Sunday, February 10, 2008


This will expose your true age......

-- *Shared by William M. Esposo*

Panciteria Moderna was the place to go for pancit
miki and miki bihon
already wrapped in their version of "tetra pak".
Pancit bihon was the
specialty of Panciteria Wa Nam.

At Ma Mon Luk siopao was at 30 centavos; mami was at
70 centavos or 2 pcs
of siomai (large) with unlimited soup was at 30
centavos. So with one peso
busog ka na.

The Shangri-la in the basement of Shelborne Hotel
(at the back) was the
place to go for dates if you wanted a dark and cozy
atmosphere. The Embers
(in Cubao) of Bert Nievera was also popular. The
Black Angel along Shaw
Blvd near the corner of Kalentong in Mandaluyong was
a very good place to
listen to soft music (e.g. Fleetwoods, etc) and the
lights were also quite
low. With Php 30- 50 in your pocket you were in
pretty good shape for a

"Bakuran" was the in-thing at parties with
"screening" from a friend to
assist you in getting a dance with a girl who was
very sought after.

Wack-Wack, the Sky Room in Jai-Alai, the penthouse
of the Rufino Bldg. as
well as the penthouse of the Sarmiento Bldg right
opposite it were the
favorite places for proms and balls. Sikat ang event
if the Hi-Jacks; the
Electromaniacs or the Technicolors was the "combo"
playing. Alta Vista
along Roxas Blvd. was the favorite place for
wedding receptions at
Php 8.50per cover!

Special ringside seats for performances at the
Araneta Coliseum were at Php
5.00 per. So with Php 20.00 you could safely invite
someone and still have
enough for a snack afterwards or a game of "putt and
putt" at the mini-golf
place located at the back of Araneta.

During early 60's, 5centavos and 10 centavos ang
bayad sa jeep. Manila and
Suburbs ang lahat ng biyahe ng jeep noon na 3seater
lang at pitpit ka
pagbata ka pagsumakay ka. Sa Avenida Rizal at Sta.
Cruz, Blumentritt,
Tayuman, San Roque Church, Espiritu Santo Church,
Grace Park at monumento
ang mga sikat na lugar.

Yung Good Earth Emporium pwede ring idagdag sa mga
magagandang shopping
mall noong araw. Yung Manila Grand Opera house,
Odeon, Hollywood, Cinerama,
Ideal, State, Lyric, Capitol ang mga sikat na
sinehan noon. Sa Q.C ay sikat
yung Max's Chicken at Dayrit. Ang dollar rate noon
ay 3.70Php sa 1$ ang
palitan. Ang Sarsi ay cinco centavos (5 centavos)
10 Centavos ang Coke.

Pero sikat yung Canada Dry, Uva at orange ang
paborito namin noon. Pag
pasko madalas kami sa Sta Cruz para manood ng
palabas sa Manila COD para sa
Xmas season. Noon walang chippy at potato chips,
ang merienda ay banana
cue, camote cue, palitaw, biko, pinipig, halo-halo,
carioca, pilipit,
butsi, hopiang hapon, hopiang munggo, hopiang baboy,
bibingka, puto,
cassava, cake o budin, suman at mani.

Ang apple ay apat-piso ang benta sa Lawton Bus
terminal. Mas mahal pa yung
local na chico na pineras. Ang grapes, pear, at
apple ang karaniwang
binebenta sa mga bus terminal na papuntang south
(BLTB). Ang bus noon ay
bukas lahat yung isang side kaya doon dumadaan ang
mga pasahero. Ang sikat
na mga Plaza noon ay Plaza Goiti, Plaza Miranda at
Plaza Sta. Cruz. Sa mga
bakery sa Manila ay sikat yung machacao na tinapay.

May I add: Hallili Beer (sold to the Sorianos), Tody
chocolate drink in
cans, Horlicks malted milk tablets; Hallili bus,
Super (dog logo) Transit,
Yujuico, JD & MD buses; ShoeMart Carriedo (the first
SM) followed by 2nd
ShoeMart beside Ideal Theater and fourth was SM
Echague with a revolving
restaurant at the top floor.

