Bruno Mars Performs in Manila

May 15, 2014

Celebrity, Entertainment, Music

bm1Bruno Mars is currently on tour, promoting his latest album ‘Moonshine Jungle’. The tour will have him performing in Asia, specifically in Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Taipei, South Korea, and Japan. Tickets are all sold out in Singapore, HongKong, Korea, and Japan. Other concert tour details may be seen here:

The Thailand and Philippine schedules were already fulfilled. In Thailand, Bruno was seen exploring shops and local food places. Mars was all out in trying native delicacies. The concert in Manila was also a huge success. Filipinos know Bruno is half-Fil, born to a full-Filipino blooded mother, Bernadette Hernandez. Filipinos love Bruno Mars so much because he is a ‘kababayan’ (countryman) and he is undeniably a gifted musical artist.

For the concert in Manila, Bruno sang sixteen songs during his set. Filipinos enjoyed every performance, and was supportive of Bruno’s every rendition. The venue at Mall of Asia Arena was filled; it was already standing room only. Tickets have actually sold out weeks ago but Filipinos kept buying even though it meant standing the whole night. Well, everyone was up on its feet anyway. It’s hard to sit down with such energetic and emotionally packed performances from Bruno and his crew.

Bruno covered the following songs: ‘Just the Way You Are’, ‘MoonShine’, ‘Natalie’, ‘Treasure’. ‘Billionaire’ (mash-up), ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’. He showcased his Motown and R&B style with a mash-up of ‘Candy Rain’ (by Soul for Real) and ‘Pony’ (by Ginuwine) with ‘Our First Time’ (his song from album ‘Doo-Woops & Hooligans’).

He also rendered his original version of ‘Marry You’ and even said ’Hey Manila, I think I wanna marry you! Filo fans in the audience of course were very much delighted. He invited the crowd to sing with him, acknowledging that Filipinos are known for being singers and karaoke singers.

It was clear that night that Bruno Mars is a special music idol favorite in the Philippines. Bruno Mars also states that performing in the Philippines is special for him. His roots are Filipino and performing in front of ‘his own’ makes his renditions more special and deeper in meaning.