Livin’ La Vida Imelda takes a look at the inimitable life of Imelda Marcos in a solo show created and performed by the late Carlos Celdran (1972-2019), one of the Philippines best-known storytellers and provocateurs and an insider with intimate knowledge of Manila’s elite. The show details the life of the world’s most extravagant personality, Imelda Marcos, the wildly controversial former First Lady of the Philippines.
Recorded Off-Broadway in 2014.
Carlos wore many hats: artist, activist, provocateur, tireless advocate for his beloved city, Manila. He wore them interchangeably, often blurring their distinctions as when he used performance art to advocate for Reproductive Rights inside Manila Cathedral in 2003. That act landed him in jail, charged with an archaic law for “offending religious feelings.” By August 2018, his case made it to the Philippine Supreme Court, which upheld the conviction. On February of 2019, rather than face the grim and very dangerous prospect of a year in Manila’s notorious prisons, he flew to Madrid, Spain, where he died on October 8, 2019 — in exile.
Ma-Yi Theater Company would like to thank Carlos’s wife, Tesa Celdran, for giving us permission to share his work. We are also deeply grateful to Carlos’s parents Doc Mike and Backie Celdran.
Carlos’ friends and family are still grieving this tremendous loss. We hope this recorded performance of his one-person play Livin’ La Vida Imelda serves as a reminder of his blazing talents.
We will miss you always, Carlos.
Your Ma-Yi Theater Family
Carlos Celdran (1972-2019)