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MADONNA DEFIANT AND UNAPOLOGETIC IN PROVOCATIVE MANILA CONCERT


Madonna performs onstage at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Jeman Villanueva)
Amid separate calls by two Southeast Asian archbishops to their Roman Catholic flock to boycott her Manila and Singapore concerts, iconic and often controversial pop superstar Madonna performed with much provocation to a full house seated crowd of at least 12,000 in the first of her two shows at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday.
“This is my first time in the Philippines, motherfuckers!…You don’t mind if I swear, do you?…I’m here to take the city!” she greeted her cheering fans. Despite the concerns of Roman Catholic leaders in some countries over Madonna’s supposed “disrespectful use of Catholic and other Christian symbols” in her performances, the 57-year old legendary performer remained faithful to the provocative themes of her “Rebel Heart Tour” which include images of dancers dressed as nuns and priests as well as numbers like “Holy Water” and “Devil Pray” which combine sexuality and religion. It was earlier reported that she would not be performing “Holy Water” in her February 28 concert in Singapore. In Manila, however, Madonna did not show any signs of toning down her act, even after her earlier visit to shelters for orphans and street children that showed her benevolent side. If anything, the artist dubbed as the Material Girl sounded unapologetic and even downright defiant. She looked determined to elevate her craft to performance art levels while showing no interest in appeasing her critics. In an interview with The Oakland Press last September to promote the ongoing tour, Madonna explained her thought-provoking act. “It’s in my DNA to take ideas and conventions and to challenge the norms, to question things, to turn them inside out and say, ‘But what if …?’ It’s not because I don’t respect people’s ideas and beliefs. I have ultimate respect for people’s ideas and beliefs. But people need to have their ideas and beliefs challenged, if only to make them stronger about what they believe in,” she noted. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bishop slams Madonna - Beware the evil one


Madonna, whose concert kicks off Wednesday, is known for racy performances.
The Material Girl flew into town yesterday for what is touted to be the biggest ever international musical production in the country, right smack into controversy.
After taking on Lady Gaga, the Catholic Church is warning the FIlipino faithful to shun “the evil one,” referring to Madonna. Like Lady Gaga, the Queen of Pop is expected to survive the Church warning and deliver a riveting performance tonight and tomorrow. Batangas Archbishop Ramon Arguelles discouraged Filipinos from patronizing Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, one of the most expensive concerts to be held in Manila at P3,150 for general admission and P57,750 for a VIP seat. “I admonish the faithful to be wary of the subtle attacks of the evil one,” Arguelles said. The archbishop also condemned Lady Gaga’s concert in Manila in May 2012. The show sold out. READ MORE...

ALSO: Historical Commission cries foul on Madonna’s use of Philippine flag


National Historical Commission of the Philippines said Madonna and her concert’s producers will be held liable for her use of the Philippine flag as a wrap in her Manila concert last Wednesday and Thursday. AP File/John Shearer/ Invision
National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) said Madonna’s use of the Philippine flag as a wrap in her concert is against the law.
During Madonna’s “Rebel Heart Tour” concert in Manila on Wednesday and Thursday, she used the Philippine flag as a wrap in one of her production numbers. READ: LOOK: Madonna dances with Philippine flag on her shoulders “Lumapat po ‘yong flag sa stage,” explained NCHP Chief of Heraldry Section Teodoro Atienza, in an interview with dzBB on Friday. "Nakasaad po sa batas natin na bawal lumapat sa sahig.” “Ginawa pong katawa-tawa ang ating watawat,” he added. This is not the first time that the Queen of Pop used a flag as a wrap in her concert. According to reports, she has also done this in Hong Kong and Canada. According to Republic Act 8491, one of the prohibitions in the use of the flag is “to wear the flag in whole or in part as a costume or uniform.” Despite the chance of Madonna and her concert’s producers to air their side with the help of Bureau of Immigration, Atienza said ignorance of the law may not be an excuse for them not to be punished by the law. “Kahit po hindi alam [ang batas], mananagot po sila,” he said. He added that this act by the international singer may cause her “deportation at hindi na makabalik sa bansa.”  FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Anne Curtis reacts positively to Madonna’s use of Philippine flag


