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The Story Behind That Viral COVID-19 Dance Number

Someone really invested in a COVID-19 mascot for this dance.
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Last week, we kept banging our heads against the wall after seeing the video of the COVID-19 dance number with an ugly mascot to boot, dancing to the tune of ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines.’ 

We thought, who would invest so much effort into such pointless activity, and even create a mascot for it? 

The viral video was submitted by Abelardo Manuel Ventura to the parody page on Facebook called Malacañang Meme Commission Emergency Bunker. But it was just a parody and showed a trimmed video that took the context away.

Parody Video of COVID Dance Number

We did a little research and found out it’s not actually a part of the DOH or the national government’s campaign for COVID-19 awareness. It was spearheaded by Mayor Loreto Amante of San Pablo, Laguna. The dance number was meant to introduce the “distancing stick,” which is the latest project of Amante. 

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Yup, those were not golf clubs they were holding in the video. Apparently, it’s a tool that will be mass-produced by San Pablo City to help you keep your distance from people around you. 

According to the announcer in the video, the distancing stick will serve as a weapon and shield against the enemy we are fighting but cannot see. 

Mga kaibigan, para sa isang natatanging bilang, kilalanin natin ang opisyal la maskot na si Mister Covid na dapat nating puksain. Sabay-sabay nating isigaw, ‘Corona, lumayo ka!’” said the announcer. 

Watch the complete video of the launch of the distancing stick below. 

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