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About Carlos Celdran:
Carlos Celdran is a Manila tour guide, cultural activist and performing artist. He began his art career at age 14 as a cartoonist for a local Manila newspaper, enrolling at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991, where he explored painting, and eventually interdisciplinary and performance art. After university, he moved to New York City, where he first witnessed the effect of HIV on the queer community, which eventually led to his reproductive health activism in the Philippines. He continued his career in the performing arts, interning with the Blue Man Group. By 2000, back in Manila, Celdran was working as an associate director of the Heritage Conservation Society, a non-profit organization working towards preserving historical architecture. There he gained experience in directing historical tours, which set the stage for the launch of his own unique, performance-based tour company, Walk This Way, in 2002. In 2005, he also launched his own art exhibition space called The Living Room, hosting fine art exhibitions, performances and film screenings, as well as facilities for up to two artists-in-residence.
Carlos Celdran, in his role as a cultural activist, is commonly asked to comment in the local and international media on topics regarding Philippine society and culture.
Carlos Celdran, a Philippines-based performance artist, dubbed "The Pied Piper of Manila," will be coming to perform his world famous walking tour of Intramuros, the oldest district of Manila, with the Harbourfront Centre grounds starring as the walled, Spanish-built city.
Armed with 19th-century period costume, and carrying only his picture book, a tiny boombox, and a Britney Spears-style head mic, Celdran will enlighten audiences. His irreverent, and entertaining re-telling of Manila’s colourful history will make you laugh, cry and change the way you see Philippines' capital city.
"The most entertaining ticket in town! Highly recommended." – Lonely Planet
"Gossipy...compelling...unforgettabe. All of a sudden, Manila begins to make sense." – Time Magazine
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