Plastic Parachute Figures

Ricky remembers those plastic parachute figures that you would throw up into the air. They had deep indentations at the back but no matter how you folded up the parachute, it would never fit in there.

“Rad” and “Thrashin'”

Rad and Thrashin'Remembers when BMX and skateboarding started getting huge in Manila.

The BMX movie “Rad” was shown in local cinemas but the producers had to change the title to “Helltrack”. It was one of the first movies of Lori Loughlin and sure enough, every hot-blooded male teenager during that time had a crush on her.

Lori Loughlin in the movie "Rad"

The movie also starred Talia Shire who played the male lead’s mother. Her husband was the producer of the movie, Jack Schwartzman. Jason Schwartzman, who is now a popular actor and the drummer for Phantom Planet, is their son.

While it was a box-office disaster in the US, it gained a lot of fans in the Philippines. When it came out as “Helltrack” in the moviehouses, a lot of kids had already seen it in Betamax.

Watch the trailer for “Rad” below:

In the same year, the skateboard movie, “Thrashin'” was released starring Josh Brolin. Again, the producers thought that no one in the Philippines knew what “thrashin'” meant so they changed the title to “Challenge to Win”. The movie featured then relatively unknown Los Angeles band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Like “Rad”, “Thrashin'” achieves cult status in the Philippines.

Watch the trailer for “Thrashin'” below:

String Firecrackers

Ricky remembers those mini firecrackers on a string that would let out a small pop when you pull on it from both ends. You can buy them from your neighborhood sari-sari store and they would come in a box smaller than a matchbox. Does anybody remember the name of this kid-friendly firecracker?

Tandang Sora Fast Food Stalls

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Burger Machine Stand” by Self – self-made. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikipedia.

Ricky remembers that cluster of fast food stalls across the street from Glo-ri’s Tandang Sora. There was Burger Machine, of course. But there was also Beef Beep, Joe Kuan, and Elar’s Lechon. This one’s courtesy of Mr. Archie Uy. Thanks for reminding us, Arch! Pero iba talaga yung Abetamax! Hahahaha, yun ang nabaon na talaga sa limot!