagpadala nitong magandang email na to! It's always great to hear from all of you readers and fans. Keep the emails coming! Send your emails to:
nostalgiamanilamail[at]yahoo[dot]com

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April 22, 2007

New Updates & What's going on with the NM Notebook!


Hello to all you Nostalgia Fanatics!

I'd like to thank everyone who has been linking to the NEW NM Exclusive Interview with Roger Rigor of VST & Company! There's been a lot of great feedback from Nostalgia Manila readers, and VST fans from all over have been talking about this interview. I've traced some cool linkage to various online forums! Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat! I spoke with Roger the other day to let him know that a lot of VST fans are loving his interview, and he was very happy to receive this exciting news.

Yugel Losorta recently did a feature on other VST member Monet Gaskell in an article for the Manila Bulletin. Someone posted a copy of the article as a comment here, so scroll down the comments page and you'll find the article pasted by a certain Mr. Anonymous. I've been receiving emails from many VST fans asking for more intervirews! To all you VST fans, I am planning to do more interviews with other VST members! So if all goes well (cross your fingers!), you'll be seeing more VST interviews here soon!

A video has been added to the fun Game & Watch page! I won't spoil the fun by telling you what's in the video so you have to see for yourself, but I promise it's really cool! Go check it out as soon as you finish reading this.

I've been doing a lot of video link updating to make sure all the videos here are working. I'm happy to let everyone know that I've updated a lot of video links this weekend, and the ones that have been down for a while are now viewable! Yehey! A few of my personal video favorites that are now online are Boys Do Fall In Love - Robin Gibb and Secret - OMD. I've created some Top Video Picks lists, which list the top videos that are viewed by you Nostalgia Fans! These lists can be found on the sidebar, so scroll down the sidebar and check them out! Lots of newly updated videos for your viewing pleasure!

Finally, the most important piece of news! A lot of you have been emailing and asking about the current condition of the NM notebook. Everyone wants to know when I'll be able to post new features and resume the regular Nostalgia Manila posting schedule. Well, I spoke to the laptop doctors over the weekend and they said that the problem isn't so complicated, and that they can fix it! Phew! Thank goodness! BUT, since they're the best laptop doctors (and every person here in America goes to them for the best repairs), they're a bit backed up right now and it will take a few days before they can get to service the NM notebook. But not to worry! No pouting! I have been very busy preparing delicious treats and NEW features for all of you Nostalgia Fanatics, and I promise to bring you all the Nostalgia Goodness once the NM notebook is back from the repair shop!

In the meantime have fun exploring the archives. There's so much to discover! Check out all the cool posts and features you may have missed. I will still continue to check and respond to emails and messages, so keep those emails coming! Everyone is still encouraged to send material for all our favorite weekly features. So sit tight everyone! Nostalgia Manila will be back on its regular posting schedule with so much more very soon! STAY TUNED!

Continue to spread Nostalgia Fever!

Always,
--NM


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April 18, 2007

Nostalgia Manila Exclusive Interview with Roger Rigor of VST & Company Part 2

First off, Mr. NM, I'd like to extend our thanks to you and your NM followers…isa ka sa mga tinatawag na "pathfinders" dahil sa ginagawa mong pag-preserve ng ating mga nakaraan. Pag may paglilingunan ang mga kabataan, mas-madali ang kanilang patutunguhan…and finally, just to quell the persisting talk, Mr. NM is not one of the guys in the band…he is totally independent of VST & Company---creating blogs is out of our league, given our age and our generation. May edad na kami!!! --Roger Rigor (VST & Company)


Did you sometimes feel that you were in an aquarium and being pigeonholed as a pop idol even though you are more than than (VST members were not just pop idols, they were all accomplished creative people behind many other aspects of the music and entertainment industries)? (Question from: Wendell Capili, Australia)

Did we feel like a fish inside an aquarium? Of course…I think many personalities who’ve made it in show business realize this as both an "upper" or a "downer", ika nga…siguro, mas mahirap kung nag-iisa ka. But for us, dahil isa kaming barkada who were all shoved into the experience, together as na├»ve and neophytes at being the center of attention, it was fun and a learning process at the same time.

Yes, for most of us, we already were in the realm of the business, sa background ng happening. Being so, we had seen many instances where those few who were in the beginning stages of Pinoy pop music had their share of attention and screaming fans (i.e. Guy and Pip, Rico J., Basil, APO, Freddie, among the few). But, for us to be the center of a storm when disco was at its peak, this caught us totally by surprise. I don’t think we were expecting this kind of response, especially for a band. I mean, there were great bands before us who we really admired and looked up to, ika nga. So, we were somewhat caught off-guard by the way it turned out. Which was rather new and exciting… Kaya, sakay na lang kami nung nangyari na nga…

Mahirap po ba noon magdate ng hindi taga showbiz? Paano po ninyo namamanage ang inyong privacy? (Question from: Remmy, Mandaluyong)

Unang-una, tungkol sa pag-di-date, dahil nga hindi naman kami yung tipong "dating type"…what I mean by this is, bihira kami as individuals, to go out "on a date"---unang una, hindi naman kami yung di-kotse type, or the moneyed type…kung lalabas man o papasyal man, it was always as a group: kapit bahay lang namin noon ang Greenhills Shopping center at iba pa ang happening noon sa Greenhills, especially nung maluwag pa siya. You see, where we lived sa "461", it was even called a "barracks", kasi nga puro boys at ang happening was at the house. People would come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon, or an evening of darts, good pulutan and some great singing…that was our "date". Doon kami nakaka-kilala ng mga dumarating na kasama ng mga kaibigan…actually, 461 was already like a "homegrown" pub…so, at the time we were at this "celebrity/popular" mode, it was of course, a challenge to not be recognized when having to be with someone---usually, this would be during pre- or post-concert or TV appearance situations. Still, the best part of the day was ending up at our usual "hangout", which was at home, and that was considered our date...okay naman, dahil parating masaya ang happening sa 461. There was never an incident that we would look back to and be sorry that it happened.

