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article image1,500 Inmates in Philippine Jail Pay Tribute to Michael Jackson

By Leo Reyes     Jun 27, 2009 in Entertainment
A provincial jail in Cebu City, Philippines has become a new tourist destination as 1,500 inmates pay tribute to their idol Michael Jackson with their song and dance numbers that were inspired by the popular singing and recording artist.
Thousands of local and foreign tourists flocked to Cebu provincial jail in southern Philippines to watch 1,500 inmates do a song and dance number in honor of their singing idol Michael Jackson.
The unusual number of visitors was noticed by jail authorities as they request inclusion in the list of visitors that will be allowed to watch the show inside the Jail compound late Saturday afternoon..
Inquirer net reports:
The jailbirds spawned a worldwide Internet hit two years ago with their morning exercise routine using synchronized movements based on the groundbreaking 1982 "Thriller" video.
The prisoners' dance found its way onto the popular Internet video-sharing site You Tube, where it developed a huge fan base.
The four-minute video has so far generated more than 23 million hits.
The Cebu inmates have themselves become celebrities of sorts as they are normally photographed with tourists from around the world who enjoy watching their unusual dance numbers.
Most of the inmates were shocked to hear their idol Michael Jackson passed away Thursday in Los Angeles. The popular pop singing idol served as the inmates’ inspiration in their unusual song-dance numbers that became popular around the world.
Michael Jackson has visited the Philippines a few years back to do a concert in Manila. His last visit made him even more popular among music-loving Filipinos.
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