March 31, 2007

The 2007 Philippine Blog Awards

On behalf of the Nostalgia Manila Community, I'd like to thank our very good friend JJ Junio who was so kind to act as Nostalgia Manila's official Manila correspondent and representative at the 2007 Philippine Blog Awards. JJ wasn't feeling so well but he still went on to represent Nostalgia Manila with such pride and gusto. He took some cool photos, and you can see Nostalgia Manila up on the big screen.

JJ is our hero! Go and visit JJ's blog, add him to your blogroll, and thank him for a job well done. Maraming salamat Agent JJ!

And thank you to all the devoted Nostalgia Manila fans who continue to spread Nostalgia Fever!


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March 30, 2007

Nicholas Stoodley - Living in the Twilight Zone Chapter 8

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 8 - Coco Banana

Let it be Magic.....and it was. It was the time of Donna Summer who, in so many ways, created the spell that was the Disco Decade. That was the time of Coco Banana, the offspring of Ernest Santiago who had a talent for self-promotion and wore a satisfied smile that always reminded me of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland. And why shouldn't he have been smiling! They lined up to be admitted to the magic. In droves.

Perhaps some of them had found their way to Coco Banana by way of the mini forest that used to stand in the middle of Remedios Circle in Malate where on a Saturday night you could smell the clouds of illegal smoke as it slowly wended its way up into the atmosphere in a haze of its own particular magic. In those days the yuppies didn't go to Malate - that was out of bounds. But Sean Connery came. Lots of famous foreigners were there but in those heady, glorious, riotous days Coco Banana was almost the center of the Universe!

Tucked away in a dimly lit side street just off Remedious Circlem, the club somehow managed to attract the most amazingly eclectic mixture of people that could be imagined. Sure there were the sex tourists from Europe who were only just becoming Euro Trash but then they were fanning out allover the East in their quest for cheap thrills. But actually nobody gave a damn and that was what disco was all about. It was a great leveller where we all merged into a homogeneous melange of interweaving bodies, sweat and the general Ecstasy of freedom that flowed despite the castration of the system wrought upon the country by its government!

Socialites and Movie Stars writhed with hookers and call boys and fashion models. Cross dressers slunk around eyeing up the competition and even the odd politician showed up anxious not to be left out. And through it all Donna Summer oozed an almost sacred grail. She WAS disco. The heart. The soul.

It was at Coco Banana when I first realized that Nicholas Stoodley, as a brand, had "made it" in the Philippines. I had drifted in at midnight since just NOBODY really went there before except perhaps the sex tourists from Europe, and there I was confronted by at least 15 people wearing my signature across their chests. A strange feeling. They had no idea it was ME as I squeezed through them, but there I was. Sort of famous. In many ways it meant a lot more than winning the PBA at the Araneta Collesium. Of course the majority of those that cavorted my name across the floor were call boys but then I guess I could claim that I was master of street fashion!

Manila had always, up to that point in time, been very self-conscious socially. I mean one just didn't cross social boundaries. One would never, darling, go to a club with hookers and call boys and yet here they were. The genuine Makati socialites not giving a damn, cheek by jowl with, for all it was known, their drivers. Look around the room and you saw fame and wealth and poverty together and having FUN. Simple as that. Not like the Embassy in the Fort today where it is necessary to be a friend of Tim Yap or famous or beautiful and rich to even survive a few minutes before being swept into a corner!

Coco we miss you.

Previously: Chapter 7 - Skatetown

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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Be Near Me - ABC 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!

Be Near Me - ABC
"All my dreams came true last night, all my hopes and fears. All my dreams came true once more, in tears. In tears"

1985 ini-release ng ABC ang kantang ito sa album na ipinangalang Who Wants To Be A...Zillionaire! Umakyat ang kantang ito at nag-peak ng #9 sa US charts, at #26 sa UK. Nung una mong nakita ang video na ito, nagtaka ka kung ang suot ng grupo sa video ay ang kanilang totoong stage outfits; hindi mo malimutan ang itsura nung kalbong nakasalamin! Ang totoo ay kasama iyon sa visual concept ng video. Sinadyang mag mukhang cartoons ang grupo, at shinoot ang video sa puting background na may mga rolling shots. Ang dahilan dito ay gusto nila ipakita na kungyari nasa loob ang grupo ng isang ping-pong ball.

