MANILA, Philippines — Recording artist Chris Brown has agreed to settle with Philippine concert producers Maligaya Development Corp after being accused of defrauding them by neglecting to show for a New Year’s Eve concert for which he had been advanced $1 million. The performer was detained in Manila for three days last month over the controversy and has faced immense legal pressure to cooperate with local authorities. To settle the brewing crisis, Brown agreed to an undisclosed financial payment and has announced a series of “Goodwill Gigs” across the Philippines, perhaps the most unique of which will take place at Adventist University of the Philippines.
“We aren’t huge Chris Brown fans here at AUP,” said university spokesperson Chris Sobra, “but Mr. Brown has agreed to cover up those tattoos with a long-sleeved Barong Tagalog. He also committed to learning and singing songs from the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal exclusively, so we have allowed him to schedule a concert at our Philippine International Church.”
Sobra admitted that although AUP administrators were less than enthused with Brown’s upcoming gig, student excitement has reached stratospheric levels and busloads of Adventists are expected to attend from nearby Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) as well. “We weren’t prepared for this level of interest from Adventist students,” said Sobra, “You’d think the Heritage Singers were coming to town.”
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