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GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), the Ty family foundation, and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) inked a memorandum of agreement to launch Share a Gift of Education (SAGE) III last September at the Federation Center in Binondo, Manila. Established in 2001 by GTFI’s sister foundation, Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), in partnership with FFCCCII, SAGE is the brainchild of the late Metrobank and MBFI founder Dr. George S.K. Ty which aims to provide educational assistance to qualified members of the Filipino-Chinese families.

Through a P15 million fund, SAGE III will support 100 students from 33 Filipino-Chinese schools nationwide which include 15 schools in the National Capital Region, five (5) in Region 6, three (3) in Region 5, two (2) each for Regions 8 and 11 and one (1) school each for Regions 1, 3, 4A, 7, 12 and CARAGA.

In Photo: (Center) FFCCCII President Domingo Yap and GTFI Executive Director Aniceto Sobrepeña together with GTFI Board Member Cecilio Pedro, FFCCCII Chairman Emeritus Lucio Tan, and senior officers of FFCCCII

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) announces the start of accepting entries for this year’s Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) during the kick-off event of the annual Art MADE Public on January 24 at The Podium, Mandaluyong City. Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña graced the opening.

With the theme “Unleash”, MADE’s overarching goal is to unleash the “artist within.” The last 35 years saw MADE setting the platform to empower and showcase the ingenuity of the Filipino creative. In the years to come, MADE is poised to further unveil more talents, encouraging more visual artists to create greater masterpieces.

MADE Beginnings

MADE was conceived and pursued by the late Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty in 1984. At that time, the nation was at the throes of economic crisis and socio-political unrest. The Filipino people were in search for meaning and hope beyond the uncertainties of the time. While many took their struggles to the streets, Dr. Ty discovered much promise and potential in Philippine visual arts as an alternate creative venue for people to be heard. The competition brought a newfound confidence among emerging Filipino artists to express themselves through the canvas. Art was harnessed as a tool to challenge assumptions and reframe perspectives on the then prevailing unfortunate realities.

Thirty-five (35) years since, MADE has continued to be a platform for discovery for the most passionate and persistent creative visionaries in the country. To date, more than 400 visuals artists and design professionals have been recognized. A majority of them are now carving significant names in the local and even international art and design scenes. But more than a competition that breeds artistic talent, MADE has evolved to become an implementing entity that facilitates a generation of fresh ideas for social development.

Art MADE Public: Icons MADE

To make the celebration of MADE’s 35th year more meaningful and relevant, MBFI once again stages the annual “Art MADE Public” with the goal to spread awareness on Philippine art and heritage through a series of exhibits, lectures, and workshops which will be facilitated by renowned Filipino artists as well as architectural and heritage practitioners, in select venues nationwide.

The Art MADE Public series is in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), SM Supermalls, and United Architects of the Philippines.

Guests, art enthusiasts and patrons, mall goers, and the public in general get to visit an exhibit divided into 3 sections—MADE through the Years; Icons and Masterpieces; and an exhibit featuring National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa.

The “MADE through the Years” walks visitors to a timeline of MADE’s 35 years of implementation giving them glimpse as to how the program was conceived in 1984, including its milestones and evolutions through the years.

On the other hand, the “Icons and Masterpieces” photo exhibit showcases both national icons and up-and-coming icons in the Philippine art and design community who were past MADE awardees. Alongside their black & white portraits are their MADE winning artworks and designs. Featured are: Mark Justiniani, Elmer Borlongan, Manny Garibay, Raffy Napay, Mark Andy Garcia, Jan Leeroy New, Yeo Kaa, Ar. Gelo Maňosa, Ar. Jonathan V. Dangue, Ar. Gerard Thomas Joson, and IDr. Wilhelmina Garcia.

The Art MADE Public kick-off at The Podium also featured the lectures “Overview of Arts in the Regions” by Manny Garibay; “Junk Not Creative: Social Entrepreneurship in Design” by IDr. Wilhelmina Garcia; and “Sustainable Tropical Architecture” by Ar. Gelo Maňosa.

