Filipino Karaoke Cab King sings his way through DC traffic

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Aug. 21, 2014

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America

WASHINGTON, DC – Getting caught in one of those annoying Washington DC traffic jams is not so bad – when you’re jamming aboard this 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 this Davao Del Sur native became a cab driver in 2005, he never left the job since.

“Buti na lang itong trabaho ko ako yung boss, flexible,” Laguidao said, “Kung gusto mo magtrabaho ng 5 hours, 10 hours, pag gusto mong kumita, ala magdamag walang tulugan.” he said.

With long taxi waiting lines and heavy rush hour traffic in Downtown Washington, DC – Laguidao decided to sing his way out of his boredom using the popular pinoy magic mic.

Laguidao said, “Libangan para maalis yung lungkot, alam mo naman dito sa America, siyempre yung pamilya namimi-miss mo rin di ba,” said Laguidao.

Since 2007, DC passengers have been taking the ride of their life when getting into this karaoke cab.

“Talagang shock sila eh, pag pickup ko pa lang biglang kakanta, tawanan na, hanggang bumaba tawa ng tawa lang,” Laguidao said.

Thanks, to the Uber app, Laguidao is just a finger click away.

Laguidao’s friend 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, eh kung mahaba yun biyahe merong ganitong ano siya pakulo, di ba ma-enjoy ka habang tinatakbo ka ng taxi kung saan ka man papunta,” Mercado said.

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.

When asked if the Karaoke servcie brings in more tips Laguidao said, “Oo malaki, lalo na kapag kinantahan ko kahit pangit yung boses ko ba, para lang entertainment.”

And there are no Simon Cowells aboard his cab to judge their singing – just good times.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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