Madonna may have dazzled her thousands of fans when she mounted her Rebel Heart concert recently in Manila but she infuriated officials of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) for wearing the Philippine flag.
Teodoro Atienza, chief of the Heraldry Section of NHCP, said that Madonna’s use of the flag during her concert on Wednesday violates the law.
“Ginawa pong katawa-tawa ang ating watawat. Ginawang tapis. Ginawang balabal. Lumapat pa po ‘yung flag sa stage (She made fun of the flag. She used it as a skirt, as a shawl. It even touched the stage),” Atienza said.
He noted that under the law, the country’s flag should never touch the floor.
Republic Act 8491, which prescribes the code of the national flag, anthem, motto, coat-of-arms and other heraldic items and devices of the Philippines, also prohibits wearing “the flag in whole or in part as a costume or uniform.”
Atienza said that if Madonna and her producers were not aware of the law, they will still be held responsible.
He said the NHCP may contact the Bureau of Immigration so the agency can invite Madonna and the producers of her concert to explain.
He said the Queen of Pop and her producers may be banned from entering the Philippines because of the incident.
The singer left for Singapore Friday.
It took three B747 planes to carry her stage props which officials said include Madonna’s costumes, a wooden stage, pyrotechnics, musical instruments, sound system, laser lights and lighting system.
According to Madonna’s website, the heaviest and most intricate of her stage décor is what the singer’s entourage call “The Machine,” a device meant to be the “engine” of the show.
It’s an 8.5×4.8 screen can be walked, jumped and danced on and can rise up 2.5-meter, pivoting from flat to 90 degrees vertically in 30 seconds.
The screen is also used for video, graphic montages and backdrops.
The Rebel Heart Tour is Madonna’s tenth worldwide concert tour.