Safari Club beside Manila Zoo at the height of the
"Twist" craze,
Dance-O-Rama with Pete Roa & Baby O'Brien, Jam
Session every 6PM on

Now anyone who missed those days can't really claim
they've seen and tasted
the best. Every generation has its own set of
"Aces". Do you recall when:
You tasted Fres Gusto, Cosmos "Sarsi" Sarsaparilla,
RC Cola, Yes Cola,
Teem, Darigold Evap, Liberty Condensada, Choco Vim,
Sunkist Orange (in
tetra packs), Magnolia Chocolait, (pronounced
chocolight), Klim (the word
"milk" spelled backwards), Big 20 Hamburgers,
Foot-long hotdog, Tweet &
Jiggs Candies(by Mr. Krieger), Sugus Candies,
Tootsie Roll, Serg' s
Chocolate, Blenda Margarine, kerosene-flavored
popcorn and kropeck along
Dewey Blvd, dirty ice cream, Magnolia Ice Cream
sandwich, Selecta ice cream
(now Arce Dairy) and their fresh carabao's milk,
Magnolia popsicles in
orange, chocolate and langka flavors, Sison Ice
Drops in monggo, and buko
flavors, Milky Way's buko sherbet, Acme Supermarket'
s sundaes and Coney
Island's 32 flavors?

You went to: Syvel's, Assandas, Arcegas at the
Maranaw Arcade, Funhouse at
Bricktown, Aguinaldo, Erehwon Bookstore, Alemars
Bookstore, Bookmark, Botica
Boie, Makati Supermarket (in Makati!), Rizal
Theater (with its spacious
lobby) with D'Bankers Barbershop and Leila's Coffee
Shop, Tropical Hut (and
its hamburger), Acme Supermarket, Cherry Foodarama,
The Regent of Manila,
Hotel Mabuhay, Manila Hilton, Christmas carnival
(where Dusit Hotel now
stands), Villa Pansol and Lido Beach?

Rizal what?" "Who would be crazy to build a cinema
in the middle of
nowhere?" It turned out to be the best theater in
the city of Makati (at
the same site now occupied by Shangri-La Hotel).

And ate at: The original A&W along UN Avenue in
Manila, Aristocrat across
Malate Church, Italian Village, café Valenzuela,
Bonanza Restaurant, Brown
Derby, Little Quiapo, Country Bake Shop, Selecta
Restaurants (owned by the
Arce family), Taza de Oro; New Europe, Madrid,
Cucina Italiana, La Cibeles
at A. Mabini, The Plaza, Jade Garden Restaurant,
Luau, The Makati Automat,
Sulo Restaurant (in Makati), Makati Fastfood Center
(the first ever),
Bulakena, Casa Marcos, Au Bon Vivant, Salambao
Restaurant, Dairy Queen
along Buendia, Di Mark's Pizza, the elegant dining
room of the old Army &
Navy Club. Botica Boie in Escolta, Albas in Florida,
Malate Brown Derby and
their signature foot-long hotdog came with its
special, extra tarty mustard
sauce and a hot, crispy bun. We used to park at
their drive-in bays after
we were exhausted from all-night partying but with
enough energy to gobble
down sausages and soft drinks.

The Plaza was the favorite venue for all formal
school and social
functions. Food was not a big factor so long as cozy
couples could have
their special table for two.

You shopped at: Escolta, Harrison Plaza (when it was
still clean and had
the bump cars), Ali Mall, Rustan's in San Marcelino,
Aguinaldo's in Cubao,
Quezon City; Shoemart in Makati was a small,
split-level affair.

The original Rustan's was the garage of the
Tantoco's residential house
which was eventually converted into a dazzling shop
filled with eclectic
things and collectibles.

Blockbuster movies were: Love Story, Mahogany,
Saturday Night Fever,
Grease, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Logan's Run,
Battlestar Galactica,
Paper Chase, Enter The Dragon, Jaws, Towering
Inferno, Poseidon Adventure,
Carrie, Willard (theme song was Ben sang by a young
Michael Jackson),
Exorcist, Love Bug, Tinimbang Ka Nguni't Kulang.

You wore, carried or used Denman brush tucked in
your back pants pocket,
Jordache and Sassoon jeans, Bata rubber shoes, Botak
running shoes, Ace
flexible comb, Ace clutchbag, Carrera shades,
Ray-Ban, Photochromic and
Ambermatic shades, Foster Grant sunglasses,
Alaskin, tie-dye shirts and
pants, double-knit pants, Sergio Valente, Vidal
Sassoon, Fiorucci, Banlon,
Ye-ye Vonnel shirts, Nik-Nik, Bang-Bang, Faded
Glory, Jazzie, Puma Topfit,
Tiger Onitsuka, Happy Feet, clogs, Wet look shoes,
Pierre Cardin, Brut,
Jovan musk oil, Aramis, platform shoes with
bell-bottom pants and
wide-buckled belts.

You had your hair styled or permed by: Flavio and
Carmen, Nomer's, Lita
Rio, Grace Lagman, Dick & Lucy, and Kayumanggi. That
was the time of Aqua
Net stiff, foot-high beehives, French twist and
Kiss Me liquid eye liners
and Pretty Quik instant facial blotters.

