Getting a Little Personal: Body Art and Me

‘There’s always a first time for everything.’ And yes, this is the first time that I’ll write something personal in this blog. Although I do have a personal blog where I talk about really personal stuff (and yes, it is written in my native language as well), I also thought that a lot of people could actually relate to this topic: body art, or in a more specific and simpler term, tattoo/s.

Tattoos are one of the oldest art form that existed. Since the prehistoric times, tribes used body art as a trademark to make them distinct from other groups. It has also been used to honor warriors who fought with their heart and soul at battle. You can even determine a soldier’s rank by merely looking at his tattoo. Today, this symbol of bravery and nobility has been downgraded to just body art. Or is it?

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Lady Gaga Faces Religious Sects in Asian Tour

GAGA VS. RELIGION. Stefani Germanotta, also known as Lady Gaga, has been in the midst of controversy recently after several protests ignited against her ‘Born This Way’ Ball Tour in Asia. Countries like Indonesia, China and now the Philippines have strongly expressed their opposition in her concert. According to government and religious authorities from these countries, the ‘vulgar’ singer promotes the word of evil and & worships Satan. Rumors about Gaga being an ‘Illuminati’ have become a viral sensation particularly after she launched the video for her smash hit ‘Alejandro’ and especially ‘Judas’.

Tonight (May 21, 2012) and tomorrow (May 22, 2012), Gaga is bound to perform at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Inspite the protests and shout out by the Catholic church and religious groups, thousands of Filipino fans are still attending the concert and ecstatic to see their idol perform live.

lady gagaWhy Gaga should be left alone?

I admit. I used to be a fan of Lady Gaga during ‘The Fame’ days. Aside from her catchy tunes and easy-to-memorize lyrics, I really loved her style. It was bold, fresh, and very edgy–which is rather rare for a pop star. Growing up watching Britney and Christina with their sexy, all out costumes; Lady Gaga pushed the boundaries in terms of style and edge. For me, she is the Madonna of my generation.

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Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word

If you haven’t seen this mind-blowing video, here it is.

Jefferson Bethke is taking YouTube by storm as he uploaded his poem / spoken word song titled Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus. Its lyrics contained hard hitting ‘realizations’ and comparisons of why the church/religion is the opposite of Jesus. And it has brought fuel to the fire once again to the the long-running debate against the Catholic church.

For centuries, the church has encountered quite a handful of opponents. There was Martin Luther King, Gallileo, and the others. And as we all know, the church stands still and it stands strong and tall.

Bethke is just one of the many who attempts to uncover the ‘mystery of the church’.

Personally, I don’t have anything to say to this issue. I believe Mr. Bethke has said it all.