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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Last Sunday's tour of Intramuros invigorated me to work on the Revolucionario project in earnest. I was already having second thoughts on the original opening scenes but didn't know what to replace it with or how to go about it. The introduction of the characters were totally ludicrous and embarrassing. As of now I have an idea for the introductory scene where a party is going on (something similar to the opening scene of Rizal's Noli Me Tangere):


Original thumbnails for pages 2, 3, 5, and 6 (c. 1995)

Whereas the original story had the main character introduced as a spoiled but spineless Don Juan with nary a background story to support him, his friends nor the socio-political climate of the time the new story I got planned will take care of these things. I'm also revamping the way the main character looks, how he should act given his prestigious background (those unnecessary wacky "anime" reactions shown above will definitely be lessened and transferred to the masses). Additional stories from the main character's early years will be released ahead of the planned book, probably in online comic format, to get enough readers acquainted with the plot.

In other related news I recently discovered almost famous, Carlos Celdran's blog, Walk This Way. To those of you who aren't familiar with this man or his ways this last Sunday's article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer gives enough introductions on what he does for a living, Take an unforgettable tour with the Pied Piper of Manila. And in case you have balikbayan friends or relatives or even foreign friends heading this way for a tour this month and the next, you may want to engage Mr. Celdran's services and have them experience an engaging walking tour of (Metro) Manila (dates and rates are as follows):
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK!
Intramuros Walking Tour

Php400.00 adults
Php100.00 students
Additional fees:
Php 40.00 - Casa Manila fee
Php15.00 for students
Dates:
April 24 - Sunday - 3:00PM - Meet at Fort Santiago
May 8 - Sunday - 3:00PM - Meet at the Manila Cathedral


IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK! Deluxe Tour
Includes San Agustin Museum, Fort Santiago, and horse carriage ride

Php500.00 adults
Php150.00 students
Additional fees:
Php40.00 - Fort Santiago fee
Php15.00 for students
Php65.00 - San Agustin Museum fee
Php35.00 for students
Php40.00 - Casa Manila fee
Php15.00 for students
Php50.00 - Horse carriage fee
Dates:
May 12 - Thursday - 3:00PM - Meet at Fort Santiago


THE NORTH BANK!
Walking Tour of Escolta and Quiapo and the North Side of the Pasig River

Php400.00 adults
Php100.00 students
Additional fees:
Php50.00 - Escolta Museum fee
Php50.00 - Bahay Nakpil Bautista fee
Dates:
April 20 - Wednesday - 3:00PM - Meet at Calvo Building on Escolta
May 7 - Saturday - 3:00PM - Meet at Calvo Building on Escolta
May 19 - Thursday - 3:00PM - Meet at Calvo Building on Escolta


MARTIAL ARTS!
Walking Tour of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex

Php400.00 adults
Php100.00 students
Please add:Php30.00 - Philippine International Convention Center fee
Php100.00 - Coconut Palace fee
Dates:
April 28 - Thursday - 1:00PM - Meet at Figaro Coffee Shop CCP
May 14 - Saturday - 1:00PM - Meet at Figaro Coffee Shop


ALL THE WAY DOWN TO CHINATOWN!
Walking and Calesa Ride through Binondo and San Nicolas

Php200.00 for the one hour calesa (carriage) ride plus a donation of any amount.
Dates:
May 5 - Thursday - 3:00PM - Meet at Binondo Church
May 15 - Sunday - 3:00PM - Meet at Binondo Church

MRT ADVENTURE TO CUBAO!
A Walking tour through the heart of Manila

Donation of any amount.
Dates:
May 21 - Saturday - 2:00PM - Meet on the Northbound side of the MRT Station.

PRIVATE TOUR RATES:
Php3500.00
for a group of seven people or less.
Additional persons, add Php500.00 per person.
Discounts available for large groups upon request.

PRIVATE STUDENT TOUR RATE:
Php150.00
(Minimum group of 25 pax)

Its best to call and check if there are private tours already scheduled for the week.
Sometimes you may join those tours and its cheaper than booking a private tour just for yourself.

Note:
Public school students and government employees go free for all group tours.
Please call to reserve. The free slots are limited per tour.

* Email celdrantours@hotmail.com or text 0926 2597506 to confirm reservations.
In case you're wondering (or haven't read the article I've linked to the Inquirer) his walking tours are never boring and you'd be learning so much about this city you'd be beating yourself over your head with a stick for missing out on previous opportunities to learn these things. I'm planning to feature his tours in my strips one of these days and give the Filipino community readers in the U.S. a glimpse of what it is exactly they're missing out on here.

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