In the little over a month I spent campaigning for my dad, I got to see many parts of the city of Manila and noticed its profoundly unfortunate state. It is an overpopulated city with worn down buildings and chaotic roads jammed not only with vehicles of literally all shapes and sizes, but also with vendors who couldn’t care any less. So it’s only shamefully fitting for it to lose its reputation as the “Paris of the East” and be disgracefully downsized to the “Gates of Hell.”
Thoroughly savvy and entertaining, Carlos Celdran’s “The Classic Intramuros Walking Tour” gives you a chance to brush up on Philippine history and pick up amusing trivialities your grade school teachers chose to set aside. The tour sure did give me a new outlook on Manila and greater hopes for it to be what it once was: a geographically vital city that was way ahead of its time made priceless by the loot bag of cultures that inhabited and dwelled in it.
Despite Manila’s present situation, Celdran’s passion for his turf is certainly undeniable and inspiring, so I was thrilled to find out he accepted the offer of the new local administration for him to be Manila’s Bureau of Tourism Chief. If only more people would see Manila in Carlos Celdran’s eyes and act on it, we could absolutely make “Extreme Makeover Manila” a thing.
For more info on the tour, visit: www.celdrantours.blogspot.com