Sounds like you got a lot of free entertainment from your connections. Closed since 1996, the building had a ballroom and housed restaurants, offices and shops. It was a little boy’s perfect playground for me. It took around 85 years before the Met got its well-deserved restoration. As I began to took pictures of it, I realized that the Manila Metropolitan Theater was the only structure different from the others. It was rather odd looking, quite art deco. May God bless the Philippines and the USA. He and Tomás Mapúa were then named as supervising architects. I appreciate what you’re doing, too. del Pilar, and the Gaiety was past the Plaza Militar where Americans had their homes. 180 likes. Kudos and many thanks to you, Mr. Ng and everyone who collaborated for this website. ( now kept at the GSIS museum for safekeeping). Hi Jim, so nice of you to write. Thanks, Good day. this building is a memory of our glorious past. Discourse paper: San Francisco Federal Building, My Aesthetic Judgement of the SDA Building, Sculptures and reliefs for the Metropolitan Theater, Statues in the University of Sto. They bombed the Jones Bridge and other buildings as well as torched many homes and killed residents as they ran for cover. The Manila Metropolitan Theatre holds a lot of history for the Filipino people. Leave a comment. Nakakaiyak. i would love to read more about your recollections of what life was like during the Japanese occupation. A Chinese mestizo and a direct descendant of Rajah Lakandula, he was born in Binondo, Manila. In the case of the Metropolitan Theater by architect Juan Arellano and other buildings, you will see local motifs like bamboo, mango, banana and coconut leaves, even vegetables. Maraming salamat ! The tiara domed  with stylized minarets, sensuous female figures in exotic drapes, an exterior with whimsical rope designs, friezes and curly cues, the clashing ethnic -like chimeras and asparagus turrets, the total effect of the architecture is totally different from the other colonial buildings. He was hailed as one of the most outstanding sculptors of his time and was admired by Jose Rizal. And because of it I was Curious on what or why it was used for because I didn’t know the Art Deco style yet, so I Choose it to fully understand and deconstruct the meaning of the structure. Badly damaged during World War II,The theater became an ice cream parlor, boxing arena , garage, motel ,  gay club and eventually a squatter colony of about 50 to 70 families before it was rebuilt in 1978 by former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Thanks ! Hi, I have no idea but perhaps someone reading this may know and respond. The old theater was the main focal building within the large and sprawling Plaza Arroceros in 1862. Many other commissions from the Commonwealth government followed. It was during that time that he also designed the building that would house the United States High Commission to the Philippines, later the Embassy of the United States in Manila. Perhaps Gemma would give them to you for this site. Although many design movements have political or philosophical roots or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative. My aunt, Conchita Sunico, spent her last years, as well as her finances preserving the Met and making sure the musicians got paid. Dapat nga palang magbayad ang mga Hapon, masyado ang ginawa nilang pagwasak sa bayang ito. The theater was inaugurated on December 10, 1931, with a capacity of 1670 (846 orchestra, 116 in loge, and 708 in balcony). OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license. The venue played host to vaudevilles , zarzuelas , performances by world re known artists like Jascha Heifetz, violin virtuoso were also also held within the theater. I was born in 1963 and grew up on Remedios. Manila Metropolitan Theater (1931) with Arch. Unfortunately, the Teatro del Principe Alfonso burnt down a few months after that but it was never proven that an irate Muslim had put it to torch. The theater was inaugurated on December 10, 1931, with a capacity of 1670 (846 orchestra, 116 in loge, and 708 in balcony). Here is some good news Produced opera, pageant, Spanish and English plays translated into Tagalog for the Filipinos during World War II. I don’t know how old these pics are but the cars are quite modern, so it could be only a few years ago. Manila has great potential to reboot its decrepit structures, but with the revelation that Manila is close to being bankrupt I see no end to our neglect of the Met. Inaugurated during the American Colonial period in the Philippines, The Manila Metropolitan Theater’s history of death and rebirths can probably be recounted longer than you can spell the word restoration in a single minute. It was driving me nuts ! Santo Tomas Internees Liberated 70 years ago. Indeed, the Metropolitan Theater was a source of Filipino pride in the past. Ang mga achitects ay US-trained, nag-aral sa US. Several years later,  During the American colonial period in 1924 , When  a member of then Philippine legislature proposed that a theater to be constructed near theMehan Garden formerly Jardin Botanico de Manila established in 1858. Jess Huberty, Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos and insightful stories about the beautiful Old Manila…as an architecture student it made me feel sad that some of these landmarks were not preserved for the younger generation to appreciate…I truly envy those who were lucky to see all the amazing details and craftsmanship put in every structure…this however, was the very same reason it inspired and challenged me to think about how we can possibly contribute in making the Old and New work together…I am still hopeful that it’s not too late to act and do something to help bring the City back to its glory =). Update: January 6, 2014 – Thank you for writing ! While displayed at the exterior