Carmi Martin, Chuckie Dreyfus and Jojo Alejar look back on the 1980s

by Kaye Estoista-Koo
Jun 13, 2013

If you consider the 1980s as "the time of your life" or even if you were born well into the 21st century, there is something for everyone on National Geographic's The 80's: The Time of our Lives.

The new show was launched via an '80s-themed disco party at Amber Ultra Lounge, complete with Rubik's cube interior and exterior designs. It will be recalled that the Rubik's Cube was a popular game of the decade. The posh venue was decked out with the requisite mirror balls and bright lights.

Tables were even decorated with popular '80s toys such as yoyos, Rubik's cubes, colorful slinky, pick-up-sticks, wind-up fishing game, neon gel bands, and more.

The whole point of the launch was to relive the '80s in order to promote National Geographic's The 80's: The Time of our Lives. This is a series that tackles the most significant events and people that marked the 1980's as a turning point in world history. The press and partners of National Geographic Channel under Fox International Channels got dibs on the first episode. Narrated by actor Rob Lowe, the pilot episode featured personalities as diverse as Madonna and Ronald Reagan along with events that couldn't have been more opposite: the looming Cold War and the rise of spending like there was no tomorrow.

Some faces that saw their careers boom during the '80s were part of the launch, including Carmi Martin, Jojo Alejar, and Chuckie Dreyfus.

In exclusive post-launch interview, was able to chat with famous stars from the '80s.

Carmi Martin recalls her with fondness her 1984 movie titled Working Girls. "Yung Working Girls, it's about women. Very interesting yung mga outfit also, different lives of Makati office girls."

The actress was then asked to name her favorites during that memorable decade.

Fave song: "Anything of Madonna, yung Vogue, or Borderline."
Fave group, singer or musician:
"I like Michael Jackson."
Fave TV show: "during the 80's, Dynasty."
Fave actor: "naku I forgot, yung dalawa sila na parang Starsky and Hutch..." Fave actress: "Faye Dunaway" She was also asked about her favorite dance move but she could not recall what the step was called so she answered, "Lambada na lang."

Jojo Alejar steps back in time as well and—slambook style (this was popular back then)—reveals his '80s favorites.

Fave movie: "It has to be Back to the Future, pero yung medyo serious yung The Godfather series."
Fave actor: "Michael J. Fox and Al Pacino."
Fave actress:
"Mollie Ringwald, Demi Moore."
Fave TV show: "Dami eh, Chips, The Jacksons, Seeing Stars with Joe Quirino," the last one giving Jojo a good laugh.
Fave song: "Sy, album na, Billie Jean, tapos Off The Wall album, Time of My Life, Rock with You, Working Day and Night, dami noh?"
Fave group, singer or musician: "Spandeau Ballet, yung 'you're indestructible, always believe'..." Jojo sings.
He also reveals that some of his favorite things to watch were "Chicks to Chicks, nakikita ko rin yun, pati yung Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata."

Chuckie Dreyfus admits that the '80s was "the best time to have lived, kahit sabihin mo pangit ang buhok!"

He gamely runs down some favorites from the best decade, in his opinion.

Fave movie: "Ang dami eh, eighties ba ang Ghost, di ko na matandaan e. I love Rocky, Back to the Future, and Superman, Star Wars although seventies yung first part, Indiana Jones, and Top Gun, of course.
Fave actor: "Foreign or local, that's pretty hard pero one that comes to mind is Robert Downey Jr. He is very current now but some people don't know na he came out in Chances Are, Only You, as an actor, magaling siya, he's a very good actor."
Fave actress: "oh, I really can't say, I'm not sure kung, sino ba ang mga actress nun, probably Brooke Shields and Phoebe Cates."
Fave song: "eto madami, I love all the New Wave music, I love yung mga Rico Mambo, Melt With You, there's so many, It Might Be You, a lot of really really good songs, I really can't throw anything away talaga."
Fave group, singer or musician: "isipin ko mabuti yan, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, wow, I like The Jets, dami...ang mahirap din kasi ang daming one-hit wonders nung eighties eh."

Fave TV show: "Growing Pains, ALF, yung local, I would probably say, John en Marsha, and the Sic O' Clock News, I'm a sucker for satire and probably Happy House and That's Entertainment."

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Narrated by British actor Richard E. Grant, The 80's: The Time of our Lives airs every Monday on National Geographic.

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