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The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) received nine (9) awards at the recently concluded 16th Philippine Quill Awards organized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)-Philippines. Held on July 9, 2018 at the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel in Pasay City, MBFI took home six (6) Quill Awards of Excellence and three (3) Quill Awards of Merits under the divisions: Communication Management and Communication Skills.

MBFI emerged as among the most-awarded organizations that night from among over 870 entries by hundreds of institutions nationwide, qualifying the Foundation as one of the finalists for the coveted Company of the Year award—not to mention the only corporate foundation among the roster.

Under the Communication Management Division, the “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos” received a Quill Award of Excellence. Guided by the theme “Beyond Excellence”, the program recognizes exemplary teachers, soldiers, and police officers who render service above and beyond their call of duties. In 2017, ten (10) Outstanding Filipinos—composed of four (4) teachers, three (3) soldiers, and three (3) police officers—have been recognized for their accomplishments that have inspired and influenced their peers and the people in their communities. In keeping with the prestige of the award, MBFI introduced higher qualifying eligibility requirements; strategic information campaigns; rigorous field validation process; judging rounds chaired by distinguished individuals across various sectors; and carefully thought out events management during the week-long recognition activities.

Another Quill Award of Excellence went to MBFI grant-making initiatives, “Grants and Social Development Partnerships”, that help raise the quality of life of the poorest, most vulnerable, and underserved sectors of society. To realize the HEAL (health, education, arts, and livelihood) as priority thrusts and guiding framework in forging partnerships with social development partners, more strategic and responsive approaches were implemented on its grants administration. In 2017, there was a recorded increase in supporting high-impact Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-related projects and specific interventions under the HEAL thrusts. The network of social development partners was expanded to those which implement long-term and high-impact programs and projects.

On the other hand, “2017 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)” also took home a Quill Award of Excellence. A movement led by MBFI, together with the Department of Education and various multi-sectoral groups, NTM is held annually from September 5 to October 5. Guided by the “My Teacher, My Hero” theme, the idea is to engage the entire nation in joining the celebrations by bringing out the Teachers’ Day festivities from schools to the public sphere. On its 9th year, greater steps were taken in order to better highlight the role of teachers in nation-building.

“2017 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC)” was also awarded a Quill Award of Excellence. As the longest running and the most widely-participated annual mathematics competition for elementary and junior high school students in both public and private schools in the Philippines, former MMC winners represented the country and have won medals in international competitions.

Meanwhile, under the Communication Skills Division, the “2017 Graduates’ Forum “#Payit4ward: Service to 4Cs” and “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos video shorts” were both awarded Quill Awards of Excellence. The 19th edition of the annual Graduates’ Forum for Class 2017 scholar graduates highlighted what makes an MBFI scholar different. A total of 91 scholar graduates finished their undergraduate degrees, from 21 universities and colleges nationwide, 23 of whom were Latin honorees–1 summa cum laude, 6 magna cum laude, and 16 cum laude. The Outstanding Filipinos video shorts, on the other hand, were products of collaboration with Pilipinas HD. A collection of vignettes and in-depth-stories, the video shorts narrate the inspirational stories of the 2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos.

Other winning entries include: “Exceletter”, the MBFI institutional newsletter; “Imagine: 2017 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Awarding Ceremony & Exhibit Opening”; “Beyond Excellence” Metrobank Foundation 2016 Annual Report, each took home Quill Awards of Merit.

To date, MBFI has won 57 Philippine Quill for its various programs and public relations tools since 1986.

For more information on MBFI’s scholarship programs, please visit www.mbfoundation.org.ph

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and the GT Foundation, Inc., together with partners Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines and Fluor Philippines, recognized this year’s batch of scholar graduates during the 20th Graduates’ Forum, held last June 22, 2018 at the Penthouse of Metrobank Plaza in Makati City.

With the theme “#PayIt4Ward: Service to 4Cs,” the event aims to highlight what makes a Metrobank scholar different—his or her commitment to serve Creator, Clan, Community and Country.