Anne Curtis thinks Madonna’s use of the Philippine flag in her Manila concert is a way of showing her love for the country. Philstar.com/Chuck Smith
Anne Curtis doesn't find anything wrong with Madonna's use of the Philippine flag. Anne is one of the celebrities who watched Madonna's concert here in Manila at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. On Wednesday, international pop icon Madonna used the Philippine flag in one of her numbers, which elicited some negative reactions from the public. READ: LOOK: Madonna dances with Philippine flag on her shoulders "I think in a way it showed the love she has for our country. I think ngayon lang kasi siya nakarating sa Philippines so gano’n talaga," replied Anne when asked to react to this in an interview on Friday. The Kapamilya actress added that “I think everyone would always have their own opinion which is their right naman. Gano’n talaga, siyempre as an artist you know naman na you’ll never be able to please everybody.” FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Kahit kilalang maka-yellow Ogie mas pinili sina Grace at Chiz
(Even if Ogie is known to be a yellow supporter, he chose Grace and Chiz for 2016)


Ogie wrote the campaign song for Grace and Chiz
Ogie Alcasid Dalawang kanta ang isinulat ni Ogie Alcasid para sa kampanya ni Senator Grace Poe sa kandidatura nito bilang pangulo ng bansa.
Kakantahin ni Ogie ang kanyang mga original composition sa kampanya ng Partido Galing at Puso nina Mama Grace at Sen. Chiz Escudero. “I might join sa Lipa, sa Iloilo, at sa kanyang miting de avance,” ang kuwento ni Ogie sa mga reporter na nakausap niya sa grand presscon ng Happy Truck HAPPinas, ang noontime show ng TV5 na magbabalik-telebisyon sa Linggo, March 6. Kilalang kaibigan at supporter ni P-Noy si Ogie pero pinili nito na suportahan sina Mama Grace at Papa Chiz, hindi ang mga bet ng administrasyon. “As a father, as an almost-senior in this country, that’s my opinion. Tandem sila ni Chiz so doon ako sa kanila. “Solid na ‘yan, pero si Regine (Velasquez), hindi ko naman siya isinasali sa ganyan. This is my thing. Pero alam mo naman ‘yung asawa ko, kung saan ako, doon siya. But I don’t impose on it on her,” ang sabi ni Ogie na kumpirmasyon na suportado rin ng kanyang misis ang tandem nina Mama Grace at Papa Chiz. READ MORE...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

Madonna defiant and unapologetic in provocative Manila concert


Madonna performs onstage at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Jeman Villanueva)

MANILA, FEBRUARY 29, 2016 (INTERAKSYON (TV5) By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.com February 25, 2016 - Amid separate calls by two Southeast Asian archbishops to their Roman Catholic flock to boycott her Manila and Singapore concerts, iconic and often controversial pop superstar Madonna performed with much provocation to a full house seated crowd of at least 12,000 in the first of her two shows at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday.

“This is my first time in the Philippines, motherfuckers!…You don’t mind if I swear, do you?…I’m here to take the city!” she greeted her cheering fans.

Despite the concerns of Roman Catholic leaders in some countries over Madonna’s supposed “disrespectful use of Catholic and other Christian symbols” in her performances, the 57-year old legendary performer remained faithful to the provocative themes of her “Rebel Heart Tour” which include images of dancers dressed as nuns and priests as well as numbers like “Holy Water” and “Devil Pray” which combine sexuality and religion.

It was earlier reported that she would not be performing “Holy Water” in her February 28 concert in Singapore.

In Manila, however, Madonna did not show any signs of toning down her act, even after her earlier visit to shelters for orphans and street children that showed her benevolent side. If anything, the artist dubbed as the Material Girl sounded unapologetic and even downright defiant. She looked determined to elevate her craft to performance art levels while showing no interest in appeasing her critics.

In an interview with The Oakland Press last September to promote the ongoing tour, Madonna explained her thought-provoking act.

“It’s in my DNA to take ideas and conventions and to challenge the norms, to question things, to turn them inside out and say, ‘But what if …?’ It’s not because I don’t respect people’s ideas and beliefs. I have ultimate respect for people’s ideas and beliefs. But people need to have their ideas and beliefs challenged, if only to make them stronger about what they believe in,” she noted.

