Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Ans here's a sampling of how the event went: A before-and-after map of Intramuros: CLICK HERE.
And here's the live map itself: CLICK HERE.
The map is still not complete. There's still barangay boundaries, address data, and all those little details left to add, but I think most historical places, monuments, landmarks and markers are already there, including the reductos and revellins. They also covered Rizal Park, the Manila City Hall area, and parts of Ermita.
Stay tuned for the next Open Street Mapping party. Congrats guys on a job well done!
Friday, November 26, 2010
In order to clean up the walled city in time for the Grand Marian Parade, this Sunday, I would like know if there are any #HelpDOT volunteers or citizens out there who would like to help me pick up litter between the Baluarte San Diego and San Ignacio, I'd be extremely grateful. And I'll treat y'all to Halo-halos once we're done.
I'll bring the biodegradable trash bags, alcogel and some gloves (for those who are tikis-smikis).
DECEMBER 5, 2010
Meeting point: Parking Lot in front of San Agustin Church, Intramuros
Approximate end time of event: 11:30am
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm if you are coming or text 920 9092021
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
November 3, 2010
We've heard about each other. Wild child.
Viral. Massive. Epidemic.
We are the Sipat Lawin Ensemble, theatre renegades geared towards changing the theatre landscape in the country through edge-work performances.
The Ensemble recently sparked an outburst of site-specific performances in galleries, living rooms, cinemas, cafes, lobbies, comfort rooms, telephone booths and other spaces. We have also developed platforms for new works through Strange Pilgrims (theatre + opera + film + dance + music), launched nationwide Theater-in-a-Backpack workshop series, and devised Fragments Site Works for the Virgin Labfest at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Engagement. Proximity. Coverage.
It is our goal to bring relevant and thought-provoking theatre closer to the people as we develop an urban community theater shared among artists and audiences. We believe that theatre is a transformative, participatory experience that inspires individual and collective action and imagination.
Season 2000-X came to life and Haring +UBU-L was wildfire.
The next challenge is creating a free performance that will engage larger audiences in different parts of the Metro to make theatre palpable to more Filipinos. Viral. Massive. Epidemic.
This November, the Ensemble Players will set the streets ablaze with a courageous adaptation/re-reading/ device-work of George Orwell's masterpiece Animal Farm. Dubbed as IMPERIO ANIMALIA, it is a “backpack production” to be performed on the streets for free, open to the public. Performances will run from November 2010 to January 2011.
We really feel that we have an important story to tell, a relevant process to share.
Care to share?
Join us as we raise funds for Imperio Animalia through a special performance of our wild-cry play “PRAGRES” 7PM this Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the National Commission on Culture for the Arts (NCCA) Auditorium in Intramuros, Manila. Fundraising tickets at P500 and P1,000. For reservations, contact Sipat Lawin Ensemble at (+63)09175008SLE (753) and 02-9645949.
Support pledges and contributions are also appreciated. For queries on how to show support to the Ensemble, you may send us a personal message on our Facebook page via email at email@example.com.
Join us as we all think, to make others think. Feel, to make others feel. Maraming salamat.
Sipat Lawin Ensemble
Saturday, October 30, 2010
by Paula Nocon
In September 2010, Carlos Celdran was thrown in jail by members of the Filipino Catholic clergy for a very public demonstration of his support for the passage of the Reproductive Health bill as he plead to the Church to stop interfering in politics. Out on bail, he now faces charges of "offending religious feelings" and may face up to five years imprisonment.
A few more months before that the country of Finland declared access to broadband internet a legal right for every single Finn, an affirmation of its bold commitment to the information society that the modern world has evolved into.
These two events may be disparate, but upon closer inspection their juxtaposition reveals much. Access to information has been enshrined as a legal right in one of the most progressive countries in the world, while the RH bill has been opposed by the Roman Catholic hegemony in the Philippines for its purpose of educating Filipinos on the responsibilities and options that come with reproduction. One is pushing forward knowledge, the other is pushing back knowledge. One is creating a new right for its citizens, the other is depriving a right that is as old as the human being itself. While one is celebrating the fruits of information, the other is demonizing information so vital to one's identity and self-realization.
Even before I will fight for my right to a 1 Mbps broadband connection, I would first assert my right to awareness. I believe that the whole impetus of human evolution is the increase of awareness, that the whole struggle of civilization has been towards spiritual progress, and that what drives this whole engine is the desire for knowledge, especially, self-knowledge. Knowledge about my own body, my own sexuality, the responsibilities of reproduction and raising a family, is only the beginning, albeit a necessary beginning that leads to greater awareness of my role in the community, in the country, in the global village. You cannot tell a person to be a responsible citizen until he first knows how to be responsible over his own self, body, mind and soul.
