“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ermita, Manila, Philippines — National Capital Region

Manila Metropolitan Theater

Manila Metropolitan Theater Marker image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, January 5, 2003
1. Manila Metropolitan Theater Marker
Inscription. In Tagalog:
Nagsimula bilang isang pambansang tanghalan ayon sa disenyo ni arkitekto Juan Arellano. Pinasinayaan noong 1931. Naging tanghalan ng mga artistanf Pilipino at banyaga. Nagpalabas ng mga opera, pageant, at dulang Kastila at Ingles na isinalin sa Tagalog para sa mga Pilipino noong Ikalawang digmaang pandaigdig. Nasira nang bahagya, noong 1945. Ang gumuhong gusali ay naging tirahan ng mga squatter at pingalanang Besa boxing Arena. Ibinalik sa dating maringal na anyo noong 1978 ng komisyon ng kalakhang Maynila.

Translated, the marker reads:
Started as National Theater with the design of Architect Juan Arellano. Opened in 1931. Became performing place for Filipino and foreign actors. Produced opera, pageant, Spanish and English plays translated into Tagalog for the Filipinos during World War II. Partly destroyed in 1945. The collapsed building became a home to illegal settlers that became known as “Besa Boxing Arena.” Reconstructed in its former glory in 1978, under the Commission of Manila.
Erected 1988 by National Historical Institute.
Location. 14° 35.645′ N, 120° 58.83′ E. Marker is in Ermita, Manila. Marker is on Quezon Boulevard, on the right when traveling
Metropolitan Theater image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, January 5, 2003
2. Metropolitan Theater
The marker is in the right side of the entrance
north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ermita, Manila 02 527, Philippines.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Andres Bonifacio (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of the Victims of Military Sexual Slavery during the Second World War (about 180 meters away); Philippine Post Office (about 180 meters away); Mother Francisca del Espiritu Santo (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Hospital de San Juan de Dios (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); College of San Juan de Letran (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Chapel of the Franciscan Venerable Third Order (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Tomas Mapua (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ermita.
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, World II
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