Bassist, singer-songwriter and activist Sting's scheduled Manila concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on December 9, 2012 was moved to a different venue as support for an online petition to boycott SM in relation to the relocation of 182 trees in their Baguio branch in April.
An environmentalist himself, the British artist and the management has decided to not associate their names to a supposed "[rapist] of the environment", according to ABS-CBNNews.com
A petition was made by a member of Project Save 182, the group's former legal counsel, Cheryl Langot, calling the attention of the artist and cut ties with the company because their patronage to the company means "enabling [the group of companies] to rape the environment at the same time." She wrote a letter to Sting's camp saying that the British singer is a "the voice of the marginalized and disadvantaged," and their support for SM will contradict his efforts for the environment.
Sting has done it before in Kyrgyztan and now he has listened to the concerned citizens of the Philippines.
SM has commented that Sting might be misinformed
since they have not cut, but rather just relocated the trees to make way for their redevelopment. They have presented information that the Department Of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has recommended earth-balling as it allows more moisture in the soil. They also committed to plant 50,000 more trees in Baguio.
Sting's official website
has already made the announcement that their local promoter, Ovation Productions, has confirmed that they are going to push through at the Araneta Coliseum on the same date. Tickets purchased for the Arena can be exchanged at the Big Dome ticket outlets starting October 25.