Met Theater restoration begins

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Years after it has been left in ruins and desolation, the Manila Metropolitan Theater will have a new leash on life as the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) set in motion the restoration of the historical theater building with a clean-up drive in December.

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Dubbed “METamorphosis,” the clean-up drive is one of the first steps that the country’s lead cultural agency would undertake to fully restore the Met and bring back its lost glory. In the next two months, the NCCA will hold a clean-up drive every weekend. The lead cultural organization calls on the students to give back to the community and volunteer to help in the rehabilitation of the historical landmark. Every week, the NCCA hopes to have a group of 50 students who will be scrubbing and washing the theater’s facade.

The 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 various universities like MAPUA, De La Salle- College of St. Benilde, UP Diliman, University of Sto.Tomas, University of the East-Caloocan, National University, Technological University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, Technological Institute of the Philippines, Bulacan State University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, EARIST, Letran and Centro Escolar University joined the clean-up drive.

After buying the ownership rights from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for P270 million in June, the NCCA will receive an additional budget of P270 million for the restoration of the building in the coming year. To date, the lead cultural agency has started the assessment of the building, taking down notes on what needs to be done and how it should be done.

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