“…random film showings at the Living Room will showcase different movies in Philippine cinema especially those which shows cultural significance….”
If you are one for the culture, arts and history visiting the Living Room is a must. In 2005, Carlos Celdran opened the living-room-cum-art-space in North Syquia Apartment in Malate, Manila. The Living Room houses free film showings once a month.
For Celdran, the random film showings will showcase different movies in Philippine cinema especially those which shows cultural significance. The very first showing was on July 15, 2005 featuring Tisoy, a movie by cartoonist Nonoy Marcelo.
Celdran is a famous tour guide in Manila. He is also quite controversial because of his civic involvement and political stance. He is probably known for the “Damaso” incident where he, wearing a suit that is similar to what Dr. Jose Rizal wore during his execution, walked up in the middle of a mass at the Manila Cathedral. He showed a placard with the word Damaso written in it, referring to the priest character in Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere. He was convicted for offending religious feelings. Apart from that, he was also reprimanded by authorities in March 2012 during his Dubai performance for an imagined conversation between former First Lady Imelda Marcos and the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
But apart from the controversies that he is known for, Celdran is known for his social involvement. He is the founder of Walk this Way which is a company that hosts walking tours of the city of Manila. Celdran also produces, directs and acts in a one-man, multi-venue costumed performance to lead the patrons through the city. He alternately acts and narrates along the way. The performance contains theatrical elements with comedy, costumes and music in the pursuit to explain the history of the Philippines.
For Celdran, The Living Room is one of his contributions to help the local at scene. The patrons of Walk this Way can also drop by The Living Room.