INSIDE THE CREEPY MANILA METROPOLITAN THEATER
I pass by The Manila Metropolitan Theater or The Met almost everyday. This grandiose theatre was designed by one of the the founding fathers of Philippine Architecture, Juan Arellano. The Met was inaugurated in 1931 and was almost ruined during World War II. Former First Lady Imelda Marcos rebuilt it in 1978. In 2010, it was re-opened with the help of the project “Save The Met”. Filipino rock band, Wolfgang held their concert here last year but now again deteriorated and decayed.
The Met was declared as National Treasure. It is the second cultural and architecture landmark in the city of Manila to received such merit. The other one is the mural painted by National Artist Botong Francisco at Manila City Hall’s Bulwagang Katipunan.
I heard a few ghostly stories inside this forsaken Art Deco Building and I wondered if this was true. The opportunity came last January 2012, my girlfriend and I joined the Postal Heritage Tour of Filipinas Stamp Collector’s Club led by Mr. Lawrence Chan.
Our group entered the premises at the door with LBC signage at the lobby. Almost every part of the theater are all in very bad condition like broken doors and windows, damaged roof and flooring, dressing rooms are thrashed with decaying materials. The orchestra seats are newly replaced though but these are not enough to hide the theater’s true condition.
The interesting pieces inside are the replica of The Dance and History of Music painting by Fernando Amorsolo at the lobby, the stained glasses made by Kraut Art Glass of Germany and other architectural ornaments made of Plastic of Paris by House of Precast.
We went upstairs the orchestra section and ballroom hall via dark and narrow stairs. Rence told us that the ballroom hall is the most haunted place in the theater, that several camera malfunction happened on this area during the tour.
I didn’t feel anything eerie inside the ballroom hall but I saw something that gave me goose bump. I was at the balcony section, my camera and tripod were set up trying to get a long exposure shot but the shutter won’t trigger. I tried few times but it won’t. I suspected that the lens can’t focus due to darkness. I lost my patience and stopped shooting then I saw a white object passed by the aisle orchestra section below and disappeared in a matter of seconds. My girlfriend saw it too. We looked at each other in disbelief. You check can her entry at Hapipaks.com
The photo above is the only photo that I captured after trying many times during my stay in balcony area. It is out of focus and have different spooky images. Can you identify them?
Side Note: Just this month, I joined a tour in Baguio with other travel bloggers. We went to Diplomat Hotel and experienced another something uncanny. My camera suddenly shoot by itself. What more shocking is that my camera is in single frame mode but the sound of the shutter is in continuous high mode. I checked the preview but it were all black images. I turned it off and on and to check again the preview the recorded black images were no longer there then the camera starts shooting again by itself. The only time my camera stopped clicking when I removed its battery. And yeah, girlfriend felt heavy and sick after we left the Diplomat Hotel premises.