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My First Sony experience is with my Sony TV and VCR


From then til now:

I discovered my love for movies when I was very little. But when I was a kid growing up in the province, we neither had a television nor a VCR. I was raised by a single mother who had to support two children from her meager salary as a school teacher so demanding for one was out of the question. So what I did was park myself at the neighborhood billiard station that had an entire second floor dedicated to pay-per view movies at P1 per show. At second grade, this became my hub along with much older kids that, like me, cut classes and spend most of the afternoon playing and watching our favorite boob-tube heroes.

After months of sneaking off school and getting terrible grades, my grandmother whom I suspected worked as a Nazi spy at one point, was finally able to track my hang-out. This gave me an earful of scolding and I was grounded for the rest of the school year.

Of course, little ol’ me wouldn’t take this situation sitting down. I made a deal with my Lolo Jose (my grandfather on the paternal end) that if I could make it to the top of my class before the school year ended, then he has to get us a TV of our own. Seeing how serious I was, my Lolo agreed to the deal and for the remainder of the semester, I was a changed little angel. Burning the midnight candle and all set to land in the top 10 of my class.

When the school year ended, and the honor roll was announced, I was so surprised to find out that I bested the rest of the class and landed as class valedictorian even with almost three grading periods of slacking off. During the recognition exercises it was announced that I had a special prize from my Lolo Jose. I was beaming on stage knowing exactly what it would be. My very own Sony TV and a bonus VCR.

That started my love affair with cinema. For years I was spewing lines from Filipino classics and reciting them to anyone who would dare listen. I was especially fond of Sharon Cuneta one liners such as, "Hindi lang kita papantayan, lalampasan pa kita." and "Bukas, luluhod ang mga tala." I also learned to mimic and learn how to speak proper English watching TV programs like Sesame Street and re-enacting scenes from the Neverending Story.

Whenever I go home to the province and I see my first Sony TV and VCR still comfortably sitting in my old bedroom, enduring the test of time, I can't help but reminisce about these wonderful gifts that paved the way for me to get into film school and experiencing a lot of other firsts and documenting them with my trusty Sony Handycam.

My Sony TV and VCR definitely gave significance in my life just like Sony's World’s First Smallest, Lightest and Slimmest Full HD Camcorder: TG1 Handycam. They provide me with memories that I will always treasure and experiences that will forever mold my life the way these revolutionary slim cameras capture everyday memories that will be shared and remembered in the years to come.


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  1. nice one dale! good luck ^^

    kaya pala you majored film

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  2. Nice nice!! Hehe. Ang galing Dale. :)

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  3. Our first TV was a Sony.. at napakatibay nito nahulog na sa istante (hinulog, actually) screen facing down, buo pa din, wala manlang lamat yung tube... To this day it is still working, after 18 years. Whatever happens to durable appliances?

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  4. and I must say, watching atbp at sesame street with it really made wonders in my formative years, I look like a puppet now.. hahaha

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  5. Dbaaaa... ang tibay ng mga lumang Sony products. Ung samin na bata pko, buhay pa din.

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  6. bum-spot for the win!

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  7. Our first was a Sony too. Black and white without a remote control. Hehehe

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  8. Wow! Sir Dale, your sony experience was truly inspiring.

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