The Spinners

♪ Papaya (Edu Manzano, 2007) ♪

In Dance, OPM, Pop, Richard Bolisay, Track Reviews on December 8, 2010 at 5:36 am

Game KNB? wasn’t really fun until Edu Manzano stepped in and filled the shoes of Kris Aquino. Her fuss over the contestants’ personal life made watching it uncomfortable, whereas Edu, on his part, did the talking with the right smack of confidence and humor. The replacement became a hit, and to add better recall, the host launched his album on the show called World’s Greatest Dance Steps. Its carrier single, “Papaya,” is viral. Of course, Edu had to do the moves. The steps are silly but fun, and they’re so addictive even contestants are game to do it. It’s a good thing that “Papaya” has no lyrics: it is really meant to get you up, shake your booty, and move your fingers up and down. It became strikingly associated with Edu (whose role in the song is mere promoter) that when Ambassador Kristie Kenney guested on Umagang Kay Ganda, she took pleasure in dancing “Papaya” on national television. Months later, the hosts of Good Morning America were also into it, calling it the new “Macarena.”

*included in the upcoming “A Decade in POP: OPM in 50 Songs”

– Richard Bolisay

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