Sino ang iba ninyong barkada in the music industry? In showbiz? (Question from: Evelyn Roque, Quezon City)

Marami kaming barkada sa showbiz…and with respect to the recording industry, kakaunti lang noon ang mga personalities on a contract. So, we practically knew everyone, as the industry was still at its early stages. The guys would be the "studio rats", having sessions in stretches that would start in the morning and end in the wee hours of the next morning... I was involved in the birthing of the Metro Manila Pop Music Festival, as a Project Coordinator with the Popular Music Foundation of the Philippines. Looking back, I believe this was the linchpin that finally launched the decade of enduring and memorable Pinoy pop music…of course, the very few who started it, (JDLC band, Hotdogs, Cinderella, Guy and Pip, etc.) were considered the pioneers until the potential of original Pinoy creativity bust open with Freddie Aguilar's underdog performance, in spite of Ryan Cayabyab's and Hajji's grand prize piece. Not to forget, too, that the seed had been planted even before the bands and personalities I mention above became who they were. The combo era of the 60s, both in Manila and Olongapo, played a major role in the development of Pinoy Pop.

For us Little Baguio boys, I could only refer to Vilma Santos then as our first legit "barkada" in the film industry, dahil nga sa una naming sine was with her. She was "kalog" and really very smart. I am not surprised that as a mayor, she is able to pull it together. Of course, si Pip was already a friend of the guys kasi nga ka-basketbol na namin siya even before the VST days. And there were many others who were mga batikan sa larangan ng pelikula that we met along the course of time.

What does VST really stand for? I've heard several versions and they're most likely rumors lang. Ano ba talaga ibig sabihin ng VST? (Question from: Armand, Cubao)

As this question has become the trivia of Pinoy pop music it seems, I am not sure if I'd be in the position to state it here kasi nga we always had this agreement that it had to come from everyone…I can say this much at this point, though: there is the serious meaning, which would be the "real" meaning, I suppose, and there is the group's "popular" meaning, that was joked upon during the early days before we finally went out in the open.

Were there any things you had to give up before becoming a member of a highly-successful musical group? (Question from: Aurelia Francis, Chicago)

Perhaps the only thing that we had to give up when we were finally launched into the realm of popularity was, at that time, our sleep time! Parati kaming puyat! We had to sneak out to Baguio one time just to finally get away from the heat of everything, literally and figuratively... wow, doon lang kami naka-tulog ng husto, and had a normal day of waking up after a good night's sleep, normal na oras ng pag-kain at tulog, with time to read a book, write some letters and have some real good talk among each other... this precious time took us three days and we were back on the fast track again as we headed to a concert at one of the provinces.

At this level of the profession, Time will always be precious. Wala na nga kaming oras para maki-halubilo sana sa mga kaibigan, friends and even close relatives. The three years we were at it was like a ride that allowed us little time out to rest.


However, in the long run, wala naman kaming pinagbago sa aming pagta-trato ng buhay. We’re still the same ole guys, nothing that expressed overblown egos or what ever you might get into with such popular attention…it was just that malakas lang ang hatak ng unan sa karamihan sa aming Little Baguio boys... other than that, after all that fateful "ride" everything's thankfully been the same.

How did it feel to have your other brothers in VST? (Question from: Jimmy Dizon, Makati)

When Jun Medina left, the group has had two sets of brothers: Val and Vic Sotto, and of course, myself, Spanky and Male Rigor. However, the other two 461 boys, Monet Gaskell and Celso Llarina, and even Jun Medina, were like brothers to us three already. Jun and Celso had lived with us at 461 many years before the VST came to be. Monet, however, though he lived not far from us, he was just as frequent at 461 like the rest of the guys, also years before VST. Of course, the feeling of having brothers is like having someone look after you when things get out of hand sometimes. It would be Spanky who would always remind us of schedules and timing, while Celso would be the guy who would always be reminding us about our musical consciousness especially before and during performances. We would always be mindful of how each one of us would behave especially because life in the limelight is life under a microscope, so to speak. Spanky is the eldest among us three and Male the youngest. Looking back, I think we felt a lot more secure than others mainly because all through out the experience, we were all really tight. Friends and brothers alike.

When did you know that VST had become popular? What were the signs of fame? (Question from: Melanie, Los Angeles)

Wow, the "signs of fame"... it always brings a smile to us when we reminisce about the day we finally realized that the "party has begun"... it was one morning when the "461 barracks" woke up with the tune "Awitin Mo". It was being played on the radio... not long after the first one was played! Apparently, the request for it was flooding that particular program... and that went on and on through the whole day, it felt good. That was the day when the telephone at home also started to ring... and ring... and ring... for three years!!!