More Video Hit Parade Classics: Send Me An Angel - Real Life

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Commercial Break: Magnolia Ice Cream 1978

For more Commercial Nostalgia, check out: Magnolia Ice Cream House 1978

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The Six Million Dollar Man TV Show Opening 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!

The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)

The Six Million Dollar Man is a show that was based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, about the transformation of former astronaut Steve Austin into the first human cyborg, after being injured in a space program crash. The title of the show is credited to the fact that Austin's operation costs six million dollars. Both his legs, his right arm, and left eye are replaced with bionic (cybernetic) implants, which gives him abilities far above human normality. He is able to lift objects with super human strength, run with great speed, and telescopic vision. After his operatin, Austin goes to work for the OSI (Office of Scientific Intelligence) as a secret agent and as a test subject in bionic research. Due to the commercial success of the show, a spin-off was created in 1976 called The Bionic Woman.

More TV Times Television Greats: Voyagers! (1982)

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Choose Your Own Adventure book of the week!

Nagsimula ang Choose Your Own Adventure book series noong 1979. First developed and written by Edward packard. Original talaga ang concept dahil ikaw ang main character ng libro at ikaw ang namimili kung ano ang mangyayari sa istoriya. Maraming multiple endings at napaka-sayang basahin mas lalo na pag hindi ka makapag laro sa labas at umuulan. Ito ang hinihiram mo sa library ng school mo, o binibili mo sa Goodwill, Alemars, o sa National Bookstore.

Author: Edward Packard
Anthony Kramer
First Published:
March, 1983
108 pages
Number of Endings:
Plot Summary:
Dr. Vivaldi has discovered a bottomless crevasse and disappeared into it. You are part of an expedition sent to find out exactly where it leads.

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More Choose Your Own Adventure books: The Race Forever

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No Cookies In The Library! Sesame Street Video

Nostalgia Manila is proud to present: The Sesame Street Lunchbox! Featuring video clips of all your favorite scenes from the original Sesame Street series.

Sesame Street played a big role in educating the younger generation during the '70s. Many agree that the original series was far more imaginative and educational compared to the one you see today. This is for everyone who grew up with the original Sesame Street. Enjoy!

No Cookies In The Library
"How many times do I have to tell you we have no cookies! Only books! No cookies!"

Tawangtawa ka sa comical sketch na ito featuring Cookie Monster at ang isang high blood na librarian. Pumasok si Cookie Monster sa library at natuwa siya sa dami ng mga libro na nakita niya; hindi pa raw siya nakakita ng ganitong karaming libro sa buong buhay niya! Ngunit hindi natahimik ang kawawang high blood na librarian, dahil panay hingi ni Cookie monster ng cookies. Hirap na hirap ang librarian para i-eksplika kay Cookie Monster na hindi nagbibigay ng cookies ang library. Sige ang tawa mo noong pinapanuod mo ito, pero mas natawa ka pa sa bandang huli.

More Sesame Street Lunchbox: Ernie Sings Rubber Duckie

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March 29, 2007

Rudy Florese's ORAS MO NA!

Our very good friend Gerry Alanguilan will be serializing Rudy Florese's legendary comic masterpiece titled "Oras Mo Na!" in his blog starting this Thursday March 29, 2007! Florese is famous for rendering classic comics titles such as Tarzan, Korak, as well as other comics of the mystery/horror genre for DC comics in the 1970’s. Don't miss the chance to read this brilliant Pinoy Komiks classic!

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Klassik Komiks Covers: Hiwaga #594

Nostalgia Manila in cooperation with The Philippine Comics Art Museum proudly presents, Klassik Komiks Covers! A weekly feature showcasing scans of rare, and original Pinoy Komiks covers.



January 9, 1974
Atlas Publications, Inc.

The person on the cover is Leila Hermosa. Many of the komiks began using photographs for the covers around the mid 60's, and the practice has become more common in the 70's.

