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Walk This Way

Santa Clara Street | Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila, Luzon, Philippines (Quiapo)
(02)4844945
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Ranked #4 of 27 activities in Manila
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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... More

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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 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... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 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... More

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San Francisco, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Carlos Celdran gave a lesson in Philippine history with no sugar coating. He pinpointed the problems each of these occupiers have contributed to today's Philippines, very informative and insightful. He had a dramatic style to his storytelling which I liked, I just wish he didn't yell so much. Intramuros and Fort Santiago are the oldest portions of Manila so it... More

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Rejkiavik
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I thought that there was a bit of overacting at times, but the rest of the time was very enjoyable, Carlos made us feel like we were living as he narrated Manila's gloomy history. Best half day tour in town!

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Chicago, Illinois
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113 reviews 113 reviews
4 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I was booked this tour by my hosts at Ateneo University, who warned me that this was a controversial but VERY popular guide. I was surprised to find that half the people on the tour were Filipinos...apparently this guide has become a local "must-see" for Manila residents. He was everything he was cracked up to be--entertaining, politically pointed (but always... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Saw this on trip advisor and it had great reviews and sounded amusing. It was! Not only was Carlos great and knows how to keep the crowds attention for the full 2 and a half hours but he is also extremely informative and really knows his stuff. This tour is not only fun but also "real" as Carlos explains the... More

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Dubai
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

This has got to be the best way to spend 3 hours in Manila. It is far more than a tour and I would describe it better as walking theatre. The tour leader does a simply fantastic job - he is engaging, comedic and ultimately brought a tear to my eye in the emotional climax. It left me with a... More

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The Hague
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

I joined this tour and I'm very happy I did! I wanted to know more about the history of Manila and Carlos is very knowledgable and I wasn't bored one second. Carlos has strong opinions, e.g. about religion. And he is quite theatrical. I loved both, but I can imagine it's not for everyone. Don't expect to walk much, it's... More

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Sydney
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

This trip is a funny, poignant, educational introduction to everything you didn't know about Manila. Carlos takes you through the the last 500 years of Manila's history in a couple of hours while walking around the Intramuros area - a must-see area of the 'old' Manila. If you thought history was boring at school, then this approach makes the story... More

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