Romel's talk revolves around his experience as a tour guide in the more historic but less urban portion of Metro Manila - Manila. It points out the lack of appreciation people nowadays have for the country's capital city and the actualization of national identity that could be achieved if people visited it more.
Romel Santiago, or Lem, does volunteer work for Escolta. He is an avid photographer who showcases the beauty of this historical district through social media as he strongly believes that there is still hope for its restoration and preservation. In an effort to concretize his views and his passion, he initiated the Escolta Revival Movement, wrote an article for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and was interviewed by various media outlets to share his advocacy.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx