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GT FOUNDATION SCHOLARS EARN TMP TECH CERTIFICATION. Nine (9) GT Foundation scholars under its Scholarships for Technical-Vocation Education Program (STEP) were conferred formally with two-year certificate degree on general automotive servicing course by Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech). The ceremony was held during TMPTech’s 8th Commencement Exercises on May 30, 2019 at the TMP Tech campus in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna. They are (L-R) Mark Joseph Bombeza, Christian Nieles, Rodrigo Sorromeo, Jr., Rio Glenn Corbin, Shena Lyn Anoche, Jonathan Umandap, Joe Jerrie Benolirao, Arthur Ycay, and Franz Vincent Diana. Two (2) of them (Umandap and Sorromero, Jr.) received academic awards (2 of only 3 Bronze Medalists in the entire batch). Sorromero was also recognized the Best in Drive Train System certificate. They are joined by GTFI senior program officer Marla Angeli Dator (leftmost) and Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation assistant vice president and operations Manager and TMP Tech scholarship and corporate social responsibility (CSR) officer Ronald Gaspar (rightmost). In his keynote address, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Laguna Provincial Director Pascual Arriola told the graduates that completing their studies in technology-based education is something they should be proud of as it is an important driver in economic growth and development. To date, a total of 54 GT Foundation STEP scholars have earned TMP Tech certification and are now employed in the automotive industry.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) launched the 3rd edition of Assistance for the Completion of College Education for Superior Students (ACCESS III) Scholarship Program through the formal signing of respective Memorandum of Agreements with five 5 academic partners. The ceremony was held on May 9, 2019 at the Penthouse of Metrobank Plaza in Makati City. Photo shows MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (4th from left) leading the ceremony joined by (L-R) Technological Institute of the Philippines president Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz; Central Philippine University (Iloilo City) president Dr. Teodoro Robles; Ateneo de Zamboanga University president Fr. Karel San Juan; Saint Louis University (Baguio City) president Fr. Gilbert Sales; and University of the East–Manila president Dr. Ester Garcia. Partner institutions chosen for this program are accredited by CHED as the centers of excellence and development in the above mentioned courses. Through a PhP 20 million scholarship fund, fifty (50) scholars taking up courses in the fields of engineering, information technology, education, agriculture, and science and math will be selected. Established in 1995, a total of 946 scholars nationwide have graduated, 464 of which were ACCESS I and II scholarship program recipients.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GT Foundation, Inc (GTFI), together with De La Salle University (DLSU), inaugurated the George S.K. Ty Advanced Instrumentation Building through a marker-unveiling ceremony on April 11, 2019 at the university’s Laguna campus in the city of Biñan.

Through the generous support of GTFI, the four-storey facility houses the University’s research laboratories in different areas of science, engineering, and technology. The building also houses a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer that thoroughly analyzes and interprets molecular and compound structures. This NMR spectrometer is also the most sophisticated of its kind in the country.

The ceremonies were led by GTFI president Alfred Ty and DLSU president Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC. They were joined by GTFI assistant vice president Alesandra Ty; Metrobank first vice president Zandra Ty; GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña and deputy director executive Nicanor Torres, Jr.; Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) manager Emmanuel Cortero, and other key officers of the Metrobank Group subsidiaries and affiliates as well as DLSU administrators.

“The Lasallian identity of a spirit of faith, zeal for service and communion in mission, and its motto Religio, Mores, Cultura, resonates the vision and mission of GTFI of addressing the needs of the less privileged to improve the quality of their lives,” said GTFI president Alfred Ty in his message. “It is for these reasons that GTFI partnered with DLSU in the construction of the Dr. George S.K. Ty Advanced Instrumentation Building⎯an affirmation of Dr. Ty’s commitment to support and sustain the advancement of science, technology and engineering education in the Philippines,” he continued.

DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC, on the other hand, expressed his appreciation for the late philanthropist and his foundation.

