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We traveled down across to the Philippines and right into the heart of a typhoon in October 2009 to go and get a close up look of what all the commotion has been about at Cebu’s maximum security regional prison. What was waiting for us totally blew me away. Byron Garcia has been running a programme for a year or so now at the facility that has got behavioural experts talking all over the globe. Once a month, 1,500 odd prisoners (out of a total of around 1800 prisoners at the facility) put on a dancing spectacular for a crown of over 1,000 spectators that fly in from all parts of the globe. The prisoners perform for 3 hours in the blazing sun – but seemed to really enjoy every moment of it – I think especially the last bit where they get to dance with and take photos with the guests – many of them hot looking young Korean and other international women who have for some reason or other made their way to Cebu. They gave me a real prison outfit to take home – it was Halloween the next night and I thought of wearing the suit out as a Halloween costume – then I thought twice. It could very well backfire on me and I could end up finding myself not being able to leave the country! In the first of 2 clips, we look at the performances and what it’s like in the prison. In the 2nd clip, we get a one on one interview with the brain behind it all – Byron Garcia. You can find his blog here: For more stories and news on language, culture, business and other weird and wonderful things from around the world, don’t forget to swing by my blog ‘Behind the Curtain’ at You can email me with suggestions for entries and stories at

Stuart Jay Raj is a polyglot who specializes in the languages and dialects spoken in South East Asia and China. His talents have allowed him to earn a professional living as a simultaneous interpreter in Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Indonesian, among others, providing language and cultural training for multinational companies in the region and hosting his own TV programme on Thailand's Channel 5. He holds a degree in Cognitive and Applied Linguistics from Griffith University and has become an expert in the field of language acquisition with a strong track record of success. Stuart's background knowledge of Sanskrit, Khmer, Lao and various Chinese dialects and minority languages enables him to present a fascinating and unique perspective on the Thai language which makes everything fall logically into place.