It was formerly owned by an American but it was not plush, just very basic. Can it be grand once again, adorned with posters of coming attractions of plays, operas, concerts or even be a venue for films ? Please view the slideshow below for recent photos of this beautiful example of art deco architecture. He is known for his many works of public sculpture during the Commonwealth and post-war years in the Philippines. Whenever I feel subjected to the cold, dreary winters in Seattle, I think of Manila and the days you write about — I get a wave of nostalgia. paano tayo makakapunta sa paroroonan natin kung tayo mismo hindi natin alam kung saan tayo nagmula. Thanks for remembering the name of that ice cream parlor. Thanks!!!! good day sir,im jimchua im a former employee of Met theater,and also a member of The Mla Metropolitan Theater Chorus,i would like to copy all the pics and the descriptions you made about met theater i just post it to my personal FB account so that i could share it to my ex co workers too…we love the met so much that we cannot forget & move on on our lives….so many happy & sad memories we had…..we like sharing our memories together by posting some pics and the comments come in right away….glad to see some long lost co employees of the MET comments in the particular pics…..of course i will mention your name -the author po. Santo Tomas Internees Liberated 70 years ago. Arellano retired in 1956 and went back to painting. Another play dedicated to the Spaniards who waged war in Jolo, Sulu  “Una Pagina de Gloria” was presented in April, 1876. March 4, 2011 While most vehicles are used primarily for family use to school, work and back, Filipinos also owned the muscle cars for the sheer pleasure of the handsome looks and fierce engine power. 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. History. I’m glad you found the articles interesting. He collaborated with Arellano on a number of buildings for the government of the City of Manila. OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license. The Jai Alai Building, a beautiful example of Art Deco in Asia. He was sent to the United States to be guided by one of the experts in designing theaters, Thomas W. Lamb of Shreve and Lamb. It was rather odd looking, quite art deco. The old theater was the main focal building within the large and sprawling Plaza Arroceros in 1862. The Manila Metropolitan Theater Before the creation of the CCP, artistic performances were held in public places around the country. The person behind the unique design of the theatre … I would love to read of some of your stories. It was designed by Juan Nakpil and constructed in 1935. It was just a short walk from our house in Remedios Street. He later joined the Bureau of Public Works just as the last American architects, George Fenhagen and Ralph H. Doane, were leaving. 180 likes. Required fields are marked *. English: Manila Metropolitan Theater or commonly called the Met is an abandoned art deco building in the heart of Manila. Murals by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo, namely “The Dance” and “History of Music” adorned the lobby. this building is a memory of our glorious past. Indisputably , the Metropolitan theater was the masterpiece of Architect Juan Arellano . Dapat nga palang magbayad ang mga Hapon, masyado ang ginawa nilang pagwasak sa bayang ito. We rented at San Marcelino/Harrison Blvd. Lou, your research is admirable. During  the Japanese occupation, many theaters in Manila closed  down but the Met continued to be the center of cultural entertainment  presenting  zarzuelas, plays, operas  and variety shows. But it was better than lice which were a worse pain in the aXX. Manila Metropolitan Theater Ang Manila Metropolitan Theatre (Tanghalang Pangkalakhan ng Maynila) o mas kilala sa tawag na MET ay isang gusaling na halimbawa ng Philippine Art Deco, na dinisenyo ng Arkitektng Pilipino na si Juan M. Arellano na sinasabing isa sa kanyang pinakamahalagang proyekto. Juan M. Arellano was born on April 25, 1888 in Tondo Manila, Philippines to Luis C. Arellano and Bartola de Guzmán. He then traveled to New York, where he met Philippine architect Juan M. de Guzman Arellano, who invited him to the Philippines. Manila Metropolitan Theater is considered as the " Grand Old Dame" of Manila's theater . These landmarks pay testament to a Filipino history that was spent “300 years in a convent and 50 years in Hollywood.” Visitors at European cities marvel at their heritage buildings. While several top Filipino celebrities made their debut at the grad dame, Its condition deteriorated in the ’90s due to several factors . Hi! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. While the public awaits for the NCCA to deliver on its promise--to restore the Metropolitan Theater to its former glory--we recall the beginnings of this national pride, and how it was characterized by a coming together of Manila's haves and have-littles, and … Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 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. Manila’s local museum is housed in a tiny room at the City Hall. Save the Manila Metropolitan Theater. Having lost his first honor and potential commission, Monti left Cremona in December to find a better place to practice his art. Just trying my luck, maybe you would know as to whom should we ask for permits and the like or if they do allow shoots? The tickets were 15 centavos. The Crystal Arcade – Art Deco at its finest . I would like to see your photos if you can get a chance to email them to me at lougopal@gmail.com Kindest regards, Lou. 