February 25, 2007 at 12:58 pm 45 comments


I used to have a very superstitious aunt. She once told me a story about how I can see the face of the man I am going to marry. Her instructions included: lighting up a candle at 12:00 midnight and facing a mirror. She asked me to pray while staring at the mirror.

Of course I didn’t do it. I’m not a believer in soulmates (violent reactions?). I love the idea but it sounds too good to be true. Adding to this soulmate cynicism is the childhood game of F.L.A.M.E.S. (we used to do this a lot in the sixth grade in the Philippines).


F.L.A.M.E.S stands for Friends, Lovers, Anger, Marriage, Engagement, and Soulmates. You get the name of two people. Cross out the similar letters in their names, and then total the number of the remaining letters. You then count the numbers against the acronym and then you get a future prediction of your ‘relationship’ with the person (whose name you wrote down beside yours).

Philippine TV recognized this mini phenomenon among the females and decided to capitalize on it. In the nineties, ABS-CBN launched a show entitled Flames. It featured the latest teen stars in various love stories which, made my after-school afternoons better.


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  • 1. Justine  |  February 25, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    Oooh FLAMES!!! I remember this game and the show! I can’t vividly remember the episodes though but yeah I remember the show FLAMES. Oh and I am very guilty of playing FLAMES until now hahaha

  • 2. Geoff  |  February 25, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    WE ALL USED TO PLAY THIS!!! how fun!

  • 3. Jel  |  February 25, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    Yeah nga eh, especially if boring ang teacher nung HIgh School

  • 4. kidswereus  |  February 26, 2007 at 6:08 am

    Geoff– you are full of suprises!

    Justine & Jel–there’s a FLAMES episode in YouTube. You can copy paste this on your browser: http://www.friendster.com/verifyemail.php?verify=17949 Happy viewing!

  • 5. Irma  |  February 26, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Ako din, nanonood ng FLAMES nun. Ang naaalala ko lang ung episode na ang bida ay sila Cheska Garcia at Carlos Agassi. Dba dati silang loveteam? (hindi nga lang nag click hehe) 😀 syempre din, naglaro ako ng Flames, name ng crush ko ang sinusulat ko syempre hehe. 😀 totoo ka jan Jel, pag boring ang teacher, di makikinig at maglalaro na lang ng FLAMES o di kaya S.O.S hehe

  • 6. unjinx14  |  February 26, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Dapat ilagay nyo din yung percentage…yung binibilang yung lines ng letter ng name. Tapos i-aadd. Tas sa dulo yung percentage.

  • 7. kidswereus  |  February 26, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Sige sige gawin ko yun. Do you guys also know M.A.S.H.?! And PANTS.

  • 8. Crisel  |  February 26, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Ohmygod. That picture is like a blast from my past.
    And yes, yes! I know MASH and PANTS..
    I liked mash better because there’s more categories..
    Ha, ha..

  • 9. kidswereus  |  February 26, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Irms–what does SOS stand for?

    Crisel–welcome and super thank you for paying our blog a visit. I find MASH more difficult (siguro kasi I only remember bits and pieces of how to do it).

  • 10. Caruray  |  February 26, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    I loved MASH. I even did it till I got to 1st year college. Hahaha! magawa nga ngayon with my bf and all my crushes in it. Hahaha! Kasi parang flames ang corny eh…Mas detailed!

  • 11. Irma  |  February 27, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Wala shang meaning hehe. Im kinda lazy to explain the instructions so never mind na lang hehe. Try nyo nga ang Sudoku hahahaha!!!! 😀

  • 12. Kev  |  February 27, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    FLAMES!! one of the best, useful ways of wasting paper hahaha

  • 13. Irma  |  February 27, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    Yaaaaaaa!!!! Nag try ako kanina. Yeheeeyy!!! LOVERS daw kami hahahhahaha!!!! Yan ang lumabas na result eh, kasi 14 ang total! Hahaha.. 😀

  • 14. shelley  |  March 5, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    i did all of that back in elem. hehe stuff you do when the teacher is not yet in class!

  • 15. Irma  |  March 6, 2007 at 10:17 am

    And also if the subject is boring (o ung teacher mismo!) Haha!

  • 16. jeffy  |  May 8, 2007 at 11:39 am

    hey alam nio ba name nung ngng kapartner ni diether sa flames ung ang pangalan nia ay Joel tpos ung isa si Bong, anong name nung babae in real life? i forgot thank u

  • 17. kidswereus  |  May 17, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    shucks jeffy…i don’t remember that episode.

  • 18. kymmyt  |  July 15, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    its not flames is MASH.

    • 19. kidswereus  |  January 7, 2009 at 10:36 pm

      In the Philippines we call it F.L.A.M.E.S. 😀

  • 20. lienko  |  October 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Engaged dw kmi.haha

  • 21. kentwood  |  June 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm


  • 22. sittiejaya  |  July 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    “maganda hahahaha…..?”

  • 23. sittiejaya  |  July 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm


  • 24. father name:raman.s mother name:palaniyamma houes  |  November 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm


  • 25. shayma  |  February 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    nice game

  • 26. Michaela Era  |  March 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    ehhhhhhh. bakit anger? hindi naman kami nag-away………..

  • 27. HANNAH PEARL MAGALLEN  |  March 16, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Naging tutuo bah??

  • 28. jancyn  |  July 14, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    i love —- —— —–

  • 29. Bimbam  |  November 1, 2014 at 7:22 am

    What about the other game MASH? Where you can find out your future: where you live, who you’re marrying, how many kids you will have. I don’t remember too much but do you remember how to play it?

  • 30. Udeep saikia  |  April 30, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I want to susmita gogoi coz i am going to love.

  • 31. Laarni21  |  May 30, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Hey what is this

  • 32. jephany  |  August 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    love na

  • 33. ellamarie  |  September 13, 2015 at 11:16 am


  • 34. nagaraju  |  January 9, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    We all played this game and we all had fun with this thnk u

  • 35. luke  |  May 24, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    what is the logic of this game?

  • 36. RENNIEL  |  June 6, 2016 at 6:20 pm


  • 37. naina verma  |  June 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Plz anybody tell mine result…
    Sajid ….

  • 38. louise  |  August 25, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    teka lang totoo ba talga yung larong flames?please reply please

  • 39. louise  |  August 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    totoo po ba yung FLAMES?

  • 40. louise  |  August 25, 2016 at 9:46 pm


  • 41. ayan  |  October 26, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    please I want to play flames

  • 42. lyn cres  |  March 6, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    gusto ko episode ung kila patrick and paula ung ulan at sugar and spice

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  • 44. gagaga  |  February 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    la ita qur.a

  • 45. Cleveland Confidence  |  July 31, 2018 at 12:17 am

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