U2 pays tribute to PH women, dedicates 'Ultra Violet' to Maria Ressa


Posted at Dec 12 2019 11:07 AM | Updated as of Dec 12 2019 02:55 PM

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MANILA -- Popular rock band U2 dedicated "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)" to outstanding women who "rewrite history" including Pia Cayetano, Lea Salonga, former president Corazon Aquino, Filipina revolutionary Melchora Aquino and Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa.

"When journalists don't have to worry about what they write, that's a beautiful day. ... When women of the world unite to rewrite history as herstory, that's a beautiful day," Bono said after singing "Beautiful Day" at the band's concert held at the Philippine Arena on Wednesday night.

Bono then dedicated "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)" to Ressa. 

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Images of Ressa and other notable Filipinas including Aquino, Salonga and others were displayed on screen as the band performed "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)" from its 1991 album "Achtung Baby."

"Maria Ressa will say it is not about individuals, it is about collective action. It is about social movements. So to all of you who grow up to be the president or Maria Ressa, that is the wonderful gift, that is the Philippines," remarked Bono, who also talked about press freedom and human rights at the concert.