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Madonna’s profanity-laden spiels were also a big part of her ongoing tour as she repeatedly prodded her Filipino audience to reply, “Fuck, yeah!” to everything she did that pleased them. After receiving a crown as a gift from a fan, she boldly declared, “Nobody fucks with the Queen!.” In another spiel, she told a story which she later qualified as a joke about her Filipina trainer that went on to have sex with her boyfriend.

Outside of these eyebrow-raising moments which the good-humored audience either loudly cheered or simply took in stride, Madonna delivered an unforgettable audio-visual spectacle that no amount of spoilers could ruin.

Her breathtaking acrobatic dancers were easily reminiscent of the world-famous Cirque du Soleil all-human circus act. Another highlight was her cross-shaped stage which included hydraulics and several moving parts, punctuated by a heart-shaped tip that allowed her to move around a lot and come closer to fans seated in the farther seating sections of the arena.

And then there were the hits that included well-received performances of “Burning Up,” “True Blue,” “Like a Virgin,” “La Isla Bonita,” “Music,” “Material Girl,” “Holiday” and the surprise additions of “Who’s That Girl,” and “Like a Prayer”, which she rehearsed but had not performed in the tour for quite a while.

In one of her onstage banter with the crowd, she said she might perform “Crazy For You,” possibly her biggest hit in the country, “Maybe tomorrow” referring to her February 25 show in the same venue.


PHILSTAR

Bishop slams Madonna: Beware the evil one By Nathalie Tomada and Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 24, 2016 - 12:00am 17 515 googleplus0 4


Madonna, whose concert kicks off Wednesday, is known for racy performances.

MANILA, Philippines – The Material Girl flew into town yesterday for what is touted to be the biggest ever international musical production in the country, right smack into controversy.

After taking on Lady Gaga, the Catholic Church is warning the FIlipino faithful to shun “the evil one,” referring to Madonna.

Like Lady Gaga, the Queen of Pop is expected to survive the Church warning and deliver a riveting performance tonight and tomorrow.

Batangas Archbishop Ramon Arguelles discouraged Filipinos from patronizing Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, one of the most expensive concerts to be held in Manila at P3,150 for general admission and P57,750 for a VIP seat.

“I admonish the faithful to be wary of the subtle attacks of the evil one,” Arguelles said.

The archbishop also condemned Lady Gaga’s concert in Manila in May 2012. The show sold out.

READ MORE...

Madonna’s concert kicks off tonight at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“Before it was Lady Gaga. Now it’s Madonna. Why is the Philippines a favorite venue for blasphemy against God and the Holy Mother? Let us pray for our country that the devil will not succeed to draw anyone of this Pueblo Amante de Maria to his evil ways,” Arguelles said. “Lord Jesus, save us from this ideological colonization. Mama Mary, protect the Philippines.”

Madonna is known for racy performances, which have featured pole-dancing nuns and large crosses.

According to sources from Music Management International, the local promoter also behind the two-day One Direction concert last year, it’s a feat to have the 57-year-old Queen of Pop hold her first-ever concert in the Philippines after failed attempts in the past.

The Rebel Heart Tour commenced in Montreal in September last year. Manila is one of 13 stops in Asia and more than 80 around the world.

“At the outset, when we were figuring out the places to play, Madonna asked (us) to present her some new places where she could go and Manila came up. She agreed to it and was very excited,” said Tres Thomas, senior vice president for tour operations of concert producer Live Nation Global Touring.

The STAR had a glimpse of how massive a show Filipino fans are about to see during yesterday’s “bump-in,” when equipment was rolled in for the set-up.

“At the request of Madonna, you’re going to see the same show here in Manila that everyone saw at Madison Square Garden in New York, in Paris or in London. It’s consistently her show because she doesn’t want to limit her creativity or shortchange anyone, particularly in Manila,” Thomas said.

Three Boeing 747 planes carrying about 300 tons of lights, audio and video equipment, among others, flew in from the tour’s previous stop in Macau. Madonna’s 1,000-plus wardrobe pieces alone could fill two sea containers.

Some of the technical highlights of the concert include the 2,150,400 LED pixels to light up the rear screens, which will play 22 videos during the entire concert. It also has a 55,000-pound customized movable stage/ramp that brings Madonna close to the floor audience.

“The stage is such a part of the show. Without revealing too much, there are elements in this show that move and turn around, and because of the hydraulics and automation we can’t use the local stage,” Thomas said.