Of course, going to our usual hang-out at Greenhills, Uni-mart, or Virra Mall was becoming unsettling because we'd go out for our thing and people would start running crazy, and before you know it, you realize everyone around is looking at you!...it was great to know that people like what your had done but then, as the days and months wore on, the commotions became too much and we realized that it can get dangerously out of hand...

Why did Jun Medina leave the group? How did Vic Sotto come in the picture? (Question from: William Chua, Paranaque)

Jun Medina left the group to finally heed the call of the U.S. He immigrated to America with his family who had petitioned him. And that was the point when Vic came to the picture. It was a great fit since Vic, being Val and Tito’s brother, was part of the barkada anyway, and he actually had been leading the vocal track of the songs ever since...

Other than what is common knowledge, what is it about VST & Company that fans should know about? (VST & Company members were not just pop idols, they had other individual and collective contributions to the Philippines music industry that many people do not know about; members' involvement as composers, musicians, producers, etc. with other artists' records, performances, etc.)

What other things about VST fans should know about? (Question from: Emer, New Jersey)

There are quite a number of them, but perhaps the one that stands out would be the fact that the group had actually made it internationally though the band stayed put at home. The song "Awitin Mo", we found out much later, was a regular tune at the famed Studio 54 in New York City, and that it was one of Diana Ross' favorite disco tune at that time... We, or maybe to be more specific, the recording big bosses in Manila, did not venture and strike the "iron while it was hot", so to speak, and the story for local Pinoy music would have been much different in the context of international recognition. One has to think though, since most of the members then were active producers and music industry innovators, whether it was possible to leave the country and do some stint abroad while the local industry was experiencing the hottest decade of Pinoy music ever.


We have had visitors from other Asian countries who would argue with us if we truly were the original band since there were bands in their home countries who were playing our songs in their language and were very popular….some even thought that WE were the copycats…international fame would have probably been possible then, what with the strong impact of Freddie’s "Anak" (which, by the way, was produced by bandmate and guitarist Celso Llarina)…we can only speculate at this point, but the signs were obviously strong and positively on our side...

Can you share a moving, happy, or memorable experience that VST fans don't know about? (Question from: Wendell Capili, Australia)

The memorable experiences of VST---there were tons of it….and one here comes to mind at one of our first of many school appearances: We were invited to grace an event, I think it was, and render a song or two at a university in the very heart of Manila... it was a day show and the university performance hall was packed…it was great... the students were enthusiastic and were really into it. We obviously revved up the event. And then it was time for us to leave. But, as it was becoming a common situation, we couldn't, as a group, get free from everyone trying to have one last autograph... and besides, we couldn't find our van, which apparently got stuck because of the growing crowd outside. Everyone wanted to see what the heck was going on inside, with the screaming and all. Our student contact started to pull us out of the crowd and asked us to follow him. As soon as he saw a clearing from the wall of people, he began to run and we, at first unwillingly, started to run after him (which we knew was not a good idea)…and soon after, a big crowd started to run after us (again, which we expected)!!!

We had a previous experience before this that stuck to our minds, when things turned uncontrollably dangerous…and so, while running we told the guy to find us a place to hide!...
Running across an open field, we went to one building, ran upstairs and looking back, we saw this big crowd of young students (maybe high school students out on recess, maybe) still after us, not very far behind... the first door he saw he opened and he shoved us seven guys into this dark space and immediately shut the door…we then realized we were shoved into a janitor’s storage closet----brooms, walis, pails, trapo and all! But it was too late.

We were cramped like sardines but we all felt we couldn’t get out either. Not now! We finally heard all the running outside, the sound of a stampede of people, screaming and laughing and shouting, "Andoon sila, andoon sila!!!... dali, dali!!!" Until it finally subsided…we waited what felt like a good twenty minutes before we opened the door and saw that the hall was without a soul... we got out the back door of the building (funny, but they were all unlocked!), and our student guide (all winded and smiling, bless him!) was there with the van and off we went, waving to him a thankful goodbye…sweaty, cramped, but so relieved.

A note about situations with fans though, so that it doesn’t seem like we don’t really want to stay and mingle with them. We actually do. In fact, when we did have the chance, we would really have a great time, just talking and getting to know one another. But, there came a point when this was becoming too risky, simply because of crowd control. When you get cramped in with tons of people around you, it could get dangerously suffocating, most especially if there are younger people around, like kids. And we’ve seen incidents like these happen before, and even lately still.

What made being part of VST exciting? What made the group so special? (Question from: Ronnie Santos, Quezon City)

What made the group special? I could only say that at that point in our lives, it was really just a matter of time before we as a group, would actually share the big stage, so to speak. This is because singing was already a part of the barkada. We all started singing at a very early stage in our lives: during the combo years, and the early recording years, in church, at weddings, and even at a wake. We would sing as a group even when no one wanted us to…but, that was because the gang was just having a good time together. When we had the chance, we’d go out and watch other bands play. We love to watch bands from Olongapo, who are actually the unsung heroes of Pinoy music. One particular band stands out when I reminisce about these bands: The original Electros with Ernie Delgado, who eventually formed another great group, The God’s Ego---they were to us, the best Filipino tribute band ever.

