“BEFORE it was Lady Gaga. Now it is Madonna. Why is Catholic Philippines the favorite venue for blasphemy against God and the Holy Mother?”
Thus complained Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles in opposing the “Rebel Heart” concert of the ageless Madonna, her very first in the Philippines, set for Wednesday and Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“Let us pray for our country that the devil will not succeed to draw anyone from this Pueblo Amante De Maria (a people in love with Mary) to his evil ways,” said Arguelles.
Tickets for the shows — with the most expensive sold for nearly P58,000 apiece, had long been sold out and scalpers are expected to make a killing selling at the gate at three times the tickets’ original prices.
Despite the protest from the Catholic prelate, the 70th stop of the world tour that’s been to North America and Europe would push through come hell or high water, said production Jason Danter, who added Madonna’s show would eclipse Lady Gaga’s Manila show in magnitude.
“No disrespect to others who staged a show here, but I think it’s the biggest in terms of magnitude. Like, we’ve got three Boeing 747s full of equipment, this includes some 100 plus motors that would help us manage the audio and video equipment we’ve bought,” said Danter, quoted by The Manila Bulletin.