Saturday, October 27, 2007

I'd love to watch that with a bag of chips: BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD

Here are two fictitious guys from Highland, Texas who made midnights on MTV something to look forward to. Beavis and Butthead usually "while away time in sarcastic conversation, fantasizing about sex, and cynical, destructive behavior. They survive without serious consequences, and with a generally contented, though critical (not apathetic) worldview." (Wikipedia) But inspite of this, the dillholes gave us all gazillions of laughter.

However, the media watchdogs weren't so happy with Beavis and Butthead. A lot of critics have blamed deaths of children and juvenile delinquency to the said show. Most of these claims were not proven.

What we can't forget: Personally, it's the laugh and their nasty comments on music videos. Plus their run-ins with the other characters like Tom Anderson (elderly neighbor), principal and teacher arch-nemeses, David Van Driessen (their hippie teacher who liked them) and DARIA ("Diarrhea").
The show ran from 1993 to 1997.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Remembering the Ozone Disco Tragedy

The Ozone Disco in Manila was the scene of a fire that caused the death of 162 revelers on March 19, 1996. The burnt-out shell of the club still lies vacant and undisturbed -- except, apparently, for ghosts. Passers-by report strange noises and sightings. Investigators, grieving relatives and friends of the victims say they have seen apparitions. Some photographs appear to show floating, whitish figures.

In a bid to put the spirits at rest, Joseph Stephen Santos, who lost a cousin in the fire and heads the Justice for Ozone Victims movement, invited the questors to hold a seance on the site. Questor Josie Buenafe, a teacher at an exclusive boys' school, called up the spirit of Ed. He said that while the victims wanted to be remembered, they urged their loved ones to let them go. Ed said there were only 60 spirits left in the Ozone and asked the questors to return for another meeting on the first anniversary of the fire.

In March this year the questors were back. This time they tapped into the spirit of Joey, who told them the details of what had happened on the night of the fire. Thought to be the deejay, Joey explained that when disco-goers saw smoke bellowing from his booth, they assumed it was just part of the show. Joey grabbed an extinguisher and tried to douse the flames, but was finally overcome and engulfed in the fire. He said he could "find the light" and move on to the next world, but had stayed to help the other spirits who were having trouble leaving.

Today, the Ozone's old neighbors have gone. A once-flourishing design shop next-door now stands vacant. On the other side, separated from the Ozone plot by a wall, is the restaurant and club of a recently built hotel. Workers in a glass shop two doors down say they don't hear anything unusual, but no one works late. "We all go home at night," they say.

Perez says there are far fewer spirits in the remains of the Ozone Disco than there used to be. "But many still remain, mostly because they are concerned for the welfare of their loved ones, who are still grieving. Unless the living learn to let go, the spirits will stay in the disco and will not find peace."

Also view Ozone from Wikimapia:
* * *
Some hearsays.
  • According to some sources, this was the song being played when the fire at Ozone started. Click the link (not the button) to play the track:
    JaydeePlastic Dreams (Switch Remix)
  • An owner of a bar that was formerly in Eastwood told me that the owners of Basement are the same guys who own Ozone. Hmm... I kinda believe it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Before and After: SM City North EDSA

Before and After at Not-So Recent Manila:
Ever wondered how your favorite places, personalities and personal items looked like some years ago?
Before and After shows you the difference made by time.

When the mall was opened in 1985, SM City was the place to be. Imagine those from the South travelling all the way to North EDSA just to hang out at the mall! Thank God there are now Ayala Malls, Robinson's or SMs in almost every municipality. Shopping has never been more convenient.

Now, see the difference.

Before Pic taken from
After Pic taken from the SM Prime Holdings website.

Magandang Umaga Bayan Halloween Specials

Isa sa mga nami-miss ng mga 90s kids tuwing sasapit na naman ang undas ay ang MAGANDANG GABI BAYAN Halloween Special ni Kabayan Noli de Castro. Talagang one-of-a-kind ang boses ni Kabayan Noli at somehow, hahanap-hanapin mo ito.

Nagsimulang i-air ang MGB noong 1987 at kahit na pinalitan sya ni Katkat de Castro, ang kanyang unica hija, ay hindi pa din nito mapapantayan ang kanyang daddy in terms of anchoring the show. Sad to say, natapos nang i-air ng ABS-CBN ang MGB noong 2005.
At hindi ka ba kinikilibutan kapag nagpapaalam na si Noli with his scary make-up and cemetery backdrop?

