Cebu inmates' 'Thriller' record broken

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 31 2009 02:44 PM | Updated as of Sep 01 2009 05:59 AM

MANILA - Cebu City Jail inmates, who shot to fame for their "Thriller" dance video on YouTube, have apparently met their match in Mexico City.

 More than 12,000 men, women, and children clad in zombie or Michael Jackson costumes flocked to Mexico City's Monument of the Revolution to recreate Jackson's hit 1983 music video "Thriller" from the best-selling album of the same name.

 Various reports tag the number of event participants at 12,937, others at 13,107, while Mexico City officials put the number at 12,000 dancers overall.

The event reportedly attracted about 50,000 people including spectators, members of the press, and tourists.

 Conversely, Cebu inmates' 2007 "Thriller" video showed over 1,400 prisoners of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center dancing in orange garb. The video garnered 15 million hits and more than 300,000 views per day after it was uploaded.

The Mexico dancers were led by a Jackson impersonator called "Hector Jackson," who sported the legendary musician's trademark fedora hat, dark aviator glasses, a red-and-gold sequined military band jacket. 

Others sported ghoulish make-up, tattered clothes, or Jackson-esque get-ups similar to the zombie-themed "Thriller" video.

Event organizers claim the sheer number of people who showed up for the "Thriller" event surpassed similar events held around the world from Barcelona in Spain to Williamsburg in Virginia.

The Guinness Book of World Records is set to deliberate on whether the event was indeed a record-breaking feat and must certify whether each Mexican participant performed the entire dance routine from start to finish.

The mass dance performance was staged in commemoration of the late King of Pop's birthday last Saturday (August 29), when the singer would have turned 51.

He died on June 25 this year due to an overdose of Propofol and other drugs. Los Angeles coroners recently stated that Jackson's death was a homicide. With reports from the Associated Press and the Christian Science Monitor.