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.

The Dawn

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Remembers when everyone did that “look away into the horizon instead of directly into the camera” pose a la The Dawn. I don’t know where people saw this photo because I can’t find a single picture of the band members doing this. All I know is that people would say, “The Dawn, The Dawn” and then everyone would look to their left or right and up at the sky. Look at any class photo from the Philippines from the late 80s to the early 90s and you will see what I’m talking about.

Of course, while “The Dawn” is considered one of the most enduring and prolific bands in the country, everyone suddenly heard of them in the late ’80s due to the sudden death of their guitarist Teddy Diaz.