It took another 6 years to lay the corner stone of the theater on a selected spot within the 8,000 square meter Mehan Garden . Here are my photos a year before the MET went into restoration . Thanks! The Metropolitan Theatre was considered to be the Grand Dame of Manila and also as the âcrown jewelâ of the theatres in Manila. March 4, 2011 Your email address will not be published. He did it in Art Deco style which was the rage in the United States. The american destroyed Manila in 1945,they used 300mm dia.Howitzer conyon,it is the most powerful weapon during that time.They used this canyon in order to minimized the casualty of american soldier. 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 â¦ Rebuilt under the initiative of Imelda Marcos during her post as governor in 1978, its prestige was restored, however short-lived. The Designs and Plans of the Metropolitan Theater Manila was burned and destroyed during the World War II. ( Log Out / It seemed abandoned. Highly stylized relief carving of Philippine plants executed by the artist Isabelo Tampingco decorate the lobby walls and interior surfaces of the building. 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. 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. Came across your page while looking for details on Manila Metroplitan Theatre. Designed in 1931 by National Artist for Architecture, Juan Arellano, the Metropolitan Theater is a primary example in the art deco style prevailing during those times. Isabelo Tampinco (19 November 1850 – 30 January 1933) was a Filipino sculptor known for his woodcarvings for churches. He died at the age of 72 on December 5, 1960. After my Deconstruction of the facts of the structure, I Realized that the structure’s value sometimes doesn’t come from its aesthetic and modernized value but also its historic value and what it symbolizes in which the MET was the symbolization of Manila’s beautiful city back then and its wealth. Tomas (1948-1953), Sculptural relief for the PMA building in Baguio (1947), Relief on the Meralco Building on San Marcelino, Filipinas and the Four Freedoms (“Freedom of Expression,” “Freedom of Religion,” “Freedom from Want,” and “Freedom from Fear”), Statues of Law and Order at the entrance of the main building of the University of the Philippines, Visayas (formerly Iloilo City Municipal Hall), Bonifacio Monument, working under Guillermo Tolentino, Sculptures of a woman and a carabao at Bacolod City and at the Bureau of Animal Industry in Quezon City, Mourning angel statues on top of the Quezon City Memorial Monument, Portrait bust of Manuel Quezon (bronze cast), Portrait bust of Manuel Roxas (bronze cast), Casts of Don Bosco and St. Dominic de Savio at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Mandaluyong City, High relief on the molave door of the Santo Domingo Church. ” Friendly America, let her forever be.” May heaven watch the Philippines and the USA. Your stories and pictures brought me back to memories that I once forgot before all these historical memorabilia. I appreciate what you’re doing, too. 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. I was scared of the Indians who scalped the pioneers but at the last moment it was very thrilling to see the US Cavalry come charging in with banners waving and bugles blaring. So he took me to see it a second time, only to save some money, he took me to Gaiety! The idea to construct a new theatre for Manila came in 1924 around the beginning of American occupation in the Philippines. During its heyday, the theater could accommodate 1,670 people: 846 in the orchestra section, 116 in the loge and 708 in the balcony areas. Pictures and stories of the Manila we remember. Culture. The old theater was the main focal building within the large and sprawling Plaza Arroceros in 1862. 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. I only hope we can save as much of our history as we can. Manila’s local museum is housed in a tiny room at the City Hall. 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. Hi Jim, so nice of you to write. According to old historical records, There used to be an old theater during the Spanish colonial period ( Teatro del Prinsipe Alfonso XII ) which was built near the present day Metropolitan Theater . Became performing place for Filipino and foreign actors. 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 Manilaâs splendor. The Manila Film Center is a national building located at the southwest end of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay. The Metropolitan Theater (Manila) History and Information. This is a photo of a cultural heritage property in the Philippines with ID PH-00-0022 ( now kept at the GSIS museum for safekeeping). Thanks ! Although many design movements have political or philosophical roots or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative. Hi Mr. Lou! 