Michael Jackson was in Manila in '96


Posted at Jun 26 2009 12:57 PM | Updated as of Jun 27 2009 04:48 AM

Manila - Over 50,000 fans screamed as the King of Pop made his grand entrance at the Asiaworld concert site in Parañaque in December 1996.

Michael Jackson was in Manila for a two-day concert that was part of his historic world tour.

It was a rare treat for Jackson's fans, who began arriving at the venue more than eight hours before the 8 p.m. concert.

Most of them stayed on their feet for the two-hour concert, which featured his hits including "Billie Jean," "Thriller," "Beat It," "Black or White," and "Heal the World."

It was the pop icon's third and last world concert tour as a solo artist.

Days before the Philippine concert, Jackson visited a hospital in Parañaque as part of his humanitarian efforts. Security was tight as a sea of fans followed Jackson wherever he went.

For his fans in the Philippines, Michael will forever be the music icon and pop phenomenon worthy of admiration.

Rise to stardom

Jackson is one of the most successful entertainers of all time.

His blazing rise to stardom began when he was a singer of the "Jackson 5", a band he formed with his brothers in the late 1960s.

A natural performer at age 11, he was the group's frontman.

He became a solo artist and in 1982, Jackson released the "Thriller," the best selling album of all time with 50 million copies sold worldwide.

Thriller's follow up, "Bad" was released in 1987 and sold almost as many copies. Jackson became so popular that his appearances were considered a pop culture event.

Jackson is father of "moonwalk," one of the most popular dance move, that millions of fans imitated worldwide.

His music videos and songs became phenomenal earning him 13 Grammy awards.

In the 1990s, Jackson's music career waned and more attention was paid to his private life.

He married Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa Marie, in 1994, but they divorced in 1996. He then married a former dermatology nurse, Debbie Rowe, and they also split in 1999.

Jackson had three children, Prince Micahel I, Paris Michael and Prince Michael II.

'Wacko Jacko'

He earned the nickname "Wacko Jacko" due to reports about his plastic surgeries and sex scandals.

Jackson established an estated called Neverland, filled with zoo animals and amusement park rides and was accused of molesting young boys there.

In 2005, he went on trial on child molestation charges but was acquitted.

After three years away from the spotlight, Jackson announced this year a series of concerts in London. But the King of Pop failed to moonwalk again. Report from ANC