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“Carlos is so funny and provides a different insight into Manila”
Review of Walk This Way

Walk This Way
Ranked #3 of 28 Tours in Manila
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Carlos Celdran takes visitors on a leisurely stroll around a selection of Intramuros' structures with an irreverent yet informative analysis of Philippine architecture, culture, and society from Pre-Hispanic Manila until the present.
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“Carlos is so funny and provides a different insight into Manila”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

I really enjoyed Carlos on the tour around Fort Santiago. His thoughtful journey into history and how Manila has changed over the years due to major events provides a fantastic understanding for all ages. Most of the tour (90%) resides around the Fort Santiago, ending in a fantastic horse carriage ride or peddle power to San Agustin Church (go for the peddle power.. its like a personal mini tour) ending in a local speciality Halo-Halo desert. It would have been great to walk around the area more with Carlos, esp the different historical buildings and also understand more about modern day Manila.. however in summary I would HIGHLY recommend his unique/ fantastic/ laugher all the way tour.

Visited May 2014
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Manila, Philippines
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“My 2 x 15 year olds LOVED this - that's a WIN!!!!!”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

How do you get 2 x 15 year old boys who don't care about history to learn something about Manila while they are here? Carlos Celdran is your answer. On the way home afterwards my son said "that man is an inspiration". I just smiled to myself and decided it had been a worthwhile afternoon. Yes, Carlos' style is full-on but you are warned about that on the tour's website. And from reviews here. Don't go if you want a more traditional format. We found it to be a great afternoon out, with lots of laughs and we all came away having learnt a fair bit of Philippines history.....without even realising we were having a history lesson. That's MY kind of tour - entertaining and educational. Thanks so much Carlos - we will be back with future visitors who come to stay with us in Manila.

Visited April 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Carlos Celdran and his Manila”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

You could take a walk around Intramuros and take a few pics of Fort Santiago and be on your way thinking "oh well,I've done that" or you could take a three hour tour with Carlos Celdran and be thoroughly entertained and informed by this very enthusiastic guide. Part street theatre, part theology lecture and part slide show it all adds up to Mr Celdrans version of the history of the Philippines and Manila. Carlos leads you around Intramuros whilst portraying several characters who figured heavily in the the shaping of modern Manila. Carlos tells his story with a lot of passion and nationalistic pride which at times may have been a bit strong for some in our group,but if you don't believe in what you do,you can't do a good job. Carlos does a great job. I came away with a better appreciation of the City of Manila. The walking part of the tour does not cover a lot of ground but you do take a Calesa(horse and buggy) ride through city traffic to the last remaining Spanish Cathedral in the city. Be warned that the tour does not end where it started and it does finish after dark during peak hour,so finding a cab home can be an adventure in itself. And at the end you can say to yourself "well I really have do e that".

Visited March 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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“Meh. Get a guide book instead”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

I found Carlos Celdran to be very knowledgable about the history of Manila, which is a very interesting history. His material is informative, but I found myself distracted by the delivery. I found Carlos' manner to be loud, obnoxious, and irritating, not entertaining, as many here have indicated. Others have said he's opinionated, which is true. I believe his own website says he's melodramatic, which is also true. It was too much for my liking and I was more than ready for the tour to be done after the first hour. There wasn't a great deal of walking in the "walking" tour. We went from one end of Fort Santiago to the other, and spent the majority of tour time in the fort. The only stop outside the fort was San Agustin Church, and we couldn't go inside because of a wedding. Also, it's way overpriced in my opinion, and there are too many people. I would recommend getting a guidebook and a pedicab and seeing intramuros on your own.

Visited February 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“A must for all who want to understand what makes Manila,and most Filipinos, who and what they are!”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

I can't say enough about this tour; which in 3 hours will introduce all who attend, to the history of Manila starting with Spanish colonization; through American colonization; through Japanese occupation, and the needless and inglorious destruction of Manila by not only the Japanese troops, but by the American forces as well.
It will awaken your understanding of the Filipino psyche; affected through the introduction of Catholicism by the Spanish. And The Thomasites; American teachers sent to teach the English language, and American thought processes in order to keep Filipino citizens in line with the US's colonial aspirations.
It will give you insight to the influence of The Chinese, and Muslim cultures, both dating back well before The Spanish ,The Americans, and The Japanese; and it will make you cry when you finally start to understand the total havoc wreaked upon Manila at the end of the second world war.
Carlos presents the tour in a very heartfelt, entertaining, and theatrical way; all of which will have you laughing, and perhaps crying as you come to understand that this is a mixed up culture at times; or as Carlos himself teaches us, it is Halo- Halo, or mix- mix.
As much as it is a walking tour, you will actually be led to 5 or 6 points of interest, where you can sit down and relax while Carlos will lead you through the poignant history of The Philippines. The final stop for us was San Augustin Church; and to get there a pedicab or calesa is provided free of charge for those who don't want to walk the 3 blocks. After all of that, he will lead you across the street to The White Knight Hotel, where a perfect tour will end in a perfect way; as a tribute to the spirit of The Filipino people, you'll be seated and served Halo-Halo.

Visited February 2014
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