Production manager Jason Danter said it normally takes them 11 to 14 hours to get the entire stage ready. The concert travels with 150 people – from crew to dancers. It also taps 150 more local production people.

“It really takes an army to mount the show,” Danter said.

Asked how meticulous the US diva is pre-show, Thomas said, “She rehearses every day. Whether it’s the first show or the last show, she will rehearse an hour and a half or two hours every day to fix notes or items that came out in the previous show, just to make sure the show is presented the way she wants to present it.”

Amidst the show’s jaw-dropping ticket prices, Thomas said that “there’s no bad seat in the house.”

“The show is designed to play the entire arena. I think the range of ticket prices gives everybody an opportunity to see the show,” he said.

Danter added, “From the start until the end of the show, we have eight cameras. We tour around with those cameras, spotlight Madonna and the dancers and (feature) the entire show on video screens left and right.”

Expect Madonna to select an audience member to join her onstage. Said Rick Sobkowiak, head of Live Nation’s operations and VIP parties, “Every (concert) night, Madonna picks out a random fan. They’ll be looking for fans that are unique and we’ll be inviting them to come up on stage to dance with Madonna.”

Along with this tour are speculations that this will be her final tour and that the US singing superstar will be slowing down in the music business.

“I’ve been working with her since 2001. Madonna is an artist. She has to create so many activities in her life, whether it’s a stage show or directing movies or producing albums. There’s never an end design to anything she does, she won’t do that. When it’s time to move on, it will be her choice, but we have no expectations that this will be the last Madonna tour,” Thomas said.

Madonna, who has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and placed No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 All Time Top Artists next to the Beatles, had courted controversy for her musical productions as well. When she brings Rebel Heart Tour to Singapore this Saturday, it will be what the Singapore media had reported as an “amended version,” with sensitive content removed, to meet guidelines of an R-18 rating imposed by its media regulator.

The final set list in the Philippines has not been released to the media and might still change as of press time, according to sources.

Among her hit singles are Like a Virgin, Material Girl, Vogue, Like a Prayer and 4 Minutes.


PHILSTAR

NHCP cries foul on Madonna’s use of Philippine flag (philstar.com) | Updated February 27, 2016 - 12:21pm 0 187 googleplus1 0


National Historical Commission of the Philippines said Madonna and her concert’s producers will be held liable for her use of the Philippine flag as a wrap in her Manila concert last Wednesday and Thursday. AP File/John Shearer/ Invision

MANILA, Philippines – National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) said Madonna’s use of the Philippine flag as a wrap in her concert is against the law.

During Madonna’s “Rebel Heart Tour” concert in Manila on Wednesday and Thursday, she used the Philippine flag as a wrap in one of her production numbers.

READ: LOOK: Madonna dances with Philippine flag on her shoulders

“Lumapat po ‘yong flag sa stage,” explained NCHP Chief of Heraldry Section Teodoro Atienza, in an interview with dzBB on Friday. "Nakasaad po sa batas natin na bawal lumapat sa sahig.”

“Ginawa pong katawa-tawa ang ating watawat,” he added.

This is not the first time that the Queen of Pop used a flag as a wrap in her concert. According to reports, she has also done this in Hong Kong and Canada.

According to Republic Act 8491, one of the prohibitions in the use of the flag is “to wear the flag in whole or in part as a costume or uniform.”

Despite the chance of Madonna and her concert’s producers to air their side with the help of Bureau of Immigration, Atienza said ignorance of the law may not be an excuse for them not to be punished by the law.

“Kahit po hindi alam [ang batas], mananagot po sila,” he said. He added that this act by the international singer may cause her “deportation at hindi na makabalik sa bansa.”


PHILSTAR

Anne Curtis reacts to Madonna’s use of Philippine flag By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated February 26, 2016 - 5:04pm 5 283 googleplus2 0


Anne Curtis thinks Madonna’s use of the Philippine flag in her Manila concert is a way of showing her love for the country. Philstar.com/Chuck Smith

MANILA, Philippines - Anne Curtis doesn't find anything wrong with Madonna's use of the Philippine flag.

Anne is one of the celebrities who watched Madonna's concert here in Manila at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

On Wednesday, international pop icon Madonna used the Philippine flag in one of her numbers, which elicited some negative reactions from the public.

