celdran as rizal, celdran as damaso
There was a bit of irony to all this because Celdran put on a dark overcoat for his cathedral caper, intending to portray Jose Rizal, but after he was arrested the newspapers had a field day showing him behind bars. I think the photographs’ impact was stronger because what I, and many others, saw was not Rizal in detention but a Spanish friar, Padre Damaso, no less. Poor Celdran, with his Spanish ancestry and rotund body physique, did end up eliciting a bit of wistful thinking among Filipino indios.
LOL, michael tan. so true. but in fairness, whether in the cathedral as rizal, or in jail as damaso, carlos celdran was quite the performance artist extraordinaire (bow). enough with “tourist guide”, no offense to tourist guides ;))