Kids these days are so obsessed with their gadgets, but what they don't know is that they're missing out on a whole lot because of all these digital advancements. How fun it was to play Langit Lupa, jackstones, and Chinese garter! And then there were other things 90s: The music (Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, TLC, Shania Twain, N'Sync...), the shows (Friends, Power Rangers, Dawson's Creek, and locally, Gimik and Ang TV, among others), and the fashion (sexy school girl style, grunge, normcore). While those who grew up in other decades will for sure argue that their era is the best, we think the 90s is the period that so many more people would love to transport themselves back to (yes? yes!).
Nostalgia hit us even harder at the VIP Launch of Make Your Own Havaianas 2017, which took us on a leap through time back to the awesomeness of the '90s. This year's commemorative pair is a classic black pair with colorful pixels, inspired by the 8-bit video games that were “the bomb” back then, and a new set of ‘90s-themed glow-in-the-dark pins, throwback icons of a TV, cassette tape, boom box, and a video game icon.
Of course, we didn't pass up on the opportunity to ask the cool kids we spotted at the event what their fave '90s anything was...
"I'm a 90's baby so I'd have to say the music! Can we please bring back '90s rnb and the SPICE GIRLS?" - Chi Loyzaga Gibbs, designer and founder of Neon Island.
"I love the '90s TV shows, I find them more interesting and educational for kids. I want to bring back games from the '90s. I guess this generation now is too digital, they need physical games like those from back then." - Ariella Arida, Miss Universe 2013 Third Runner-Up
"What's not to love??? (Laughs.) But if I had to choose, it would have to be the music, watching the countdown of your favorite songs/music videos on MYX. Hindi pa masyadong ginagamit ang internet nun! So, aabangan mo talaga. It felt more special." - Raphael Robes, actor and model
"I love 90's fashion! It's the best! Baggy pants, sports bras, and hoop earrings. I just feel like it's the most comfortable kind of style." - Kaila Estrada, model
"Super love the fashion and music back in the '90s! And oh, I'm a huge fan of Britney Spears! I like how fashionable people were. It was acceptable to overdress back in the '90s. You know, how every piece was put together then is so different from now." - Chin Chin Obcena, blogger
"Easy to use/comfortable fashion! Fanny packs just because they can be fun." - Chelsea Robato, model and finalist on reality show I Do
"I really loved waking up early on the weekends just to watch Saturday morning cartoons and enjoying the outdoors with my friends!" - LA Aguinaldo, model
Make Your Own Havaianas 2017 will be at the Main Hall, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall from May 12-14; May 18 to 21 at All Flip-Flops Bonifacio High Street, SM City Tarlac, and SM City Iloilo; May 25 to 28 at the Alabang Town Center Activity Center, All Flip-Flops SM City Naga, and SM City Cabanatuan; 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 Common Thread 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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Photographs by Charles Rodulfo for the Make Your Own Havaianas 2017 VIP Launch and from Instagram.com/havaianasphils / Banner artwork by Jana Jimenez