A Katy Perry concert in Manila on Jan 2012? Not so fast!

Of course, I’d love to see Katy Perry have a concert here, but I am wary of unwittingly spreading false information. Last May, a female DJ from a high end FM station tweeted that Britney Spears would be coming to Manila. Turns out, the Hold It Against Me singer won’t be having a concert in Asia this year ( at all.

This is not to douse cold water on the hopes of my fellow Katy Perry fans out there – but so far, I cannot confirm with absolute certainty that the California Gurls singer would indeed be having a concert on January 22, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds.

The buzz started when socialite and self-proclaimed “eventologist” Tim Yap last night. His announcement has been “retweeted” thousands of times, and thus, popular sites such as Philippine Concerts (, Noypi Stuff (, and Katy Perry PH ( have picked up the news.

Katy Perry's "California Dreams" Tour promotional poster (from Wikipedia)

To verify the information, I went to her website to see the tour dates. However, it doesn’t say any other California Dreams concert beyond November 22 of this year.  On that day, Katy Perry will be performing in Los Angeles, California’s Staples Center – the home court of my beloved Los Angeles Lakers.  Meanwhile, Wikipedia ( states that Katy Perry’s second concert tour would in fact end this December 1, when she’ll be having a show in Great Rapids, Michigan’s Van Andel Arena (the concert was originally set for September 11 but was moved).

The last two dates for Katy Perry's California Dreams concert tour (from

Just a few moments ago, I called both SM Tickets (470-2222) and SM Ticketnet (911-5555) but I was told by their respective customer service agents that no such events are lines up yet. This is weird, since according to the aforementioned blogs, Katy Perry’s concert would be held on January 22, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds and that tickets would be on sale beginning on November 9. In fact, they already even have a ticket price list. I can’t help but ask: what is the source of their information? 

*Expect more updates in the days to come. 

As of Oct. 31 – This is interesting. Katy Perry announced via Twitter last Oct. 24 that she will be having a show in Jakarta, Indonesia by January 19, 2012. It is unclear though if this is still part of her California Dreams tour (does it matter, anyway?). It is highly possible that her next stop after that would be Manila, right? (Thanks to Ericka of for this info.)

Katy Perry concert in Jakarta, Indonesia January 19, 2012 (click image for higher resolution)


About Mark Madrona

Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for a private college in Metro Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe received the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards. He is the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: View all posts by Mark Madrona

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