|Quad Cinema back in the late 1980's.|
|The side facing Dusit Hotel|
|Tiangge since the early 90's.|
Golf Depot was one of the oldest specialty sports stores, even older than Toby's. This used to be the premier sports shop, if you cant afford to go to its nearest competitor in Makati Cinema Square. It used to sell not just golf equipment, but gym weights, bicycles, fishing gear and even camping gear. Now they're slowly going back to just plain golf, and selling them at discounted prices.
Lyric Music Workshop used to be where Yamaha School of Music was, and it still offers music tutoring all year round (back then, my Mom would always try to convince me to enroll there for piano lessons, which never really came to light). But I had friends who started their music there, mostly guitar lessons.
This particular store was most memorable because we hanged out here after Prom Night at Intercontinental Hotel back in day. The pizza was way better than the crappy hotel food they served us then.
Another establishment that been there, like forever, Odyssey was my place to keep myself updated with music. With no internet and mp3, cassette tapes were hot items in the store, and this is where you can ask the store keeper to open a cassette tape and play to check on quality. Of course there were times we were acting like cheap douchbags and simply let them play until we got tired of it and leave without buying anything. XD But its still surprising to see this still in business despite the internet and the mp3's. But its not without saying that its already part of a dying breed.
My friends used to record their songs here. And they come home holding out cassettes with their band name written on it and pretend they bought it from Odyssey next door. There were rumors that famous bands used to hang out here to do private sessions. Even nastier were the supposed orgies. Ah, High School and testosterone, best mix ever.
5th Avenue was the Octagon or CDR-King of its day, one of the first stores in Ayala to sell all sorts of electronics from portable radios, to pagers, 250mb ram desktops and the ridiculously priced Nokia 3210's. Now they're pretty up-to-date but obviously could not compete with the more prolific branches of other popular electronic stores.
Im relieved to find out that they will be moving to Glorietta 2 real soon, so huge loss there.
I decided to check out the parking lot area next. Plenty of things changed since then, particularly when half of the space was allotted to having a jeepney terminal, which is all good since the area does need one after the supposed bombing of Park Square Two back in 2007 eliminated the bus terminal stationed there.
I used to ply these walkways, and at one time in costume, when a cosplay convention was held at Glorietta One cinema. The ceilings were so low, I can actually hit my head when I came in walking in my Robotech Cyclone suit.
So those were my thoughts on Park Square One. People there tell me that the building will be replaced by one of those condo buildings that's so popular nowadays, perhaps to directly compete with Dusit Hotel across the street. Its a nostalgic trip for sure, but as we all know, the only thing that's constant is change. Its pretty depressing to lose another icon of my childhood and high school years, but these things need to move on, and perhaps for the better. Glorietta isnt so bad nowadays, and for sure, years from now, younger generations will also ponder on the days long past as they will bear witness to another set of building demolished to make way for new ones.
So I leave this article with another set of photos of Park Square One. Its been a nostalgic journey, PS1, im going to miss you for sure.