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Nominations are now accepted for the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. The announcement was made by Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña during the MOA signing with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on February 5 at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, through the presence of AFP Chief-of-Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

Ten (10) Filipino exemplars – 4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers – will be recognized for their initiatives and concrete contributions to the development of their sectors and communities. The awardees will be honored during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary celebration in September and each of them will receive one (1) million cash prize, a trophy, and a gold medallion.

“Through the Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Filipinos, we want to further highlight the overall contributions, inspiring stories of gallantry, innovations and sacrifices of modern day heroes and heighten general public’s appreciation of these professions and the institutions they represent,” said Sobrepeña.

Under the search, teachers, soldiers, and police officers who are eligible to join must have a minimum of 10 years of service with at least “very satisfactory” rating in the last 10 years of service to their profession. Those who are set to retire must have at least 3 remaining years of service. Qualified elementary and secondary teachers must have completed academic requirements for Master’s Degree while Higher Education teachers must have a doctorate degree. Qualified AFP commissioned officers (Captain to Colonel) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree while AFP enlisted personnel (Corporal to Chief Master Sergeant) must have completed a High School degree. PNP commissioned officers (Police Inspector to Police Senior Superintendent) and non-commissioned officers (Police Officer 2 to Senior Police Officer 4) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree.

Nomination forms and detailed guidelines are now available via the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Facebook page. Deadline for nominations to be sent to the MBFI Secretariat is on March 1, 2018. For further inquiries, you may call telephone numbers (02) 898-8898, (02) 857-8757, (02) 945-7006 or mobile numbers 0956-873-4684, 0925-830-3717, and 0933-522-4186. Please look for Kristal Todcor (teachers), Third Salang (soldiers), and Beni Benipayo (police officers). You may also send inquiries via email to oustandingfilipinos.mbfi@gmail.com. Nomination forms can also be accessed through www.http://www.mbfoundation.org.ph.

The search is held in partnership with the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education; Rotary Club of Makati Metro and the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Rotary Club of New Manila East, Philippine Savings Bank, and the Philippine National Police.

Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña (seated, 4th from left) and Department of Social Welfare and Development OIC Emmanuel Leyco (3rd from left) lead the ceremonial turnover of assorted food items to beneficiary families during the MOA signing for the 2018 Bags of Blessing at the DSWD Central Office in Quezon City last February 8, 2018. Joining them are MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr. and DSWD Undersecretary Florita Villar.

  In support of the government’s anti-poverty programs, the GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI)—the family foundation of Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty—together with the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), renewed its partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the conduct of the 2018 Bags of Blessing (BOB). DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco and MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña led the MOA signing held on February 8, 2018 at the DSWD Central Office in Quezon City.

  Now on its sixth year, BOB is a series of nationwide gift-giving activities catering to underprivileged families in select areas nationwide in celebration of Chinese New Year. Instead of the traditional “ang-paos” (red envelopes containing monetarial gifts), bags containing PhP 1,000 worth of food items will be distributed to 10,000 underprivileged families. A total of PHP 10 million worth of these bags are slated for distribution in 21 cities and municipalities nationwide.

  “Amidst the festivities of the Chinese New Year, we must remember those who live in the margins—that they too must be able to celebrate. Guided by the values of our chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, Bags of Blessing is our small contribution towards providing families with dignity and self-respect that befits the Filipino,” said Sobrepeña. “Towards this end, we are privileged to work with DSWD and all our partners in giving back to those in need,” he continued.

  For his part, Leyco expressed appreciation for the efforts by GTFI and MBFI, saying that the BOB “is a welcome development in our mutual desire and commitment towards social protection and social development.” He also noted that DSWD looks forward to more fruitful partnerships with the Foundations in the future, with the goal of reaching “our fellowmen who are most vulnerable and marginalized.”

