“I’ll keep you on your feet tonight!”
This is what international superstar Jennifer Lopez or JLo promised Filipino fans at the Manila leg of her Dance Again World Tour in Mall of Asia Arena on Monday, November 26.
Indeed, JLo took Manila by storm with her hits and powerful dance choreography.
Thousands of Filipino fans flocked to the venue, all geared up for all-night dancing with the star who popularized the hits “Let’s Get Loud,” “Waiting for Tonight” and “I’m Real.”
Dressed in an embellished, shimmery jumpsuit, JLo opened her extravagant concert in Old Hollywood style. Male dancers in tall hats welcomed her as she walked down the stairs in her cape.
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Her opening number, “Get Right,” set the mood for the concert.
“It feels so good here in the Philippines,” she said. “We’ve waited for so long to get here in the Philippines.”
Old and new Pinoy favorites
The sight and sound of Pinoys singing loud and clear proved that JLo made many hits in her 13 years as a singer. She rendered a mix of her old and new songs, which are among the Pinoys’ favorites.
“Do you wanna go back to the past with me? Do you wanna go to the Bronx?” JLo asked the crowd as she opened her second set against a boxing ring backdrop with a Bronx theme.
Many fans missed JLo’s hiphop-R&B days as her songs “Get Right,” “I’m Real,” “Ain’t it Funny,” “Jenny from the Block,” and “All I Have” were sure-hits and got a loud roar of approval from concert-goers.
Other old hits she performed were “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “I’m Into You,” “Do It Well,” “Whatever You Wanna Do,” Waiting for Tonight” and “Let’s Get Loud.”
JLo ended the concert on a high note with her new hits, “Papi,” “On the Floor,” and “Dance Again.”
Multiple wardrobe changes
JLO was in fashion show mode as she changed into multiple outfits, courtesy of Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad. They showed off the international singer’s well-known curves.
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Her wardrobe includes body-hugging jumpsuits, a red frilly short dress, blue feathered skirt, glittery tracksuit, black tux and a blue, flowy dress.
During her Bronx number, JLo showed off her toned abs in a sparkling midriff tank top.
The star of the show awed many fans with her dancing prowess, her energy never waning as she strutted to every beat. Of course, there were a lot of booty-shaking dance steps, especially in her “Let’s Get Loud” number.
JLO’s dancers, led by her boyfriend Casper Smart did a fantastic job performing with her on stage. True to the concert’s title—“Dance Again World Tour”—the audience stayed on their feet, dancing the whole night long.
Many local celebrities made sure they witnessed JLo’s first-ever Manila concert. Among them were Richard Gomez, Anne Curtis, Sarah Geronimo, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Karen Davila, Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Ruffa Gutierrez, Eddie Gutierrez, Annabelle Rama, Richard Gutierrez, and Daisy Reyes.
JLo reciprocated the big support and loud response of Filipino fans with her warmth, sweet words and genuine smiles. She literally reached out to excited fans many times over.
During the acoustic number of “If You Had My Love,” JLo chose a fan to get on stage and sing with her. JLo embraced the lady fan and kept her close to her as they sang together.
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When JLo spotted the Philippine flag which a fan threw on stage, the international star gamely picked it up and wrapped it around her like a robe.
Next, she screamed “Mahal Kita” to her thousands of fans.
After the concert, JLo tweeted how much she appreciated her Pinoy fans.
“Thank you MANILA! To all the Filipino LOVE!RS who came out tonight...Mahal Kita #untilnexttime #DanceAgainWorldTour2012,” she said.
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