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Since 1984, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), through the annual Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), has put a premium on Filipino visual arts by recognizing the creative expression of the most passionate and persistent up-and-comers in the Philippine art scene.

At the start of the year, the Foundation ensured that all the necessary preparations for the 36th year of MADE were met. Information campaigns, lectures and exhibitions were held in some parts of the country to invite visual artists to join the Painting and Sculpture Recognition Programs.

In the midst of these preparations, we suddenly find ourselves battling the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We took the necessary measures and followed protocols in containing the spread of the virus. This led to the cancellation of the remaining Art MADE Public events in Angono, Rizal and Davao City last March. While most regions have been placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine, the deadline of submission of entries was also extended to June 6, 2020 to allow aspiring entrants to better cope up with the situation.

While alternative solutions were considered to address our implementation challenges, our continuous monitoring of our national situation has brought us to a difficult decision to defer the 2020 MADE Painting and Sculpture Recognition Programs. We deemed it appropriate that this is the most responsible decision in this unprecedented time.

We acknowledge the hard work of everyone who already submitted their entries prior to this decision. Rest assured that all entries we received electronically will be automatically considered when the right time for MADE to return comes. We will still accept entries until June 6, 2020 to accommodate those who already started their artworks and would still opt to submit an entry before the deadline.

MBFI is one with the nation in addressing this health crisis. As in any time of need, it has always been our utmost priority to continuously look for opportunities to create a positive social impact on our stakeholders and beneficiaries and the whole nation in general.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to support the art community despite the uncertainties we are experiencing. The Foundation will continuously look for alternative endeavors which we hope to implement soonest.

Should you have other questions regarding this decision, please message us through all our social media accounts. You may also send an email to madecompetition2020@gmail.com.

MBFI is praying for everyone to remain healthy and safe. We thank you for your continued support and understanding.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was recognized as “Philanthropic Foundation of the Year” (Profiles in Excellence Award) during the 72nd anniversary celebration of the American Association of the Philippines (AAP) on February 29, 2020 at the Manila Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Manila in Pasay City.

Photo shows MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (center) accepting the recognition from AAP chairman Rick Sobreviñas (6th from right) joined by wife Anna Sobrepeña (6th from left); Metrobank executive vice president Vivian Lee-Tiu (3rd from left); Metrobank senior vice president Digs Dimagiba (3rd from right); Metrobank vice president and MBFI executive committee member Joey Mapa III (5th from right); Metrobank assistant vice president Zarah Hernandez (4th from left), and MBFI assistant executive director Irene Labitad (4th from right).

AAP has always been in the forefront of American-Filipino relations for over half a century. It has established strong ties with the expat American community, returning Filipino-Americans who resettled back in the country, and the Philippine government. It continues to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of its members and key business and community leaders who are making a difference globally.

Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president Aniceto Sobrepeña (3rd from right), together with MBFI assistant executive director Irene Labitad (2nd from left), and MBFI Unit heads present the Anvil trophies earned during the awarding ceremony.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) took home the Hall of Fame Award including one (1) Gold Anvil and three (3) Silver Anvil at the recent 55th Anvil Awards held on February 28, 2020 at The Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, City of Manila.

Considered as the Oscars of public relations industry in the Philippines, the Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations awarded by distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools, organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).

The heads of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines present the awards to MBFI heads and staff during the 55th Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal.

MBFI during that night took home its third “Hall of Fame” award for spearheading the “National Teachers’ Month (NTM).” A movement led by MBFI and the Department of Education, NTM recognizes Filipino teachers and educators for their contribution to national development. It also aims to intensify all efforts in recognizing the indispensable role of Filipino teachers in shaping minds across generations. NTM is annually celebrated for an entire month from September 5 to October 5.

The Hall of Fame Award is given to a company or organization that won the Gold Anvil Award five (5) times for a program or tool in the same category, not necessarily in consecutive years. In 2016 and 2018, MBFI received the Hall of Fame award for Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) and Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), respectively.

The Excellence Awards Unit of MBFI, the implementing body of the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos and Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service with their Silver and Gold Anvil trophies.

MBFI also bagged a Gold Anvil trophy for the “2019 Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service,” a venue where professional milestones and personal life stories of Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos are brought to the fore. Achievements that result to positive change and innovations that address major societal concerns are highlighted and widely-shared.

Meanwhile, another public relations program and two institutional events of MBFI earned Silver Anvil trophies. The first Silver Anvil went to its flagship program – Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos– that recognizes exemplary teachers, soldiers, and police officers for rendering service above and beyond their call of duties, guided by the theme “Beyond Excellence.” An Outstanding Filipino is recognized for his/her exemplary qualities that have inspired and influenced their peers in their respective professions. Their works have lasting positive impact on people and to the country.

The Art & Design Unit– implementer of the annual Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE)—and Corporate Communications Unit of MBFI showcase their accolades received during the awarding ceremony.

Another Silver Anvil was bestowed upon “Puso at Sigasig (Heart & Zeal): Metrobank Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.” With the theme Puso at Sigasig (Heart & Zeal), MBFI celebrated its 40th founding anniversary last February 21, 2019. The celebration did not only highlight the Metrobank Foundation’s heart for community, but also showcased its zeal through advocacies sustained, partnerships built, communities empowered, and lives changed.

The last recipient of Silver Anvil is “UNLEASH: 2020 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE)’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.” Unleash is the result of a three-year build-up to the 35th anniversary of MADE: “Imagine” in 2017 and “Discover” in 2018. The theme follows the narrative of the artistic process: of art being “unleashed” into the world to articulate the milieu of the times. A three-day celebration of the local art scene, Unleash was split into four parts: Vernissage, MADE Awarding, Exhibit Opening, and the Lecture Series on Philippine Arts and Cultural Heritage. Each event engages with up-and-coming artists, special interest groups, and connoisseurs.

MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 88 Anvil awards for its various programs and public relations tools, including the much coveted Grand Anvil gaining the record as the first corporate foundation to win a back-to-back Grand Anvil (2009 and 2010) and 2 Platinum Anvils in the history of the award-giving body.

In line with the celebration of the National Arts Month, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) launched the 2020 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) through the kick-off event of the annual Art MADE Public. The launching was led by MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña, SM Supermalls senior vice president for Marketing Millie Dizon, and Fundacion Sanso director Ricky Francisco as guest of honor. (Photo courtesy of SM Supermalls)

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) has launched the 36th edition of its excellence recognition program for the visual arts – the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence or MADE. Through the annual “Art MADE Public,” a series of art events were lined up in select venues in Luzon (SM Angono, Rizal), Visayas (Gallery Orange, Bacolod City), Mindanao (SM Lanang Premiere, Davao), and NCR (S’ Maison, Pasay City).

Guided by the theme “SPECTRUM: The Art of Possibilities,” MADE challenges Filipino artists to channel their ingenuity in creating a spectrum of works that represent Filipino artistic excellence. In this realm of infinite possibilities, masterpieces are made. For decades, MADE has empowered artists to imagine, discover, and unleash their full potential.

On February 1, a kick-off event and in celebration of National Arts Month was held at S’Maison in Pasay City, graced by MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña and SM Supermalls senior vice president for Marketing Millie Dizon, with Fundacion Sanso director Ricky Francisco as guest of honor.

Held in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), SM Supermalls, and United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Art MADE Public will go around the country to promote Philippine art and heritage consisting of several activities such as art exhibits, lectures, and workshops. The lectures will feature renowned Filipino artists, architectural and heritage practitioners as resource speakers. These venues, at the same time, will serve as source of information and guidelines for interested painters and sculptors who plan to join the MADE Recognition Programs for Painting and Sculpture.


A SHOWCASE OF MADE’S FINESTS

This year’s exhibit showcased the recent artworks of past MADE awardees, highlighting new art forms and styles, unique themes, and exceptional works that reflect the journey of the artists. Featured works included that of 2019 MADE awardees Jayme Lucas (“Sugat ng Tahanan”), Christian Maglente(Untitled), Cedrick De La Paz (“15/30”), Dave Alcon (“Distinct), and Arman Arago (“Ang Tanda ng Bata”).

Recent masterpieces of Leeroy New (“Sigbin with Tree”), Mark Justiniani (“Hole”), Elmer Borlongan (“Record Digger”), Alfredo Esquillo (“Laban ng Loob 2”), and Anton Del Castillo (“In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted”) were also part of the exhibit, including those of Raffy Napay (“I Live Here”) and Mark Andy Garcia (“Existence”).

On the other hand, the lectures featured the talks of Eskinita Gallery owner and visual artist Alfredo Esquillo and WTA Architect + Design Studio principal architect and Anthology Festival director William Ty.


A CALL FOR FILIPINO PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS

The MADE Painting Recognition Program is open to all Filipino painters aged 18-35 years old who have not staged a solo exhibition. The MADE Sculpture Recognition Program, on the other hand, is open to all professional and amateur Filipino sculptors who have not won in any Sculpture competitions of MADE in the past. The deadline for submission of entries is on/or before May 8, 2020. Interested participants may register online through bit.ly/MADE2020_paintingform and bit.ly/MADE2020_sculptureform.

Two (2) grand awardees for the Painting Recognition Program and one (1) grand awardee for the Sculpture Recognition Program will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. They will each receive PhP 500,000.00 worth of financial assistance and fund for artistic development, plus the “Mula” glass trophy designed by visual artist and MADE awardee Noel El Farrol. The grand awardees will be recognized during Metrobank’s 57th anniversary in September and will also become members of the MADE-Network of Winners (MADE-NOW), the alumni organization of past MADE awardees which implements pay-it-forward projects that benefit marginalized sectors.

Established in 1984 by the late Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George Ty Siao Kian, MADE has served as a platform for discovery for the most passionate and persistent creative visionaries in the country. To date, more than 400 visual artists and design professionals have been recognized. A majority of them are now carving significant names in the local and even international art and design scenes.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Art MADE Public runs from February 1 to April 10, 2020, to be staged in various cultural institutions and SM Supermalls S’ Maison, Pasay City (February 1-7); Gallery Orange, Bacolod City (February 15-21); SM Angono, Rizal (March 19-25), and SM Lanang Premier, Davao (April 3-10). Registered architects who will attend the lectures shall get the Professional Regulatory Commission-Continuing Professional Development (PRC-CPD) accreditation.

For further details, please contact Badet Macaraig at telephone number: (02) 8898-8094; email: therese.macaraig@metrobank.com.ph; or visit MADE Facebook page @MADECompetition.

35 YEARS OF FOSTERING FILIPINO CREATIVITY AND ARTISTRY: PROMISING YOUNG ARTISTS RECEIVE METROBANK ART & DESIGN EXCELLENCE FEAT

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) recognized this year’s Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) awardees in a ceremony held on September 19, 2019 at the Le Pavillon, Metropolitan Park in Pasay City. Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat graced the event as Guests of Honor.

On its 35th year, MADE chose the theme “UNLEASH” to reflect MBFI’s continuing advocacy to seek out and exalt Filipino visionaries—young individuals who bring vibrancy to the evolving art scene whether they are working with a blank canvas or a space waiting to be transformed.

“The establishment of MADE in 1984—which signaled the start of the Foundation’s corporate social responsibility activities—was therefore a deliberate decision. George Ty envisioned art as an asset to our democracy, and an important investment for economic development,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.

