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 Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc., through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), celebrated the Chinese New Year through the 2018 Bags of Blessing project which kicked off on February 16, 2018 at Lancaster New City Activity Center in Imus City, Cavite. Through a P 10 million worth of donations, 10,000 families from 21 cities and municipalities nationwide will receive P 1,000 worth of food bags. Photo shows Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty (6th from left) leading the ceremonial turnover of goods to beneficiaries. He was joined by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco (7th from left); Metrobank Foundation adviser Mary Ty (5th from left); Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty (5th from right); Federal Land chairman Alfred Ty (3rd from left); Metrobank Card Corporation vice chairman Anjanette Dy Buncio (2nd from left); GT Capital Holdings assistant treasurer Alesandra Ty (2nd from right); MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (leftmost), and PRO-FRIENDS president Guillermo Choa (rightmost).On the day of Chinese New Year, the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc. kicked off the Bags of Blessing project last February 16, 2018 at Lancaster New City in Imus, Cavite. Spearheaded by the Ty family foundation—GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), together with Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), PhP 10 million worth of food packages will be distributed to 10,000 families in 21 cities and municipalities nationwide. For this site, a total of 500 underprivileged families from General Trias, Cavite were assisted, held in partnership with the Property Company of Friends, Inc. (PRO-FRIENDS). A brainchild of Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K Ty, Bags of Blessing is a series of gift-giving activities in select areas nationwide catering to underprivileged families. Instead of the traditional “ang-paos” (red envelopes containing cash), each family receives a bag containing PhP 1,000 worth of food items. Beneficiaries were carefully selected from the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), known as “Listahanan”, of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)—an information management system designed to provide a comprehensive database of the country’s poorest families in need of assistance. A number of families identified in cooperation with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) are also included in the beneficiary list. Other than belonging to the status of living below the poverty line, families affected by recent calamities, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), and non- 4Ps beneficiaries are given priority. The distribution was led by Dr. Ty, who was joined by DSWD OIC secretary Emmanuel Leyco; Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty; Federal Land chairman Alfred Ty; Metrobank Card Corporation vice chairman Anjanette Dy Buncio; GT Capital Holdings assistant treasurer Alesandra Ty; MBFI adviser Mary Ty; GT Capital Holdings president Carmelo Bautista; Philippine Savings Bank president Vicente Cuna; PRO-FRIENDS president Guillermo Choa; First Metro Asset Management president Augusto Cosio; Orix Metro Leasing and Finance Corporation director Fumihiko Sato; and MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña. “The Bags of Blessing is grounded in our tradition of sharing blessings with the needy,” said Sobrepeña. He added, “We at the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings are privileged to work with our partners in support of the government’s anti-poverty programs. It is our hope that through the Bags of Blessing, we can augment the daily needs of our countrymen—the vulnerable and the marginalized—as we usher in the Year of the Earth Dog.” The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), in coordination with concerned local government units and Catholic archdioceses also serve as key partners in this undertaking. Simultaneous 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. Selected sites from the National Capital Region (NCR) include the City of Manila, Taguig City, Pasay City, Marikina City, Quezon City, Makati City, Navotas City, and Caloocan City.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.Visit our MADE Facebook Page.
Bulong Pulungan supports call for nominations for the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. In attendance were 2017 MBFI Outstanding Filipinos: Police Chief Inspector Rosalino Ibay, Jr. (Manila Police District Intelligence and Operations Unit chief, 2nd from left), Lt. Col. Elmer Suderio (head executive assistant at the Office of the Commanding General, Philippine Army, 4th from left), and Dr. Alonzo Gabriel (professor and university scientist at the University of the Philippines Diliman, 5th from left). Joining them in the photo are Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (1st from left) and Bulong Pulungan founder / Manila Bulletin columnist Deedee Siytangco (3rd from left).
These are challenging times to be a public servant—especially a teacher, a soldier, and a police officer—in our country. But to say that exemplary public servants are a dying breed would be a great disservice to those who have selflessly pledged their lives in the pursuit of service to our nation. These individuals—who go about their work quietly, pursuing advocacies and initiatives that yield positive change in their respective communities—deserve due recognition. This was the message delivered by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) to media attendees during the Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel press conference last January 16, 2018.
Another batch of 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos will be recognized—4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers. Each awardee will receive a PhP 1 million cash incentive, a trophy, and a gold medallion and will be awarded during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary celebration in September.
