A Filipino bishop is urging Catholics to boycott the upcoming Madonna concert in Manila, and even described her acts as ‘evil.’ Philippines is only one of the many countries that the 57-year old Queen of Pop has chosen to include in her Rebel Heart Tour, to be held at the 20,000-seat SM Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) this Wednesday, February 24, and Thursday, February 25, 2016.
According to post at the official website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) this Wednesday, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles asked music fans not to watch the Madonna concert, which has a whooping ticket price of from P3,150 (General Admission) to P57,750 (VIP). According to him, the American music icon is a bad good influence to Filipinos, and that her lifestyle is against Christian values.
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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. Lord Jesus, save us from this ideological colonization. Mama Mary, protect the Philippines.” Arguelles said.
Madonna arrived in Manila this Monday, and visited an orphanage to help homeless children. The ‘Material Girl’ singer posted a photo on her official Instagram showing her having a bonding time with some of the children, with the caption, “Chillin with my Homies at the Bahay Tuluyan Foundation. Inc. giving shelter to Orphans street children trafficking/abuse victims in Manilla #rebelheartour.”
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The Rebel Heart Tour is Madonna’s tenth worldwide concert tour, and started on September 9, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. She has already brought her tour to many parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. Recognized by Guinness World Records as the best-selling female recording artist of all time, Madonna has sold sold more than 300 million records worldwide.
Meanwhile, many local fans (especially Catholics) of Madonna are not happy with the statements of Archbishop Ramon Arguelles. They insisted that Madonna has been their inspiration when it comes to music. Some of them also noted that her real name is Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, in response to the bishop’s claim that her alone is an insult to ‘Mother Mary.’
Recently, Archbishop of Singapore William Goh also advised Christians not to support Madonna’s concert. He said it is the moral obligation of Catholics to not support people who insult religions,referring to the Christian symbols that Madonna is using in some of her music videos and concerts. Madonna will bring her Rebel Heart Tour in Singapore on Sunday, February 28.