Poverty and ignorance go together. When you perpetuate poverty, you are perpetuating ignorance, which in turn perpetuates poverty. The cycle is vicious, tenacious, and overpopulation is only one of the glaring symptoms of it, apart from disease, social and economic disparity, and deterioration. The RH bill has the catalytic potential for the country to finally break out of its crippling cycles, where other social revolutions have failed, because it confronts the status quo on both the individual and social levels. Failure to pass the RH Bill because of pressure from the Catholic Church will not be the failure of its proponents, it will be the failure of the State itself.
In this day and age, ignorance bears more dire consequences than ever before. Any enemy of awareness is an enemy of human growth and evolution. Those who use their power and influence to keep people ignorant must be stopped; those who promote information and knowledge as a stepping stone to greater awareness and wisdom must be encouraged. It is for this reason that I fully support the Reproductive Health bill.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Yo Universe. It's me, Carlos. I want this house. Pretty pretty please?
Walking around Intramuros, I stumbled upon a beautiful 150 ++ square meter house. Done in the 90's but in accordance to Intramuros Administration's rules of having to look "historical", it is located on the corner of Arzobispo and Anda streets just a block away from San Agustin Church.
I don't know why but I really really want this house. I can see it as a little bed and breakfast with an awesome cafe and tapas bar on the ground floor. And it's RIGHT next to the former Ateneo de Manila ruins. The house is just begging to become an attraction in Intramuros with the right amount of renovations and promotions.
Sadly, it costs a little under 8 million pesos and well, I just don't have that kind of money in my life at all. Sigh.
So Universe, help me make this happen. Ommmm.
Monday, September 20, 2010
I am a firm believer in the Filipino. Despite the many challenges facing Philippine society and it's values, I truly believe that our moral core is in the right place. Filipinos are not corrupt. It's just the system that makes us do corrupt things. And proof of this moral core lies in a cochero that I know in Intramuros named Luisito Lopes.
Just last week, a Fil-Am guest of mine dropped an envelope with Php50,000.00 pesos in it on the floor. And instead of taking the U$1,000.00 ++ equivalent and using it for his family or for a drinking binge, Luisito simply handed he money over to me to give to the guest.
He did it with no fanfare and with no desire for getting anything in return for this act of honesty and humility. I'm sure it wasn't easy giving back the cash considering how hard life is for these carriage (kalesa) drivers.
And since Luisito won't toot his horn. I will do it for him. Ladies and Gentlemen. Meet Luisito Lopes. Manila's most honest cochero driver.
Postscript: Actually, I've been looking for a way to improve/beautify/organize the pedicab and Kalesa drivers of Intramuros. A new paint job and a price matrix and some uniforms would go a long way in promoting tourism in the walled city.
Perhaps this could be a volunteer effort for #HelpDOT. Anyone wanna help me?
Saturday, September 04, 2010
I HAVE FRICKING ARRIVED! WOOT! Sharon Cuneta gave away two (2) tickets to my tour on her show. I'm looking forward to meeting Roger and Trina Alcantara, the lovely couple who got married in McDonald's. They can hold hands in Luneta and have a Big Mac and Chicken Nuggets at the Luneta branch on Kalaw right after the tour. Whee!
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
It cannot be denied that a result of events in Manila, tourism in our capital has fallen to an all time low. Hotel cancellations and international bad press is the order of the day and we are looking at a loss in livelihood at a very large scale.
In your free time, wander about Intramuros' historic walls like Jose Rizal, drink San Miguels in Ermita like Nick Joaquin, or pray and pay respects in it's many holy spots and memorials like Filipino Chinese saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz.
Do this all while you immerse yourself in the history of the city that has pretty much defined the state of our entire nation.
or Php2,400.00 each
Php3,800.00 (single occupancy)
This includes accomodations at The Hotel Intramuros and tickets to one (1) Carlos Celdran tour.
This deal is only good for the month of September.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or text 09209092021.
Check www.carlosceldran.com for the schedule of tours.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Of course, unlike us, Mainland China doesn't have this tricky thing called democracy and freedom of press, so please forgive me for not including her/his name.
