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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Royal Postage Heritage Guided tour- the met.

Recently, a bus terminal and parking structure has been constructed at the back of 
the theatre. I remembered to watch a play last 1989 when i was in 4th yr High school, 
it was still open to the public until it closed february of 1998.
The theater was again closed in 1996 due to ownership disputes between the city 
administration and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). 

On June 23, 2010, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Manila mayor 
Alfredo Lim re-opened the theater after extensive renovations.The Theater used 
again once for the Wolfgang Band Concert in 2011. But in 2012, the theater is
closed again due to decays inside the building. 

Ownership disputes between the city administration and the Government Service
 Insurance System continue to the detriment of the theater’s proper use and upkeep.

there are no efforts to rehabilitate this govt. establishment as the cost to restore this 
will be 500m.

Now,  thanks to the POSTAL HERITAGE TOUR of Lawrence Chan I was bought back again to Metropolitan Theater.

During the end of World War 2 in 1945, heavy bombardment by
US forces seriously damaged the theatre and destroyed the
northern wing, the original roofing, walls and relief sculptures.
Even after post-war reconstruction funded by the US, the theater
never recovered its original grandeur and gradually fell into disuse
in the 1960’s. The building was restored in the 1970s but again
fell into neglect.

This is how it looks like.

the met from afar
The whole building was designed in an Art Deco style by architect Juan Arellano since the Art Deco style was one of the most sought after designs across the world at that point of time

It was the first theater created before the CCP, it houses the broadway of the phil. 
an art deco bldg of Manila, constructed in 1931 by Juan M. Arellano during the 
liberation of Mla by the US forces in 1945 , this was severely damaged, losing 
some of its roofing and destroying some of the walls. after reconstruction by the 
Americans it gradually fell into disuse in the 1960s the following decade it was 
meticulously restored in 1978 and again fell into decay.

from a bloggers detailed description and I quote: "Sadly, the building is now totally closed and all the rooms are all dilapidated and completely covered with dust. I must admit, I kept on imagining that the place was still beautiful while walking around the building. I tried to think that place was still busy but the creepy hall and worries about our safety just cant help me concentrate in imagining the place in its glorious past." endquote

here are some pics of the met as you enter inside. Now,  take a look closely, because
these pics are from the last tour I joined, and its indeed the last, since the tour permit
from GSIS  is already "expired", there will be no more tours inside the Met.

The discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922 sparked a nationwide craze 
that resulted in the construction of several Egyptian-themed movie theaters across 
the country. The Egyptian Deco Metropolitan Theater was Houston's most elaborate 
downtown movie palace. Behind its traditional Main Street façade, the Metropolitan’s
ornate interior was covered in Art Deco zigzags and stylized interpretations of ancient 

The landmark building is noted for its refined sculptures on the façade which were 
designed by Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti, who lived in Manila from 1930 
until his death in 1958. Monti worked closely with De Guzmán Arellano and created 
highly stylized relief carving of Philippine plants executed by artist Isabelo Tampingco. 
The elegant sculptures decorated the lobby walls and interior surfaces of the building.

Here are some more pics taken atop the Met

the place is famoous for ghost apparitions, I wont be elaborating on that one today. maybe someday
here are more pics you be the judge.

During the liberation of Manila by the United States and Filipino forces in 1945, the theatre 
was severely damaged, losing some of its roofing and destroying some of the walls. After 
reconstruction by the Americans it gradually fell into disuse in the 1960s. In the following 
decade it was meticulously restored in 1978 but again fell into decay.



Old buildings are always associated with terror -that all of them have cruel past
and unwanted memories of people who once live or work those building are also
connected with ghost of people who really loved the place, it only mean that they didnt
want to depart on the structure bec of its dear significance 

I HOPE  THIS STRUCTURE WILL BE RESTORED. but chances are close to nil, 
since the trend now is to rebuild from the ground up and ignore heritage sites since 
for the developers, its just an idle lot, with an idle structure not making any money. 
which is darn wrong.

this is LOVERBOY DENNIS signing out. hope you enjoyed my selected picture
(from a few hundreds I took) last summer. til then, hope to see you in the next 
Postal Heritage Tour

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