Butch, my bestfriend of 8 years, and his Intramuros After Dark Night Walking Tours here in Manila:
For more than two years now, Butch and his daughters had been instrumental in bringing students and professionals from different schools and organizations from all around NCR and nearby provinces to the Walled City of Intramuros in Manila, to learn and listen to stories that shaped Philippine History for the last 500 years, and beyond. From the glorious to the macabre. From celebrated, curious events during Spanish Colonial Philippines, to intriguing transfers of power among colonizers, to the great wars the country and the Filipino people endured...
Through their small yet successful night walking tour agency, Intramuros After Dark: Night Walking Tours and Beyond, they were able to facilitate guided tours around Intramuros and Fort Santiago at night (from 5pm to as late as 11pm) for people coming from different countries, culture, and ethnicity. This, apart from randomly picking interested local students (and even young professionals) to avail of the night tours for free.
And then the pandemic.
Their last guided night tour was in March, when the lockdowns started.
And nothing came after that. The Night Walking Tours closed indefinitely, until now.
No revenues from the night tours for the last 8 months, and counting...
And yet he has his small veterinary supplies business to keep him and his family afloat, somehow.
He never complained. He is just still being his old nerdy self, and a providing father to his family.
We just know how he misses all those weekends nights he used to spend with students and everyone at Intramuros these past years.
And we, his friends, would like to help him.
Like me and the rest of our friends who love Intramuros and misses it so much like home, Butch, it's founder and main guide and story teller, instead of allowing himself to be adversely affected by all these, shared with me his vision and plan of action that he aims to follow once the night walking tours are allowed to operate again.
He is dead set on the idea of bringing at least a thousand (1,000) local students to visit and tour the Walled City of Intramuros and Fort Santiago for free, including snacks and entrance fees! To re-learn, in-depth understanding of how life was and how it was shaped through time, all through free-flowing stories and interactive discussions and sharings, while walking and moving around story-stops within the Walls.
I am spearheading this funding campaign to push him forward, help him realize this vision.
He's been my bestfriend since 2012. And I know how passionate he is and how much he loves Intramuros.
Let us help him make this a reality.
The set goal to raise is pegged at Php 300,000 for the next 3 months, to cover the 1,000 students and their respective entrance fees and snacks, certificates, memorabilia.
The target amount is just a wild number for us and him, though he is willing to commit to accommodating these students even if it takes him a full year. Whether we reach the full set target or not, he commits to giving more free tours regardless of how much we raised. And we know he will do so just that because we know he loves to talk and share whatever he knows about this historic place. Regardless if he gets paid or not.
Honestly, we just want him not to worry about finances, and just give him enough room to do his passion, and enjoy it.
Just give the man a piece of bread, some calamansi juice, and ask him to walk. He will be telling you things he knows about the Walled City and its past, regardless.
Updates on these campaign and the running number of students already accommodated to the tours, once the night tours resume, will be posted through their official Facebook page: Intramuros After Dark Night Walking Tours and Beyond.
If you want to help Butch and have something else in mind, more creative, perhaps then send me a message. I will gladly relay your ideas to him. Thanks.
If you want to directly reach out to Butch, you may call or send him a message at 09208790695.
This main fundraiser uses Paypal. Other available options to directly support, donate is through GCash and BPI bank transfer direct to his wife's accounts.
For security reasons, kindly send him a text message for your donations to be facilitated.
Maraming salamat po.