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Justify My Love: How I Scored Madonna Concert Tickets

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I told myself I was going to write about my Madonna in Manila concert experience when I was able to buy my tickets and I’ve been able to recuperate from the ordeal. So after eating some carbs, hydrating/replacing my electrolytes and after catching up on all work emails and some well needed rest, here is my story.

I’m a fans club member but not hardcore enough to be lifetime/legacy membership. I got an icon live pass which allowed you to purchase tickets last Tuesday, July 21st starting at 11am(legacy/lifetime members started at 10am). I was nursing a fever and with my laptop, credit cards, Madonna spotify playlist on loop and berocca-filled thermos by my side and a battalion of Madonna diehard fans on speed dial, I was getting ready for my turn to do presale. But alas, SM ticketing online system had major glitches and could not handle the traffic. They underestimated Madonna fans!

In fits of madness, I called their hotline and in fairness to their call center agent, she was in constant contact and told me to go to the nearest SM bills payment counter to use my fans club code. With my death face and in my pajamas, I took Uber to SM makati. I figured I can’t handle the stress of traffic and finding a parking slot. I got there and found that the area I wanted was sold out and only the expensive ones were left. BTW, I was just getting the Upper Box seats.(The night before, my mother threatened to disown me if I bought the PhP 57k ones!! HAHAHA! sorry, mom but i am KURIPOT DOT COM). The SM girls were fantastic and the manager told me she had a feeling that they’ve only released very few tickets for presale and more will be released for Citi cardholders the next day, Wednesday, July 22nd. I said a little prayer and thanked them.

Fast forward to Wednesday morning, my Madonna fan friends kept me updated on who was already in the queue and so with much urging, I ran to SM makati at 9am with hair still wet but with my game face on. I arrived at the entrance closest to Glorietta and I was glad to see familiar faces(let’s just say we were all women of a certain age). We waited patiently until the mall opened at 10am. I was armed and prepared – I had my water jug and book. I was fully hydrated and medicated! I was ready for battle!

It was probably my best “lining up for things” experience in my life. In this day and age, nobody wants to physically go on queue but thank God for Madonna fans! We each had our own little Madonna moments and concert tips we shared while waiting. But as soon as 10am struck, we ran up the stairs to the second floor counters and took our numbers. I’m glad to say that I’m healthy enough to do a mean sprint thanks to electric studio, options Pilates and circuit 360!!!

The story ends well – I was able to buy 4 upper box tickets and I will see Madonna for the THIRD time next February!

Now for some Madonna Fan-dom FAQs:

1. I heard that Madonna will sing mostly her songs from her new album, isn’t that going to be sad?

I’ve seen the rumored Rebel Heart tour playlist and it had a few old songs, don’t worry.

BUT SERIOUSLY – You guys should expect this, the tour is not named “The Virgin” tour nor is it “Blond Ambition part II”. It is REBEL HEART TOUR and her new album is named REBEL HEART. Deal with it!

2.How can you justify the absurd concert prices?

I cannot defend the prices, they are truly and absolutely absurd. I’ve seen Madonna twice in concert previously and the one time I bought VIP seats, they were USD 400. And that was already in Madison Square Garden!

That said, I don’t judge. Did I judge the ones who saw JLo for PhP 35K?!?!?! NO. Ok, fine, I may have judged a little but it’s their money.

However, if you allow my inner finance geek to show its shiny little head, here is what I call Madonna Math:

Variable A = rate your Madonna fandom from 1 to 10, 10 being the highest
Variable B = the number of years you have been a Madonna fan

So here’s my formula,

Madonna concert ticket price / (A x B) = Overall value to YOU

For example:

57,000 divided by (10 x30 years) = 190 pesos!!!

See that ain’t bad at all.

3. What do you wear during a Madonna concert?

I say go all out, when is the next time Madonna will go to our fair archipelago?!??! She is turning 57 next month, people. She cannot do this for the rest of her life!!

I’m thinking of going as “lucky star” madonna or papa don’t preach” madonna.

If you have more questions, please leave a comment below.

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July 23rd, 2015 at 2:31 pm


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I was about to write a blog entry on Madonna’s half-time performance and then I realized, what is there more to say that I haven’t said before?

Here’s a piece I wrote for the paper on celebrating Madonna and her influence on girls of my generation.

Celebrating Madonna

When I told my mother I was going to celebrate my 30th birthday in New York City to watch Madonna in concert, all she could do was shake her head and say, “Madonna ruined your life and stole your money.”

I remember the very first time I saw the video of Lucky Star, I was so intrigued by Madonna that I took note of all her videos and dance moves from then on.

I also recall my Tito Eli taking my brother and I to a matinee screening of Desperately Seeking Susan in Manhattan. I was completely blown away, not from the movie’s plot but by Madonna. I was young and impressionable. And I was hooked.

