MANILA, Philippines – Since U2 landed in Manila on December 9, members of the band have been spotted all over the metro.
On Tuesday morning, December 11, busker Tek Cortez was seen singing with someone who appears to be the band's frontman Bono at Bonifacio High Street. The video quickly went viral.
After scrolling back on Tek's page, however, you can see that the original video was posted on July 5.
The singer, it turns out, is Pavel Sfera, who played Bono in a U2 tribute gig at 12 Monkeys Music Hall on July 11.
Here's what the band actually got up to in Manila:
Dinner at Grace Park
Bono and guitarist the Edge went straight from the airport to Grace Park restaurant on Monday, December 9, along with the Edge's wife and U2's managers. They ended up dining with the restaurant's owner – who was named Asia's Best Female Chef in 2016 – Margarita Fores, and her family and staff.
View this post on Instagram And he said, “dance with me!” Thank you so much for giving us the chance to feed you for your first meal in Manila! @u2 We hope you loved the lechon, adobo, diwal pasta and more . #bono pinch me please and tell me this is all real! #offtheplane A post shared by Margarita Forés (@margaritafores) on Dec 10, 2019 at 12:31am PST
Press conference with the Philippine Red Cross
Bono then held a press conference at the headquarters of the Philippine Red Cross in Mandaluyong, where he led the launch of a national-scale drone blood delivery system in the Philippines, and spoke about human rights, sending a "soft message" to President Rodrigo Duterte by saying "you can't compromise on human rights."
Pintxos at Donosti
After the press conference, Bono was spotted at Donosti, a Spanish restaurant at NAC Tower in Taguig. Donosti's operations manager Tippi Tambunting then posted a photo with the rocker.
View this post on Instagram Omg!!!! Just served Bono!!!! #starstuck A post shared by Tippi Tambunting (@tippitambunting) on Dec 10, 2019 at 12:00am PST
Dining at Agimat
Also on December 10, the Edge and his wife (along with – surprise! – chef Mario Batali), dined at Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen in Makati where they were apparently "blown away by the food."
View this post on Instagram A week-long secret turns into reality for our team as U2 drinks and dines at Agimat. It was a an honour for us to showcase Filipino produce and cuisine to The Edge, his lovely wife, Chef Mario Batali and the rest of their group. Highlight of the night was when they told us that they were “blown away by the food.” #TheJoshuaTreeTour2019 #U2 #agimatph #lovelocalph #Manila #Philippines A post shared by Agimat Foraging Bar & Kitchen (@agimatbar) on Dec 10, 2019 at 4:31pm PST