(UPDATED) Many Filipino fans had thought they’d be able to see Celine Dion live for the first time in Manila in 2014, but she cancelled at the last minute to care for her sick husband, René Angélil, who later passed away.
The excitement is set to come back to those same fans after it was confirmed on Friday that Dion will finally be performing in the country this year.
Dion, best known as the powerful voice behind the enduring “Titanic” theme, “My Heart Will Go On,” and many more hits, will have an Asia-Pacific tour this coming June, July and August.
She will be playing some cities for the first time including Manila, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei and Bangkok.
Her one-night only concert in the Philippines will be staged at the Mall of Asia Arena on July 19. Ticket selling will begin January 18.
In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe, Dion apologized for not being able to push through with the 2014 concert and said she was excited for this new tour.
“If I may apologize again to the fans that I had to cancel the tour. But I hope you understand. But now, we’re gonna have a fun time,” she said.
In between her residency shows in Las Vegas, Dion meets up with her team on what songs to bring to the tour.
She would love to customize her repertoire per country. “The fans would love to hear the hits so there’ll be hits like ‘Because You Loved Me’ and ‘My Heart Will Go On,’” she said.
In addition to previously mentioned cities, Dion will also be returning to other places where she has already performed before such as Tokyo and Macau.
“I can’t wait to be there with you. I can’t wait to sing for you. I can’t wait to see you again. Be well,” she said in a social media video.
Other notable songs by the francophone Canadian hitmaker include “Because You Loved Me,” “It’s All Coming Back to Me,” “All by Myself,” “If You Asked Me To,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “I’m Your Angel.”