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.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) received six (6) trophies at the 54th Anvil Awards on January 30, 2019 at the Grand Ballroom of the Manila Marriott Hotel, Pasay City.
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 three (3) Gold Anvils and three (3) Silver Anvils.
Awarded with Gold Anvil is “Gratitude In10sified: 2018 National Teachers’ Month (NTM),” a movement led by MBFI and the Department of Education which recognizes Filipino teachers and educators for their contribution to national development. The movement marked its 10th milestone year in 2018 with the “Gratitude In10sified” campaign which aims to intensify all efforts in recognizing the indispensible role of Filipino teachers in shaping minds across generations. NTM is celebrated for an entire month from September 5 to October 5.
Another Gold Anvil was given to “Beyond Excellence: 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Souvenir Program.” The publication narrates moving stories and inspiring accomplishments of the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. Given that an Outstanding Filipino is a model of excellence in his or her chosen profession, it is imperative that their professional achievements, best practices and personal life accounts are narrated and disseminated in hopes of reaching like-minded individuals so they, too, can be positive agents of change in nation-building. While the annual publication highlights the Outstanding Filipinos, it also serves as an acknowledgment of the Foundation’s partners whose support is invaluable to the success of the search.
The third Gold Anvil was conferred to “Discover MADE,” a culmination of the Search for 2018 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) in Painting and Sculpture which featured three components— MADE Awarding Ceremony, Exhibit Opening, and Lecture Series on Philippine Arts and Cultural Heritage. The event engages a diverse group of audiences, comprising of the competition participants, art and design community, special interest groups and passionate supporters of art.
Meanwhile, awarded with Silver Anvil is the “2018 Bags of Blessing,” an annual gift-giving project of the late Metrobank founder and group chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty every Chinese New Year, spearheaded by the GT Foundation, Inc., the Ty family foundation. The project seeks to bring together employees of GT Capital Holdings and Metrobank Group of Companies, as well as institutional partners to participate in the tradition of sharing and giving back in gratitude for a prosperous year through the distribution of 10,000 bags of food items worth Php 1,000 to 10,000 indigent families.
Another public relations program which earned a Silver Anvil is “Grants and Social Development Partnerships,” MBFI’s instrument in nation-building through meaningful collaborations with development organizations in order to produce positive and lasting ripples. Under this program are MBFI’s priority thrusts—HEAL (Health, Education, Arts & Livelihood)—which are anchored on selected United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Philippine Development Plan.
Moreover, under the public relations tool, MBFI also took home a Silver Anvil for “Building the Future: Metrobank Foundation 2017 Annual Report.” The annual report chronicles MBFI’s continuous growth as a corporate foundation, and features the inspirational stories of chosen stakeholders who work in the spirit of cooperative effort to build the future of the nation. By highlighting stakeholder stories, the publication underscored the successful implementation of its corporate social responsibility programs, not only presenting significant figures and statistics but also allowing readers to appreciate the impact on these programs on lives of the stakeholders.
MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 83 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.
GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), the Ty family foundation, and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) inked a memorandum of agreement to launch Share a Gift of Education (SAGE) III last September at the Federation Center in Binondo, Manila. Established in 2001 by GTFI’s sister foundation, Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), in partnership with FFCCCII, SAGE is the brainchild of the late Metrobank and MBFI founder Dr. George S.K. Ty which aims to provide educational assistance to qualified members of the Filipino-Chinese families.
Through a P15 million fund, SAGE III will support 100 students from 33 Filipino-Chinese schools nationwide which include 15 schools in the National Capital Region, five (5) in Region 6, three (3) in Region 5, two (2) each for Regions 8 and 11 and one (1) school each for Regions 1, 3, 4A, 7, 12 and CARAGA.In Photo: (Center) FFCCCII President Domingo Yap and GTFI Executive Director Aniceto Sobrepeña together with GTFI Board Member Cecilio Pedro, FFCCCII Chairman Emeritus Lucio Tan, and senior officers of FFCCCII
Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), together with the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) and the Department of Education (DepEd), concluded this year’s Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) elimination round wherein more than 400,000 students competed on January 17 and 18 across 1,700 testing centers nationwide.
On MMC’s 18th year, a total of 27,089 public and private schools from 217 Division Offices registered online. Aimed at streamlining the registration process and be made accessible to all schools nationwide, the online registration was first piloted two (2) years ago in NCR.
The 2019 cycle officially launched last October through an online game called “10-10 De Sarapen” where mathletes solved mathematical equations and problems within a 10 day period. Winners were chosen randomly and received special items from CASIO Calculators Philippines.
MMC is an annual math competition that aims to awaken greater interest in math among elementary and high school students nationwide and to discover mathematical talents among the youth.