Klassik Komiks Covers is made possible through the kindness of our good friend, legendary Komikero Gerry Alanguilan. Visit Gerry's site at:

More Klassik Komiks Covers: Rex #78

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Star Photo Nostalgia: Let's play "Sino nga ba yan?"

"Uy! Si ano yan a...! Si... si ano!" Sino nga ba? Kilala mo ba ang mga artistang nasa litratong ito? Tingnan natin kung namumukhaan mo sila. Sino sila? Sige nga! Leave your answers sa comments box. Ano pa ang hinihintay mo? Let's play!

Answer to our previous "Sino nga ba yan?"
Comedian, Panchito Alba

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The Harlem Globetrotters Cartoon Opening Video

There was nothing like watching your favorite cartoons on a rainy afternoon after school, or waking up early to catch Saturday morning cartoons. Relive the best of '60s, '70s, and '80s cartoons with Cartoon TV Rama!

Watch video clips of opening sequences and famous scenes taken from your favorite animated shows!

The Harlem Globetrotters (1970)

Ang Harlem Globetrotters ay isa pang Hanna-Barbera classic na paburito nating panuurin sa Saturday Fun Machine noong araw! Starring and mga bidang animated characters ng totoong Harlem Globetrotters na sina George "Meadowlark" Lemon, Fred "Curley" Neal, Hubert "Geese" Ausbie, J.C. "Gip" Gipson, Bobby Joe Mason, at Pablo Robertson. Kasama rin nila ang kanilang bus driver at manager si Granny, at ang kanilang asong mascot na si Dribbles. Kung saan-saan sa mundo napapadpad ang Globetrotters, at madalas silang harangin ng mga masasamang kontrabida. Sa bandang huli ng bawat episode, madalas sila hamunin ng kanilang mga salbaheng kaaway sa isang basketball game. Ika nga, "to settle the score"!

Get the fun filled Scooby-Doo Meets The Harlem Globetrotters DVD at Nostalgia Manila's Retro Mart! Timeless, captivating fun for children and fine nostalgic nonsense for adults, the Harlem Globetrotters episodes from the Scooby-Doo canon border on goofy anarchy. During the four-year run of The New Scooby-Doo Movies on 1970s television, the Mystery, Inc. gang of Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and the preternaturally skillful canine hero Scooby-Doo hooked up with cartoon versions of many real-life celebrities (who provided their own voices).

Watch More Cartoon TV Rama: Speed Buggy

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Send Me An Angel - Real Life 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!

Send Me An Angel - Real Life
"Don't tell a lit, don't be false or untrue. It all comes back to you."

Ang Real Life ay isang Melbourne-based Australian New Wave band na nagbigay sa ating ng hit na ito. Ang Send Me An Angel ay ang debut single ng grupo na inalabas noong 1983 sa kanilang debut album na pinangalan Heartland. Sa mga nakakaalala, ang kantang ito ay naging background music sa isang memorable scene ng '80s BMX Movie, Rad! Kung saan nag bicycle boogie exhibition ang dalawang bida ng pelikula.

More Video Hit Parade Classics: Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham! Halen

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March 27, 2007

Nostalgia Bloggista: Mary Ann Tinsay

Are you a Pinoy Blogger? Get featured as a Nostalgia Bloggista! Not only are you sharing your wonderful memories of the '70s and '80s, but you also get a free link back! This is a great way to introduce your blog and get a lot of exposure! Just send me an email, write "Nostalgia Bloggista" on the subject line, and you'll soon be featured here on Nostalgia Bloggista!

Name: Mary Ann "Me-An" Tinsay

1. Where did you grow up, and what made that place special?
I have spent most of my life in Manila and I wouldn't have chosen anywhere else to live. What makes it so special is that it has lots of character. I was able to explore so many places with so much history and meet interesting people while growing up that I thought everyone else must have a similar experience. It was only when I swapped stories with friends and classmates that I got to realize how truly lucky I was. I can still remember walking along sun-dappled, tree-lined streets of Manila with the carelessness of youth. Back then, it wasn't as scary to go out and make friends with the neighborhood kids. I was also fortunate to have experienced buying candy (Tootsie Roll, Lips Candy, Orange Swits, Bazooza Joe and Tarzan bubble gum, Pop Rocks) from the motherly owner of the nearby sari-sari store whom we all fondly called Aling Rosa...