“From the outset, MADE became an extension of Metrobank’s commitment to engage with communities, improve lives, and boost the economic growth of the country,” he added.

Two (2) Grand Awardees for the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas and Watermedia on Paper Categories received a financial assistance worth P500,000 and a “Mula” glass trophy designed by 2009 Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardee Noell El Farol. On the other hand, three (3) other finalists were given Special Citations for their remarkable artworks.

The conferment of the 2019 MADE Awardees was led by Ambassador Haneda and Secretary Romulo-Puyat, Metrobank and MBFI chairman Arthur Ty, Federal Land, Inc. senior vice president and MBFI trustee Anjanette Dy-Buncio, and Sobrepeña.

MADE Painting Recognition Program


GRAND AWARDEE
OIL/ACRYLIC ON CANVAS CATEGORY
Title: “Evanescing Lives from the Homeland”
Artist: Jayme Emille C. Lucas

Tarlac City-based artist Jayme Emille Lucas is the Grand Awardee for the Oil/ Acrylic on Canvas Category. Emerging from the tradition of Social Realism, “Evanescing Lives from the Homeland” conveys a powerful snapshot of farmers. Deeply influenced by “the kind of environment” that Lucas lives in and to other places where Lucas has been, the work shows the farmers not involved in their back-breaking labor but confronting the gaze of the viewer.

Arrayed on a clearing and against the tall stalks of a sugarcane plantation, the three central figures embody a palpable posture of defiance, ready to tell their plight. Of different ages, they belong to three generations, which suggests how farming is passed on unbroken along familial lines and how the cycle of poverty becomes entrenched.

What makes this work haunting and urgent are the ghostly emanations of those who have passed on but continue to influence the living to continue the struggle. Intensifying the uncompromising stance of the farmers is the sky, with its churning dark clouds, which threatens rain. The symbolism of the impending rain is two-fold: it conveys both nourishment of the earth or its devastation.

Rendered “like a photo taken from the past being forgotten inside an old photo album misplaced and lost in the house,” the winning-work makes certain that the story of struggle and resistance of farmers continues to be told.

A graduate of Bachelor of Arts major in Advertising from Tarlac State University, 22-year old Lucas works as a freelance artist. She hopes to hold an exhibition one day and to create a mural art in an elementary school in Hacienda Luisita which can serve as inspiration to students.


GRAND AWARDEE
WATERMEDIA ON PAPER CATEGORY
Title: “Existence of Blue”
Artist: Christian Jame F. Maglente

Twenty three (23)-year old Grand Awardee Christian Jame Maglente deals with the timely issue of mental health, which seems to disproportionately besiege young people who are still trying to gain a foothold in life. The “blue” in the title points at the literal color of the painting’s background while at the same time alluding to the “blues,” which is an informal term for extreme sadness or depression.

Depicted in a depressive state, the central figure, mirrored on his left and right sides, crouches on top of a column, as he is consumed by a tumult of thoughts and feelings. His confused interior reality is expressed as an explosion of pigments interspersed with skulls and skeletons, which symbolize the figure’s contemplation of mortality and death.

Occasionally, in this complex web of a struggle made visible, flames shoot up, which may be read as a wish for destruction. But fire is also a cleansing agent. Just like the phoenix, the figure may be undergoing a process of purification in order to achieve health, balance, and stability. It is also a comforting notion that the background against which this metaphorical conflagration transpires is a light shade of blue, the color of dawn, of new beginnings.

Through its painfully lyrical examination of the mind in crisis, the work renders in concrete terms the struggle that attends a breakdown and makes a compelling case for intervention.

A graduate of Fine Arts major in Painting from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, Maglente plans to create a masterpiece like no other and wishes for other people to have an appreciation about art.


SPECIAL CITATION
OIL/ACRYLIC ON CANVAS CATEGORY
Title: “25/7”
Artist: Christian Cedrick M. Dela Paz

Recipient of Special Citation in the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas category, Christian Cedrick Dela Paz locates the everyman in the familiar setting of the jeepney in 25/7. The title suggests that the 24 hours that constitute a day seem never enough, what with the many responsibilities a common folk has to juggle simultaneously in order to keep body and soul together in an urban place.

This lack of time is symbolized by the man mournfully looking at his watch, with his evidently sad eyes and pursed, downturned lips. Behind him, framed by the jeepney window, is a wash of black, which may be the pre-dawn sky as he rushes for work or the night as he goes home with only a few hours left for rest.

Further emphasizing this lack of time is the paper bag of a convenience store which is open all day and all night. It may be that of the figure or another passenger, which has left it on the floor of the jeepney after hurriedly consuming a meal, because time is not sufficient for a proper sit-down to enjoy it.

25/7, with its dark, brooding color palette, confronts how modernity has robbed man the time to recuperate from the travails of the everyday. One has to make do with the little mercies offered to him while, as the figure in the work by Dela Paz demonstrates, longing for a more enduring form of alleviation.

Dela Paz, 23, plans to hold his own exhibition someday. His goal is to showcase Filipino culture and art to future generations through his works. Dela Paz is a graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Visual Communication from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology. He is currently affiliated to art groups Tuklas 2018 and Door 305.


SPECIAL CITATION
OIL/ACRYLIC ON CANVAS CATEGORY
Title: “Upuan”
Artist: Dave Alcon

Upuan, which receives Special Citation in the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas category, by Dave Alcon makes evident the structure of social, political, and economic hierarchies, conveyed by the metaphor of the chair. Found anywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, from government to religious institutions, the chair is a symbol of representation, inclusion, and power and whose association with privilege extends into language.

