‘Provocative’ Lady Gaga allowed 2nd Manila show

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Lady Gaga is rocking the Philippines, defying critics and state censors as thousands of fans, many of them dressed as outrageously as she was, roar their approval. AFP

MANILA, Philippines— Lady Gaga will be allowed to hold a second concert in Manila on Tuesday night after state censors ruled her “provocative” act was within legal bounds, a Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto said.

Calixto said a team he sent to monitor the first night of the concert on Monday found nothing wrong with the event.

“Based on the report of the inspection team I sent to the Lady Gaga concert last night, we find no violations of the special conditions of the Special Permit we issued last May 16 to the promoters of the concert, Ovation Productions,” Calixto said.

There was also no nudity or holy symbols used in an improper context, despite some “admittedly provocative” statements and choreography, which was deemed still “part of an artist’s expressions” protected by the Constitution.

“Therefore, the City Government of Pasay sees no compelling or legal reason to disallow the second concert from proceeding,” Calixto said.

Up to 20,000 fans are expected to attend the American pop phenomenon’s final Manila show, the same number as were at Monday’s concert.

Conservative Christians in the Catholic-majority nation have been staging street protests daily to demand a government ban on the events, alleging some of Lady Gaga’s songs are blasphemous.

One senior church leader said her show amounted to “devil worship.”

Lady Gaga spoke out against her local critics at Monday’s concert, declaring she was “not a creature of your government” before belting out her controversial song “Judas.”

Her world tour, “The Born This Way Ball,” has hit the headlines on its way through Asia, with an upcoming concert in Muslim-majority Indonesia denied a police permit for fear of violence from religious hardliners.

Prominent Filipino lawyer Romulo Macalintal, one of those who sought to block the Manila concert, said he was resigned to the local government’s ruling.

“They are the persons authorized by law and if that is their decision, I cannot do anything, I just leave it to God,” he said.

Originally posted at 02:08 pm | Tuesday, May 22,  2012

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  • adminmycom

    Ayon sa mga witness, yung Inspection Team na pinadala ni Pasay City mayor (at sampu ng kanilang mga pamilya, LOL) ay nagsasayawan sa tugtog ni Lady Gaga buong gabi.

    Next time, bumili kayo ng ticket! Freeloaders! LOL

    • Chris

      Sbi ko nga ba.. naghahanap lang ng free tickets… LOL..

    • kazoo25

      yang mga nagprotesta mga bitter lang kasi walang pambili ng tickets

  • dell reyes

    daming bading sa concert… enjoy ang mga ladlad..

  • Batong Bantilis

    No wonder we have Lady Gaga in the Senate.

  • LB Leong

    You know who the real devils are:  PRIESTS WHO MOLEST KIDS…boys and girls alike!  What if we boycott the church until they do something about those who belong in their ranks who committed such lewd acts among kids??

    • kazoo25

      sama ako ng sampu

    • TinyTunes

      why is my first post unapproved and yet the second one was posted immediately? is this a free country or what.  i don’t think i was offensive in the first post, i was just airing out my thoughts

    • TinyTunes

      less than 0.01% of that population did that and yet you say it’s like something common. not at all. maybe those who did it got hooked to music like lady gaga’s

      • LB Leong

         “something common”  —  nothing in my post indicates that it is common.  I said, there are priests that molest kids.  0.01%  is not equal to 0.00%…That means, that the church is not immune to committing lewd acts, therefore they are not in any position to judge Lady Gaga because, that 0.01% of the church population according to you, still committed such ungodly acts toward children.

      • LB Leong

         “let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”……the church cannot cast this stone because 0.01% of their ranks committed an incomprehensible sin against innocent children of whom some priests, not all, have molested.  It is not a common happening, but it has happened in the past…may still be happening at this time.

  • Sid Marcel

    Like it or not Gaga performing in RP is the same as Pacman boxing in the US. It is purely free trade. As long as no trade laws are broken then by all means. Christian conservatives may do their roles, ie not having to go and watch the concert or for Manny’s case, the fight.

