Dancing Cebu (Philippines) inmates rock the planet on Youtube

Philippines
July 25, 2007 9:35am CST
Nearly a thousand inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) have gained a global audience for their impressive synchronized dancing after videos of their routines were uploaded in the Youtube website. The inmates’ latest Youtube hit is their version of the “algorithm march” a dance first popularized in the Japanese children’s television show “Pitagorean Switch”. There are several videos of other groups doing the “algorithm march” but the Filipino version is unique in featuring prison inmates. The Cebuano prisoners’ “algorithm” video has been viewed more than 400,000 times. Other Youtube videos that feature the CPDRC inmates show them dancing en masse to other songs including “Radio Gaga” by British rock band Queen; “Dayang Dayang” the popular Muslim hit song; the “I Will Follow Him” theme from the film “Sister Act” and the Michael Jackson hit, “Thriller.” The inmates’ rendition of the zombie-dance from “Thriller” is their biggest Youtube hit, scoring a total of more than 1 million views. Their videos can be viewed through these links: Algorithm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjMd2Vabcv8 Radio Gaga http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAVVVMcTShQ&NR=1 Dayang Dayang and Sister Act http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fptZ3FY-AwY&mode=related&search= Thriller http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMnk7lh9M3o
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
26 Jul 07
very good for the inmates keep them out of trouble for sure learning all this
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• Philippines
26 Jul 07
it's one way of diverting their boredom into something productive. sure it is, keeping them away from trouble.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
27 Jul 07
sure is dont lok like they have time to get tinto trouble for the practice they have had to put in here
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• Philippines
28 Jul 07
the real benefits of the program are not its popularity but its effect on the prisoners, building high morale, high self esteem, coordination, and synchronization. it's discipline at work.
@lyndee22 (1211)
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
I can't view the attachment because I have no access on youtube (its forbidden) but I watch it on the television this morning. The choreographer was even interviewed by the reporter of one tv network. This is a nice move and hopefully this will reach the Guinnes World Record.
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• Philippines
27 Jul 07
aren't you here in the philippines? just wondering why you can't get access to youtube. anyway, you had the chance to see it on tv. it's a nice move by the rehab staff to make use of the time for more productive activity like these. i have high hopes that this report will reach the guinness people.
@lyndee22 (1211)
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
I'm here in the Philippines. Our system had banned some sites. I am using my pc here in the office. I had send it to my email add and view it when I got home.
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• Philippines
29 Jul 07
i understand the situation. fyi, the videos are gaining popular, it's all over now. millions and millions of viewers are getting into youtube because of them. hurray!
@michecu (637)
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
yes! i really got hooked with is yesterday...I like all their performances specially the algorithm march. It is very amazing to see and to realize we Filipinons are really born disciplined people. Even those outlaws whom we think as undisciplined show through their performance that they can follow instructions perfectly and was able to produce an applaudable dance number. Kudos to the choreographer of these great performance! I guess, it takes just a little motivation for us Filipinos to be more disciplined and learn to follow rules and regulations... :) i believe that there still a lot of things that we can show the world with our ingenuity, discipline and hard work. These are qualities that we Filipinos are born with. :)
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• Philippines
27 Jul 07
nice synchronization and great performance are results of the qualities you mentioned like discipline, hard work and of course, the innate INGENUITY we possess as Filipinos not to undermine the abilities of those who are undergoing rehab programs like them.
@michecu (637)
• Philippines
21 Aug 07
thanks for choosing my response as the best response... :)
@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
24 Sep 07
Whooh, was that great sight, Galing ng pinoy... lol I got lost vviewing youtube, I knew I had an account but cant find my password any more. You redirected me to you tube and I spent some some hours in there, I forgot I was responding to discussions. Thanks for sharing kabayan.
• Philippines
25 Sep 07
indeed, Filipinos have shown their ingenuity and creativity through this mass dancing. kudos to us! you should watch youtube once in a while to be entertained somehow. it relieves tension and stress anyhow. thanks also for dropping by.
@vonn1378 (706)
• Philippines
26 Jul 07
They have proven that being an inmates doesn't mean doing nothing. Glad they've made it. The one behind this should be given such gratitude for a job well done.
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• Philippines
26 Jul 07
it's true. they've proven that they can follow instructions from their subordinates. it's not easy to manage this large number of people doing the dances. LOL