Remembers Peck Piñon, especially the Peck Piñon Art Gallery. There was one in Ali Mall in Cubao and one in SM North Edsa. I had not known that he was a composer, an actor, and a comedian who went by the screen name, “Tugak”. Apparently, he was already painting billboards before he became an actor.
Remembers Chat Peypoch and the signature look that she (he?) uses for the graduation photos of students from exclusive all-girls Catholic schools like Maryknoll/Miriam, Assumption, Poveda, St. Scholastica, and St. Theresa’s College.
Who is Chat Peypoch? Is Chat Peypoch a she or a he? Is Chat Peypoch still alive? It appears that there are two photography studios in Makati but it looks like they don’t even have a website.
In any case, even without the Chat Peypoch signature on the lower right corner of the photograph, one would have a difficult time not recognizing that “black and white on white background” style that is synonymous with the name. Thousands of fortunate Filipino female students have been immortalized with that indelible look.
Remembers “MV2”, Channel 2‘s version of MTV, hosted by Long Tall Howard. The music video show came on every morning on weekdays at 10:00 AM. This is where I first saw the music videos of bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Tears For Fears, and the Eurythmics. When USA for Africa mania hit, “We Are the World” was always the last music video played. For some reason also, the show would always feature Al Corley’s “Square Rooms”.
Remembers when Puerto Azul was the premiere destination for families in Manila come summertime.
Every kid I knew had that white t-shirt with the aqua blue Puerto Azul logo at the back which everyone bought at the end of their stay as souvenirs.
If anyone has a photo of that t-shirt, I sure would like to see it again. Or if anyone has old photos of Puerto Azul from before, it would be great if you could share them.
Remembers Cinderella during its heyday. It was the Forever 21 and H&M of its time. They were one of the first retail shops in Manila who carried popular international brands like Esprit, Tommy Hilfiger, Pierre Cardin, Reno, and Moschino. They had branches in Greenhills, Ali Mall, Robinsons Galleria, and SM North Edsa.
Cinderella is still around but it’s a shadow of its former self. Their headquarters in EDSA still stands and they still have stores in the major malls in Manila.
I recall that this was all about Sharon Cuneta as Robin Padilla was going out with the Megastar during this time and Richard Gomez was Sharon’s ex-boyfriend.
I also remember that the report said that Robin Padilla drove all the way from Baguio and went straight to the STAR Olympics to confront Richard Gomez.
Skip to 3:30 in the video to see the Bad Boy of Philippine Movies knock the block off Goma.
Remembers “Funhouse” in the old Padilla arcade in Greenhills. After school, my cousins would go there to buy itchy powder, fake blood, and that kaleidoscope that gave you a black eye after you peer into it. I couldn’t go inside because I was scared of the Frankenstein statue and of Statler (one half of the balcony critics, Statler and Waldorf from “The Muppet Show”) who was hanging from a hangman’s noose.
If anyone has pictures of the place, please share them with me. I would love to see them.