by KRISTOFER PURNELL
Performance artist Carlos Celdran passed away earlier this week. An advocate of Philippine history, Carlos was known for his “Walk This Way” tour where he led tourists around the walled city of Intramuros in Manila, earning him the title the “Pied Piper of Manila.” Carlos gained further popularity for his 2010 Padre Damaso stunt, when he dressed up as Jose Rizal at the Manila Cathedral to protest against the Catholic Church’s opposition to the Reproductive Health law.
To celebrate Carlos’ contributions in teaching our local history, VivaManila, in partnership with the Intramuros Administration and Puesto Manila, will be holding a two-part “He Walked This Way” tribute on Oct. 19.
The tribute will begin with a performance tour at 4 p.m. retracing the steps of Carlos’ own tour starting at Fort Santiago, to be led by his friend Gabe Mercado. Later on at 7 p.m. in the evening, a program will be held at the Puerta Real Gardens for toasts, as well as performances and messages from the artist’s colleagues.
In a Facebook post announcing the event, VivaManila called Carlos “a rabble rouser, a rule-breaker, a non-conformist who challenged the way things were done and who shattered perceptions and protocol,” saying that everything he did was “to reclaim a city many have given up on.”
The tour fee is P500, while the tribute event in the evening is free of charge and open to the public. More information can be found at “He Walked This Way’s” event page.