MANILA, Philippines – She may be an international superstar -- and a diva, at that -- but Jennifer Lopez definitely knows how to connect with her fans as shown in the Manila leg of her Dance Again World Tour at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Monday night.
Lopez’s first concert in the Philippines drew thousands of fans, who screamed their lungs out and danced in revelry as the Latina star delivered breathtaking performances from start to finish.
While she started the concert an hour late, Lopez still brought her anticipating fans to their feet the moment she made her grand entrance.
| Jennifer Lopez makes grand entrance during her "Dance Again" concert in Manila. Photo by Elizabeth Singson David
With a team of equally energetic backup dancers, Lopez opened her concert with “Get Right” from her "Rebirth" album released in 2005.
Deafeaning sounds and lit up glowsticks filled the arena as Lopez sang and danced her way through her next songs -- the massive hits “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” and “Waiting For Tonight.”
Addressing the animated crowd, Lopez said she feels “very blessed” to finally meet her Filipino supporters personally. “It feels good to be here in the Philippines,” she said.
Back to her roots
In lieu of just delivering her production numbers one after the other, Lopez took time in interacting with the audience, developing a rapport, which many say is the reason she is among the well-loved international artists.
Telling the story of her life -- how she got back up every time she was down -- Lopez shared that she remains the same girl from “the block” despite the success that she has achieved in life.
“Bringing” her fans to the Bronx, the former “American Idol” judge went back to her roots and performed several of her earlier hit songs.
This included a medley of “I’m Real,” “All I Have” and “Ain’t It Funny” as well as the famous “Jenny From The Block.”
Save for the interludes as Lopez changed her outfits, there was never a dull moment during the show and the momentum was kept up throughout the night.
| Jennifer Lopez singing her earlier hits during her "Dance Again" concert in Manila. Photo by Elizabeth Singson David
Also among the highlights of the show was when Lopez performed an acoustic and slow version of one of her biggest hits, “If You Had My Love.” Lopez even invited a lucky fan from the audience to sing with her on stage.
Not to break the mood, Lopez performed another song that took on a whole new meaning of unconditional love.
Set against a video backdrop of Lopez twins, Lopez sang “Until It Beats No More” -- living up to the song’s lyrics that she would give her heart to her children until its very last beat.
Changing to yet another glittery and glamorous outfit, Lopez brought back the fiesta feel to the Arena with songs from her latest album.
With a grand production and a very enchanting set, Lopez performed “Let’s Get Loud,” “Papi” and “On The Floor,” where she showed her incredible versatility as a performer -- shaking her booty and showcasing dance moves while exuding high energy.
The audience flailed their arms and danced along with the singer and then she thanked everyone who came out that night to see her.
The final beats of “One The Floor” was accompanied with fireworks, superb lighting and deafening sounds until the lights went out in the arena.
And as if coming out like a goddess, Lopez descended from the stairs anew for her final number “Dance Again.”
| Jennifer Lopez performs "On The Floor," which is included in her latest album. Photo by Jennina Obieta
Thrusting like a performer half her age, Lopez danced and danced and danced again along with her backup dancers, including her boyfriend Casper Smart.
Lopez ended the concert in high energy as the audience chanted “J.Lo,” definitely leaving everyone wanting for more.