Friday, June 26, 2009
It was this morning in the Philippines when I heard about the sad news: the King of Pop, Michael Jackson died after suffering a cardiac arrest. Fans and stars alike were stunned with the news; the entertainment world is now mourning the loss of this legendary music icon.
I will not claim to be a big fan of Michael Jackson but I grew up with his songs. I was merely a toddler when he made it big in the music industry with hit songs like “Thriller”, “Beat It”, “Billie Jean” and other monster hits. My sisters adore him and they even have cassette tapes and later on CDs of his albums.
Filipinos love Michael Jackson. Over 50,000 Filipino fans watched him when he went to the Philippines for a two-day concert that was part of his historic world tour last December of 1996. It was his first and last concert in the Philippines. Fans even began arriving at the venue 8 hours before the concert and they stayed on their feet while their idol sang his hit songs. It was the pop icon's third and last world concert tour as a solo artist.
Based on news reports, he even visited a hospital in the Philippines as part of his humanitarian efforts days before the concert. A sea of screaming fans followed him wherever he went.
For his Filipino fans, Michael Jackson will forever be the music icon and the King of Pop worthy of adulation.