The waiting game for Papa Bear is not over.
The “Rise 2 Shine Benefit Concert” at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum will be rescheduled following K-Pop superstar and concert headliner Rain’s cancellation of his scheduled appearance.
The announcement was made on the venue’s official Facebook account on Wednesday, November 1.
“On behalf of the committee, we would like to apologize for this unforeseen situation. All the performers will be the same,” the statement read.
All tickets purchased for the original show will also remain valid on the new and yet-to-be-announced date. Refund requests will also be entertained.
The concert, set to happen on Friday, November 3, is for the benefit of Make Your Nanay Proud Foundation, the victims of the Marawi crisis, and organizer Ko-Ph World Foundation.
This would have marked Rain’s long-awaited return to the country, his last being seven years ago to shoot the movie The Fugitive: Plan B.
While it was not clear what caused the event’s cancellation, a notice posted on the official website of Rain’s agency implied that there was ‘dishonesty’ from the side of the organizers.
“As the organizer, KO-Ph, has been dishonest in fulfilling the performance contract we have come to the decision that it is impossible to go ahead with the performance,” the notice said.
The statement also said that the 35-year-old K-Pop icon will ‘not participate in the performance’, contrary to what local organizers have earlier released.
“We hope to have the understanding of our fans, and we will pay more attention and do our best to avoid such happenings in the future,” the statement concluded.
The “Rise 2 Shine Benefit Concert” was set to feature additional performances from local artists Jay R, Sam Concepcion, Kris Lawrence, and Dasuri Choi, among others.
Rain – named Jung Ji Hoon off-stage – first rose to fame in the country as the lead actor of hit Korean drama Full House alongside Song Hye Kyo.
Photo from YAN News