This year, a total of 33 scholars finished their undergraduate degrees from 7 universities and colleges across the country. They are the recipients of the following scholarship programs: MBFI-Manila Tytana Colleges-Youth for Excellence and Service (YES); MBFI-Pacific Paint (Boysen); Fluor-MBFI; ACCESS II (Assistance for the Completion of College Education for Superior Students); including graduates under the scholarship programs of GTFI. Out of the 33 scholars, 12 finished with Latin honors-6 magna cum laude and 6 cum laude. They were conferred with Metrobank medals and certificates of academic excellence.

The annual event is designed to inspire scholar graduates on the value of giving back as they jumpstart their professional careers. The 4Cs—Creator, Clan, Community and Country—outlines how scholars can pay forward the blessings they have received. “The Foundation has been designing scholarship programs fitting to harness the significant role of the Filipino youth in nation building. We are hopeful that by giving you access to education, you are capable to give back to God, your family and country as the Foundation seeks to instill holistic growth to you through intervention programs with the help of like-minded institutional and academic partners” said MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr. in his welcome remarks.

Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Ida Talia Hernandez, a magna cum laude Architecture graduate from University of the Philippines-Diliman expressed gratitude for the help they received and for the experiences that molded them.

Ida never stopped in putting extra effort to prove she is a worthy scholar. Although initially challenged to excel and maintain high grades, the scholarship pushed her to become more diligent and hard-working—taking steps to improve not just academically, but socially and psychologically. Owing her strength to supportive family and friends whom she sees as her life’s blessings, Ida believes that one should always look for opportunities to be of service to loved ones and fellowmen.

Series of activities followed the awarding ceremony. During the “Where Youthful Energy meet Lifelong Experience” session, executives from the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings gave tips over lunch to the new graduates related to the professional world. Scholars also shared stories of their life’s journey and of the people who helped them along the way. They outlined their future plans on vision boards to guide their next steps in life.

Among these graduate scholars was Abigail Leron, a BS Accountacy graduate, magna cum laude, from the Manila Tytana Colleges. Abi lost his father before graduating high school. Since her mother did not have a steady income, she knew she needed a scholarship to be able to continue schooling. The scholarship allowed her to pursue Accountancy without putting much burden on her family. She is now a Certified Public Accountant. She hopes to be successful in whatever career she will choose in the future—so she may be able to provide for her family and be involved in programs that will benefit the elderly.

Jed Patrick O’ Connor, a magna cum laude, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate from the Manila Tytana Colleges, is a son of a solo parent. Jed grew up instilled with the dedication to always prioritize his family. Applying for the GTFI scholarship helped his mother to support his’ and his sister’s studies, and be able to save some money. Now that he has graduated, he plans to pursue his dream of being a pilot. In the meantime, he is working in the airline industry and is working hard towards his goals, alongside getting involved in various volunteer activities.

Meanwhile, Anjelica Nicole Hernandez, a cum laude BS Architecture graduate from the University of Santo Tomas shared that the scholarship did more than just helping her family with her education. It served as her motivation to always give her best and a constant reminder that God makes miracles in her life. Despite encountering difficulties in her academics, Nicole involved herself in various advocacies to promote architecture, such as heritage preservation and mural-making in public schools. In the future, she hopes to work and gain expertise in an international firm—after which, she will go back to the country to impart her knowledge to local architects.

Every year, the Foundation stages the Graduates’ Forum to recognize the academic and non- academic undertakings of its promising graduates from different scholarship programs. Reflecting Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty’s commitment to nurture the country’s future leaders, the two day-long event allows graduates to thank their benefactors and interact with their fellow scholars.

Since 1995, the Metrobank Scholarship Program has been awarding financial grants to support deserving students through college. To date, the program has produced over 1000 graduates in collaboration with its partner institutions and schools. For more information on MBFI’s scholarship programs, please visit www.mbfoundation.org.ph.

The Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI) recently conducted the 19th Graduates’ Forum for the 91 graduates of its managed scholarship program. The event is conducted annually to recognize the academic and non-academic achievements of the Foundation’s outstanding graduates. This year’s ninety-one graduates were awarded by Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (7th from left) and Metrobank president Fabian Dee (6th from left).

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), together with the GT Foundation, Inc., recognized this year’s batch of scholar graduates during the 19th Graduates’ Forum, held last June 23 and 24, 2017 at the Metrobank Plaza and at the University of Sto. Tomas Auditorium, respectively. With the theme “#PayIt4Ward: Service to 4Cs,” the event aims to highlight what makes a Metrobank scholar different—his or her commitment to serve Creator, Clan, Community and Country.

This year, a total of 91 scholars finished their undergraduate degrees, representing 21 universities and colleges across the country. They are the recipients of the following scholarship programs: MBFI Manila Tytana Colleges-Youth for Excellence and Service (YES); MBFI-Pacific Paint (Boysen); Fluor-MBFI; ACCESS II (Assistance for the Completion of College Education for Superior Students); including graduates under the scholarship programs of GTFI. Out of the 91 scholars, 23 finished with Latin honors and were conferred with Metrobank Medals and Certificates of Academic Excellence. Merla Nugas, a BS Information Technology graduate from the University of the East, finished Summa Cum Laude. Meanwhile, a total of 6 scholars finished Magna Cum Laude and 16 graduated Cum Laude.

The two-day event was designed to inspire graduates with the value of giving back as they begin their professional careers. The 4Cs—Creator, Clan, Community and Country—outlines how scholars can pay forward the blessings they have received. Noting that millenials are often branded as the ‘selfie’ generation, MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña challenged the graduates “to think beyond yourselves and focus your energies to worthwhile endeavors that build the nation.” He encouraged them to offer everything to God, support their families, contribute to the well-being of communities, and serve the country.

Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Nugas expressed gratitude for the help they received and for the experiences that molded them. She called on her fellow scholars to make a difference in the lives of others, saying that “Receiving our diplomas does not mean it is the end of our respective journeys. In fact, it is the beginning of a journey towards a greater purpose. Now is the time to work together for the betterment of our country.”

For the first day, a series of activities followed the awarding ceremony. During “Where Youthful Energy meet Lifelong Experience”, executives from the Metrobank Group of Companies gave tips over lunch to the new graduates related to the professional world. Scholars also shared stories of their life’s journey and of the people who helped them along the way. They outlined their future plans on vision boards to guide their next steps in life.

On the second day, scholars gathered for a series of team-building activities. The major highlight was the activity entitled “I’m A Hero, You’re a Hero, We are All Heroes,” which gave them the chance to reflect on their individual heroic deeds and their personal heroes. They also listened to inspirational talks by Sabrina Ongkiko, an Ateneo de Manila University alumna now teaching at a public elementary school, and tax advocate Raymond Abrea, Chief Strategy Officer at the Abrea Consulting Group. Scholars were then encouraged to write their commitments on serving the country in their own way.

Always seeking to improve herself, Merla Nugas successfully balanced her academic life with extracurricular activities and other commitments. She envisions herself as a leader at the forefront of innovation in the Philippines. Her dream is to build a startup that will create technology products for the benefit of her countrymen.

Among this year’s standout graduates is Rolyne Dominique Patron, a BS Accountancy student from Ateneo De Zamboanga University who finished Magna Cum Laude. She helped organize activities such as Operation Shoebox Campaign, where she led fellow scholars in distributing sets of school supplies to children all over the Zamboanga peninsula. Patron dreams of becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner so that she can be an agent of positive change in the corporate world.

For his part, Ronald Gil Bilang (BS Petroleum Engineering, Palawan State University) did not let the financial losses suffered by his family during the 2013 Zamboanga Siege affect his desire to finish his studies while serving others. A Youth Ambassador for Japan’s JENESYS Program, he also worked with the Department of Health to set up a medicinal garden for fire victims and conduct seminars on preparation of herbal medicine. Bilang envisions himself contributing to the promotion of renewable energy in the country.