  The 2018 BOB kicks off on February 16 at Lancaster City in Gen. Trias, Cavite, reaching out to 500 families. Distributions will also be held in the following countryside areas, with 400 to 500 beneficiary families each:  Sta. Rosa City, Laguna; Baras, Rizal; Infanta, Quezon; Botolan, Zambales; Iloilo City; Cebu City; Naval, Biliran; Ormoc City; Davao City; Surigao City; General Santos City; and Talacogon, Agusan del Sur. For the National Capital Region, selected sites include the City of Manila, Taguig City, Pasay City, Marikina City, Quezon City, Makati City, Navotas City, and Caloocan City.

  Majority of the beneficiaries were selected from DSWD’s Listahanan, a database of poor families in the Philippines. Priority is given to families who live below the poverty line, those affected recently by calamities, members of Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities, and those who are not yet part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

  In addition to DSWD, implementation partners for the 2018 BOB include the different subsidiaries and affiliates of GT Capital Holdings and the Metrobank Group, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, and local government units.

 

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda held a reception to celebrate the conferment of the The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, upon Metrobank Group chairman and founder Dr. George S.K. Ty last February 28, 2018 at his official residence in Makati City. Distinguished officials from the government, business, civil society, media, and the diplomatic community graced the event.

Dr. Ty was conferred with the award by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on behalf of Emperor Akihito last November 7, 2017 at the Matsukaze-no-Ma, Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. The Emperor later received Dr. Ty together with other 2017 honorees at the Houmei-Den.

The recognition was given to Dr. Ty for his efforts in strengthening Philippine-Japanese economic relations. In particular, he undertook landmark joint ventures with several Japanese companies in key sectors such as automotives, real estate development, investment banking, insurance, and consumer finance. By facilitating the entry of Japanese investments into the Philippines, Dr. Ty has contributed to the country’s economic development.

He is also the founder and chairman of Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), the Ty family foundation. Guided by his philosophy that leadership in business implied leadership in community service, MBFI implements various programs in the areas of excellence recognition, education, healthcare, arts and culture, and disaster response.

In addition, Dr. Ty serves as the group chairman of GT Capital Holdings Inc., a major Philippine conglomerate composed of Metrobank, Toyota Motor Philippines, Federal Land, Pro-Friends, AXA Philippines, Toyota Financial Services, and Toyota Manila Bay Corporation.

During the reception, Dr. Ty thanked the Japanese government and said that the award also belongs to everyone who has contributed to his life and work. He said, “I will forever cherish this award as I consider it a testament to landmark joint ventures I undertook with the Japanese people. It overwhelms me that Metrobank’s move to diversify in 1988 and venture into the automotive industry has contributed to strengthened Philippine-Japanese economic relations.” He noted that such partnerships with Japanese companies have been key to the sustained growth of the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings.

Established in 1875, the Order of the Rising Sun is awarded by the Japanese Government to those who have made distinguished achievements in areas such as international relations, culture and the arts. SGV & Co. founder Washington SyCip also received this particular award last June 2017 for his contributions to Philippine-Japanese business relations.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) is now accepting entries for its annual visual arts competition, the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE). The announcement was made during the kick-off event of “Art MADE Public” last January 25 at SM Aura Premier, Taguig City.

2018 MADE: Discover

For more than 3 decades now, MADE has since served as a platform to discover emerging names in the art scene. This year, “Discover” was chosen to be the theme opening its doors once again for painters and sculptors to immerse into a whole new experience—one that demands looking at the world with fresh eyes to discover the beauty in things mundane and overlooked.

The MADE Painting Competition is open to all Filipino artists aged 18-35 years old who have not held a solo exhibition. The MADE Sculptor Competition, on the other hand, is open to all professional Filipino sculptors who have staged at least one solo exhibition.

Two (2) Grand Prize Winners for the Painting Competition and One (1) Grand Prize Winner for the Sculpture Competition will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. They will each receive a P 500,000.00 cash prize and the “Mula” glass trophy designed by visual artist and MADE winner Noel El Farrol to be awarded during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary in September. Grand Prize winners also become member of the MADE-Network of Winners (MADE-NOW), the alumni organization of past MADE awardees implementing pay-it-forward projects that benefit marginalized sectors.

