Three decades since conquering the global music industry, American pop royalty Madonna finally set foot in the Philippines and performed live before her legions of Filipino fans.
As part of the Asian leg of the worldwide Rebel Heart tour, “Madonna in Manila” held a two-night showing on February 24 and 25 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
All eager to see, hear and dance with the one and only Queen of Pop, Madonna’s longtime Filipino fans, famous celebrities and even government officials gathered and patiently waited for “Her Madgesty” to alight the impressive Rebel Heart stage in all her glory.And because it was indeed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, many came to see the pop icon in their own Madonna glory.
If there had been a best-dressed award, it would definitely go to Anne Curtis who came outfitted in Madonna’s iconic “cone bra” attire from her Blonde Ambition Tour in the 1990s.
According to the actress’ friend Raymond Gutierrez, who accompanied her to the show, A fabulous night of rebellion in photos
Curtis’ outfit was in fact custom-made by Atsuko Kudo Latex, the same fashion house that has whipped up many of Madonna’s provocative outfits. Thankfully, the celebrity’s efforts paid of as she was flashed briefly on MoA’s big screen, singing and dancing along to one of her professed idols.
Curtis’ It’s Showtime co-host Vice Ganda also watched Rebel Heart on the first night. He arrived with long wavy Madonna blonde hair, which he topped off with a golden crown, and a t-shirt bearing the a print of the Queen of Pop wearing her own crown.
Even more fans arrived fashioning Madonna’s famously wild and racy sense of style. LGBT champion couple Jujin Samonte and Paolo Castro wore see-through lace tops, stockings, and T-backs, among other pieces.
Also spotted arriving on the red carpet—dressed befitting their stature of course—were Sen. Loren Legarda, Leye Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, Batangas Vice Gov. Jose Antonio Leviste II, and Sen. JV Ejercito with his wife Cindy.
Mostly everyone had a touch of Madonna in their outfits for the evening, be it a little black dress, crucifix necklaces, chains, bracelets, boots and bright red lipsticks.
But of course, the star of the night was not to be outdone with four costume changes as fabulous and extravagant as her four themed acts, “Joan of Arc/Samurai,” “Rockabilly meets Tokyo,” “Latin/Gypsy,” and “Party/Flapper.”
One moment, she was a sultry Latina matador, the next a Japanese empress, a rocker bride, and glamorous flapper girl in silver sequins. All these stunning looks of course were set to the tune of her greatest hits like “Burning Up,” “Vogue,” “Deeper and Deeper,” “Like a Virgin,” “La Isla Bonita,” “Take a Bow,” and “Material Girl,” as well as tracks from her Rebel Heart album with “Iconic,” “B*tch, I’m Madonna,” “Body Shop,” and “Living for Love.”
“Madonna’s two-day Rebel Heart tour in Manila gave thousands of fans who came to see the show, a once in a lifetime concert experience. Madonna really put on a remarkable show for her Filipino fans proving that she is the sole Queen of Pop,” enthused Globe Telecom Senior Vice President for Consumer Mobile Marketing Issa Cabreira, whose company is the official presenter of the concert in Manila, together with major sponsor Huwawei.
What she means exactly are found in these fabulous photos courtesy of Globe Telecom, producer MMI Live, and MOA Arena. From the red carpet to the Rebel Heart stage, relive the rebellious experience of Madonna in Manila.