The Metropolitan Theater Clean-Up Drive program, named the "METamorphosis," has recently concluded its 7 leg last March 19.
Started in December 2015, the METamorphosis is a volunteer project wherein college students help restore the nearly forgotten Metropolitan Theater.
Volunteers during the 7th clean up comprised of students and faculty members from Fo Guang College, Gerry Roxas Leaders Awardees, and various other architecture students from different schools.
The Metropolitan Theater, built in 1930 by the National Artist for Architecture Juan Arellano, served as a premier cultural venue and a hub for budding artists during the pre-world war. In 2012, the structural decay of the theater forced it to close down.
Gerald Lico, head of the restoration team of the Metropolitan theater, spoke of its history to the Philippine Star.
“The theater is not just an important landmark, it is a symbol of Manila. It was the premier cultural venue during the pre-war period. It is a survivor of World War II. While the buildings and other infrastructure around it have been torn down or were bombed during the war, it remained intact except for the damage on its roof,” said Lico in an interview with Philippine Star.
The building also housed several other treasures, including National Artist for Visual Arts Fernando Amorsolo's murals such as "The Dance" and "The History of Music."
Last June 2015, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the country's official agency for the preservation and developmment of Philippine Culture, bought the MET's ownership rights from Government Service Insurance System for Php 270 million. The said fund came from the National Endownment for Culture and the Arts.
The last few dates of the clean-up project will take place on April 2016.
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