And that is why the VST experience was special…and it still is. The energy that was reminiscent of the group continues. The creativity of making tunes, the hardships, the fun and the revelations that followed…all were part of that truly unique experience of guys just having fun with music. We even took a chance one time to sing an a-capella piece of a classic tune "Red Roses" at one of our school visits! It was a lifestyle and a state of mind, all rolled into one. It was a way to express the sentiments of a generation…and most of all, the group and its sound was, generally speaking, truly appreciated by the general public. We couldn’t thank the public more. One way or another, we became part of their growing years.

If you could do it all again, would you do it? Would you change anything? (Question from: Sandy Ancheta, Laguna)

If we were to do it again, would I do it? Would I change anything? Yes, I would do it again. No, I don’t think I’d change anything. But definitely, the time we had was worth the experience. The wisdom that it bestowed upon us was truly humbling. There were some really eye-opening events that would make this interview longer than it should be. Perhaps, in time, it would be possible for us to relate each and every single one of those. Just hang on tight as we should be able to make something of it not in the distant future.

I hope I was able to answer and share some of these thoughtful questions. Thanks again for the opportunity. More power to Nostalgia Manila!!!!


Don't forget to check out the VST & Company Photo Album at maraming mga photos na siguradong hindi mo pa nakikita.


Also Read: Nostalgia Manila Exclusive Interview with Roger Rigor of VST & Company Part 1

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April 17, 2007

Sampaloc and Pageantry by: Wendell Capili

During the late 1960s to the 1970s, people in Sampaloc were generally obsessed with billiards, boxing, basketball, and beauty pageants. During fiestas and summer breaks, the streets in our area were inaccessible to vehicular traffic to give way to these special events. More incredibly, these events became perfect opportunities for coaches, talent scouts, and managers to shape stars of every skill and magnitude for the big time. For instance, many National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP), and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players began their illustrious careers as participants in inter-barangay basketball leagues all over Sampaloc. Throughout my grade school, high school, and early college days at UST, I saw the rise of Bogs Adornado, Danny Florencio, Ed Cordero, Edmund Yee, Frankie Natividad, Bong Hawkins (who eventually moved to Perpetual Help college in his college years), Pido Jarencio, Bobby Jose, Rabbi Tomacruz, and Ej Feihl in Sampaloc's gyms and city streets.

Years before he became a national icon and world-class champion, Efren "Bata" Reyes used to frequent the billiards hall at the corner of Dapitan and Navarra—a stone’s throw away from the window of UST high school library.

Many boxers, including former world boxing champion Rolando Navarette (the "Bad Boy from Dadiangas"), trained rigorously for their amateur bouts in a rusty old gym along Paquita, an alley off Morayta and Far Eastern University.

But perhaps, Sampaloc's biggest contribution to Philippine popular culture is the proliferation of beauty connoisseurs, beauty contestants, and beauty pageants in the district. Sampaloc was home to many of the country's nationally and internationally acclaimed beauty queens, models, designers, hair and make-up stylists, and talent managers. Many talent scouts discovered potential candidates for national beauty pageants in locations around the city’s schools and universities. Soon, the talent scout and his/her cohorts took turns in transforming the new find. In this connection, nothing beats the story of Tita Beth (Elizabeth Sales), one of our neighbors in Sampaloc and a good friend of my parents. Just like my family, Tita Beth’s immediate family members are long-time Sampaloc residents.

When I was about three years old, Tita Beth was pushed by fashion designer Danny Acuna to join Ferdie Villar's annual Miss Republic of the Philippines (Miss RP) contest, a late 1960s-early 1970s local preliminary to the Miss World Pageant in London. Tita Beth was very reluctant to join the pageant because her family was very conservative. She was also an active student leader at the UST College of Commerce. She wasn’t really into beauty contests.

But Acuna was persistent. Against the wishes of many family members and friends, Tita Beth was groomed and trained hurriedly at Acuna's atelier at the corner of Governor Forbes and Espana. Tita Beth decided to give in for the sake of experience. Being the well-bred woman that she is, Tita Beth easily made the final cut for the 1969 Miss RP contest.

During the Miss RP finals, Tita Beth bested heavy favorites like University of the Philippines student Vida Valentina Doria (1971 Bb. Pilipinas Universe and Miss Photogenic at the 1971 Miss Universe Pageant in Miami Beach), Pacita Eduarda Guevara (1974 Bb. Pilipinas Maja and Maja Internacional runner-up in Spain) and Marilou Destreza (1969 Mutya ng Pilipinas runner-up). My Tita Beth, a pageant neophyte, was proclaimed runner-up to eventual winner Feliza Teresa Nuevo Miro.

After the pageant, Tita Beth became a celebrity of sorts in Sampaloc and elsewhere. She modeled for a few designers and was invited as a sagala for countless santacruzans all over the country. Despite her social commitments, Tita Beth completed her commerce degree at UST. Eventually, she married Antique-born and Ateneo-bred lawyer Exequiel Javier.