“Beyond professional accomplishments, we aim to look for everyday heroes who have gone beyond personal limitations to earn outstanding achievements,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “The Metrobank Foundation is privileged to highlight their achievements in inspiring change in their respective institutions and for sharing their stories of steadfast commitment in nation-building,” he added.
Present during the press forum were 2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos—Dr. Alonzo Gabriel (professor and university scientist, University of the Philippines Diliman), Lt. Col. Elmer Suderio (head executive assistant at the Office of the Commanding General, Philippine Army), and Police Chief Inspector Rosalino Ibay, Jr. (District Intelligence and Operations Unit chief, Manila Police District). They talked about the challenges they faced, their advocacies, and the impact of the award in their lives. They also provided tips to potential nominees.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Visit our Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Facebook Page.
The Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc., through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), celebrated the Chinese New Year through the 2017 Bags of Blessing (BOB) program which kicked off on January 28, 2017 at Taguig Lakeshore Hall in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City. Through a P 10 million worth of donations, 10,000 families from 18 cities and municipalities nationwide will receive P 1,000 worth of food bags. Photo shows Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty (4th from left) leading the ceremonial turnover of goods to a beneficiary. He was joined by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)Secretary Judy Taguiwalo (5th from left); Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano (4th from right); Metrobank Foundation adviser Mary Ty (3rd from left); Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty (2nd from left); Federal Land, Inc. (FLI) chairman Alfred Ty (3rd from right); FLI senior vice president Anjanette Dy Buncio (rightmost); Metrobank Foundation corporate secretary Alesandra Ty (2nd from right); and Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (leftmost).
In celebration of Chinese New Year, the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc. kicked off its nationwide “Bags of Blessing” last January 28, 2017 at the Taguig Lakeshore Hall in Taguig City. Spearheaded by the Ty family foundation — GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), together with Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), PHP 10 million worth of food packages will be distributed to 10,000 families in select areas in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the National Capital Region. During the distribution in Taguig City, held in partnership with Federal Land, Inc. (FLI), 500 underprivileged families received bags containing rice, milk, sugar, canned goods, and noodles among other basic commodities.
A brainchild of Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K Ty, Bags of Blessing is a series of nationwide gift-giving activities held to welcome the Year of the Fire Rooster as a way of carrying out the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings’ tradition of sharing. Instead of “ang-paos” — red envelopes containing monetarial gifts — bags containing assorted food items are distributed to underprivileged families. In support of the government’s anti-poverty programs, beneficiaries are primarily families who are not yet members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The distribution was led by Dr. Ty, who was joined by DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo; Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano; Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty; FLI chairman Alfred Ty; FLI senior vice president Anjanette Dy Buncio; MBFI corporate secretary Alesandra Ty; MBFI adviser Mary Ty; GT Capital president Carmelo Bautista; FLI president Pascual Garcia; AXA Philippines president Rahul Hora; First Metro Asset Management president Augusto Cosio; MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña; and First Metro Securities Brokerage president Gonzalo Ordoñez.
“For five years now, the Bags of Blessing has served as an opportunity for our employees, scholars, and partners to give back to our communities which have always been at the core of our corporate values. In response to Pope Francis’ clarion call for Filipinos to go to the peripheries, we have given our best efforts, along with our partners, to reach out to poor families who are not yet listed in any major poverty alleviation programs. Through the Bags of Blessing, we hope to alleviate their hunger while celebrating the New Year together,” said Sobrepeña.
The partnership with the DSWD, which coordinated with the social welfare and development offices of the different local government units, was instrumental to locating the beneficiaries who are in the margins of the society.
The leaders and employees from the network of Metrobank branches as well as the different subsidiaries and affiliates of GT Capital Holdings and the Metrobank Group are mobilized to help in the series of gift-giving activities. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) also serve as partners, providing security and logistical support.
Simultaneous distributions also took place in the regions on the same day—Baguio City; Balanga City, Bataan; Imus City, Cavite; Sta. Rosa City, Laguna; Iloilo City; Cebu City; Palo, Leyte; Cotabato City; and Zamboanga City, with 500 beneficiary families each. Davao City will have 1000 families as beneficiaries.
Distributions for 500 families each will also be conducted in the succeeding days in Makati City, Pasay City, Marikina City, Quezon City, Navotas City, and Caloocan City. The City of Manila will have1000 families as beneficiaries.