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Italy’s Singing Nun To Join Madonna’s Second Manila and Singapore ‘Rebel Heart’ Concerts

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – This week, Singapore Archbishop William Goh has said that it is the Catholics’ moral obligation not to support those who denigrate and insult religions, including anti-Christian and immoral values promoted by the secular world.  He made the statement in reference to Madonna’s upcoming  ‘Rebel Heart’ concert.

“There is no neutrality in faith; one is either for or against. Being present (at these events) in itself is a counter witness. Obedience to God and His commandments must come before the arts. As the people of God, we should subscribe to authentic Arts that lead us to God through the appreciation of beauty, harmony, goodness, truth and love, respect, unity and the transcendent; and not support the ‘pseudo arts’ that promote sensuality, rebellion, disrespect, pornography, contamination of the mind of the young, abusive freedom, individualism at the expense of the common good, vulgarity, lies and half-truths,” Goh said.

In the Philippines, where Madonna staged her first of two Manila concerts last night, another archbishop, Ramon Arguelles, warned the country’s Catholic faithful to be aware of the “subtle attack of evil” and discouraged them from watching the concert.

Well, leave it to Madonna to respond in the most subtle of ways.

The queen of pop today announced that she is flying in Sister Cristina Scuccia from Italy to join her on stage during her second Manila concert as well as her concert in Singapore.

Sister Cristina, was the nun who won Italy’s version of The Voice. Since winning the competition, she has released her first single, complete with music video: a slowed-down cover of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”

The singing nun will sing a duet with Madonna, and yes, it will be “Like a Virgin.” No pointed bras for the sister, just plain old nun’s habit.

And did we already tell you, Sister Cristina has Pope  Francis’ blessings?






UNIVERSAL CITY, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – The television show, ‘The Voice’ operates on the concept that singers should be judged based on their singing and not on their looks.

The reality show has gained enormous popularity since it first aired in 2011, and has spread across the globe through local franchises, including the Philippines.

Today, the U.S. version of ‘The Voice’ had Sia as its featured guest singer.

Of course we know Sia as the voice behind many hits like ‘Chandelier’, but the Grammy-nominated artist is incredibly shy when it comes to showing her face at public events. Hence she appears with her face fully covered by her hair, just like she did on tonight’s show.

After her guest appearance, the producers of ‘The Voice’ had a light bulb moment.

Starting next season –if there is going to be one —  all contestants, from the blind audition all the way to the finals, will have to cover their faces with their hair or a veil.  This way, the show will remain true to its original concept that the best singers don’t necessarily have to be the most good-looking.

The Adobo Chronicles  fully supports this new format. And so does Reyna Elena, a Filipino American fan of the show.

We tried to reach Broadway star Lea Salonga, a judge in the Philippine version of the show, but were unsuccessful.  (Miss Salonga, if you happen to read this, please contact us).





Sister Cristina
The Voice of Italy winner Suor Cristina

Rome, Italy (The Adobo Chronicles) – As expected, Suor Cristina, the 25-year old Sicilian nun, won the finals of the reality show The Voice of Italy.

In a success story that many have seen as fitting for the era of a popular, down-to-earth pope, Cristina Scuccia’s appearance on the reality television show has gripped viewers in Italy since her blind audition where she sang Alicia Keys’ No One. That performance — which left the judges looking incredulous and program directors suddenly seeing a potential blockbuster — went viral and generated more than 51 Million views on YouTube.  Thursday’s finals garnered a 21% audience share for the public broadcaster’s Rai 2 Channel.

But as with any competition, there is controversy, and there are protests.  The season finalists protested the audience vote, accusing Pope Francis of rigging the process — or at least using the papal influence to shape the outcome.

The Adobo Chronicles reported way back in March that Pope Francis said he would vote for Suor Cristina.  Apparently, most of Italy’s 60 Million Catholics followed their spiritual leader.

The unsuccessful finalists said they have hired an attorney to file a formal protest  and seek the annulment of the final results on the basis of “unfair advantage” on their part. Italians are skeptical about the merits of the complaint and more so, doubt its successful outcome since even in the Catholic Church, annulment (as in marriage annulment)  is a very long and complicated process.  Some have said that the finalists were just being sour losers.

Meanwhile, Suor Cristina is reportedly facing the biggest dilemma of her life: whether to quit the religious life and pursue a worldly singing career, or remain within her blessed calling.