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Who needs a telephone directory?
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When Ben was little he asked me: “Mommy, when you were young, did you write with a feather?”

Quill etc

“No, Ben. I am not that old.”
“Mommy, when you were young was the world black and white?”

Hemady kids
Me in white shoes

“No, Ben. The world was in colour. Only films were black and white. Camera films.”
“What’s film Mommy?”

My dear Ben, since you were born the following things have become obsolete:
1) Magnolia Chocolait in bottles

chocolait

2) Aquanet

aquanet

3) Encyclopedia Britannica

encyclopedia

4) Sony Walkman

walkman

5) Sony Betamax

betamax

6) Floppy disks

floppy disk

7) EasyCall

Easycall

8) Laserdisc

laserdisc

And so on. That’s why it boggles my mind why I received this package yesterday from PLDT: a freaking set of yellow and white pages!

directory

Like seriously, if I want a phone number of a restaurant or supplier I can Google it.
I’m really shocked that these heavy waste of space and paper are still being published today.
I’m just putting it out there because people have to realise that these books will end up in the school’s newspaper drive. Let’s put an end to phone directories please. I don’t want to receive them. Please don’t send them to me. Thank you!

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Raymond Martinez

Hello. I know this reply is waaay too late in coming. But do you still happen to have the copies of the PLDT Yellow Pages directory? If so, would you be willing to send them to me, or I pick them up at your place.

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Elijah John Dar Juan

Encyclopedia Britannica hasn’t become obsolete. It has just ceased publishing in print and transferred its content online with access on a subscription basis.

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joylet

ano na daw gagamitin na packaging ng nagbebenta ng balut pag nawala ang yellow and white pages ? lol

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Anna Marquez

For some reason I thought this would be a sponsored post. I hope that in the future the Internet is accessible to everyone so that we can all waste less paper.

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While we depend on it less that we did pre-internet days, I think the directories are still useful. My mom still uses it a lot, especially when canvassing for certain purchases like tires for the cars, screens for windows, aircon repairmen, etc. Businesses with contact details online are mostly limited to restaurants, hotels, and larger companies. Everything else in between is still hard to find online locally. There is a version of the yellow pages online, but the lists are nowhere near as extensive as the physical yellow pages.

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literarybulimia

Ours are still in plastic plastic, serving as “booster” for the telephone. 😐

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Aisling

Younger days, in the morning, Magnolia chocolait is delivered in your home, or they just leave it by the gate, and you can be sure no one gets it. Saw Aquanet lately too….once in college, while in class, I had this sticky feeling in my armpit …when I got home, I checked the dresser, saw 2 canisters side by side, the Aquanet and the deodorant spray!

PLDT attached fiber optic chuva in the phones…last Glenda, during the blackout, land line phones were dead too…before, no electricity pero the lines are still working.

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purble

oh i miss the bottled chocolait. it tastes different from the tetra packs ones or even the plastic bottle ones they are selling now

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leah

my aunt (living in the US) still uses Aquanet up to this day; when she visited Philippines last May, she left behind one can which is just sitting in our dresser and collecting dust.

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jo

are they sent to subscribers free of charge? or is the cost already included with the monthly bill? i wonder because if it’s not free then they should give subscribers the chance to opt out of the the directories.

to be fair my mom’s business still lists in the directory as she still gets a lot of inquiries from people looking in the directory

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CVS Reply:

yes I agree. there should be an opt out option—free or not free.

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Ptyrgz

They still sell Aquanet haha saw some recently at SM Supermarket at Aura. It made it laugh out loud, felt nostalgic. And we still have floppy disks, some offices and banks use them for payroll 🙂

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Trine

Not every “sulok” in the Philippines has an internet connection, FYI. You can google that fact. 😉

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Jasmine

I still read the newspapers 🙂

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Zoila

They also have these useless yellow pages in France. And what is even weirder is that they accept cheque payments in grocery shops and a lot of places. Imagine queuing at the grocery and having a long line of French lolos and lolas in front of you all paying in cheques at rush hour!

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Jay Lozada

Truly ka, Acheng! Sayang lang ang papel, tinta, at pagba binding ng mga directories. Kumita na yan,

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zsasquared

Those directory covers are weird; they look like school textbooks or magazine covers.

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Archivince

I wonder if they still have the Annual PLDT Painting Competitions….the winners usually graced the covers of the Yellow Pages, from your picture, it seems that competition is now gone as well…(though I hope not)

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Aiaiaibuhay Reply:

Wit na 🙁

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Elijah John Dar Juan Reply:

They have revamped it into a Visual Arts Competition with photography as a medium. https://www.facebook.com/visualartsph

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Wit na 🙁

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Elijah John Dar Juan

They have revamped it into a Visual Arts Competition with photography as a medium. https://www.facebook.com/visualartsph

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Zel

We still have a Laserdisc player and an Easycall around the house somewhere, my Dad is asking me if there is someone who can transfer the classic movies from Betamax to DVD, and National Bookstore is still selling blank floppy disks. I still remember how stiff and sticky my hair became after Mom sprayed it with Aquanet in preparation for a school dance. 😛

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PJ

Not every establishment is listed online. Small time businesses still list their company in the yellow pages. I still use the directory when sourcing suppliers.

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