Here are some snaps and highlights:
Carlos Celdran, the infamous Manila tour guide and a performing artist started the tour with a song. The Philippine National Anthem, Lupang Hinirang at that, and it definitely set me to be in the Old Manila mood. Since the tour was allotted 3 hours, I was prepared for a really long walk under the scorching heat of the sun. The tour is recommended for 8 years old and above, however, even this little one managed to complete it happily. Shameful me. I am not conservative, but this tour clearly has mature content haha.
The walking part was not a challenge as there are frequent stops to listen to Carlos' unique method of narratives. If you have short attention span like me, this kind of tour would be fit for you since he induces theatrical acts and quirky gestures all through out. He also uses interesting pictures to make history highly imaginable. He had various costumes for his multi-venue narrative performances. Definitely, this tour cum show is not your ordinary tour. It is a one man fully directed production with various numbers.
I highly encourage tourists to join. You do not only get to know Philippine History but you get to taste it too. Part of the tour included a Kalesa (Local horse Carriage) ride and a taste of mix-mix. haha. halo halo. A local dessert.
Carlos In Action
My favorite Carlos Celdran tour accessory. Classic Kenon Speaker. It may be small but it can definitely BLARE!
Some trivia about Carlos Celdran: Yes, we know him as the tour guide who got jailed a few months back but i would describe him as an artist. A young newspaper cartoonist at 14, a student of the Rhode Island school of Design, a theater actor, a dance group creative director, and a member of a non-profit org that saves historical architecture.
Of course despite that, we did not miss any photo ops.
I will not try to be a smarty pants by giving you trivia from what I heard from Carlos that day. I'd rather have you experience it yourself when you finally decide to take his tour, he's better at it anyway. But my big take on the experience is not really on how the Spaniards nor the Americans and Chinese took over the country, but i guess it simply made me realize why We, Filipinos are such. The culture, the good and bad that accumulated from our rich history, resulted to who we are and how have we become.
Listen intently and pick up between Carlos Celdran's remarks, they are subtle but amusingly hilarious and I found them juicy, meaty not perfectly tasteful, but witty!
I can't wait for Living La Vida Imelda.
About Carlos Celdran Tours:
Walk This Way, is a walking tour company founded by Carlos Celdran himself.
The various tours are:
If These Walls Could Talk- a half day walking tour of Intramuros
Living La Vida Imelda- 1970's and the Cultural Center of the Philippines
Corregidor Overnight Tour.
Visit this site for schedules and other information. For bookings, the details are as follows
Telephone: (02)4844945 Text/Cell:(0920)9092021 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org