Dear Mr Carlos Celdran,
Thank you for your kindness help last week. I think it really helped our readers to understand more about the situation fillippinos are facing, rather than conspiracy and hysteria.
Unfortunately I'm a Chinese Citizen, which means even though our country are now claimed to be the second largest economy I still have to obtain a visa to your country, Even I tried really hard to secure a visa last week, I can't manage to get one on time.
Once again I have to base in China to report international affairs.
I read this blog about this incident on Philippine Online Chronicle today.
which made me to think the problems our two nation facing are amazingly similar. Inept and corruption also the biggest problems of our administration, and it's also the ordinary people are paying for the price.
I've been reading your blogs these days, and fall in love with the dynamic manila. Through this blog I can see your love of your nation. I've been to XXXX in XXX last year, and only spend X hours at the manila international airport.Maybe next time I will pay a visit to the capital.
If you have time, I would love to have a more in-depth talk to you on phone about Philippine the nation and this incident, hopefully I can bring more sympathy to my readers.
XXX XXXX XX
I invited him out for a San Miguel Beer should he come back to visit Manila. But at the end of it all, we must realize that many Chinese out there acknowledge that we have to much in common to throw our relationship away.
Just like us, even they know that this too, shall pass.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
ROLL WITH ME AND LET'S HELP THE DOT...
So come with me and let's check it out and brainstorm. It's going to be a great way to re-orient ourselves with Manila's historical spots and maybe have a light snack along the way.
AND DON'T FORGET TO WEAR A HELMET!
Meeting date: September 5, 2010
Meeting time: 6:00am
Meeting place: Manila Film Center
Please text 9209092021 to register for the Sunday morning bike ride. Just send a text with your name.
Start at Manila Film Center 6:00am
Back to Film Center
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
for Carlos Celdran
Why are you scatterbrains all scattered? Be simple.
Get into rows of three’s or five’s. Four’s an
unwanted number and I’m two-thirds Chinese.
I’m sorry, I have to be strict. It’s my duty.
You know this is an impromptu, right?
You all came here unannounced, uninvited,
expecting to drop your load and wishful thinking
I’ll drop mine too. Expect again. Do you guys
even have an inkling as to what it means exactly
to be on and not out of commission for once?
Try stretching your imagination to the stacks
and cases of human rights violations I have
to read day in and day out? You, in the tank top,
quit playing with yourself. Everyone stay still,
or I’m out the door. Do you all hear me?
Because I don’t all hear you. No, that side
is not my vantage point. Don’t make me
turn my head just for you. I don’t even know
you or what field you came out of. I repeat
this is an impromptu. And impromptus, if
I’m not mistaken, give me the right not to turn
my head right-left-right-left-up-down-
down-up if I don’t want to. And I don’t want to.
My mind is already overloaded with down-
loaded images of precincts and policemen
in boxer shorts and t-shirts kicking prisoners’ beer
bellies like soccer balls and playing tug of war
with their genitals. You in the green shirt,
you’re ugly, get out of my line of sight. Who
was that that just left? You think I’m doing
this for my benefit? Such simple directions
for your simple minds and I have to repeat myself.
Look at me. All of you look at me. If I’m facing
you this way and not the other way, is that a good
angle to shoot me from? No. The laws of physics
say so. It is always better to shoot up-close
than from behind or way yonder, unless
you’re God. And it doesn’t take God to know that.
Okay, one more worst-case scenario: If you
and I get caught up in a moment like now
and another guy jumps in, is that considered
polite and good hygiene? N-double-O.
I know why you’re here. I thought long and hard
about you, shot you from every angle, every
side, dorsal, anterior, profile, top, bottom,
and the bottom line always remains the same:
calling me Coco doesn’t mean we’re seeing eye
to eye or almost close to coming together.
R. Zamora Linmark
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
CARLA CAMILLE MENDOZA
But since I hate seeing anyone go home empty handed. All the following names are given 2 tickets to any Intramuros Regular Tour or Imelda Tour:
Kristel Salvador Tungol
Maria Haeja Franca
Maria Criselda Yu
Mary Jean Saberon
Kathleen Ann Kho
Darlene Monoy Fenix
Katrina De Dios
Manuel S. Bernardo Jr.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
Please email email@example.com to confirm your Intramuros Hotel Gift Certificate or consolation prize walking tour.
LOG onto the site of White Knight Hotel Intramuros and check out the digs. It's a great little budget hotel in the middle of the walled city.
First, a comic strip (above).
Bored and Jaded's entry. Click link to get to her blog.
