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CONCERT IN REVIEW: LADY GAGA IN MANILA

by Jef Rondolo

The concert started with Zedd as an opening act, a German DJ.  The show started at around 9 pm. Lady came out of a big castle with her dancers and she was riding a real unicorn/horse on the stage. then she emerged in the stage in some alien costume. Most of her costumes are designed by Giorgio Armani and some look like it’s versace too.  She made some controversial comments like: “I am an alien, I am not a woman, I am not a man, I am not human and I am certainly not a creature of your government”.  It’s official manila… your mine and you are fucking free”

At one part of the show, she came out as part of a motorcycle and there was Philippines flag in the back. She pulled it over her head and lifted her legs in the air and out the flag on the tip of her leather boots. It was a bit shocking when she did that.  Lady Gaga also stood up for all the gays. She said she wants to fight homophobia and she said that people should respect and love each other and not judge others. She also said that she understands that some people don’t like her music and she respects that, but she will still continue making music.  She always wanted to be a star and she also wants to inspire people to become a star like her someday.

The concert lasted around 2 hours. The production was    outstanding. The sound of the arena was loud and actually wouldn’t make you skip a heartbeat. The crowd was really loud , high energy numbers and a very exhilarating experience. Actually after the show I was so drained.

The philippines is so lucky to have Lady Gaga, even if they say shes satanic. I see an artist in her who knows how to express herself. Having one of the biggest stars performing in Manila is a privilege. That’s why its pretty sad why they were protesting against her. It’s just a matter of liking her or not. There’s other matters in the Philippines more important to solve than waste their time protesting against Lady Gaga. As long as you don’t let the artist take control of your life then it’s ok. It’s just pure entertainment. One last note, it’s a bit embarrassing on how these other people reacted because it makes us look like we are in the dark ages. I’m just really glad Lady Gaga did not cancel the 2nd night and she still thanked everyone for coming to her show. She’s very brave but she is also very humble.









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