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wenty-five years after its closure in 1996, the Metropolitan Theater is set to make a historic comeback. And to mark this momentous event, The Met in partnership with National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) will stream the musical “Lapulapu, and Datu ng Mactan,” on Oct. 24, 2021. 

According to NCCA, the public presentation will be part of the Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines, the Year of Filipino Pre-Colonial Ancestors, and the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month.

“The play unpacks the many events commemorated this year, which includes the Victory at Mactan in 1521, as told from the point of view of the mysterious Lapulapu, symbol of Philippine resistance to all forms of oppression; the circumnavigation of the world, as told from the point of view of the trip’s chronicler Juan Sebastian Elcano; and the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, as seen from the lens of Reyna Juana,” the NCCA says in a Facebook post. “This meta tale explores how history—and what people choose to be the lessons from it—contribute to the cultural identity and to the strength of any nation.”

“Lapulapu, ang Datu ng Mactan” is directed by UP Professor Dexter M. Santos, (“Ang Huling El Bimbo,” “Orosman” “Zafira”).

This will be streamed on the Facebook page of The Metropolitan Theater, and will be cross-posted on the pages of the NCCA, Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM), Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the NHCP,  and the NQC, on Sunday Oct. 24, 2021, at 6 p.m. 

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