Art MADE Public

In partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), SM Supermalls, Manila Metropolitan Theatre and the United Architects of the Philippines, Art MADE Public is presented to the public through a series of exhibits, lectures and workshops on art and cultural heritage to be facilitated by renowned Filipino artists as well as architectural and heritage practitioners, in select venues nationwide.

MADE shall serve as the catalyst that weaves together its advocacy for the visual arts and cultural heritage through three (3) interrelated components—Connections MADE, Meet the MET in MADE, and MASJID.

Connections MADE

For more than 3 decades, the roster of MADE winners has formed a unique web of interwoven generations, influences, and relationships within the local art community. Thus, this year’s works exhibited at the Art MADE Public showed how past winners relate to each other—mentor-apprentice, young artists inspired by established and senior ones, artists related by blood, and contemporaries within artist groups of different eras.

“The exhibit aims to present the diversity and richness of influences between and among past MADE winners artists. It is also about tackling their themes, messaging, and styles that have changed and emerged among contemporaries over time,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.

One of the featured works in the exhibit is Roberto Feleo’s. As one of the first awardees of then known as the Metrobank Annual Painting Competition in 1984, he is recognized in the art community as a mentor to generations of artists. Also included are the works of Elmer Borlongan, Emmanuel Garibay, and Mark Justiniani. They were once members of a group of young activist-artists during the late 80s to 90s known as “Salingpusa” who consecutively reaped MADE top distinctions.

Meet the MET at MADE: An Exhibition on the Restoration of the Manila Metropolitan Theatre

In line with the ongoing restoration program for the Manila Metropolitan Theatre, the event also showcased the different decorative art elements and colourful costumes worn by actors during their theatre performances.

Completed in 1931, the Manila Metropolitan Theatre, also known as the Met, witnessed several cycles of destruction and revival throughout its 85 years of existence. The edifice was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1973 and a National Cultural Treasure in 2010 because of its status as the only existing Art Deco building of its scale and integrity in Asia.

Upcoming Events

As a travelling exhibition, the Art MADE Public will also visit the Mindanao region where it will display images of over 30 mosques, showcasing the anatomy of Islamic architecture and their aesthetic principles.

A lecture on the book entitled “Tropical Architecture for the 21st Century” will also be part of the line-up of activities in partnership with BluPrint magazine and the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). Registered architects who will attend the lecture will get the Professional Regulatory Commission- Continuing Professional Development (PRC-CPD) accreditation.

Held within the National Arts Month celebration, the Art MADE Public will run from January 25 to March 21, 2017 in various cultural and academic institutions nationwide as well as in commercial spaces at the SM Supermalls. The exhibits will be followed by lectures and workshops on art, culture, and heritage.

Specific schedules are as follow: SM Aura Premier (January 25-February 2); SM City Bacolod (February 1-3); SM Seaside Cebu (February 8-10); SM Lanang Premiere, Davao City (March 1-3); SM Dasmariñas (March 8-12), and SM Manila (March 14-21).

For more details, interested participants may contact Lalaine Calicdan or Henri Palma at telephone number 898-8856; mobile number 0942-559-8250; email louise.calicdan@metrobank.com.ph / henri.palma@metrobank.com.ph.

Visit our MADE Facebook Page.

Dr. George S. K. Ty (center) receives the 2017 Ramon V. Del Rosario Award for Nation-Building from Retired Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, Chairman of the Board of Judges, joined by Phinma President & CEO Ramon del Rosario, JCI President Nino Namoco, and AIM President Jikyeong Kang. Dr. Ty is joined by his wife Mary Ty.

