has moved the location of his "Back to Bass Tour" concert in the
Philippines following a petition by environmentalists who said the
original venue is owned by a conglomerate that plans to uproot 182 trees
for a parking lot and mall expansion in a northern mountain city.
The SM Mall of Asia Arena said in a statement today that changing
the site of the concert on the 9 December was "the decision of the artist
The petition said that as a champion of the environment, "Sting can't be saving rainforests and enabling SM to rape the environment at the same time!" The SM group is owned by the Philippines' richest man, mall mogul Henry Sy.
Sting and his wife established The Rainforest Foundation to protect tropical rainforests and their people.