“Livin’ La Vida Imelda” Performance

“Livin’ La Vida Imelda” at The Living Room 24.

Performance Dates:




Email info.carlosceldran@gmail.com or text +63 920 9092021 to inquire (Lesley).

You may pay purchase your tickets ahead via PayPal.me/carlosceldran and email your proof of purchase to: info.carlosceldran@gmail.com 

Performance Venue: Unit 24, North Syquia Apartments, 1991 MH del Pilar. Malate, Manila. Click on this sentence for a google map reference. 



“Livin’ La Vida Imelda”, my one-man performance about Manila and Imelda Marcos is back and showing at my private performance studio in Malate, Manila. 

“Living La Vida Imelda” is a multi-media monologue of musings about former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos and memories of life in 1970s Manila. We won’t talk about shoes very much but we’ll ponder over issues such as state sanctioned kitsch, hierarchies in human psychology and human rights, and the importance of winning beauty pageants in a developing nation. It will be a night of gossip, disco music, tragic facts and anecdotes so absurd that it’s got to be true.

Come on  and descend into the rabbit hole called Philippine history with me. Have a drink. Have a laugh. I’ll go a little mad and a little off topic but I assure you, the journey will be fun, funny, and perhaps even educational.

Bring a valid ID for security check.

Review: “Mr. Celdran’s one-act presentation is more like a gleefully gossipy study guide… but Mr. Celdran’s charm and showmanship turn it into genuine theater.” – Anita Gates, The New York Times

Review: “Philosopher Gilles Deleuze spoke about creative expression as a form of resistance—resistance against general opinion, against stupidity and against the status quo. For Celdran, art is a form of resistance, which he undertakes one step, wink and nudge at a time.” – Marlyne Sahakian, Art Asia-Pacific

In 2002, “Livin’ La Vida Imelda” started out a walking tour of the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex. In 2009, it was transposed into a theater piece in collaboration with Kapisanan Center for Arts and Culture in Toronto. The theater version has been performed in Twist Gallery (Toronto), The Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto), The Cinematek (Copenhagen), Art Dubai (UAE), Silverlens Gallery (Manila), Pineapple Lab (Makati), The Cultural Center of the Philippines (Manila), The Henry Hotel Cebu & Cebu Country Club (Cebu) and produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company on the off-Broadway stage at Clurman Theater on Theater Row (New York City).


Photo by: Mike Fallarme

*This show contains complex ideas and content. It is appropriate for high-school level, collegiate students and adults.

Private performances may be arranged upon request at a minimum of 50 people and maximum of 200.

10 thoughts on ““Livin’ La Vida Imelda” Performance

      1. Hi! Do you give discounted rates for this show if we buy as a group? Also interested in your Intramuros guided tours. Do you still do them? Can you also email me the schedule?

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