FREEZE| The Titos and Titas of Davao Phenomenon

WE BUILD monuments and statues to honor people and events that matter to our ephemeral stay on Earth. We want to remember pleasant moments and funny situations when we talk with friends. We like listening to old songs that made Canadian singer Michael Bublé a rich man.

THE COVER photo looked like this on most smartphones

THE COVER photo looked like this on most smartphones

“We like remembering the past,” says Sabrina Helm, a University of Arizona associate professor of retailing and consumer sciences. “Everyone has that innate impression that the past was better than today. That’s interesting to consider because not everything that we experience is positive. But looking backward, we see it (the past) in a more positive light.”Marketers Know We’re Suckers for Nostalgia, Robin Tricoles – U. Arizona, futurity.org

Some 39,000 people in the local Facebook community recently enjoyed a brief yet intense alignment of collective consciousness about the unwritten history of the 70s, 80s, and 90s life in Davao City – via the Titos and Titas of Davao Facebook group. If I remember it right, the page was launched on November 21 and closed on November 28, 2017.

THE PREAMBLE on the Titos and Titas Facebook Group page was clear about its intentions

THE PREAMBLE on the Titos and Titas Facebook Group page was clear about its intentions

Like the plant called Puya raimondii that is said to bloom just once in a century and dies soon after flowering and fruiting, the Titos and Titas of Davao Facebook experience was short but sweet. It overwhelmed Davaoeños with trivia posted by members here and abroad as memories from different sources flooded newsfeeds. The unprecedented phenomenon caused panic among those who did not know how to control the flow of trivia from Titos and Titas of Davao. For the internet savvy, it was just a simple act of going to the Facebook group page settings and clicking on the “unfollow” button to stop it but still get notified about the posts that one may have been following.

 Perhaps the funniest thing about that tsunami of excitement was the spread of a conspiracy theory that the Titos and Titas of Davao was a ploy of the Liberal Party to block the flow of stories about President Rodrigo Duterte. The moronic idea was gobbled up by the naïve – like those who bought the story that a certain department store owner in Davao was keeping a python at the store basement for luck and because the snake was a twin of the store owner’s child.

 People behind the Facebook group page must have also been overwhelmed by the unexpected swelling of membership that weeding out trash proved to be too taxing. The Titos and Titas of Davao Facebook page had to be closed. The vessel of nostalgia became nostalgia, too.

 ICMYI, that’s in case you missed it, here are a few screenshots about the conitnuing history of Davao City from the defunct Titos and Titas of Davao Facebook Group page:

THE OLD San Pedro church

THE OLD San Pedro church

 

THE FIRST TAPS store

THE FIRST TAPS store

 

THE OLD UIC was ICC at C. M. Recto Avenue

THE OLD UIC was ICC at C. M. Recto Avenue

 

THE UM building at Bolton

THE UM building at Bolton

 

THE ATENEO High School at Matina

THE ATENEO High School at Matina

 

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