Every year, the Foundation stages the Graduates’ Forum to recognize the academic and non- academic undertakings of its promising graduates from different scholarship programs. Reflecting Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty’s commitment to nurture the country’s future leaders, the two day-long event allows graduates to thank their benefactors and interact with their fellow scholars.

Since 1995, the College Scholarship Program has been awarding financial grants to support deserving students through college. To date, the program has produced over 986 graduates in collaboration with its partner institutions and schools.

For more information on MBFI’s scholarship programs, please visit www.http://www.mbfoundation.org.ph.

Winners of the 2017 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) national finals held last April 22, 2016. They were awarded by (top row) MBFI executive vice president Elvira Ong-Chan (6th from left), MTAP president Sr. Iluminada Coronel (7th from left), Manila Tytana Colleges president Dr. Sergio Cao (8th from left), and MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (9th from left). First placers for Grade 6 (top row) are Rickson Caleb Tan (1st from left), Kian Colin Chua (3rd from left), and Chiara Bernadette Tan-Gatue (5th from left). The Grade 10 first placers (bottom row) are Christian Philip Gelera (2nd from left) and Margareth Esther Cruz (4th from left).

The country’s math geniuses competed during the national finals of the 2017 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) National Finals, held last April 22, 2017 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City. Out of the 572,916 students who competed in the nationwide elimination rounds, 44 students representing 29 public and private schools successfully met the “hurdle rate” in their scores leading them to advance to the final leg of the MMC. The national finals showcased the mathematical competence of Grade 6 and Grade 10 students who competed in individual and team categories. The challenge consisted of solving complex mathematical problems mentally within 15 seconds and additional rounds of 30-second and one-minute questions using pen and paper. As the first math competition in the Philippines to use technology that leads to faster generation of contest results, the MMC provides national finalists with tablet computers, through which they send answers directly to the judges, who then immediately mark them as “correct” or “wrong”. Out of the 29 competing schools, 9 have produced their first ever national finalist. They are  Ilocos Sur National High School (Vigan City), College of the Holy Spirit of Tarlac (Tarlac City), Maliwalo High School (Tarlac City); De La Salle University Integrated School (Biñan City); Palawan State University Laboratory Elementary School (Puerto Princesa City); Binalbagan Catholic College High School Department (Binalbagan, Negros Occidental); Mary Infant Jesus School (Iligan City); Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology Integrated Development School (Iligan City); Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (General Santos City); and Palanan Elementary School (Makati City). Winners were awarded by Guest of Honor Dr. Sergio Cao, Manila Tytana Colleges (MTC) president, who also delivered an inspirational message to inspire the young audience; MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña; and MTAP president Sr. Illuminada C. Coronel. They were also joined by MBFI executive vice president Elvira Ong-Chan. Rickson Caleb Tan of MGC New Life Christian Academy (Taguig City) was the first placer in the Grade 6 Individual Competition, while Evgeny Cruz of Palanan Elementary School (Makati City) and Sigfred Kerwayne Kwan of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City) were second and third placers, respectively. For the Grade 6 Team Competition, Kian Colin Chua and Chiara Bernadette Tan-Gatue of St. Jude Catholic School (City of Manila) were the 1st placers. James Ryan Saluta and Cris Adrielle Abrea of Butuan City Special Education Center (Butuan City) placed 2nd while Evgeny Cruz and Gichelle Miracle Burwell of Palanan Elementary School (Makati City) were 3rd. For the Grade 10 Individual Competition, Christian Philip Gelera of Philippine Science High School-Main Campus (Quezon City) was the 1st placer, while Sean Anderson Ty of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City) settled at 2nd and Jan Vincent Simbol of BHS Educational Institution, Inc. (Baguio City) placed 3rd. In the Grade 10 Team Competition, Christian Philip Gelera and Margareth Esther Cruz of Philippine Science High School-Main Campus (Quezon City) were the 1st placers. Sean Anderson Ty and Vicente Raphael Chan of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City) placed 2nd while Cris Jericho Cruz and Dominic Yap of Philippine Science High School-Western Visayas Campus (Iloilo City) were 3rd. Sobrepeña congratulated the winners for “their willingness to try new methods and persevere through ‘failures’.” He underscored the competition’s impact, saying that, “By providing a venue for friendly competition, the Metrobank Math Challenge has instilled in our youth the values of teamwork, persistence, and analytical thinking.” National winners received trophies, medals, and cash prizes which are as follows: P25,000 for the 1st placer, P20,000 for the 2nd placer, and P15,000 for the 3rd placer in the Grade 6 category while P50,000 was given to the 1st placer, P40,000 for the 2nd placer and P30,000 for the 3rd placer in the Grade 10 category amounting to a total of P540,000 worth of cash prizes. Part of the cash prize received by the winners allowed them to open a special savings account with the Metrobank Fun Savers Club, designed for kids 17 years and below. This encourages young members to save for their own future. Meanwhile, all national finalists received giveaways sponsored by MTC, Casio Philippines, The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Anvil Publishing, Philippine Science Centrum, Active Fun Children’s Play and Party Centers, Tom’s World, Enchanted Kingdom, and the Primer Group of Companies. Other cooperating institutions include Itemhound, Expert Ideas and Trends, City Garden Hotel Makati, and Pronto Express Distribution. Now on its 16th year, MMC is the most widely participated math competition in the country among elementary and high school students. The annual Math Challenge produces national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions. Among them are Farrell Eldrian Wu and Kyle Patrick Dulay who reaped the first gold medals of the Philippines at the recent 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Hong Kong.