In the work, stacks of chairs, rendered as line drawing against a black background, crowd into a dense, structure in the bottom two-thirds of the canvas, which eases up in the middle before assuming once again a hectic complexity. From this point, the structure tapers off, assuming the shape of a pyramid. The background opens up as the chairs become fewer and fewer until the pyramid culminates into a golden throne that, because of its color and stylized rendition, becomes the dominant element of the composition.

Stark in its choice of color palette and subject, Upuan is a deceptively simple revelation of the sheer competition necessary to achieve the throne’s enviable position, which is paradoxically held up by the chairs that maintain the structure where only the very few, if not one, can reach the top.

Based in Muntinlupa City, 21-year old full-time visual artist Alcon’s works usually tackle political and economic crises, and environmental issues. In the future, Alcon wishes to continue creating artworks and dreams of becoming a successful and well-known artist. He earned his Bachelor’s degree major in Advertising from the Technological University of the Philippines Manila.


SPECIAL CITATION
WATERMEDIA ON PAPER CATEGORY
Title: “Walang Hihigit pang Sandata”
Artist: Arman Jay S. Arago

Art has been used as a vehicle to convey anti-war sentiments, as exemplified by Walang Hihigit Pang Sandata, recipient of Special Citation for Watermedia on Paper category, by Arman Jay Arago. Rendered in monochromatic green, the work is dominated by a central figure who has abandoned his military roots (as evidenced by his fatigue which now pools on his right leg) and now wears layman clothes as he earnestly holds a Bible to his chest.

With his head slightly tilted upwards in an attitude of expectation and his left leg having taken a decisive step, the figure is depicted ready to take a different journey from that of his previous life: to minister God’s Word.

As if moving towards the viewer, the figure straddles over the implements of war—grenades, missiles, automatic rifles that constitute a veritable still life of destructive force—that have caused countless loss of lives as well as grief on the part of those who have been left behind. A telling detail is how a strong light bathes the left side of the figure, which symbolizes Divine Providence, illuminating the path towards his new life.

A member of Linang Art Group, 27-year old Arago is a graduate of Bachelor of Technology major in Drafting Technology from the University System of Rizal- Morong. He dreams of becoming a national artist one day.

This year’s MADE Painting Recognition Final Board of Judges was chaired by artist and Green Papaya Projects art director Norberto “Peewee” Roldan. Members of the Board included multimedia artist Katrin De Guia, 1989 MADE Grand Awardee Antonio “Tony” Leano, curator Andrick Caesar “Ricky” Francisco, and visual artist Albert Avellana.

“UNLEASH” Exhibit and MADE Symposium

Another highlight of the night was the unveiling of an art exhibit entitled “UNLEASH,” showcasing the artworks of this year’s MADE semi-finalists and national finalists. Artworks displayed were made available for sale during the exhibit run.

Meanwhile, a lecture entitled “MADE Symposium: A Series of Lectures on Re-discovering Philippine Art & Cultural Heritage will also be held in the same venue on September 20. With topics about “Art Competitions and its Relevance to Philippine Art & Design Landscape,” “Use of Technology in Documenting Heritage,” “Legal Issues in Art & Heritage: On Forgeries and Conservation,” and “Beyond the Market: On Local Art Fairs and International Biennales,” the lectures will tackle relevant topics and issues in Philippine arts and cultural heritage.

With speakers who are experts in the field, the lectures also aim to share first-hand experiences and engage the audience through an open discussion on issues which are most relevant to the Philippine art scene.

Tracing its humble beginnings in the year 1984, the annual MADE was conceived by late Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty at a time when the nation was at the throes of economic crisis and socio-political unrest. The Filipino people were in search for meaning and hope beyond the uncertainties at that time. While many took their struggles to the streets, Dr. Ty discovered much promise and potential in Philippine visual arts as an alternate creative bullhorn for people to be heard.

Thirty-five (35) years since, MADE has continued to be a platform for the discovery of the most passionate and creative visionaries in the country. To date, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) has recognized more than 400 creative visionaries serving as drivers behind the transformational and uplifting power of visual arts in nation-buildingmajority of them are now carving significant names in the local and even international art scenes.

(With words from renowned poet, art critic, and MADE-Alice Guillermo Art Criticism Awardee Carlomar Daoana)

Tracing its humble beginnings in the year 1984, the annual Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) was conceived by late Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty at a time when the nation was at the throes of economic crisis and socio-political unrest. The Filipino people were in search for meaning and hope beyond the uncertainties at that time. While many took their struggles to the streets, Dr. Ty discovered much promise and potential in Philippine visual arts as an alternate creative bullhorn for people to be heard.

Thirty-five (35) years since, MADE has continued to be a platform for the discovery of the most passionate and creative visionaries in the country. To date, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) has recognized more than 400 creative visionaries serving as drivers behind the transformational and uplifting power of visual arts in nation-building – majority of them are now carving significant names in the local and even international art scenes.

But more than a competition that breeds artistic talent, MADE has evolved to become a development program that facilitates a generation of fresh ideas for social development. It has set the benchmark among the country’s art competitions as a pioneering corporate social responsibility (CSR) program for the arts.

“The dawn of this annual art tilt can be traced back to an aspiration that took hold 35 years ago: to provide a platform for Filipino artistry to flourish. Over the years, MADE has evolved to become a formative platform that enables emerging artists to translate their ideas into masterpieces,” shares MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña in his message.

Unleash the Artist Within

This year’s theme, “Unleash,” reflects MBFI’s continuing advocacy to seek out and exalt Filipino visionaries—young individuals who bring vibrancy to the evolving art scene whether they are working with a blank canvas or a space waiting to be transformed.