I actually want my friends A & B to get the overnight stay and tour because: 1) they're newlyweds (married last 2009) who need a break, a mini-vacation that doesn't take them too far from the city and doesn't tire Aina out (she works nights at a call center); 2) they both work too darn hard, at one point Aina's boss commented that she was overworked because she was (and still is) so driven; 3) ahem, as much as I believe in the RH Bill, it would be nice to have my godchild one of these days, maybe conceived during the time they have their second mini-honeymoon in Hotel Intramuros :D hehehehe Can we just surprise them if they win? So they won't think it's a scam when you text/email them,
Seven years and we’re not sure how many days. Unlike other couples, we never remember official dates and anniversaries. Until now, we’re not quite sure when we officially hooked up – it’s all a technicality that hangs on the time we agreed to be “us”. The midnight hour had passed, but we hadn’t slept yet so the days flowed into each other. It was a precursor to the rest of our days. Seven years. Has it been that long? Or has it been that quick? Look at us now, the numbers we have to show for:
Changed jobs (between the two of us): 7 times
Children: 1 precocious preschooler
Weddings attended: 2
Funerals attended: 3
Natural disasters lived through to tell the tale: 1 (Ondoy’s wrath)
Romantic getaways: 0
We’ve never traveled alone just the two of us. Family holidays and trips with friends are always in the plans, but we don’t know what it’s like to get away in a romantic, luxurious way. How did we let time fly without getting that done? My husband and I (yes, we are married. Somewhere along the way, we went to City Hall so we could sign a marriage contract before I suddenly went into premature labor 3 days after) spend a lot of time together. From the moment we fell googly-eyed in love with hips attached to each other, sticking through our days together have been our journey in figurative and literal ways. But days of late have seen our coupledom become a threesome. With a fast-growing child, family life has taken over. And date nights, romantic getaways, even delectable couple’s massages are all out the window. Laging may sabit, kumbaga. And while there are no regrets, this current adventure leaves us with a pang of longing to indulge. How lovely would it be to step into a different perspective of our lives, in this same metro, and to make new something as simple as waking up next to each other again and spending more hours together? Living together with the same person day in and day out can never be a drag when you keep things new and fresh. But we need help, sometimes. And happy surprises thrill us to no end. At the end of the day, our twosome-turned-threesome is on an adventure. It’s easy to look for problems and cracks, walls and obstacles that can paint a picture of what-ifs and deep regrets. But it’s much nicer to believe in why-nots and impossible-is-nothing and look for the miracles and magic and abundance that everyday life can bring. See what we have gained so far in undetermined quantities:
• chuckles and high pitched laughs with friends
• late-night cheerleading moments for the other when the chips are
• questioning how and why we were able to produce another human
being who has consumes our love and attention (which we happily
• dreams that the Universe is slowly handing out to us
And this little raffle for a hotel stay and a fun day touring Manila we ask from the Universe as well. It owes us a bit, you know. Timing’s perfect now, we think. We’re ready to collect our ticket to our next escapade. We’ll go so far to say that we’re deserving – but that declaration comes with the caveat of gratitude. Ultimately, we are so grateful to see that life can indeed be kind and benevolent.
I'd write you poetry, but it will ruin the spontaneity. So here's the real deal:
1. I love Manila to bits and pieces, to an angry point of defensiveness. Earlier this year, I read this obscure writeup on Mayor Lim which mentioned how any ancient city, no matter how cultured, has its own share of cobwebs and and dust bunnies. It couldn't be helped. Manila was once akin to London centuries ago, on its golden era of flourish, and I'd board a time machine to see its beauty restored, once this country is done with the major problems such as brain drain and sky-rocketing crime rate.
2. I love you! (Not in that way if it makes you uncomfortable, but if it's okay with you I'd shamelessly tell you in person.) I love the way you are spreading love notes for our as-crowded-as-it-is-beautiful-of-a-capital that is Manila. This is personal, but a lot of my friends coming from more capacious areas in the metro COMPLAIN, COMPLAIN, and COMPLAIN SOME MORE on the so-called dirty people and procedures of our city. I was being gracious but at the back of my head I never fail to scream "Then go back to where you came from! Nobody's pushing you to get a job/earn your degree here!" The Manilenos do not need ungrateful people. They are the ones who need the good culture and service of Manila's essential professionals and highly skilled workers.
