Iconic Irish rock band U2 performed for the first time in the country for “The Joshua Tour” last night at the Philippine Arena.
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The legendary group has been in the music industry for over four decades. During their performance, the group paid tribute to several iconic female personalities from the Philippines and other countries.
Local Filipino personalities that the group honored included 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.
The international female personalities that the band honored at the concert included Artemisa Xakriaba, Sinead Burke, Greta Thunberg, and Ellen DeGeneres, to name a few.
The band dedicated Ultraviolet (Light My Way) to the women of the world. Meanwhile, a video that shows the faces of popular women from the country and abroad played during the performance.
U2 The Joshua Tree Tour Photo credit: Danny North
A Quick Look at Some of These Female Personalities
Melchora Aquino is a Filipina revolutionary who became known as “Tandang Sora” (“Elder Sora”) because of her age during the Philippine Revolution. She was known as the “Grand Woman of the Revolution” and the “Mother of Balintawak” for her contributions.
Corazon Aquino was a Filipino politician who became the 11th President of the Philippines. She was the first woman to hold that office. She was the most prominent figure of the 1986 People Power Revolution, which ended the 21-year rule of President Ferdinand Marcos. She was named Time magazine’s Woman of the Year in 1986. Prior to this, she had not held any elective office.
Pia Cayetano is a Filipino lawyer who is the youngest elected Senator in the history of the Republic of the Philippines. She was first elected as senator in 2004 and re-elected in 2010. A self-proclaimed women activist, she is best known for pushing for the passage of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (RA 10354), the Expanded Breastfeeding Promoting Act (RA 10028), and the Expanded Senior Citizens Act (RA 9994), among others.
Lea Salonga is a Filipina singer and actress, best known for her roles in musical theatre, for supplying the singing voices of two Disney Princesses (Jasmine and Mulan), and as a recording artist and television performer.
Maria Ressa is a Filipino-American journalist and author, best known for co-founding Rappler as its chief executive officer. She previously spent nearly two decades working as a lead investigative reporter in Southeast Asia for CNN.
Maria Carpena was a singer and stage personality, and the Philippines’s first recording artist. She is also known as the “Nightingale of the Zarzuela”.
Lidy Nacpil is an activist from the Philippines working on economic, environmental, social and gender justice issues.
Artemisa Xakriabá is a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá of Brazil. She represented more than 25 million indigenous people and traditional communities from the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities at the Global Climate Strike in New York. This alliance protects 600 million hectares of the Amazon Rainforest.
Sinead Burke is an Irish writer, academic, influencer, activist, and broadcaster, popular for her TED talk Why design should include everyone.
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition. Thunberg is known for her blunt, straightforward speaking manner, both in public and to political leaders and assemblies, in which she urges immediate action to address what she describes as the climate crisis. She is named Time Person of the Year 2019.
Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.
Here’s the full list of the women honored during U2’s concert in the Philippines.
Women of Iceland
Grrrl Gang Manila
One Billion Rising
Ellen de Generes
Marsha and Sylvia
Ruth Sienkiewicz- Mercer
Havanna Champan Edwards
Hilda Flavia Nakabuye
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