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Tim Yap tweets Sting concert in Manila this December

Sting. (Reuters)


“Breaking news: STING live in Manila, Dec. 9, 2012 at the SM Moa Arena #youcanscreamnow”

That was the attention-grabbing tweet of TV host, lifestyle editor and socialite Tim Yap (@officialTIMYAP) Tuesday night announcing the much awaited return engagement of legendary English singer-songwriter Sting, who last performed in the Philippines 18 years ago.

Now 60, the former frontman of the acclaimed rock trio The Police held a concert at the ULTRA Outdoor Stadium on January 31, 1994. This was according to information gathered at the website of Ovation Productions, the promoter of that concert.

Yap’s tweet immediately elicited plenty of reactions along with inquiries asking for confirmation and for more details from many Twitter users, including InterAksyon.

Yap, however, declined to elaborate. “Yes, but just like anything in life, wait for the “official” announcement,” he tweeted.

A check with official websites and Facebook pages of Mall of Asia Arena, Ovation Productions and Philippine Concerts revealed no posted announcement of Sting’s upcoming concert.

Likewise, a check with Sting’s official website at revealed that the singer’s “Back To Bass” world tour, which began on October, 2011, includes tour dates in only three Asian cities, namely Taipei on December 1, Hong Kong on December 2 and Singapore on December 13.

No Manila date has been included in the tour schedule, although the 11-day gap between Sting’s Hong Kong and Singapore concerts does make plenty of room for other stops in southeast Asia.