MANILA – Comedian and Third World Improv executive director Gabe Mercado is set to host the last “Walk This Way” tour of his good friend, Carlos Celdran.
This after Celdran, who founded the “Walk This Way” tour of Intramuros, passed away at the age of 46.
“One last time. I will give it my best shot. I cannot promise to keep it all together,” Mercado said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
Aptly titled “He Walked This Way,” the tribute for Celdran is organized by the non-government organization Viva Manila and the arts and crafts store Puesto Manila.
It will be held on October 19 starting at 4 p.m., with the starting point at Puerta Real Gardens in Intramuros. More details about the tour can be found here.
Upon learning of Celdran’s passing, Mercado took to Facebook on Wednesday to recall how he was entrusted to do the cultural activist’s Intramuros tours “when he needed to take a break or when it was a private tour group that he didn’t want to offend.”
He also shared that Celdran considered moving to Baguio before going on “self-exile” in Madrid, Spain.
“We lost so much when he left Manila last year. But it was about time he took care of himself and live in a more sensible place that maybe would have celebrated him more. It broke his heart to leave, but I took comfort knowing that it was for his long-term health and wellness. Losing him, like this, now – it just hurts,” Mercado said.
“I weep. Not for him. For me. And for all of us he left behind,” he ended.