- - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lady Gaga was to be allowed to hold a second concert in Manila on Tuesday night after state censors ruled her “provocative” act was within legal bounds, a city official said.

Officials who monitored the first show Monday found no violations of the permit terms banning nudity, blasphemy and lewd conduct, said Antonino Calixto, mayor of Pasay City, the district in the Philippines where the event was held.

“Admittedly, some of the statements and choreography were provocative but the content and presentation taken all together can be considered as part of an artist’s expressions” that are protected by the constitution, he added.

“Therefore, the city government of Pasay sees no compelling or legal reason to disallow the second concert from proceeding,” Mr. Calixto said in a statement.

As many as 20,000 fans were expected to attend the pop phenomenon’s final Manila show, the same number at Monday’s concert.

The duet of "Celebrate" from the movie "Sparkle" with Jordin Sparks (left) and Whitney Houston - Houston's final recording - will be available June 5 on iTunes. (Sony Pictures Entertainment via Associated Press)
The duet of “Celebrate” from the movie “Sparkle” with Jordin Sparks (left) ... more >

Conservative Christians in the Catholic-majority nation have been staging street protests daily to demand a government ban on the events, alleging some of Lady Gaga’s songs are blasphemous.

One senior church leader said her show amounted to “devil worship.”

Lady Gaga spoke out against her local critics at Monday’s concert, declaring she was “not a creature of your government” before belting out her controversial song “Judas.”

Her world tour, “The Born This Way Ball,” has hit the headlines on its way through Asia, with an upcoming concert in Muslim-majority Indonesia denied a police permit for fear of violence from religious hard-liners.

Prominent Filipino lawyer Romulo Macalintal, one of those who sought to block the Manila concert, said he was resigned to the local government’s ruling.

“They are the persons authorized by law and if that is their decision, I cannot do anything, I just leave it to God,” he said.

Houston’s final recording to be released June 5

Whitney Houston’s final recording is scheduled for release next month.

The song, “Celebrate,” is a duet with Jordin Sparks from Houston’s last movie, a remake of the film “Sparkle.”

The song debuted Monday on Ryan Seacrest’s website and will be available June 5 on iTunes.

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