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 . new photos of the Metropolitan Theater , sadly still in a dilapidated state. I watched one of the last few shows at Met in 1995, the play “Kasalan sa likod ng Simbahan”. Ernie – great memories to share ! In 1978, it was remodeled and preserved to its original design by the Metropolitan Manila Commission. It was destroyed in 1945 during the war and became refuge to victims of war. It took around 85 years before the Met got its well-deserved restoration. ” Friendly America, let her forever be.” May heaven watch the Philippines and the USA. So when i began to explore manila to find a structure that can interest me in my project, I choose The manila city hall, The National Museum, The Manila Post office, and The Manila Metropolitan Theater. While these structures were all reconstructed, his original designs were not followed and were considered poor replications. April 29, 2010 ( Thursday) Officials of the city government  said that the Met—fondly referred to as the “grand dame” of Manila’s theaters—is on its way to being restored to its former glory. Hi ! Our country needs people like you. Magandang Gabi po sa lahat gaganda po ng topics dito i was researching for the history of the MET theater lucky i ended up here where there are photos of the MET before the second worldwar gagawa po kasi ako research paper one of my subjects in school is art appreciation im kind of a Art Freak myself pero more on neoclassical renaissance style anyway the pictures are of great help for me to provide for the description of the then theater and of its later days sayng eh noh kung pede lang magconsult sa Wolrd Heritage Site pra if ever sa conservation of the most elegant most nostalgic of places in the philippines oh well more power sir thanks………. Leave a comment. Although also known for his other works: the Legislative Building, the Post Office, and Jones Bridge, the Metropolitan theater was indisputably Juan Arellano’s masterpiece. Murals by co-National Artist Fernando Amorsolo, namely “The Dance” and “History of Music” adorned the lobby. The botanical garden was considered to be one of the oldest botanical institutions  in  Asia after the  Indian Botanic Garden in Horah established in 1787 by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kyd. Tampinco’s style is the subject of the book Estilo Tampinco authored by Santiago Pilar and designed by Sid Gomez Hildawa, which was published by the National Museum of the Philippines in February 2007. Nationalists may point out that the Art Deco style of the Met was something foreign and forced upon by American colonizers. 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. Edson Cabalfin, an Architecture scholar, believed that the culture articulated in the architectural style of a building constructed in a particular era is often the product of “intermingling and hybridization of cultures.” What makes the Metropolitan Theater Filipino is the mixture of cultures that is represented by the fusion of art and architecture found in the Metropolitan Theater. A Chinese mestizo and a direct descendant of Rajah Lakandula, he was born in Binondo, Manila. Time was spent with the other barefoot, short-panted boys from the neighborhood playing marbles. 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. 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. Thank you for writing Jozsef ! It cost 10 centavos. Legislative Building (1926; now houses the National Museum of the Philippines), The Manila Central Post Office Building (1926), The Bank of the Philippine Islands Cebu Main Branch (1940). Thank you for writing ! Became performing place for Filipino and foreign actors. 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. Designed by architect Juan M. Arellano in 1930, it was severely damaged during the second World War. One of their major commissions was the Manila Metropolitan Theater, for which Monti designed the Siamese and Oriental dancer sculptures embellishing the exterior and the figures of Adam and Eve in the lobby. It served as the main theater for the First Manila International Film Festival (MIFF) held from January 18–29, 1982. Thanks! The MET, a theater that made Manila a renaissance in art and culture, has been the subject of my curiosity since I was young because of its unique architecture and the mystery that bounds it. Los Baños Internment Camp Liberation – 70th Anniversary. The building is of an art deco style presenting a symmetry of structure and geometry, full of basic shapes like arc, squares, triangles, rectangles and straight lines. After which was a taxi ride to the apt Welcome to OpenStreetMap! Thanks for sharing your memories. Off the main building, wings were set aside for offices and shops to subsidize additional revenue. 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. Why not a hall of justice to house Manila’s courts? Ang mga achitects ay US-trained, nag-aral sa US. Good day! Your email address will not be published. He attended the Ateneo Municipal de Manila and graduated in 1908. The art deco style by Arellano was enhanced by sculptures in the façade of the theatre by Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti , who lived in Manila from 1930 until his death in 1958. In 1927, he took a study leave and went to the United States where he was greatly influenced by Art Deco architecture. 