I remember where I was on May 21, 1994. It was the 43rd Miss Universe pageant, and Manila was the host. I was at my cousin’s house, like millions of Filipinos at that time my eyes were focused on the TV set, and mentally holding hands with my kababayan (countrymen) as host Bob Goen called Miss Philippines’ Charlene Mae Bonnin Gonzales for her time to shine. Goen asked Gonzales, “How many islands are there in the Philippines?”. Gonzales gave one candid and bold reply with “High tide or low tide?”. Goen laughed and said, “Give me both” to which the Filipina beauty answered with, “Well, during high tide we have 7,107 and during low tide we have 7,108. Eventually, India’s Sushmita Sen won the title with her definition of the essence of being a woman. Still, Gonzales showed grace under pressure.
With this, I will continue with the second part of 90s trivia questions about Philippine entertainment. Like the first part, I made 15 trivia questions related to Philippine show business in the 90s.
Internet searches, asking for help and/or skipping to the end of this entry for answers is considered cheating.
- What is the movie of Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres and Gary Valenciano? (1 point)
- What is Anne Curtis’s first movie? What is her role in this movie? Who directed the film (there are 2)? (4 points)
- Who played the role of YAYA opposite Kris Aquino in Shake, Rattle and Roll III? (1 point)
- What is the ABS-CBN children show that was the predecessor of Goin’ Bulilit? Hint: It had young Claudine Barretto and young Angelu de Leon. What was its famous line at the start of the show? What did the kids say before each joke? (3 points)
- Who played the roles of Anna, Karen and Nina in GMA-7’s Anna Karenina (1996 version)? (3 points)
- What ABS-CBN show hosted by Noli de Castro featured ghost stories, kapre (tree demon), duwende (elf, not Legolas-level of handsomeness), and tikbalang (half human half horse pure muscle) around Halloween? (1 point)
- What was the kiddie show that had a talking monkey and a talking turtle? What are their names? Name another puppet character. What are the names of the adult characters (one ate and one kuya)? (5 points)
- What are the characters’ names of Noel Trinidad, Tessie Tomas and Anjo Yllana in ABS-CBN’s political satire Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata? (3 points)
- Name the original members of Gwapings. (3 points)
- What is the interactive game show hosted by Arnell Ignacio that won him a PMPC Star Awards for Television? Who was the actress who assisted him? (2 points)
- What is Eraserheads’ first album? What is the name of their book that was edited by Jessica Zafra? From what song did these lines come from?
magkahawak ang ating kamay/ at walang kamalay-malay/na tinuruan mo ang puso ko/ na umibig ng tunay (3 points)
- Who is Rivermaya’s first vocalist? (The answer is NOT Rico Blanco) (1 point)
- What are the complete names of the members of APO Hiking Society (3 points, incomplete name merits zero point)
- Fill in the blanks: Banal na aso, santong ___________. What band sang this? (2 points)
- Write the names of the singers/bands who sang the following songs: Mga Kababayan Ko (rapper), Prinsesa (band) Your Love (band), Multo sa Paningin (Multong Bakla), and Line to Heaven (band). (5 points)
- Hataw Na!
I adored Dayanara Torres. She looked like an angel who moved like a gazelle and glided like a swan. Too bad, she had to leave the country.
- Magic Kingdom. Princess Dahlia. Lore Reyes and Peque Gallaga
Jubal and Sambag (the Karay-a word for Tamarind) are weird cool names. Anne Curtis did not know how to speak Filipino at the time, but she was already a charismatic beauty.
- Lilia Cuntapay is synonymous with manananggal (blood sucking moster) or aswang (vampire + witch)
Lilia Cuntapay scares the bejesus out of me! She is the reason why I do not watch Filipino horror films. As Director Antoinette Jadaone said, Cuntapay is “Yung matandang babaeng laging manananggal na walang ngipin na mahaba ang buhok”. Director Peque Gallaga said that Cuntapay is “Hindi siya parang aswang. Aswang siya!”. In 2011, I watched Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay. It was hilarious, and Cuntapay did not seem scary at all.
- Ang TV. “430 na! Ang TV na!” and “Esmyuskee!”
I said the same thing, “430 na! Ang TV na!” and gazed at Patrick Garcia.
- Antoinette Taus (Anna), Sunshine Dizon (Karen) and Kim delos Santos (Nina)
I did not really watch this, but the names are nice.
- Magandang Gabi, Bayan
Noli de Castro’s Magandang Gabi, Bayan was a Halloween tradition for my brother, cousins and I. One Saturday every year, after the sun set, we all positioned ourselved in front of the TV set. The last kid would take the back end of the long sofa and would look back often to check if a white lady or a kapre materialized beside him.
- Batibot. Kiko Matsing and Pong Pagong. Any of the following puppet characters: Manang Bola, Kapitan Basa, Sitsiritsit, Alibangbang, Irma Daldal, Ningning and Gingging, Koko Kwik-Kwak. Kuya Bodjie and Ate Sienna
“Pagmulat ng mata
Tayo nang magpunta,
Tuklasin sa Batibot,
Ang tuwa, ang saya”
Oiiii, kumanta siya. 🙂
- Anding Tengo (Noel Trinidad), Barbara Tengco (Tessie Tomas) and Dino Tengo (Anjo Yllana)
Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata was too much for the young me to comprehend, but I watched it a lot because of Tessie Tomas’s over-the-top clothes and make-up.
- Mark Anthony Fernandez, Jomari Yllana and Eric Fructuoso
I thought that they were the prettiest boys on earth. Mark Anthony Fernandez’s movie with Claudine Barretto, Mangarap Ka is still one of my favorite films.
- GoBingo and Maricar de Mesa
Arnell Iganacio could outtalk anyone, and he was also funny.
- Ultreaelectromagneticpop! Fruitcake. Ang Huling El Bimbo
Eraserheads’ Ultaelectromagneticpop! is the third or fourth album I owned. I was in love with Marcus Adoro, Eheads’ lead guitarist. Ang Huling El Bimbo is my second favorite Eheads’ song. And I had a copy of Fruitcake.
- Bamboo Mañalac
Now we know him as Coach Bamboo of Team Kawayan in The Voice Philippines.
- Boboy Garovillo, Danny Javier and Jim Paredes
Drey, Melai and I watched their supposedly last concert in UP Film Theater. It started late because they had to wait for some people to arrive. It finished almost 12 midnight. Drey and I’s dorm had a curfew of 10pm. We spent some time sitting on the floor of Uniwide Katipunan thinking/looking for a place to spend the night. Only to learn a week later that APO Hiking Society was not disbanding after all.
My cousin used to listen to their songs. I would borrow Yano tape once a week and unleash my horrible singing abilities.
- Francis Magalona, Teeth, Alamid, The Youth, and Introvoys
I listened to all of them, but only owned Teeth’s tape. I sang Laklak and Prinsesa A LOT. My Filipino project in third year high school, a collection of poems, was inspired by Glenn Jacinto’s voice. I got a 1.0. So, yey!
YOUR BATANG 90s METER:
35-40 – You are really a batang 90s. Congrats! You are also as jologs as I am.
25-34 – You may be a batang 90s, but you did not pay attention to the TV sets. It is okay, you must be very smart or rich or both right now. Too much TV exposure fries the brain cells. I am kidding. I think.
15-24 – If you are in your teens, it is fine because this happened way before your time. If you are older than 28 and you got this score, I am judging you right now. J How was your childhood? Hehe.
less than 15 – Weh? Di nga? Do not fight the inner batang 90s in you. J Let it out like a raging diva, your life would be happier.