Read the Full Transcript of Miguel Celdran's Eulogy for His Brother, Carlos Celdran
Denise Celdran, sister of Carlos Celdran, shared on her social media the eulogy delivered by her brother Miguel for Carlos. The eulogy is a glimpse into the life of Carlos as a Filipino, a son, and a brother.
Read the full text of Miguel Celdran's memorial for his brother, here:
Carlos was many things to many people. It always amused me how people or the media struggled to define him. Cultural activist, tour guide, artist, actor, provocateur par excellence. Carlos never held an elected position yet he somehow had a mandate that commanded the attention of many. People listened to his opinions like they were constituents. I tried very hard to understand why. I can only surmise it was his brutal honesty and genuineness that endeared him to many. Anyone who has taken his tour will leave with a changed mind on how you view Manila, our country and our history. He had that power. He was a romantic who believed you should see Manila and our country the way he did.
Like Quixote trying to duel the windmills, he took on institutions with an idealism uncommon to many. In the interest of his self-preservation, many times I pleaded with him to end his relentless campaign. You’ve made your point bro, now just shut up already and just be a bloody tour guide-slash-artist. But he wouldn’t have it. He possessed a conviction I have read about in great men. He embodied the phrase, “This world was not made a better place by those who watched on the sidelines.” He had his supporters but his detractors pilloried him daily which was an agony to witness. Ultimately, all the battles wore him down.
Carlos was not for the fainthearted. He was a flame that lit up the room. He was my Icarus, who, despite my screams of “Watch those wings bro, watch those wings,” still flew higher, and higher, and higher. He wouldn’t have it any other way. He wasn’t a fade away kind of guy.
Whether you thought he was right or wrong, he made you think, and think again. He had the conviction to stand up for his beliefs despite the cost. He made me question my own
Like every human on this
History is littered with failed stories of men challenging the norms, and only time will tell how much exactly he made a difference. But what is indisputable is the difference
Vaya con Dios mi Hermano. Te quiero mucho.