MANILA, Philippines -- International pop superstar Beyonce Knowles flashed a wide smile upon arriving in Manila amid a light drizzle Tuesday afternoon.
Here for a one-night show in Taguig City on Wednesday, Knowles and her 70--member entourage-concert crew, musicians and personal security--arrived from Shanghai via chartered jet at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 2:10 p.m., drawing a crowd of media and airport workers at the rain-soaked ramp.
Before the star got off, a flight attendant hurried ahead to place an arrangement of flowers at the bottom of the stairs and lay a blue carpet at the landing. Black-clad private security meanwhile positioned themselves around her waiting Ford Excursion, scanning the crowd in front.
A few minutes later, with a bodyguard ahead of her, Knowles emerged from the aircraft.
As she descended the steps, the wind caught her curly hair, slightly covering her face, but Knowles quickly swept it aside to smile and wave to the media who waited behind a security cordon.
The 26-year-old artist, the voice behind hits like "Irreplaceable" and "Baby Boy," wore a plain white long-sleeved shirt over tight-fitting jeans. But the star in her shone through with the choice of matching gold jewelry and high-heeled shoes and a blue-gold scarf around her neck.
Flanked by her bodyguards and locally-hired private security, she paused briefly to face photographers then boarded the waiting SUV. Airport workers, and even police, tried to take snapshots of the superstar with their digital cameras and camera phones.
The five-car convoy then sped off as the rest of her entourage continued deboarding the plane and headed for their chartered buses.
Knowles' aircraft, a chartered 172-seater MD-83 Blue Line jet will stay at the NAIA's remote parking area until the artist flies out Thursday morning.
( www.inquirer.net )