Philippine Government made Enemies of the Children in the 70’s
The Late 70’s was a memorable decade for me and
the kids of the Similar age here in the
I was age 3 then.
It was the Era of the Super Robots.
There are few local Channels that air Anime of this Genre. namely 7,9,and 13.
Channel 7, they have Voltes Five and Mazinger z.
And some other robots like Daimos ,Mekanda robo and Ufo Grendizer.
Channel 9 had cool programs : Danguard Ace,Jeeg,Gaiking .Channel 13 had
Getter Robot and Balatac and more as I recall.
All in all, it was Magical and Fantastic to be a Kid,.Robots here and There.
Our Favorite was Channel 7. Eager to watch Voltes v and Mazinger z,
we Turn on the Wooden Black and white TV sets early,
and Waited till Kapwa ko Mahal koto Finish.
It was hosted by Orly Mercado and features sick-Needy people
.,and who would forget the Person INSET translating every word
to Sign Language.
Watching it Up to the end.. afraid we’ll miss even the Anime Opening.
And Finally The Female Voiceover would Say –
“Momentarily we Bring you Voltes V” it was Magic and Crazy. We were sitting still
Wether on the floor or Sofa The Fantastic opening Credits for the Program
Brings Chill to every Children. Voltes V ‘s Magic was it’s endearing Marching Song
And the Five Flyng Machines that would Fight the Enemy Beast Fighter and will
Merge to form the Super Robot as it fight with his Feirce weaponry
from Electro magnetic top to Its Incredible Laser Sword.
And the Domineering Music of Mazinger Z as it Comes out of The Pool
as the hover Pilder Locks into Position activating the Mighty Giant
And Vanquishes the Enemy with its arsenal his Famous Rocket Punch and
Breast Fire. Viewing these show is Not Complete without Watching the Ending Themes..
Voltes V's beautiful End Song.. Mazinger Z's theme showing its
Mechanical Parts is awesome!.
All in all,it was a treat for us Kids then. It was Pop Culture of the time.
My Father, Tatay as I call him, would bring Home from work Bundle of News paper
Magazine on week days. They were filled with Super Robot Pinups ,print ads,
Illustrations and I keep them as my priced clippings /possessions.(Laughs).
Drawing Robots ,Stickers here and there it was awesome to be young.
oh not to Forget the Purefoods Voltes V Promo Posters that were super cool.
That alone was left of my Chilhood Possesions.
To me ,Nothing Beats a Good Family and Super Robots.
Then one evening ,Tatay Came Home with a News, The President has Cancelled these
Programs ,they show me the Editorial Cartoon because I wouldn’t Believe them.
In Shock ,I Saw The President Locked up Voltes v in a Jail Cell. It Was Horrific that
The Message went through. I Cried, and Grab Tatay’s Fountain Pen
but he would not let me use it,
so he gave me a sign pen the one with two tips,the red andBlack tip .
I hurriedly and with Greive, As I Cry, I put on to the paper drawings of Pimples
Kurekong sa mukha and Horns and anything that would make the President
look Nasty and Awful.
Same kids Had similar Reactions-Stunned. Thus the Government made Enemies of the
Kids in the Seventies.
80’s came ,People went to the streets in Edsa and
the rest is History. The once children, had their Revenge.