WATCH: Rihanna tells Manila: 'I did not forget'
MANILA -- Five years since she first performed in the Philippines, pop sensation Rihanna still has a clear memory of the sold-out show in Taguig that featured "Umbrella" as her biggest hit then.
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Half a decade and several global hits later, the 25-year-old Barbadian singer returned to the country on Thursday night to perform for her Filipino fans at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
In the opening minutes of the show, which is part of pop star's "Diamonds World Tour," Rihanna greeted her screaming fans as she recalled her first visit to the Philippines.
"Manila, how you all feeling tonight? Now this is my second time here. The first time was a really long time ago, but I did not forget," she said.
The first time Rihanna performed in the Philippines was in 2008 for her "Good Girl Gone Bad Tour." Held at the Bonifacio Global City Open Field in Taguig, the concert featured her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, as special guest.
Manila is one of the three Asian stops of the "Diamonds World Tour," which has so far visited over 60 cities across the globe. The concert series is set to make 19 more stops until November 15.