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. On June 23, 2010, then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim re-opened the theater after extensive renovations. 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. As the jeepney veered towards Jones Bridge, I would catch a glimpse of this interesting pink building on my right. Moreover, I was a child of the 60’s and a teenager in the 70’s that often visited Manila for I hail from Pampanga. http://roadworthyman.com/2012/10/31/inside-the-creepy-manila-metropolitan-theater/. His first passion was painting and he trained under Lorenzo Guerrero, Toribio Antillon, and Fabian de la Rosa. ( Log Out /  Produced opera, pageant, Spanish and English plays translated into Tagalog for the Filipinos during World War II. The Manila Metropolitan Theater or MET is an art deco building in Manila, designed by Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano. I don’t recall quite where the Plaza Militar was but I do remember Dewey being so wide open like a boulevard should be. Rebuilt under the initiative of Imelda Marcos during her post as governor in 1978, its prestige was restored, however short-lived. 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. They bombed the Jones Bridge and other buildings as well as torched many homes and killed residents as they ran for cover. at Avenue, and I laughed so hard and loved it so much, that I asked my father if we could watch it again. Unfortunately, the Teatro del Principe Alfonso burnt down in 1876, blamed on a irate Muslim terrorist. Monti, the guy who made some of the scuptures of the Met, was recently mentioned in the newspapers when his work “The Furies” (on the wall of the Meralco building in San Marcelino) was about to be destroyed. The Manila Film Center is a national building located at the southwest end of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay. Here is some good news pahalagaan natin ang mga old buildings natin dahil dito tayo galing. Sounds like you got a lot of free entertainment from your connections. In 2004, the GSIS and city government finally agreed to set aside their differences, and, with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, signed a tripartite agreement on a work action plan for the structure’s restoration. 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. Indeed, the Metropolitan Theater was a source of Filipino pride in the past. We are planning to display old photos of manila in our restaurant. During  the Japanese occupation, many theaters in Manila closed  down but the Met continued to be the center of cultural entertainment. Some photos I copied for a Powerpoint presentation and shared them with colleagues at work. Started as National Theater with the design of Architect Juan Arellano. thanks & god bless! Your email address will not be published. Lou my grandmother had a flower shop in the Metropolitan Theatre in 1929. Manila Film Center. Yes, that’s Milky Way. Yes, they had them even then. Juan Arellano, one of the first pensionados in architecture, also known for his other major projects such as the Legislative Building and Manila Central Post Office Building, designed the Manila Metropolitan Theater in January 1930. Out of a desire to create a uniquely Filipino style, he incorporated native flora and fauna designs in his Art Nouveau style woodcarvings. The years between 1930’s and 40’s is considered to be the theater’s heyday. He was released shortly before the war ended. He studied art in the Institute of Ponzone for Decorative Arts and Technology and the Royal Academy of Breza in Milan, which gave him a strong foundation in the classical style. I also lived on Remedios and used to go to the Gaiety. In 1960, he exhibited his work at the Manila YMCA. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Re the Gaiety, I seem to remember that Mike Joseph’s family ran it; our ‘days off’ then in La Salle were Thursdays, and Mike would sneak us in the movie house, then, we would go to Herran, and sneak into a movie house ran by the Eduque family, and finally to Dart St., and let in by Paquing Sevilly, into Cine Paco to watch a Filipino movie. Many other commissions from the Commonwealth government followed. Closed since 1996, the building had a ballroom and housed restaurants, offices and shops. The Met fell further into decay and finally 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. The eventual rehabilitation of the grand dame of Manila theaters, the Manila Metropolitan Theater in that city, was then realized when three agencies, after much bickering, the Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Manila City government put aside their differences and signed a memorandum of agreement to restore the cultural heritage landmark to its former glory. Please see my post on the Jones Bridge for photos of the statues of Madre Filipina at the two ends of the bridge and the dolphins at the center. It saw the golden ages of Philippine cinema, the glory days of theater, the rise of boxing, the lives of homeless families, the decay of heritage and culture, and now, the renewal of Manila’s splendor. 