READ: LOOK: Madonna dances with Philippine flag on her shoulders

"I think in a way it showed the love she has for our country. I think ngayon lang kasi siya nakarating sa Philippines so gano’n talaga," replied Anne when asked to react to this in an interview on Friday.

The Kapamilya actress added that “I think everyone would always have their own opinion which is their right naman. Gano’n talaga, siyempre as an artist you know naman na you’ll never be able to please everybody.”


PILIPINO  STAR NGAYON (PHILSTAR)

Kahit kilalang maka-yellow Ogie mas pinili sina Grace at Chiz TAKE IT TAKE IT Ni Lolit Solis (Pilipino Star Ngayon) | Updated February 29, 2016 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0


Ogie wrote the campaign song for Grace and Chiz

Ogie Alcasid Dalawang kanta ang isinulat ni Ogie Alcasid para sa kampanya ni Senator Grace Poe sa kandidatura nito bilang pangulo ng bansa.

Kakantahin ni Ogie ang kanyang mga original composition sa kampanya ng Partido Galing at Puso nina Mama Grace at Sen. Chiz Escudero.

“I might join sa Lipa, sa Iloilo, at sa kanyang miting de avance,” ang kuwento ni Ogie sa mga reporter na nakausap niya sa grand presscon ng Happy Truck HAPPinas, ang noontime show ng TV5 na magbabalik-telebisyon sa Linggo, March 6.

Kilalang kaibigan at supporter ni P-Noy si Ogie pero pinili nito na suportahan sina Mama Grace at Papa Chiz, hindi ang mga bet ng administrasyon.

“As a father, as an almost-senior in this country, that’s my opinion. Tandem sila ni Chiz so doon ako sa kanila.

“Solid na ‘yan, pero si Regine (Velasquez), hindi ko naman siya isinasali sa ganyan. This is my thing. Pero alam mo naman ‘yung asawa ko, kung saan ako, doon siya. But I don’t impose on it on her,” ang sabi ni Ogie na kumpirmasyon na suportado rin ng kanyang misis ang tandem nina Mama Grace at Papa Chiz.

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Nauna nang sinabi noon ni Regine na ang sinusuportahan ng asawa ay base sa prinsipyo at kung sino ang tingin niya na higit na makakatulong sa bansa at mga kababayan natin.

Annabelle at Eddie tiyak na paulit-ulit na papanoorin ang Panday Napanood na ng mag-asawang Annabelle Rama at Eddie Gutierrez ang pilot episode ng Ang Panday sa special screening nito sa SM Aura Cinema noong February 23.

Hindi ako magtataka kung panoorin uli nina Annabelle at Eddie ang pilot telecast ngayong gabi ng Ang Panday sa TV5 bilang suporta sa kanilang anak na si Richard Gutierrez, ang star ng Ang Panday.

Never na nakakaligtaan nina Annabelle at Eddie na panoorin ang lahat ng mga television show ng kanilang mga anak, kahit ano’ng oras at alam ‘yan ng close friends nila.

Hindi puwedeng abalahin ang mag-asawa kapag oras na ng mga programa sa TV ng kanilang mga anak kaya alam na alam nila ang bawat eksena.

Julie Anne dalagang-dalaga na, lumakas ang sex appeal! Nagpunta na si Madonna sa Singapore para sa kanyang The Rebel Heart concert pero ramdam na ramdam pa rin sa Pilipinas ang Madonna fever.

Parehong may Madonna production number kahapon sa rival shows na ASAP at Sunday PinaSaya.

Mala-Madonna ang pagkanta at pagsasayaw ni Julie Anne San Jose na habang tumatagal, lalong gumaganda at lumalakas ang sex appeal.

Hindi na siya ang Julie Anne na kimi at hindi marunong mag-ayos. Dalagang-dalaga at sobrang sophisticated ang hitsura kahapon ni Julie Anne sa Sunday PinaSaya habang may-I-sing niya ang hit songs ni Madonna.

Dennis ‘bumigay’ na May mga request sa Lip Sync Battle Philippines staff na imbitahan nila bilang mga contestant ang mag-asawang Dingdong Dantes at Marian Rivera.

Natuwa kasi ang televiewers nang mapanood nila ang pilot episode ng Lip Sync Battle Philippines noong Sabado. Hindi sila makapaniwala na makukumbinsi sina Dennis Trillo at Tom Rodriguez na magbihis-babae.


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