Irish rock band U2 performed for the first time on Philippine soil at the Philippine Arena to a jampacked crowd last December 11.
Noteably, the hitmakers paid tribute to women of substance from different parts of the globe, and added Filipino personalities to the special segment of the concert.
While performing the song "Ultraviolet (Light My Way), the floor-to-ceiling screens lit up with the photos of these women, which included heroine Melchora Aquino, former president Cory Aquino, Senator Pia Cayetano, activist Lidy Nakpil, journalist Maria Ressa, and Broadway star Lea Salonga to name a few. Also seen were photos of women activist groups #BabaeAko movement, One Billion Rising and Grrrl Gang Manila.
When the women of the world gets to rewrite history as #HerStory - THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY 🥺🌈 @u2 pays tribute to the Filipina women like Melchora Aquino, GRRRL Gang Manila, Corazon Aquino, Pia Cayetano, Lidy Nacpil, @msleasalonga & @maria_ressa ✨ #SmartMusicLive #SmartU2TourPH
Also before performing their song "Beautiful Day", frontman Bono expressed his thoughts on defending human rights.
"Human rights churn out human wrongs, that’s a beautiful day. When sisters around the world go to school with their brothers, that’s a beautiful day. When journalists don't have to worry about what they write, that’s a beautiful day. When women of the world unite to rewrite history as herstory, that is a beautiful day."