Best grad gift ever: Katy Perry has 'forever shook' Pinoy fan on stage


Posted at Apr 03 2018 06:46 PM | Updated as of Jan 10 2019 06:01 PM


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A Filipino fan of Katy Perry received what he referred to as the "bestest graduation gift ever" after the American pop star asked him on stage during her one-night concert in Manila on Monday.

Wearing his graduation toga, Josh Madrid was noticed by Perry from the Mall of Asia Arena stage, as she scouted the thousands-strong crowd for a Tagalog-speaking coach.

Several videos of the concert, including from Mon Jahrenel and entertainment blogger Albert Abelido on YouTube, show that upon getting on stage, Madrid feigned collapsing from being overwhelmed by coming face-to-face with his idol.

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Running in "slow motion" towards each other, Madrid then hugged Perry for several seconds. The embrace apparently was so tight that Perry acted, in jest, that she was suffocating.

"Josh, I'm right here!" Perry quipped, when he noticed Madrid, whose social media pages are flooded with photos of the "American Idol" judge, was about to hit record on his phone to capture the moment.

Clearly stunned by being inches away from Perry, Madrid couldn't form a complete sentence after being asked several questions by the "Firework" hitmaker.

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"Tomorrow is my graduation," was the longest string of words he could say, before he was joined by Perry on the floor where Madrid sat to compose himself.

They then proceeded to do the Tagalog lessons. Perry enlisted Madrid's help in translating phrases like, "It's great to be here" and "I love my KatyCats."

The last word up for translation was "selfie" -- Madrid's signal to use his phone to capture the moment with Perry, who gamely posed for wacky photo with her speechless fan.

"Let's graduate with style!" Perry said.


"Give Josh a round of applause!" she told the audience, before sending Madrid off stage. Referring to his graduation, Perry added, "Enjoy yourself and your new life and all of the likes you're going to get on that photo."

On Twitter, Madrid shared the results of that selfie moment.

In all uppercase letters (edited here for readability), he told his fellow "KatyCats" or Perry fans about the once-in-a-lifetime experience: "Katy invited me to her 'Witness: The Tour' stage and I'm about to cry walking up to her stage to teach her some FIlipino words."

"I'm so starstruck to her I can't even answer her questions since I'm so overwhelmed and speechless from what is happening OMG I'm shook forever," he wrote.

In a follow-up tweet, Madrid referred to the moment with Perry as the "happiest and bestest graduation gift ever," and said he was still in disbelief that he got to meet and talk with the superstar up close.

Based on his Facebook profile, where he also shared photos from Perry's concert, Madrid is graduating from Universidad de Manila, formerly City College of Manila.

"I will forever treasure [that] moment. I'm so blessed," he wrote.

Perry's Manila concert is part of her ongoing world tour, "Witness," which will span over a hundred international venues by its conclusion in August this year.