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Lady Gaga Manila concert faces protests from Filipino religious groups, calling her “anti-Christ”

By on May 18, 2012 in Asia, Concerts, Entertainment, Music Comments

Updated: May 28, 2012 12:35 a.m.

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Manila, Philippines – The Lady Gaga Manila concert, as part of her ‘The Born This Way Ball‘ is now facing protests from local religious groups, accusing the 26-year old American singer, who also performed in Manila in 2009, of being an “anti-Christ”.

Lady Gaga Manila concert poster

Lady Gaga’s ‘The Born This Way Ball’ concert
in Manila poster

Image Credit: Ovation Productions Inc

As noted in local news on Friday, May 18, 2012, Pastor Reyzel Cayanan of Biblemode Youth Philippines is demanding that the 2-day Lady Gaga concert at the SM Arena in Pasay City should not push through.

According to reports, Biblemode will start a prayer vigil on Saturday, May 19 until Lady Gaga arrives for her concert this coming on May 21 and 22 (Monday and Tuesday) at the newly constructed arena at SM Mall of Asia.

“Yung kanyang paggamit ng imagery at mga lyrics na direktang lumalaban sa Panginoon, ‘yun ang hindi namin kinikilala,” Pastor Cayanan was quoted telling ABS-CBN, referring to her style of fashion and lyrics of her songs, particularly “Judas“.

(Her use of religious images and lyrics are directly against God; that is what we do not recognize.)

Meanwhile, former Rep. Benny Abante Jr of Manila, who also founded Metropolitan Bible Baptist Church and Ministries in Sta. Ana in 1975, along with Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo are also strongly opposing the Lady Gaga Manila concert, and cited similar reasons.

Likewise, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal and former Manila Mayor Jose Atienza Jr. met with Pasay City Mayor Antonio Calixto that day, who secured approval for the Lady Gaga concert, and raised the same concerns to him.

On the other hand, a Lady Gaga concert promoter official, Renen de Guia of Ovation Productions Inc., defended the “You and I” singer, insisting that she is not anti-Christ and is just an artist expressing her music, but did not say if she will sing “Judas” on her concert or not.

Nevertheless, Mayor Calixto told reports that he will send an inspection team to watch the concert and closely monitor for any obscenity or offensive act, while deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that parents will be left to decide whether they will allow their teenagers to watch it or not.

Apparently, the same Lady Gaga concert was banned recently in Jakarta, Indonesia, which is supposed to be on June 3, after strong objections from some Islamic groups. Last month, the South Korean government banned 18 years old and below from watching the same event.

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