Among the featured art icons in the exhibit are 1990 Metrobank Annual Painting Competition First Prize winner Mark Justiniani (above photo), together with his winning art piece entitled “Last Trip.” Another is 1992 Metrobank Annual Painting Competition Second Prize Winner Elmer Borlongan (below photo) beside his masterpiece entitled “Tampuhan.”

JunkNot Eco Creatives founder and 2007 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Grand Prize winner IDr. Wilhelmina Garcia (seated, center) together with officers from the Metrobank Foundation and SM Supermalls pose for a photo showcasing furniture made from waste materials.

Members of the MADE-Network of Winners (MADE-NOW) together with MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.

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. The MADE Sculpture Recognition Program, on the other hand, is open to all professional Filipino sculptors who have staged at least one solo exhibition. The deadline for submission of entries is on or before May 10, 2019. Interested participants may register online through bit.ly/2019MADEPaintingSearchEntryForm.

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 visual artist 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 pay-it-forward projects that benefit marginalized sectors.

Upcoming Events

As a travelling exhibition, Art MADE Public will also visit the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) in the Visayas region where artworks of Ilonggo past MADE awardees will be exhibited for the first time in one venue.

In partnership with the United Architects of the Philippines, registered architects who will att

end the lectures 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 24 to March 28, 2019 in cultural institutions and various commercial spaces at the SM Supermalls. The exhibits will be followed by lectures and workshops on art & design, culture, and heritage.

Specific schedules are as follow: The Podium (January 24-31); SM Angono (February 28-March 7); ILOMOCA (March 14-April 14), and SM Lanang Premier, Davao (March 26-28).

For more details, interested participants may contact Therese De Silva at telephone number 898-8856; mobile number 0925-714-6954; email therese.desilva@metrobank.com.ph; or visit MADE Facebook page @MADECompetition.

Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (center) together with Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos and cooperating institutions visit Kampo Ranao in Marawi City.

In time for this year’s celebration of Metrobank Foundation’s 40th anniversary, its roster of Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, through their respective alumni organizations – NOTED (Network of Outstanding Teachers and Educators), TOPSOLDIERS (The Organization of Philippine Soldiers with Outstanding Leadership, Dedication, Integrity, Excellence and Responsibility to Society), and PROTECT (Police Officers Responsible for Organizing, Transforming and Empowering Communities) launched a pay-it-forward project called Guro, Pulis at Sundalo na may Galing, Puso, at Sigasig (GPS²). As the first ever collaborative project of these three sectors, GPS² aims to extend assistance to the City of Marawi in the process of rehabilitation.

To formally launch this undertaking, a visit was held on January 15 in the war-ravaged city through the assistance of the Department of Education (DepEd), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP). The delegation was led by Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña, joined by a number of Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos which among include: MGen. Romeo Poquiz (Ret.); BGen. Alex Tamondong (Ret.); BGen. Ariel Caculitan; Col. Elmer Suderio PA; PCSupt. Mario Rariza, Jr.; PSSupt. Pascual Muñoz, Jr.; PSSupt. Alex Sintin; PSupt. Carlo Manuel; PCI Rosalino Ibay; Dr. Ernelea Cao; Dr. Mary Ann Serrano; Dr. Mark Torres; Dr. Ruben Abucayon; Dr. Rizal Vidallo, Olivia Caling among other awardees.

A situational briefing was first conducted by 2013 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino and Commander of Task Force Ranao and 103rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army Colonel Romeo Brawner, Jr. at Kampo Ranao. This was followed by a visit to one of the largest temporary schools–the Marawi Sagonsongan Pilot Elementary School.




