Last year, unconfirmed reports came out that One Direction will include Southeast Asia in their 1D World Tour 2013. Pinoy fans got excited with the supposed inclusion of the Philippines in the Asian leg of the 1D World Tour this year of this phenomenal British boy band.
The speculations heighten when Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson were tapped as international endorsers of the local clothing brand, Penshoppe, which was announced through a 20-minute clip of the group formally endorsing the fashion retail line.
Other international brand endorsers like Mario Maurer, Ian Somerhalder, Leighton Meester and most recently, Zac Efron, visited Manila for series of photo shoots and mall shows, and to personally endorse the clothing line, which left 1D fans of high hopes that the group might indeed consider visiting Manila and probably staging a concert here.
Sadly, to end those speculations, Manila and the rest of southeast Asia are not included in 1D’s World Tour schedule of concerts posted on the band’s official website. The 1D World Tour 2013 will kick off in London on February 22.
The tour begins with several European dates, to be followed by scheduled US gigs. It will completely bypass the whole of Asia and will instead conclude in Australia and New Zealand by October.
Meanwhile, local fans will see the quintet in big screen once their own concert movie hits Philippine theaters on December 11, 2013. “1D3D” will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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