A park-and-ride terminal goes on 24-hours a day behind the theater
What once was...
A shell after the war...
Designed in 1931 by National Artist for Architecture, Juan Arellano, the lobby was adorned with “The Dance” and “History of Music,” murals by co-National Artist Fernando Amorsolo. Closed since 1996, the building had a ballroom and housed restaurants, offices and shops. At its current state, it would cost PHP 200 million to bring it back to life.
Architecture scholar Edson Cabalfin said the culture expressed in the architectural style of a building constructed in a particular era is often the product of “intermingling and hybridization of cultures.”
Nationalists may point out that the Art Deco style of the Met was something foreign and forced upon by American colonizers. Not so, according to Cabalfin, author of a critical historiography of the Philippine Art Deco from 1927 to 1941.
He said the Met and the other Art Deco buildings served as expressions of the Filipino struggle for identity -- one that would blend Filipino, Asian, Spanish and American influences. “[A]s much as Art Deco is seen as the seeming ‘infiltration’ of a foreign agent in another culture, the style can also be read as the means an ‘infiltrated’ culture adapts and responds to an outside power,” Cabalfin explained.
Philippine Art Deco then, he added, can be understood as “the dynamics of the imposition of power by the colonizer and the demonstration of resistance and empowerment of the colonized.”
Source: www.inq7.net report by Jerome Aning, Nov 22, 2005