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.

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  1. July 8, 2013

    Nice to know you’re having fun here in Manilerz! :-)

  2. July 8, 2013

    Hi Jake. We find your blog very interesting, and we’re just letting you know, we’ll feature it on PEP. ( Should you find this not to your liking, please let us know immediately. Thanks!

    • July 8, 2013

      As an avid reader of your blog, I’m happy to have it featured on PEP. Way to go Jakey! Much love!

    • July 9, 2013

      My pleasure! Thanks!

  3. Jeff Miaral #
    July 8, 2013

    I love your blog! :)

  4. July 8, 2013

    your blog is so proud to be filipino..thank u for the helps me realize that Philippines my beloved country is rich in history..keep on posting jake about our beloved Philippines….and lastly..u and andi are such a cute couple.GOd bless

    • July 9, 2013

      Our country is the bomb! We just have to treat it accordingly

  5. beth custodio #
    July 8, 2013

    i love manila most especially the luneta park…when we’re young we used to go there every christmas day…nice to see u and andi together…love it…:)

    • July 9, 2013

      It’s been ages since the last time I went! I’ll check it out soon! thanks!

  6. Mabel #
    July 8, 2013

    Been waiting for this! been readin’ ur blogs all over again, i sooo love it! Lookin forward for more!
    Keep safe out thurrr πŸ’ŸπŸ˜Š

  7. July 8, 2013

    I love your blog! But i love you more 😊 wont get tired readin ur creations! ☺

  8. July 9, 2013

    What cam did you use? Its nice. Sepia. :)

  9. rhea #
    July 9, 2013

    supah love this..nice one @unoemilio..β™₯ツ

  10. casandra macy #
    July 9, 2013

    it was a double whammy! :) andie and manila in a day!

  11. Doi Argana #
    July 9, 2013

    Unoemilio brains minus the arrogance πŸ‘I hope it stays that way please. I’m such a fan of you & aindiegirl. I do hope both of you will continue to see life through rose-colored glasses. πŸ‘Š

  12. angelique gonzales #
    July 9, 2013

    wow you are great! i love this blog. and andi. you look great together.

  13. July 9, 2013

    Thanks to andi for her post on instagram so that i knew this blog.,i so love it! :) so cute the last photo of you and andi.. take care always for both of you! :) @unoemilio

  14. remwell #
    July 9, 2013

    congrats for the re-election of your father…may he prove dan brown wrong on his “gates of hell” comment about manila…

  15. July 9, 2013

    wow another nice blog na nman to jakey….galing mo tlaga

  16. Karlota #
    July 9, 2013

    Hoping for more entries! Great job, Jake! β™₯

  17. July 9, 2013

    Oh gosh! One of my favorite places here in Manila. Was born in Intramuros, and now, my school is located there too. Such a historical and amazing place. Hope you liked there jake! God bless you :)

    • July 13, 2013

      I sure did! Must be unreal growing up in such surroundings!

      • July 16, 2013

        When was this? Believe it or not, this is really one of the special places for me in the Philippines.

  18. Nina #
    July 9, 2013

    I love you and Andi!! ❀ nice blog, btw! I hope to meet you here in Manila :)

  19. Edd #
    July 10, 2013

    I’m loving this blog post already! It’s good to see you together :)

  20. July 10, 2013

    I like how you described Manilaβ€””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.” Well said. :)

    I wish all of us will do our part to make this city (our country for that matter) thrive once more and its citizens prosper.

  21. Maria Ruby Charisma #
    July 10, 2013

    Two thumbs up!

  22. Ima #
    July 10, 2013

    Nice post! Just wanna say i really like your photography. Keep blogging!

  23. July 10, 2013

    you are really proud of our country! yay! your blog is so amazing! :)

    • July 13, 2013

      Defo! Who else if not we Filipinos?

      • July 18, 2013

        right! you’re such a good blogger po. you love travelling? sana po marami ka pang ma post na ganitong entry! :)

  24. July 10, 2013

    you really are proud of country! your blog is so amazing. :) keep blogging please! :))

  25. jenny #
    July 10, 2013

    lovin your blog!im a fan of u and andi,you guys are good together! (y) Ciao from Milan,Italy

  26. July 11, 2013

    I will certainly try this tour when I come back home xx Iza from Toronto

    Check my blog

  27. lyz #
    July 12, 2013

    you sure have mad photography skills, man… lovin it!

    and btw…are you still active on your tumblr?