A new batch of MADE awardees is set to be awarded on September 19 at the Le Pavillon, Metropolitan Park in Pasay City. Two (2) Grand Awardees will receive financial assistance worth P500,000 and “Mula” glass trophy designed by 2009 Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardee Noell El Farol.

Meanwhile, three (3) other finalists for the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas and Watermedia on Paper Categories, Painting Recognition Program, will be given Special Citations for their remarkable artworks.

MADE Painting Recognition Program

Tarlac City-based artist Jayme Emille Lucas is the Grand Awardee for the Oil/ Acrylic on Canvas Category. Emerging from the tradition of Social Realism, “Evanescing Lives from the Homeland” conveys a powerful snapshot of farmers. Deeply influenced by “the kind of environment” that Lucas lives in and to other places where Lucas has been, the work shows the farmers not involved in their back-breaking labor but confronting the gaze of the viewer.

Arrayed on a clearing and against the tall stalks of a sugarcane plantation, the three central figures embody a palpable posture of defiance, ready to tell their plight. Of different ages, they belong to three generations, which suggests how farming is passed on unbroken along familial lines and how the cycle of poverty becomes entrenched.

What makes this work haunting and urgent are the ghostly emanations of those who have passed on but continue to influence the living to continue the struggle. Intensifying the uncompromising stance of the farmers is the sky, with its churning dark clouds, which threatens rain. The symbolism of the impending rain is two-fold: it conveys both nourishment of the earth or its devastation.

Rendered “like a photo taken from the past being forgotten inside an old photo album misplaced and lost in the house,” the winning-work makes certain that the story of struggle and resistance of farmers continues to be told.

A graduate of Bachelor of Arts major in Advertising from Tarlac State University, 22-year old Lucas works as a freelance artist. She hopes to hold an exhibition one day and to create a mural art in an elementary school in Hacienda Luisita which can serve as inspiration to students.

Twenty three (23)-year old Grand Awardee Christian Jame Maglente deals with the timely issue of mental health, which seems to disproportionately besiege young people who are still trying to gain a foothold in life. The “blue” in the title points at the literal color of the painting’s background while at the same time alluding to the “blues,” which is an informal term for extreme sadness or depression.

Depicted in a depressive state, the central figure, mirrored on his left and right sides, crouches on top of a column, as he is consumed by a tumult of thoughts and feelings. His confused interior reality is expressed as an explosion of pigments interspersed with skulls and skeletons, which symbolize the figure’s contemplation of mortality and death.

Occasionally, in this complex web of a struggle made visible, flames shoot up, which may be read as a wish for destruction. But fire is also a cleansing agent. Just like the phoenix, the figure may be undergoing a process of purification in order to achieve health, balance, and stability. It is also a comforting notion that the background against which this metaphorical conflagration transpires is a light shade of blue, the color of dawn, of new beginnings.

Through its painfully lyrical examination of the mind in crisis, the work renders in concrete terms the struggle that attends a breakdown and makes a compelling case for intervention.

A graduate of Fine Arts major in Painting from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, Maglente plans to create a masterpiece like no other and wishes for other people to have an appreciation about art.

Recipient of Special Citation in the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas category, Christian Cedrick Dela Paz locates the everyman in the familiar setting of the jeepney in 25/7. The title suggests that the 24 hours that constitute a day seem never enough, what with the many responsibilities a common folk has to juggle simultaneously in order to keep body and soul together in an urban place.

This lack of time is symbolized by the man mournfully looking at his watch, with his evidently sad eyes and pursed, downturned lips. Behind him, framed by the jeepney window, is a wash of black, which may be the pre-dawn sky as he rushes for work or the night as he goes home with only a few hours left for rest.

Further emphasizing this lack of time is the paper bag of a convenience store which is open all day and all night. It may be that of the figure or another passenger, which has left it on the floor of the jeepney after hurriedly consuming a meal, because time is not sufficient for a proper sit-down to enjoy it.

25/7, with its dark, brooding color palette, confronts how modernity has robbed man the time to recuperate from the travails of the everyday. One has to make do with the little mercies offered to him while, as the figure in the work by Dela Paz demonstrates, longing for a more enduring form of alleviation.

Dela Paz, 23, plans to hold his own exhibition someday. His goal is to showcase Filipino culture and art to future generations through his works. Dela Paz is a graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Visual Communication from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology. He is currently affiliated to art groups Tuklas 2018 and Door 305.

Upuan, which receives Special Citation in the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas category, by Dave Alcon makes evident the structure of social, political, and economic hierarchies, conveyed by the metaphor of the chair. Found anywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, from government to religious institutions, the chair is a symbol of representation, inclusion, and power and whose association with privilege extends into language.

In the work, stacks of chairs, rendered as line drawing against a black background, crowd into a dense, structure in the bottom two-thirds of the canvas, which eases up in the middle before assuming once again a hectic complexity. From this point, the structure tapers off, assuming the shape of a pyramid. The background opens up as the chairs become fewer and fewer until the pyramid culminates into a golden throne that, because of its color and stylized rendition, becomes the dominant element of the composition.

Stark in its choice of color palette and subject, Upuan is a deceptively simple revelation of the sheer competition necessary to achieve the throne’s enviable position, which is paradoxically held up by the chairs that maintain the structure where only the very few, if not one, can reach the top.

Based in Muntinlupa City, 21-year old full-time visual artist Alcon’s works usually tackle political and economic crises, and environmental issues. In the future, Alcon wishes to continue creating artworks and dreams of becoming a successful and well-known artist. He earned his Bachelor’s degree major in Advertising from the Technological University of the Philippines Manila.

