MANILA – Up-and-coming artist Jayda will perform as the opening act of Niall Horan during the One Direction member’s solo concert in Manila on Sunday.
In an interview with Push, Jayda narrated how she was chosen.
"Basically I was told that I was shortlisted for the event. I mean I had no idea that this was happening while this process was happening,” she said. “I was part of a shortlist that they submitted to Niall's management for approval."
Jayda added that she wasn’t sure who else made the shortlist. “We were just informed na lang din. Kinontact na lang kami ng parents ko ng organizers ng event. Sabi, 'We got her to open for Niall.' That was it."
According to Jayda, this is a dream come true for her because she’s a huge fan of the “Slow Hands” hitmaker.
"He’s my favorite in One Direction and I've always been such a big fan of his. I have so much respect for him as an artist so parang dream come true – fan girl dream come true," she said.
Horan will hold a show at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 10 as part of his Flicker world tour.
This is not the first time Horan will visit the Philippines. In 2015, One Direction came to Manila to perform before thousands of their fans. Horan has also been to Boracay with his friends.
In a previous interview with ABS-CBN News, Horan shared his fondest memory of the Philippines.
"I guess the concerts that we did when we were there in Manila. They were amazing. I remember a big square outside and we had a dresser, like a tented village at the back and I think there — I think there’s a McDonald’s outside and someone threw a burger onstage --yeah, someone threw a hamburger onstage at one time."
"Yeah, it was very nice. The people are so -- that's one of the things I notice of all the places I went on my little trip last year -- the Filipinos were all so welcoming. Kind of reminded me of the Irish, very happy and kind of welcoming. I think that's kind of a world-renowned thing."