Friday, September 07, 2007


Yoyos and comics if in case it suddenly rains ... not a bad idea.
Enjoy the weekend everyone!


posted by Señor Enrique at 5:41 AM


Blogger NOYPETES said...

The wooden Kamagong YoYo sold mostly in the provinces back during our younger days Eric!

The Duncan YoYo was introduced in Manila with a big promotional tour sponsored by Coca-Cola in 1959. It was sold then for Php1.20. I remember this American dude YoYo champ pretty much amazed by the skills exhibited by the local kids doing tricks with their wooden YoYos when Coca-Cola took him on a school tour. All I could do then was the easy "walking the dog, shooting star ad rock a bye baby" with my hand me down badly chipped YoYo!

my idol Komiks illustrators then was Mang Kiko Coching, Rico Rival, Larry Alcala. Wakasan, Tagalog Klasiks and Liwayway Magazine can be rented for .05 centavos and was always best with manin'g adobo sa bawang and a cold sarsaparilla at the corner sari-sari store.

September 07, 2007 8:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow!! babalik na mga komiks?
sayanggggggg!!! abot kaya dito?

September 07, 2007 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, yoyo! i remember coke had those yoyos too. parang ang sarap kolektahin lalo na pag makukulay then you line them up on a table or a frame. oh, and i had a yoyo too that lit up everytime you played with it. hehe.

September 07, 2007 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yoyos! I loved them; used to practice with mine when I was still in high school but now, my Proyos are safely kept in their boxes.


Happy weekend Eric!

September 07, 2007 1:54 PM  

Blogger Unknown said...

Playing the yoyo well was something that I never learned. I remember Coke sending some experts to school to promote the yoyo and they did tricks like "lullabye", "around the world" and "walking the dog."

As for the revival of "komiks", I think Carlo Caparas will rake in a lot of money. I also know that a lot of those who read Tagalog comic books learned to speak Tagalog better from the comic books than from their classrooms (i.e. those in the Visayas and Mindanao).

September 08, 2007 12:03 AM  

Blogger INKBLOTS said...

My bunso likes to play yoyo a lot and I could no longer count how many cheap yoyos he has broken, how many strings I have to untangle. I remember when he was younger, he was bugging me to buy a Mighty Bond to fix his P15.00 yoyo he bought from the store. I told him I would rather buy him a new yoyo instead (because Mighty Bond is more expensive than yoyo!).

Last Thursday night, he was bugging my wife to buy him a yoyo because it is popular "again". So she promised to buy him the "original" one. Without any hint of how much would it cost, I willingly obliged when she asked me to buy since I would be heading home first. I could not just believe that it costs P1,200+. And the cheapest kind is more than P600. Goodness! Even the mothers who were looking for one were just so surprised (and disappointed). I did not buy that one. I asked for the cheap yoyo instead. I got two for P69.00. Nonetheless, it brought out the same joy a P1,200-yoyo would bring. Buti na lang my son has a cheap thrill!

September 08, 2007 1:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bakit kailangang ibalik ang Komiks? Puro drama, fanatserye at mga bagay na di naman nakakadagdag sa kaalaman ng tao ang napapanood sa TV ibabalik pa ito? Mas makabubuti kung paghahanap ng trabaho ang aatupagin ng mga tao sa kanilang free time. Komiks? Kbobohan na naman ito!

September 08, 2007 3:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

yoyo, i remember playing that as a kid. the one that comes in free if you collect enough tanzan, remember? hahahah!

komiks, that's how i first learned to read. my lola is an avid reader and she taught how to read using our good old komiks. i remember reading 'valentina' and 'darna' back then. hehehe!

maybe bakya, but it did the trick.

September 08, 2007 4:46 AM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

happy weekend to you too. i used to love komiks, cant remember the names, but the ones featuring love stories are the ones I love and would spend money on it. i remember we used to be able to "rent" the komiks in the nearby sari-sari store. thanks for the memory.

September 08, 2007 5:15 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I had a cousin who peddled "kakanin" and rented out comic books on Saturday morningss. I think I used to pay five centavos for a piece of rice cake and 10 centavos to rent a comic book from him. Unfortunately, I had no distinct memory of the characters and their authors.

I had kamagong yoyos before the Coca-Cola Duncans :)

September 08, 2007 10:09 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Melai! I wouldn't be surprised if one of these days you'd find them in your local Pinoy grocery over there where you now live in Canada. You may also check out the various online sites of our local comic book artists for the meantime.

September 08, 2007 10:11 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Yes, Ced, I, too, love those yoyos that lit up, though I never owned one. But I'll probably buy one next time I see one now that you mentioned it :)

September 08, 2007 10:13 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Are Proyos a collection of yoyos created by one manufacturer, Kyels?

Thanks and you, too!

September 08, 2007 10:14 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I don't remember our school receiving a guest yoyo demonstrator, Bugsybee. Now, I'm jealous .... hehehe! I was all right with a yoyo -- able to do a couple of tricks, but there were some older kids in my neighborhood who knew how to do several amazing tricks with it.

Whoa! You sure know your comic book artists, huh? The only one i know is our fellow Pinoy blogger, Reybronx :)

September 08, 2007 10:18 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

P1,200+ plus a yoyo, Ding? Wow! That must be some well-crafted model. I'd want one ... hehehe.

That son of yours definitely loves his yoyos. I did, too, when I was a kid :)

September 08, 2007 10:20 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

"Kbobohan na naman ito!"

Not completely, Anonymous ... for some kids were inspired to learn how to read by comic books. Some of these editions also have incredible artworks, which gain astonishing collector item prices in the long run.

Also, let's not forget what Joseph Campbell once said, "Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths."

September 08, 2007 10:28 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Wow! I think that was rather resourceful of your lola, Nell. Personally, I learned to read by reading name brands on billboards :)

Yes, and I bet many kids got into drinking those coca-colas just to get a free duncan yoyo.

September 08, 2007 10:30 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Photo Cache.

Perhaps, this revival of interest in our local comic books might promote reading amongst our youth as it had done quite successfully in the past.

September 08, 2007 10:32 AM  

Blogger Photowalker said...

Ah comic books, I've had my fill of books last week from the book fair.
I love comic books when I was a kid, up until college, I collected Superman. I just stopped when prices went up and the regular artists were replaced.

As for yoyos, I played with them during the 80's when Coca Cola made them into a craze.

September 10, 2007 1:29 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I am so upset that I missed this year's book fair, Photowalker. You see, the books I got last year from there I used much as inspiration for my bloh entries. Oh, well :(

I've heard of some people who meticulously store their collections of various comic books, which, by the way go up in value. Amazing.

Yoyos will always be a favorite toy amongst our youth as well :)

September 10, 2007 6:18 AM  

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