Pop superstar Jennifer "JLo" Lopez showed off her trademark dance moves and wowed a sell-out crowd in her first performance in the Philippines at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Monday.
The 43-year-old mother of twins also flaunted her curvaceous figure--including that famous behind--at the Manila stop of her Dance Again World Tour. Spotted at the Arena were a random smattering of celebrities and politicians who braved hellish traffic to watch the Latina superstar, including Megastar Sharon Cuneta; the Gutierrez family of Eddie, Annabel Rama, Ruffa, Richard and Raymond; Anne Curtis; Bea Zobel Jr.; Senators Pia and Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes 4th and Manuel "Manny" Villar Jr., whose real estate and property development company Vista Land was a co-presenter of the concert.
The show began with an opening video of Lopez getting made-up in a fancy dressing room, while singing to Never Gonna Give Up. When she finally materialized onstage, deafening roars engulfed the Arena as she and her coterie of back-up dancers started grooving to one of her early hits, Get Right.
JLo then immediately segued to fan favorite Love Don't Cost A Thing. She wore figure-hugging outfits that heightened the sexuality factor without being too blatantly erotic. She commanded the stage and connected with her audience throughout the show. Laser light effects provided an additional visual factor, particularly on Waiting For Tonight.
A makeshift boxing ring was set-up as JLo did a quick costume change for the next part of the show. She performed Louboutins, and Goin' In. Before this particular set ended, she paid tribute to the Philippines' resilience, comparing the country and its people to one of the "boxers" on the ring who "keeps getting up when he's down."
The woman Forbes magazine named the "World's Most Powerful Celebrity," paid tribute to her humble beginnings in the next segment of the show. "I'm just a simple girl from the Bronx," she cooed as the stage was transformed into a typical New York street scene, with performers dressed in urban attire. She did a medley of her hits including I'm Real, All I Have, Ain't It Funny and one of her biggest hits, Jenny From The Block.
A video interlude featured Lopez with reported boyfriend Casper Smart, who is also one of her back-up dancers, set to the song Baby I Love You. The theme was "funky and love" as the former judge of TV talent show American Idol performed a medley of funky dance tunes including I'm Glad, Brave and Secretly.
She donned a flowy dress and sat down with an acoustic guitarist for a slowed-down version of her very first single If You Had My Love. She then asked a lucky fan to come up and sing the song with her. Reports said that the fan was the road manager of Megastar Sharon Cuneta and pop princess Sarah Geronimo. TV cameras briefly focused on Cuneta singing along to the song, while the fan was up onstage with Lopez.
It was back to the dance hits during the finale set, starting with the big hit Let's Get Loud.
She found time to express her thanks to the audience and commented on the "gorgeous ladies" and "good-looking papis" she found in the Philippines.
Throughout the show, Lopez displayed a naturally effervescent atmosphere and likable charisma, enhanced by her natural good looks. At times, she only had to stand absolutely still and flash a radiant smile to elicit the loudest of screams and applause from the audience. That's real star power.
She ended the show with her recent hit On The Floor, but not before coming back out again to perform her latest single, Dance Again. Confetti rained down on the Arena as JLo said her goodbyes, signaling the end of one of the liveliest, most energetic concerts of the year.
Manila is the 42nd stop of her 55-city Dance Again world tour. Her next stop is Hong Kong.
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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