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For those who were old enough during the eighties I bet you'll not fail to recognize the boys in the picture. Yep, they are the 5 members of the Latin boy group Menudo. But then if you happen to be born years after, the name "Ricky Martin" will still ring a bell because I know you've gone loca when you heard that he wasn't livin' la vida "loco"!
During the 80's, they were the "IT" thing. Touring all over the world, screaming fans (girls and boys alike) can't get enough of these cute boys from Puerto Rico. They became household names and they became the ideal types of every girl during the 80's.
Whatever brand they endorsed sold well. One of which was Pepsi. The Menudo mania reached the Philippines as well. They made numerous tv commercials, held concerts and even sang songs about the Philippines.
In this particular Pepsi commercial of Menudo I noticed a very familiar face. Can you guess who he is? The boy on the right is no other than Maricel Soriano's baby brother, Mel Martinez. He was in the commercial with the Menudo boys! How thrilling was that?!
He even had a scene with Ricky Martin himself! Woot!!! I bet girls of the 80's we're so jealous of him for having this opportuniy.
What I love in this commercial is not just the 80's feel that it brings, but the Filipino flavor it has. They did not just use Menudo but they also added Filipinos in it.
They even showed our very own jeepney! Of course, it says "I love menudo".
The boys were shown riding the jeepney as they escaped numerous crazy fans chasing after them.
According to Wikipedia, a new and modern Menudo band was formed on 2007 but disbanded on 2009.
The recasting of the band was profiled in a MTV reality series entitled Making Menudo that had launched as a primetime series on October 25, 2007, but was later pushed to afternoons due to low ratings. The series ended on November 20, 2007. The new members were José Bordonada Collazo, Chris Moy, Emmanuel Vélez Pagán, José Monti Montañez, and Carlos Olivero. The group disbanded in early 2009."
Well I guess we can only say that Menudo already is an icon and on that I think it is a given that they are all irreplaceable. Viva Menudo!
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