  28. Wesley Cortes #
    July 12, 2013

    Your blog is just so tantalizing, the way you narrate everything makes it so fun to read :) keep it up! x

  29. July 12, 2013

    Sakura resto!!! The best! Nice blog and photography skills, btw! :) Plus, you look good together (Andi) β™₯

  30. mark #
    July 13, 2013

    I really love this blog!! keep it up!!!

  31. Tiff Sy #
    July 15, 2013

    You’re such a superb writer, Jake! :) Keep it up! You might want to give me some tips, since I love writing too. :)

  32. Honeylyn #
    July 16, 2013

    what I love most is ur photo with andi! nice blog, God bless.

  33. July 16, 2013

    I’ve had the same pleasure of experiencing Carlos Celdran’s Intramuros tour. You could not have done a better job of putting my similar sentiments into words. Keep blogging! :)

  34. angela sia #
    July 18, 2013

    Super nice blog! Hope to see u soon!

  35. July 18, 2013

    right. you’re such a good blogger! sana po marami ka pang ma post na mga ganito. :)

  36. Erwan #
    August 8, 2013

    Sir san tong resto? and anong name? Thanks!

  37. August 10, 2013

    This was so profound that i found myself reading everything in your blog!

    You have exceeded the expectations of all those who doubted you! Good looking, Intellectual and has a heart for every “juan”? What more can we ask for? Kudos Jake! Will def follow your trails!

    And btw, thanks for making me feel better kanina! Simple gesture, just to let you know how grateful I’ am for hitting that “like” button! God bless your family and your beautiful soul! :)

  38. beebubuyogko #
    September 2, 2013

    Reblogged this on beebubuyogko and commented:
    a tour in intramuros (reblogged via

  39. beebubuyogko #
    September 2, 2013

    hi jake! this is my first time to visit your site. It’s amazing! :D hmm. try visiting the Manila Zoo, maybe you can think of something to help it become a better place to stay for the animals. ;)

    • January 5, 2014

      Thanks! That’s definitely on my list!

  40. Kat-te De Mesa #
    November 30, 2013

    Nice blog Jake…I’m From Manila also… Hope you can do more blogs like that…Many beautiful place here in Manila….beautiful place + beautiful couple love love love…God bless

  41. Loren Manangan #
    January 5, 2014

    it’s my first time to visit your blog. Twas awesome :) I love MNL. keep on blogging ^_^

  42. Charlotte #
    January 10, 2014

    This blog’s the one that started and has kept me coming back for more. Though my family lives in Vancouver, my heart has been and always will remain in Manila! I see you love our country so much too. Hopefully when you’re done doing whatever you are in Singapore for, you’d seriously consider returning and help pull the country up again, even as a member of the private sector. Politics is too messy. Cheers!

    • January 11, 2014

      That’s the plan! ;)

      • Charlotte #
        January 12, 2014

        Kudos!!! May you be an example for others of your generation!

  43. October 10, 2014

    Love Your Blog Jake!this is my first time open a blog(got interesting ‘coz my young kid wanted to be a Blogger (mother duty) wondering What the Hell is that?????LOL and im suddenly like it and amazed when i see all your photos and your Subject.and i show it to my daugther i said okay this is cool cuz i and my hubby love drive aroud to the fullest!driving from east to west, north to south….never ending Long Drive if we have vacay. no matter what weather is.Winter.Fall,Spring,and Summer… Heart(my kid ) say I told You Nanay and she only 11 years old.she like your blogs too.keep it Up young Man.Stay Safe always and Inlove continue your Journey..looking back my kabataan day d namin nagawa ng hubby ko to kaya now lang kami bumabawi, we married at a young age maybe thats why i feel you and Andi Maybe?.i already like you na and Andi!!! d na Kinda??.. LIKE IT kids laughing at me.they said OMG Nanay tha was the 1st time you adore a couples in philippines……LOL

    • November 12, 2014

      Lol. Thanks a lot, ma’am! It’s never too late! Safe journeys :)

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