3. Along with thousands of others, yes, I stalk you online (which I think is welcome, so the more I do it). I am alone amongst my peers in this seemingly unrealistic quest to save the face of Manila. Today's young professionals seem to be occupied about a lot of other things. Not that I fail to engage in the same interests, but I've always had a penchant for my own heritage.
I have 3 simple reasons why I should also win this contest:
1) Because it's my 31st birthday on August 13th. Seriously, I think winning your contest will be a fantastic and memorable way to commemorate my "huling-hirit-sa-kalendaryo" age.
2) The weekend package and tour will be a great way to go bonding with one of my friends I haven't seen for more than a year. In case you're wondering where I've been hiding, I was in Palawan and Japan for the past 2 years (after I resigned from my work of 8 years) so I haven't really gone on a gimmick with friends who are based in Manila. (I still am in Palawan by the way but I'm returning to Manila soon to go job hunting. So, your contest has great timing.) Frankly though, if I win and my mom can be with me in Manila for a weekend, don't be surprised if I ditch my plan to make your tour a gimmick event with a friend.
3) I'll finally get to see you and your famous tour. Honestly, I've only heard of you since Ondoy via Twitter and with what I've read of your Twitter/FB/blog posts, I thought it'll be great to witness this man in action.
3 Good Reasons why I should win your Hotel Intramuros contest
1. I am eager and so is my 15 year old son (celebrating his birthday on Aug.16)to learn more about the mystic beauty of this hotel and the city. We're always fascinated with history and culture behind these walls.
2. We have not gone anywhere this year because I was tied with too many obligations at work and I believe I deserve a break and a recluse from my public school teaching job and my son to better appreciate his history class being a freshman in college.
3. As a teacher, I need a new topic to feature about loving the Philippines for the school paper feature page and I need to make my students aware of what they have not discovered about Manila and Intramuros. That, if given a chance, I'd blog about Intramuros and Hotel Intramuros (which I haven't done).
I have always admired your posts and sometimes I do share your posts to my students in FB.
(1) I truly miss Manila since I graduated from college (DLSU). Having worked in Makati and QC, and frequenting in commercial spots (because of my event heavy work and proximity to friends) can be fun but culturally tiring at some point. So to get a chance to spend a day/night in Intramuros, will be a form of retreat for me.
(2) Intramuros makes me feel I'm Filipino because of its rich history. I can walk around there alone with no pretensions - make up-less, under-dressed and kalesa-ready.
Plus its not so far from Quiapo and Ongpin.
(3) Intramuros highly reminds me of Noli Me Tangere, one of my favorite highschool subjects.
We had a creative exercise in one of my photography classes. Attached are some photos I am and my professor were proud of.
(4) FOURTH - This is unnecessary but I've never tried sampaguita ice cream. So I wish I could go there again and finally try it.
Thanks you! I hope to win and meet you soon.
I came across your blog while searching for some information about White Knight Hotel. Right there and then, I made up my mind to win this contest and hang out with you in Intramuros, with my husband of course. Why should we? I probably have more reasons than 3 but 3 shall be it:
1. This year, my husband and I are into our 12th year of imperfect but blissful marriage. Anyone who's married would agree it's already a feat in this day and age. Yes, it's hard work but the rewards are far greater than the toil. We could go on a date, pay for it ourselves, or go on this walk with you, with a third party, a very much welcome one at that, for free. Then have some time just between us in this hotel that invites with its character. It would be wonderful treat we deserve!
2. I love anything that goes back in time. I was not valedictorian in my high school class but I beat everyone else in World History. I checked the exam papers of my class and could recite the answer, no matter how tongue-twisting the names were, on cue. And this is not so say I was good at memorizing. Interest was the key; I loved visualizing what I was reading. I love "circa" pictures, those fading black and white ones, and even adore "Back to the Future" to this day. That's also the reason why I was into "Time Traveler's Wife". (Ok, they're not exactly such clever movies but some things we enjoy without much help from our IQ). I don't know why I was not into Philippine History, however. I definitely want to ignite my interest in the past, one that's our very own. Your tour might be the key; I've read and heard how differently you share your gift, in a wonderful way.
