NCCA at risk of legal action with Manila Metropolitan Theater name change
Veteran cultural writer and impresario Pablo Tariman noticed this and wrote about it in Vera Files. An ad from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Facebook account caught his attention: “Everyone is delighted to witness the rebirth of the Metropolitan Theater! Now called the National Commission for the Culture and Arts of Metropolitan Theater (NCCA Metropolitan Theater), this Philippine architectural heritage certainly holds an important place in the life of Filipinos. The announcement was made on May 30, 2021 at 9:03 a.m. Pablo wrote his Vera Files Coin the next day. On June 5, historian Xiao Chua wrote about it in his Manila Times column.
As can be seen, it is not necessary to analyze the row. As the tenor of this line puts it, the Manila Metropolitan Theater name change is a fait accompli, a fait accompli.
In such cases, clarification of the source is required. But repeated messages to the Messenger account of the head of the NCCA’s public affairs and information section remain unanswered. The message was sent on June 2. Until now, he is not even in seen mode, which is a surprise because the head of PAIS, René Napeñas, is still a punctual and available communicator.
When a source is not available, we switch to other sources. A member of the board of directors of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts provided information but requested anonymity.
First news from the board member: The new name of the NCCA Metropolitan Theater is “fake news”. If so, the author of this “fake news” on the NCCA Facebook account should be investigated. Then this information: the board of directors of the NCCA had, in fact, discussed the question, and “several names were taken into consideration”. Additional Information: “The Manila Metropolitan Theater has been highlighted as a historic name. But some are of the opinion that there are reasons for historical institutions to change their names to reflect the new direction. It is therefore confirmed that a name change is being considered, but that “there is no decision yet”, although the NCCA Facebook account claims otherwise.
But here’s what awaits members of the board of directors of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, the country’s de facto culture ministry, if he insists on changing the name of the Metro Manila Theater: litigation. As the country’s leading curator of culture and the arts, it is the first government agency that we expect to adhere to the principles of the law.
This is what he will violate: Republic Law 10066 or National Cultural Heritage Law what the NCCA itself had proposed before it was legislated in 2009. Article 5 Recording and conservation of cultural property Article 22 of this law does not require any interpretation:
Renaming of historic streets, buildings designated as cultural treasure or important cultural property. The names of historic streets, parks, buildings, shrines, landmarks, monuments and sites designated as national cultural treasures or significant cultural property may not be renamed by local or national legislation, unless they are be approved by the National Historical Institute, and only after a proper hearing on the matter. In addition, for name changes made to historic streets, parks, buildings, shrines, landmarks, monuments and sites before the entry into force of this Law, the National Historical Institute may order local government units to restore their original names, also after the deadline. hearing.
The law is very explicit. The name of the Manila Metropolitan Theater cannot be changed. The Met has been declared a National Cultural Treasure since June 23, 2010. Yes, it is. Here is an account of the unveiling of the NCT marker: return the great lady to her people. But before that declaration, the Met had been declared a National Historic Landmark since 1973.
Does the ANCA take the opportunity to rectify its image? The name “NCCA” in the Philippines doesn’t ring a bell.
Whatever its reasons, the NCCA board, chaired by Nick Lizaso, should be better prepared to deal with litigation if it insists on a violation of the law it is precisely mandated to enforce.
(VERA Files is published by seasoned journalists who take a closer look at current issues. Vera means “true” in Latin.)
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