Manila Goes Gaga for The Born this Way Ball at the Mall of Asia Arena!

Friday, May 25, 2012 Alexis Mendoza 0 Comments

Manila was taken into a roller coaster ride this past few weeks all heading down to May 21 and 22 as the controversial show by music icon Lady Gaga headed towards Manila. The world tour titled 'Lady Gaga: The Born This Way Ball' became controversial even before it kicked off in Seoul as religious sectors accused the concert tour and Lady Gaga's way of singing & dressing up as Blasphemous and Demonic.

Scene from Lady Gaga's "Judas" Music video
Fast forward to May 2012, Religious sectors as well as some government officials in Pasay City also joined to protest against the show, but May 21 arrived and Lady Gaga's show went on as scheduled at the new Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City amidst protests against her show.

More about the Mall of Asia Arena
         The Mall of Asia Arena is the newest addition to the master planned Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, it features world class amenities that can compete with those in the United States. It has amenities such as 30 Private Corporate Suites for companies which can be leased and 11 Private Suites which can be leased on a per-event basis. The Mall of Asia Arena promises a no-nosebleed-seating-view even from the farthest area of the Arena, they also boast the all cushioned seats with cup holders in all area of the Arena. It also includes the a parking building with direct access to the Arena as well as office spaces in the upper floors of the building. The Mall of Asia Arena is set to officially launch on June 16, 2012.

The New Mall of Asia Arena Eye-Shaped Facade
The Mall of Asia Arena Parking Building and Offices
Blue Entrance featuring landscaped areas and water features
Me having my first photo outside the new Arena
Now back to the concert, as early as breaking dawn, fans lined up outside the Arena to be the first in line. Fans dressed up in their Gaga inspired outfits sprawled around the venue, and more came as the hour of the show came close. Luckily, our good friends from Smart Communications provided AlexBam2006in3D with patron tickets to witness the first night of the show. How cool is that!? :)

It was around 5:30pm when the doors of the venue opened, everyone is in double excitement to see Lady Gaga as well as to experience the new venue for the first time. We also lined up fast so we can get a good area for the show as we are on the patron area.

The Golden Tickets to the Show
Mall of Asia Arena uses QR Code scanners for entering ticket holders
Before entering the Arena
Right as we entered the patron area, I immediately took snapshots of the new venue as well as the stage which is that time covered in a shiny cloth making everyone anticipated the grand stage design of the show.
At exactly 8pm, the show started with DJ Zedd headlining the show by pumping up the atmosphere with rockin' beats, the venue became one giant party with 45 minutes of non-stop party beats by DJ Zedd.

After DJ Zedd's set, everyone went wild because Lady Gaga is about to start the Born this Way Ball Manila! Enough talk, Here are some of the photos of the show:

At one part of the show, Lady Gaga did a little speech about those opposing her to do the concert here and those who wishes Lady Gaga to change & omit some songs from the show such as Alejandro and Judas. After the speech, Lady Gaga sang Judas. below is the speech she made;
I am not an alien, I'm not a woman, I'm not a man, AND I AM NOT A CREATURE OF YOUR GOVERNMENT, Manila.
I am all your dreams and I'm all your potential.
Let me be all your insecurities and your fears.
I'm your future, everything that makes you sad and angry. I'm YOU, Little Monsters.
Tonight's not a statement. Tonight's us coming together because we believe we were all born this way. 
Some people say I stand for things that are bad. The truth is, I want the best for every single one of you. My lifestyle is like one who performance of liberation. For those who aren't free, take this opportunity to free yourself. 
Don’t fucking test me, this country better not f*cking test me because I can start a f*cking revolution with all of you. 
-Lady Gaga, Born this Way Ball Manila 

The show ended after 23 songs and with a loud applause from the crowd. The 2-night sold out concerts at the Mall of Asia Arena went smoothly proving that problems like what happened to Lady Gaga's show can be remedied fast.

Here is the complete setlist of the shows from Ovation Productions:
Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball Tour Manila Concert Setlist
May 21 & 22, 2012
Mall of Asia Arena 

Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)
Government Hooker
Born this way
Black Jesus + Amen Fashion
Bloody Mary
Bad romance
Fashion of His Love
Just Dance
Love game
Heavy Metal Lover
Bad Kids
You and I
Electric Chapel
Poker Face

Edge of Glory
Marry the Night

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AlexBamin3D invites for this awesome concert! You guys Rock!
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