Carlos Celdran: Love him or hate him?

His Way

Rock star Filipino tour guide, artist, blogger, cultural activist, and Reproductive Health Bill advocate enters a road with a no entry sign and lands in jail.

Like lightning, his stunt caused a jolt in the front pews that reverberated across the walls of the Manila Cathedral and into cyberspace where supporters quickly put up a Free Carlos Celdran Facebook page. Even if he’s out on bail, the number of people liking him on FB is still rising — 14,000 15,000 the last time I checked 18,500 after a 24-h timespan.

What Celdran has achieved, imao, is that he has brought the public at large to openly talk about the burning issues between the State and the Church.

Here are links to two articles I stumbled upon today: A Catholic Taliban Rules the Philippines? and  Carlos Celdran: Machiavellian, no doubt.

On the possibility that the Church excommunicates him, the cultural activist says, “Baka mag-Iglesia ni Cristo na lang ako, proudly Philippine made [I may join the Iglesia ni Cristo, which originated in the Philippines].”

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images via Free Carlos Celdran on Facebook

Torre ti Bacarra, Relic of A Bygone Era

The Bacarra Tower was built in 1828 by an Augustinian missionary, Fr. Bergier. It was originally a 50-meter high, 3-storey structure, but was ruined twice by earthquakes in 1931 and 1971 causing it to lean and lose its dome. The heavy giant bronze bell on the belfry is now lost, but the beauty of the tower has remained. Declared a  National Cultural Treasure in 1973, it is one among the  significant historical and architectural landmarks in the Philippines.

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The Santa Monica Church

Formerly named San Miguel and built by the Augustinian friars during the Spanish Colonial period in the 17th century, the red brick church in Baroque and Neo-Classical style in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte is the largest in the entire Ilocos. It is a favorite for weddings because of its very long 137-meter aisle, the longest in the Philippines — a bride’s dream, I guess. Its popularity rose in 1983 when Irene Marcos, daughter of former-president F. Marcos, tied the knot with Gregorio Araneta III.

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