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One of the finest memories of my youth is the Saturday Matinee.  Way back in the 1950s, it was an exciting adventure on a Saturday afternoon during the summertime to attend one.  Being able to do so only once a month, or once every two months, added to the excitement when that magic day finally arrived.

This was one of the benefits of youthful budgeting – minding one’s pennies and exercising the entrepreneurial spirit to make the number of pennies grow.  Finding and returning glass bottles (be they Coke bottles, milk bottles, or whatever) for their “return” of a penny or two, certainly made those movie dates come a little quicker.  The budget ran something like this:

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  • 20 cents for transportation – 1 way bus ride = 10 cents.
  • 25 cents for movie ticket – all day entertainment for the price of a single film.
  • 25 cents for popcorn and candy – water was free so no need to buy a soda.
  • 30 cents “just in case” money – usually the seed bed for growing the next movie budget.

Back in those days, a dollar was big money, not only to us kids, but also to our parents.  Kids would do anything they could to raise a few nickels and dimes.  Childhood friends would often pool their resources to make use all were able to enjoy the day.  Ah, yes, simpler times.

THIS WEEK’S MOVIE FARE

Saturday Matinees usually consisted of a cartoon, a “movie short,” a newsreel, and the main feature film.  Unfortunately, I just don’t have all of those elements to present to you this Saturday.  What I do have for you:

  • A movie “trailer” for “The Battle of Tirad Pass in Lego” – something that very well may show up here one day; and
  • Another travelogue, “Manila, Queen of the Pacific 1938” – a little more nostalgia for you.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s offerings.

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Paul is a CPA and a retired tax accountant, having served companies and corporations of all sizes, as well as individuals, in public accounting practices. Prior to what he refers to as his "real job," he served a 24-year career in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer. It was during this career that he met and married his OFW spouse of 40+ years, Emy, while stationed in London, UK. (Though he pleaded for the assignment, Paul never received orders to the Philippines.) A "Phil-phile" from an early age, Paul remembers his first introduction to the Philippines in the primary grades of a parochial elementary school where, one week each year, children donated their pennies to purchase school supplies, food and other necessities for Filipino children in need. That love for Filipinos continues to this day. Calling Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte--in the far northwestern part of Luzon--home (just about as far away from Davao as one can be while still being on one of the major islands) Paul prefers a more relaxed provincial life style, and willingly shares a different view of the Philippines from "up north"!

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AJ UK
AJ UK
7 years ago

Hi Paul

Saturday matinee’s? My dad told me about them LOL!

Actually, when I was a kid, one of the best treats during school holidays was a trip to the cinema to see the latest Disney release.

Happy days!

Cheers

AJ UK

John Reyes
7 years ago

Hi Paul – At 6:30 and forward, in “Manila, Queen of the Pacific 1938″, we are treated to a fleeting glimpse of that embodiment of Filipino womanhood during the Commonwealth years. Obviously a Spanish mestiza, she is dressed in the elegant terno with butterfly sleeves that harkens back to the days of Maria Clara of 19th century Philippines. She looks so pure, so innocent, and painfully beautiful. Still untainted by the ravages of post-WWII Philippines, the Commonwealth years, in my opinion, was the last hurrah for truly beautiful women of the Philippines, in my opinion. Yesterday’s rose, will she ever… Read more »

Jay
Jay
7 years ago
Reply to  PaulK

Hi John and Paul,

John I wanted to give Paul a chance to reply first, but are you one of those guys who goes to a bikini or wet t-shirt contest and secretly dresses the ladies in your mind’s eye. I hope you know I am just messing with you. I agree that the old styles that left something for the imagination were very sexy. The ladies were very beautiful and elegant in that time period.

Take care!

Jay

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  Jay

LOL Jay, I also fly a Confederate flag from my pick up truck and, on weekends, sit on its hood with beer in hand while cheering overweight, tatooed ladies wrestle in the mud. 🙂 But, let me expand a bit about my previous comment above, re: “She looks so pure, so innocent, and painfully beautiful. Still untainted by the ravages of post-WWII Philippines, the Commonwealth years, in my opinion, was the last hurrah for the truly beautiful women of the Philippines.” The Spanish era in the Philippines gave birth to the cultured Maria Clara. In the intervening centuries, she remained… Read more »

Jay
Jay
7 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

Hi John, Mud wrestling went out of style in the 80’s. It is lime green Jello all the way now! I did not mean to insult you if I did I am sorry. I thought you were talking about the style of dress. I now think you were talking about the influence of American culture in the Philippines which I would tend to agree with you was not largely positive. Of course this is a matter of taste. I suspect you may be over estimating the influence in more provincial areas although it is working its way there throw increased… Read more »

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  Jay

Hi Jay – You didn’t insult me a bit. I enjoyed the banter. It was I who was a bit worried about my general characterization of southern guys AND gals. LOL The style of dress I speak of was only a small portion of what defined the 19th and 20th century Pinay, yet they contributed in a big way to the Filipinos’ ideal image of the venerated Maria Clara. I am referring to the total package – her coyness, the shy glances she throws your way from behind the abanico while she danced the Rigodon with another male partner. Sad… Read more »

Jay
Jay
7 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

Hi John,

All good here I also enjoy good banter.

If you name your fist born son Hunter and your second Fisher…you might be a redneck.

I had to google some of the words in your reply. I did not know what abanico and Rigodon were or who Maria Clara was. Now I know. When I searched Rigodon I got a “bold” movie until I added dance.

Bob New York
Bob New York
7 years ago

Two cents for the 6 and 12 ounce size bottles and a nickel for the quart size is what I remember. I used to collect bottles too. At that time the only one way ( no deposit no return ) bottles were the ” No-Cal ” diet beverages. This was long before the other diet sodas came along. As with so many other things, the movies have gone digital and the traditional theater projectors, the cans of film have been giving way to I guess DVD or some kind of equivalent. An aquaintence of mine in Pennsylvania bought a traditional… Read more »

Jay
Jay
7 years ago

Hi Paul,

I enjoyed watching your clip, “Manila Queen of the Pacific 1938”. I find it interesting how many things change and yet many things don’t.

Take care,

Jay

John Reyes
7 years ago

Yet, for all the virginal innocence she exudes from beneath her raiment of camisa, tapis and saya, we may be surprised beyond our wildest dreams to find our demure Maria Clara a tigress unveiled. LOL

John Reyes
7 years ago
Reply to  PaulK

Hi Paul – The true gems are getting harder to find, but they are still out there if you look hard enough. Sometimes, you find them at some of the unlikeliest places. She could be bus conductress punching tickets in a provincial bus, or a street sweeper in Makati. One of the most beautiful Ilocana I have laid eyes on was a street vendor selling strawberries from a sidewalk in Baguio during a visit in 2002. Her natural beauty shone through despite what must have been a lifetime of hard work in the sun. She had the most beautiful smile… Read more »

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