IN PHOTOS: John Legend in ‘All of Me’ Manila concert

Ryan Macasero

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IN PHOTOS: John Legend in ‘All of Me’ Manila concert
There were no bells and whistles – just John Legend's incredible voice. Rappler relives John Legend's 'All Of Me' concert in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – John Legend brought R&B and soul to the Philippines on September 26. Despite the size of Smart Araneta Coliseum, Legend promised an intimate, acoustic and unplugged show. (READ: John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’ Manila concert: 10 highlights)

SMILES. A moment where Legend is not behind the piano. All photos by Rappler/Manman Dejeto

Legend has come a long way since his days singing on Kanye West’s tracks. He’s now a world famous singer and songwriter. And despite never dancing or having complicated stage production numbers, he can still put on an incredible show. 

Relive the All of Me concert through these photos:

EMPTY STAGE. John Legend played alone, as well as with a small band.
Legend took his audience on a journey back to how he started from his corporate life in Boston to today. 
INTENSITY. Legend's smoky voice commanded the coliseum

A sea of people rush the stage when Legend teases his audience, returning after pretending to leave before singing “All Of Me.” This photo was taken during his return to do the finale.

SEA OF CAMERAS. Bouncers couldn't stop the sea of fans with camera from rushing the stage once Legend came back to do a piano-only version of 'All of Me'
Here’s how the venue looked from the higher levels from a fan’s Instagram:
Local celebrities shared their photos on Instagram of the concert. 
Singer Erik Santos expresses his admiration for Legend.
Mateo Guidicelli, who was spotted with Sarah Geronimo at the concert, posted this shot from the side of the stage:
Legend is a member of Teach for America’s National Board. Current Teach for the Philippines fellows, a partner orgnaization of Teach for America, had the chance to meet with Legend back stage. 
Do you have your own photos from the concert? Tweet us @rapplerdotcom. –Rappler.com

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at ryan.macasero@rappler.com