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‘Thriller’ from Cebu: Pinoy inmates get 1.1M YouTube views July 26, 2007

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algorithm-prisonersBy Gerry Plaza
INQUIRER.net
Last updated 11:13pm (Mla time) 07/25/2007
MANILA, Philippines — Where’s the connection between Michael Jackson and inmates from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center?View it on YouTube.Millions of people around the world had already viewed a video uploaded on the popular web site that showed more than a thousand Cebu inmates performing the famous zombie dance from the 1984 music video of Jackson’s monster hit “Thriller”.As of 10:44 p.m. Manila time Wednesday, the video has been viewed 1,152,025 times.Their well-coordinated yet rip-roaring routine, apparently part of a recent program from within the prison facility, had landed on popular US entertainment television shows, including newscasts from E! Television on Wednesday.The video was uploaded by Byron Garcia, security consultant of the Cebu Provincial Government and brother of Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia.It can be viewed using this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMnk7lh9M3oThe Cebu inmates had also performed several other numbers similarly accessible on YouTube. These include their rendition of Queen’s 1984 hit “Radio Ga-ga” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAVVVMcTShQ&NR=1) and “I Will Follow Him” from the 1992 movie “Sister Act,” and a Muslim song “Dayang Dayang” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fptZ3FY-AwY&mode=related&search=) . A recent upload is their version of the “Algorithm March” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjMd2Vabcv8) from the popular Japanese educational program “PythagoraSwitch”

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