RHYTHM NATION: Pinoy pride takes a groovy form on the Internet

The Philippines is heating up again - this time in the dance and music scene - with a hot new dance video taking the country into the spotlight in the digital world. The viral sensation captured hip Pinoy dance groups moving to the beat of the pied piper of Philippine Tourism, Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas.

It all began with a song - "Take U to the Philippines", the incredibly catchy tune, which went viral last September along with its absolutely stunning music video, talks about taking one's beloved to see the beauty of the Philippines and of its people. Written by Apl.de.Ap himself, the song plays off like a love letter to the rockstar's home country, sending shockwaves through the digital space.

The passion evoked by the music video and its artistic expression of nationalism caught the imagination and stirred the pride of several top dance groups. With the help of the Philippine Department of Tourism, they came together and laid down their own spin on Apl's song while showcasing the amazing wealth of Filipino dance talent amidst the backdrop of spectacular sights in the Philippines.

The dancers ranged wildly in style, from world class hip-hop champs like the Philippine All-Stars, Manoeuvres, PinoyFunk'in Styles, Switch and Stylettos to talented student groups like Ateneo Blue Babble, La Salle Dance Company, U.P. Street and UST Salinggawi. Not to mention individual performers like Chris Nocon, Alys Serdenia, Jonas Orig Sana, Angel de Rivera, Andro de Rivera, Yang Gagelonia and Rosie Pajela-Marzan, were all equal in passion and energy in expressing through movement Pinoy pride and love for the Philippines.

Press release from the Philippine Department of Tourism and Yehey.com.

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