Carlos Celdran’s Livin’ la Vida Imelda

Carlos Celdran Livin’ la Vida Imelda show at Silverlens gallery is a fresh and creative show inspired by power, disco, parties, politics, architecture and the iconic Imelda Marcos.

Carlos Celdran brings his highly entertaining walking tours of Manila–the Imelda inspired tour Livin’ la Vida Imelda to a gallery setting at Silverlens Lab (SLab).  

I watched the show and I can promise you that it will be the best show you’ll ever see in this side of town.  

Carlos Celdran transformed his walking tour into a performance art. Collaborating with Toronto artist Eric Quebral who rendered the buildings of the CCP complex, the PICC, Coconut Palace, Film Center and Folk Arts Theater in black masking tape on the gallery’s pristine white walls.

Livin’ la Vida Imelda uses great music, lighting, old photos, acting, dancing-and-singing and shouting performers, and the pretty looking guy playing Mrs. Marcos.

                                                       
Carlos Celdran recreates history from a unique perspective. His script is full of delicious bits of chizmiz, mixed with historical trivia and fearless name dropping. Carlos Celdran tackled the story of former First Lady Imelda’s early years,her idyllic Leyte childhood, her beauty queen background, the courtship with young congressman Ferdinand Marcos. Expect to hear about the Film Center controversy, Ninoy Aquino’s assassination, the 1986 snap elections and subsequent People Power. Carlos Celdran recounted everything with humor. 
                                                  
The no-holds barred Carlos Celdran, made jokes about everything from the age of Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile to the size issues of former President Marcos. Carlos Celdran made a unique analysis of what the Marcos years did to the Philippines. Carlos Celdran said that the Marcoses promoted arts and culture and nurtured corruption and abuse, built bridges and buildings but tortured student activists. He said that the late Ferdinand Marcos was a brilliant man who allowed his beautiful wife to use her strange brand of disco diplomacy to cut deals with other dictators and dream up bizarre projects.

Inevitably, the story leads us to the EDSA Revolution, when Ferdinand and Imelda were skirted off to Hawaii (did Marcos really think Paul Laxalt meant Paoay and not Hawaii?) Carlos Celdran also said that Imelda sang “New York, New York” on the plane on the way to Hawaii. Just when you think it all ends there, Carlos Celdran provides a very funny and ironic epilogue. Imelda Marcos is indeed back–back in power (as Congresswoman of Ilocos Norte), back in society (launching her own costume jewellery line and as Carlos Celdran claims, eating pizza at the checkout counter of Price Smart), and firmly, in her place as an icon of our times.

Carlos Celdran LIVIN’ LA VIDA IMELDA in Silverlens’ Slab has 15 show dates: February 7, 8, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24; March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10. Regular tickets sell for P800 while student tickets sell for P400. All shows start promptly at 8 pm. All shows will be held at Silverlens SLab gallery located at the 2/F, YMC Building II, 2320 Don Chino Roces Extension (formerly Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati City. The performance runs one hour and 40 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission.

Tickets available at Silverlens: 2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati City. Please call Kat Luciano at 816-0044 (office hours) or text (0917) 587-4011.

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