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Papaya Dance: Get a load of this!

April 2, 2008

Filipinos are a fun-loving and happy people. In fact, some studies have shown that Filipinos – though certainly not the happiest – are among the happiest people in the planet. Perhaps this is the reason why we can dance the Papaya Dance without looking absolutely silly (yes, we look a bit silly but not absolutely, you understand? he he he)Now, get a load of this Papaya Dance craze that’s sweeping the country and, now, the world. Some would say this is cause for celebration – that we should be proud of being able to induce people of other nationalities to dance the Papaya. Is it really a feat to be proud of?

Now, I’m NOT saying it’s wrong to feel pride for making the world dance the Papaya. What I’m questioning, however, is if it is really such an accomplishment?

I don’t know. This feeling of pride may stem from the fact that people of other nationalities have found “our dance” worthy of foreigners’ “exalted tastes.” In that case, it may be our so-called colonial mentality talking. Admit it guys! We’re tickled pink we have managed to hoodwink others into doing right-left-up-down-wave combination of the Papaya Dance.

Or perhaps what we’re feeling is akin to the pride a teenager feels when he starts saying “Gawd!” and “Dawg” all the time then his friends and schoolmates start copying him and start saying “Gawd” and “Dawg” as well. Yes. That must be it. It’s all about being a being a trend-setter. It’s pride at the thought of having enough influence to be able to start a trend.

I have no bone to pick about the Papaya Dance. I’m as proud of the Papaya dance – just like all other Filipinos who are openly (or secretly) gleeful at the thought of foreigners dancing it. I just want to know why we’re feeling proud.

To stroke your ego further, my dear readers, here are some videos of foreigners dancing the Papaya or reporting about the Papaya Dance craze:

Good Morning America hosts dance the Papaya (posted by rhomusicvideos):
U.S. Ambassador Kenney dances the Papaya (posted by pilyosopo):
Urszula Dudziak – the original singer(?) – on the Papaya dance craze (posted by staszewski1234)
Two Polish teenagers dance the Papaya (posted by le1t00)

Reuters UK reports the Papaya Dance craze: click here.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jinky Bagagñan permalink
    May 1, 2008 12:56 am


    I can’t tell you how grateful I am; I am overwhelmed with gratitude! Such reason; such logic! I could hardly believe that an enlightened being like yourself condescended to give us brown monkeys a piece of your mind! But I’m worried about something. Are you sure your narrow mind can stand the loss of such a valuable chunk? I’m sure your big head won’t miss it, though.

    – brown monkey

  2. April 28, 2008 12:24 am

    Yeah, why not dance you brown monkeys! Dance the papaya dance while your economy goes down the drain. Dance the papaya dance while your country is being bypassed by your neighboring countries. Dance while lining up for NFA rice! Why are people from the philippines so lame? Why is it that you were once 2nd only to Japan(with the help of Uncle Sam of course), but now bypassed by Thailand and Malaysia? Why is it you had the same population as Thailand before, but your population doubled while your economy sank? Is it really your government to blame or your stupidity and lameness as a people?


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