PROCESSIONAL CROSSES go stomping in the hands of half-naked men. Nuns with a habit shortage swing on poles, exposing fluttering muscular thighs wrapped with a lace band. The star, Madonna, reveals herself in these 30-second teasers for the Rebel Heart Tour no more beyond 00:10 and 00:12. As elusive as divine apparitions, her minimal exposure symbolizes the exclusivity of seeing her, The Holy Mother of Pop, in the flesh.


Proof is the cost of the tickets to her show at the Mall of Asia Arena, the lone stop in the Asian leg which is uncharted land for the iconic American singer. With the SVIP seats ringing in at Php57,750, Manila concert tickets are reportedly the most expensive in the other countries that the tour will go to.

“So start saving your pennies now,” she told Newsweek in 2012, during promotions for her previous album, MDNA, which was accompanied by a tour that same year. “Annoyed,” as the weekly put it, by the suggestion that ticket prices to her shows are exorbitant, Madonna declared: “People spend $300 on crazy things all the time, things like handbags. So work all year, scrape the money together, and come to my show. I’m worth it.”

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