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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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) took home six (6) trophies at the 15th Philippine Quill Awards last July 5, 2017, held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Newport City, Pasay City. Organized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines, the Philippine Quill is a prestigious award for organizations which have used excellent communication strategies in achieving their business objectives and in making a difference in the society. MBFI received six (6) trophies—four (4) Excellence Awards and two (2) Merit Awards—for its various programs entered under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category and one program tool entered under the Publications category. The first Excellence Award was given to the “2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos”, a recognition program which honors public servants in the academe, military, and police for their outstanding service to their sworn duties and noteworthy contributions to nation-building. The program has three components searches—Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS). Another Excellence Award was conferred to the “2016 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE),” an annual recognition program which aims to discover young talents in painting, sculpture, interior design and architecture. Now on its 33rd year, MADE has served as a career launch pad for its awardees by recognizing the excellent works of budding artists as well as professional sculptors, interior designers, and architects. Through its MADE-Network of Winners, the alumni organization of previous MADE awardees, MADE also conducts public art and art education activities to further promote art appreciation to target sectors and at the same time implements Project HeART, an art psychosocial intervention program for individuals with special needs. Meanwhile, the “2015 & 2016 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)” also received an Excellence Award. Held from September 5 to October 5 every year, NTM is a movement spearheaded by MBFI and the Department of Education (DepEd), together with various multi-sectoral groups which recognize Filipino teachers and educators and their contribution in shaping the country’s future. The 2015 celebrations demonstrated the continuing activities dedicated to teachers – composed of capstone events, on-the-ground initiatives, the yearly menu of benefits and discounts, and a supplemental digital celebration. This continued in 2016 wherein NTM reached a milestone with the enactment of Republic Act 10743, officially designating “October 5 of every year as ‘National Teachers’ Day’—affirming the State’s recognition of teachers and their valuable role in national development.” The fourth Excellence Award was given to the 2015 Metrobank Foundation Annual Report entitled “Dreams, Journeys & Discoveries.” The annual report highlights inspirational and empowering stories of ordinary individuals who share the Foundation’s goal of nation-building. It serves as a tool to account milestones and accomplishments of the Foundation for the period in review by highlighting success stories of its stakeholders and underscoring the roles of its institutional partners in the attainment of corporate objectives. As a testament to good corporate governance and transparency, the publication aims to deliver accurate information on the Foundation’s operations and financial standing, being the CSR arm of the Metrobank Group. On the other hand, the two Merit Awards were given to the “2016 Metrobank Math Challenge (MMC)” and the “2016 Bags of Blessing (BOB).” For 16 years now, MMC has become the longest running and most widely participated annual mathematics competition for elementary and secondary students in both public and private schools in the Philippines. It is implemented by MBFI, in partnership with the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines and the DepEd. Through the years, MMS has produced young math geniuses who have represented the country and have won in various international math competitions, including the International Math Olympiad. Meanwhile, underprivileged Filipinos shared in the revelry of the Chinese New Year celebration in the Philippines through the 2016 BOB, a gift-giving project that distributed PhP 10 million worth of food items to 10,000 poor families in 20 cities and municipalities across the country. Implemented by the family foundation of Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty—GT Foundation, Inc.—together with the Roman Catholic dioceses, the different companies of GT Capital Holdings, and subsidiaries of the Metrobank Group, the activity enabled the Church to aptly open its doors and give food to the hungry during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016. To date, MBFI has won 46 Philippine Quill for its various programs and public relations tools since 1986.

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.

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