KTV / Karaoke in the Philippines

Karaoke is a form of entertainment in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music, mostly a video, which shows the lyrics of the song. KTV mostly means a karaoke Box, which is (sometimes) a
room containing karaoke equipment rented by the hour or half-hour. In the Philippines KTV means “Karaoke Television” – Karaoke singing in the Philippines is very popular and many times, especially on weekends this entertainment can be also very noisy 😉
A karaoke bar, restaurant, club or lounge is a bar or restaurant that provides karaoke equipment so that people can sing in public. In the Philippines these are also called KTV bar or KTV restaurant.

In Europe and North America, karaoke tracks are mostly re-recorded (without the vocals) by other musicians, whereas in Asia (and the Philippines), the most common form of karaoke is released in MIDI format with on-screen lyrics on a background video…

On the homepage of the BBC travel blog you can read: “It is an understatement to say that Filipinos love karaoke. Almost every Philippine home has a karaoke machine…
… When it comes to karaoke bars in the Philippines, there’s a wide spectrum. There are wholesome “family KTV’s” (KTV standing for Karaoke Television) which cater to all ages, serve food and have private rooms where you can sing with your friends. Then there are regular karaoke bars – laid back places to have a few drinks before embarrassing yourself publicly — that have karaoke machines or a live band to back up your vocals. “Nightclubs” are basically strip clubs with karaoke, exotic dancing and back rooms that often feature more than just singing. At these clubs — which range in levels of taste — men often pay the women who work there to sit with them in the main room.”

If you own a Karaoke business in the Philippines, you are welcome to add your business to our Business Directory (it’s free, no fees or charges for your listing on KTV.ph) .