MANILA, Philippines – He dressed so simply, moved so quietly, that fans nearly missed singer-songwriter and TV5 contract star David Archuleta when he left for Singapore early morning Sunday to take a quick break and meet his legion of fans in the Lion City.
His departure from NAIA Terminal 1 surprised passengers and some airport personnel who barely recognized the American Idol sensation as he arrived in a casual getup of jeans and green-and-black-striped round-neck T-shirt.
The 21-year-old star, who had been busy the past days taping for the TV5 miniseries “Nandito Ako”, and recording the theme song, checked in at the Singapore Airline business counter with his road manager and two Filipino assistants.
His Filipino road manager politely declined requests for photo ops and interviews with the young singer, who was looking tired after having only a few hours of sleep and an early morning airport call.
Only a handful of airport observers recognize the teen star, and after passing through the immigration formalities, he then excused himself and proceeded to the airport VIP departure lounge to freshen up.
By the time news broke of his impending departure, airport fans missed him entering the restricted Singapore Airlines lounge prior to his boarding the flight to Singapore.
But the singer, who wowed local fans with his flawless rendition of “Nandito Ako” in unaccented Tagalog, had a different tune: “I will be back” were the last words he uttered to security personnel manning the final security check prior to his boarding the flight.
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Archuleta, who had three Manila visits prior to this one – the last of which was in July 2011 for a solo concert – had earlier signed up with the Kapatid Network to do a 3-week mini-series with local teen stars Eula Caballero and Jasmine Curtis.
Earlier, he met celebrity couple Regine Velasquez and singer Ogie Alcasid in a recording studio for the final recording session for his miniseries’ title song, “Nandito Ako (I Am Here)”, which was originally popularized by Alcasid.