Bilibid inmates show they can dance too

Kim Arveen Patria
Kim Arveen Patria
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom

After the Cebu "Dancing Inmates" who have become an online sensation, another group of detained Pinoys is aiming for the global spotlight.

A dance video of medium-security inmates from the New Bilibid Prison has been produced in a bid to push to the fore issues surrounding the Philippine prison system.

The video, which has been viewed more than 4,000 times via YouTube, shows Bilibid inmates dancing to the tune of Rivermaya's hit single "Liwanag sa Dilim."

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Unlike the famed orange shirt-clad inmates of Cebu, however, the 33 "Bilibid Dancing Inmates" wear the blue uniforms assigned to medium-security prisoners.

The video "tells the story of how an inmate, who wakes up one morning and decides to change his outlook in life, sparks changes in all areas of Bilibid," said non-profit group Baliklaya.

The Ateneo de Manila University-based organization produced the video along with with New Grounds Production with the assistance of the Bureau of Corrections.

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"Liwanag sa Dilim," Baliklaya said, "has proven to be informational to many Filipinos who are unaware of prison conditions."

The group said they hope to encourage "support and service from the Filipino community" while promoting "appreciation for the rehabilitative activities behind bars."

"In the long run, we hope that 'Liwanag sa Dilim' will be able to correct flawed prisoner sterotypes by spreading awareness on prison life [and] showcasing the talents and skills of this marginalized sector," Baliklaya said.