Metrobank Group chairman and founder Dr. George S.K. Ty received the 2017 Ramon V. Del Rosario (RVR) Award for Nation Building conferred by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila and the Asian Institute of Management’s (AIM) Center for Corporate Responsibility last July 25, 2017 at the Taipan Room of the Tower Club in Makati City. Dr. Ty is the 9th RVR Award for Nation Building awardee, and was selected from the initial list of 26 nominees by the esteemed Board of Judges chaired by retired Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, with former Ambassador of the Philippines to United States of America Jose Cuisia; chairman of PHINMA Corporation Oscar Hilado; chairman emeritus of Planters Development Bank Ambassador Jesus Tambunting; president of Ultrex Management & Investment Corp. Senen Bacani; and JCI Manila’s 2017 executive vice president John Bautista as members. The Nominations Shortlisting Committee, on the other hand, was chaired by Ramon Del Rosario, Jr. Dr. Ty was chosen for exhibiting entrepreneurial spirit, good corporate citizenship, social responsibility, and for his underlying passion for nation-building, all of which mirror the traits and characteristics exemplified by Ramon V. Del Rosario. It was in the course of transacting with the banks for the family enterprise that he became interested in the financial services industry. By the time he was 29 years old, he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank), since then, Metrobank has grown to become a leading provider of corporate and consumer banking products and services in the Philippines. The Bank became successful that Dr. Ty decided to heed the noble calling of giving back. Dr. Ty established the Metrobank Foundation in early 1979—16 years after founding the Bank. Guided by his philosophy that leadership in business implied leadership in community service, the Foundation aims to improve social conditions by providing assistance to key sectors of the society through  education, visual arts, healthcare, peace and security, and judiciary. Over the course of 38 years, the Metrobank Foundation has nurtured an extensive network of outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to make a lasting impact on society. Among others, Dr. Ty is the group chairman of the GT Capital Holdings Inc. composed of Metrobank, Federal Land, Pro-Friends, AXA Philippines, Toyota Motor Philippines, and has substantial interest in Metro Pacific Investments. The Ramon V. Del Rosario Award for Nation Building is a lifetime business leader award program. The award is a partnership between JCI Manila and the Asian Institute Management’s Center for Corporate Social Responsibility. It was named in honor of JCI Manila’s foundation president and the acknowledge “Father of Philippine Modern Industry.” Since its grand launching in September 2009, it has been the premier awards program of JCI Manila and it continues to recognize business leaders who have not only been highly successful in their own perspective fields but have also created a huge impact in nation-building. List of previous awardees also include Henry Sy, Sr.; Manny V. Pangilinan; Jaime Zobel De Ayala; Vicente Paterno; Washington Sycip; Oscar Lopez; and Amb. Jesus Tambunting and Senen Bacani. JCI Manila is one of Asia’s first and premier leadership development organizations for your professionals and has been in existence for more than 65 years. The organization has spearheaded numerous awards program such as the Ten Outstanding Young Men Award (TOYM) and the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award (BTCA).

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), through its Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) program, conclude its 2017 Art MADE Public on March 16, 2017 at SM Angono in Angono, Rizal. The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by Angono Municipal Mayor Gerardo Calderon, Angono Councilor Patnubay Tiamson, University of Rizal Systems-Angono Dean Norma Elviña, SM Angono mall manager Don Vijandre, Metrobank Angono branch head Reynante Landicho, and Metrobank Binangonan branch head Aurora Robles. In partnership with SM Supermalls, the Art MADE public kicked-off last February 4, 2017 at S Maison in Pasay City, with renowned art patron and gallery owner Silvanna Ancelloti-Diaz as Guest of Honor. The Art MADE Public aims to promote art appreciation among the general public and at the same time encourage young Filipino artists to join the MADE Painting & Sculpture Recognition Programs. This year, Art MADE Public did not only feature winning artworks of its past awardees but also their current masterpieces, to showcase their artistic growth from amateur artists to recognized professionals in their own fields. Some of the works featured are by Elmer Borlongan, Jan Leeroy New, Anton Del Castillo, Salvador Ching, and Ferdinand Doctolero. The Art MADE Public at SM Angono will run until March 23, 2017. Meanwhile, sculptor Roberto Acosta and artist Siefred Guilaran will share their journeys as artists in a presentation entitled “Artists Talk.” Acosta is 2016 MADE Grand Awardee for Sculpture while Guilaran is the recipient of the 2016 Special Citation for Painting. The MADE Recognition Program in Painting is open to Filipino artists aged 18-35 with no experience in holding a solo exhibition. Sculptors who have held a solo exhibition are eligible to join the MADE Recognition Program in Sculpture. One (1) Grand Awardee for Sculpture and two (2) Grand Awardees for Painting will be chosen and will each receive P 500,000.00 inclusive of cash assistance and artistic development fund, plus a “Mula” glass trophy designed by visual artist Farol. The Grand Awardees will automatically become members of MADE-NOW. As a pioneering art recognition program of MBFI, MADE is known to provide career opportunities for its awardees. Some of the prominent artists now who were once recognized by MADE are Andres Barrioquinto, Norman Dreo, and Alvin Florentino. For more details, interested participants may contact Lalaine Calicdan or Henri Palma at telephone number 898-8856; mobile number 0942-559-8250; email louise.calicdan@metrobank.com.ph / henri.palma@metrobank.com.ph; or visit MADE Facebook page @MADECompetition.
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.

