Given the strong influence of the '90s on Philippine pop culture, it only seems appropriate to cite some of the icons that made it the golden decade that it was.
While '90s kids of the West reminisce slap bracelets, Duck Duck Goose, MASH, Mario Kart, and the Macarena, Batang '90s remember rubber bands, Chinese Garter, Patintero, Jackstones, and the "Chuva Choo Choo."
Singer, actress, and entrepreneur Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, the multimedia star behind the iconic song Chuva Choo Choo, recently reintroduced the song to netizens through an Instagram post where she challenged long-time celebrity friends, Nikki Valdez and Marvin Agustin, to do the #ChuvaChooChooChallenge.
Jolina’s influence in different areas of the entertainment industry cemented her reputation as a Philippine pop icon.
Chuva Choo Choo is a '90s classic sung by Jolina Magdangal with Nikki Valdez. It is one of the official tracks for the romantic comedy film "Hey Babe!" in 1999 which starred Magdangal and her longtime onscreen partner Marvin Agustin.
When it comes to trends, the 40-year-old Star Music "Queen" is not one to miss out, having introduced butterfly hair clips that were all the craze in the '90s, as well as faux highlights.
Watch Nikki Valdez as she takes on the #ChuvaChooChooChallenge and nominates other personalities to do the challenge as well.
Aside from the movie garnering positive reception, Chuva Choo Choo also caught the masses’ attention which led to its rise to iconicism.
In February 2016, Magdangal released her eighth studio album "Back to Love" which included a version 2.0 of Chuva Choo Choo, in collaboration with famous TV personality and host, Vice Ganda. Since then, the version has been performed on different stages such as Showtime, ASAP, and Gandang Gabi Vice.
Approaching the year 2020, it is ideal to preserve, look back, and enjoy what dominated Filipino households at a certain point in time, in order to understand where the country is heading. A song, for instance, which was once a film soundtrack may come back with a stronger presence as a social media trend.
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