Sunday, January 29, 2012

Carlos Celdran Walk This Way Tour: Livin La Vida Imelda

I had a blast the first time I went on the Carlos Celdran Walk This Way - Intramuros tour. And so when I was given the chance by When in Manila to experience the Livin La Vida Imelda Tour I said to Vince, absolutely yes! This time, I was with my friend, Mai Ann.

The meet up point was inside CCP. Mai and I got there early so guess what we did? We took pictures of course. 

Admiring the photos on display while waiting for the tour to start

I enjoyed the Walk This Way Intramuros Tour I did with Ryan so I was excited to go on the Livin La Vida Imelda Tour. Carlos did not disappoint.   

Carlos Celdran himself, the most entertaining tour guide I've encountered!    

The Livin La Vida Imelda Tour is about the life of the Philippines' former first lady, Imelda Romualdez Marcos! I know of Imelda from Philippine history I took in school where she was always portrayed as a woman of beauty, poise and elegance. In school, we never tackled her earlier life struggles nor did we talk about her love life. We never really talked about her struggles in her earlier life nor did we ever touch much about her love life. 

But through Carlos Celdran's tour, I learned so much more about Imelda thanks to the trivia he shared about the former first lady, Imelda Marcos. Did you know that Imelda previously dated Ninoy Aquino Jr.? Yup! She did! But he dumped her and as history would tell us, Ninoy married another woman from Pampanga, Corazon Conjuangco.

It's also in the tour where I learned that Imelda became the Muse of Manila only because she wouldn’t take no for an answer after losing the Miss Manila pageant. She went to the Mayor of Manila and charmed him into giving her the title. Quite the scandal that caused.  

I thought Carlos was pretty hilarious in this tour with his Imelda acts – from the way Imelda holds her handkerchief and the way she talked – he’s got it all down.

There were e a lot of people who attended his tour – foreigners and Filipinos alike. On that Saturday afternoon, I think there were about 30 to 40 of us in the tour. One of them even caught my eye – hahaha! What a cutie. Too bad, he was there on a date with his equally pretty girlfriend. Oh well. He just really reminded me somehow of someone special in my life. 

A view outside CCP. Pretty nice.

Too bad photos inside CCP is not allowed. I would have asked Mai Ann to take a photo of me sitting inside the theater - ala Imelda Marcos watching a play. 

The next stop of the tour was at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), another one of the really beautiful structures in Manila that the former first lady, Imelda Marcos had Architect Leandro Locsin build.

It had been so long since I last stepped foot inside PICC so when I did enter the premises again, I was instantly in awe seeing the view that welcomed us. I will say kudos to Imelda for this building because it definitely screams of elegance doesn’t it? Not only can we hold international beauty pageants here, I bet we can even host a glitzy event such as the Oscars, Golden Globe and Emmys here. All that’s needed is a red carpet rolled out from the entrance stairs. Well that was actually the intent of our former first lady and she really did a darn good job making this vision come true although when you find out that she took Filipino people's hard earned money to build these buildings, you'd be outraged.  

Look at those elegant chandeliers. I can almost imagine Imelda when this was being built and how she’s telling the architect “I want people’s  jaws to drop in awe.”    

Story telling time with Carlos Celdran

Why go on this tour? It's not boring at all! You'll learn history the fun way! Plus you're also walking around, going inside these gorgeous structures built to promote arts and culture (Imelda's vision). He’s making you laugh too! 

Truly I learned a lot more about the life of Imelda Marcos from the Livin La Vida Imelda Tour and I’ve to say that getting to know more about the former first lady of the Philippines through this tour, I just can't help but admire her. This is not to say I'm throwing away her role in Marcos' dictatorship or anything. But you know, her life was real something you know?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fools Like Me

I haven't actually seen one episode of Grey's Anatomy but it sure seems to have a really nice soundtrack which I think is also a key piece of any drama show. It makes me want to start watching Grey's Anatomy. Haha. I know. I'll be starting late because from what I've read, Grey's is way past its prime. My newest favorite song, currently playing on repeat in my iPod "Fools Like Me" by Lisa Loeb.

Everybody go 
The party's over 
I want to be alone in my head 
In my bed tonight 
You never show 

You must really love her 
You think I don't know 
But I do, yeah it's true 
I think over is over 

I'm right back where I started 
(when it comes to wanting you) 
I can't have what I wanted 

But I did, I can 
I was, I am 
Only human, living, dying 
Just like any fool who ever breathed 
If love is blind 
If love's a drug 
It always is 
It always was and 
Love was surely made for fools like me 

I know where I'm going 
I'm tripping I'm sliding around 
That's ok 
At least I'm excited 
It wasn't how I planned it 
(wasn't how I planned it 
Feet are where I landed 
At least I understand it now) 
My feet are where I landed 
(feet are staying on the ground) 

Fools like me 
Fools like me 

I did, I can 
I was, I am 
Only human, living, dying 
Just like any fool who ever breathed 

Maybe it's the sanest thing 
Or just the sweetest kind of dream 
But love was surely made for fools 
(Love was surely made for fools) 
Love was surely made for fools 
(Love was surely made for fools) 
Love was surely made for fools like me

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Farewell Childhood Collection

Confession: I'm big on the whole sentimental value thing... so you betcha I have boxes full of mementos. I keep old letters, cards, pens and what-have-you. I also still have old books, comics and magazines from my childhood and teenage years. But I've promised myself that I am going to be serious about making my room over.

It's been so messy, unorganized and basically just pure blah! Well that will soon change. I've already talked to my soon-to-be architect friend, Mai Ann, who has a good eye for design and is a real queen of organization about redecorating my room - a challenge I've posed upon her. See, I live in my grandma's house who's in the US. We take care of her house for her. Now this is grandma I'm talking about is a sort of far relative from my mom's side. I think I'm her "apo sa tuhod" as they call it. Basically, the room's furniture which have been there since the first time my parents decided I'm big enough to separate sleeping quarters from them - most of it at least - is as old as the house itself. They're made of wood and metal and they're all very heavy to be moved by just one person. So considering their state, I can't touch them. I am not allowed to actually get rid of any of these big things much as I would love to. Hence the challenge to my friend is to come up with a room makeover plan that will work with what I've got. 

Anyway, as they say, if you want to organize, you've got to learn to sort through your clutter: keep, donate or discard. Well, last year I decided I would donate my stuff toys. It was a little hard to part with them because they were sooo cute. But I feel like parting with these old books, comics and magazines of mine from my teenage years (when I had the Backstreet fever) will be even harder. 

I remember arguing with my friends, Ryan and Mai about getting rid of these stuff last year. I had asked them for help in organizing my room but I was not completely ready to let them go. It was like I was one of those people I see in Clean House whom the Clean House team always had to persuade to give up something. They'd be like "Can we get rid of these? Can we sell it at the garage sale?" and their answer would always be a flat out "NO." 

The first step to getting a cleaner, more organized room: admitting you have a problem. And so yeah, I admit I have a problem! But I'm determined to resolve it! 

So... goodbye books.    

And goodbye magazines...

This one right here was my fave: a topless young Nick Carter (ha ha