Art has been used as a vehicle to convey anti-war sentiments, as exemplified by Walang Hihigit Pang Sandata, recipient of Special Citation for Watermedia on Paper category, by Arman Jay Arago. Rendered in monochromatic green, the work is dominated by a central figure who has abandoned his military roots (as evidenced by his fatigue which now pools on his right leg) and now wears layman clothes as he earnestly holds a Bible to his chest.

With his head slightly tilted upwards in an attitude of expectation and his left leg having taken a decisive step, the figure is depicted ready to take a different journey from that of his previous life: to minister God’s Word.

As if moving towards the viewer, the figure straddles over the implements of war—grenades, missiles, automatic rifles that constitute a veritable still life of destructive force—that have caused countless loss of lives as well as grief on the part of those who have been left behind. A telling detail is how a strong light bathes the left side of the figure, which symbolizes Divine Providence, illuminating the path towards his new life.

A member of Linang Art Group, 27-year old Arago is a graduate of Bachelor of Technology major in Drafting Technology from the University System of Rizal- Morong. He dreams of becoming a national artist one day.

This year’s MADE Painting Recognition Final Board of Judges was chaired by artist and Green Papaya Projects art director Norberto “Peewee” Roldan. Members of the Board included multimedia artist Katrin De Guia, 1989 MADE Grand Awardee Antonio “Tony” Leano, curator Andrick Caesar “Ricky” Francisco, and visual artist Albert Avellana.

For over three decades now, MADE has set the benchmark among the country’s art competitions, raising the general public’s appreciation for the arts through exhibits and lectures and has long served as the career launch pad of the country’s most admired contemporary artists and sculptors. Among its past awardees are Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, Jan Leeroy New, Salvador “Buddy” Ching, and Andres Barrioquinto. (With words from renowned poet, art critic, and MADE-Alice Guillermo Art Criticism Awardee Carlomar Daoana)


WELCOME REMARKS
2019 ANNIVERSARY GRANTS TURNOVER

MR. ANICETO M. SOBREPEÑA
4 SEPTEMBER 2019, 11:00AM
Metrobank Plaza Auditorium

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning! First of all, allow me to express how delighted i am to see all of you here today. I see new faces as well as familiar ones. Seeing representatives from various sectors coming together for a common cause always inspires hope, specially for those of us in the development sector.

We are blessed in many ways and what we are doing here is sharing – all of us, and not just those that provide grants. We are sharing our time, talent, and resources so that our less fortunate brothers and sisters may improve their quality of life and be given a shot to attain their greatest potential.

Talk of sharing always calls to mind our late metrobank group chairman, dr. George s.k. ty, due to his overflowing generosity. Dr. Ty was a business leader, an art patron, a family man. This morning, we remember him as a philanthropist. As such, when we talk about dr. Ty and his legacy, we don’t only commemorate his passing but the kind of life he lived and the values he passed down to his family, the metrobank group and gt capital holdings. On that note, allow me to share with you this short tribute of our late group chairman.

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Dr. Ty once said and i quote:

Sharing is the clearest manifestation of gratitude. It is a message of thanks spoken in the deepest language of the human heart.

It is with this generosity that Dr. Ty founded Metrobank Foundation (MBFI) in 1979, sixteen (16) years after he built Metrobank in 1962. It is the foundation responsible for acknowledging the efforts of our heroes in the academe, the military, and the police force through its search for Outstanding Filipinos. It is the same foundation together with partners like yourselves, that is responsible for giving teachers proper recognition through its nationwide celebration of the National Teachers’ Month. Of course, MBFI is the same foundation that has been recognizing the talent and hard work of young Filipino artists since 1984 through its visual arts and design program, the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence. Aside from these programs, MBFI also contributes to development through grants in the areas of health, education, arts, and livelihood (heal).

Contributions to these areas, along with the aforementioned notable programs, are testaments to Dr. Ty’s generosity of spirit. Mr. Arthur Ty, his eldest son, said it best in his message during the MBFI 40th Anniversary, “the work we do at the Metrobank Foundation is a reflection of Dr. Ty’s enduring legacy to make a difference in the lives of the citizenry and contribute to nation building.” Anyone who has achieved this much can spend the rest of his days enjoying his blessings, finding comfort in the idea that he has contributed back to society just as much. But just like this year’s Metrobank Foundation anniversary theme “Puso at Sigasig”, Dr. Ty has heart and zeal that refuse to rest knowing there is always room for growth and knowing he can help more.

Not known to many, Dr. Ty also put up his family foundation, GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI). Since its inception back in October of 2009, the foundation has silently pursued the philanthropic initiatives of the family in the areas of health, environment, and education. Taken together, these grant priority areas result in the acronym “heed,” which is very fitting as GTFI aims to respond to the needs of the underprivileged and hope to pave ways for a better and brighter future.

In addition to grants, GTFI also supports projects that perpetuate the legacy of the Ty family primarily through infrastructure development. These projects cut across the foundation’s priority areas, helping fund the construction and equipping of school buildings, classrooms, laboratories and the like, for education; barangay health stations and maternity waiting homes, for health.

A few years back, when asked to talk about his accomplishments with respect to putting up a bank at the very young age of 29 with hardly any experience in the industry, Dr. Ty compared himself to “an ant that moves a mountain.” He said ‘we have stories in Chinese about an ant that moves a mountain. Actually, it is not just one ant; it’s a group, thousand of ants that moved the mountain. In my particular case, i was just one small ant.”

The analogy he made himself, however, was to the spirit of a singular ant. “i have the spirit of an ant. Ants work together: they never give up. I have a very good people and we are working together to move more mountains.”

Throughout his journey to success, Dr. Ty found partners who also shared a vision for nation building. Among them was the late President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino who served as Metrobank foundation’s chairman of the board of advisers from the time she stepped down from the presidency in 1992, up to the time of her death. We specifically remember today our beloved Tita Cory whose 10th death anniversary we just commemorated last August.