3. We're not poor but neither are we wealthy (I would like to believe just not YET. Haha!). There are just other things to prioritize our resources with; you could imagine having a family if you didn't have one yourself yet (sorry I don't know much about your personal life). So, even if we wanted to take your tour for a fee, we haven't to this day. So, here's our chance, just in exchange for creativity and sincerity. Am damn sure about my sincerity but not so about my creativity (I'm a Capricorn and Capricorns are not well known for that). So here's hoping my sincerity will finally see us down there in Intramuros, this time not for Ms. Cory Aquino's wake, but for other views of our history, from no other than Mr. Celdran himself. And just in case you're wondering how come we seem to be considering paying for a hotel to celebrate our marriage but not for this tour, forgive us for being traditional. But then again, thanks to this wonderful contest, we just might have the chance to do something not just between us as a couple but also something that connects us to our past, present and future - with Mr. Celdran at that. On the year of our 12th wedding anniversary. I forgot - please wish me God's luck for the raffle draw, that is, just in case I pass the creativity and sincerity test. Three reasons, three hurdles, one worthy try. We hope to see you in Intramuros!
1. My partner is really into photography and I am sure that she'd love it if I can surprise her by taking her to Intramuros wherein she can take pictures all day because of the magic that this place brings to photographers and wanna be photographer like me. She promised to teach me the basics of photography and this getaway to Old Manila is the perfect time for us to bond and play with our cameras.
2. We really enjoy each other's company. We can be together all day and not engage in conversations but still walk away feeling happy and looking forward again to our next date. I'd love to lounge in the comforts of The Hotel Intramuros with her. We have both been busy with work lately that's why we rarely get the chance to maximize our weekends.
3. I want to watch sunrise and sunset with her. Then after a long yet fulfilling day- hug her to sleep.
The trip would be an opportunity do three things; 1-Bond with my goddaughter Ioann, 2-Revisit and be inspired by the history of Intramuros and 3-Have a good time with my good friend JAC. photo caption-my goddaughter I wearing a Dalmatian coat. "Ninang sama mo ako sa Intramuros ha :D"
3 reasons why we should be picked
1) It would help end all the anxiety of thinking what we should do this year….because guess who gets stuck with all the planning
2) Having a guided tour would be a whole lot better than reading a ton of books that I can’t seem to make sense of.
3) And Third, because were good people, we work real hard, and would really like a break from the daily rat race.
Ps…….4th reason.......... because my girlfriend will kill me if we don’t get picked.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I Wanna Win this one because..
2, I grew up in Pandacan Manila and wished old things never change. Like for example I am super pro in restoring old buildings and old houses. That old building in Near Adamson I wished they didnt demolished because i find the pillar nice =). But i think its a good news i heard they plan to restore The Metropolitan theater because it a site to see whenever i commute on a bus from Pandacan to Sta Cruz. This said in Kudos to your blog and to whats your vision for Manila =) .
3, I Wanna experience that Hotel inside Intramuros and have a decent sleep for one! (I just move back to Pandacan from Paranaque) And you know adjustment to the new place is chalenging. SLEEp decent sleep plssss =). It will be so great to wake up like as if your trap in time. I wanna be a Seniorita for a Day Lolz.
This just about my entry. Im no creative person but Id like to share you a pic taken by the Manila Bay. Sunset!! =)
Three Good Reasons Why
There are three good reasons why
A trip to Intramuros would be a new high…
For me, my husband, and little daughter
We’ll explore a facet of what old Manila has to offer.
Since she turned one and way, way even before,
We’ve exposed her to new worlds,
New places to explore
For her it’s a joy, a delight, a surprise,
For us it’s a treasure to see it all through her eyes.
The third and last reason is simple, it seems
But being a Filipino is stuff made of dreams.
At this early stage, we want to plant a seed
In our daughter’s little heart
To love, to grow, to need
---need to know more and more
About roots, about heritage
---need to awaken a hunger
For knowledge no matter what age
---need to embrace where she’s from
And spark a love for the old
---need to light her imagination
For stories untold.
We’ve been to zoos all over Manila,
We’ve peeked into museums too.
We’d love a chance
To see Intramuros with you…
To appreciate what’s there
And how it used to be
And enjoy the experience
to freeze a new memory.
You won’t just be a view
In our book of memories,
You’ll stand out anew.
Our child will taste a piece of history
Just by catching a glimpse
Of the place in its glory.
A brand-new pebble
In our memory glass jar, it will be
That’s how much this little
Trip will mean to my family
- I've never set foot in Intramuros before.
- I want to show my husband that we can enjoy and relax while not spending a fortune.
- Most of my young student life was spent abroad and I've only read about all the historic stuff that Manila's known for. This time, I'd love to experience it and see things before my very eyes.
