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Things to Do in Prison ... in the Philippines

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Posted on Jul 20, 2007
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Filipino prisoners feel the “funk of forty thousand years” and perform with eerie skillfulness the entire music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” In case you needed it, this is further proof that the world remains a very strange place. A must-see, especially on a Friday. (Via BoingBoing)

Watch the video here, or follow this link to watch it on PoeTV

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By Mahal kong Pilipinas, November 9, 2010 at 11:34 am Link to this comment
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What?  You really need to find a proof that they’re Filipinos because an english word was written on their shirts as “Inmate”?  You’re a fool! Don’t ya’ know that Filipinos can speak and understand English even the Undergrads? Hmm, you’re very wrong in underestimating Filipinos. So many Filipinos had already brought fame and pride to their homeland inspite of crisis. Filipinos can easily be trained even the uneducated ones! And you mixed-blooded Filipino pretenders, no matter how many kind of blood that was mixed-up in your veins, you must remember that you are a Filipino! Stop criticising and putting down your own kind who brought pride and glory to your country. I disgrace you Filipinos who doesn’t know how to recognize the root of their heritage. You’re American and European blood doesn’t change you a bit for being a Filipino. Shame on you! No matter how many times you run and hide from you’re own race, you cannot deny the fact that your mother or father is a Filipino. You fuckin’ fish-stinkin’(according to National Hero Dr.Jose Rizal) Filipino hypocrites!

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By Mahal kong Pilipinas, November 9, 2010 at 11:12 am Link to this comment
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What?  You really need to find a proof that they’re Filipinos because an english word was written on their shirts as “inmate”? You’re a fool! Don’t ya’ know that filipinos can speak and understand English even with the Undergrads? Hmm, you’re very wrong in underestimating Filipinos. So many Filipinos had already brought fame and pride to their homeland inspite of crisis. Filipinos can easily be trained even the uneducated ones! And you mixed-blooded Filipino pretenders, no matter how many kind of blood that was mixed-up in your veins, you must remember that you are a Filipino! Stop criticising and putting down your own kind who brought pride and glory to your country. I disgrace you Filipinos who doesn’t know how to recognize the root of their heritage. You’re American and European blood doesn’t make you a change for being Filipino. Shame on you! No matter how many times you run and hide from you’re own race, you cannot deny the fact that you’re mother or father is a Filipino. You fuckin’ fish-stinkin’(according to Jose Rizal)Filipino hypocrites!

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By goldDigger, May 21, 2010 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

These guys are awesome. Just downloaded the song through youtube to mp3 and now I am going to practice for myself grin

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By trey, October 9, 2007 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment
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Anyone seen this yet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDTCKS4qXM8

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By Reihn, August 29, 2007 at 9:54 pm Link to this comment
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First of all, they are not forced and this is not a punishment, this is just a simple flag ceremony routine until they figured out that the inmates would be more disciplined if they do something fun together thus they began dancing.

ANd hello, filipinos know how to speak english even kindergarten kids understands that language.

THIS iS REAL.

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By phil Berry, July 27, 2007 at 8:35 am Link to this comment
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everybody in whole cell block…
was dancin’ to the jailhouse rock!

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By Learnmore Disa, July 26, 2007 at 7:38 am Link to this comment
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Byron F. Garcia, the guy who’s put the video on his YouTube channel, is the director of this prison in Cebu. His sister Gwen is governor of the Cebu province. He’s got so many positive reactions to his videos you can expect him to produce many more of them. Maybe we should persuate him to reenact “Duality” by Slipknot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xps7AM8HbjE 
So that the poor marionettes of his longings for internet fame can smash the whole funky prison to pieces. If you know something more about Garcia - please leave a comment at my blog. It’s in German. Sorry.

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By liza, July 25, 2007 at 10:23 pm Link to this comment
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HELLO Philippines and hello world! Those Western perverts who are shameful of this video are sore losers! You should be very shameful to yourselves, coz this only happens here in PI and yeah WE GOT TALENT. This is impressive and should be looked upon by Americans (especially those perverts) in Abu Graib prison whose only talent is forcing the detainees into sex and slavery!

Oh did I mention we are good English speakers too? America is part of our history.

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By palakangbisaya, July 24, 2007 at 11:47 pm Link to this comment
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yep that’s true. CPDRC is just a block away from where I work. Rumor is that the prison will host a production number.
CPDRC has also been quite visible lately. Inmates doing community service and stuff.

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By Mr. Pogi, July 24, 2007 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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There’s no way this is real. I’ve been in the Philippines a few times, and it’s definitely true that they are a very musical and dance oriented culture, but to get this many criminals together to act out the Thriller video seems more than a little far fetched.

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By perri, July 24, 2007 at 8:13 am Link to this comment
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They need to get down like this at Gitmo!

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By Ethyl, July 22, 2007 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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Uh, English is an official language of the Phillipines.

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By David, July 22, 2007 at 8:59 am Link to this comment
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Can’t wait for Pussycat Dolls’ “Dontcha Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me ?”

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By greenback, July 22, 2007 at 12:54 am Link to this comment
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This looks too staged to be true. also, if this is the Philippines, why does it say INMATE on the t-shirts? INMATE is an english word last I checked.

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By tdad, July 22, 2007 at 12:03 am Link to this comment
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I’m a Filipino and all I have to say about this is that I hope I’m not related to any of these people ... especially the lady boy.

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By QuyTran, July 20, 2007 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

Hey, you must be careful and never let any younger inmates sleeping with Jackson.

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By Chaseme, July 20, 2007 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment
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These guys must have committed some pretty heinous crimes to be forced to practice this to such perfection. What’s more, the warden must have a sick obsession with the Jackson video.

Now, if Americans can get Federal prisoners to out perform this group, with cheney and bush playing the lead roles (bush as the ladyboy) justice would be served.

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