All systems go for pop star’s first PH concert at MoA tonight
Despite global anxiety over the terrorist attack at Ariana Grande’s in concert in Manchester on May 22, American pop star Britney Spears is going head on with her world tour, ready to perform for the first time in the Philippines at the Mall of Asia Arena tonight.
Spears confirmed via her official Facebook page that the June 15 concert is indeed happening and is that she is “excited to be in Manila.” The singer is on the Asian leg of her tour which has already taken her to Seoul, South Korea and Taipei, and will head to Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore after Manila.
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has reportedly prepared security measures for the said concert with the Manchester attack last month in mind that claimed the lives of 22 people and injuring over 100. Moreover the police expressed that Spear’s confidence to perform in Manila reflects confidence that the country can keep both its visitors and citizens safe despite these uncertain times.
Meanwhile, The Manila Times has sought the concert promoter’s statement regarding their own security preparations since last week but they chose not to reply.
Spears is known for her chart-topping singles like “Baby One More Time”, “Oops I Did It Again” and “Toxic.” Her personal struggles have also been chronicled through early to mid-2000’s but she was able to restore her career with the album “Blackout” in 2007, and since then has gone on to do more recordings, concert tours, and even a stint as judge in the US version of “X Factor.” She has spent the last two years before her current tour performing in Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
With generally positive reviews so far for her current Asian leg, www.dailystar.co.uk reported on Wednesday that the pop star gave a “stunning show in Taipei,” and “…stunned fans after groping her boyfriend Sam Asghari onstage.” Spears’ social media account shows several posts of herself enjoying downtime in different Asian cities.