Years later, Tita Beth's brother-in-law Evelio, then governor of Antique province, was assassinated. Tita Beth became very active in street demonstrations against widespread government oppression and neglect. Atty. Javier was pushed to take the place of Evelio and was subsequently elected as a governor (once) and as a congressman (four times). Many believed that Atty. Javier's impressive track record as a farmer, corporate lawyer, political leader, and lawmaker was enhanced further by Tita Beth's commitment and dedication as an amazing wife and mother. She was always behind her family. On top of these, Tita Beth has a distinguished career as a banker. Truly, Tita Beth's narrative is an amazing Sampaloc success story.

It seems prodigious that there were many other beauty delegates who lived and/or studied in Sampaloc. In fact, many of these women were University of Santo Tomas students: Guia Balmori (1938 Miss Philippines), Teresita Sanchez (1952 Miss Philippines Universe), Cristina Pacheco (1953 Miss Philippines Universe), Bessie Ocampo-Buencamino (1954 Miss Philippines Universe and Miss Universe semifinalist), Isabel Rodriguez (1956 Miss Philippines Universe), Pilar Arciaga (1961 Miss Philippines International), Cynthia Ugalde (Miss Philippines International 1961), Alice Crisostomo (Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia 1970 and Miss Asia runner-up), Carolyn Masibay (1971 Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia and Miss Asia runner-up), Armi Barbara Crespo (1972 Bb. Pilipinas Universe and Miss Universe semifinalist), Anette Liwanag (1975 Bb. Pilipinas Maja and Maja Internacional runner-up), Evangeline Evangelista (1976 Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism), Maritoni Judith Daya (1988 Bb. Pilipinas Tourism), Jeanne Therese Hilario (1989 Bb. Pilipinas Maja, Maja Internacional runner-up, BS Chemical Engineering magna cum laude and national board exams topnotcher), Gem Padilla (1990 Bb. Pilipinas Universe), Jennifer Pingree (1990 Bb. Pilipinas International), Milarose Javelosa (1990 Bb. Pilipinas Tourism and medical doctor), Mutya Laxa (1990 Bb. Pilipinas runner-up, 1990 Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia, 1992 Miss Asia-Pacific runner-up), Antoinette Ballesteros (1990 Mutya ng Pilipinas World), Gemith Gemparo (1991 Mutya ng Pilipinas World, 1992 Model of the World and commercial airline pilot), Alma Concepcion (1994 Bb. Pilipinas International and Miss International finalist), Gladys Duenas (1994 Bb. Pilipinas International and Miss International finalist), Miriam Quiambao (1999 Bb. Pilipinas Universe, Miss Universe runner-up and television presenter), Michelle Cueva Reyes (2000 Bb. Pilipinas runner-up, 2001 Miss Tourism International, 2002 Miss Tourism World and pediatric nurse), Frances Margaret Arezza (2002 Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism), Justine Gabionza (2002 Miss Philippines-Air and 2006 Miss Tourism Queen International), Jhezarie Javier (2003 Bb. Pilipinas International and 2005 Miss ASEAN), and Precious Lara Quigaman (2005 Bb. Pilipinas International and Miss International).

Other beauty queens from Sampaloc included Jennifer Cortes (1978 Bb. Pilipinas Universe), Maria Isabel Lopez (1982 Bb. Pilipinas Universe), Corazon Tierro (1984 Bb. Pilipinas runner-up), Anthea Robles (1988 Bb. Pilipinas International), and Karen Agustin (2002 Bb. Pilipinas Universe).

Fashion designers and stylists who either lived, studied, or began their careers in Sampaloc included Danny Acuna, Sonia Aquino, Carlos Burgos, Alex Carbonell, Steve de Leon, Rudy Diego, Jun Encarnacion, Grace Lagman, Jay Lozada, Tanya Mendoza, Fernando Marasigan, Leslie Ocampo, Freddie Reyes, Ricky Reyes, Renee Salud, and Violet. At some point in their lives, these individuals discovered, managed, and/or mentored nationally and internationally acclaimed athletes, beauty queens, film stars, and models.

These days, fewer students and graduates from reputable schools can be persuaded to join beauty pageants. These contests seemed to have lost their vitality and touch in many parts of the country. Beauty pageants are no longer regarded highly because many people maintain that these contests commodify women. Pundits declare that beauty pageants served their purpose from the 1900s (when pre-World War II carnival queens were selected annually) to the 1960s and the early 1970s (when Gemma Cruz, Gloria Diaz, Aurora Pijuan, and Margarita Moran bagged international titles). By the 1970s and the 1980s, Filipino women have many other options.

But not in Sampaloc. There will always be billiards, boxing, basketball, and most especially, beauty connoisseurs, beauty contestants, and beauty pageants in my side of the city. The persistent blurring of high and low cultures all over the district will always be difficult to explain or account for.


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Showbiz Reporter Magazine July 1973 Nora Aunor Vilma Santos Gina Pareno Marianne Susan Roces Jay Ilagan Edgar Mortiz Tirso Cruz III Cocoy Laurel

Seeing Stars is made possible through the kindness of our good friend Edward De Los Santos. For the best source of classic records, vintage magazines, and other amazing vintage collectibles, visit his Ebay stores: philippine.music (Ebay Philippines), and oldbestseller (Ebay USA).