of the Metropolitan Theater is the “Siamese Dancer” made by Francesco Ricardo Monti. First is the  water seepage  on Met’s roofing , Second is the strong  Bagyong Rosing  ( Typhoon Angela) which hit the capital city in November 1995 causing further destruction on the theater’s outer roofing. Arellano went to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1911 and subssequently transferred to Drexel to finish his bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Your email address will not be published. Opened in 1931. Pang thesis lang po. No one lambasted him for being a profligate elitist with misguided priorities . This is a photo of a cultural heritage property in the Philippines with ID PH-00-0022 The Manila Metropolitan Theater or MET is an Art Deco building in Manila, designed by the Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano. It closed down in 1996 following a long-running dispute between the Government Service Insurance System and the City of Manila over its ownership and management. Lou, your research is admirable. Buitenzorg Botanical Garden (now  Bogor Botanical Garden) Indonesia  was established in 1817 . Started as National Theater with the design of Architect Juan Arellano. However, he pursued architecture and was sent to the United States as one of the first pensionados in architecture, after Carlos Barreto, who was sent to the Drexel Institute in 1908, Antonio Toledo, who went to Ohio State, and Tomás Mapúa, who went to Cornell. He attended the Ateneo Municipal de Manila and graduated in 1908. Art Deco’s bold, linear symmetry was a distinct departure from the soft pastels and flowing asymmetrical organic forms of its predecessor Art Nouveau; it embraced influences from many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism,Cubism, Modernism and Futurism and drew inspiration from Egyptian and Aztec forms. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. I found some pictures of the Gaiety Theater on the Internet and thought you could be interested. While it had played host to vaudevilles and zarzuelas, performances by world renowed artists like Jascha Heifetz, the violin virtuoso were also held in the theater. After which was a taxi ride to the apt It really feels good to remember! The Metropolitan Theatre was considered to be the Grand Dame of Manila and also as the “crown jewel” of the theatres in Manila. The same perspective showing the badly damaged buildling in 1945. Several years later,  During the American colonial period in 1924 , a member of then Philippine legislature proposed that a theater be constructed near the Mehan Garden formerly Jardin Botanico de Manila established in 1858. It was inaugurated on December 10, 1931. On December 10, 1931, the inspired architecture of brothers Juan Arellano and Arcadio Arellano, following the American architectural planner Mr. Daniel Burnham lured by the unique opportunity of designing in tropical Asia, was completed; a beautiful example of art deco of the Thirties and, some would say, the Golden Age of Manila during the American colonial administration. In 1927, he took a study leave and went to the United States where he was greatly influenced by Art Deco architecture. I usually lost. First is the  water seepage  on Met’s roofing , Second is the strong  Bagyong Rosing  ( Typhoon Angela) which hit the capital city in November 1995 causing further destruction on the theater’s outer roofing. Like how or why it was painted red, what was its purpose or what kind of architectural style it was showing. In my case, I used to pass by the structure every day back in college as I took my FX to class. Your email address will not be published. The tiara domed  with stylized minarets, sensuous female figures in exotic drapes, an exterior with whimsical rope designs, friezes and curly cues, the clashing ethnic -like chimeras and asparagus turrets, the total effect of the architecture is totally different from the other colonial buildings. Another play dedicated to the Spaniards who waged war in Jolo, Sulu  “Una Pagina de Gloria” was presented in April, 1876. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Murals by co-National Artist Fernando Amorsolo, namely “The Dance” and “History of Music” adorned the lobby. The most striking feature is the great decorative window of translucent glass, brilliantly lighted at night, which corresponds in shape and size to the proscenium opening within the theater. Memories. Finally in 1931, a location was selected on a pleasant site amidst the trees at one end of the Mehan Gardens and just across the wide plaza from the impressive new Post Office Building and the approach to the Santa Cruz Bridge. My Alma Mater – The American School, Inc. Manila’s Public Transportation – a pictorial essay. If I caught the jeepney from Mabini, it went northward towards Intramuros, down Padre Burgos past the Legislative building connecting to Taft, seeing the City Hall and in front of us was the massive Post Office. The restoration of the Metropolitan Theater (MET) is well underway and its metamorphosis from an old decrepit structure back to being the Grand Old Dame of Manila signals the revival of a Philippine architectural heritage. Dalawang dekada na ang nakakaraan nang huling magbukas sa publiko ang makasaysayang Manila Metropolitan Theater na itinayo noon pang 1931. I am a 57-year old employee of a government agency and am grateful for the photos and stories shared through your efforts. About kenseeim a joyful person and always get distracted, easily distracted. English: Manila Metropolitan Theater or commonly called the Met is an abandoned art deco building in the heart of Manila. Change ). Shortly after, the government commissioned pioneer Filipino architect, Juan M. Arellano, to draw up the blue prints for the Met. The imposing Metropolitan Theater in downtown Manila is a symbol of resilience, and