The Manila Film Center

Because today is the Philippines’ 112th Independence Day, Shutterchitecture is giving you something that’s more Filipino.

Lo and behold the legendary Manila Film Center. By the looks of it, you would think that it’s abandoned. Well, you’re wrong. It’s just mismanaged. So anyway, this is the Manila Film Center, one of the most controversial building in Philippine history.

When I joined the walking tour of the famous Carlos Celdran, he told the story of the Film Center. As far as I can remember, then-First Lady Imelda Marcos wanted a national archive for films and would give recognition to the Philippine cinema so she spearheaded the construction of this building. Also, she initiated the formation of the 1st Manila International Film Festival back in 1982. The Film Center was built at a very tight schedule of (I’m not sure with this) 60 days. Then November 17, 1981, a scaffolding collapsed killing at least 169 workers on site. But because of Imelda Marcos’ ambition to make the MIFF a success, work resumed immediately. Stories tell it that some of the workers’ bodies were not even recovered and were buried with cement in order to meet the deadline. This story has never been proven true however.

The Manila Film Center now plays host to the Amazing Show and is also eyed to be the new home of the Philippine Senate. Currently, the Philippine Senate is housed at the GSIS Complex.

2 responses to “The Manila Film Center

  1. Ha, you have some nice stories about the building.

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