“On behalf of the De La Salle University community, I would like to extend our humble and sincere gratitude for being chosen as a partner and beneficiary of Dr. Ty and his Foundations’ trust and generosity. Rest assured, his faith in our brand of education will bear much fruit, not only with the achievements of current and future Lasallians, but with the values and virtues that Lasallians will carry with them into the workplace and for the benefit of our country,” expressed Br. Suplido.

The country’s young math geniuses competed during the national finals of the 2019 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) National Finals, held last March 30, 2019 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.

Out of the 403,707 students who competed in the nationwide elimination rounds, a total of 22 students representing 10 regions have qualified and made the cut for the opportunity to advance in the final leg of the math competition.

The national finals showcased the mathematical proficiency 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.

Winners were awarded by the guest of honor, Education secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, who also delivered an inspirational message to inspire the young audience.

“The food that you eat, the clothes that you wear, the chairs that you sit on, the buildings that you occupy, and the houses that you live in are made my people who took up Mathematics” the secretary said. “Congratulations to Metrobank Foundation, to the Mathematics association, the students are really in your hands. We look forward building a better world, a better country, a better Philippines for all of us” she added.

Mohammad Nur Casib of My Precious Child Learning Center (Marawi City) was the first placer in the Grade 6 Individual Competition, while Tracy Lauren Lei of Saint Jude Catholic School Manila (City of Manila) and Miguel Cayetano of Tuguegarao West Central School (Tuguegarao City) were second and third placers, respectively.

For the Grade 6 Team Competition, Tracy Lauren Lei and Nicholas Marcus Lua of Saint Jude Catholic School (City of Manila) were the 1st placers while Francis Rafael Flor and Muhammad Farouk Tan II of Silangan Elementary School (Taguig City) placed second.

For the Grade 10 Individual Competition, Bryce Ainsley Sanchez of Grace Christian College (Quezon City) was the 1st placer, while Stephen James Ty of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City) settled at 2nd and Kiel Sam Talosig of Bataan National High School (Balanga City) placed 3rd.

In the Grade 10 Team Competition, Stephen James Ty and Aiman Andrei Kue of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City) were the 1st placers. Paul Samson Topacio and Al Patrick Castro of Makati Science High School (Makati City) placed 2nd while Charles Dwight Pelaez and Joerenz Espillardo of Quezon Science High School (Tayabas, Quezon) were 3rd.

“This year, we celebrate Metrobank Foundation’s 40th anniversary with the theme, “Puso at Sigasig”. Our mathletes have certainly displayed the zeal to persevere throughout the competition. All of them have dedicated many hours to train and get to where they are now” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “We thank our implementing partners – the Department of Education under the leadership of Secretary Briones and the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines headed by Sr. Coronel. I would also like to thank our judges, our school administrators, teachers, coaches and parents for your continued support” he added.

Grade 6 and Grade 10 national winners received trophies, medals and cash prizes more than PhP 500,000. Meanwhile, all of the participants received giveaways sponsored by Casio Philippines and Manila Tytana Colleges.

Now on its 18th 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.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), the Department of Education (DepEd), and the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) announced the schools which made it to the National Finals of the 2019 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC).

Out of the 403,707 students from 27,089 elementary and junior high schools who competed in the nationwide elimination rounds, a total of 21 students representing 16 public and private schools have successfully advanced to the final leg of the competition to be held on March 30, 2019 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.

The following are the schools competing for the Grade 6- Individual Competition: La Marea Academy (Dagupan City); Tuguegarao West Central School (Tuguegarao City); Saint Michael Academy of Meycauayan (Bulacan); Stonyhurst Southville International School – Malarayat (Lipa City); Hua Siong College of Iloilo (Iloilo City); Ateneo de Davao University (Davao City); Lanao Chung Hua School (Iligan City); My Precious Child Learning Center (Marawi City); Silangan Elementary School (Taguig City); and Saint Jude Catholic School (City of Manila).

Competing schools for the Grade 6- Team Competition level are Silangan Elementary School (Taguig City) and Saint Jude Catholic School (City of Manila).

