Performance artist, cultural activist, and tour guide Carlos Celdran has passed away at the age of 46 as per the confirmation of his bereaved family.
In a Facebook post, his wife Tesa Celdran confirmed the news, stating that he died due to natural causes.
“As the family is making arrangements to bring him home, no details can be announced yet. Only that he passed from natural causes,” the post stated.
Celdran, known for his “Damaso” stint against the Catholic Church, was a visual artist, writer, and activist who was best known for his tours of Intramuros that bordered on performance art.
He was also vocal against legislation promoting the use of contraceptives in the country.
In September 2010, Celdran, wearing a black suit, staged a protest inside the Manila Cathedral during an ecumenical service attended by Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, the Papal Nuncio, former Philippine Ambassador to Rome Henrietta De Villa, and leaders of different Christian denominations.
In 2013, he was found guilty of “offending religious feelings” under Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code by the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court. He was sentenced to spend between two months and one year in jail.
In 2018, the Supreme Court (SC) upheld the decision of the lower courts convicting Celdran for ‘offending religious feelings’, a crime punishable under the Revised Penal Code.
Celdran was also known for “If These Walls Could Talk”, a performative experience in the guise of a walking tour in Intramuros, Manila which ran for 17 years.
He recently made waves for his one-man play “Livin’ La Vida Imelda,” which he last performed in Manila in January.