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U2 dedicates song to ‘women who rewrite history,’ cites Cory, Ressa and more

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U2 dedicated a song to some notable women who "rewrite history," including female Filipino icons like former President Cory Aquino, Melchora Aquino, Lea Salonga and Rappler's embattled CEO, Maria Ressa.

It was around the encore of the Irish band’s first Manila show at the Philippine Arena on Wednesday when things took a turn for feminine. 

Lead singer and activist Bono took center stage and talked about “herstory” or  “women who came together to rewrite history.”



The band went on to play their hit song “Ultraviolet" with a video playing in the massive backdrop, featuring the faces of feminist icons around the world.

Bono repeatedly mentioned Maria Ressa.

"Women who light up history, your own Maria Ressa is an incredible woman,” the singer said.

“But...even Maria will say it's not about individuals. It's about collective action. It's about social movement, so that all of you will grow up to be the President or Maria Ressa."

The display also featured the phrase: “Wala sa atin ang pantay-pantay hangga’t tayong lahat ay magkapantay.” —LDF, GMA News

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