The Rajah Sulayman Theater in Fort Santiago is getting a facelift
Just in time for PETA's 50th anniversary!
(SPOT.ph) On his Twitter account, Marco Antonio Luisito V. Sardillo III, former Intramuros Administrator, posted about recent rehabilitation projects within the Walled City of Manila—all of which were initiated under his three-year term as an appointee of former President Noynoy Aquino. "We started from scratch, from concept to execution. And six months after I left, there are still more than enough projects for my successor to inherit, inaugurate, and cut ribbons for," he said on social media on January 7.
One of these projects is the renovation of the Rajah Sulayman Theater in Fort Santiago, once the home of the prestigious Philippine Educational Theater Association. The open-air theater, which was the ruins of a former Spanish military barracks, was designed and conceptualized by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez and carried out by noted Philippine architect Leandro Locsin. The inner court of the fort was apt for the theater-in-the-round productions of the company, which is now housed in its own two-level theater in Quezon City.
Sardillo revealed that along with the rehabilitation of the structure is the construction of proper dressing rooms and back-of-the-house facilities. "Just in time for your [50th] anniversary," he even said on his Tweet, addressing Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). In fact, the company will kick off the celebration of its foundation day with a morning ritual and blessing of its original home on April 7.
We can't wait to see Rajah Sulayman Theater back to its former glory!