Restored Metropolitan Theater, set to open in April

      The newly restrored Metropolitan Theater, a declared National Historical Landmark and National Cultural Treasure (Photo credit National Quincentennial Committee)

PARAÑAQUE CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA) -- The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) are aiming to finish the restoration of the Metropolitan Theater (MET) in Manila before the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan on April 27, 2021.

According to the NCCA, they have approved the conduct of the quincentennial evening show at the ME, one of the oldest performance venues in the Philippine capital.

The plan was also adopted by the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) during its 17th Regular Meeting held at the Philippine Information Agency on 15 October 2020.

“The event will serve as the maiden show of MET after 25 years since its closure in 1996,” the NCCA, in a statement said.

Commemorative rites for the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan are planned to be held at the Liberty Shrine, Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City in the morning. The shrine will also serve as co-host of the evening show with MET.

A declared National Historical Landmark and National Cultural Treasure, MET witnessed the development of the country through time.

It is also a landmark of Filipino excellence and oneness with humanity through arts and culture.

“In 2021, we will commemorate the Philippine part in the achievement of science and humankind in circumnavigating the planet for the first time,”a statement from the NHCP said.

“Central in this commemoration is the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan on 27 April 2021. These and more are collectively known as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines by virtue of Executive Order No. 103 (2020),” the NHCP added. (PIA-NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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