By Sara Grace C. Fojas
First row from left: Lou Muñoz, Ann Umali, and Michelle Panemanglor
Second row from left: Jodilly Pendre, Alaiza Malinao, Jasmine Maierhofer, and Justine Gabionza
Havaianas Philippines managing directors Jon Syjuco and Anne Gonzalez and founding partner Freddy Gonzalez
Standing from left: Havaianas Philippines managing director Anne Gonzalez with Miko Raval, Marissa Tambunting, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, LA Aguinaldo, Leah Puyat, and Basti Artadi
Seated from left: Raph Robes, Keren Pascual, and Rissa Artadi
Megan Young and Saab Magalona
A typical weekend afternoon of my childhood after nap time consisted of playing at our front yard in the province. My parents wouldn’t allow us to play on the streets but my sisters and I would always have a grand time, pretending we were experts in cooking the leaves from the plants of our garden or creating our own version of paradise with falls, a sea, and a lake beside our poso (water pump.) Since we were only three (because my older sisters were already in college), our favorite game were 10-20, langit-lupa, tagu-taguan, and tumbang preso. Sometimes our kuya would play tex and pog with us. Some days we would build his Crush Gear track and play race or steal the frying pan from the kitchen and play Beyblade. We didn’t have mobile phones then or apps, but we had a Brick Game where we first played Tetris and a family computer where we play Super Mario, Pac Man, Balloon Fight, and a ton of cool games.
On weekday mornings, when we didn’t have school, we would still spend our time learning things, at the front of the television with Hiraya Manawari, Bayani, and Sineskwela, which were more interesting than school.
We never missed an episode of Sarah ang Munting Prinsesa even though we’ve seen it so many times. We adored Cedie ang Munting Prinsipe and we always wondered who was the Daddy Long Legs of Judie Abbot.
Our childhood superheroes were Darna, Sailormoon, and the Ninja Turtles. We didn’t have Stranger Things or Game of Thrones, or 13 Reasons Why back then, but we had Wansapanataym, Mara Clara, Anakarenina, and Tabing Ilog.
And when we hit our teenage years, full of parties and late-night dances in school, my friends and I would dance to “Macarena”or “Wanna Be” by Spice Girls. The young lover’s theme song was “Ang Huling El Bimbo” of Eraserheads and the suitors of the girls would serenade them with “Harana” or “Gitara” by Parokya ni Edgar. And every teenager’s playlist consist of Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Linkin Park, Simple Plan, and more bands and singers that would sing what was in our hearts.
Oh the crazy and beautiful things about the 90s that is so worthy to be remembered. Then, as we grew older and more mature, the Internet and social media slowly entered everybody’s lives, and suddenly the streets became empty on Sunday afternoons and everyone was locked in their own touch screen world.
But recently, for a moment, everyone was reminded of the crazy times, of the best decade ever called the ’90s at the Cable Car in Pasay, during the launch of the Make Your Own Havaianas 2017. The party back to everyone’s favorite decade was attended celebrities and personalities Tessa Prieto-Valdes, LA Aguinaldo, Raph Robes, Keren Pascual, Joan Bitagcol, Rhett Eala, Jodilly Pendre, Jasmine Maierhofer, Kylie Verzosa, Leila Alcasid, Megan Young, Saab Magalona, Tweetie De Leon-Gonzalez, Kiana Valenciano, and many more.
During the party, Mars Miranda filled it with songs from the ’90s such as Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” and “Touch my Body,” or “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears, “I Do”by 98 Degrees, “Bye Bye Bye” by N’Sync, “Bring it all Back” by S club 7, and unplugged sessions with ’90s icons Basti Artadia and Cooky Chua, a many more songs that reminded us of the good old times, everyone was taken to a trip down memory lane—into the totally wicked fun era of the 90s—while customizing their own flip flops.
For this year, the Havaianas commemorative pair—those classic black soles designed with eight-bit video games’ colorful pixels—was a definite must-have for the ’90s kid-slash-Millenials. This year’s pin selection reminds everyone of the good times such as an old TV with an antenna, a cassette tape, a boom box, and video game icons. There were even glow-in-the-dark pins with various designs like the lightning bold, smiley, star, lips, and the letters MYOH, just like the stickers everyone loved putting on their walls and ceilings back in the day.
Another highlight of this year that everyone wouldn’t want to miss is the 3D printing technology, a unique feature that creates a 3D pin printed with their initials in just a matter of minutes. It also came with ready-made designs such as block, peace sign, and eight-bit heart.
Catch the mix-and-match craze on June 1 to 4 at All Flip-Flops Robinsons Place Ermita and Sole Patrol Robinsons Calasiao; June 8 to 12 at All Flip-Flops TriNoma and Ayala Center Cebu; June 15 to 18 at All Flip-Flops SM Mall of Asia, SM Seaside City Cebu, and SM Lanang Premier;June 22 to 25 at CommonThreadHavaianas MYOH 2017 Powerplant Mall, Rockwell; and June 29 to July 2 at All Flip-Flops SM Megamall, SM City Cagayan de Oro, and Red Dot Robinsons Place Ilocos.
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