I am writing this because I am a little nostalgic about the childhood photos that I have seen recently. This led me to recollect some of the stuff that consumed me in their own proportions as a child.
(a) Batibot (1984)
Our own version of Sesame Street is and will be one of my biggest favorites forever! Kuya Bodjie, Kuya Mario, Ate Sienna, Pong Pagong, Kikong Matsing, Manang Bola, and the rest of the group: we miss them. I hope a re-mastered DVD or something similar will be produced. I am sure it will be a hit.
(Batibot means small, but strong and robust. I watched this video many times and I even sang along with it.)
(Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho featured them in 2007. Here is the clip in case you have missed the reunion.)
(b) Bioman (1984)
Red 1, Green 2, Blue 3, Yellow 4, Pink 5! Me and my playmates tried to re-enact their fights and antics. I was Yellow 4. Why? Because most of the girls wanted to be Pink 5, so let them compete.
(This Bioman opening theme gives me goosebumps and transports me to yesteryears.)
(c) Ora Engkantada
I have been googling a photo or video to show you Lola Torya (played by Luz Fernandez; she was Luka in Okay Ka, Fairy Ko), but I did not find any. At 6:00 PM, kids are watching with so much fascination as she opens her huge book containing magical stories.
(d) Gabi ng Lagim
I am not referring to the movie but to DZRH’s radio program (play). As a youngster, there was another way to tell that it is 8:00 PM already. When you would hear the terrifying sound from the wailing dog over the radio, it means that the ghost and/or suspense stories being featured weekly through Gabi ng Lagim has started. I do not remember the exact duration of the program, but I think it lasts for 30 minutes from Monday to Saturday. It is regarded as one of the longest running radio plays in the Philippine history. How did I get to know about this? My late grandmother was a follower (and me, too).
I am one of the 80s kiddos, hence, I am so thrilled whenever I would chance upon old movies on Cinema One. Over the weekend, I catched Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang halfway. It is a trilogy which featured Gabby Concepcion, Snooky Serna, Maricel Soriano, William Martinez, Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, and the Triplets (Manilyn Reynes, Tina Paner and Sheryl Cruz). The story began showing the late Chichay as Lola Basyang telling stories to the kids. I remember playing teks (cards) and may pambato (lucky charm) was the Lola Basyang card. I wish I still have it.
(f) Zuma (1985)
The younger generation may initially regard Zuma as a computer game. There is little relevance to pyramids though. In this movie, he was depicted as an offspring of an Aztec serpent God. He was buried under a pyramid and was incidentally “awakened” by an archaeological team doing expedition. You can just imagine the trouble he made in that modern era. He murdered a lot. I had almost sleepless nights after seeing this, especially that the elders tricked us that Zuma is probably true and that he likes to eat kids, especially the girls who are still outside the house at night. (I used to play a lot on the streets. Post-Zuma, I was normally home before the sunset until I wisen up and discerned for myself that it is not true.) Since the movie was a hit, Anak ni Zuma (1987) was born.
That time I thought both movies were amazing. But after decades of not seeing it until I chanced upon it again in 2008 on TV, wow, I realized it is sobrang pangit (poorly produced). But even so, if I have the chance, I would still watch it.
(g) Bagets (1984)
I wrote about it last year. One of the movies that do not age. There is something about watching the old faces that makes us smile, especially the actors when they were still taking chances to stardom. Also, it is noteworthy that it is among the Tagalog movies which have a very nice soundtrack. Bagets 2 was produced the same year. The prequel is better though.
(Bagets opening theme. The dance steps from this movie will be immortal.)
Well, I was just a toddler when it premiered. Technically, I did not see it during the 80s, but (first time) in 2008. I am not a fan, but Gabby Concepcion’s and Sharon Cuneta’s innocence were very adorable in this movie. I can watch it over and again, unlike KC Concepcion’s For the First Time that I have not yet finished until now. I have tried at least five times already and I always dozed off. It is like a sleeping pill. No offense meant to her fans.
In Dear Heart, I also enjoyed recollecting the old Baguio (mainly filmed there), seeing Sharon by the beach and running with Gabby, not on a swimwear but in jeans, the coñotic dialogues and trivial things (including the apparent advertisements from Coca Cola, Shakeys and other sponsors). I love this movie.
We will have our own favorites and/or things that will remain in our subconscious whichever generation we belong. And I know that most of you will nod in agreement when I say that these are part and parcel of our own being now (special shoutout to Batibot!).