Monday, December 31, 2007

Pop Swatch

Among the trends of the 90s that shouldn't be missed is the POP SWATCH. The product was relased in the 80s but it onlt made its way here in the 90s. Thanks to Gift Gate. I remember the first endorser was Mikee Cojuangco.

What everyone liked about Pop Swatch are the look--you can call it a mini wallclock =p and the straps which can be changed to match or accentuate your outfit.

Here are some photos of some swatches:

1991 Christmas Pop Swatch Bottone.

Click here to buy the item.

Passport '93

Click here to view Rick's Swatch Collection.

Goodbye Carlo!

This is the classic Purefoods Tenderjuicy Hotdog commercial. Carlo is supposed to be Patrick Garcia but as you will notice, he cannot be seen anywhere in this clip.

* The girl, Chantal Umali, later on starred as Happy in TGIS the second batch.

Memory Checklist # 1

1. Pa-bida ka every start of the school year. Your pencil case has several pop-out compartments. It's a plus if there's a built-in thermometer and magnifying lens. Then you fill your pencil case with Kisses, the scented balls.

2. You remember munching Jack n' Jill Bacon Strips on snack time. (Don't you just miss this?!?)

3. You check if Gobstoppers really change their color and flavor.

4. You checked if M&M's slogan: "melts in your mouth, not in your hands" is true.

5. You bought every flavor of Fanta softdrink. An 8 oz. bottle of Fanta costs around 4-5 pesos.

6. It wasn't Coke Light nor Pepsi Max then. They were just labeled as Diet--Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi.

7. You danced Depeche Mode's "I Just Can't Get Enough" in a school presentation. (Think about field demos and other classroom presentations.) Later on, it was used in an Ovaltinees ad. Oh-oh-Ovaltinees.

8. You've seen Mariah Carey's transformation--from a plain Maria to a divalicious Mariah.

9. You memorized the lyrics of the Nano Candy jingle.

If you can relate to at least 5 of the items here, then you know that you are
a certified Not-So Recent Kid.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Not-So Recent Snapshots: Miss Universe 1994

One of my fondest memories of the 90s is that of the Philippines being the host country of the Miss Universe back in <strike>'93</strike>'94 (Thanks for the correction, Jemyr). Among the long-legged beauties in the picture is Miss Mauritius-Viveka Babajee + (who was also involved in the Film Fest Scandal) and our own darling, Charlene Gonzales.

It was also because of this pageant that the Manolo and Michelle pair came to exist: Ogie Alcasid met Miss Australia-Michelle Van Eimeren who later on became her wife. Former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico met Aga Muhlach who soon became her boyfriend. Sad to say, both couples are no longer together. Michelle went back to Australia as Ogie went for Regine Velasquez and Dayanara went back to Puerto Rico and married international artist Marc Anthony. Well, yes, they too separated.
And here's a twist of fate: Charlene Gonzales married Aga. They didn't expect it, for sure.

Photos taken from
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"Take It, Take It": Remembering the Film Fest Scandal

It's Metro Manila Film Fest season once again. While the stars are busy competing over the "Best," the "Most" and all the "-est" titles, let us take a short trip down on memory lane here at Not-So Recent Manila.

"Take it, take it." Well, I hope not to hear these lines mentioned anytime in the awards' night. They were made famous during the envelope switching moment in 1994's Metro Manila Film Festival Awards.

I wonder what happened to everyone who were involved.

Gabby Concepcion is now peacefully residing in the United States--while there are rumors that the top 2 stations are waging TF wars for his comeback. Former Miss Mauritius and representative to the Miss Universe Pageant held at Manila in 1993 Viveka Babajee has moved to India where she has become a top model. Ruffa Gutierrez is vying for a title of her own in her performance at Desperadas. And well, Lolit Solis is sweettalking Papa Piolo and Sam to take back their million-peso libel case against her... What's new?

It seems to me that the public has already forgiven them but you know, as the Awards' Night approaches, I hope that nobody lets any of them come near the envelopes.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sabado na, GIMIK na!

Kapag Sabado ng hapon, noong 90s, sa bahay lang ang gimik ng mga Pinoy teenagers. Ito ay dahil sa inaabangan nila ang kwento ng mga buhay ng kanilang favorite GIMIK characters.

Ang cast ay kinabibilangan nila:

Judy Ann Santos as Diane Villaroel
Rico Yan as Ricky Salveron
G Toengi as Gina de Leon
Diether Ocampo as Gary Ballesteros
Rica Peralejo as Jersey Salveron
Mylene Dizon as Melanie Suntay
Bojo Molina as Brian Lorenzo
LJ Moreno as Cathy Dominguez
Dominic Ochoa as Eric Abesamis
Laura James as Cindy Trinidad
Baron Geisler as Choy Ledesma
Kristine Hermosa as Tintin Fernandez
Kristopher Peralta as Toffee Sanchez
Paula Peralejo as Pauline Salveron
Patrick Garcia as Carlo de Leon
John Lloyd Cruz as Junie de Leon
Kaye Abad as Kakai Marquez
Carlos Agassi as Marco Trinidad
Cheska Garcia as Corrine Apostol
Jolina Magdangal as Ese Aragon
Marvin Agustin as Joey Fajardo

Answer to last entry's Mystery Star: Laura James

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Not-So Recent Mystery Star # 1

Naalala niyo pa ba kung sino ang showbiz kid na ito?

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

90s' Closer You & I Close-Up Commercial

The song was sung by Gino Padilla.

Crush ng Bayan: Jonathan Brandis

Not-So Recent Manila's
It's time to look back and remember your pre-adolescent crushes!

Jonathan Brandis became a tad bit popular when he got the lead role in The Neverending Story in 1990. He was regularly seen as part of the Sea Quest cast, which Pinoy girls watched on Thursday evenings at RPN 9.

Jonathan became a lot of girls' favorite guy to appear in teeny bopper magazines like Bop, Teen Beat and Tiger Beat. He was also known as Brittany Murphy's real-life prom date.

He didn't make it big though. He usually starred in B-list movies and failed in his attempt to re-launch his showbiz career. This was thought to be the reason for him to commit suicide in 2003. He died at the age of 27.