Not many people are aware that “Pusong Bato” was recognized by Google as the fifth top trending song in the Philippines in 2012 — just behind the global smash hits “Super Bass”, “Gangnam Style”, “Payphone”, and “Call Me Maybe”, and ahead of One Direction’s “One Thing”, Jessie J’s “Price Tag”, and the only other Filipino song in the top 10, Gloc 9′s “Sirena”.
But the ballad about heartbreak continues to resonate with music fans this year, and not just as the new number one videoke staple for the Filipino masses. Apparently, even foreigners have taken the song to heart.
The video above shows some 40 Nigerian students of the University of Cebu Maritime Education and Training Center performing “Pusong Bato” as conducted by their Filipino instructor, engineer Mark Abadiano, who also uploaded the video to YouTube on Valentine’s Day.
The Nigerians have received attention from local media outlets. But time will tell if they can prove to be worthy rivals to Cebu’s world-famous dancing inmates, or even just to Kulaog Band, whose lip synching video of “Pusong Bato” has amassed an incredible 4.5 million views.