Pinoy taxi driver’s "karaoke cab" featured in Washington Post

( Like most Filipinos, cab driver Joel Laguidao loves to sing. In fact, the Washington-based taxi driver of Red Top Cab Co. loves it so much that he installed his own portable karaoke machine in his cab, inviting passengers to sing along. Laguidao’s unconventional form of entertainment has been featured in the Washington Post and the US National Public Radio (NPR) website.

According to an article in, Laguidao grew bored with the FM radio three years ago. This prompted him to get a karaoke machine, two monitors, a microphone, and a song catalog.  Laguidao is now known as the "karaoke cab driver" and even has regular customers.

The karaoke machine attracts customers, kills stress and reminds Laguidao of home. "People in the Philippines like to sing that’s why I like to sing too. It’s (makes me) more relaxed." Photos of Philippine tourist spots are also shown as the lyrics flash on the monitors.

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Click on photo to watch how the party continues every night in Joel Laguidao’s cab.

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