Filipino Swifties, known among the fandom as “Filo Swifties,” were left heartbroken after more international dates were announced for Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour — with the Philippines left out among the new stops.
In fact, the pop star announced four dates for Japan and three dates for Singapore, the latter being her only stop in Southeast Asia.
Taylor will perform in Japan from Feb. 7 to 10, while her concert dates at the Little Red Dot run from March 2 to 4 next year, after back-to-back shows in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia.
The exclusion of other Southeast Asian countries sent local and international Swifties into a spiral.
“For every releases Asian swifties have always been the loudest, Taylor is always the most streamed artist in most of Asia, fan events are packed with people. Honestly this is really disappointing. Those Singapore dates are gonna be a bloodbath because everyone in Asia will be going there,” one wrote.
Other Swifties cited the Philippines in particular, saying that Filipino fans deserved more because of their devotion to the pop icon.
The Philippines had the second-highest number of streams in June just behind the United States for Cruel Summer, Taylor’s track on Lover — with its sudden popularity forcing her to release it as a single four years after the album launch.
“The Philippines contributed the most streams (53.4 million) for Midnights’ first week debut on Spotify than any country in the world except the United States. ‘Red [Taylor’s Version] also holds the 2nd biggest debut in the country, just behind her own ‘Midnights’,” a fan claimed.
Multiple videos of Filipino Swifties organizing their own fan shows in celebration of The Eras Tour also surfaced on social media, widely attended in their respective cities.
Other fans defended the singer, saying that the Philippines did not have a stadium large enough to fit the stage requirements for The Eras tour.
apparently its because of the surface, it depends on how the place is build pic.twitter.com/quIAt25p46— liz (@everhoaxx) June 20, 2023