PNP Chief Police Director General Dela Rosa with the Metrobank Foundation Inc.–Rotary Club of New Manila East and PSBank COPS during the 5th General Assembly of P.R.O.T.E.C.T. in Camp Crame, Quezon City (Photo from PNP)

PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa graced the 5th General Assembly of the P.R.O.T.E.C.T. (Police Officers Responsible for Organizing, Transforming and Empowering Communities), the alumni organization of the awardees of the Metrobank Foundation-Rotary Club of New Manila East and PSBank search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) on March 1, 2017 at the PNP Multi Purpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. The Police Chief praised all PNP key officers and members of PROTECT who have shown excellence and contributed in reforming the institution with its efforts in curbing drugs and criminality in their communities. “I believe that PROTECT will be a big help to the PNP, especially in the internal cleansing program which is now among our top priorities. You are the exemplars of courage, outstanding work and integrity in the service. You embody the ideals of service, honor and justice and I hope that you will help the PNP leadership re-ignite these ideals in the hearts of our police personnel as they continue to perform their mandated duties.” said Gen. De la Rosa. “Looking back, it’s been 9 years since the establishment of the alumni organization in 2008. We are happy to note that P.R.O.T.E.C.T. has made strides in terms of its pay-it-forward initiatives in the recent years.” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “Our excellence recognition programs are not only designed to foster and propagate a culture of excellence in the sectors of academe, military, and police through your stories as modern-day heroes,  but also to cascade your insights and best practices to the greater public and make them the next diffence-makers” he added. Among those applauded by Gen. De la Rosa were Quezon City Police District Chief, Police Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar; PNP ARMM Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Police Senior Superintendent Rodelio Jocson; and Chief Directorial Staff of the PNP Finance Service, Police Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac.   Meanwhile, re-elected P.R.O.T.E.C.T.  president Police Chief Superintendent Gilbert Cruz who sits at helm of the Police-Community Relations Group of the PNP gave a full report about the different involvements of P.R.O.T.E.C.T.  in recent years such as visits in different public schools in the metro and dissemination of PNP advisories through the use of interactive police and criminal mascots. Furthermore, P.R.O.T.E.C.T. members were also given the opportunity to share their own accomplishments in strengthening the branding of the alumni organization in their respective communities like Senior Police Officer 4 Tejanne Zarsozo of the Cabadbaran City Police Station. SPO4 Zarsozo spearheaded a mobile cinema “Protect, Feed, Save” project that raises awareness against social ills, tells stories and feeds hungry street children. “We are happy that we are helping and saving many street children in our community. We are also hoping that this project will continue to inspire other PNP units to follow.” said SPO4 Zarsozo. In 2008, COPS awardees have organized themselves into an association that aims to promote responsible citizenship not only in the PNP but in their respective communities as well. Among the P.R.O.T.E.C.T. members are PNP Director for Operations, Police Director Camilo Cascolan; PNP Deputy Director of Internal Affairs Service, Police Director Leo Angelo Leuterio; Police Region 7 Office Police Police Chief Superintendent Noli Taliño; Directorate for Information Technology and Communications Management Police Superintendent Alfred Corpus;  PNP Public Information Office Chief, Police Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos; Police Chief Superintendent Federico Laciste Jr.; and Police Director Alex Monteagudo, now Director General at the National Intelligence Coordinating Council.

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