More Seeing Stars: Fili Movie 1971

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Old Philippine Congress Building Padre Burgos Street Photo '60s

Sift through this magic chest of amazing vintage photographs! Take a peek and let them transport you back to a time almost lost forever. Discover places you've never been, or revisit the places you always thought you knew; that is until you see what these places used to look like! Travel back in time and rediscover the Philippines.



More Mahiwagang Baul photos: Quiapo Photos '40s

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Gigi Santos-Castaneda Photo '70s

Time is frozen in a single frame of film. Every bit of detail is perfectly captured by the camera lens. These photos take us back to those wonderful days when everything seemed so fresh and new, those days we wished would last forever. Relive those special moments in your life, and share your memories with Photo Nostalgia!

This photo was taken in front of our house when it was just newly-built. If you told our neighbors that this was how our house looked like before the trees covered the entire property, they probably wouldn't believe you. My sisters and I were trying to figure out what was going on when this picture was taken (especially none of them are in it, only me). It could be that my grandfather and cousins were checking out the house at the time and I wanted to see my grandpa's Malibu (the parked car) which he was so proud of. If you look closely at the square blocks on the front wall, you may notice that each one is a character in the ancient alibata alphabet. It's my favorite part of my house -- too bad no one can see the wall through the plants and trees anymore.

Many thanks to our friend Gigi Santos-Castaneda who shared this wonderful family photo with us.

Send your old photos and memories to: nostalgiamanilamail[at]yahoo[dot]com, write "Photo Nostalgia" on the subject line, and we'll feature it here on Photo Nostalgia.

More Photo Nostalgia: Regina Theresa Photo '70s

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RJ And The Riots Vintage LP


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Front Album Cover (CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW)


Back Album Cover (CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW)


More Records & Album Covers: Anak Bayan

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April 15, 2007

Hot Vintage Fashion: 60's 70's Manhattan Double Knit Shirt

Feast your eyes on the grooviest, most amazing threads you'll ever find! Walk into a closet filled with the rarest vintage gear, unique accessories, and all kinds of clothing that will surely take you back to a colorful decade you always loved.

Nostalgia Manila picks out the hottest in original vintage fashion with Pormang Nostalgia!


"Akala ni Victor Wood siya lang ang may Double Knit!"



Many thanks to bobs-boy for sharing these photos of a really cool mala-Victor Wood 60's 70's Manhattan Double Knit Shirt.
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For more "Pormang Nostalgia!" check out: 70's Seiko LCD Chronograph Watch

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Soft-Shoe Silhouettes "C" Sound Suffix The Electric Company Video

The Electric Company was an educational children's television series produced by the Children's Television Workshop, and broadcast 780 episodes over the course of six seasons, from 1971 to 1977.

The original cast included Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby, Judy Graubart, Lee Chamberlin, and Skip Hinnant. Ken Roberts, who was best known as a soap-opera announcer, was the narrator of some of the segments during the first season. Watch unforgettable video clips of this amazing show every Monday here at Nostalgia Manila!



Soft-Shoe Silhouettes "C" Sound
"C, an, Can! C, ap, Cap! C, up, Cup! C, ut, Cut!"

Lagi mong inaabangan ang segment ng dalawang magkaharap na mukha na nagbubuo ng mga salita. Natutuwa ka pag pinapanuod mo ito dahil panay ang lipad ng mga letra mula sa kanilang mga bibig. Sa tulong ng segment na ito, gumaling ka sa pagbasa at natuto ka rin mag spelling.


More Electric Company Monday video clips: Steady Freddy

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True - Spandau Ballet 80's Music Video

Tuwing hapon nanunuod ka noon ng Video Hit Parade. Ang dami mong mga music videos na napanuod, at ito ang una mong introduction sa mundo ng MTV. Marami kang nadiskubreng mga banda at music artists na may kanyakanyang mga hits, porma, at siyempre, music videos! Video Hit Parade Classics brings you classic music videos na hindi natin malilimutan!

True - Spandau Ballet
"So true, funny how it seems, always in time but never in line for dreams."


Ang kantang ito ay naging signature hit ng Spandau Ballet na inilabas sa kanilang pinakasikat na album noong 1983. Kaunti ang nakakaalam na ang madamdaming ballad na ito ay mala-tribute sa Mowtown legend na si Marvin Gaye. Maraming na-in-lab kay Spandau lead singer Tony Hadley at sa kanyang wingman na si Gary Kemp. Naging superstars ang grupo sa tulong ng kantang ito. Ito ang official anthem ng mga die-hard Spandau fans na nakipagsagupaan sa mga fans ng Duran Duran noong '80s. Hanggang ngayon, marami pa rin ang nasesenti sa kantang ito pag pinapatugtug sa radyo. Ito ay siguradong isa sa mga pinakapaburito mong love songs ng dekadang '80s.


More Video Hit Parade Classics: Cruel Summer - Bananarama

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Salawahan / Boyfriends Chords & Lyrics

Learn to play and sing the songs that have keept your fondest memories alive! Jingle SongHits Favorites brings you timeless classics that have always warmed our hearts. Let these songs take you back to all those wonderful years. It's yesterday once more.

SALAWAHAN
Artist: Boyfriends

Intro: A-----Esus-E

A Bm
Ikaw pala'y salawahan
E A Ab
Bakit ako ay pinaasa
F#m Bm
Inibig pa kita ng lubusan
E A
At ako ay iyong iniwan.
A Bm
Nilimot mo na ang sumpaan
E A
Pati ang tamis ng suyuan
A Bm
Dinulot mo ay kasawian
E A
Sa aking pusong nagmamahal.

