WHO in their right minds would have a videoke session in the middle of the day during a school week?
Don’t answer that. It’s rhetorical.
I still have a hard time picturing it. Someone singing their hearts out, microphone in hand, for all the neighborhood to hear, while everybody else goes about their business.
But apparently it’s a common enough occurrence in the archipelago. So common, in fact, that the government had to step in and temporarily ban the practice, that is videoke sessions during daytime, while face-to-face classes are prohibited.
After all, no one wants to distract the children from their studies. I mean, they are studying, right?
It’s not their parents or guardians who are doing their homework or finishing their projects so they’ll get better grades? And the children are not inside internet cafes playing video games?
The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), earlier in the week, had no choice but to put its foot down after it received several complaints about the noise. Because it becomes noise when it comes out of a speaker with the volume cranked up. Especially when the person behind the mike is off-key.
Despite what others think, not everyone in the country can sing. Well, they can. Obviously. It just so happens that only a few are good at it. I mean, really good. The kind of good that makes you wonder if you’ve died and gone to heaven good.
You see, pollution, whether air or water or noise, can be detrimental to health.
How many deaths have been attributed to a bad rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way?”
Let’s face it. When it comes to singing, not everyone is equal. Fortunately, and I don’t mean to boast, I’m one of the lucky ones who can carry a tune.
Of course, time and substance abuse, and by substance I mean decades of smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, have taken their toll, but I can still stay on pitch.
But enough about me.
Did you know that Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella issued Executive Order 100 banning daytime videoke singing? It immediately took effect on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
The mayor was acting on the CCPO’s recommendation after Police Director General Camilo Cascolan ordered all units to implement ordinances that ban loud music and sound systems in public since distant learning for school year 2020-2021 started on Monday, Monday, Oct. 5.
I had no idea the problem was so pressing. I thought unemployment would take precedence, but I guess I was wrong.
Apparently, the government has set its priorities, which include picking on the nation’s unofficial No. 1 pastime.
But hey, anything to take the public’s mind off the economic and social effects of the pandemic, right?