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Walk This Way

#3 of 27 Tours in Manila
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Quiapo
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Address: Santa Clara St | Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
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+63 2 484 4945
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Carlos Celdran takes visitors on a leisurely stroll around a selection of...

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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Still processing, but it rings true.

It's been a couple of hours since finishing Carlos Celdran's excellent tour, and I'm still processing all I heard. The vivid descriptions of the colonial Spanish and US influences... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Graham, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's been a couple of hours since finishing Carlos Celdran's excellent tour, and I'm still processing all I heard. The vivid descriptions of the colonial Spanish and US influences and US reparations after WWII help explain some of what has been puzzling me about Manila as an American visitor....where is the Filipino"ness"? Why American models on the malls posters? Why... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As a balikbayan Filipino, I had heard so much of Celdran's must go Walk this way tour of Manila. Growing up in Manila and having been educated on a certain US / Catholic background, Carlos gave me a different insight of my Philippine culture and its evolution. It was up to me to balance and wrap my head around the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Carlos is very knowledgeable and has a professional organization offering a comprehensive historical walk with a short horse or rickshaw bike ride and a desert to complete the experince. He is very passionate about the Philippines / American experience during the second world war. On occasion the intensity of his feelings left us feeling uncomfortable and if we had been... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While some might not completely agree with Carlos' unorthodox views on the historical events in the Philippines, the quality of the tour is exceptional. It's well-designed and excellently presented; this one-man show not only keeps you entertained, but provoke you to do your own research on some controversial moments of the Philippines history. Strongly recommended for anyone who wants to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a pleasure to walk this way through Intramuros with a guide who has such deep and expansive knowledge of Philippine history, but this is more than just a walking tour through the historical center of Manila. Be prepared for a 2.5 hour sprint through Philippine history with wry and biting social commentary by an excellent performer using Intramuros as... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an interesting way to learn about the history of Manila as well as enjoy a very pleasant walk with Carlos Celdran. He is an excellent guide and he involves other locals in the tour - a horse drawn cart ride or by tricycle if you dare. An innovative way to share knowledge about a city of contrasts and... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Carlos is definitely energetic and provides a good entertainment value while passing along the history of Manila. It starts with an amusing walking tour that eventually leads into Fort Santiago. Once inside there things turn a bit dark while he rages on about the impact that America had on Manila (more bad than good). Then you walk out to an... More 

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CarlosCeldran, Tour Guy at Walk This Way, responded to this review

Deepest apologies, Sir. I'm so sorry that the narration of The Battle of Manila and World War 2 made you weary. Hopefully the next war in our region will be more entertaining. All the best. Carlos More 

Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been living in this country for few years and finally I was able to do this tour. My regret is not doing it before. The group was big, but he made sure that everybody could hear and see it all. The walk is short but full of information about the history of Intramuros and Manila, I was in... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're in Manila you MUST go on this tour. Carlos Celdran is wildly entertaining, engaging, and offers a thorough history of Manila starting with the Spanish colonization of the Philippines through to the present. His hometown pride of Manila is moving and infectious. I laughed, I even came close to tears, and I learned a ton about this much-overlooked... More 

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CarlosCeldran, Tour Guy at Walk This Way, responded to this review

Shhhh!! You gave away the surprise at the Finale! Hahaha.. But seriously. Thank you so much for this lovely review. I'm so grateful you took the time to give feedback. :o) Hope to see you around the crazy streets of this city once again. :o) All the best! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really fun way to learn about the history of the Philippines with a side order of reality... Carlos Celdran is funny, unapologetic and happy to tell it as it is. From the first moment, Carlos keeps the audience entertained and guessing at what will come next. Most people tell you what they think that you want to hear -... More 

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