    • TinyTunes

      yep free trade but those christian conservatives were just doing what they thought they should do to defend their Lord

      • LB Leong

         Goodluck on defending the Lord…some children molested by some, not all, priests are defenseless from some of these predators…

  • Chris

    Enough of Gaga paranoia.. life goes on.. next stop Jessica!

  • anu12345

     “One senior church leader said her show amounted to “devil worship.”

    If he’s referring to satan, he did not read the bible because it’s the main character who they believe was the hero, was actually the villain. I dare any believer here to prove it otherwise. Let’s have a game. We enumerate the evil deeds of each main character and like the senator-judges said, do not use technicalities in your defense.

  • Oslec de Jesus

    WHY OH WHY  ARE WE   “BORN THIS WAY”?   Almost all Pinoys knew Lady Gaga long
    before she held her first concert here some years ago.  What we read and see  in the Internet about  the image that she wanted  to project through her music are enough
    and  I think it’s  needless anymore for me to write  and clutter 
    this page with things  we already
    knew,  what she stands  for and what she believes  in.  The
    people who went to her recent concert last night were no  ordinary crowd because of the cost of the
    tickets which ranges  from 2,100 to
    15,000 pesos.   The greater numbers were youths.   These
    are the sons and daughters  of the crème
    de la crème,   the ruling elite of our
    society,  the Oligarchy who had transformed
    our country into this  present dismal
    state.   These youths   who
    are the country’s  future
    politicians,  government policy
    makers  and future CEOs for their
    families’ business monopolies  are now
    being indoctrinated into the high priestess’  distorted religious beliefs and perverted lifestyle.   Through this crowd you can see now where our
    country is leading to…for the WORST.  

    The Mother Monster tasted blood
    and this second night, she wanted more.  
    Come to me my little monsters,  her
    light beaconed.   The long queue of  young people, dressed up in costumes    going to the concert ground  were  like lambs to be sacrificed for Baal, and
    nobody cared.  I really can’t understand how
    the local producer of this controversial concert can have the gall to proclaim
    in national TV that he is a “born again” Christian and bragging that he knows  his Bible very well when  he debated  with Bishop Amante,  a  Protestant Church leader who is protesting
    against the holding of the concert.   What is happening now to the Church?   Are we
    now just a bunch of “underliners” or WHITNEY HOUSTONs  who  underline
    only the passages in the Bible that make us feel good about ourselves?   I’m
    writing again about this topic  not
    because I am trying to be a moralist or I hate  GAGA  or
    that she is  a hot topic to write about   but  to
    expose underlying  issues much deeper
    than  “NATION GOGA  OVER GAGA” and that is  the local Christian Churchs’   APATHY 
    and how it becomes a hindrance  to
    many of our people’s  efforts   to save
    our nation that is already dying.             

    Many people are attracted to
    GAGA’s light (not necessarily Lady Gaga) 
    simply because the local Churches’ leadership is weak.  The handful of Christian warriors in MOA who
    protested against what was happening right before their eyes yesterday was a
    pitiful sight.  Where are our

    The Church has failed to
    confront moral issues like these because of the lack of clear moral standard.     The
    Church leadership can’t lead and respond anymore because  their  God
    given natural moral instinct to act are lost in their learned theologies and
    dogmas.   One Church leader even defended his passive
    stance on the issue by saying that protesting against the concert is useless
    because one less Gaga will not make the world better.  Lady Gaga according to him is in the same
    situation as Mary Magdalene’s,  again the
    dictum, “Let him who has not sinned cast the first stone.”    Does  making a strong statement against that concert
    make one a lesser Christian?  Will you
    just  sit idly by and   pray while your neighbor’s daughter is being
    raped by gangsters?  You can’t lift a
    finger because you believe that by doing so, the rapist will feel that   you
    love the victim more than him.   We should not forget that   Jesus  confronted this same issue head on when he rebuked
    the Jews in the parable of “The Good Samaritan”  It  tells of  a wounded dying Jewish merchant,   who was
    aided and nursed by a Samaritan because the poor fellow’s countrymen refused to
    help him on a Sabbath.  The Illuminati,
    the light of evil shone brightly 
    yesterday and will shine again tonight because the Church refused  to switch on it’s LIGHT.   Where is the LOVE  for our fellowmen, where is the love for our

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