For inquires, visit the official Facebook page of MMC or contact the DepEd Division Math Supervisor in your locality. Contact the MMC secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org or (02)857-0618/ (02)898-8898.
This 2018, the National Teachers’ Month (NTM), celebrated from September 5 to October 5, marks its 10th year milestone anniversary with the theme “Gratitude In10sified”.
This year, the goal is to intensify all efforts honoring our teachers by encouraging various stakeholders to express their gratitude through the 4 As of Gratitude: Appreciation, Approval, Admiration, and Attention.
The 4 A’s of Gratitude: Appreciation, Admiration, Approval, and Attention.
The NTM movement started in 2008 when former DepEd secretary and currently De La Salle Philippines president Br. Armin Luistro approached Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña and proposed the idea of a month-long observation to heighten public consciousness and participation in the World Teachers’ Day celebration every October 5. Other organizations were then invited to spearhead the celebration, then called the Teachers’ Month Campaign (TMC).
Over time, the campaign has become a multi-sectoral movement—specifically engaging sectors which work closely with teachers. The movement have also seen growth in numbers, eventually becoming the nationwide celebration as it is known today. Since its inception 10 years ago, NTM marked several milestones: in 2011, Presidential Proclamation No. 242 was signed, formally declaring “the period from September 5 to October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Month.” With its issuance, TMC formally became National Teachers’ Month.
Five years later, Republic Act No. 10743 was signed, formally designating “October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Day.”
10 ACTS OF GRATITUDE
On its 10th year, the NTM Coordinating Council—composed of various government agencies, educational institutions, private companies and non-government organizations, all sharing in the advocacy of appreciating teachers—has adopted 10 major activities in collaboration with various organizations.
Dubbed as the 10 Acts of Gratitude, these activities will showcase the Council members’ unique expressions of gratitude for our teachers.
The Council’s 2018 major activities are:
1.TEACH FOR A DAY – in partnership with Teach for the Philippines, this activity will feature professionals who will spend a day teaching in classroom together with a Teach for the Philippines Fellow.
2. TEACHER DAY OUT – in collaboration with various museums, teachers will have their educational tours in these museums for free.
3. NTM LECTURE SERIES – Around 150 teachers will get to attend a three-day lecture series covering various topics on cyber-education to be facilitated by SEAMEO-INNOTECH, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, and World Vision.
4. 39TH MANILA INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR – teachers visiting the 39th Manila International Book Fair from September 12 to 16 will get to enter for free at the Hall 1 entrance of SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. An NTM Booth managed by the Metrobank Foundation will be set up at the Hall 1 entrance wherein everyone can participate in the activities while teachers can get a chance to win prizes.
5. ALTERNATIVE NATIONAL SEMINAR CONFERENCE – hosted by Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), this seminar-conference will focus on the theme, “Educator’s Life Care Conversation, Artshop, and Playshop Conference”. Around 300 teachers will be invited to attend this free 3-day conference.
6. TEACHER QUALITY FORUM – Philippine Business for Education (PBED) will host this one-of-a-kind forum which highlights the state of teacher quality in the Philippines, as well as global innovations and trends in teacher development. The forum will also serve to pave the way for crafting concrete policy recommendations for raising teacher quality in the country.
7. NTM DIGITAL CAMPAIGN – this month-long digital campaign will highlight the culture of gratitude for teachers on social media. The official hashtags #ThankYouTeacherPH and #2018NTM shall be used.
8. “SALAMAT PO, TEACHER” LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN – in this campaign, Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) seeks promote a culture of appreciation for teachers through letter writing. On another front, PHLPOST releases a specially-designed NTM stamp which the public can use when they mail their letters.
9. 10 TEACHERS, 10 YEARS – the proposed online series by Rappler.com will highlight 10 extraordinary teachers celebrating their 10th year in service this 2018.
10. PERSONALITIES SAY “THANK YOU” – in this AVP series, executives, influencers, and key personalities from various companies and organizations will have an opportunity to say “Thank You” to their mentors and share what important lessons they have learned from them.
Another highlight of the annual NTM celebrations is the Teachers’ Treats offered from September 5 to October 5. Throughout the month, teachers get to enjoy exclusive treats and discounts at various establishments throughout the country.
Teachers will once again get to enjoy free entrance and tours in participating museums in Metro Manila like The Mind Museum, Museo Pambata, Ayala Museum, Yuchengco Museum, and Metropolitan Museum as well as museums outside Manila like Museo Orlina, BenCab Museum, and Museo Kordilyera.
Teachers will also get to enjoy exclusives like free admission to events like the 39th Manila International Book Fair and the “Panoramic Endeavors” Lecture Series by Metrobank Foundation and the United Architects of the Philippines. Participating restaurants and retail establishments will also offer treats and discounts on products and services.
