Popular entertainer Lady Gaga arrived in Manila late Saturday on a private jet to perform in a two-day concert at the Mall of Asia starting Sunday amid protests from young Christian and other religious groups
The two-day concert is under attack by young Christians and other concerned religious groups for its alleged indecent or immoral contents.
Inquirer.net reports some 200 youths have marched to the streets of Manila Saturday on their way to the concert site at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City to dramatize their opposition to the holding of the controversial show.
Earlier they have requested the City Mayor of Pasay to cancel the permit of the concert organizers, saying "they are offended by Lady Gaga’s music, particularly her song “Judas,” which they say mocks Jesus Christ."
The Mayor said he has reminded the show producers that any immoral acts will not be tolerated under his watch.
"We reminded the producers of Lady Gaga's concert that the show and the event as a whole shall not exhibit any nudity or lewd conduct which may be offensive to morals and good customs," he said in a statement.
"Although we respect artistic and musical expressions, I won't allow anyone or any group to provide acts which may be questionable in (any) way."
Lady Gaga and her entourage were scheduled to hold a concert in Bali, Indonesia on June 3 but authorities in the Muslim-dominated Asian country, have decided to cancel the sold-out show after Islamic hardliners opposed it on moral grounds.
James Imbong of St. Thomas Moore Society, one of the groups opposed to the holding of the concert, said the show was almost cancelled in South Korea for the same reasons cited by the Philippines and Indonesian groups.
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Despite opposition by some concerned groups, the popular entertainer has been warmly welcomed by local fans who were waiting for her at the lobby of Shangri-la Hotel in Makati City where she is staying for the duration of the two-day concert.