MANILA, Philippines — Senatorial candidates for the 2013 elections are already learning the new dance craze from the Korean hit song “Oppa Gangnam Style”, hoping to join the bandwagon and capitalize on what is hot by using the said dance moves in next year’s campaign rallies.
“Gangnam Style” (Korean: 강남스타일, IPA: [kaŋnam sɯtʰail]) is a single by South Korean rapper Psy. The song was released on July 15, 2012, as the lead single of his sixth studio album PSY’s Best 6th Part 1.
“Gangnam Style” has been highly praised for its catchy beat and Psy’s humorous dance moves in the music video and live performances. On September 17, the song was nominated for Best Video at the upcoming 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards to be held in Frankfurt, Germany. On September 20, 2012, “Gangnam Style” was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most “liked” video in YouTube history. (from Wikipedia)
Bhong De Guzman, a famous dance instructor was hired by the Liberal Party (LP) to teach its candidates the dance steps of the hit song. De Guzman was hesitant at first, because he wasn’t sure if the candidates had it in them, due to the difficulty of the steps.
“Akala ko mahihirapan akong magturo, pero nagulat ako nung nakita kong gaano kalambot ng katawan ni Ma’am Jamby kapag sumayaw na sya (I thought I was gonna have a hard time teaching them, but was surprised when I found out how Ma’am Jamby was able to dance flawlessly),” revealed De Guzman.
“Makikita mong gusto talaga nyang manalo, kasi bigay na bigay sya during rehearsals (You can really see her will to win, because of the effort that she exerts during rehearsals).”
“Out of the twelve senatoriables, Mr. Ramon and Ma’am Cynthia were probably the hardest to teach,” he revealed. “Nasanay kasi sila sa mabibilis na sayaw dati tulad ng ‘Otso Otso’ at ‘Spaghetti’, kaya nahihirapan sila ngayon (They were accustomed to the easier dance steps like ‘otso otso’ and spaghetti’, that is why they are having difficulties now).”
Jerry Valenciano, a colleague of Bhong, was rehired by United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to teach their candidates how to dance “Gangnam Style” as well.
“I was originally hired as early as May of this year to teach them how to dougie,” referring to the hit song ‘Teach Me How to Dougie‘ and its accompanying dance moves by Cali Swag District.
Valenciano described the rehearsal last May as ‘hell’, due to the fact that the tentative candidates then were having a hard time ‘twisting their bodies to the beat’.
“Pinagpipilitan ni Ma’am Mitos na dougie na yung ginagawa nya, pero pag pinagmasdan mo na ng maigi, para syang isang lasing na may combulsyon (Ma’am Mitos kept on insisting that what she was doing was already the dougie. But if you look closely, she looks like a drunk who is having convulsions).”
Valenciano is keeping an optimistic attitude now that he was hired again to teach UNA’s senatorial slate to dance. “We just finished training the ‘dougie’ last September and now they want me to teach them the Korean dance naman. A job’s a job I guess.“
The senatoriables have ample time to learn the steps, as the campaign period will officially start February of next year.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded the potential candidates to wait for the final list and strictly abide by Resolution 9696 and use their assigned names when the campaign period begins (full story here).