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. Before the theater was built almost at the exact area where Teatro del Prinsipe Alfonso XII was an old theater built during the Spanish colonial period, which was near the present day Metropolitan Theater. Andres Luna San Pedro Taal Vista Lodge in Laguna (1937-39) with Andres Luna de San Pedro A heritage architect, Gerard Lico grew up admiring the Metropolitan Theater, commonly known as the Met. Today we celebrate the 4th of July , the day we became free and so with the Americans. Finally on December 10, 1931 the art deco inspired architecture of  brothers  Mr. Juan Arellano and Mr. Arcadio Arellano following the American architectural planner Mr. Daniel Burnham lured by the unique opportunity of designing in tropical Asia these proud edifice would symbolized the power and glory of the American colonial administration. Hi Mr. Lou! Next door was a Chinese tailor who advertised “Military Uniforms” He claimed he could make authentic US uniforms for 10 pesos. Ang napansin ko maganda ang Pilipinas, ang Maynila noong panahon ng Americans, there was planning. Manila Metropolitan Theater or commonly called the Met, an abandoned art deco building in the heart of Manila.jpg 3,726 × 2,313; 975 KB Manila Metropolitan Theater or MET.jpg 1,300 × 732; 910 KB Manila Metropolitan Theater Ornament.jpg 1,784 × 3,008; 1.36 MB Maraming salamat ! Came across your page while looking for details on Manila Metroplitan Theatre. Isabelo Tampinco (19 November 1850 – 30 January 1933) was a Filipino sculptor known for his woodcarvings for churches. 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. So, what’s in store for the future of the grand Metropolitan ? He was hailed as one of the most outstanding sculptors of his time and was admired by Jose Rizal. https://jerichoswalls.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/the-manila-metropolitan-manila-have-you-met-yet/. Manila, capital and chief city of the Philippines.The city is the centre of the country’s economic, political, social, and cultural activity. On June 11, 1865, “La Conquista de Jolo” was staged there and it glorified the military campaigns of Governor Antonio Urbiztondo in the south, in 1750. The Gaiety showed second and third run movies, the owner must have liked Westerns because there were a lot of cowboy movies. The category 5 typhoon  wreaked havoc over Metro Manila, Calabarzon Region and Bicol Region. Thank you for very kind comments, Miguel. I recall the Gaiety very well. I gave Gemma Cruz Araneta large photographs from my grandmother’s album. Metropolitan Theater in 1932 (courtesy John Tewell), Metropolitan Theater – architectural drawing. The ice cream parlor you referred to (Remedios corner Mabini), I believe it was called Milky Way? I’m glad that the pictures helped you and hope that students like you appreciate Manila’s wonderful heritage and, as you say, perhaps save our landmarks through the World Heritage site. Kudos and many thanks to you, Mr. Ng and everyone who collaborated for this website. 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. The last performance I attended in the Met was a whole day showing of all the chapters of FU MAN CHU, some 15 of them, just before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I hated Ming the Merciless, the evil enemy of Flash Gordon. The same perspective showing the badly damaged buildling in 1945. But I remember watching Disney’s “Blackbeard’s Ghost” (Dean Jones, Peter Ustinov as Blackbeard, and the divine Suzanne Pleshette!!!) The Manila Metropolitan Theatre holds a lot of history for the Filipino people. 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. It was inaugurated on December 10, 1931. As our group is doing the research about the Manila Metropolitan Theatre, we found the answers in our questions. The Designs and Plans of the Metropolitan Theater Manila was burned and destroyed during the World War II. Wouldn’t it be a great venue for a Manila International Film Festival ? 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 … Such a well written site with an abundance of very informative topics! 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 wonder what happened to it. Thank you ! The sari-sari store was right on the corner of Remedios and Dakota. Despite this, it fell into neglect and became a warehouse of sorts, a gay bar, garage, boxing arena and motel. He then returned to the Philippines to begin a practice with his brother, Arcadio. del Pilar, and the Gaiety was past the Plaza Militar where Americans had their homes. My aunt, Conchita Sunico, spent her last years, as well as her finances preserving the Met and making sure the musicians got paid. Its ornamentations are remarkable and affluent; an apparent decadence to our country’s better off times. It was designed by architect Juan M. Arellano and inaugurated on December 10, 1931. Coincidentally , the Metropolitan theater was also featured in Philippine stamps ( Architectural Heritage series ) in 2003. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. He was trained in the Beaux Arts and subsequently went to work for George B. Hi Jim, so nice of you to write. Kraut  company is famous for their art glasses since 1912 and the proscenium was done by the House of Pre-Cast. When I had my first glimpse unto the structure, it began to tell me something in which I cant understand. The Met fell into decay and finally 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. We’re interested to have an engagement/prenup shoot at the MET. 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. “As much as Art Deco is seen as the seeming ‘infiltration of a foreign agent in another culture, the style can also be read as the means an ‘infiltrated’ culture adapat and responds to an outside power.” Cabalfin explained. 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