Like most girls of my generation, I was mesmerized by Madonna’s unconventional style: the fingerless gloves, the navel-baring shirts, the armful of bracelets, the forbidden cross—and awed by her unabashed defiance of gender roles. She dressed like a tramp and owned it.

Never have I seen a woman who was powerful, sassy and perverse all at the same time. Madonna made me think that even as a five-year-old I could be any kind of woman I wanted to be.

Unlike her contemporary Michael Jackson whose image was of vulnerability, Madonna’s was of pure control. At 19, she walked away from a prestigious dance scholarship at the University of Michigan and hopped on a plane to New York City. Legend has it, she got in a cab, told the driver to bring her to “where the action is” and was taken to Times Square.

Madonna taunted the world by dancing and singing her way, to proclaiming “You can do anything and be anything. You go, girl!” She predated the notion of girl power and girls gone wild.

Does anyone remember that scene in Desperately Seeking Susan where she washed herself in the restroom at Port Authority and dried her hair and armpits with the wall dryer?

That was badass. She was badass. And part of us, even if we don’t admit to it, wanted to be just like her.

Fans and non-fans alike will agree on one thing, Madonna’s talent is not her singing; it is her ability reinvent herself all these years. I have my personal favorites. I loved her Vogue and Ray of Light phases, and I also have my least favored ones. I felt isolated when she moved to England, put on an accent and wrote children’s books.

Was this Madonna’s way of proving you can have it all—the accent, the husband, the children, the plastic surgery? Her life during that time wasn’t exactly the Madonna I fell in love with when I was five. It was difficult to defend her pretentiousness and audacity to strangers, which I successfully did so (I like to think) even through the “Sex book” phase. Even the Malawian baby-saving Madonna was a turn-off.

The seemingly selfless Madonna hardly inspired feminist fire in me.

Not badass at all.

But on one crisp autumn evening in New York City, watching Madonna live on stage and hearing the roar of the faithful brought me back into the fold again — just like the first time I saw her 25 years ago.

She has been called a bitch, slut, dominatrix, tease, cougar, maneater — almost every degrading insult thrown at a woman. But rather than being swallowed by these harsh words, she simply plays the part with much gusto. The more Madonna evolves and the more she defies age, the more she invokes a feeling of protectiveness and unequivocal loyalty.

As other divas folded, flopped and fizzled, there really is nobody else like Madonna out there. There was Britney, there was Christina and yes, there is Lady Gaga. But if anybody saw that SNL You Tube clip of Madonna vs. Lady Gaga, we all knew who won that catfight.

At 51, Madonna is determined to be a sharp businesswoman with an unsettling yearning to provoke and stay on top.

And contrary to what my mom thinks, Madonna put that spunk in me and I don’t think that’s such a bad thing.

original article posted here.

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February 7th, 2012 at 8:54 am

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the secret to success? be a diva

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i like strong and intelligent women and that’s why i love barbra streisand, madonna and lady gaga. i know some of my friends hate it that i love these women so much and some even think they’re trash but i really don’t care. hehehe. and this 60-minutes clip proves to me(and i hope to the rest of you naysayers) why they’re on top of their game.

based on that video, all three women controlled everything about their interviews – stage direction, lighting, etc. these girls know that image is everything and controlling every bit of it is a key to their success. that’s why i think performers like christina aguilera and britney spears need to learn a thing or two from gaga, mado and barang. and maybe even the rest of us need to learn as well.

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April 8th, 2011 at 9:24 am


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reason #456 for loving miu miu=reason #566798 for loving madonna

madonna secretly directs the F/W 2010/11 campaign for MIUMIU!


miumiu + madonna + miss universe reference = this maybe the gayest blog post EVAR!

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August 26th, 2010 at 8:39 am

chic lola style

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It’s no secret I’m obsessed with Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon. Does the name ring a bell? Lourdes or Lola, as her mother calls her, is only Madonna’s first- born.

When your mom is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, certain expectations need to be met. Questions like, is she going to go the same route as her mother? Will she be as cool as her mom, or will she turn out like Chastity “Chaz” Bono?

One can only imagine the kind of mother Madonna is. Rumors about not allowing her kids to watch television or making her kids eat macrobiotic food sound ridiculous, even worrisome, because us Madonna fans feel responsible for how the children are raised.

And why not? Madonna is our mother after all. And as Lola grew up before our eyes, doubts about her coolness and upbringing just faded away.


for more about lola and her hip style, please check out this link and here is a link to the blog. and for more about Material Girl, the collection of madonna inspired by her daughter’s style, check out tin of MFO’s article in today’s radar.

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August 1st, 2010 at 12:25 pm