MANILA, Philippines - Conservative Christians held protests during the first concert night in the Philippines of international pop act Lady Gaga, even as fans were lining up outside the SM Mall of Asia Arena Monday night.
A mass was held in the Shrine of Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life parish located in the Mall of Asia complex near the venue.
Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles presided overthe mass and gave a firm homily denouncing the Grammy-nominated singer.
He reiterated that the allusions to Jesus and Christian imagery in Lady Gaga's song "Judas" are considered blasphemy, which could "destroy the spirit of those who listen."
Argulles referred to the singer as "Gaga," saying that he did not consider her a "lady."
"Lady always reminds us of our Blessed Mother, and 'lady' always brings to our mind someone who is worth respect," he said.
He also called on the faithful to pray for the intercession of those who promote and attend the concert.
"We are here to pray for all those who have been instruments in bringing here in our country beloved by God, bringing here evil things, the evil that comes from outside," Arguelles added.
"There are many forces that would like to destroy our country, from within and from without. We ahve to recognize those forces and reject them. Let us save our country."