Michael Jackson & Gangnam Style

21 Nov

Last night we attended Spud’s GCSE Certificate Presentation Evening.  I’d give you a photograph but the back of even my beautiful baby’s head is pretty dull.

The Chair of Governors is an ex-policeman.  In his speech about the students’ future, he misquoted Churchill, gave us his life story, and warned us that prisons only produce prisoners, leading to a heated debate in the car on the way home on the merits of prison and rehabilitation.

The debate reminded me of a couple of videos I wanted to share with you months ago but couldn’t, because I was unable to upload them to my blog.  My browser has settled down now, so here they are.  Enjoy!

Here’s an except from their Wikipedia entry:

Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) is a prison in Cebu, in Cebu Province, Philippines. It is a maximum security prison facility with a capacity for 1600 inmates.

The prison became well known for its rehabilitation program in 2005-2010 based on a program of choreographed exercise routines for the inmates. Known as CPDRC Dancing Inmates, the recordings of the various routines of the prisoners online supervised by the head of the prison Byron F. Garcia rendered them an international online celebrity sensation and phenomenon.

And just to show how current they are, here’s another:


30 Responses to “Michael Jackson & Gangnam Style”

  1. viveka November 21, 2012 at 12:41 #

    Just love those video!!! Have been watching them on and off .. for over a year now. Glad you did a proper post about it.


  2. vivinfrance November 21, 2012 at 12:42 #

    A dancing good idea. Bravo Philippines. (and Tilly of course)


  3. laurieanichols November 21, 2012 at 13:25 #

    The U.S needs this. Did you know that we have the largest incarceration Population in the world? It is because we have the war on drugs. Sad isn’t it?


  4. gigihawaii November 21, 2012 at 13:27 #

    Congrats to Spud. An award is an award no matter what!


  5. jmgoyder November 21, 2012 at 13:42 #

    I have never seen those videos before – fantastic! I felt really moved! Congrats to Spud.


  6. adinparadise November 21, 2012 at 13:45 #

    Wow, this is absolutely amazing. Such talent! What a brilliant idea to keep prisoners on their toes whilst in jail. 🙂 The discipline required to put on this kind of performance must be phenomenal. Thanks for sharing, Tilly.


  7. mairedubhtx November 21, 2012 at 14:03 #

    Are these the guys that do Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”? That certainly takes discipline. It’s not easy to do. They are pretty good.


  8. Janet Williams November 21, 2012 at 15:06 #

    Absolutely eye-opening!!! What an achievement in doing these difficult dances! I would try not to end up in a prison like this — I can’t dance at all. I would have struggled a bit. Would they offer some other activities, like word search, paper folding? Just a thought.


  9. SchmidleysScribbling November 21, 2012 at 15:49 #

    After several attenpts to get sober himself, David finally succeeded with the help of his employers. After he left Bell, his second career was as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor where he worked in five different hospitals and for Naval Intelligence, among others.

    He learned this…many addicts won’t give up the habit until they are incarcerated. So, good for the authorities who still crack down on drugs and drug addicts. And good for the facilities that offer true rehabilitative programs. These guys are sick.

    And pooh on anyone who thinks legalizing drugs will make the world a better place. My 2 cents. Dianne


  10. Rorybore November 21, 2012 at 16:01 #

    i love them!!
    which is very strange considering I used to work in a Federal men’s prison and saw nothing like this! When I worked, they just smoked cigarettes and spit on the floor a lot.
    This would be better.


  11. Elaine - I used to be indecisive November 21, 2012 at 17:34 #

    Thanks for posting these. What a lot of work must have gone into getting that number of people to dance completely in time. They are brilliant!

    I wonder if there have been any follow up reports on the effectiveness of this type of rehabilitation.


  12. slpmartin November 21, 2012 at 18:31 #

    Not sure how the debate ended…but the videos are wonderful.


  13. sharechair November 21, 2012 at 20:05 #

    Congrats to Spud! 🙂


  14. benzeknees November 21, 2012 at 22:59 #

    The videos are great! Wish more prisons would get on the bandwagon & try organized activities for inmates to try to repair some of the class divides & in-fighting so rampant in prisons.


  15. sanstorm November 21, 2012 at 23:06 #

    Great idea. Anything aerobic is good! Very entertaining. Better than… whatever they do behind our bars…


  16. barb19 November 21, 2012 at 23:17 #

    Congrats to Spud! The videos were an eye opener to me – what a great idea for the inmates, very positive. Other prisons should follow suit.


  17. robincoyle November 22, 2012 at 00:38 #

    How did that lady get in there? Did they let her in for artistic purposes?

    Their dance teacher is fantastic.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 22, 2012 at 11:42 #

      If you’re talking about the Thriller video, it’s not an actual lady…

      In the last video, it looks like they have been joined by female prisoners.


  18. thehutts November 22, 2012 at 11:06 #

    I am afraid I am sick of gangnam dancing in this house having a nealy 11 year old so can’t watch the videos but great idea. Try this for addictive paper folding exercises: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIVIegSt81k


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