Here’s what fans think of U2’s tribute to “women who light up history”

band u2 the joshua tree bono

Iconic Irish rock band U2 honored several local and foreign female personalities during their concert in the country, which was held last night at the Philippine Arena.

However, this moved received mixed reactions from fans. Some fans are happy about it while others were a bit confused.

Here’s what people on Twitter think.

“The truth seekers”

“It’s about social movement”

“The genre is meant to be political”

“Bono supports human rights”

“Not everyone will have the same opinion as you”

There were some who were against how Bono and U2 took a stand during the concert.

“We should evade paying our taxes?”

“Paid to destabilize”

“Better stick to singing”

“You are a hypocrite”

The Irish group is known for speaking up on social and political issues – both on the stage, and off.

After performing “Beautiful Day,” Bono told the audience, “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.”

Before playing “Ultra Violet (Light My Way),” he dedicated the song to several female personalities including Filipina revolutionary Melchora Aquino, former president Corazon Aquino, Senator Pia Cayetano, singer Lea Salonga, journalist Maria Ressa, late singer Maria Carpena, and climate and social justice activist Lidy Nacpil.

“Women who light up history, your own Maria Ressa, is an incredible woman. But the extraordinary thing is, even Maria will say it’s not about individuals. It’s about collective action. It’s about social movements. And so then all of you can grow up to be the President or Maria Ressa,” Bono said after the performance.

Anything to add to this story? Share your thoughts with us.

Do you have a story for the Team? Email us at or send us a direct message at Facebook Page. Interact with the team and join the Community at WIM Squad!