MANILA, Philippines – Pop icon Lady Gaga’s impending concert in the country has met yet another wave of protests in the country, this time, from the Filipino religious group Intercessors for the Philippines (IFTP).
IFTP together with Biblemode Youth Philippine are set to hold a 72-hour prayer vigil in objection of the singer’s scheduled performances at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on May 21 and 22.
Although the exact schedule of the prayer vigil has not been revealed yet, “Umagang Kay Ganda” reported on Friday that the vigil dubbed “Jericho March” will end on May 19, Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.
As said in the report, the IFTP sternly believes that Lady Gaga has been incorporating “occulc symbols” in her music, most especially in her music videos. They were presumably referring to the video of her song, "Judas" which the actress confirmed in a report to be actually an ode for the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ for thirty pieces of silver.
IFTP’s Pastor Joel Bataclan lamented how Lady Gaga's “imageries" and lyrics were "direktang lumalaban sa Panginoon.”
In a “TV Patrol” report aired on Thursday, Commission on Youth of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines' Fr. Conegundo Garganta said that Lady Gaga's brand of entertainment violates the tenets of Christianity and inadvertently corrupts the youth.
"Kinokopya nila lahat eh—ang pag-iisip, ang pagkilos, ang paggalaw,” Garganta complained.
Bataclan, then said in the “UKG” report that their group actually wishes to have the singer’s “Born This Way Ball” concert banned in the country like in Indonesia and South Korea.
“Yung Indonesia ayaw din, so, in the same way, we believe that there is something to stand up against this concert. Na hindi ito magdadala ng kabutihan sa ating mga kabataan,” said he.
Meanwhile, several fans of the popstar saw the active campaigning on the banning of their idol’s forthcoming concert as a clearly misguided effort.
Twitter user Patchouly Tan said on her account (@patchoulyw), “Some religious groups can't see past their own self-righteousness. A prayer vigil in protest of Lady Gaga's concert? Give it a break.”
She continued, “There are far more important matters to pray for and take action upon. The rampant poverty in your own country is a big example.”
User Kaloi Cambaliza, on the otherhand, (@KaloiCambalizaA) believes that the vigil against Lady Gaga “won’t work.”