In a unanimous decision, Pura Luka Vega, a former contestant of "Drag Den Philippines", has been declared persona non grata in Manila. The decision comes in light of their contentious "Ama Namin" (Our Father) act.

Pura Luka Vega Faces Severe Backlash Following Controversial Performance.
Image: Pura Luka Vega's Instagram

Blasphemy Accusations Surround the Act

The uproar surrounding Pura's performance is rooted in allegations of blasphemy. Councilor Ricardo “Boy” Isip expressed his disapproval, highlighting the sacrilegious nature of the act. He underscored the importance of taking necessary measures to address the issue.

"The sanctity of religious beliefs and sentiments is paramount. While creative freedom is vital, it's crucial to strike a balance so as not to infringe upon deeply-held beliefs," Councilor Isip commented.

Weighing Freedom of Speech Against Religious Sensitivity

This incident has sparked a debate on the fine line between freedom of speech and respecting religious sentiments. Councilor Jaybee Hizon shared his views, emphasizing the significance of the Black Nazarene in Manila's cultural and religious fabric.

"We value and uphold freedom of speech. However, this should not come at the cost of offending religious sentiments. The Black Nazarene, pivotal to Manila's Feast of the Black Nazarene, holds immense importance for the people. It's imperative to approach such subjects with caution and reverence," stated Councilor Hizon.

Public Outcry Over the Video

The video, which brought Pura to the center of this controversy, features a rock rendition of “Ama Namin”. What intensified the backlash was Pura's choice of attire, which bore religious significance. The video didn't sit well with many, leading to a surge in widespread criticism.

Repercussions Beyond Manila

The repercussions of Pura's act aren't confined to Manila alone. Reports indicate that Pura has been declared persona non grata in several other cities and municipalities across the country. Furthermore, the Philippines for Jesus Movement is pursuing legal actions against the performer.

Pura Luka Vega: A Controversial Figure

Well-known for impersonating Jesus Christ, Pura Luka Vega shot to fame with their stint in "Drag Den Philippines" in 2022. While they have garnered a following and made a mark in the entertainment industry, this recent incident has undoubtedly cast a shadow over their career.


This episode serves as a poignant reminder of the delicate balance artists must strike between creative freedom and respecting societal norms and beliefs. It also highlights the deep-seated reverence and importance of religious practices and symbols in Manila and beyond.

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