Dau

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Remembers when Dau was the place to go for PX goods.

Because of its proximity to the US bases during that time, naturally, Dau was a shopping haven for anything and everything imported from the US. No trip to La Union or Baguio would be complete without first stopping over Dau. Even on the drive back, we would still stop over and to shop for toys, clothes, shoes, chocolates, candy, and look at the military gear that was also abundantly available there.

What I would give to see photos of Dau during those years.

Shakey’s Pizza Parlor

Ye Olde Public Place
Ye Olde Public Place

Remembers when Shakey’s Pizza Parlor was more like a saloon rather than a restaurant. They had this yellow and red wallpaper all around that had all sorts of graphics and text with “Ye Olde” written all over. The stools and tables were made of thick wood and painted dark brown, almost black.

The pizza was thin and dripping with oil and melted cheese. If you wanted to take them home, they were placed in this flimsy white box which the oil easily drenched. They also served Hero Sandwiches which were placed in plastic plates with a round cover that made them look like flying saucers.

They served beer in pitchers and mugs. I’m not actually certain but I bet you can smoke inside Shakey’s back in the day.

The waiters wore these styrofoam hats that the kids would ask for. By the end of the meal, the kids have punched through them already. There was also a period when Shakey’s gave away superhero masks to the kids. There was Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman. You poked holes on the eyes and put rubber bands in the ears so you can wear them.

Lastly, Shakey’s had bands or “combos” that would perform in the evenings. It got really loud and the smoke and the beer would all contribute to making Shakey’s a really hip place for people to enjoy delicious thin crust pizza and hang out.

Lone Wolf & Cub

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Remembers “Lone Wolf & Cub” when it was shown as a TV series in IBC13. Was it a movie that was shown in episodes in Channel 13 or was it really a TV series? The samurai in the series served as a guardian to a baby boy and together they would walk the earth with the boy riding a wooden cart.

I remember a particular episode where it was revealed that the wooden cart was actually a weapon itself. Swords and knives protruded out of it and was used to kill the samurai’s enemies.

I also remember that the samurai was particularly good at fighting with a sword and no one could defeat him.

Chat Peypoch

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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.

Music Television

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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”.

On the weekends, it would be Video Hot Tracks on Saturdays and Video Hit Parade on Sundays. Of course, Sunday afternoon was “America’s Top 10” hosted by Casey Kasem on Channel 9.