Green Lanes

Green Lanes
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Remembers Greenlanes Bowling Alley in Greenhills.

Together with Celebrity Sports Plaza, Green Valley Country Club, and Coronado Lanes, Greenlanes was one of maybe a handful of bowling alleys in Metro Manila.

My parents were part of a corporate league when I was a kid and they would take me with them to Greenlanes. I remember that prizes like White Westinghouse refrigerators and La Germania ovens lined the lobby for the winners of the league. World champion Paeng Nepomuceno had an office or a shop in Greenlanes and when I close my eyes, I remember the scent coming out from the machine that cleans the bowling balls.

My parents were there so often that I had become friends with some of the waiters there. This was the time when waiters still wore white shirts and black bowties. I remember the hamburgers there were served with banana chips on a small, square wooden plate.

While my parents bowled, I would sometimes walk over to Unimart nearby to buy snacks or wander over to the Game Room next door. Because of these memories, Greenhills has become my favorite place in the world and not just in Manila.


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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.


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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.