Friday, January 16, 2009


This is an antique house in Dumaguete.

And where or who or what is Berley's?

Berley's is the name of a favorite chocolate drink of yore (circa late 1960's to early '70's), bottled in a curvaceous bottle shaped just like the coca-cola bottle. It was the equivalent of today's Magnolia Chocolait. I searched the internet for information or images of this ancient drink, but (incredulously) could not find any. Not very many people remember Berley's and for a while I thought it was just a figment of my imagination.

But this (yellow arrow points to an) ad on the wooden shade (which was folded up, thus you can't see the ad, sorry!) confirmed that indeed that drink did exist. And Karen, over in Iligan where she said the bombings have stopped, texted just now that she does remember Berley's chocolate drink. So now I can go to sleep, satisfied that now my once-favorite-but-now-non-existent Berley's was real and now rightfully on the internet.

Now to catch that wooden shade down, and take a picture so you can at least see what I'm talking about.


Bonnie M. said...

I don't remember Berley's but I do remember Choco Vim. I also remember being able to buy a bottle of Coke using one centavo coins. Nowadays, one centavo coins are utterly useless.

ness said...

Viva Va Voom to all chocolate drinks! And sweet memories. :)