This is the very essence of today’s event – partnerships. As our two foundations mature, MBFI and GTFI try to explore ways to make our projects more strategic in generating the desired impacts. We want to be able to determine if our efforts in fact contribute to nation building, and in what way. In order to do this, we rely on you, our partners and stakeholders. If we are to succeed, we need your commitment, not just to carry out project deliverables, but to provide relevant solutions to stakeholder needs; to assess the undertaking; and make sure the next one is even more meaningful and impactful. As we propagate a culture of excellence, we need partners like you who share the same mindset. Today’s ceremonies therefore, allow us to express our trust in your capabilities in turning our shared vision into reality.

With these directions, Dr. Ty will surely find peace knowing that the values he championed endure, and his legacy lives on, thanks to our concerted efforts.

Thank you once again, and welcome to the 2019 Anniversary Grants Turnover Ceremony in celebration of Metrobank’s 57th Anniversary.

Have a pleasant morning.

Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) opened the “Icons MADE” exhibit and lecture series “HIRAYA” on May 15, 2019 in Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery), CCP Main Theater Building. The exhibit served as a cultural heritage celebration, in line with this year’s National Heritage Month.

Icons MADE opened with the HIRAYA lecture series (Heritage Initiative on Raising Awareness and Yielding Advocacy), the Culture and Heritage Education Program (CHEP) of MBFI. The lectures featured ICOMOS president Ma. Cristina Paterno discussing heritage preservation, art historian and critic Cid Reyes on the narrative of the Icons MADE exhibit, and the League of Corporate Foundations Art & Culture committee representatives from MBFI, Felicidad T. Sy Foundation, and BPI Foundation with their lecture on CSR in the Arts.

Following the lecture series was the exhibit reception showcasing winning works of selected Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) awardees. The opening of the Icons MADE exhibit was led by CCP board of trustee chairperson Margie Moran-Floirendo and MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.

In her welcome remarks, Margie Moran-Floirendo acknowledged the common vision of CCP and the Foundation’s arts program during the exhibit reception. “We are always on the lookout for passionate and persistent creative visionaries who are fresh, sometimes thought-provoking, especially during contentious times and relevant ideas that can help in national development.”

On heritage, MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña left a message to ponder on for the art community. “Think of our country as a puzzle. When all the other puzzle pieces are stripped away—the puzzle piece of all the successes and struggles of our economy, the puzzle piece securing the stability of the government, and the puzzle piece of the issues of our humanity—and focus on our country as it is, we are left with just one thing—the main basis for everything—which is our heritage. It can never be taken away from us, because our heritage is us.”

Icons MADE exhibit features award-winning paintings of 1988 & 1992 2nd prize winner Elmer Borlongan, 2007 grand winner Mark Andy Garcia, 1992 honorable mention Manny Garibay, 2001 Metrobank Young Painters’ Annual 3rd prize winner Guerrero Z. Habulan, 1990 grand winner Mark Justiniani, 2008 grand winner Raffy Napay, and 2007 grand winner Lynyrd Paras. The award-winning sculptures of 2005 grand winner Leeroy New and 2006 special citation recipient Mervy Pueblo are also showcased in the exhibit. All the featured MADE awardees are also recipients of the CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee.

The Icons MADE exhibit runs from May 9 until May 26, 2019.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), in partnership with Megaworld Foundation, opened the “Art MADE Public: Icons MADE” exhibit last March 14 at the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) in Iloilo City.

Serving as a triumphant homecoming, the Icons MADE exhibit showcased the winning works of six Ilonggo Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) awardees. Joining the 2018 MADE grand awardees Noel Elicana and Alex Ordoryo, 2018 special citation recipient Roland Llarena, 2017 MADE grand awardee Paul John Cabanalan, 2009 2nd prize winner Leoniel Cerbas, and 2007 grand prize winner Harry Mark Gonzales.

The following day was brimmed with warm reception from the art and design community of Iloilo as they graced the Art MADE Public lecture series. In partnership with the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), the lectures series promotes continuous learning in culture and heritage education. Guest speakers shared their expertise through a discussion led by curator of Lopez Museum and Library and Fundacion Sanso, Ricky Francisco, multi-awarded painter and 1993 MADE winner Alfredo Esquillo, and renowned landscape architect Ar. Paulo Alcazaren.

Held every year, Art MADE Public aims to further contribute to the development of the Philippine art and design scene through traveling exhibitions, lectures, and workshops, together with a call for entries for the MADE Recognition Program. Headlined by the country’s distinguished artists, architectural experts and heritage practitioners, Art MADE Public travels to select locations all over the country.

ILOILO: A HUB FOR THE ARTS

Known for its flourishing cultural scene, Iloilo has been passionate with promoting the arts. With the citizens themselves collaborating to initiate programs, support from various private and public sectors come in to fulfill these artistic endeavors.

Art MADE Public in Iloilo is truly a milestone as this is the first time that fellow Ilonggos were able to experience the actual winning paintings and sculpture themselves. The Icons MADE exhibit runs from March 14 to April 14, 2019.

CONTINUING A LEGACY

Art MADE Public in Iloilo stays true in continuing the legacy of late Metrobank chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty in inspiring artists to unleash their creativity and also provide a platform to educate the public through the visual arts.

“Art contributes to a people’s higher awareness of what is important and essential in life,” MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña quotes Dr. Ty, “[art] serves to inspire and enlighten. They are likely to contribute in building the nation.”

