Walk around Manila’s ancient walled city of Intramuros with me. I will analyze Philippine architecture, culture and history as we stroll through its storied streets. Learn all about Manila, literally, one step at a time. There will be humor, drama, candy and carriage rides. Promise.
His performances utilize theatrical elements to explain Philippine history.
My background is the arts; fine arts and performance art, so I just decided ‘why don’t I make a walking tour more interesting for myself?’ That’s why I added music, theater and comedy.
The tours put special emphasis on issues surrounding Philippine arts, culture and international geopolitics in order to place Philippine history within a global context. His tour repertoire includes ‘If these Walls Could Talk’, a three hour walking tour of Intramuros, where he is dressed in the Spanish-colonial garb of an illustrado (Filipino educated class); and ‘Living La Vida Imelda!’, where he dons bell bottoms for a tour of the 1970s-built Cultural Center of the Philippines and relates both facts and myths about former first lady Imelda Marcos. “Livin’ La Vida Imelda’ has since been developed into a stage play and produced on the Off-Broadway stage for the 2014 fall season.
As for his Intramuros walk, Time magazine said: “Celdran offers up rich narratives that are by turns gossipy and compelling…the description of a bombed-out Manila, at the end of World War II, is unforgettable.”
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