• Art and politics in the Alvarez family

    Rosalinda L. Orosa

    Rosalinda L. Orosa

    Theater icon Cecile Guidote Alvarez—eminent actress and stage-director—founded the Philippine Educational Theater Association, which has, through the years, spawned countless distinguished actors, actresses and stage directors through the years.

    Cecile is married to former Sen. Heherson “Sonny” Alvarez who, during his tenure, served in government with honor, integrity and unwavering dedication. Both Cecile and Sonny are enthusiastic about their son Hexelon running for a congressional seat this coming May to represent Santiago, Isabela’s fourth district. He has already successfully served as councilor.

    NCCA to restore Met Theater
    Herewith is a quote from the official announcement of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts chaired by Felipe de Leon Jr.:

    Years after it has been in ruins and desolation, the Manila Metropolitan Theater will have a new lease on life. The NCCA set in motion its restoration with a clean-up drive last December 12.

    Dubbed “METamorphosis,” the drive is one of the first steps the cultural agency will undertake to fully restore the MET and bring back its lost glory. In the next two months, the NCCA will call on students to give back to the community by helping to rehabilitate the historical landmark. Every week, the NCCA hopes to have 50 students scrub and wash the theater’s façade.

    “We are happy with the support and response of the students from different universities and colleges. We have received emails inquiring about how they can help. We call on the students to be more involved in the restoration, because it will help them connect with their historical and cultural heritage, and have a sense of ownership,” said Architect Gerard Lico who will lead the restoration team.

    He also added this volunteer-based activity will specially benefit the architecture students who are planning to do an in-depth study or write a thesis about this historical architectural treasure. Students from MAPUA, De la Salle, UP Diliman, UST, UE, National U., Technological U., FEU, Technological Institute, Bulacan State U., Polytechnic U., EARIST, Letran and CEU joined the clean-up drive.

    After buying the ownership rights from the GSIS for P270 million last June, the NCCA will receive an additional P270 million for the restoration.

    The MET Theater, known for its art deco architecture designed by National Artist Juan M. Arellano, has turned 84. First inaugurated on December 10, 1931, the building has been declared a National Cultural Treasure by the NCCA for its social and political contributions to Philippine society. “The theater is not just an important landmark, but a symbol of Manila. The premiere cultural venue in pre-war years, it is a survivor of WWII. While the buildings around it were torn down and bombed during the war, it remained intact.

    The theater is home to various works by renowned artists. National Artist Fernando Amorsolo painted two murals, “The Dance” and “The History of Music”; Isabelo Tampingco did the plant-themed carvings, Francisco Ricardo Monti made the Adam and Eve sculptures.

    Missing Letty
    Grief and gloom continue to envelop the Inquirer owing to the untimely demise of the editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez Magsanoc. Her friends, the columnists included, miss her immensely, likewise.

    Letty always accommodated my requests although belonged to a friendly-rival newspaper, demonstrating open-minded, objective, thorough-going professionalism. She was incapable of nurturing professional jealousy or pettiness toward her colleagues.

    The worth of Letty’s passionate drive for freedom and democracy is invaluable and will long endure.


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