March 06, 2008

Memories Of An 80's Childhood (Part 2) By: Citizen J.D.C.

By Citizen J.D.C.

Just because I was a kid doesn't mean that I do not watch shows starring real actors at all. Heck, I do remember watching Iskul Bukol and was laughing at the antics of the Escalera Brothers and their latest caper that usually ends in disaster, for them at least. I also loved T.O.D.A.S ( Joey De Leon, Val Sotto, Spanky Rigor, Frieda Fonda, Maribeth Bichara and later, Jimmy Santos) especially their knock-knock jokes, gags and sketches. That show lasted for, I think 11 years before Bubble Gang broke their record just recently. How about Champoy with Subas Herrero and Noel Trinidad? I loved that show. Bet most of you remember Ora Encantada, shown every Sunday with Luz Valdez playing storytelling grandmother. Following that was Happy House, a family sitcom starring Tito Sotto, Sandy Andolong, Isabel Granada, Aga Muhlach and Laura Hermosa. Then when nine o' clock strikes it time for my all time favorite comedy show of all time: Sic O' Clock News, with "anchormen" Jimmy Fabregas and Ces Quesada, together with Junix Inocalla, Wilson Go, Rene Requiestas (deceased), Errol Dionisio (also deceased), Ching Arellano and other names I couldn't remember.

That's Entertainment? Well, I remember that, but sorry, I'm no fan of love teams; most of my female cousins were. Eat Bulaga? Of course! Tito, Vic and Joey? They were my heroes then. Drama? Hmm, the only drama that I remembered was Lovingly Yours, Helen with the late Helen Vela. How could I forget that: my mom used to watch that every Sunday afternoon right after GMA Supershow. Wait! there was also Maricel Drama Special on channel 2... how could I forget about that? Okay, hmm I think I'll mention Discovery Drama Special hosted by newscaster Angelique Lazo. You know, the show that works like a some sort of a laboratory for up and coming actors. Well, the only actor who I can still remember is Dennis Balthazar. I wonder where the rest of them are doing now? Sitcoms? Aside from Iskul Bukol which I had mentioned, I remember Chicks to Chicks, Sitak ni Jack, Barrio Balimbing, Manok ni San Pedro, and... and... darn, that's all that I could recall!

Superseryes has become a regular staple in today's TV, but to be frank, it's not a new novel idea. Let's be honest: some of us recall Kapitan Kidlat and Darna over PTV 4. Twinbill? I'm not a Kapamilya, for your information, and I am very aware that rabid Kapusos out there will come out and lynch me for this, but as I recall ABS-CBN came up with a similar format, a short-lived one, if I recall correctly, starring Robin Padilla (as a superhero whose moniker I no longer remember) and Manilyn Reynes (as a dead girl turned guardian angel). Fantaseryes? Hmm, aside from Ora Encantada, most agree that Okay Ka, Fairy Ko was the prototype of the fantaserye, and I hope that I'm right. Horror Stories? Gosh, Regal Shocker (GMA) and that other show on channel 13 scared the ghost out of me (no pun intended).

Hey, how about shows that came from the other side of the world? GMA used to air a lot of them during that time, especially on primetime. I loved watching Knight Rider just because I was amused with the talking car KITT. Punky Brewster, occasionally. A Different World, St. Elsewhere, Miami Vice, China Beach, Baby Boom, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Knot's Landing et al, never watched a single episode. The Cosby Show watched once, never followed... couldn't fathom the humor. All Star Professional Wrestling, OOPS! That was on channel 13, but that was the first time I watched grown men in their underwear "beat the hell out" of each other. That's where I was introduced to Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Andre the Giant, Ricky Steamboat, Tito Santana, Ric Flair, Don Muraco, Ronnie Garvin, etc. McGyver, I wished I had his improvisational ingenuity. Imagine building an aircraft out of bamboo and a motor, making bombs using common household cleaning materials, or turn a fountain pen into a gun. That's so cool.

