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Philippine Scene # 8 - Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball 2012
Lady Gaga Live in MOA Arena May 21 2012 - Born This Way c/o dpayumo
Lady Gaga's two-night concert here in the Philippines, dubbed as "Born This Way Ball 2012" was received warmly by her fans of all ages and sexual preferences, amid the counter-protest of Christian groups regarding the controversy of her songs, especially Judas.
May 21, 2012, I just watched the news on television but didn't bother to take a jeepney ride and go to the venue which was only two rides away from my location.
May 22, 2012, around 5:00 o'clock PM, I decided to take pictures and possibly an interview with her Filipino fans.
Fate was with me.
As the pedicab ferried us to the venue, Mall of Asia's ARENA, (Pasay City, Metro Manila) the fans were not admitted yet. It was only past six in the evening and most of them were talking photos, either of the venue and other costume-clad concert-goers.
As I did my click-click on my digital camera, I came across with a group where a child, little girl, with costume was dancing and singing, "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga.
I approached the group and asked the respectable lady if she can be interviewed.
I introduced myself, as a hubber at HubPages. And to my surprise, she introduced herself as the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, Ketchup. She's none other than Ms. Vic S. Alba, a renown supporter of LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) Movement here in the country.
She openly obliged for a quick interview. She even did invite me to watch the show but I declined (since I didn't bought the expensive ticket).
After the ambush tete-a-tete, her assistant (friend of family member) said that we should have a photograph, as I also did for posterity.
She also requested me to take a look at their website, the title of their magazine and also like their page at Facebook.
Such a quick interlude. I didn't even bother to interview the protesters, since they were nowhere to be seen during the second night of the concert.
Security personnel and police authorities already secured the area.
I headed back to the nearest public net cafe (at Baclaran - please see my hub regarding this place in Paranaque City) with my mind already set for editing the video and publishing it here as the 2nd night of Lady Gaga's concert was about to start.
(Note: With personal opinion and writings by travel_man1971 aka Ireno A. Alcala, 22May2012)
More Lady Gaga Protests, Now in Philippines c/o AssociatedPress
Opposing Reactions regarding Lady Gaga's concert
I perused social media pages (as in Facebook), personal reactions of my friends and weighed the opinion of the clergies, priests, Christians and ordinary people.
Here's what I've collated regarding the Lady Gaga concert, her songs and her persona.
- Clara Morgane posted @ YouTube: "Why does Lady Gaga have to drag the name of Jesus in some of her songs? That's the thing I don't get. I'm fine with songs like Just Dance, Poker Face, and Bad Romance, which are "neutral", so to speak. But songs like Judas, which explicitly slander the name of Christ? For me, that's not freedom of expression, but blatant disrespect to the Christian faith. If she's just a pop star, then she should stop injecting offensive, religious themes into her songs."
Alvin Yllana @ Ketchup (Facebook Page): "Lady Gaga donated to Japan and Haiti after the earthquake disaster, and helped children in various institutions. What did these people do to help others? Don't judge people right away, Lady Gaga might have a weird sense of fashion and (to some) music, but that is what we see on the media, not the real Lady Gaga when the media is not on her ass. So please, know the person first before you judge."
- Dinky Nievera @ Ketchup: "Well, I can't blame them. I mean, have you all read the lyrics of Lady Gaga's Judas? Demonic is the only term I can think of. Plus, it's their rights. And FYI, not only Christians are against this; lady gaga's concert was also banned in Indonesia (muslim country), and in Seoul."
Marco Javier @ Ketchup: @Dinky "I wanna love you / But something's pulling me away from you / Jesus is my virtue / and Judas is the demon I cling to" How is that demonic? The song is actually about how people keep on sinning, with the sin being represented by Judas. "I'm in love with Judas" refers to the tendency of people to keep on sinning. It's actually a very Christian song, dare say I. I think she meant the song to portray the message that sinning leads you further away from God.
My Personal Reaction
If I had enough money at the time of the concert, I will be one of those who partied with Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta born on March 28, 1986), an American singer/songwriter with Italian and Canadian roots.
As the one of the hottest female singers of the decade, Gaga's style of songwriting, video presentation and stage performances caught the eyes of many critics around the world.
Although, many churches leaders of different FAITH denominations are against the style of Lady Gaga when it comes to fashion and her action on stage, still, the youth, and mature admirers clamor for her music and how she reaches out for her audience.
With a lot of reading materials with regards to the accusations (an Illuminati advocate, a blasphemous singer, a monster) being hurled at her, there's more-than-meets-the-eye with this lady.
Yes, I can call her a lady in a way that her advocacy draws support all over the world. That is about Anti-Bullying and Equality. Her soft side even prompted her to donate her earnings to international charities.
Only God can judge us, that's what I can say.
I, too, have been judged before because of my religious upbringing.
I cling to my faith as a Christian, and I am proud of it.
In this generation, many singers will spellbind us with their songs, hypnotizing us with its lyrics.
And the credit will always go to the Giver of this gift of Music, The Lord Almighty, Himself.
We just have to use that 'gift' in a righteous way, praising Him whenever we can.
Lady Gaga Live At SM ARENA MANILA - Born This Way Live At The Born This Way Ball 2012 c/o Jayr22videos
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Words to Live By
Matthew 12:31-32 ESV/ Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.