LISTEN: Michael V's parody song 'Essential Lang' looks into viral lugaw incident | Inquirer Entertainment

LISTEN: Michael V’s parody song ‘Essential Lang’ looks into viral lugaw incident

/ 04:52 PM April 06, 2021

Michael V's "Essential Lang" video

Michael V. in the parody music video for “Essential Lang”. Image: screengrab from YouTube/Michael V. #BitoyStory

Michael V. asked about what is truly important during the pandemic in his new parody song “Essential Lang,” which was inspired by the now-viral lugaw incident.

A food delivery rider who was set to pick up an order of lugaw (rice porridge), was stopped by barangay officials in Bulacan on March 31, despite the national government’s guidelines that food deliveries should not be interrupted. In a viral video of the incident, officials refused to let the delivery rider get past a checkpoint to pick up his order, scolding him that lugaw deliveries were not essential. Netizens also had different reactions to the incident, arguing whether the barangay officials were right or wrong.


Meanwhile, Michael V. gave a comedic spin to the incident through the parody song “Essential Lang,” as seen on his YouTube vlog yesterday, April 5. He used the tune of Eraserheads’ “Torpedo” to poke fun at what happened and to remind people about what is really important to think about amid the pandemic.


“Marami nga diyan/ Mga kainan nalulugi/ Pero curfew ngayon/ Hindi na nga sila nagbukas,” he sings, alluding to the many businesses that had to shut down because of lockdowns.

He also appeared to say that the barangay officials were unfair for giving the delivery rider a hard time for doing his job.

“Medyo nanggigil/ Nagalit pa sa ‘kin/ Ide-deliver ko lang naman/ Sumusunod lang ang rider niyo.”

The comedian also reminded people to protect themselves against COVID-19: “Wear a mask. Ang proteksiyunan ang sarili at ang kapwa ay essential. Stay at home. Ang pagbabawas ng hindi importanteng lakad ay essential.”

(Wear a mask. Protecting yourself and others is essential. Stay at home. It is essential to avoid going out.)


NCR, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna were placed under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until April 11. A 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew was also imposed in these areas.

Under ECQ, only industries involving essential goods are allowed to operate beyond curfew hours including hospitals, agriculture, frontline services and courier services for food and medicine. JB


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