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), together with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), announces the schools which made it to the National Finals of the 2017 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC). Out of the 572,916 students who competed in the nationwide elimination rounds, a total of 44 students representing 28 public and private schools have successfully advanced to the final leg of the competition which is the National Finals to be held on April 22, 2017 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City. “We want to congratulate our finalists as early as now for making it this far in the competition. With hard work and determination, you have surpassed expectations, bringing pride and honor to your respective schools,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “Sixteen years after we started, Metrobank and Metrobank Foundation remain committed to providing a venue for the Filipino youth to hone their mathematical skills in an atmosphere of friendly competition,” he added. Schools competing for the Grade 6 Individual Competition are: Agoo Kiddie Special School (Agoo, La Union); Special Education Center for the Gifted (Olongapo City); Palawan State University Laboratory Elementary School (Puerto Princesa City); St. John’s Institute (Bacolod City); Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City); Mary Infant Jesus School (Iligan City); Ateneo de Davao University (Davao City); Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (General Santos City); Palanan Elementary School (Makati City); and MGC New Life Christian Academy (Taguig City). For Grade 6 Team Competition, the competing schools are: Special Education Center for the Gifted (Olongapo City); Colegio San Agustin – Biñan (Biñan City); Palawan State University Laboratory Elementary School (Puerto Princesa City); Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City); Butuan City SPED Center; Palanan Elementary School (Makati City); and St. Jude Catholic School (City of Manila). For the Grade 10 Individual Competition, schools competing are: Philippine Science High School – CAR Campus (Baguio City); BHC Educational Institution, Inc. (San Fernando City, La Union); Mariano Ponce National High School (Baliuag, Bulacan); San Pablo City Science High School; Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas Campus (Iloilo City); Binalbagan Catholic College High School Department (Binalbagan, Negros Occidental); Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City); Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology Integrated Development School (Iligan City); Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School (Quezon City); and Philippine Science High School – Main Campus (Quezon City). And for the Grade 10 Team Competition, schools competing are: Ilocos Sur National High School (Vigan City); Maliwalo High School (Tarlac City); De La Salle University Integrated School (Biñan City); Aquinas University of Legazpi Science High School (Legazpi City); Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas Campus (Iloilo City); Binalbagan Catholic College High School Department (Binalbagan, Negros Occidental); Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City); Philippine Science High School – Southern Mindanao Campus (Davao City); Bayugan National Comprehensive High School (Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur); and Philippine Science High School – Main Campus (Quezon City). National winners will receive trophies, medals and cash prizes which are as follows: P25,000 for the 1st placer, P20,000 for the 2nd placer and P15,000 for the 3rd placer for the elementary level while P50,000 will be given to the 1st placer, P40,000 for the 2nd placer and P30,000 for the 3rd placer for the high school level amounting to a total of P540,000 worth of cash prizes. MMC is the most widely participated math competition in the country among elementary and high school students. It is being organized by the MBFI, MTAP, and DepEd. The annual Math Challenge produces national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions. Among them are Farrell Eldrian S. Wu and Kyle Patrick F. Dulay who reaped the first gold medals of the Philippines at the recent 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Hong Kong.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) took home seven (7) trophies at the 52nd Anvil Awards last March 10, 2017 held at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La Hotel. Organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations awarded by distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools. MBFI received 3 Gold Anvils and 4 Silver Anvils. Awarded with Gold Anvil is the “2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos” which honors exemplary individuals from the academe, military, and police, through its component searches—Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS).  Another Gold Anvil was given to “2016 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge” (MMC), the only math competition in Asia spearheaded by a bank that provides a venue for Filipino students to hone their mathematical skills in an atmosphere of friendly competition. Over the years, it has produced national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions. It is implemented in partnership with the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) and the Department of Education (DepEd). The third Gold Anvil was conferred to the “2016 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)”, a month-long advocacy campaign that engages different sectors of society to give honor and pay tribute to the teaching profession. In 2016, the movement gained grounds through the passing of Republic Act No. 10743 formally designating “October 5 of every year as National Teacher’s Day”. On the other hand, a Silver Anvil went to the “2016 Bags of Blessing”, a program spearheaded by the family foundation of Dr. George SK Ty—GT Foundation, Inc. in partnership with MBFI.  Held every Chinese New Year, P10 million worth of food packages benefit 10,000 underprivileged families nationwide. Meanwhile, under the PR Tools category, MBFI also took home 3 Silver Anvils for its “2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Unified Souvenir Programs”; MBFI 2015 Annual Report entitled “Dreams, Journeys, and Discoveries”; and “HEALing the Nation, One Grant at a Time” audio-visual presentation, respectively.  MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 71 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.