Also read: Memories Of An 80's Childhood (Part 1)





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17 comments:

barbiegel said...

i can also remember Coney Reyes on Camera every Saturday after Eat Bulaga .
The horror series on channel 13 is Pinoy Thriller. I will never forget its first episode, Mata, where a man in black is always following the girl. I will also never forget its background music, gives me goosebumps until now.

Mz Liz said...

I think it was Luz Fernandez, not Luz Valdez that hosted Ora Engkantada. Anyway, the ones I remember were Kuwentong Kutsero and all the sitcoms of Mang Pugo. He was a genius.

Anonymous said...

Pinoy Thriller nga! "Ano ang nasa dako paroon...".

Foreign TV shows? I remember Starman saka Automan.

Meron din nga pala un Squad 13 saka I remember na nagkaroon ng series na Aswang ang title.

Anonymous said...

I believed it was Luz Fernandez, not Luz Valdez, who was the host of Ora Engkantada.
The sitcoms of the 70's like Kuwentong Kutsero and any with Mang Pugo were hilarious. He's a comic genius!

MzLiz

MzLiz said...

It was Luz Fernandez, not Luz Valdez, that hosted of Ora Engkantada.
I like the 70's sitcoms like Kuwentong Kutsero and any shows with Mang Pugo. He was a comic genius!
By the way, Frieda Fonda of TODAS is now Frieda Brookshire, DDS. Go to www.brookshiredental.com and click on Meet the Doctos. She even has a current picture on it.

Ian said...

Hallo, Nostalgia Manila! Sana iupload din nyo ang video ng mid 1980's pop version ng "Lupang Hinirang".

rahamitz said...

Those were the days, not to forget the music of the 80's....

Anonymous said...

Old school Villains Raul Aragon,Rudolfo Boy Garcia,Gino Antonio, Bomber Moran (God bless his soul.)Max Buwaya,Max Laurel (Zuma)They kick ass!! original "Mr.Suave Boyz" Edgar Mande and The Late Great Miguel Rodriguez. Teenie Boppers: Chuckie Dreyfus, Dominic Aquino,Ryan Soler,Don Umali,Jon Hernandez and Child Actresses That Made kids back then what they are now - child molestors - Kaseylyn Francisco, Isabel Granada,Mia Pratz,Nadya Montenegro (old skool ah)Matet and Aiza Siguerra..okay mabe not Aiza Siguerra..


Antenorski

Anonymous said...

i wont forget 13,14,15 starred carmina villaroel, ruffa guttierez and aiko melendez, ofcourse buddy n sol with erick quizon and redford white and ang boyfriend kong mamaw jejeje...i miz dem!

lheng said...

pinoy, tv komiks p pla jeje

Anonymous said...

hi, am new to this blog site, absolutely wonderful, am glad you put it up, problem though, am unable to view any of the videos here, help please, am sure there must be some instructions somewhere, I may have missed it... Many Thanks !

spongebob said...

Regal Shocker ata ang pamagat nung horror na palabas noon..yung may intro na "Ano ang nakatago sa dako paroon..."

It's Good to Be Alive said...

Yeah! The shows way back then were much more better than the shows today being shown in channels 2 and 7.

Rence said...

that robin padilla hero show is called "anak ng kalikasan"...hahaha..i remember that clearly coz event though i was still a kid i was hungry for our very own superpinoys and i sorta tried sticking it out for this upcoming action star...he didn't have those fancy costumes like kaptian kidlat's yellow rubber suit that must be SO darned hot, as he would only whip out a raggedy cloth with holes for eyes and tie it behind his back to cover his face then lightning bolts flash from his fingertips...then the screen goes negative to normal again and again, hehehe...

Sparky said...

In that sitcom Happy House, si CHUCKY DREYFUS yung anak na lalake hindi si Aga.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Would you know the sad background music of Lovingly yours, Helen?

Ito ang mga alam ko pero i'm still looking for one title: 'Ballad for Adeline"; "Un Jour Un Enfant"; "Romance Theme in F"; "Melody Reprise"; "Agnes of God"

yung hinahanap ko un pang climax na talagang malungkot na yung scene.

I wish you can help me. Thanks!

Boom Eleven said...

Gone by Jim Chappell



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