Watch: Madonna Disrespects Philippine Flag in Manila Concert, NHCP Says (Video)
Madonna disrespected the Philippine flag during her Rebel Heart Tour concert at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA), according to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). The sequence happened on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, when the 57-year old Queen of Pop had the first night of her Manila concert. Watch the controversial video below.
As expected, Madonna had a provocative performance that night and even cursed a lot of times. She was also seen doing a steamy pole dancing sequence, and sang her new, controversial songs such as Devil Pray and Holy Water. To the delight of the older crowd, she sang her earlier hits such as ‘La Isla Bonita’, ‘Vogue,’ ‘Material Girl’, ‘True Blue’, and more.
Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay and Vice Ganda were spotted on the first night of the Madonna Manila concert, while Lovi Poe, Zoren Legaspi, Carmina Villaroel, and Pops Fernandez were among those who watched on the second night, Thursday, February 25.Madonna greeted the Filipinos for the 30th anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution, and sang, “Crazy For You.”
But despite the enjoyment of the Filipino fans, Madonna is now under scrutinity for allegedly disrespecting the Philippine flag. On the last part of the first show, she performed “Holiday” and wore the Philippine flag as a cape, and it slightly touched the floor. The American iconic singer is known for using national symbols in her concert to connect with the local audience.
As we all know, Republic Act 8491 (Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines) Sec. 34-b prohibits anyone “to dip the flag to any person or object by way of compliment or salute.” We can remember that University of the East expelled a group of unnamed high school students after one of them was seen using the Philippine flag to mop the floor of their classroom.
Meanwhile, NHCP official Teodoro Atienza said that Madonna violated the law, especially when the Philippine flag touched the ground. Atienza said that she may be invited to explain her side. Nevertheless, the Queen of Pop may still be deported or will not be allowed to return to the Philippines even if she is not aware of the law. As of posting, Madonna has not yet responded to this issue.