Justin Bieber Visits Tacloban CityAlmost a year after being declared "persona non grata" in the Philippines, international pop star Justin Bieber went back to the country to perform in front of the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City.
The singer called it his "most touching trip" and the most important way of ending a tour. Justin started his concert tour on September 29, 2012 in Glendale, United States and ended it on December 9, 2013 in Perth, Western Australia. The Philippines was not included in the itinerary, but he tweeted hours before he arrived in the country of his intentions to make a difference.
"About to go perform the last #believetour show. The real last one and the most important of the tour. #GiveBackPhilippines."
The international singing sensation has been active in promoting #GiveBackPhilippines on his Twitter account, which has millions of followers. He aims to raise $1 million for the victims of the typhoon.
In an Instagram video, Justin called on his fans to donate and help him achieve his target amount. The singer partnered with online platform Prizeo to raise money and awareness for his cause.
From among the donors, Justin will pick up a winner who can hang out with him as he records new songs for his next album.
According to reports, Justin arrived in a private hangar of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 at about 7 in the morning today (Tuesday), and proceeded via private plane to Tacloban City. There, he performed in front of the typhoon survivors. He also got to play basketball with them and speak with them.
Justin, who sang "Mistletoe" for the survivors, said the mini concert he held in Tacloban City touched him the most.
Reports said the singer has already raised more than $600,000 as a donation. This will end within five days.
It can be remembered that the House of Representatives announced Justin a "persona non grata" after he mocked boxing champion and Congressman Manny Pacquiao when he lost to Juan Manuel Marquez in December last year.
Justin posted a photo of Pacquiao face down on the ring side-by-side with a photo of Michael Jackson doing the mooonwalk.
Although he apologized for the photo, many said the singer was actually sarcastic by calling the Philippines a "country full of obsessed, narrow-minded boxing fanatics."
It is not clear if the "persona non grata" tag was lifted now that he visited the Philippines for another cause, although the resolution stated that it can be lifted after a public apology.