In the Philippines Karaoke is King 🎤

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In the Philippines Karaoke is King & the King of Karaoke is Sinatra

In the Philippines Karaoke is King 🎤

In the heart of the Philippines, a nation known for its breathtaking islands, warm hospitality, and vibrant culture, there’s a unique and melodious phenomenon that captures the spirit of the locals and resonates with travelers: karaoke.

Imagine pristine beaches, lush jungles, and vibrant cityscapes all coming together in a harmonious celebration of music and camaraderie. As avid travelers with an insatiable love for music, we embarked on a journey to delve into the melodious kingdom where ‘Karaoke is King’ – the Philippines!

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In the Philippines Karaoke is King 🎤

A Cultural Serenade 🎶

From the bustling streets of Manila to the tranquil landscapes of Palawan, karaoke is an integral part of Filipino culture. It’s not just a form of entertainment; it’s a way of life.

In every corner of the archipelago, you’ll find karaoke machines ready to transform any gathering into a symphony of voices. Locals proudly embrace this tradition, bonding with friends and family over heartwarming ballads and energetic pop hits.

In the Philippines Karaoke is treated almost as a national sport – and taken very seriously indeed. Everywhere you go you’ll hear it – morning, noon and night.

There always seems to be some tone-deaf hopeful drawling out the lyrics to “My Way” or Jennifer Rush’s “I’m Your Lady”.

Karaoke Bars: The Musical Hideaways 🍹🎤

Tucked away in the labyrinthine alleys of cities like Manila and Cebu, you’ll discover an array of karaoke bars that range from intimate nooks to vibrant clubs.

Each establishment carries its unique atmosphere, offering a diverse range of experiences for music-loving travelers.

In the Philippines Karaoke is King 🎤

Whether you’re a shy crooner or an enthusiastic vocalist, these bars provide a safe haven for belting out your favorite tunes.

Karaoke by the Sea 🏖️🌊

One of the most enchanting aspects of karaoke in the Philippines is the possibility of indulging in your singing passion right by the turquoise waters and powdery sands.

Many beach resorts and local hangouts – like Alona beach – offer open-air karaoke setups where you can croon your heart out while watching the sun dip beneath the horizon.

In the Philippines Karaoke is King 🎤

Picture yourself sipping on a refreshing coconut drink, the sea breeze carrying your melody away – a perfect blend of relaxation and musical euphoria.

Singing with the Locals 🎵🤝

Karaoke transcends language barriers, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Philippines. As travelers, we found that joining a local karaoke session was like joining a family gathering.

Strangers quickly become friends as they cheer each other on and share the stage.

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In the Philippines Karaoke is King 🎤

This communal experience offers a glimpse into the warmth and openness that defines Filipino hospitality.

Karaoke Competitions & Events 🏆🎤

The Philippines takes its karaoke seriously, and this devotion is on full display during karaoke competitions and festivals. These events are a testament to the nation’s passion for music and camaraderie.

Joining a karaoke competition, even as a traveler, provides a unique opportunity to connect with the locals and experience the vibrant energy of these gatherings.

This is no-nonsense, competitive karaoke, with an entrance fee of 5 pesos per song, an automated judging system, and often cash prizes to be won. If there is no cash incentive, 1st prize might simply be a kiss on the cheek from a pretty girl (seriously).

Without doubt, “My Way” is the song that is most in demand, and even fought over among participants. This had led to the so-called “My Way Killings” – a series of fatal disputes arising from the singing of this song in karaoke contests.

These disputes are usually over who gets to sing the song, or as a reaction to a particularly bad rendition of Frank Sinatra‘s classic hit.

Either way, if you get involved in one of these contests, you might be advised to choose something a little less controversial – Bohemian Rhapsody, for example 🙂

Etiquette & Fun: The Karaoke Scene 🕺💃

For the uninitiated, navigating the world of Filipino karaoke might seem a bit daunting. Fear not, for there’s a simple code of conduct that ensures everyone has a blast.

Don’t be shy – pick a song, grab the mic, and join the chorus! Feel the rhythm of the music and let yourself be swept away by the enthusiasm of those around you. Remember, it’s not about perfection; it’s about embracing the moment and sharing your love for music.

In the Philippines Karaoke is King 🎤

No escape – Karaoke is everywhere

As a visitor, there’s no escape from the ubiquitous karaoke. Even if your check in to a secluded beach resort miles from anywhere, the sound carries for huge distances across the open water.

And it’s not just the professional karaoke organizers. Every other private house seems to have its own home karaoke system, with huge speakers fit for a Metallica concert, and boy do they like to crank it up!

In the Philippines Karaoke is King 🎤

Need a quick fix? Here’s a karaoke booth

The Grand Videoke home systems, with HD sound retail starting from 11,500 pesos (around €220).

Actually, having seen a demo in the mall, I’m sorely tempted to buy one myself…

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1 Comment


September 11, 2015at 8:31 pm

It’s always a pleasure to read this blog, because it’s a nice mix of very funny whining and wise thoughts. Well, I really think you should get off the touristy places and get back to the country side, you might get better singers! Keep going mate, take care – Ju

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