Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center

Satellite image of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in Cebu City.

The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center or CPDRC, is the world-famous penitentiary institution that gave us the dancing inmates. These prisoners became a worldwide sensation when a video of them dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was uploaded to YouTube by Byron Garcia, the security consultant of the Cebu Provincial Government. To date, the “Thriller” video has garnered almost 15 million views to date. There’s even a Wikipedia article on the video itself!

Anyway, the CPDRC compound can be seen in Google Maps and is just barely obscured by clouds. In the thumbnail above, I’ve adjusted the contrast and you can clearly see the open-air courtyard where the inmates do their dances. Unfortunately, there’s no inmates performing the day this satellite image was taken.

Below, you can check out their latest video done last week. This time, they’re gyrating to the smash 1984 hit by Bonnie Tyler “Holding Out for a Hero” (popularly known as “I Need a Hero”) while paying tribute to peace heroes such as Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Princess Diana, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Philippines’ own José Rizal. (Read the Inquirer article.) I’m still bemused at the sight of a thousand men dancing choreographed moves. Hehehe.

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Posted on
May 11, 2008
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  1. William Simpson wrote on June 29, 2009 @ 02:36AM

    I got the AP report about the tribute to Michael Jackson, and thought what the heck???

    I watched…watched in amazement as remembering that I am watching prisoners in a prison putting all that together…and doing it so remarkably well, that I was so enthused. I have e-mailed the report and the video links to a lot of my friends. Watching another YouTube that included remarks by a few of the inmates and the main man in charge, all I can say to each and all, extremely well done and Mabuhay! All those men, all that practice, and the results are that each of those men can be proud and hold their head high. Maybe our prisons in America can learn a thing or two.

  2. Chum wrote on June 29, 2009 @ 08:54PM

    The tribute to MJ was just beautiful. The participants can hold their heads high. they did a remarkable job in a very short time.

  3. michele hanson wrote on June 30, 2009 @ 03:17PM

    i just saw the video on utube of the tribute. it was so touching a really brought tears to my eyes not only for his passing but to be able to bring ALL the inmates to come together to work so hard for so long for one persons life that is no longer, he touched so many lives and hopefully all those inmates realize they too have touched so many lives in a very good way

  4. mark lacostales wrote on July 11, 2009 @ 12:35AM

    can any of you tell me when is the next performance i really want to watch with my girl for our anniversary hehehe if you pls do emaill me at

  5. Jennifer Williams wrote on October 19, 2010 @ 10:40AM

    Just came across you guys dance to Michael Jackson’s Song they really don’t care about us…
    WOW..WOW… WOW i loved it you guys would have made Michael Jackson very Proud GIVE YOURSELFS A PAT on the back
    I was shocked and I am all the way In toronto Canada and i wish people out here knew how to dance like that
    Best wish’s and never give up
    Love Always UR # 1 Fan
    Miss.Jennifer Williams

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