Independent of this whole Philippines trip, one of our number was sent a link to this vid of Filipino inmates in Cebu doing "Thriller" in their prison yard.
Words nearly fail me. Nearly. (Do words ever really fail me?)
Context: Sunday night after the final Galleon Trade event at The Living Room, the Galleon Traders scared off the remainder of the audience and had an iTunes dance night. At one point, someone put "Thriller" on, someone else got the original "Thriller" video off of YouTube and projected it on the wall, and Carlos showed us his Michael Jackson moves (excellent).
We thought we were so clever ... until today. This video is so quintessentially Filipino--as I understand it, from this trip--that I can hardly explain it. American prisoners do angry, heartfelt spoken word ... or they study law. Filipino prisoners do group choreography to "Thriller". Awesome.