Philippines: Carlos Celdran’s Intramuros Tour, Manila


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:







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  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. beth custodio

    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…:)

  4. Mabel

    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

  5. Doi Argana

    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

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

  7. remwell

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

  8. 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 πŸ™‚

  9. 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. πŸ™‚

    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.

  10. Wesley Cortes

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

  11. Tiff Sy

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

  12. 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! πŸ™‚

  13. 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! πŸ™‚

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

  15. Kat-te De Mesa

    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

  16. Charlotte

    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!

  17. 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

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