Lipa City is a progressive city. You just have to look around you. Establishments are being put up left and right. The city is experiencing a boom. Sure, it has disadvantages like worsening traffic, but for the most part, we have to be thankful.

Growing up in the 90s, this author sometimes reminisces the good ol’ times. Lipa City has given me a lot of nice memories to last me a lifetime, and I’m sure my generation agrees with me.

Here are the things that I personally miss. I’m sure you miss these things too if you grew up in Lipa City in the 90s.

1. Made Dunkin’ Donuts Downtown a Meeting Place

There were no malls back then. Worse, there’s no text messaging or mobile phones. If you need to meet up, you need to actually set a date and time and just wait for everyone to arrive. There’s no, “WRU” and “OMW” texts.

The choice of meetup place for most people back then was Dunkin’ Donuts Downtown. It’s a good location because it’s right in the heart of the city. We met there for school projects, to attend birthday parties and fiestas, and even romantic dates.

It’s nice to see that Dunkin’ Donuts Downtown is still up and running.

2. Ate Burgers at 2 AM at Burger Machine

We had no 24 hour fast food joints to satisfy our burger cravings at 2 AM. If we’re hungry at this time, we had to make do with Bart Burger with Cheese, and it was so good! Follow that up with their sans rival and you have for yourself a very satisfying meal.

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I grew up inside the Fernando Air Base and there was a Burger Machine right outside the main gate. My friends and I simply walked towards there. Burger Machine is still around but not like before when they were at every corner.

3. Ate Juicy and Crispy Chicken after Church at Brownies Fried Chicken

Nowadays, families head to Jollibee after hearing Sunday mass at the Lipa Cathedral or Carmel Church. But back in the 80s (and early 90s if I’m not mistaken), we only had one option – Brownies.

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Brownies was our Jollibee back then. It served juicy and crispy chicken, very much like how Jollibee serves their chicken.

4. Enjoyed Huge Chicken at Texas Chicken

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Texas Chicken came around the same time when McDonald’s and Jollibee started setting up multiple branches in and around the city. Back then, we didn’t have to worry about being served a small part of chicken. We were served mutant-sized chicken legs and thighs. You just had to order extra rice. I also remember their gravy being so good.

Fortunately, we still have Ministop chicken.

MINISTOP chicken
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Just as big, if not bigger, not Texas Chicken.

5. Went on a Romantic Date at Racks

As we grew older and started falling for the opposite sex, a highlight would be a date at Racks. It was located at the Big Ben Complex. Compared to fast food joints, Racks was expensive even back then, so that’s where you take a special someone. It was also the most romantic restaurant back then. That was our D’ursi in the 90s.

6. Watched Titanic a Dozen Times at Fiesta World Mall


Aminin kinilig ka sa scene na to.

We were in 4th year high school when Titanic came. It was a huge hit. It was around the same time when Fiesta World Mall was booming. It was our go-to tambayan especially if we want to watch a movie. So every chance we got, we joined someone else who hasn’t seen Titanic yet, and we did this over and over again. I personally watched it around a dozen times with different people.

7. We Went “Clubbing” at Ten Years After


Feeling taga-Manila na kami nun.

8. A lot of the girls of our generation were in love with Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Joshua Jackson and Devon Sawa.


They have the SuperTeen magazines to prove it.

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