Haay... Kaka-miss..

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Andrew E.: Humanap Ka Ng Panget

Oh catchy, catchy tune in the early 90s.

Zig-a-Zig Ahh...the Spice Girls!

Are you:

Sporty, or

Well, well, well. If you are a child of the 90s, then you most likely know who I'm talking about. Yeba! It's the Spice Girls!

When these girls released their debut single "Wannabe" in 1996, they became an instant hit. In fact, they even beat many of the Beatles all-time high records.
Oh... Everybody just loved Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton. News about Geri leaving her group was the regal shocker of 1998. Geri was the soul of the group. Rumor says that Geri left because of her worsening relationship with Victoria and Mel C. But what's worse is that her departure did not give Spice Girls the same fame and attention that they used to get. Eventually, the group disbanded, making the Spice Girls phenomenon short-lived.

But it has just been re-lived. Yeah, yeah, yeah! Watch out for the upcoming Spice Girls World Tour. It starts at Vancouver on December 7 this year. Ayy... It was such a moment to see all 5 of them re-united. Aww...

Anyway, here are some of my favorite Spice Girls memories:
  2. Platform shoes worn by Geri, Emma and Mel C
  3. Scary Spice's animal print wardrobe
  4. Geri's Union Jack outfit (which set a Guinness World Record for being the most expensive piece of clothing auctioned)
  5. the Posh Walk
  6. people debating if Posh is gay or not (coz she looked like one in the "Who do you think you are" video
  7. Spice World (yeah, cute movie)
  8. Spice Girls merchandise
  9. grade school girls making a fuss about the 2 Become 1 lyrics (Be a little bit "safer" baby...)
  10. the Stop (right now thank you very much) dance move
  11. the Mama video with the girls' moms
  12. the tutubi video called Viva Forever
  13. the classic, black and white video of Too Much (i just loved Geri)

How about you guys, what's your favorite Spice Girl memory?

Photo taken from

Friday, October 19, 2007

Urban Legend # 1: The Robinson's Snake


In the 90s. How can anyone forget?
The basement of Robinson's Galleria, a then-upscale mall located along EDSA, Ortigas, was said to be the dwelling place of Robina Gokongwei's giant half-snake, half-man twin. Some versions of the rumor say that the snake suddenly appears at dressing room mirrors, which are actually gateways to the basement. Other versions say that these mirrors serve as trapdoors which open when "Robinson" is hungry, sending the unlucky victim down to a series of pipes and mazes to Robinson's chamber.
According to the rumor, this twin likes to feed unsuspecting beautiful women fitting clothes in the mall's dressing rooms. In fact, I remember watching Alice Dixon on the news claiming that she has just narrowly escaped the snake.
The partial truth?
Some say that the half-snake, half-man form of Robina's twin is an exaggeration of the actual condition of her twin. Robina has a twin daw who's deformed and this guy is the lucky charm which gave billions to the Gokongwei family.
The truth behind.
Could have inspired J.K. Rowling when she wrote Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. Haha! Well, I can't believe that people actually believed this rumor and that it even made its way to TV Patrol. Tsk, tsk.

About Not So Recent Manila

My affinity for the past has led me to websites and blogs that feature old places, dead conventions and revived fads. They never fail to capture my sentimental side.

Among the blogs that give me this kind of feeling is Nostalgia Manila. With a tagline of "for those who remember the way we were," it is a melting point of memories of the 60s to 80s with some from the decades before those that I mentioned. It is a very interesting site, with features on fads, music, movies, TVCs, TV series (which you can actually watch from the blog!) and basically everything else that, you know, is part of the good old days.

While it is true that the past depicted by Nostalgia Manila is interesting, somehow I feel that it wasn't something which I can fully connect with. For one to fully appreciate recent histories, they have to be re-lived. I don't blame NostalgiaManila for catering to an older audience but I blame myself and the other kids of my age for not coming up with something that has the same intention as NM but is targeted to a younger age group.

And so, to get rid of the blame, I am executing an attempt to bring the past to those who remember the way we were in the 90s and 2000s. NOT SO RECENT MANILA will be the melting pot of fads, events, places, dance steps and personalities that shaped our not so ancient past and not so recent present.