Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 February 2020

Sarah Geronimo wears Dubai-based brand for performance after Pope Francis's Mass

The Filipino star sported a gown by Amato as she took to the stage in Abu Dhabi

Sarah Geronimo in concert at the Dubai Trade Centre in 2014. Duncan Chard for the National
Sarah Geronimo in concert at the Dubai Trade Centre in 2014. Duncan Chard for the National

It was a historic moment when Pope Francis celebrated a Mass in Abu Dhabi in front of a crowd 130,000 strong – but the occasion wasn't over after the order of service.

Following the pontiff's visit to the capital's Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Filipino superstar Sarah Geronimo performed for those gathered inside the venue.

The 30-year-old, award-winning singer delivered a live version of her hit single Forever’s Not Enough, according to multiple social media clips, as well as several other tracks such as The Climb.

For the performance, Geronimo – who first rose to fame after winning TV reality contest Star for a Night in 2002 – reportedly turned to a designer that represents both her home country, and the host nation of the mass.

The star wore an embellished white jumpsuit from Dubai-based label Amato, according to one fan account. The embellished one-piece was finished with a sheer embroidered cape, which Geronimo appeared to remove during her performance.

Amato, which first launched in 2002, is the label of Furne One, who hails from the Philippines. “It is such an honour for me to be tapped once again by Sarah Geronimo’s team to glam her up during her special performance at one of the world’s historic moments, the Pope's visit to the UAE," One said in a statement. The star later changed into an intricate blue gown with the colours of both looks symbolising "peace and unity", One added.

It is not the first time the designer has dressed singer and actress Geronimo, who wore Amato for a performance in Dubai last September.

"Everyone knows that I am a great fan of Amato," the star said at the time, after One created three looks for her show. "I love his designs, his dresses gives me confidence, I feel fierce and on top of the world. Amato creates the perfect pop-star dress!”

Sarah Geronimo wears a shimmering crystallized haltered peach-colored gown Courtesy AMATO 
Sarah Geronimo wears a shimmering peach gown in Dubai in September 2018. Courtesy Amato

Amato has dressed a number of high-profile celebrities, including supermodels Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks, and music legends Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.

Geronimo has previously revealed her love of performing in the UAE, telling The National in 2014 she "will never forget how responsive and appreciative the audience is".


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Updated: February 5, 2019 03:16 PM



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