While for the Grade 10- Individual Competition are Bataan National High School (Balanga City); Quezon Science High School (Tayabas, Quezon); Zamboanga Chung Hua High School (Zamboanga City); and Grace Christian College (Quezon City).

Finally, for the Grade 10- Team Competition are Quezon Science High School (Tayabas, Quezon); Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City); Lagro High School (Quezon City); and Makati Science High School (Makati City).

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

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

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

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

ILOILO: A HUB FOR THE ARTS

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

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

CONTINUING A LEGACY

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

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

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

CALL FOR ENTRIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

A HEART THAT PERSEVERES IN EARNEST ZEAL FOR THE NATION

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

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

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

ACES & PEACE

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

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

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

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

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

A TRIBUTE TO THE FOUNDER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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) and Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) celebrate the Chinese New Year through the kick-off of “Bags of Blessing”, a week-long distribution of P10 million worth of food packages to 10,000 families, on February 5 at San Agustin Church in Intramuros Manila City. Shown in the photo are Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty (3rd from left); Federal Land chairman and GTFI president Alfred Ty (2nd from right); GT Foundation vice president Anjanette Dy Buncio (leftmost); GT Foundation assistant vice president Alesandra Ty (2nd from right), Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (rightmost) and the beneficiaries of the program.

GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) kicked off this year’s “Bags of Blessing”, a week-long distribution of P10 million worth of food packages to 10,000 families, on February 5 at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila. Simultaneous distributions also happened in Apalit, Pampanga; Tapuac, Dagupan City; Batangas City; Tagbiliran City, Bohol; Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; Municipality of Guiuan, Eastern Samar; General Santos City, South Cotabato; and Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

Since its inception in 2011, the Bags of Blessing has always been envisioned by the late Metrobank Group chairman and founder Dr. George S.K. Ty as a way to reach out to underprivileged families and provide them a privilege to take part in the celebration of Chinese New Year.

Spearheaded by the Ty family foundation—GTFI, together with the MBFI, the annual Bags of Blessing carry on a tradition to share blessings with the needy and create venues to have a meaningful way of welcoming and celebrating the Chinese New Year. Companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates under the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, as well as the network of select Metrobank branches nationwide, took part in this annual undertaking.

The traditional ang-pao (a red envelope containing cash used to deliver best wishes, luck, good energy and happiness) is the inspiration. However, instead of cash-giving, specially designed red bags containing 1,000 peso worth of grocery items (snack packs, rice, canned goods, and other daily needs of the Filipino consumer) were distributed to poor families carefully selected by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through its national network of Diocesan Action Centers. Other than belonging to the status of living below the poverty line, families affected by recent calamities, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), and non-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamliyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) were given priority.

“This Bags of Blessing gift-giving activity has served as an opportunity for our employees and partners to give back to our communities which have always been at the core of our corporate values. We are passionate in continuing the legacy that our beloved chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty has instilled in each of us” said MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña.

“He envisioned this project to be able to reach out to those who are marginalized who do not have much. It is heart-warming to see the effort and presence of the Ty family and the rest of the Metrobank Group in keeping this tradition alive,” Sobrepeña added.

Consistent with Metrobank’s heart for the community core value, almost 2,000 volunteers generously donated their time to repack and distribute goods in the different distribution sites. The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, in coordination with select Catholic archdioceses, served as key partners in the site implementation.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, in coordination with select Catholic archdioceses, serve as key partners in the site implementation.

Distributions for 500 families each were conducted in the succeeding days in churches located at Cubao, Quezon City; Marikina City; Imus City, Cavite; and 400 families each for, Malolos, Bulacan; Angeles, Pampanga, Vigan, Ilocos Sur; Tuguegarao, Cagayan; Calamba City, Laguna; Naga City, Camarines Sur; Tabunok, Cebu; Bacolod, Negros Occidental; General Luna, Iloilo; Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental; Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur; and Davao City, Davao del Sur.

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