IN PHOTOS: U2 rocks Manila

On Wednesday, December 11, tens of thousands of people packed the world’s largest indoor arena to witness the biggest act ever to perform in the Philippines since the Beatles.

Fans who waited for U2's Philippine concert were not disappointed as the rock icons played 25 songs, including some of their biggest hits. (LISTEN: U2's Philippine concert playlist)

"It has been a long, long road that has brought us to Manila," U2 frontman Bono told fans. He also apologized to the fans for making them wait for "40 years" and thanked them for their patience.

As expected, U2 weaved into their performance social commentary and their advocacies, especially human rights. The concert was held just a day after Human Rights Day.

U2 Manila concert

LONG ROAD TO MANILA. U2 performs for the first time in the Philippines on December 11, 2019.

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The Joshua Tree Tour by the band U2 at the Philippine Arena on December 11, 2019.

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U2 Joshua Tree Tour Philippines

VISUAL FEAST. The Joshua Tree Tour is known for its spectacular staging.

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U2 Manila concert

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U2 Manila concert

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U2 paid tribute to Red Cross volunteers and journalists, and also to female gamechangers all over the world, including Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa.

HERSTORY. U2 pays tribute to 'women who light up history' as they play their song 'Ultra Violet.'

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The concert also lived up to the hype of being a visual feast. 

LOVE CONQUERS ALL. The Filipino translation of 'Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way' flashed on the screen as the band performs the song.

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PH EDITION. Drummer Larry Mullen Jr wears a special shirt for the Philippine leg of the Joshua Tree Tour.

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THANK YOU, PHILIPPINES! U2 thanks their fans, amid the backdrop of the Philippine flag.

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Mia M. Gonzalez

Mia M. Gonzalez is a senior desk editor of Rappler. She previously covered the Philippine presidency and politics. An award-winning literary writer, she is the author of Welostit and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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