of a city that keeps on rising again after the dark clouds have passed. Thanks! These landmarks pay testament to a Filipino history that was spent “300 years in a convent and 50 years in Hollywood.” http://www.facebook.com/metropolitantheatermanila1931/. It was destroyed in 1945 during the war and became refuge to victims of war. Designed by architect Juan M. Arellano in 1930, it was severely damaged during the second World War. The Manila Metropolitan Theater or MET is an art deco building in Manila, designed by Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano. A heritage architect, Gerard Lico grew up admiring the Metropolitan Theater, commonly known as the Met. at Avenue, and I laughed so hard and loved it so much, that I asked my father if we could watch it again. Or Manila’s local museum? In my first days in college, I began to travel on my on, in and out of the LRT stations. In 1862, the Teatro del Principe Alfonso XII was opened to the public and several foreign companies were hired to perform operettas, zarzuelas and three-act plays. The Manila Metropolitan Theater Before the creation of the CCP, artistic performances were held in public places around the country. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The facade definitely suggests a place of music, with its rounded upper outline broken by many light vertical elements and slender pinnacles or “finals”. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Off the main building, wings were set aside for offices and shops to subsidize additional revenue. Time was spent with the other barefoot, short-panted boys from the neighborhood playing marbles. I hated Ming the Merciless, the evil enemy of Flash Gordon. 5 reviews of Manila Metropolitan Theater "If you're a Metro Manila local, I'm sure you've passed by the Manila Metropolitan Theater countless times before. This Structure is an art deco style because of the symmetry of the structure and the Geometrical style.It means that the Design of the structure is full of Basic Shapes like arc, squares,triangles, rectangles and also that are straight lines. During the World War II, while Intramuros and the rest of Manila was destroyed, the Metropolitan Theater only suffered a blown roof with the walls still intact. The proposal was first conceived in 1924 when Manila was not only known as ” Pearl of the Orient” but also dubbed” Milan of Asia” , reputed to be as charming as Paris . The Other remaining structures that I had picked has this Huge columns and Thrussess that have previously taught to me two times in a row in my HSTARC1 Lectures and then I realized that If I’m going to pick a structure from my Hstarc2 Lectures, it was the  perfect kind of structure that I think I can present well for my professor. The Manila Metropolitan Theater building was designed by the Filipino architect Juan Arellano, who stated that he drew the plans for the building with the phrase, “On Wings of Song”, in mind. It was inaugurated on December 10, 1931, with a capacity of 1670 (846 orchestra, 116 in the lodge, and 708 in the balcony). OMG, I’m so glad to know that the Metropolitan Theater lives in your site! Its history is quite interesting and unique. If I remember correctly, I used to haunt an ice cream parlor on the corner of Mabini and Remedios, usually on my trek to Dewey Boulevard and to the sidewalk vendors that were stationed intermittently along the wide paseo to get some kropek or roasted chestnuts. Thanks for all the research and love for this city of ours, our beloved Manila. After WW II the glory of Manila was almost all gone. In 1940, he and Harry Frost created a design for Quezon City, which was to become the new capital of the Philippines. The downstairs seats were wooden with woven rattan bottoms, some of which had lice. Indisputably , the Metropolitan theater was the masterpiece of Architect Juan Arellano . Can we use some of your photos? Do you think the Japanese bear some responsibility in the destruction of Manila ? While several top Filipino celebrities made their debut at the grad dame, Its condition deteriorated in the ’90s due to several factors . Sana wala ng corruption ay magkaroon naman ng conscience ang mga pinuno na maibalik ang ganda ng bayan, ang naglahong ganda ng Maynila para magkaroon naman tayo ng dignity and pride in this part of the world. I remember how the bay looked like from Sunset Village at Pasay, the Seafront where I was brought by an American uncle, the scenic drive at Dewey Blvd. The Manila Metropolitan Theater building was designed by the Filipino architect Juan Arellano, who stated that he drew the plans for the building with the phrase, “On Wings of Song”, in mind. I would love to read of some of your stories. The Manila Metropolitan Theater (Filipino : Tanghalang Pangkalakhan ng Maynila, or MET) is a Philippine Art Deco building found near the Mehan Garden located on Padre Burgos Avenue corner Arroceros Street, near the Manila Central Post Office. My grandmother, who was then Jessie Lopez-Mena, was the first person to hire Ronnie Laing, whom all who knew Manila in the 50’s through the 70’s will remember from his shop RONNIE’S. Kraut  company is famous for their art glassessince 1912 and the proscenium was done by the House of Pre-Cast. They didn’t have a fence, just a low concrete wall with chains between the posts and a black cannonball on top of each post. Although I must say that Makati, and south to Tagaytay , parts of Quiapo and others seem to have some design to it. Hi! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Thanks for sharing your memories. The NCCA envisions the Manila Metropolitan Theater, commonly called the Met, as a 'mini Cultural Center of the Philippines' P9.48-M released to restore Manila Metropolitan Theater … I wonder what happened to it. It was designed by architect Juan M. 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