Winners of the 2016 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) national finals held last March 19, 2016. They were awarded by MBFI executive vice president Elvira Ong-Chan (top row, 4th from left), MBFI vice chairman Dr. Placido L. Mapa, Jr. (top row, 5th from left), Ateneo de Manila professor Dr. Queena Lee-Chua (top row, 6th from left), MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (top row, 7th from left), and MTAP president Sr. Iluminada Coronel, FMM (top row, 8th from left). First placers for Grade 6 (top row) are Enrico Rolando Martinez (1st from left), Jan Cedrick Quintin (2nd from left), and Frederick Ivan Tan (3rd from left). The Grade 10 first placers (top row) are Elijamin Wolfgang Claveria (1st from right) and Kyle Patrick Dulay (2nd from right).

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), and the Department of Education (DepEd) awarded the winners of the 2016 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) National Finals, held last March 19, 2016 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.

Out of more than 1,200 students who competed in the regional finals nationwide, 50 students from 16 public and 13 private schools successfully met the “hurdle rate” in their scores leading them to advance in the final leg of the MMC.

The national finals showcased the mathematical competence of Grades 6 and 10 students who competed in individual and team categories, respectively. The challenge consisted of solving complex mathematical problems within 15 seconds through mental calculation and another round of 30-second and one-minute questions using pen and paper calculation. Answers were sent to the judges’ computer from contestants’ tablet computers immediately after the intended time allotment. The judges checked the answers on their tablet computer with “correct” and” wrong” buttons to directly indicate which contestant/s got the correct answer. The questionnaires were also posted real-time on MMC’s Facebook page to engage online users during the conduct of the competition.

