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“He Had A Full Life”—Tributes To Carlos Celdran Pour In

The performance artist and cultural activist who loved Manila so deeply and so radically has passed away

Performance artist and cultural activist Carlos Celdran has passed away. Friends, journalists, colleagues, family members, and those who have been to one his tours—whether here or in Madrid, where he lived the past months—took to social media to honor him. 

Mikey Bustos came to know Carlos as a “brilliant artist, performer, highly intelligent, and full of Filipino pride with a heart for Filipino people.”

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Devasted by the news of the passing of a dear friend @CarlosCeldran. He was my first 'celebrity' friend in the Philippines, introduced to me through mutual friends in Toronto @romeocandido @killapina because I was fresh-off-the-boat and knew nobody in the Philippines at the time. I'll never forget the first night we met up and jammed at one of his favourite piano bars in Manila. His mind, zest for musicals, and wealth of knowledge on Philippine history was staggering! I came to know Carlos as a brilliant artist, performer, highly intelligent, and full of Filipino pride with a heart for Filipino people. He also had the biggest balls in the Philippines calling out all those he felt were doing wrong in the country. He made us feel like a friend. He even invited me to spend Holy Week with his family in Nasugbu one year, which I will never forget. If you've ever done his Intramuros walking tours you'll understand why he was the best tour guide the country has ever had! Talk about learning at a thousand facts per second! We chatted last a couple months ago about how I would visit him one day in Madrid where he moved. I regret that the Madrid trip didn't happen sooner. He's now with God and a Filipino icon. Prayers for his soul and family at this time. #RIPCarlosCeldran 🇵🇭❤😭

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Criena House, who has been to three of Carlos’ walking tours, thanks Carlos “for sharing his love for the Philippines, for teaching us about our history, for fighting for its rights, even if it meant you’d have to say goodbye to it.”

Bianca Gonzalez called Carlos “he who lived daring greatly,” and shared a quote by Theodore Roosevelt.

Anna Oposa looks back at her time with Carlos on her podcast, Coffee Break, where he had guested on. “Hearts in our eyes,” she says.

Manuel L. Quezon III dedicated his column today to the late artist-activist.

Karen Davila is heartbroken, saying that Carlos is “gone too soon.”

Gang Capati salutes Carlos.

Lead photo from Carlos Celdran’s Facebook page