Filipinos and Their Damn Karaoke Obsession

Remember when I declared that I could "karaoke to 'Bet on It' like a 13-year-old Filipino girl?" And remember how that comment elicited fury unlike the world had ever seen? Somebody actually wrote this in response:

uhm. excuse, but who the f*ck are you to say that? did you hear what happened when desperate housewives talked about the philippines' doctors? all the filipinos who heard complained and were going to sue. what youre saying when you said that is, "come on SUE ME!" let me tell you something there are a lot of filipinos in the united states. many of the teens and tweens, as you call them, have AIM. most of them read this. they will report this to their parents. you will get notified and will probably have to apologize, AND MEAN IT! youre an effing racist PERIOD. sure people think its gay, but who was this show created for?? sure its called high school musical, but the people on disney wernt really aiming for high schoolers, THEY WERE GOING TOWARDS YOUNGER KIDS! and finally (for now anyways) WHY DO YOU STILL POST BLOGS ABOUT HSM AND HSM2 if you HATE it soo much?!?! give me a straight answer to that. and your answer better not be, 'people keep telling to talk about it.' or any bs like that because thats BS! i want a straight answer. and remember youve been warned what filipinos can do. adios Prince Gomolvilas...if thats your name

My statement was grossly misinterpreted, of course, something that somebody else so deftly pointed out:

That comment about angry Filipinos was hilariously ignorant. The poster obviously has never seen a 13-year-old Filipina karaoke singer. If they had, they would have understood the intensity, passion, and pure joie de vivre that your comparison conveyed. Karaoke is an important part of Filipino culture, and so is being able to have fun and joke about it. It's something I love about my Filipino and Filipino-American family.

Well, today I was at the Eagle Rock mall, which I like to call "Little Manila" because it basically is. I mean, c'mon, there's a Jollibee and a Goldilocks bakery there.

In the middle of the mall is a cart that sells karaoke machines. I saw a petite young woman confidently march up to the cart, ask the salesperson to throw on a song, and proceed to belt out a powerful rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," filling the entire echoey mall with the sweet sound of her voice.

I was fully expecting every single mall patron to burst out in raucous applause after she finished, but only the salesperson bothered to clap. You see, singing Whitney Houston passionately as if you were performing at the American Idol finale is just part of a typical day in the life of a Filipino.


  1. The scene that you have just described sounds like every single trip I"ve ever had to a mall in the Philippines.

    A Jollibee and a Goldilocks? Eagle Rock sounds like a cholesterol flight to heaven.


  2. I love that weird-ass mall AND that weird-ass karaoke! (How many times have YOU the karaoke rendition of Abba's "Dancing Queen" -- a zillion?)

    Oh yeah. I'm Filipino. Dang.

  3. hahaha, this is too funny. I love you, Prince.

    We have karaoke fridays at work, can you guess which ethnic group populates my work?

  4. Prince, prince, prince. Don't even joke about Filipinos and their karaoke. They'll hunt you down and take you out!

  5. Remind me never to waste my time at the Pasadena Target again. It's Eagle Rock or nothin' from here on out.

    P.S. Noel, I'm thinking this is the perfect opportunity for a sing-off, Sharks vs. Jets-style.

  6. I seriously think we all should go to the Eagle Rock mall together and just karaoke like we were having a party. It would be totally free!

  7. filipinos are fund of videoke. maybe because its one of our tradition. i am fund of singing. i love it.

  8. Anonymous9/11/2011

    Not sure if Filipinos are fUnd of videoke. But I'm sure that we're pretty fOnd of it. Haha. Had me googling for it since my neighbors are really enjoying their videoke right now. :)

  9. I don't see any wrong about being obsessed in karaoke. Especially now, cheap karaoke machines but with quality are very visible in the market. So people really want to have that kind of machines.

  10. Filipinos love to sing! Even without the help of a microphone, we'll surely go for an acapella. In fact, My dad bought a karaoke speaker system at last month because we are planning for my little brother's birthday party. I hope that it went well and I know that our guests will be expecting some singing contest included in the party. I hope that our neighbors will not get mad about the noise that we'll make =))