Shawn Mendes illuminates Manila crowd

By Patricia Lourdes Viray

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Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes is headlining is first all-arena tour. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines — Canadian singer Shawn Mendes kicked off his "Illuminate" album world tour in Manila last Saturday.

It was Shawn's first time to visit the Philippines. Prior to his show at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, the Canadian pop star visited tourist destination in the country.

 

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Shawn Mendes kicked off the Asia leg of his "Illuminate" world tour in Manila. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

 

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Shawn Mendes performed his hit songs from his two albums "Handwritten" and "Illuminate" during the Manila leg of his world tour. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

 

Shawn opened his Manila show with an acoustic version of "Something Big," one of the hits from his first album, "Handwritten."

A jampacked arena sang along with Shawn as he sang songs from his second album, including "Ruin," "Mercy," "Treat You Better," "Three Empty Words," and "Patience."

 

.@ShawnMendes Please have mercy on me, take it easy on my heart @ShawnMendes #Mercy #ShawnWorldTourManila #ShawnMendesMNL pic.twitter.com/lLwdI7qrQE

— Patricia Viray (@patriciaviray) March 18, 2017

 

The Canadian singer also performed a medley of the songs from his first album - "I Don't Even Know Your Name," "Aftertaste," and "Kid in Love."

As the show drew to a close, Shawn sat down at the piano and sang "Life of the Party" and "Stitches."

 

.@ShawnMendes You watch me bleed until I can't breathe @ShawnMendes #Stitches #ShawnWorldTourManila #ShawnMendesMNL pic.twitter.com/NwkJNGQxzT

— Patricia Viray (@patriciaviray) March 18, 2017

 

"Thank you, Manila. I'll come back soon," Shawn told his Filipino fans as he exited the stage.

Shawn is headlining his first all-arena tour. He will perform next in Japan before heading to Europe for 21 shows and North America for 29 shows.

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