They were welcomed by assistant schools division superintendent Anna Zenaida Unte Alonto of the DepEd Division of Marawi City. Awardees conducted simultaneous storytelling sessions. Teddy bears were also distributed to kindergarten and grade one learners courtesy of Metrobank Card Corporation. The group also visited Amai Pakpak Central Elementary School where a brief ocular inspection and conversation with faculty members took place.


To further its assistance to reach out to affected educators and schoolchildren of Marawi City, NOTED, TOPSOLDIERS, and PROTECT launched a call for donation (both in-kind or cash) last December 2018 to support GPS². Proceeds will fund the establishments of libraries and WASH (Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation) facilities and provision of teachers’ and learners’ kits to benefit affected educators and learners. Donations can be deposited through the NOTED (Network of Outstanding Teachers and Educators) Metrobank account 636-3-63600717-0 or PROTECT (Police Officers Responsible for Organizing, Transforming and Empowering Communities) PSBank account 091102-00072-4. For further inquiries, please call the MBFI Excellence Awards Unit at telephone number 898-8757 or mobile numbers 0917-562-9980 or 0933-309-9585.

The visit to Marawi City was made possible by the DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service; DepEd Division of Marawi City; Philippine Air Force; AFP Office of The Adjutant General; 103rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army; PNP Office of The Chief Directorial Staff; PNP Directorate for Logistics; PNP Police Regional Office 10; Misamis Oriental Police Provincial Office; Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Office and Marawi City PNP.

Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), together with the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) and the Department of Education (DepEd), concluded this year’s Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) elimination round wherein more than 400,000 students competed on January 17 and 18 across 1,700 testing centers nationwide.

On MMC’s 18th year, a total of 27,089 public and private schools from 217 Division Offices registered online. Aimed at streamlining the registration process and be made accessible to all schools nationwide, the online registration was first piloted two (2) years ago in NCR.

The 2019 cycle officially launched last October through an online game called “10-10 De Sarapen” where mathletes solved mathematical equations and problems within a 10 day period. Winners were chosen randomly and received special items from CASIO Calculators Philippines.

MMC is an annual math competition that aims to awaken greater interest in math among elementary and high school students nationwide and to discover mathematical talents among the youth.

For inquires, visit the official Facebook page of MMC or contact the DepEd Division Math Supervisor in your locality. Contact the MMC secretariat at secretariat.mathchallenge@gmail.com or (02)857-0618/ (02)898-8898.

Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president Aniceto Sobrepeña (2nd from right) and MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr. (rightmost) led the turnover of the first tranche of donations to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) represented by its president Butch Meily (2nd from left) and executive director Veronica Gabaldon (leftmost). PDRF is one of the chosen charities in memory of the late Metrobank founder Dr. George S.K. Ty.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) announces that a total of PhP 7 million was raised from a number of individuals and groups who voluntarily contributed to chosen charities in memory of Metrobank founder Dr. George S.K. Ty. The amount will be donated to CBCP Caritas Filipinas Foundation, Philippine Red Cross, and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) as previously announced.

In a recent turnover, Butch Meily, PDRF president, received the first tranche of the donations from MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.

GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), the Ty family foundation, added PhP 3 million pesos and designated two more organizations to be the recipients¾the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) for its school building program and the Tzu Chi Foundation.

The Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH) was awarded the “2018 Outstanding Hospital Award (Level 3-Private)” by the Philippine Hospital Association (PHA) during the 69th PHA Annual National Convention last November 14 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel, City of Manila.

As one of the most coveted awards in the healthcare industry, the PHA Awards recognizes the overall commitment to healthcare excellence by hospitals specifically in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, Governance, ISO Accreditation, Infection Control, Disaster Preparedness, Green Hospital Initiative, Safety and Patient Care, and Patient Engagement and Education. Transparency in reporting sentinel events/adverse reactions and the conduct of regular staff meeting (medical and non-medical) are also included as part of the criteria.