2. What was your favorite tv show, cartoon, or children's show growing up? What did you like about these shows that made them your favorite?
Oh my! I am proud to say that I am what you'd call a Sesame Street kid. I was hooked on SS (before it was translated into Filipino), Electric Company and Saturday Fun Machine (from Super Friends, Great Space Coaster, Sigmund and the Sea Monster, Archie, Yogi Bear, Wacky Races). I also loved Voltes V, Daimos, Mekanda Robot, Mazinger Z, Voltron, Candy-Candy, Ron-Ron, Thundercats, Carebears, Smurfs and Gummi Bears. Of course, who'd ever forget Charlie's Angels, Wonder Woman, Little House on the Prairie, Love Boat, A.L.F., Perfect Strangers, Falcon Crest, Dynasty, Flamingo Road, Dallas, Knots Landing, Remington Steele, Three's Company, Different Strokes, Facts of Life, The Cosby Show and Battle of the Network Stars. On the local front, I enjoyed watching Champoy, T.O.D.A.S., Iskul Bukol, Chicks to Chicks and yes, even (the often ridiculed, and considered super cheesy) See-True, GMA Supershow, Big Ike's Happening and That's Entertainment. Hahaha! I also liked to catch up on all the old Sampaguita flicks being showcased by Channel 9 in the afternoons. That's where I got introduced to Jose Mari Gonzales, Susan Roces, Rosemarie Sonora, Eddie Gutierrez, Liberty Ilagan, Barbara Perez and the rail-thin but already funny Dolphy. And remember FEN station being broadcast from the US Naval base in Subic? That was a guilty pleasure for me too. So sue me - they helped make me a more rounded individual. Kids nowadays are being fed the most inane shows. I mean, Teletubbies and Barney, for pete's sake! Plus all these telenovelas (Pinoy, Spanish, Chinese and Korean) proliferating the airwaves. Ay caramba!

3. Favorite music group or artist? Most memorable song?
For some strange, inexplicable reason, my parents almost always made me sing along to Sharon Cuneta songs so I know almost all her old songs like Dear Heart, High School, Forgive and Forget, Cross My Heart, etc...

4. Share with our readers one of your fondest memories of growing up.
Am proud to say that I was my lola's favorite apo. Each evening, without fail, she would take me along and ask the driver to bring us to the CCP Complex along Roxas Boulevard just so I could eat my favorite siopao asado being served by the deaf-mute canteen there. Then we'd sit near the breakwater and watch the waves crash against the seawall. The air was fresh and invigorating and you could still see the myriads of tiny fish in the clear waters of Manila Bay. Other times, she'd take me to my second home, Bookmark bookstore in Ermita so she could buy me a Nancy Drew book to add to my collection. Then we'd walk next door to the Spanish restaurant (the name of which escapes me now) so we could savor the most delicious churros con chocolate ever made.

I also reminisce about those Sunday afternoons spent with the fam eating in Shakey's Malate (before it gained notoriety for its drunken brawls) after mass in nearby Malate Church. Back then, it was THE best pizza parlor. Sometimes, we'd walk across to Aristocrat Restaurant to have dinner then I'd order pistacchio with bubblegum ice cream from Coney Island right beside it.

5. What do you miss from back then that's not available today?
Places: Tom Sawyer's Fried Chicken (Greenhills), Coney Island ice cream, Selecta Dairy House, Rustan's San Marcelino, Bungalow Restaurant, Fiesta Carnival.

