Since it is close to Christmas, here is a sweet Christmas story to complete this heart warming MJ story. Have a good Christmas and New year! Let’s also pray for Philippines’ recovery from the recently disaster by Typhoon Haiyan.
Michael Jackson was in Manila for a two-day concert that was part of his history world tour in December 1996.
His one week stay at the Manila hotel became truly memorable when he volunteered to help in making some 300 orphans happy, as all children should be, on Christmas.
Carino(former PR officer of the Manila Hotel) fondly recalled the festive mood Jackson created when he himself offered to fill and give away loot bags for all the children at the party.
“Oh wow, the kids were definitely happy! They were overwhelmed,” she narrated. “We never announced that Michael Jackson would be our special guest so you can just imaging how wonderfully surprised they all were. It’s like a dream come true for them.”
Michael was very considerate to their requests to sign autographs and pose for photos,” Carino recalled. “I remember a little girl who came up the stage for the second time and one of the guards sort of stopped her, saying that she already received her goodie bag.
“Michael felt for her embarrassment and said, ‘Oh it’s alright, Sir. I forgot to give her a big hug earlier!’ I thought it was really sweet and sensitive of him.”
And out of the many good things Jackson did that day, nothing beats the moment when he came back after getting whisked off the stage by his aides and bodyguards.
“He went on the stage again to say thank you for allowing him to share such special time with the orphans. It was an incredibly genuine, moving and magical moment,” she noted.
“I think Michael just simply had a big heart. He sought ways to make people happy. Unknown to many, on his way to the hotel when he arrived, he got off his van a couple of times on the road just to shake hands with street children along Roxas Boulevard.
“According to his bodyguards Wayne and Yannick, he gave them a difficult time because he got off three times and the crowd became too large that he had to content himself by waving from the window,” Carino said.
“There’s obviously another side to the man that a lot of people did not get to see, which is very sad.” Carino added.
The staff members of the Manila Hotel were indeed lucky to witness up close and personal this other side of Jackson. They were moved not only by his slick dance moves and catchy songs but by his unbelievably generous spirit and friendly demeanour.