Videoke – “video karaoke” – is a major fad in the Philippines, with cheap videoke bars in almost every town and neighbourhood. While it can be fun to participate in a Filipino singing session, being regaled by drunken wailings wafting through your hotel window in the early hours isn’t so amusing. Adding to the mix, most Filipino families own one (or more) karaoke machines that are used throughout the week, but especially on special occasions, birthdays and weddings. Incidentally, a Filipino inventor (Roberto del Rosario) actually holds the patent for the karaoke machine.

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10 Jan 2017 • Esme Fox insert_drive_file Article
The stunning Philippines in pictures

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18 Dec 2015 • Kiki Deere insert_drive_file Article
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