2018 NATIONAL TEACHERS’ DAY
As NTM’s culminating event, the Department of Education brings the 2018 National Teachers’ Day celebrations to Region VIII. Ormoc City will host the biggest gathering of teachers on October 5 wherein 6,000 teachers will gather for a day of entertainment and tribute. This year’s theme “Gurong Pilipino: Turo Mo, Kinabukasan Ko” puts spotlight on Filipino teachers as catalysts of empowering learners to realize their potential and achieve their life goals.
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.
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 was nominated for Grand Anvil, received the Anvil Hall of Fame, four (4) Gold Anvils and five (5) Silver Anvils.
Awarded with the Anvil Hall of Fame is the “2017 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC)”, the only math competition in Asia spearheaded by a bank that provides a venue for Filipino students both in public and private schools 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). MMC received its five (5) Anvil Awards in 2002, 2012, 2014, 2016, and in 2017.
Meanwhile, awarded with Gold Anvil is the “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos” (OF) Award program. It is the most prestigious career-service award for exemplary public servants in the academe, military, and police sectors. In 2017, ten (10) Outstanding Filipinos—composed of four (4) teachers, three (3) soldiers, and three (3) police officers—have been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty in their respective pursuits of service to the nation and its citizenry. These 10 Outstanding Filipinos have formally joined the distinguished roster of 655 Outstanding Filipinos—360 teachers, 154 soldiers, and 142 police officers—honored by MBFI since 1984.
Another Gold Anvil was given to “Metrobank Foundation Grants and Social Development Partnerships” program. Through this program, MBFI commits to help raise the quality of the poorest, most vulnerable, and underserved sectors by providing social development assistance to socio-civic, charitable, and development-oriented organizations that implement long-term, high impact projects in line with its adopted SDGs and the H.E.A.L (Health, Education, Arts and Livelihood) framework.
The third Gold Anvil was conferred to the “2017 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)”, a month-long advocacy campaign led by MBFI and the DepEd which recognizes Filipino teachers and educators and their contribution to national development—making the Philippines the only country in the world that celebrates Teachers’ Day for an entire month. Now on its 9th year, NTM has become an annual nationwide tribute recognizing the essential role of teachers in shaping minds and characters across all generations.
Entitled “Beyond Excellence”, the MBFI 2016 Annual Report also won a Gold Anvil for highlighting success stories of select stakeholders instead of simply providing a report of the past year’s accomplishments. By focusing on human interest stories, the publication underscored the success of these CSR programs, not just in terms of numbers and statistics but also on how they created an impact on the lives of stakeholders.
On the other hand, a Silver Anvil went to the “2017 Bags of Blessing”, a program spearheaded by the family foundation of Dr. George S.K. Ty—GT Foundation, Inc. in partnership with MBFI. Held every Chinese New Year, PhP 10 million worth of food packages benefit 10,000 underprivileged families nationwide.
Moreover, under the PR Tools category, the Foundation also took home four (4) Silver Anvils for the following: Metrobank Foundation bi-annual newsletter “ExceLetter”; “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Souvenir Program”; “2017 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Awarding Ceremony & Exhibit Opening”; and “2017 Art MADE Public”, respectively.
MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 77 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.
The country’s young math geniuses competed during the national finals of the 2018 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) National Finals, held last March 24, 2018 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.
Out of the 574,823 students who competed in the nationwide elimination rounds, a total of 48 students representing 30 public and private schools have successfully advanced to the final leg of the competition this year.
The national finals showcased the mathematical proficiency of Grade 6 and Grade 10 students who competed in both 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. In addition, national finalists were provided with tablet computers through which they send answers directly to the judges, who then immediately mark them as “correct” or “wrong”. The MMC is the first math competition in the Philippines to use this technology that leads to faster generation of contest results.
Out of the 30 competing schools, 19 produced their first ever national finalists. 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 the guest of honor, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, who also delivered an inspirational message to inspire the young audience; Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr.; Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) president Sr. Iluminada Coronel, fmm; DepEd Bureau of Curriculum Development Director Jocelyn Andaya; and MBFI trustee Elvira Ong-Chan.
Sean Neyers Gungon of Renato Lopez Elementary School (Mandaluyong City) was the first placer in the Grade 6 Individual Competition, while Jence Enrico Dela Fuente of Ateneo de Naga University Grade School (Naga City) and Jonathan Anacan of Alimodian Central Elementary School (Alimodian, Iloilo) were second and third placers, respectively.
For the Grade 6 Team Competition, Christopher James Yap and Christian Jacob Yap of St. John’s Institute (Bacolod City) were the 1st placers. Hans Ethan Ting and Ambrose James Torreon of Rainbow of Angels Learning Center (Butuan City) placed 2nd while Timothy Lawrence Andal and Benjamin Jacob of St. Philomena Academy of Lipa (Lipa City) were 3rd.