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. He then traveled to New York, where he met Philippine architect Juan M. de Guzman Arellano, who invited him to the Philippines. Shortly after, the government commissioned pioneer Filipino architect, Juan M. Arellano, to draw up the blue prints for the Met. In 1930, he returned to Manila and designed the Manila Metropolitan Theater, which was then considered controversially moderne.He also continued to act as a consulting architect for the Bureau of Public Works where he oversaw the production of the Manila’s first zoning plan. The cultural renaissance it enjoyed since it reopened in 1978 was short-lived as political change marred its very existence and was finally forced to close its doors in 1996. The theater was inaugurated on December 10, 1931, with a capacity of 1670 (846 orchestra, 116 in loge, and 708 in balcony). May God bless the Philippines and the USA. Filipinos have always had a love affair with cars. 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. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. It really feels good to remember! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. de Guzmán Arellano. 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 =). I gave Gemma Cruz Araneta large photographs from my grandmother’s album. Designed in 1931 by National Artist for Architecture, Juan Arellano, the lobby was adorned with âThe Danceâ and âHistory of Music,â murals by co-National Artist Fernando Amorsolo. 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. And another memory (though evoked by a different post elsewhere in this blog)… I watched a lot of movies on Avenida Rizal: Ever, State, Universal, Odeon … and maybe a few on Escolta’s Lyric and Capitol…. We are planning to display old photos of manila in our restaurant. Thank you for writing ! The sari-sari store was right on the corner of Remedios and Dakota. Mural paintings by National Artist, Fernando Amorsolo, named “The Dance” and “History of Music” adorned the lobby. among my favorite landmarks.Thank You Very Much. The Crystal Arcade – Art Deco at its finest . Although the designs and plans of the Metropolitan Theater Manila were burned and destroyed during the World War II , the former First Lady Imelda Marcos had it restored in 1978 to its former beauty however it never regained its former glory. The same perspective showing the badly damaged buildling in 1945. The old theater was the main focal building within the large and sprawling Plaza Arroceros in 1862. It was inaugurated on December 10, 1931, with a capacity of 1670 (846 orchestra, 116 in the lodge, and 708 in the balcony). 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. INSIDE THE CREEPY MANILA METROPOLITAN THEATER Opened in 1931. For those reading this, “baons” are tin containers that stack onto each other and carried like a lunchbox, each tin containing a separate dish. My aunt, Conchita Sunico, spent her last years, as well as her finances preserving the Met and making sure the musicians got paid. The then upcoming National Artist Nic Joaquin used to invite me to view some of these performances. As an only child, I didn’t have much in the way of parental supervision so I had a lot of time exploring the city on my own. Indisputably , the Metropolitan theater was the masterpiece of Architect Juan Arellano . The tickets were 15 centavos. In my case, I used to pass by the structure every day back in college as I took my FX to class. Juan M. Arellano St. Cecilia's Hall of St. Scholastica's College (1932) with Arch. Los Baños Internment Camp Liberation – 70th Anniversary. And the sunsets … my goodness, I’ll never forget Manila sunsets ! As I got older, I would take a jeepney down to my parents’ store on the Escolta, have lunch, maybe see a movie. 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. Designed in 1931 by National Artist for Architecture, Juan Arellano, the Metropolitan Theater is a primary example in the art deco style prevailing during those times. 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. It taught me what a Great structure it has been, surviving almost a hundred years in which also brings back horrific past of the people that had died during the World War II. del Pilar, and the Gaiety was past the Plaza Militar where Americans had their homes. On June 23, 2010, then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim re-opened the theater after extensive renovations. 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. Nov 4, 2020 - Explore Eduardo de Leon's board "Old Philippine Theaters", followed by 458 people on Pinterest. I’m glad you found the articles interesting. The downstairs seats were wooden with woven rattan bottoms, some of which had lice. Heacock’s Department Store on the Escolta, Puente Colgante – Insular Ice Plant and Cold Storage, The Metropolitan Theater – Art Deco Style. Dapat nga palang magbayad ang mga Hapon, masyado ang ginawa nilang pagwasak sa bayang ito. 