Despite protests to stop the concert of Lady Gaga, fans showed up on the first night of the “Born This Way Ball” concert at SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Some wore their costumes to show support to the artist.
Some of the fans called “little monsters” have been waiting in the concert grounds since Sunday night for the event, according to GMA News online.
“Siyempre, kaming mga (Of course, we the) little monsters kailangang (should) um-outfit to show that we really embody Lady Gaga and that she really inspires us,” said Gelo Arucan.
Lady Gaga opened the show wearing a yellow Filipiniana costume.
The artist told the crowd, “I am not a creature of your government Manila” and then performed the much protested song “Judas.”
Protesters were waiting outside the concert grounds.
Fr. Robert Reyes, an activist and a running priest, said conservative Christians outraged by the concert of Lady Gaga in Manila should avoid whipping up a controversy against her as this would just drive up her ticket sales.
Worse, it would “delight the devil” that public attention is drawn away from more pressing and pervasive “evils” plaguing the Philippines, like graft and corruption, a justice system that moves at a glacial pace, and grinding poverty.
“The Devil is more sophisticated than Lady Gaga,” Reyes said in an interview. “I’m not at all thrilled about having her in Manila but we should just simply watch Jessica Sanchez instead.”
The running priest was referring to the popular Filipino-Mexican from California who made it to the finals of the American Idol. Reyes said whipping up a controversy against the concert of Lady Gaga at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City would backfire as it would only drive up ticket sales for the American singer-songwriter./ Inquirer