When in Manila, you’ve most likely heard that in 2007, over 1,400 prisoners of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center were shown dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” thus instantly making them an internet sensation after their video garnered 15 million hits and more than 300,000 views per day after being uploaded. They also performed “They Don’t Care About Us” as part of a tribute to the late Michael Jackson.
Not wanting to be left behind, inmates from a couple of other detention centers have followed suit, one in Iloilo which may be viewed here and the latest to join the bandwagon is that of Sorsogon which may be viewed here.
Personally, I think that this is a good way for the inmates’ to bide away time, after all, most, if not all Filipinos do enjoy dancing. I feel that it is an effective means of diverting their attention to something positive that encourages team work and discipline, as opposed to them just sitting around, rotting away in their prison cells. I am not condoning their crimes or making excuses for whatever they did to go to jail in the first place, but sometimes, people need direction in life and something worthwhile to do, that way they don’t have too much idle time on their hands and end up doing crap. Am I making sense? Hope I am, have a nice day!
Cebu, Iloilo and Sorsogon: Inmates Show Off Dancing Skills