Mr. Celdran was born on November 10, 1972 and grew up in the village of Dasmariñas in the Philippine city of Makati. He began his artistic career as a cartoonist for a Manila newspaper at the age of 14. In 1991, he enrolled at Rhode Island School of Design, where he began performing performance art.
He later lived in New York City, where he witnessed the effects of HIV. epidemic and began to think about reproductive health and the importance of access to contraception.
Back in Manila in 2000, he found work as an assistant director of Heritage Conservation Society, a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve historic sites. In 2002, he founded a walking company, Walk This Way, and in 2005 became creative director of an art exhibition space in Manila, Living Room.
Information on survivors was not immediately available.
Celdras had a charm that appealed to both people in Manila's flashy hotels and people in shanty towns, where his friends included cigarette dealers and horse-drawn chariot drivers serving the tourist districts.
"When he spoke to me about Manila, the Manila I see through his eyes is from the 1930s – primitive, singular and full of beautiful and lively people," Inky Santiago Nakpil, a close friend, said.
Celdran adapted some of her walking tours on stage performances.
He said his most popular The work was “If These Walls Could Talk”, an individual show that he performed on stage in Manila for over 17 years.
A tour focused on Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, became a solo Broadway show called "Livin 'la Vida Imelda" in 2014. Reviewing her performance, Anita Gates wrote in The New York Times: "Mr. of an act by Celdran is more like a cheerfully gossiping study guide. If you look closely at it, you will see that it is just a lecture with black and white slides, but Celdran's charm and display make it a genuine theater. "