Jomark Peladra and his crew of Foodpanda riders did a happy dance to the beach house classic ‘Ever After’ and got nearly five million views in three days—cracking a viral formula on Gen Z’s favorite platform, TikTok.
Peladra and the six-piece SPC Dancing Riders picked a feel-good jam, granted a follower’s request for a collab with a McDonald’s branch manager, and just danced to make their audience happy.
The SPC Dancing Riders (named after their base, San Pablo City) was lucky the manager, Roselle Ann Cosico, is a dancer herself and needed just two practice rounds before filming on her way out from work.
“Masasabi lang po namin is saludo po kami sa lahat ng delivery riders na katulad namin na nagsasakripisyo at handang magbigay serbisyo sa gitna ng pandemyang ito,” Peladra said.
Just like other quarantined Filipinos, Peladra and fellow deliver riders Vincent Atienza (former theme park performer in Hong Kong), Phoker Caravana (ex-account officer), Jim Latade (ex-barista and dancer), Andro Trinidad (ex-barista), and Angelito Mañores (former freelance dancer) found an outlet for their creativity on TikTok during dead hours for Foodpanda orders.
The SPC Dancing Riders’ TikTok got its breakthrough in March when its reached 2.5 million views for its dance outside a KFC branch in San Pablo. Followers noticed the group’s knack for choreography and blocking.
Since then, followers regularly send their collab requests, until the McDonald’s video with close to five million views over the weekend.
“Bale nag-request po sila na mag-collab kami and napasali namin po si Ma’am dahil out na din po siya sa work that time,” Peladra said.
“Wala po sa isip namin na magba-viral siya, sobrang gulat po ako pag-upload ko po nung video, two minutes pa lang po, 10,000 views na siya agad.”
When netizens called for an encore, the group made another video at the same branch—this time, with the crew members.
Since then, Peladra’s TikTok account @jomakzky exploded with 4.3 million likes and 332,000 followers. Despite their rising popularity on social media, the group members will continue with their day jobs to continue bringing food and essentials to quarantined millions.
Reportr.world. Minor edits have been made.