Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dancing traffic police - Bacolod, Philippines

I've never needed a reason to pack up my bags and start traveling. I've been "on the road" for years, many years, almost without interruption. There are moments though, moments when I get off a run down truck, at an unremarkable crossroads, surrounded by buildings made of stained concrete, smeared glass, rusty metal, and torn plastic canvas, whose old colors have been faded by the blows of the tropical sun. I get off the truck then, I turn around, I see something weird, amusing, surprising and I say damn carrying around backpacks, clothes, electronic devices and a guitar that I can't even play to end up in this world's asshole and enjoy the show that is unfolding in front of me was definitely worth it!
I'm standing at one of those crossroads right now, in downtown Bacolod, a city in the island of Negros, in the heart of the Philippines archipelago, and I'm watching open mouthed the performance of a policeman that is directing traffic with a mix of Michael Jackson's moonwalk, Tony Manero's hip moves and Nureyev elegant steps. Hilarious. A situation whose surreal angle I seem to be the only one to notice. 
I took a few videos, here they are:

This guy moves very smoothly. At a certain point he does something that makes me laugh. You can tell by the way my phone is shaking. 

This is still the same guy. At the end of the video he looks at me and pretends he's annoyed. And I laugh again.

This guy can't dance at all. He's still funny though, especially for those absurd clown gloves he's wearing to get noticed. As if his awkward moves were not good enough for that purpose. 

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