Chorus
A-Asus-C#m

D C#m Bm E A-Asus
Darating din ang araw na iyo'y madarama
D C#m F#m
Ang pag-ibig kong ito sinta
B E--
Tapat sa 'yo kailan pa man

E-F#m-G#m-

Repeat from start then end



More Jingle Song Hits Favorites: Too Much Heaven / The BeeGees

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April 14, 2007

Sunday Comics: Little Jungle - Jaws!

Have fun peering into the wacky San Juan neighborhood we once knew as Little Jungle. It's Pinoy Komiks with a dash of classic sitcom humor we've always loved!

Stay tuned for new Little Jungle pages! Pinoy Komiks is alive here at Nostalgia Manila!


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Our friend (Komikero) Gerry Alanguilan reports: "It is unfortunate, but the collapse of the old komiks industry is all but complete. All the old komiks you used to know like Funny Komiks, Pilipino Komiks, Tagalog Klasiks, Hiwaga, Espesyal, etc... are now all gone. The companies that published them are either closed, or have closed their comics departments." Nostalgia Manila supports our dear comic artists and friends who are fighting hard to revive the Filipino Komiks Industry.

So in this time of great loss and extinction of a favorite Pinoy past-time, Nostalgia Manila treats you to something truly special. In the tradition of Funny Komiks and hilarious Sunday comics serials, Nostalgia Manila brings you an original called Little Jungle!


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Nicholas Stoodley - Living in the Twilight Zone Chapter 9

Tune in every Saturday as Nicholas recalls the Disco Decade in Manila when Martial Law, Cuban heels, Donna Summer, Coco Banana and a lot of hair combined in a frenzy of uncertain excitement.

Chapter 9 - Camelot

One almost got used to it; waking up one morning and finding it quieter than normal. Usually I would be woken at about 6am by the sound of the garbage truck slowly advancing its way down the street outside my house with its horn blaring in a non-stop repetition of shrill sharp blasts guaranteed to wake all but the dead! This was the signal for my maids to haul the huge rusty old oil drum that we used for the garbage out into the street. There they would wait gossiping with all the other maids who were doing the same thing. They twittered like pigeons.

Occasionally though, the street was eerily calm: no garbage trucks, no children playing or cars passing. No maids gossiping, no scavengers scavenging before the garbage truck reached their quarry. Just an eerie calm. Most unusual in Manila! Tell tale signs of another coup! You forgot how many after the first few and became almost blase about them. "Sorry I'm late Sir, there's another coup," was an excuse at the office that was considered on about the same level as, "Sorry I'm late Sir, but I had LBM."

It had been one of those quiet mornings. Nesing, my maid, had appeared with my usual cup of tea but no newspaper. "Good Morning Sir."
"Morning Nesing."
"What would you like for breakfast Sir?"
"Nesing, where's the newspaper?"
"No newspaper Sir," No explanation had been forthcoming so I returned to the question of breakfast.
"I'll have poached eggs please."
"Sorry Sir only one egg left."
"Well then, poached egg."
"What Sir?"
"One, just one poached egg then!"

No doubt Nesing would have normally then informed me that there was no bread left and we'd carry on our little game until eventually I had ascertained what my breakfast was likely to be that morning, but a new element had been introduced that probably explained the absence of the newspaper.

"Can I please take the afternoon off Sir?"
"I suppose so, why?"
"There's a coup Sir."

I wondered what the connection was. Was she somehow involved in the proceedings? Was she going to watch, something that many of her countrymen chose to do - rather like going to the movies? Worse, was she perhaps planning to manufacture homemade bombs in the garage for delivery to the rebels? Nesing answered my unasked question. "My sister Sir, she lives near the base." That made it a bit clearer. There were two large military bases right slap bang in the middle of Manila and of course in any coup that was not the best area to be living near.

"Who's winning?" I asked, assuming she's been following the progress on the radio.
"Sir?"
"The coup, what's happening?"
"Oh, I don't know Sir....just like before." It was no big deal.

This particular coup was being carried out live on the radio and after listening for a few minutes it became clear that the action was, as yet, confined to certain well-defined areas of Manila and the rest of the city was basically carrying on life as normal; which is what I decided to do. I had work. Unfortunately my car was being repaired after having descended into an enormous bottomless pit which is called a pothole in Manila. "Nesing!" I shouted, There was no answer. She was in her room listening to a hysterical news reporter giving a blow by blow account of the coup as though it was an Olympic event. After several attempts she finally emerged from her room looking annoyed at the interruption but then that was a normal expression. I had asked her to get me a taxi and a few seconds later I hear her scream Anna's (my other maid) name as loudly as she could. Equally loudly, and from the other side of the yard, Anna shouted back. "TAXI!" Screamed Nesing. That was how they communicated if it were at all possible - positioning themselves as far apart as they could and then screaming at each other.

Anna had produced a suspiciously new looking taxi almost instantaneously which was strange in a city where you could never get a taxi when you wanted one and they were, on average, at least twenty years old in those days! Telling the driver my destination I was promptly informed that there was a coup. He further went on to inquire if he could make a detour because of this coup which seemed pretty reasonable to me, I had even flippantly said he could take a long detour if he wanted. After all I wouldn't want to get involved in the action that was coming in off the car radio at full blast!

