MANILA, Philippines - The first time Rihanna performed in Manila was in November 2008, in a back-to-back concert with Chris Brown. Shortly after their return to the US from that tour, in March 2009, the post-Clive Davis Grammy party assault happened.
The singer was "quiet" for a while as she recovered from the physical and emotional trauma. She re-emerged months later, in November, with the album "Rated R." By then, she had begun her metamorphosis into the girl known today as @badgalriri on Instagram: actress, fashionista and a bigger music star.
I write this because I am counting the days to Rihanna's return to Manila on Sept 19. I can't wait to watch and feel the vibe of a young woman who has lost it all and gained it all back. I want to hear her music and feel the beat of her songs, the vibration of her voice.
I want to share in the moment of a fierce survivor.
Here are my favorite Rihanna songs of all time. What are yours?
1. "Hate That I Love You" featuring Ne-yo
2. "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z
3. "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris
4. "California King Bed"
5. "S & M"
6. "Right Now" by David Guetta featuring Rihanna
7. "You Da One"
8. "What's My Name?" featuring Drake
9. "Where Have You Been"
Rihanna's Sept 19 Manila concert promises to be a 100-minute spectacle, complete with multiple outfit and set changes, video and non-stop dancing. If you were at Kylie Minogue's "Aphrodite" tour concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in 2011 and Jennifer Lopez's "Dance Again" tour concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in 2012, then you would know what to expect, maybe even more — total bang for your buck.
Manila is one of Rihanna's 3 Asian stops [the other two are Macau and Singapore]. Excited fans can tweet or post messages for her on Instagram [@badgalriri] using the hash tag #DIAMONDSWORLDTOUR. - Rappler.com
Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour on September 19 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena is presented by Fibr and Smart. Tour promoter is Music Management International in association with Live Nation Global Touring and Roc Nation. For ticket information, visit SM Tickets.