As you read this, you’re probably still on a high from that Coldplay spectacle that many have been calling one of the best nights of their lives. The band went above and beyond with their fan experience. Traipsing around Manila, they arrived at the concert venue in a jeepney. Once there, throngs chased singer Chris Martin as he biked around the concert grounds.
Earlier in the afternoon, just hours before the concert, Martin visited one of his fans. Medical school student Ken Santiago, "an avid fan" as described by his brother, braved the long queues when tickets were first released last year. But it was not meant to be. He was diagnosed with stage four cancer in February, and has been confined at Philippine General Hospital. After telling Ken's story on Facebook, eldest brother Kheil reached out to Coldplay for a short message to lift up his spirits. But with the help of concert promoter MMI Live, the band frontman went a step further. He paid a surprise visit to Ken at the hospital.
Martin asked Ken what his favorite song is and promised to play it during the concert. Last night, the band delivered and dedicated the song “Ink” to their fan. Martin prompted the crowd, “Maybe all of you here can send your best wishes to our friend Ken… just make some noise right now. We love you, man. Sorry you can’t be here. We hope you get well soon and thank you for all the kindness.”
"Ink," the song requested by cancer patient fan Ken Santiago, who couldn't make it to the concert because of his health condition
The entire performance felt as if the tour was customized for Filipino fans. The Philippine flag kept being flashed on the big screens and then at another point, Martin surprised the audience by singing a song he composed on the spot, especially for the Philippines. "I'm so happy that we're here today. Even though thousands of you are so far away. It feels like you can't see jack. It's two miles from the front to the back. But we've been touring, I've been full of dreams. Now we've made it to the Philippines."
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