MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Remember Carlos Celdran, the artist and tour guide who vigorously defended Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas during the recent Philippine election campaign? He’s baaaack!
Celdran first became famous when he staged a one-man protest during an ecumenical service in Manila, shouting and raising a placard with the word “Damaso” on it. A Manila court found him guilty of offending religious feelings. (Damaso is a character in national hero Jose Rizal’s novel who represented the abusive friars during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines).
During the recent presidential campaign, he criticized a millennial BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) employee for complaining about Roxas and the Liberal Party.
In a viral Facebook post on April 19, Celdran said “Without Mar and the Liberal Party, you WOULDN’T have that car NOR the job which paid for your freaking oversized Starbucks.”
Now that his candidate has lost the election, Celdran has turned to designing clothes.
His signature line is called, “Damian Domingo”, a collection of drawstring pants patterned after traditional costumes of 19th century Filipinos. In his Internet promo, Celdran says that these “breezy pants are literally the coolest thing you could ever wear. Made of 100% cotton, Damian Domingos are sewn by traditional craftsmen in Laguna and delicately embroidered with cocoon bullion patterns at the hem.” They are selling for P3,850, excluding shipping.
There is, after all, life after Mar Roxas.