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. If you could share them with me, I can post them on the site. The Jai Alai Building, a beautiful example of Art Deco in Asia. He was hailed as one of the most outstanding sculptors of his time and was admired by Jose Rizal. Not so, according to Cabalfin, author of a critical historiography of the Philippine Art Deco from 1927 to 1941.Cabalfin said the Met and the other Art Deco buildings served as expressions of the Filipino struggle for identity – one that would blend Filipino, Asian, Spanish and American influences. Update: January 6, 2014 – It served as the main theater for the First Manila International Film Festival (MIFF) held from January 18â29, 1982. I am a 57-year old employee of a government agency and am grateful for the photos and stories shared through your efforts. i hope the showbiz industry na magkaroon sila ng initiative para sa restoration ng MET. That’s a good idea. For Everyone. It was tough for me since I was wearing short pants so I had to sit on the wooden arm rest which was a pain in the aXX. Ang napansin ko maganda ang Pilipinas, ang Maynila noong panahon ng Americans, there was planning. how i wished na sana may may mga organazation na may magmalasakit para sa conservation ng 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. Kraut company is famous for their art glassessince 1912 and the proscenium was done by the House of Pre-Cast. 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. Ming ruled the planet Mongo from his palace and was always scheming to kidnap Dale Arden, girlfriend of Flash. Soon after, he sculpted the relief depicting the Muses on the Meralco building on San Marcelino. 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. Pity it was neglected after it closed. The years between 1930âs and 40âs is considered to be the theaterâs heyday. 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. However, the results of the contest were changed after the announcement was published in the newspapers, perhaps due to political machinations. So, what’s in store for the future of the grand Metropolitan ? But it is slowly coming back to life. My family ate there after the 8 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. The Manila Metropolitan Theater Before the creation of the CCP, artistic performances were held in public places around the country. Manila, capital and chief city of the Philippines.The city is the centre of the countryâs economic, political, social, and cultural activity. 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. sir, i would like to see more of the pre war photographs of jones bridge, particularly the central statuaries and those at the foot of the bridge. 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. 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. I also lived on Remedios and used to go to the Gaiety. On the left side of the theater was a Chinese sari sari store which sold a new soft drink with the funny name of Coca Cola. He attended the Ateneo Municipal de Manila and graduated in 1908. 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. The Manila Metropolitan Theater or MET is an Art Deco building in Manila, designed by the Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano. In its heyday, it was the home of operas, the Manila Symphony and a symbol of fine arts and high society of prewar Manila. Its ornamentations are remarkable and affluent; an apparent decadence to our country’s better off times. Its ornamentations are remarkable and affluent; an apparent decadence to our countryâs better off times. The stained glass facade was commissioned by Kraut Art Glass established by family patriarch Mr. Mattias Kraut . I watched it slowly turn into a homeless shelter that stank of waste, a place to be avoided. 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. Just recently discovered this blog of yours, and now am reading through all the posts. God bless Manila. But it was better than lice which were a worse pain in the aXX. While several top Filipino celebrities made their debut at the grad dame, Its condition deteriorated in the ’90s due to several factors . 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. Or 9 am Holy Mass at Malate church Perhaps Gemma would give them to you for this site. 180 likes. He left Fascist Italy, traveling throughout Europe. I was there when you were. Metropolitan Theater in 1932 (courtesy John Tewell), Metropolitan Theater – architectural drawing. The story of Capitol Theatre is the story of Manilaâs cultural heritage. Every Thursday was the serial movie, either Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon. The ice cream parlor you referred to (Remedios corner Mabini), I believe it was called Milky Way? This was from around 1962 – 1968. sad to know that we Filipinos didn’t know how to value our past. His career was interrupted by World War II in the Philippines, when he was detained in Fort Bonifacio due to his foreign background. The facade definitely suggests a place of music, with its rounded upper outline broken by many light vertical elements and slender pinnacles or “finals”. 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. 