Hello? Party line…

ONLY those who know can relate.

Those were the days-when the telephone handset was black, heavy and can double as a weapon for self-defense or otherwise; when the dial was rotary; when it only took five digits to reach someone (four with DCTS); and the line was shared with another subscriber-the party line.

A device to communicate & defend yourself against the dark forces.

Having a party line meant you can eavesdrop on their conversation, and they can do the same to you, and you can’t make or receive calls when they’re using it, and you can do the same to them.

Mind you, this was the time when hours of courting and being pa-cute were done via this channel, which will take hours. Thus, the famous line, “Hello, party line…” or “(Curse), ibaba mo na yang telepono,” from your parent, whichever comes first.

Hours of pa-cute in a single location. 

Then, it turned digital.

Gone are the party lines, telephones are lighter with pushbutton dialing features, numbers are longer by two digits, and internet connection is automatic.

In the era of cellular phones, “If the telephone rings at home, I am sure that’s it’s either you or mom calling. You’re the only ones using that,” said a good friend.

Is the population of telephone users dwindling? Will the device become extinct soon?

I think not. The device is evolving with the times.

In Davao, there was no better time to launch PLDT’s newest line of chic, trendy units and a more powerful service than the Kadayawan season, when everyone in the city is in the celebratory mood.

PLDT HOME's new lines of home phone include the Regine Series, the FamCam, Smart Watch, TVolution Stick which are best used with the Home Telpad, 

The new line of gadgets, the Regine Series, is named after its PLDT Home ambassador, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

And as the company’s way of saying thank you for making them the country’s leading digital and broadband multimedia service provider, PLDT Home, brought the widely successful Regine Concert Series to SM City Davao where the Asia’s Songbird delighted the crowd with her hits.

PLDT Home's thank you concert featured Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

Joining her on stage were two very talented singers, Jonalyn Viray and Michael Pangilinan.

Jonalyn Viray (I became an instant fan) was one of Regine's guests.

My first time to hear this guy sing as well. Michael Pangilinan is a great singer.

As part of the month-long celebration, PLDT Home DSL booths were set-up all throughout the city offering “Famtastic Sale” with the best broadband deals, including free installation and Wi-Fi modems.

With PLDT Home DSL’s newest plan-the Home and Away Bundle, subscribers can now enjoy Home DSL’s strongest connections even outside their homes. This bundle features up to 10Mbps of DSL speeds at home plus free 4G Smart Bro Pocket WiFi for only P 1,599 per month.

WHile the PLDT HOME team was busy at the demo area, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Maxine Medina is about to announce the winner of the  Sing ilke Regine contest.

They got to sing with Regine at the finale.

Showcased are Smart Home devices like monitoring system Fam Cam; the powerful PC in a stick TVolution Stick which now comes with a free keyboard and mouse; the kid-friendly Smart Watch—all best used with Home Telpad and powered by the most powerful broadband connection of PLDT Home Fibr.

Talented singers Wency Cornejo & Chad Borja came to watch the songbird sing. Here with Jonalyn Viray.

At the concert. Pia Montano & Joy Loyola, Sheila Que with Maxine Loyola, Head of PLDT Home Digital Media

“As the Philippines’ leader in digital innovations and multimedia content offerings, we want to make sure that our devices and products are available to all Filipinos around the county. Davao is among the first to experience the dawn of the smart Home powered by PLDT,” said PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali.

Yeba! Something to be elated about. PLDT VP & Home marketing Head Gary Dujali, shared great news & introduced new products.

“This is our way of showing our gratitude and honoring the Davaoeños for making us number one in their homes,” he added.

Cheers to Davao for making PLDT Home numero uno in their homes. PLDT VP & Home Marketing Dir. Gary Dujali, PLDT HOME Ambadssador Regine Velasquez-Alcasid with 2016 Bb. Pilipinas beauty queens Maxine Medina & Jennifer Hammond

Now you ask me if I’m giving up using the landline? Hello, party line, I don’t think so. More so now that I have a new sleek handset from the Regine Series plus free six months Fibr broadband connection. I won it at a raffle draw at the dinner hosted by PLDT HOME for the media, where I got to meet Regine and the 2016 beauty queens, Ms. Universe-Philippines Maxine Medina and Bb. Pilipinas-Continental Jennifer Hammond. Lucky me.

Not giving up the landline soon. I won a telephone from the Regine Series. Thanks Mr. Dujali!
(Photobomber's name is Joji A.)

These guys won a telephone, too! The tall statuesque beauties joining the shot (how many are they?)

Flanked by two PLDT HOME greats at the thanksgiving dinner. With VP Gary Dujali & brand ambassador Regine Velasquez

That selfie monster is at it again….

…and again…. Here with Maxine Loloya, Head of PLDT Home Digital Media

More lucky people. They're taking home a Smart Watch & a Telpad each.

All in the family- the PLDT HOME executives, the Davao media & the new PLDT Home gadgets

For more information about their digital suite of products and services, visit pldthome.com.