Question: Where can you get over a thousand inmates to dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller?
Answer: Only in the Philippines!
In Cebu, no less, where I was born.
Sure, the Philippines is lucky number 7 in the top 10 (and the only Asian country and the only developing country) list of most gender equitable countries.
Not to mention all the accomplished Pinoys and Pinays who've made their mark in and out of the Philippines.
And a vibrant NGO sector, and a working (if imperfect) democracy, high literacy rate, millions of dollars of remittances, etc.
But what are we known for? Perfectly pitched renditions of "Hotel California" and now the dancing inmates.