After being subjected to 4 days of Maynilad torture- 24 hours non stop drilling right outside my window (please see Maynilad torture pic) I feel that I deserve a nice relaxing weekend. It would also be a treat for me to sleep in a nice clutter free room (unlike mine - please see attached room pic) for a change :D Please please please pick me!
1. I am a product of MANILENYOS. Both my families (Mother & Fathers side) have deep roots in the fine city. My dad in the Port Area and My mother worked in the Ledesma Building (Across San Agustin Church)
2. I work in MANILA. Everyday I dive from San Juan to Manila and pass through the walled city to get to work.
3. I was married in MANILA. San Augustin Church to be exact.
The sad thing is: I know nothing about Manila and Intramuros. My father and mother has called this city home, I have been driving through Manila for 10 years (not to mention my college days in San Beda), my wedding in San Agustin Church. All these things and I don't know enough about Manila. I believe Mr. Celdran can enlighten me and show me where to begin. Through his tour and hanging out with Mr. Walk This Way himself I can finally put meaning and history behind the places & things I see on my daily drive to work.
2.It’s free. We like freebies that cost nothing but are still able to enjoy nice things, like a tour and a hotel stay.
3.I read your blog and check everyday for new posts. I learn new things, places, food, etc. from your travels and tours. J
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Walk This Way, with R and J
The walls inside my heart
Shatters through its part.
Wished to travel by foot
Together, we must stood.
Our bravery and might
Showed before day and night.
By our great forefathers
Fought for we and others.
Books and panorama,
Prose and every drama,
Not enough to display
Its history and faith.
Several past had shown,
Became our witness and shield.
Ruins and walls was filled
With majesty and reign.
Our foot never witnessed,
Kings and heroes sadness.
But with you while walking,
Explores our city's thing.
Past and the present holds
Our interest unfolds.
Curiosity with fun
Must not evade but done.
Me and my future wife,
Never traveled at night.
Without a care of home,
Beats us and made alone.
A vacation for us,
Will ease our burden.
Things may be forgotten
For days and a plus.
With humblest gratitude.
Back to admiration
For best information.
I'm KP, a longtime fan of your work, and a supporter of the RH bill. I was intrigued by your contest, and decided to give it a try. Why should myself and a companion win a stay at this Hotel? Let me give you three reasons why:
1) I love the Philippines, and I love Manila. As a born and bred Manileno who's had to work abroad for a while, I have begun to appreciate just how special our country, and our city is. Manila, as Pimlott & Anderson wrote in their book on the Battle of Manila, was not only the capital of our country, but unique in all the world as the only place where four different cultures met. We were not only Asian Malays, but also East Asian, Hispanic, and North American. Where else could you find all four cultures combining in one place? As a result, Manila before the war was one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia. The war changed that, but the city is a diamond in the rough: peel away the layers of grime surrounding it, and you find the gems of a unique culture that has survived war and poverty.
2) As a scholar of history and international relations based in Singapore, I've studied Manila with both an outsiders and insiders perspective. The former, developed by my study of Asian and international history, allowed me to compare Manila to her contemporaries in the Far East and to see what we have often taken for granted: our dynamic and fluid culture. The latter has allowed me to take pride in and feel passion for what we have in order to preserve it. I have often written of the need to better preserve our heritage and adapt it creatively so that the current generation can not only take pride in our architecture, but to use it actively so that all segments of our society can enjoy it. I've also held discussions with my colleagues and friends from abroad and home to expose the 'real' Manila and the 'real' Philippines, which has been buried under negative press from both local and international media. Our country may not be perfect, but she is the unique, and we should love her for all the flaws she has, and work to improve her.
3) As a final note on what I see in our country, I hope you can appreciate the video I created on what Manila was, and what she can be once more (above).
P.S. I've attached one of our photos for your reference! :)
(a) I should win the overnight weekend package accommodation at Hotel Intramuros because my girlfriend of almost two years is finally coming home to the Philippines, for a few days, just for the month of August because her school starts Sept 1, but at least from Aug3 to Aug29 she's here in the Philippines, I get to be closer to love. We met in UP during college, I was in third yr, she was in 2nd yr but it was her last yr in UP, she had to fly off to CA, we never got to be together-together while we still had the chance. We became a couple yr2008, thanks to plurk and a lot of sharing of songs and stories and movies via email and since then, all I ever wanted really was to be in the same timezone as her again, even just for a few hours, if pwede shempre days. We have struggles but so far successfully proven that long distance relationship can work as long as both parties are actually willing to go the extra mile. I think your blog can really give us the chance to prove that distance is only an obstacle if you don't take the steps to make it but a number. Let us walk your way. Hoping to win. Winning your contest would really help me convince her too, that the universe is conspiring for us to be together. Help me remind her that no level of slang can change the fact that Philippines is her home, always have, always will be--reminding her that while being at the heart of Manila I find to be the most effective idea. I want to make her visit memorable too. How many times can she visit and win something at the same time too diba?
