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 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!|
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.
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.
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.
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.
A view outside CCP. Pretty nice.
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 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.
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.
imagine Imelda when this was being built and how she’s telling the architect “I
want people’s jaws to drop in awe.”