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February 12, 2017: Photowalk 1/2, Gallery Tour at the Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater
Manila Metropolitan Theater


February 12, 2017

In 1862, the Teatro del Prinsipe Alfoso #7 was built and burnt down in 1876. Then in 31st December 1931, the Met was opened to the public. It survived the world war, re-invented from theater to cinema to entertainment hub and cultural center, passed on from one management to another, until it was closed in 1996. Management of the Met has been transferred to NCCA in June 2015, and the rehabilitation process is currently ongoing.

Juan Arellano, who designed the Met, said in January of 1930:
“The Philippines needed a modern cultural center for operas, concerts, and plays, and he planned to achieve a monumental one through its dimensions, elevations, and splendid decorations, and through its harmonious liens it would symbolize an organ or a cathedral.”

The Met has also been one of the places of interest for me for many many years, although I have really not set foot in it until September 2016. Nowadays, I really take the time to walk for hours just to appreciate places like this. This trip is a way for me to discover our history, because I believe history is best learned through hands-on experience, rather than through textbooks.

If you don't mind... I have really abused the use of my new soft filter. The images may be too soft for your appeal, but I intended to give it a dreamy vintage look. Today, my left leg had so much pain from cramp/sprain while shooting, that I literally stopped walking in the middle of the road even when the cars were already running...





Nikon D5200

Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4

Cacagoo Pro ND1000

Kenko Softon B MC PRO




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Photowalk

I always like to start my photowalks from Plaza Carriedo. There's something very special and historic about the place. During the Spanish colonization, it was the center of trade and commerce until the 1950s. In case you don't know, the big banks had their headquarters here, in case you'd notice.

Plaza Carriedo, Sta. Cruz Manila

Plaza Carriedo, Sta. Cruz Manila



From there, you can walk along the MacArthur Bridge over the Pasig River. Around the area, you can see FEATI University, Unibersidad de Manila - Downtown, SM Quiapo and the Manila Post Office Building.

Manila Post Office Building, Lawton

Manila Post Office Building, Lawton, Bonifacio Plaza

Manila Post Office Building, Lawton



It's been a long time since I wanted to take photos of the Met from the overpass, but it is no-man's pedestrian lane, so I really took the risk to walk up that road. From there, you can see the Quiapo Bridge and Pasig River, and the traffic pouring forth from the other side of the river.

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater



It's embarrassing to admit, but I haven't paid much attention and overlooked the gallery before. Maybe today, we can dedicate some time and see what they have put up for us to see...

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater


Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater



The first part of my photowalk for today ends here. We will elaborate more on the Manila City Hall building in the next post. Please see the link below, thank you!



Further Reading


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