And speaking of ICONS that defined my youth…

nami-miss ko din sila paminsan-minsan, despite their respective imperfections. What can I say? They were the pinaka-hanep things when I was young.

Back then (and when I say “then” I mean the 80s), when one spoke of bands, shoes, TV shows, movies, athletes, artists, politicians, tambayans, japorms style, electronic gadgets, etc., these are what immediately came to mind — walang nang deba-debate, walang nang kontra-kontra… kasi walang ibang alternatives! Hehehe.

Halimbawa…

  • Kapag sinabing SAPATOS, tiyak ang tinutukoy ay Tretorn, K-Swiss, Sperry Topsiders, “Penny Loafers”, Spadrilles, British Knights, New Balance and the like… yan ay KUNG can-afford ka. Kung hindi, aba’y matuto kang magkasya sa Robertsons, “Chinese Shoes,” kahit aling Grosby or, to be safe, any generic “bulldog” black shoes  🙂
  • Kung CARTOONS ang kwentuhan, bilang na bilang lang ang patok — Voltes 5, Mazinger Z, Daimos, Jeeg the Iron Robot, Mekanda Robot, Aphrodite A, Great Mazinger, Great Aphrodite, Spacecruiser Yamato, Paul in Fantasyland, Ronron the Flowergirl (hehehe)
  • Kung TV PROGRAMS — CHiPs, Six Million Dollar Man, Combat, Tarzan, Streets of San Francisco, Kojak, Hawaii Five-O, Man from Atlantis, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Logan’s Run, Student Canteen, Eat Bulaga, TODAS, Iskul Bukol, Chicks to Chicks, Sigmund the Seamonster, Electric Company, The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Battlestar Galactica, The Price is Right, Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team, Charlie’s Angels, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Planet of the Apes, Cafeteria Aroma
  • Kung LARO o LIBANGAN — “Cops and Robbers,” siyato, teks, Rubiks Cube, Super Trump Cards, Chess, Games of the Generals, away ng gagamba, alaga ng butete sa bote, Pacman, Space Invaders, Yo-Yo, paggawa ng “mixed tapes”, Lego, Jolens, Robots, Matchbox
  • Kung JAPORMS — todo-gel na buhok (itlog na puti kung Punk ka), bakat-ugat sa pagka-hapit na bitin na pantalon, nakatiklop na manggas ng uniform, wayfarers na shades, ala-Bagets (kung Preppy ka) at all-black with boots, silver chains, spiked hair (kung Punk ka)
  • Kung TAMBAYAN — the original Quad Cinema, VV Soliven, Cash and Carry, Cartimar…
  • Kung MOVIES — Star Wars, Rambo, Conan the Barbarian, American Ninja, Rocky, Bagets, Flash Gordon, James Bond (basta si Sean Connery ang gumanap), Revenge of the Nerds…
  • Kung BANDA o ARTISTS, wala nang mas sisikat pa sa The Dawn, The Cure, The Clash, Duran Duran, Queen, Spandau Ballet, X’mal Deutschland, Cindy Lauper, Dead Kennedys, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Rage Band, Wham, Apo Hiking Society, Aha, Aztec Camera, Billy Idol, David Bowie, Boy George and the Culture Club, Devo, Fra Lippo Lippi, Depeche Mode, Echo and the Bunnymen, General Public, Pale Fountains, Menudo, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Prince and the Revolution, Psychedelic Furs, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Smiths, Tears for Fears, The Colourfields, Flock of Seagulls…
  • Kung GADGETS — walkman, betamax, game and watch, atari, Vivitar instamatic,
  • At kung sikat na TAO naman — Makoy, Ninoy, Johnny Midnight, Mr. T, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaworski at Arnaiz, Lou Ferrigno, Fernando Poe, Jr., Ramon Zamora, Tange

🙂

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And speaking of ICONS that defined my youth…

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