MANILA, Philippines – It was a long time coming but boy oh boy, was the wait sure worth it. Over 4 years after Sarah Geronimo first released released “Tala,” the song – and the accompanying dance steps — have turned into a national obession.
On Sunday, January 5, Sarah herself led the “Grand Tala Day” on ASAP Natin ‘To. (WATCH: Sarah Geronimo, Team Sarah perform ‘Kilometro,’ ‘Tala’)
The song, of course, has always been a hit – especially for Popsters, Sarah’s loyal legion of fans. It’s also been a choice tune in drag shows and clubs, thanks in part, no doubt to its iconic dance steps and oh-so-relatable hugot lyrics.
In December, song writer Nica del Rosario told MYX she couldn’t believe the song surged in popularity again. She gave credit to the LGBTQ+ community for its resurgence. “I think malaking bagay talaga na in-embrace siya ng LGBT community na parang anthem, and laging pine-perform ng impersonators and pine-play ng DJs sa mga bars. It kept the song alive until this year when it became super viral,” she said.
(It was a huge deal that the LGBT community embraced the song, it almost became an anthem. Impersonators performed it and DJs played it at bars. It kept the song alive until this year, when it became super viral.)
The past year saw its resurgence in the mainstream, especially in the later months of the year, thanks in part to platforms like Tik Tok and Christmas parties around the country. (READ:After ‘Tala’ revival, Sarah G thanks the LGBT community, teases ‘Tala 2.0)
Sarah, together with the G-Force dancers, ABS-CBN stars, and personalities whose dance covers of the song went viral, got together to celebrate the dance craze.
Even celebrities such as Maine Mendoza and Arjo Atayde posted their own “Tala” moves on social media.
Here’s Ella Cruz doing her version of the dance before she joined the others on ASAP.
Former Sexbomb member Izzy Trazona and her son Andrei also did the challenge.
Darren Espanto also posted a clip of his segment on ASAP doing the dance.
Vivoree Esclito also did her version on Tik Tok.