You sang: Bobby, Bobby, Bobby by Jo Ann Campbell,
Someday by Ricky Nelson,
And I Love Her by the Beatles, Cherish by the
Association, Because by Dave
Clark Five, Distant Shores by Chad and Jeremy, Rainy
Days & Mondays by the
Carpenters, You've Got a Friend by Carol King,
Hundred Miles by Peter, Paul
and Mary, Evergreen by Paul Williams.

Saved whole month's allowance P50 to watch the
Beatles perform live at
Rizal Memorial Coliseum in 1965.

It was hip to listen to: Bingo Lacson and Jo San
Diego (past midnight) of
DZMT, the singing sensations from Ateneo de Manila?
RJ and the Riots, The
Loonilarks, Joe Mari Chan and the APO Hiking Society
and dance to live
combo music garbed in cocktail dresses and dark

DZMT was affiliated with the Manila Times and was
the only broadcast
station that stayed on the air past midnight. Jo San
Diego was their anchor
woman (she with the velvety bedroom voice).

And danced at: Manila Hotel's Jungle Bar, Stargazer,
Bayside Night Club
(with live music by the Carding Cruz band), and the
Nile (and the Italian
singing group Five n' Fives), Queue Disco, Circuit
Disco, Where else?
Altitude 49, Delirium (in Greenbelt), D'Flame,
Rino's, and Velvet Slum, Wells
Fargo, and Coco Banana.

After graduation, jam sessions were replaced by
night clubs and Bayside was
the place to go for live bands and non-stop dancing.

Do you remember when: Dollar to peso exchange rate
was $1 = P7, Walang
Tindigan buses charged a flat rate of

P1, Love Bus fare was P1.50, family size Shakey's
Pizza cost less than P40,
Malate streets were named after US States
(Pennsylvania, Colorado, etc.);
Paranaque, San Juan, Makati, Pasig, Las Pinas,
Taguig, Pateros and
Muntinlupa were municipalities of Rizal province;
DLSU was De La Salle
College, Poveda was Institucion Teresiana, Adamson
University was the
original St. Theresa's campus, Robinsons mall was
the Assumption Convent
campus, Petron was Esso, Villamor Air Base was then
known as Nichols Air
;Base, bancas were aplenty in the Baclaran side of
Dewey Blvd. (now Roxas
Blvd.) and traffic was non-existent in Tagaytay.

PLDT telephone numbers were five digits and you used
your index finger to
dial a number one at a time.

If you remember all these things, you're history in
great company and I
dare say, happy to be.

Since the writer was fleeting between two
generations (60's-70"s), you
party goers surely remember the DynaSouls (dubbed
the Beatles of the
Philippines), The Tilt Down Men (The Sotto brothers,
Tito, & Val, favored
the Dave Clark 5) Jaime Jose & the Deltas*
(remember Maggie Dela Riva?)
What about gate crashing a "Tipar" (for party) and
the ensuing rumble
between feuding barkadas: The Havocs, Combat*, &
Exotics, meron pang
kanya-kanyang busina (car honking id).

Remember BMI (Baguio Military Institute)? That
school was a dumping ground
for kicked out students from Manila and kids that
needed discipline. Let us
not forget ang mga taga "Baste" (San Sebastian).
Ang daming siga noong

Sure you remember playing Pelota... And drag racing
along Ortigas and
behind Meralco..

Sikat ka sa barkada kung may "syota" (girl friend)
kang "Colegiala"
(Assumption, STC, St. Scho, Maryknoll, Holy Spirit;
and the other schools -
St. Paul's, St. Joseph, Centro Escolar ). As proof,
you should be wearing
her high school ring in your pinkie finger...And
dapat karta 9 ...You
probably took her out to the Butterfly (at UP) to
listen to folk songs and
sip Butterfly Iced Tea.

Did you get to date a "chick" from Brent (Baguio)
and IS (Makati)?

Of course you should have enough cash for the gaso
(gas), tsibog
(food/dinner), cover charge/drinks at the Flame or
Rino's, konting damo,
and for the finale, enough datong (cash) para sa
"biglang liko". Or kung
gipit for cash, park at the huge lot of Folk Arts
and just do it in the
car...Kaya lang dapat may "Tapwe" (Singkuwenta
pesos) pang lagay sa parak
(police), and a handy calling card of a military
officer with a hand
written note in the back that "you should be given
utmost courtesy"...

Then in the late 70's early 80's came the CB radio
phenomenon.. Tibs on
Makati Ave. for beer and happy hour at the Manila
Garden; always
overflowing with beer and chicken wings...Tapos
masahe sa Imperial Palace
or Maalikaya... To cap the night, a stop at Birds
of the Same Feather for
smooth jazz courtesy of Eddie Katindig.

Tapos you get to do it all over again the following
day. Take care.

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