“More than 23 years ago, I sat down with a man who had a vision. He shared ideas of what the future could look like, imagining a society where people were enabled to pursue noble dreams and aspirations. We toasted over tea, and I came onboard in a position that gave me a vantage view of how a visionary realizes a better world, one project after another.”
These were the opening lines of the winning tribute delivered by Aniceto Sobrepeña, president of Metrobank Foundation, to Dr. George S.K. Ty.
During the memorial service on Nov. 25, 2018, he described Ty’s passion and drive to enable others to reach their potentials. The founder of the Metrobank Group of Companies established the Metrobank Foundation in 1979 as the corporate social responsibility arm of his conglomerate.
Ty shared his resources to implement programs that uplifted the quality of life across the country. He believed in giving others a chance to be great by giving them an opportunity. Sobrepeña talked about Ty’s philanthropic legacy, which he felt should be made known to a wider audience. His tribute was consequently published in print and social media.
The positive feedback received from the public prompted the Metrobank Foundation to submit the eulogy as an entry to The Philippine Quill Awards. “Good Night, Mr. George Ty. I’ll See You in the Morning,” bagged the Quill Professional Excellence Award in the 17th Philippine Quill Awards last Aug. 30.
Sobrepeña spoke of Dr. Ty’s generosity and passion to help others through the Metrobank Foundation’s programs and projects that address needs of various sectors of Philippine society, while also intending for them to move forward and reach for their goals.
The intent of the eulogy was to honor Ty by communicating the Metrobank founder’s benevolent initiatives benefitting marginalized and disadvantaged Filipinos through the work of the Metrobank Foundation, highlighting Ty’s vision, values, and contribution to society. The eulogy was intended to reach and connect to a wide audience through Sobrepeña’s memories of Ty. It encouraged others who knew Ty to reminisce their own moments with him.
It provided the public a glimpse of Ty as a person and as a superior. Sobrepeña worked with Ty for more than 20 years, in what he describes as nation building from the ground up.
His tribute aspired to make known Ty’s generosity of spirit, inspire others by his life and works, and convey the Metrobank Foundation’s programs and initiatives contributing to the lives of their target beneficiaries.
The speech was not just about the good Ty had done, but highlighted his philanthropy as the expression of the meaningful life he chose to live. The tribute conveyed Sobrepeña’s close personal and professional relationship with Ty, allowing the public a glimpse into Ty’s person not widely known outside his circle. He described their morning teatime as occasion to discuss current events, their work and their families.
Many in the audience who heard the eulogy shared how the Metrobank founder motivated them to give back to the community following their own successes. Beneficiaries of Ty’s philanthropic endeavors also expressed gratitude for the Metrobank Foundation’s programs which Ty conceived. His philanthropic legacy prospers in the hearts of those he helped and inspired. Heightened awareness of his advocacies honors not just his life and works but promotes generosity for the benefit of one’s fellowmen.
The excellence award received by Sobrepeña for his tribute to Ty is a timely recognition for the late Metrobank Group chairman whose birth anniversary falls on Sept. 5.
The article was originally published on the Sept. 4 issue of The Philippine Star.
GT Foundation, Inc (GTFI), together with De La Salle University (DLSU), inaugurated the George S.K. Ty Advanced Instrumentation Building through a marker-unveiling ceremony on April 11, 2019 at the university’s Laguna campus in the city of Biñan.
Through the generous support of GTFI, the four-storey facility houses the University’s research laboratories in different areas of science, engineering, and technology. The building also houses a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer that thoroughly analyzes and interprets molecular and compound structures. This NMR spectrometer is also the most sophisticated of its kind in the country.
The ceremonies were led by GTFI president Alfred Ty and DLSU president Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC. They were joined by GTFI assistant vice president Alesandra Ty; Metrobank first vice president Zandra Ty; GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña and deputy director executive Nicanor Torres, Jr.; Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) manager Emmanuel Cortero, and other key officers of the Metrobank Group subsidiaries and affiliates as well as DLSU administrators.
“The Lasallian identity of a spirit of faith, zeal for service and communion in mission, and its motto Religio, Mores, Cultura, resonates the vision and mission of GTFI of addressing the needs of the less privileged to improve the quality of their lives,” said GTFI president Alfred Ty in his message. “It is for these reasons that GTFI partnered with DLSU in the construction of the Dr. George S.K. Ty Advanced Instrumentation Building⎯an affirmation of Dr. Ty’s commitment to support and sustain the advancement of science, technology and engineering education in the Philippines,” he continued.
DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC, on the other hand, expressed his appreciation for the late philanthropist and his foundation.
“On behalf of the De La Salle University community, I would like to extend our humble and sincere gratitude for being chosen as a partner and beneficiary of Dr. Ty and his Foundations’ trust and generosity. Rest assured, his faith in our brand of education will bear much fruit, not only with the achievements of current and future Lasallians, but with the values and virtues that Lasallians will carry with them into the workplace and for the benefit of our country,” expressed Br. Suplido.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) announces that a total of PhP 7 million was raised from a number of individuals and groups who voluntarily contributed to chosen charities in memory of Metrobank founder Dr. George S.K. Ty. The amount will be donated to CBCP Caritas Filipinas Foundation, Philippine Red Cross, and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) as previously announced.
In a recent turnover, Butch Meily, PDRF president, received the first tranche of the donations from MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.
GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), the Ty family foundation, added PhP 3 million pesos and designated two more organizations to be the recipients¾the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) for its school building program and the Tzu Chi Foundation.
Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda held a reception to celebrate the conferment of the The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, upon Metrobank Group chairman and founder Dr. George S.K. Ty last February 28, 2018 at his official residence in Makati City. Distinguished officials from the government, business, civil society, media, and the diplomatic community graced the event.
Dr. Ty was conferred with the award by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on behalf of Emperor Akihito last November 7, 2017 at the Matsukaze-no-Ma, Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. The Emperor later received Dr. Ty together with other 2017 honorees at the Houmei-Den.
The recognition was given to Dr. Ty for his efforts in strengthening Philippine-Japanese economic relations. In particular, he undertook landmark joint ventures with several Japanese companies in key sectors such as automotives, real estate development, investment banking, insurance, and consumer finance. By facilitating the entry of Japanese investments into the Philippines, Dr. Ty has contributed to the country’s economic development.
He is also the founder and chairman of Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), the Ty family foundation. Guided by his philosophy that leadership in business implied leadership in community service, MBFI implements various programs in the areas of excellence recognition, education, healthcare, arts and culture, and disaster response.
In addition, Dr. Ty serves as the group chairman of GT Capital Holdings Inc., a major Philippine conglomerate composed of Metrobank, Toyota Motor Philippines, Federal Land, Pro-Friends, AXA Philippines, Toyota Financial Services, and Toyota Manila Bay Corporation.
During the reception, Dr. Ty thanked the Japanese government and said that the award also belongs to everyone who has contributed to his life and work. He said, “I will forever cherish this award as I consider it a testament to landmark joint ventures I undertook with the Japanese people. It overwhelms me that Metrobank’s move to diversify in 1988 and venture into the automotive industry has contributed to strengthened Philippine-Japanese economic relations.” He noted that such partnerships with Japanese companies have been key to the sustained growth of the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings.
Established in 1875, the Order of the Rising Sun is awarded by the Japanese Government to those who have made distinguished achievements in areas such as international relations, culture and the arts. SGV & Co. founder Washington SyCip also received this particular award last June 2017 for his contributions to Philippine-Japanese business relations.
Dr. George S. K. Ty (center) receives the 2017 Ramon V. Del Rosario Award for Nation-Building from Retired Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, Chairman of the Board of Judges, joined by Phinma President & CEO Ramon del Rosario, JCI President Nino Namoco, and AIM President Jikyeong Kang. Dr. Ty is joined by his wife Mary Ty.Metrobank Group chairman and founder Dr. George S.K. Ty received the 2017 Ramon V. Del Rosario (RVR) Award for Nation Building conferred by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila and the Asian Institute of Management’s (AIM) Center for Corporate Responsibility last July 25, 2017 at the Taipan Room of the Tower Club in Makati City.
Dr. Ty is the 9th RVR Award for Nation Building awardee, and was selected from the initial list of 26 nominees by the esteemed Board of Judges chaired by retired Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, with former Ambassador of the Philippines to United States of America Jose Cuisia; chairman of PHINMA Corporation Oscar Hilado; chairman emeritus of Planters Development Bank Ambassador Jesus Tambunting; president of Ultrex Management & Investment Corp. Senen Bacani; and JCI Manila’s 2017 executive vice president John Bautista as members. The Nominations Shortlisting Committee, on the other hand, was chaired by Ramon Del Rosario, Jr.
Dr. Ty was chosen for exhibiting entrepreneurial spirit, good corporate citizenship, social responsibility, and for his underlying passion for nation-building, all of which mirror the traits and characteristics exemplified by Ramon V. Del Rosario.
It was in the course of transacting with the banks for the family enterprise that he became interested in the financial services industry. By the time he was 29 years old, he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank), since then, Metrobank has grown to become a leading provider of corporate and consumer banking products and services in the Philippines. The Bank became successful that Dr. Ty decided to heed the noble calling of giving back.
Dr. Ty established the Metrobank Foundation in early 1979—16 years after founding the Bank. Guided by his philosophy that leadership in business implied leadership in community service, the Foundation aims to improve social conditions by providing assistance to key sectors of the society through education, visual arts, healthcare, peace and security, and judiciary. Over the course of 38 years, the Metrobank Foundation has nurtured an extensive network of outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to make a lasting impact on society.
Among others, Dr. Ty is the group chairman of the GT Capital Holdings Inc. composed of Metrobank, Federal Land, Pro-Friends, AXA Philippines, Toyota Motor Philippines, and has substantial interest in Metro Pacific Investments.
The Ramon V. Del Rosario Award for Nation Building is a lifetime business leader award program. The award is a partnership between JCI Manila and the Asian Institute Management’s Center for Corporate Social Responsibility. It was named in honor of JCI Manila’s foundation president and the acknowledge “Father of Philippine Modern Industry.” Since its grand launching in September 2009, it has been the premier awards program of JCI Manila and it continues to recognize business leaders who have not only been highly successful in their own perspective fields but have also created a huge impact in nation-building. List of previous awardees also include Henry Sy, Sr.; Manny V. Pangilinan; Jaime Zobel De Ayala; Vicente Paterno; Washington Sycip; Oscar Lopez; and Amb. Jesus Tambunting and Senen Bacani.
JCI Manila is one of Asia’s first and premier leadership development organizations for your professionals and has been in existence for more than 65 years. The organization has spearheaded numerous awards program such as the Ten Outstanding Young Men Award (TOYM) and the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award (BTCA).