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Housemates to dance with CPDRC inmates

First Posted 11:39:00 11/09/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines - The dancing inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) will hit the limelight once more.

The people behind the reality show Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Celebrity Edition 2 has scheduled a visit of some of its celebrities to the provincial jail today to dance with the 1,600 inmates to the tune of ?Rico Mambo? as part of the celebrities weekly task.

During Tuesday's airing of the reality show, PBB host Toni Gonzaga said the celebrity housemates will also perform a concert for a cause.

Proceeds will be donated to the CPDRC inmates, who gained fame after their dance rendition inspired by Michael Jackson's hit song, 'Thriller', posted over the YouTube earned 400,000 viewers in two weeks.

Around 100 people who paid P1,000 each will witness the concert to be held at the PBB house in Manila.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said she already communicated with PBB production manager Maria Rowena Benitez, who requested her to have the PBB housemates dance with the inmates.

Gonzaga announced that at least five housemates will be flown to Cebu to perform with the inmates.

These housemates will not be informed of their task.

From the airport, they will be brought to the provincial jail with their blindfolds on.

Gonzaga said the blindfolds will only be removed on the day of the actual performance to get the reaction of the housemates being surrounded by the inmates.

Capitol consultant on security Byron Garcia said the housemates are expected to arrive today, one day before the supposed actual showing of the episode on television on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Governor Garcia said she wanted to talk to the PBB management on the planned donation.

?I want to discuss further with them, want to sit down with our own department heads and consultants. Since it is a donation, it should be placed in a trust fund to be used very judiciously and in a way that will contribute to their (inmates) further evolution as positive individuals," she said.

/Chief of Reporters Suzzane Salva Alueta and Correspondent Jhunnex Napallacan

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