MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Filipino-American multiple Grammy winner Bruno Mars is finally back in the Philippines for his fourth-ever concert.
Bruno Mars is back in the country after five years to perform his beloved hits. Bruno, once again, wowed Filipino fans during his concert at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
A representative from Live Nation Philippines stated that delays were caused by attendees caught in traffic. But soon enough, the huge white cloth bearing Bruno’s name dropped onto the stage, revealing the artist himself and his band, the Hooligans, starting the concert with his famous hit “24K Magic.”
“What’s up, okay ba kayo?!” Bruno said after the song. “You look beautiful, Philippines… We love this place so much. And we hope we can get this audience singing and dancing all night.”
Bruno then encouraged the Filipino crowd to put their phone down so they could jive, especially as he performed “Finesse,” even dancing to his iconic choreography from the 2018 Grammy Awards, where he won six trophies, including the Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Before performing his other hit, “Treasure,” the artist introduced each member of his band, the Hooligans, then took a guitar to perform a part of “Liquor Store Blues” from his debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans.”
While on the guitar, Bruno transitioned from “Liquor Store Blues” to “Billionaire,” where he even changed the lyrics in the refrain to “smiling next to Oprah and the Philippines,” “I see my name in bright Filipino lights” and “when we’re all billionaires” all while the crowd chanted his name.
As his band led the performance of “Calling All My Lovelies,” where he exchanged his guitar for a golden phone to talk into.
“Hey baby. I’m in the Philippines right now. It’s been what, four to five years, but I still feel the same way about you,” Bruno said into the phone while looking at the audience. “Miss na kita, mahal!”
The Filipino crowd was amused as Bruno exclaimed Filipino words.
Bruno then repeated “Miss na kita, mahal” in the song, smoothly belting it with some of his band’s members.
He also sang other hits like “Marry You,” “Just The Way You Are,” “When I Was Your Man,” and “Locked Out of Heaven.”
Bruno’s last visit to the country was for his “24K Magic” tour in 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City. – WhatALife!/Val