"And now we switch over to out mobile reporter, Rod Reyes, who's at this moment just outside Camp Crame........Rod? come in Rod......(sound of static)....hello? Rod? are you there?" There was the sound of a loud explosion followed immediately by loud cheering.
"Yes, Nestor, I'm.......standing here (boom....boom) in front of Camp Crame....there's thick black smoke coming from....here they come again! (boom....boom!....more cheering)......and it's a direct hit! Smoke really pouring out from the main command post now and the crowd of people here this morning....(ka-BOOM)......that was really a big one Nestor!......there's an........(boom)................"
"Rod?.....hello Rod....are you there? (sounds of yelling then cheering again).....Rod.....ROD?"

It transpired Rod was still alive and the coup proceeded in gripping detail as I wondered which way my taxi driver would take as he took a right turn down a side street not far from the Camelot Hotel - a somewhat seedy recollection of Las Vegas motel masquerading as a whimsical castle done out in pre-cast concrete and King Arthur Gothic. At that particular moment the hotel was temporary home to a contingent of rebel soldiers who were, as we headed towards the action, trading pot shots with government troops. I had thought foolishly that the "short detour" was because the driver wanted to avoid trouble, not actively seek it out!



Previously: Chapter 8 - Coco Banana

Start from the beginning! Read: Chapter 1 - An English Virgin

Nicholas Stoodley was born near London and has lived at one time or another in the South of France, Rome, Sydney, Tagaytay, England, Paris and Manila with plans to move to Ibiza shortly. A former assistant to Valentino in Rome, he arrived in Manila in 1976 and pioneered Ready to Wear in the Philippines with the NICHOLAS STOODLEY brand of casual clothing. During his stay in the Philippines Nicholas also won the PBA Invitational Basketball Conference in 1980 with his team from Los Angeles, designed and manufactured a Stainless Steel Sports Utility Jeep that was featured in the Frankfurt Motor Show and opened "Skatetown", a Roller Disco with Jorge Araneta in Cubao. And that was just the first course!


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April 13, 2007

New Video Game Technology: Applying new science to a video game classic. A look into the world of Atari VCSp Portable Units

Has it already been more than 30 years since the world's first home video game system invaded our living rooms? A great deal of time has sure gone by, but we can never forget how we all instantly fell in love with the Atari 2600. The simple 2-D block pixel graphics were never a bore as we've never seen the likes it before, but we surely went bonkers when Atari and Activision started releasing colorful basic 3-D rendered games like Pitfall II. Wow! Do you remember that? Pitfall II was an instant winner! It was the early generation of quest adventure games that featured multiple screens to facilitate an exciting storyline. Now fast forward many years into the future to the present day. You're in your tiny cubicle smack in the heart of the lifeless office of the company you've sold your soul to. It's breaktime again, and to inject a bit of life into this dismal reality you reach into your breifcase and pull out either your PSP, or a Gameboy Advance. How was it possible that we've acquired alien technology in only 30+ years? Aliens for sure. Everyone knows you're a gaming freak, but once in a while you get overcome by this wave of nostalgia and you recall the simple and happy days of playing Defender and Pac-Man in your livingroom. It's only natural that you have a soft spot for the original game system that made you the game addict you are today. Your start to daydream... sure you've got Atari game revivals for all your current video game systems, but how cool would it be to have a portable unit that actually played original game cartridges made for Atari?

Well who knew that a guy named Ben Heckendorn has actually been making such portable units for the last seven years?! WHAT?!!!! Yes! It's true! Heckendorn spends most of his time designing and re-designing Atari 2600 portable consoles that actually play original Atari 2600 game cartridges! His latest creation is the folding Revision 7 model that resembles a Gameboy Advance. Both the Revision 7 and the Revision 5.1 model look so sleek, it's hard to imagine that these were home made. Here are photos of all the Atari 2600 portable units he's designed; from his very first design, to his latest creations. His website shows detailed accounts of the step-by-step assembly of these gizmos. And for all you techies, he offers free downloads of the original schematics, so you can try and build one yourself! Check out his official site at: http://benheck.com.






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Monster Squad TV Show Opening & Ending Video

A companion to Cartoon TV Rama, TV Times Television Greats features the best tv programs that span three decades. Watch opening sequences and famous scenes from your favorite '60s, '70s, and '80s tv shows!


Monster Squad (1976)

The Monster Squad television series starred Fred Grandy (also famous for The Love Boat) as a criminology student named Walt, who worked as a night watchman in a wax museum. Walt created a prototype Crime Computer that was hidden in a mummy case near an exhibit of legendary monsters Dracula, The Wolfman (Werewolf), and Frankenstein. When Walt turned on the machine he had created, "oscillating vibrations" brought life to the wax statues of Dracula, the Werewolf (who referred to himself in one episode as "Bruce W. Wolf," the "W" standing for "Were"), and Frankenstein (named "Frank N. Stien" as seen in the opening credits). These legendary monsters, right their pasts and became crimefighters who each used their special abilities and powers to defeat various supervillains.

More TV Times Television Greats: The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)

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