(b) I should win because I love-hate Manila. A weekend stay and one of your tours could be the tipping point, where I can finally admit to myself that I do love Manila. I think I love Manila naman eh, I just find the traumatic stories and my almost/mejo traumatic experiences far too hard to get over. Pero I think Manila is magical. Parang kahit ilang beses kong sundan yung Jose Rizal's footsteps in Intramuros, it always feels like the first time. Intramuros especially, has a way of stopping or slowing down time. It's a magical place even during the day. I would love to bask myself in Manila's beauty for a weekend, with the one I love especially.
(c) I should win the overnight weekend package accommodation at Hotel Intramuros because I want to blog about the experience on my culture and wellness blog :)
1. I want to win this for my mom & dad, Ruby and Ayo. They will celebrating their 30th anniversary next year, and it's been a while since they had a real vacation. I'd give this an an early present of sorts.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
It was fun having Vigo over at the apartment to shoot their album cover. Myself and the boys Monty and Bogart make a cameo.
Download their music here.
Monday, August 02, 2010
Sunday, August 01, 2010
So, using the format that you see above, as a "peg", could you people out there be ever so kind as to email them a couple of sentences? Just answer the question, "WHY DO YOU THINK THE PHILIPPINES NEEDS A REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL?" Both men and women may feel free to answer this question.
Here is a sample reply and a sample headshot by yours truly:
No need to say more."
Carlos, 37, Artist/Performer
You can send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo must be a headshot, between 1 mb to 3 mb in size.
The answer must not have more than 16 words.
Please provide your first name, age, occupation.
Thanks, guys, and cheers!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Awesome. A cute little budget hotel just opened inside Intramuros, aptly called, well, "The Hotel Intramuros" (above). Run by the White Knight Corporation and located in Barrio San Luis across from San Agustin Church, it's a nice addition to the walled city's list of attractions. Surprisingly affordable, the rates start at Php1,900.00 ish for a standard room, it comes complete with a flat screen TV, HUGE closet space, charming Machuca tile flooring, and some with views of the Casa Manila and the loggia of Casa Blanca next door.
The view of the loggia from a room.
A view of a room (above) . It's a rather large room for Manila standards. The bathrooms are all in marble, and the air conditioners are brand new. The windows also open up to a courtyard if you would rather sleep in fresh air (below).
And NOW COMES THE BEST PART.
WIN! WIN! WIN!
I'll be holding a contest to give away ten (10) overnight weekend packages for The Hotel Intramuros. Get a chance to win an Intramuros tour* for two and an overnight stay at The Hotel Intramuros.
Just send your name, your email and celphone number with three (3) good reasons why you and your companion should win this contest and hang with me in Intramuros. This could be in any format. Poem, prose, drawing, photograph, film clip. The more interesting your entry, the better. You will be judged by creativity and sincerity. Keep it simple if you wish.
Those who pass the creativity and sincerity standards, will be put in a hat for a raffle. Raffle will be called out on August 12.
Contestants and winners will be posted on this blog. Contest ends August 10. Please submit your entries before the aforementioned date.
Send your entry now to email@example.com
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
It was pretty amazing. Now folks on twitter are enumerating all their favorite places in our fair Philippine Republic as ideas are consolidated re: how to promote tourism through the internet, through volunteer efforts, and through arts and design.
But best of all, @TeamManila volunteered to make these amazing posters that you see right here on this page (Apparently, the Intramuros poster was inspired by my tour - Aw, Shucks guys!). They were done in a flash of inspiration and come to you directly from the studios of Team Manila. So feel free to download these images and spread them and use them as you wish to promote Philippine tourism. It's their generous donation to Filipinos around the world via the internet. Free of charge and free of copyright infringement. Talk about Creative Commons. It's really creativity being used for the common good.
So follow @TeamManila @carlosceldran @entengromano and hashtag #HelpDOT with your ideas about how YOU can help promote Philippine tourism. Log onto the Team Manila website here. Log onto their flicker photostream here. There's new stuff on it all the time.