When the people of the Philippines’ National Commission of Culture and the Arts are not making unsolicited sidecomments about Josie Rizal, they can be actually capable of something remarkable.

Since acquiring the decaying and haunted Metropolitan Theater, efforts for its restoration are in full swing.

The government cultural body launched the METamorphosis cleanup drive in October 2015, a bi-weekly event that aims to restore the premises of the Metropolitan Theater through volunteerism.

The first cleanup started December 12, 2015. From January 2016, the cleanup drive is now open to volunteers. Volunteers who accepted the call ranges from normal folks to personalities, entire school groups to artist themselves. It has even attracted foreigners.

Actual restoration works that will bring back the luster of the theater are being finalized and may begin in the middle of 2016.

The pictures are from NCCA’s and METamorphosis Facebook page, showcasing their recent cleanup drive last March 20.

For those interested in joining in, or learning more about the “Grand Old Dame” of Manila, visit their Facebook page here.