Some interesting notes:
(1) In 1995, teen star Abby Viduya shed off her pa-tweetums image and changed her screen name to Priscilla Almeda when she starred in Sabik sa Halik.
(2) In the mid-'90s, the lady who became famous as Rosanna Roces was launched by Robbie as Ana Maceda.
(3) Cesar Montano, Claudine Barretto, Gardo Versoza, Romnick Sarmenta, Sheryl Cruz—who became famous in the '90s—were all movie stars of Seiko Films.
Some film critics claimed that rampant production of sex-themed movies put an end to the glory days of Philippine cinema.
But the followers of Seiko could always snap back, reciting the film outfit's popular tag line, "If it's from Seiko, it must be good."
8. MS. UNIVERSE 1994. The staging of the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant here in Manila is perhaps one of the most unforgettable events of the decade (aside from the 1990 earthquake, 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption, and 1995 visit of Pope John Paul II).
More than 77 ladies from different countries flew to Manila in mid-April to join the month-long preparations and festivities before the grand coronation night on May 20.
And a few of the candidates became famous even after the competition because of their visibility on the entertainment scene:
1993 Ms. Universe Dayanara Torres joined local showbiz and became the girlfriend of award-winning actor Aga Muhlach. Aga eventually married our very own candidate that year, Charlene Gonzalez.
Ms. Australia Michelle van Eimeren tried her hand at acting and hosting in Manila, and married Ogie Alcasid.
Ms. Mauritius Viveca Babajee became controversial for her involvement in the 1994 Manila Film Festival scam.
7. MASSACRE MOVIES. 1993 signaled the "masaker" trend, movies that were basically adaptations of heinous crimes in the country. It provided a twist to the usual life-story films of famous people.
In a span of five years (1993-1998), director Carlo J. Caparas helmed 12 movies—from the then controversial Visconde Massacre, to the much-publicized rape case of Maggie de la Riva, to the 1948 murder of Lilian Velez.
Vilma Santos, Sharon Cuneta, Cesar Montano, Dawn Zulueta, Vina Morales, to name a few, all had massacre movies. But it was Kris Aquino who emerged as the queen with the success of her two crime-related films, Vizconde Massacre and Humanda Ka Mayor.
6. FAMOUS LOVE TEAMS. On television, we'd all remember the tandem of Claudine Barretto and Rico Yan who top-billed Mula Sa Puso, which became the most watched soap from 1997 to 1999. It even had a movie version. Their reel-turned-real love story ended tragically with Rico's sudden death on March 29, 2002.
In movies, the love team of Judy Ann Santos and Wowee de Guzman was so popular that the duo generated more than 10 hit films—from their first project together Sana Naman (1996) to Esperanza The Movie (1999).
On the other side of the fence, many teens fell in love with Bobby Andrews and Angelu de Leon in GMA-7's teen show T.G.I.S., which launched the careers of the most popular television stars of today—Dingdong Dantes, Sunshine Dizon, Polo Ravales, and Anne Curtis.