WASHINGTON DC - Getting caught in one of those annoying Washington DC traffic jams is not so bad when you're jamming aboard a Pinoy's karaoke cab.
46-year-old Joel Orbina Laguidao is known in the Metro DC area as the "Filipino Karaoke Cab King".
He came to the US in 2001 and worked odd jobs from a flower delivery guy to a cable repair guy. But when the Davao del Sur native became a cab driver in 2005, he never left the job since then.
"Buti na lang itong trabaho ko ako yung boss, flexible, kung gusto mo magtrabaho ng 5 hours, 10 hours, pag gusto mong kumita, ala magdamag walang tulugan," said Laguidao.
With the long taxi waiting lines and heavy rush hour traffic in downtown Washington DC, Laguida decided to sing his way out of his boredom using the popular Pinoy "Magic Mic."
"Libangan para maalis yung lungkot. Alam mo naman dito sa America, syempre yung pamilya namimi-miss mo rin di ba?" he said.
Since 2007, DC passengers take a ride of their life when getting into his karaoke cab.
"Talagang shock sila, pag pick-up ko pa lang, biglang kakanta, tawanan na, hanggang bumaba tawa ng tawa lang," he said.
Thanks, to the Uber app, Laguidao is just a finger click away.
Rudy Mercado, more popularly known as DJ Pacman in the Washington DC club scene, is one of Laguidao's regular clients.
"Yung iba normal na taxi lang, kung mahaba yun biyahe merong ganitong ano siya pakulo, di ba ma-enjoy ka habang tinatakbo ka ng taxi kung saan ka man papunta?" said Mercado.
Unlike other karaoke cabs, Laguidao does not charge extra for his karaoke services, but the tips he get from passengers are more than enough to make up for it.
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