Marikina kids, cultural dancers featured in Tokyo Olympics’ Paprika music video

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Pinoy kids and cultural dancers from Marikina featured in “Paprika”. Screengrab from YouTube music video.

Adorable Pinoy kids together with a team of cultural dancers from Marikina City are featured in the music video of “Paprika”, the official cheer song of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Award-winning children’s film director Rommel “Milo” Tolentino” confirmed to the Inquirer the participation of the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics video. The director provided the Philippine clips for the video produced by NHK, Japan’s national broadcasting company.

The cheer song for the international quadrennial games, originally scheduled in 2020 but rescheduled to 2021, was released before the world was hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The “Paprika” song was released in December 2019 to stir up the excitement for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Olympics theme was written by J-pop artist Kenshi Yonezu and originally recorded by the Japanese child singers Foorin.

The world video in English was released in January 2020 using the recording of a group of English-speaking child performers called Foorin Team E.

“One of the producers is a Japanese whom I’ve known from the film festivals [I’ve participated in before]. He got me to do the Philippine part,” Tolentino told Inquirer Entertainment.

From the dance routine up to the colorful costumes, the production team with the help of Marikina local government worked hard.

“We wanted to feature the different festivals in the country because they’re very colorful and there’s so much dancing,” Tolentino added. However, due to problems in logistics, they ended up shooting only the Sapatos festival, which features Marikina’s main product—it’s leather shoes.

Filipino talents are soaring high all around the world despite the COVID 19 pandemic.

The brothers Marco Angelo and Marc Albert called Spyros Bros, stole the spotlight on America’s Got Talent (AGT) Season 15 auditions with their gravity-defying juggling and acrobatics.

Four dance groups from California, U.S.A. are also collaborating for a virtual workshop on Filipino folk dances offered to the public for free.

WATCH the video here SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the Filipino kids and cultural dancers who are featured in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo for showcasing Pinoy culture and talent!

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.