Filipinos are very fond of singing. One way of eliminating stress for Filipinos is through singing their hearts out. When confronted with problems, there’s one way to escape—SING, at any place and time.
The magic of singing doesn’t stop once a person dropped a five peso (5Php) coin and scored technically by the videoke machine. The magic of singing doesn’t stop with just purchasing the infamous Magic Sing in shopping malls. The magic of singing never stops now that social media exists.
If you think singing costs a lot, you’re definitely wrong. Singing is not only done at videoke bars like GBOX or Red Box but also at home where all you have to have is an Internet connection, desktop computer or laptop computer, and comfortable place for your pseudo concert. Having these, we can say videoke for Filipinos have gone the extra mile. Thanks to the power of new social media.
When our group in Anthropology 185 (Introduction to Philippine Culture) made a documentary on the Filipinos’ Videoke Culture, we realized that that particular culture of Filipinos is very amazing and dynamic. Despite the stress experienced by our random interviewees, we feel they are enjoying what singing can bring to redeem themselves. And now that “videoke-ing” is so popular in the Philippine context, I guess it’s time for us to be more practical and safe through the use of YouTube.
YouTube offers its existence to aspiring singers out there. With just a type on the search engine, you can access your favorite OPM or foreign songs. With just a great upload, you can even dominate the world with your YouTube Videoke performance. I’ve got to see you in Oprah or Ellen soon. 🙂