DECEMBER 12, 2019 — U2 frontman Bono on Wednesday night paid tribute to journalists and women during the Philippine leg of the band’s one-night only “The Joshua Tree Tour” at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
During the U2’s first concert in the country, the band flashed images of iconic Filipino women, like as heroine Melchora Aquino, singer-actress Lea Salonga, and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, to whom the band dedicated their song “Ultraviolet” to.
“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 their story, that is a beautiful day,” said Bono.
The band highlighted women from across the globe as well, including TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year and climate activist Greta Thunberg, LGBTQ+ icon and comedian Ellen Degeneres, and AIDS awareness advocate Connie Mudenda.
The Irish singer also asked fans to include volunteers, activists, and media workers in their prayers.
Bono revealed that the concert was free for Red Cross volunteers.
During an earlier press conference, the frontman had sent a “soft message” to President Rodrigo Duterte.
When asked about the human rights situation in the Philippines, Bono says he thinks human rights are critical as he has been a part of Amnesty International for a long time.
“I understand that when progress is made, sometimes people make what they think are compromises for that progress. And I would just say, you can’t compromise on human rights,” said the frontman.
U2 performed their hits such as “With or Without You” and “Where The Streets Have No Name” for its fourteenth and second to last leg of their tour. (Nicole Dacanay/MM)