For the Grade 10 Individual Competition, Dion Stephan Ong of Ateneo de Manila Junior High School (Quezon City) was the 1st placer, while Andres Rico Gonzales III of Colegio de San Juan de Letran (City of Manila) settled at 2nd and James Matthew Young of Iloilo National High School-Special Science Class (Iloilo City) placed 3rd.
In the Grade 10 Team Competition, Andres Rico Gonzales III and Alec Nowell Ranara of Colegio de San Juan de Letran (City of Manila) were the 1st placers. Dion Stephan Ong and Matthew Ernest Quinto of Ateneo de Manila Junior High School (Quezon City) placed 2nd while James Matthew Young and Leann Patricia Ganzon of Iloilo National High School-Special Science Class (Iloilo City) were 3rd.
“The Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge may have evolved over the years, but what has remained constant is our goal of uniting student participants who come from diverse family backgrounds and geographical locations,” said Torres. He also congratulated both winners and national finalists for “daring to do better and succeeding in defying expectations.”
National winners received trophies, medals and cash prizes of PhP 10,000 each. Educational subsidies were also given through the winners’ Metrobank Fun Savers Club savings account, which encourages kids 17 years and below to save for their future.
Meanwhile, all national finalists received giveaways sponsored by Casio Philippines, Manila Tytana Colleges, Philippine Science Centrum, Active Fun Children’s Play and Party Centers, Tom’s World and Money Tree. Other cooperating institutions include PSBank, Itemhound, and City Garden Hotel Makati.
Now on its 17th year, MMC is the most widely participated math competition in the country among elementary and high school students. Over the years, MMC has produced national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions, such as the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Hong Kong where the Philippines garnered its first gold medals.
The first Excellence Award was given to the “2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos”, a recognition program which honors public servants in the academe, military, and police for their outstanding service to their sworn duties and noteworthy contributions to nation-building. The program has three components searches—Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS).
Another Excellence Award was conferred to the “2016 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE),” an annual recognition program which aims to discover young talents in painting, sculpture, interior design and architecture. Now on its 33rd year, MADE has served as a career launch pad for its awardees by recognizing the excellent works of budding artists as well as professional sculptors, interior designers, and architects.
Through its MADE-Network of Winners, the alumni organization of previous MADE awardees, MADE also conducts public art and art education activities to further promote art appreciation to target sectors and at the same time implements Project HeART, an art psychosocial intervention program for individuals with special needs.
Meanwhile, the “2015 & 2016 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)” also received an Excellence Award. Held from September 5 to October 5 every year, NTM is a movement spearheaded by MBFI and the Department of Education (DepEd), together with various multi-sectoral groups which recognize Filipino teachers and educators and their contribution in shaping the country’s future.
The 2015 celebrations demonstrated the continuing activities dedicated to teachers – composed of capstone events, on-the-ground initiatives, the yearly menu of benefits and discounts, and a supplemental digital celebration. This continued in 2016 wherein NTM reached a milestone with the enactment of Republic Act 10743, officially designating “October 5 of every year as ‘National Teachers’ Day’—affirming the State’s recognition of teachers and their valuable role in national development.”
The fourth Excellence Award was given to the 2015 Metrobank Foundation Annual Report entitled “Dreams, Journeys & Discoveries.” The annual report highlights inspirational and empowering stories of ordinary individuals who share the Foundation’s goal of nation-building. It serves as a tool to account milestones and accomplishments of the Foundation for the period in review by highlighting success stories of its stakeholders and underscoring the roles of its institutional partners in the attainment of corporate objectives.
As a testament to good corporate governance and transparency, the publication aims to deliver accurate information on the Foundation’s operations and financial standing, being the CSR arm of the Metrobank Group.
On the other hand, the two Merit Awards were given to the “2016 Metrobank Math Challenge (MMC)” and the “2016 Bags of Blessing (BOB).”
For 16 years now, MMC has become the longest running and most widely participated annual mathematics competition for elementary and secondary students in both public and private schools in the Philippines. It is implemented by MBFI, in partnership with the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines and the DepEd. Through the years, MMS has produced young math geniuses who have represented the country and have won in various international math competitions, including the International Math Olympiad.
Meanwhile, underprivileged Filipinos shared in the revelry of the Chinese New Year celebration in the Philippines through the 2016 BOB, a gift-giving project that distributed PhP 10 million worth of food items to 10,000 poor families in 20 cities and municipalities across the country. Implemented by the family foundation of Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty—GT Foundation, Inc.—together with the Roman Catholic dioceses, the different companies of GT Capital Holdings, and subsidiaries of the Metrobank Group, the activity enabled the Church to aptly open its doors and give food to the hungry during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016.
To date, MBFI has won 46 Philippine Quill for its various programs and public relations tools since 1986.