MET, during its golden years, had a great reputation as one of the best theaters in the country, and could be lined up with the other equally awesome theaters in the world, I believe. Now I see it as Manila's lost gem - forgotten, neglected, abandoned, dilapidated, after losing all its luster and purpose in the fast paced modern life of the Metro.
|The rehearsal room|
|the balcony area|
|the upper area of balcony|
|Jericho looking for something?|
We felt a heavy force when I suddenly separated my self from the group and went into a big room which looked like the big dance rehearsal room, with one of the walls full of mirrors for dancers to see themselves while practicing their moves. Then a colleague went in and tried to take pictures of the room itself, and then he began whispering "sheeet, nandyan na naman sya, nakatingin satin."
Besides the desire to capture the MET 'occupants' from another realm (lol), I took a lot of pictures of what is inside MET, in the hopes that I can also show you what Manila is losing, if they cannot find ways to restore, renovate and reopen this magnificent structure. It's more than just the architectural design, and the masterpiece artworks inside. It's all about the prestige that MET has brought to the country during its days. No ghost photos, unfortunately.
Here some photos inside the Metropolitan Theater.
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About Metropolitan Theater.
Conception of Theater
Teatro del Prinsipe Alfonso XII was an old theater built during the Spanish colonial period, which was near the present day Metropolitan Theater. This old theater was the main central building within the large and sprawling Plaza Arroceros in 1862. Unfortunately, the Teatro del Principe Alfonso XII burnt down in 1876, and was blamed on an irate Muslim terrorist.
During the American colonial period, the idea to construct a theater which Manilans could call their own came in 1924 when the Philippine Legislature approved a project by Senator Alegre to build a people’s theatre in the Mehan Garden (now Sining Kayumanggi). It was not until six years later that the cornerstone was laid on a small part of 8,239.58 square meters of public land. Its grand inauguration on December 10, 1931 and zarzuelas, dramas, translations of foreign classics and stage shows that were to be presented before and during the war years.
Written and photos by Jericho Carillo
About Jericho Carrillo, he is activate member of the Heritage Conservation Society - Youth and working in an GL Advisor as Associate Client Advisor.
The About the Met information got from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manila_Metropolitan_Theater