Once again, David Archuleta visited the Philippines. The country’s favorite American Idol headed a benefit concert entitled David Archuleta and friends specifically with local band JBK, singer Mikee Misalucha, and “Tawag ng Tanghalan” finalist Anton Antenorcruz last November 16 at the New Frontier Theatre in Cubao.
During the media press conference, David shared how the Philippines has become like home to him. The American Idol Season 7 runner-up has visited the country numerous times, starred in a local series called “Nandito Ako” in 2012, recorded two OPM covers, and has held a number of concerts in the country over the years. This is without a doubt an indication of not only how much Manila loves the “Crush” singer but also how David keeps the country close to his heart.
“I just feel a very special bond with the Filipinos. I feel like the Filipino people are very sincere. They’re very honest about their emotions and what is important to them. I feel like I relate a lot to that and so I just always felt that connection with them,” stated the 27-year-old singer.
“I got to make friends here, I got to know the culture, and I got to live it. I felt a very special connection, a very special bond with the people. That’s what keeps me coming back. As long as the people are supportive of the music, I’ll keep coming back,” David added.
This year, David came back to the country for a good cause where he sang the songs from his newly released album, Winter in the Air, during his concert. All proceeds earned from the concert were donated to the Mabuhay Desert Foundation, a charity organization focused on facilitating free operations to correct medical conditions such as cataracts, crossed eyes, cleft lip and palate, and more.
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1st picture is from our visit to the @mabuhaydeseret House a few days ago. 2nd and 3rd pictures with one of the current patients receiving face operations, Rizal, who is such a talented artist with just 1 working eye, and drew that picture to give to me! He made it in 3 hours with just a ballpoint pen. (Sorry I don’t have a clearer picture to share. It’s in my suitcase right now.) thank you Rizal!!! Still thinking about the great week it has been in the Philippines and how nice to make it this time about giving back to this beautiful country and wonderful folks.
The singer-songwriter and actor also visited the organization’s facilities in Cubao where he got to bond with the kids under the Mabuhay Desert program. He explained how much spending time with the kids meant so much to him and his career.
He comfortably sat beside the kids of the Mabuhay Desert Foundation, had a chat with them, and put smiles on their faces. His genuine and charismatic persona was not only felt by the joyful kids in the room that day, but also of those who occupied it.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve been here in the Philippines, but it’s nice to be able to give back to a country that has given so much to me throughout my career,” shared Archuleta, who pointed out that it has been 10 years since he released his first album, David Archuleta, to the world.
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Growing up, I always admired @davidarchie not only for his boyish charm but because of his down to earth and genuine personality. Multiple albums and years after, he comes back to Manila once again and nothing has changed. He’s still the most humble and kind hearted American Idol finalist I grew up adoring so much. I’m so glad to have met him and to have interviewed him for @wheninmanila today. The boy that taught me to always be humble no matter what you achieve in life. The 12 year old girl in me is overwhelmed with so much happiness ♥️.
After all these years, David Archuleta is still the most genuine and down-to-earth person that he has always been. He loves the Philippines because he believes that this has been his home throughout his whole career and the reason why he will always keep coming back.