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TikTok Craze: The ‘Ting, Ting, Tang, Tang’ fever

by Joyce Remo

IF you’ve been scrolling through TikTok, it’s almost certain you’ve heard the catchy song with the lyrics “Ting, ting, tang tang.”

With its snappy tune and attention-getting lyrics, the remix of the Vietnamese song See Tình instantly became one of the most prominent dance challenges across the video sharing platform TikTok.

The original See Tình is a V-Pop sung by Hoàng Thuỳ Linh. It is a mix of ballad and indie pop sounds with a slightly mellow tune. The viral TikTok song is a sped up remix version of the song that was popularized by user ABCandE.

Based on its English lyrics, See Tình is a song about a lovestruck mermaid professing her love to a mortal. 

Many influencers and celebrities worldwide hopped on the Ting, Ting, Tang, Tang dance challenge before the end of the year. 

Although there is varying choreography to the song, the dance steps can be performed easily, enticing TikTok users to join the dance craze. These include actor Eric “Eruption” Tai, celebrity couple Slater Young and Kryz Uy, comedian Michael V, beauty queen Herlene “Hipon” Budol, TV personality Vice Ganda, and content creator Junnie Velasquez to name a few.

Cebu priest goes viral with Ting, Ting, Tang, Tang

The Ting, Ting, Tang, Tang dance has become so popular that even a local priest and his sacristans danced to the tune during a mass.

In a Facebook post, netizen Yeng Abinales shared a video of a dancing Danao City, Cebu priest during a Misa de Gallo. The post gained varying reactions from Facebook users and the priest received both positive and negative feedback.

Photo courtesy: Screengrab from Yen Abinales’ Facebook video

Some Catholic netizens found the video inappropriate and considered it a desecration of the church. 

However, Archdiocese of Cebu spokesperson Msgr. Joseph Tan did not find anything improper with the actions of the Cebu priest.

“His intention was to spread some holiday cheer, but not all find that proper. He was not dancing to desecrate the altar willfully. He could have removed his vestments, maybe that would have been less offensive to some religious sensitivities,” said Tan.

Although dancing in the church is not a moral issue, Tan said he doesn’t encourage the practice. But the priest would not be penalized for what he did. 



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