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Capitol Theater (Santa Cruz, Manila)

Posted by admin on July 27, 2006

The Capitol Theater, designed by Juan Nakpil in 1935, explicitly portrays Filipinas in the native garb on the front elevations. The women, set within a tropical landscape, evoke a faraway rural and bucolic place very much different from the urbanized and built-up setting of the commercial district of Escolta in Manila. If the situation is closely inspected, the Filipino designers employing art deco were not considered as part of the “rural folk” being represented in the stylistic ornamentations, but rather were metropolitanized architects who were in fact part of the “new” cultural elite of cosmopolitan Manila (Salamanca 1968, 91-92). Thus, they were not necessarily experiencing in their daily lives the “rural” and “native” imagery that they were enacting.



One Response to “Capitol Theater (Santa Cruz, Manila)”

  1. Anna Filippicci Bonetti said

    Le Muse sono state scolpite dallo scultore italiano Francesco Riccardo Monti nel 1935.
    Le due Allegorie rappresentano La Tragedia e la Musica
    Bibliografia: G. Mascherpa, Francesco Monti è da 26 anni nelle Filippine. Un italiano inquieto ha ricostruito Manila, in “Il Giorno”, Milano 1955

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