Out of the 29 competing schools, 11 have produced their 1st ever national finalist. They are  Kalalake Elementary School – Center of Excellence (Olongapo City), College of the Holy Spirit of Tarlac (Tarlac City), Calamba Elementary School (Calamba, Laguna), Guinobatan West Central School (Guinobatan, Albay), Infant Jesus Academy (Kalibo, Aklan), Sisters of Mary School-Boystown, Inc. (Minglanilla, Cebu), Gabaldon Central School (Abuyog, Leyte), Polomolok Central Elementary School (Polomolok, South Cotabato), Bayugan Central Elementary School SPED Center (Bayugan City, Agusan Del Sur), Bangkal Elementary School Main (Makati City), Pamplona Elementary School (Las Piñas City), and Philadelphia High School (Quezon City).

Winners were awarded by Guest of Honor Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, 2003 MBFI Outstanding Teacher and full professor at the Ateneo de Manila University Mathematics Department, who also delivered an inspirational message before the young audience; MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña; and MTAP president Sr. Illuminada C. Coronel, F.M.M. They were joined by MBFI executive vice president Elvira Ong-Chan and vice chairman Dr. Placido L. Mapa, Jr.

Jan Cedrick Quintin of Mother Goose Special School System (Urdaneta City) was the first placer in the Grade 6 Individual Competition, while Rikka Grace Sombiro of Solomon Integrated School de Iloilo (Iloilo City) and Keeean Nathaniel Tang of Uno High School (City Manila) were second and third placers, respectively.

For the Grade 6 Team Competition, Enrico Rolando Martinez and Frederick Ivan Tan of Xavier School (San Juan City) were the 1st placers. John Regulus Michael Dipasupil and Mark Ranielle Cueto of Saint Bridget College (Batangas City) placed 2nd while Matt Brycen Ferrer and Jan Cedrick Quintin of Mother Goose Special School System (Urdaneta City) were 3rd.

For the Grade 10 Individual Competition, Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School-Main Campus (Quezon City) was the 1st placer, while Luke Matthews Bernardo of Philadelphia High School (Quezon City) settled at 2nd and Errol John Suarez of Aquinas University of Legazpi Science High School (Legazpi City) placed 3rd.

In the Grade 10 Team Competition, Elijamin Wolfgang Claveria and Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School-Main Campus (Quezon City) were the 1st placers. Shannon Gail Ho and Xavier Jefferson Ray Go of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City) placed 2nd while Vince Jan Torres and Mikhaella Layos of Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School (Sta. Rosa City, Laguna) were 3rd.

Sobrepeña congratulated the winners for “daring to do better and succeeding in defying expectations”. He underscored the competition’s impact on the youth, saying that, “Looking back at the last 15 years of the Metrobank Math Challenge, we are proud to note that indeed, it has raised the bar of mathematical competence among elementary and high school students”.

National winners received trophies, medals, and cash prizes which are as follows: P25,000 for the 1st placer, P20,000 for the 2nd placer, and P15,000 for the 3rd placer in the Grade 6 category while P50,000 was given to the 1st placer, P40,000 for the 2nd placer and P30,000 for the 3rd placer in the Grade 10 category amounting to a total of P540,000 worth of cash prizes. Half of the cash prize received by the winners has allowed them to open an account through the Metrobank Fun Savers Club, a special savings account designed for kids 17 years and below. Fun activities and gift items being offered by the product encourage young members to save.

Meanwhile, all national finalists also received Mathew Plush Toy, a doll inspired by the official mascot of MMC, as well as other giveaways sponsored by Casio Philippines, Manila Tytana Colleges, GSIS, and Anvil Publishing, Inc.

Now on its 15th year, the annual Math Challenge produces national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions. Among them is Farrell Eldrian S. Wu, first placer in the Individual Category for Grade 6 of the 2012 MMC, who got a perfect score in the 2012 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) participated by around 500,000 contestants from over 30 countries worldwide. Carmela S. Lao, 1st placer in the Individual Category for 4th Year of the 2011 MMC, also reaped a silver medal in the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), becoming the first Filipina to do so and the country’s second silver medal after 20 years.

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