Stuff: Kung-fu shoes, chinese jackstones, LPs played on turntables, cassette tapes, hand-written, pages-long letters lovingly sent by friends! :)

More Nostalgia Bloggista: Gigi Santos-Castaneda

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Nostalgia List #26

"Ano? Sasama ka ba sa prayer rally?"
Nostalgia Lists contain various fun memories of the '60s, '70s and '80s. Everyone is encouraged to participate and add to these growing lists. Send in your list items to nostalgiamanilamail[at]yahoo[dot]com, and those chosen will be added to the next list. Please make sure to check past Nostalgia Lists to see if your list items have already been posted.

Kasama sina Danny Javier, Boboy Garrovillo, at Jim Paredes ng Apo Hiking Society sa sitcom na "Co-Ed Blues" sa RPN 9.

Nauso ang higanteng Sing-Along Machine at Minus One tapes kaya sawang-sawa ka araw-araw sa pakikinig sa kapitbahay sa pagkanta nya ng "Ocean Deep" ni Cliff Richards.

Sumasabay ka sa kanta ni Vincent Dafalong na "Mahiwagang Nunal". "Nunal sa labi, chismosa raw!"

Sumali ang skwela mo sa prayer rally against Mabini's Red Light District at nag-martsa kayo patungong Luneta.

177. Naghahagilap kayo ng "underground media newspapers" para maka-hagilap pa ng balita tungkol sa Ninoy Aquino Assasination Investigation.

*Many thanks to our good friend Totoy TimeMachine.

"Hay nako, where's my Nostalgia List #27 aber?!"
Want more Nostalgia? Read: NOSTALGIA LIST #25

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Nostalgia Treasure: Donkey Kong Junior Mini Arcade Video Game by Coleco

"Naaalala mo pa ba ito?"Everyone has some Nostalgia Treasure waiting to be found. Dig up your Nostalgia Treasure and share it with all our readers! Simply take photos of your Nostalgia Treasure and send them to: nostalgiamanilamail[at]yahoo[dot]com and we'll feature it here at Nostalgia Manila!

Many thanks to our friend chickeneater for sharing with us this cool photo of a Donkey Kong Junior Mini-Arcade Game by Coleco.

For more Nostalgia Treasure check out: Battleship Combat Game

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March 26, 2007

NM needs a PROXY for the 2007 Phil Blog Awards!

I was contacted by one of the organizers for the 2007 Philippine Blog Awards, asking for my information relating to my attendance. As you all know, I am based in NYC and will not be able to attend. Another reason that's quite obvious to all of Nostalgia Manila's fans and devoted readers, is the fact that I've always kept my identity secret. I've always stressed in every interview that Nostalgia Manila is about the people as a whole, and I would not want it focused on the individual who simply publishes it.

The organizers would like someone to attend the awards night on behalf of Nostalgia Manila; just in case Nostalgia Manila wins the award for Best Fashion & Lifestyle Blog. So if any of you would like to go to attend, send me an email (nostalgiamanilamail[at]yahoo[dot]com). Give me your name and I will forward your info to the organizers so they can issue you and your friends tickets. Just promise me that you'll take some photos for us to post ok? Deal? Cool! Let me know! This should be fun!


Philippine Blog Awards Awarding Night
March 31, 2007
6PM - 8PM
Podium 4, RCBC Theater
RCBC Building, Ayala cor. Buendia Ave., Makati City
Attire: Semi-formal to formal


Quiapo Photos '40s

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: Roxas Boulevard & Luneta Park Photos 1910

Many thanks to everyone at, and the forums.

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Regina Theresa 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!

Photo number 1: Bulacan, 1981, with my mother and two cousins - Captain Marvel and Batman. Look at my mother's fashion statement - pigtails, violet and black striped blouse! And the veranda chairs are classic!

Photo number 2: Bulacan, December 1979, my parent's wedding.

Photo number 3: Bulacan, 1983 - with my sister, playing with our Lego and catterpillar toys - my dad's gift to us from Libya.

Many thanks to our friend Regina Theresa who shared her wonderful family photos 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: Maryanne Moll Photo '70s

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Seeing Stars: Fili Movie 1971 Nora Aunor Tirso Cruz III Edgar Mortiz Vilma Santos

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: (Ebay Philippines), and oldbestseller (Ebay USA).

More Seeing Stars: Pilipino Reporter Magasin 1971

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