After more than 30 years, the famous Manila Metropolitan Theatre will finally be restored to its former glory!
Back in October 2019, the local government of the city of Manila announced that the Manila Metropolitan Theatre will be undergoing a renovation that will be overseen by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Now, more than a year after the announcement, the restoration of the building built in 1978, its wings, and the theatre complex is almost finished. In fact, just yesterday morning, the NCCA released a sneak peek of sorts of how the renovation is currently going!
According to NCCA Chairperson Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso, the newly restored Manila Metropolitan Theatre will be inaugurated this year— just in time for the City of Manila’s 450th anniversary in June. (Read: 5 Virtual Museums You Can Check Out While in Quarantine)
“The inauguration of the new Met is the culmination of a long arduous journey. This has been made possible by the determinated effort of a long line of individuals who share a common dream to bring back to life one of our nation’s cultural treasures,” said Lizaso.
Manila Metropolitan Theatre
Once open to the public, the Manila Metropolitan Theatre (commonly known as the Met) will be “open to all Filipinos from all classes of our society… for this is the people’s theater,” Lizaso said. (Read: The 500-Year History of Catholicism in the Philippines)
He also confirmed that the first event to be held in the building is the quincentennial celebration of the Victory At Mactan, slated for April 27, 2021— 25 years after the Met’s closure.
“We will strive to do our best to be worthy of this collective effort as well as the high expectations of our people,” the chairperson said. (Read: Manila Cathedral Joins Petition to Save San Sebastian Basilica)
The Manila Metropolitan Theatre was purchased by the NCCA from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) in 2015 to start its renovation and restoration. The rehabilitation of the building is done with the help of the National Museum of the Philippines and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).