Editor's Note: This piece was written by a self-confessed, real-life Tito. Born before we went crazy over selfies, Ghost Fighter, and LeBron James, he has a very vivid recollection of the things that made the '70s and '80s rock. He gives us a small taste of some of the stuff he and his fellow Titos and Titas enjoyed back then below.
Born in the '60s to the early '70s, we take pride in having a better generation, because life was so much simpler then. (Don’t worry, your time will come and you can take pride of your own.). During our time watching a TV show was determined by a majority vote. We only had a "manual" remote control—which meant someone going near the set and turning the knob to switch channels.
Decades before the thin and sleek television sets of today we had one with a picture tube encased in a wooden shelf with a sliding door. And because it was heavy and wide like a drawer (which took a lot of space) most homes only had one.
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You're lucky you have your Ultra-HD-with-one-bazillion-colors TVs now. Back then we only had black-and-white screens, and if we wanted to turn them multi-colored there’s a filter you fasten on the picture tube much like a screen protector to give ourselves the illusion of watching shows in color.
[What's that? "Why should you care?" Because these things are important to us. And every time you make fun of us for remembering it or tell us how "Yuck, so luma" it is a part of us dies...and wants to come back to life to strangle you, you little prick. So don't you ever mess with our memories ever again. You'll understand this more when you get older.]
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No, this is not a café. It’s a noontime show on GMA 7 hosted by your Titos and Titas, former Senator Eddie Ilarde, the late Helen Vela, Coney Reyes, and Bobby Ledesma, during the '70s. Back then, there were no bikini-clad dancers, and the audience was not required to dance along, just plain singing and dancing and an IQ quiz.
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Goldilocks' formidable competition sold our favorite mocha roll at only P50 and their hot Chicken Empanada at P7. We heard there’s still one along Pasay Road but we're not sure if it’s the same we enjoyed in the '70s.
JD BUS TRANSIT AND THE LOVE BUS
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JD Transit operated a line of non-air-conditioned buses whose body was made of hard wood, their windows made up of lawanit panels. Like military nurses of yore, the konduktoras wore starched uniforms—pink top and skirt worn with folded white socks and leather black shoes.
The Love Bus, on one hand, was the first air-conditioned bus most blue-collared workers took, which didn’t allow "standing" passengers.
If you were enrolled in UP or Ateneo, these buses went inside the campus so you didn’t have to worry about running around to catch your class.
VINYLS WITH HOW-TO-DANCE INSTRUCTIONAL SHEET
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We're sure you know what vinyls are. Before CDs and downloads, there were cassette tape, singles and Long Playing (LP) albums. During our time, when you buy a dance LP, there’s almost always a dance instructional sheet that goes with it so you can learn to groove with the latest dance steps. Cool, right?
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Treasured not only because of its taste and nutritional value, but also for being Kuya Germs’ favorite giveaway. Guests of his Sunday variety shows–from Germside to Germspesyal–were each given a can like a trophy after their song and/or dance number.
MAGNOLIA CHOCOLAIT AND MILK IN BOTTLES
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To refill, you just leave the empty bottles on your doorstep, and you pay as the delivery guys replenish them. So there’s no need to call for deliveries or rush to the grocery when you need a drink. Convenience!
LIVE MANNEQUINS AT MINI VELEZ
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Our Googling skills failed us on finding one from Mini Velez' era, but it's something similar to this—only in '70s fashion.
Instead of mannequins or wooden figures they had live models moving behind the window display to showcase their latest collection in this department store located along Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City. Think R2D2 in branded clothing.
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Ours were smaller guns and less lethal but they sure did piss off folks. From toy guns with designs based on Batman and other popular superheroes, water guns were our weapons-of-choice.
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For four hours, beginning at 2 p.m., every Sunday we tuned in to 99.5 RT’s American Top 40 countdown hosted by the late Casey Kasem. Our favorite part? The "Long Distance Dedication" where the legendary DJ reads a letter from a listener and played a dedicated song.
LIVE BANDS AT SHAKEY'S
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IN PHOTO: The one holding the mic is none other than Journey's frontman, Arnel Pineda. His first band, Yjoz (read as hijos), frequently played in Shakey's during the '80s.
Fridays and Saturday nights at this pizza parlor (that’s what it was called then) were full house, thanks to rock bands. Smoking was still allowed inside and beer overflowed. Not that family-friendly but it sure was a fun, fun place!