Art MADE Public continues to be relevant by deepening its connection with the community. Icons MADE in Iloilo is a living proof of Art MADE Public’s commitment to the vision of the late Dr. Ty by making art not just accessible, but also enriching its meaning as driven by the commitment towards holistic national development.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

The MADE Painting Recognition Program is open to all Filipino painters aged 18-35 years old who have not held a solo exhibition. Meanwhile, the MADE Sculpture Recognition Program, is open to all professional Filipino sculptors who have staged at least one solo exhibition, or has a notable portfolio in commissioned public art and sculpture. The deadline for submission of entries is on or before May 10, 2019. Registration is through the following links: bit.ly/2019MADEPaintingSearchEntryForm for painters and bit.ly/2019MADESculptureSearchEntryForm for sculptors.

Two (2) grand awardees for the Painting Recognition Program and one (1) grand awardee for the Sculpture Recognition Program will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. They will each receive PhP 500,000.00 cash assistance and the “Mula” glass trophy designed by sculptor and MADE winner Noel El Farrol. The grand awardees will be recognized during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary in September and will also become members of the MADE-Network of Winners (MADE-NOW), the alumni organization of past MADE awardees which implements community-centered projects through art.

For more details, interested participants may contact Therese De Silva at (02) 898-8856; (+63)925-714-6954; therese.desilva@metrobank.com.ph; or visit the MADE Facebook page

Forty years ago, the late Metrobank Group founder Dr. George S.K. Ty envisioned an institution that would serve as a venue to share the benefits of Metrobank’s success with the community.

On January 8, 1979, Dr. Ty realized this by founding the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), armed with the vision for the institution to become the country’s premier corporate philanthropic foundation contributing a significant impact on social development. While the Bank has grown into an industry leader, MBFI has likewise built its own reputation through its various corporate social responsibility programs aimed at improving the lives of the disadvantaged and promoting excellence among key sectors of society.

“Excel. Engage. Empower.” became the roadmap in all its giving-back initiatives to communities and stakeholders. Four decades since its establishment, MBFI sustained its mission to create and propagate a culture of excellence among its beneficiary sectors, provide solutions to stakeholder needs, and serve at the forefront to reach out to communities.

A HEART THAT PERSEVERES IN EARNEST ZEAL FOR THE NATION

Guided by the theme, “Puso at Sigasig”, the heart for community that started it all continues to be MBFI’s rallying front, 40 years later. It is sustained by a greater zeal in order for the advocacies to move forward. The unique union of the heart and zeal forms the groundwork in the implementation of MBFI programs in public service excellence, education, healthcare, visual arts and heritage, and good governance.

“Forty years and hundreds of meaningful collaborations later, hope has not waned; rather it persists with tenacity that the goals we have set will be realized. We look forward to stronger collaboration and broader spaces for multi-sectoral involvement of generations to come,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.

In the years to come, the heart and zeal to build the nation and make a positive difference in the lives of many Filipinos remain strong and unchanging.

ACES & PEACE

To celebrate the occasion, a special gathering to honor distinguished individuals and institutional partners, and to commemorate, at the same time, the memories of its late founder Dr. Ty, took place on February 21 at the Le Pavillon, Metropolitan Park, Pasay City.

A new batch of awardees were conferred the Award for Continuing Excellence and Service (ACES). Chosen from the Foundation’s roster of awardees, they were recognized for their continuing excellence in the performance of their respective professions, substantive contributions to their chosen disciplines, and sustained outstanding service to their respective institutions and communities.

For their consistent adherence to the highest standards of performance and conduct of duty, these exceptional men and women have set a worthy example for everyone to emulate. Equally competent, compassionate, and patriotic, they stand as symbols of a true public servant. They are distinguished based on the recognitions they received at the national and international levels, the kind of mentorship they have instilled among their peers, and the concrete impact they have left upon their respective spheres of influence and communities.

They received the ‘Spiral’ medallion created by 1984 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) awardee Roberto Feleo.

Another highlight was the presentation of the Partner in Empowerment, Advocacy, and Commitment to Excellence (PEACE) to institutional partners from the government, non-government and socio-civic organizations, media, academe, and business. They received the ‘Kapit-Bisig’ trophy created by 2011 MADE awardee Architect Jonathan Dangue.

A TRIBUTE TO THE FOUNDER

The work that MBFI does is a reflection of the late Dr. Ty’s enduring legacy to make a difference in the lives of the citizenry and contribute to nation-building. MBFI’s programs and advocacies illuminate Metrobank’s core values: passion for results, integrity, teamwork, commitment to customer service and heart for community.

To commemorate Dr. Ty’s unparalleled leadership, generous spirit, compassionate heart, and outstanding contributions to nation-building, a special exhibit focusing on his being a pillar of the banking industry, corporate philanthropy, and as patron of the arts was put up.

“The humanitarian legacy he left behind would continuously live on and ripple a lasting impact across the many lives touched, individuals assisted, organizations empowered, and communities positively changed through MBFI’s corporate social responsibility programs. We honor our late founder and express utmost esteem for his invaluable contributions to nation-building and boundless heart for the Filipino community,” expressed Sobrepeña.

A sculpture entitled “Generosity” was presented which symbolizes Dr. Ty’s legacy in the industry and philanthropy.

Created by 2007 Metrobank Foundation Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardee Juan Sajid Imao, the artwork shows several human figures with their hands interlocking in stylized form. Sajid chose copper for the sculpture’s medium as it is naturally reddish in hue as a reminder of Dr. Ty’s lifelong passion to cultivate excellence in the fields close to his heart such as the arts, military, police and the academe. The dynamic movement of the figures, on the other hand, shows how Dr. Ty’s legacy of excellence will continue to inspire Filipinos to work together to make this country a more progressive nation.

The exhibit also featured the milestones of MBFI in the last 40 years, together with dedicated photos and profiles of the ACES.

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