Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thumbs Up: Carlos Celdran - ¡DAMASO!

This photo taken around 7PM shows Carlos Celdran still behind bars at the MPD station in Ermita, Manila.

Carlos Celdran, an artist/performer, is famous for his walking tour of Manila. Although I haven't tried his tour yet, and haven't really experienced any walking  tours in general in some of the historic parts of Manila, but I always make sure that I regularly read his blog - 'Walk This Way! I've never seen anyone who is so passionate about a place, a place he loves and cares so much about - Manila. His description of Manila from his blog goes:

"I believe that Manila can be a reflection of your state of mind. Being a city of extreme contrasts it’s easy to see how it can become an intense personal experience. Manila can be chaotic and spiritual, dirty and divine, gritty and gorgeous all at once. If you don’t find beauty and poetry here, you will never find it anywhere."

In his blog, you will not only see his itineraries, the tour dates and rates, but you can also read about some of the most pressing issues that he feels strongly about,  like the Reproductive Health Bill. It is because of this issue, that he became one of the enemies of the Catholic church. He constantly maintains his position against the church's meddling of the affairs of the state, especially on the issue of reproductive health.

Early today, he was apprehended for interrupting a mass at the Manila Cathedral. He was wearing a 19th century costume, (almost the same that of Jose Rizal's), and used a placard containing the name "DAMASO" and held it up in the middle of the mass while shouting, “bakit mahihirap lang pinagbabawalan sa family planning?” (Why is it only the poor are prohibited in family planning?) and "Stop getting involved in politics!". While handcuffed, he apologizes for the method he used, but not for the message.

Damaso is a character in Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere. He is described as a powerful friar who wields his power to get what he wants. He is one of the most notorious characters in the novel, which touches on the abuses of the Spanish friars (belonging to the Roman Catholic Church) during the 19th century.

I'm happy! I'm happy not because Carlos Celdran is in jail, but because someone has finally found the courage to speak up against these modern Sadducees. This will certainly be the topic of every group conversation for years to come. I support you Carlos. I support the Reproductive Health Bill. Thumbs up. And damn those Damasos!


Michael said...

Now I understand.

I do share the same sentiments he tries to impart. He could have not done it with much integrity more than he could have tried to.

The church is being too meddlesome nowadays. If it's OK, I would love to post this on my own blog, which is in Filipino.

Yodz de Veas Insigne said...

Those Damasos are the prime movers of backward progress. They should stop meddling in state affairs.
I support you Mr. Celdran!

NFB said...

I'm glad Carlos is now free. All sane Filipinos support the Reproductive Health Bill and it's about time that this biggest hypocrites will be put to shame.

Yuri Diculous said...

is MORALITY a choice? You don't judge the morality of actions by their effects or consequences. You judge their morality by what they ESSENTIALLY ARE. Using contraceptives such as condoms or diaphragms may accomplish the same end result to prevent pregnancy, but the ways they go about it are very different.

Kung OK LANG na tawagin kayong IMORAL na tao, malaking problema yan..haha!

MJD said...

Carlos Celdran is just one of the Filipinos hoping to untie the rope of the church and the state. I agree with him when he said that “I condemned my way but not my message.” During the Spanish era, the state is blind and deaf because everything presented to the people is coming from the friars. Rizal and many other heroes started their crusade for freedom for us to attain our independence from Spanish rulers. Isn’t it that this is our chance to exercise this freedom in which the state and church is separated? Carlos Celdran is just brave enough to impart his message to the church about certain issues particularly the RH-Bill in which they kept on intervening. I think that he is just right on what he wants to say. I think that the final decision should always come from the state and it is always the freewill of the people of the state if they will follow this RH Bill. 