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. Thanks for sharing your memories. Andres Luna San Pedro Taal Vista Lodge in Laguna (1937-39) with Andres Luna de San Pedro Binuksan noong Disyembre 10, 1931, ang teatro ay nagpalabas ng ilang [â¦] You’ll remember it’s only one block from Roxas Blvd. The Manila Metropolitan Theater or MET is an art deco building in Manila, designed by Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano. I would like to see your photos if you can get a chance to email them to me at email@example.com Kindest regards, Lou. Philippine Art deco then, he added, can be understood as “the dynamics of the imposition of power by the colonizer and the demonstration o resistance and empowerment of the colonized.”. View History. 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. 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. He designed a demesne along the edge of Manila Bay, which featured a revival-style mansion that took advantage of the seaside vista. While these structures were all reconstructed, his original designs were not followed and were considered poor replications. This city embraced four cultures Asian, European , North American( American colony ), Latin American through Spain and Mexico . 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. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 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 â¦ Thanks for remembering the name of that ice cream parlor. so any tall building erected there would have good views of Manila Bay. The Art Deco building constructed in 1931 by Juan Arellano was badly damaged during wartime, and rebuilt in 1978 by former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Time was spent with the other barefoot, short-panted boys from the neighborhood playing marbles. paano tayo makakapunta sa paroroonan natin kung tayo mismo hindi natin alam kung saan tayo nagmula. Highly stylized relief carving of Philippine plants executed by the artist Isabelo Tampingco decorated the lobby walls and interior surfaces of the building. Yes, the Met was the venue of stage shows during the war, as was the movie house just at the Northern foot of the Sta. Thanks!!!! Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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 a little boy’s perfect playground for me. Can it be grand once again, adorned with posters of coming attractions of plays, operas, concerts or even be a venue for films ? http://meowbykate.blogspot.com/2010/06/manila-metropolitan-theater.html, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manila_MetropolitanTheater, http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Isabelo_Tampinco, http://superpasyal.blogspot.com/2006/07/manila-metropolitan-theatre.html. Cruz bridge (I have forgotten its name). http://www.facebook.com/metropolitantheatermanila1931/. 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. It was rather odd looking, quite art deco. Santo Tomas Internees Liberated 70 years ago. Popular variety television show hosted by Ms. Vilma Santos in the 1980′s to early 1990′s aired on GMA channel 7 provided the entertainment every Friday to the crowd . Memories. Change ). Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Back in the Fifties, we used to live in the Malate district, at first in an apartment on Tennessee street then on Remedios, just a couple of blocks down from the church. Thanks, Good day. http://roadworthyman.com/2012/10/31/inside-the-creepy-manila-metropolitan-theater/, http://www.facebook.com/metropolitantheatermanila1931/. Our country needs people like you. Thank you ! 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. 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. The Americans instead opted for a federal-style building that ended up overpriced and uncomfortable. The MET is one of the few remaining and surviving Art Deco structures in the country. When I had my first glimpse unto the structure, it began to tell me something in which I cant understand. Please view the slideshow below for recent photos of this beautiful example of art deco architecture. Do you think the Japanese bear some responsibility in the destruction of Manila ? Inaugurated during the American Colonial period in the Philippines, The Manila Metropolitan Theaterâs history of death and rebirths can probably be recounted longer than you can spell the word restoration in a single minute. They bombed the Jones Bridge and other buildings as well as torched many homes and killed residents as they ran for cover. It took around 85 years before the Met got its well-deserved restoration. Unfortunately, the Teatro del Principe Alfonso burnt down in 1876, blamed on a irate Muslim terrorist. Lou, your research is admirable. Monti was chosen as the winner in the Caduti Austrio-Ungheresi Monument design competition in Cremona in November 1928, for his design for a memorial for 33 Austro-Hungarian soldiers killed in Cremona in World War I. Happily Flash rescues her and returns her to New York, but the serial ends with the hollow laughter of Ming somewhere in the universe….. 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