On the same ceremonies, MDH was also recognized for the “DOH Star Awards 2018 Top 10” (Level III category), jointly by the Department of Health and PHA. This award recognizes hospitals’ best practices in the delivery of safe and quality health service towards achieving Universal Health Care. Hospitals awarded were judged not just on their compliance with the assessment tools for Hospital Licensure but also their exceptional implementation of the following criteria: Policies and Procedures, features of Patient Safety, Infection Control, Patient Service, Customer and Employee Satisfaction, Community-Focused Activities, and Quality-Driven Improvements.

MDH was the lone tertiary-level private hospital to be awarded with 2 prestigious recognitions in the said event.

“These prestigious awards are testaments to our sustained commitment to provide quality healthcare to our customers and people in the communities. These accolades further inspire us to continue to excel in what we do in order to improve our services and offer more state-of-the-art healthcare facilities. We look forward to the coming year as we will upgrade more facilities, offer additional services, establish more doctors’ consultation rooms, and inaugurate new admitting rooms at the Norberto Ty Medical Tower 2. More world class medical equipments will be made available to patients.” said MDH president Elizabeth Dantes.

As part of MDH’s plan to provide advanced equipment and facilities to better serve its clients, MDH recently opened 3 centers and upgraded 1 facility.

The Wellness Hub was inaugurated on the 9th floor of the Norberto Ty Medical Tower 2. A unique One-Stop Shop for Health and Wellness that combines modern elegance and up-to-date infrastructure to create a tranquil, spa-like harmonious atmosphere where people can relax, find their balance and recover. On the same floor, the Aesthetics Center and Wound Care Center can also be found.

The Radiologic Imaging Center was upgraded to house the best medical imaging diagnostics. This includes the 256-Slice Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner, Digital Radiofluoroscopy as well as a broad range of imaging modalities like X-Ray and Ultrasound. Its latest equipment is the Mammomat Revelationthe first high definition 3D Breast Tomosynthesis in the Philippines and in Asia.

The Endoscopy Unit has been expanded to 5 rooms with a capacity to perform simultaneous procedures and boasts of bigger recovery room that can accommodate more patients.

Recently, the Endoscopy Unit of MDH was the hospital partner of the Annual Convention of the Philippine Society of Digestive Endoscopy (PSDE) and venue for the training the trainers “Program for Endoscopic Teacher’s” of the World Endoscopy Organization. With the theme “Endoscopycon 2018”, the latest innovations in the field of diagnostic and interventional digestive endoscopy was discussed The annual live endoscopy workshop was attended by foreign faculty, gastroenterologists, including participants from India, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries.

The Norberto Ty Medical Tower 2 North Wing (Kalaw) now housed more patient rooms in the 12th & 15th Floors, as well as more doctors’ clinics on the 10th and 11th floors. Soon, a new Cancer Care Unit will also be opened using the Linear Accelerator (LINAC) which will offer advanced treatment to cancer patients.

As the majority shareholder of MDH, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) has established programs that benefit the poor and the marginalized in meeting their educational and healthcare needs. MDH serves as the healthcare arm MBFI, offering a wide array of social services such as subsidies for in-house patients, outreach programs, medical missions, and other health-related interventions in adopted communities.

The search for the next batch of Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos begins as top officials from the Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and program partners from Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank), Rotary Club of New Manila East, and Rotary Club of Makati Metro gather in a historic ceremony on November 16, 2018 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, Department of Education Central Office, Pasig City.

Present during the launch were: DepEd secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones, AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez, Jr., PNP Chief Directorial Staff Camilo Pancratius Cascolan (representing PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde) and MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. They were joined by PSBank Senior vice president Perfecto Dimayuga, Jr., Rotary Club of Makati Metro vice president Miguel Leogardo and Rotary Club of New Manila East president John Paul Montero.

To mark the occasion, a ceremonial signing of a pledge of commitment was held to signify unity among these institutions in fostering service excellence.

As a prestigious career-service award for Filipino exemplars in the academe, military, and police sectors—4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers will be recognized. Each awardee will receive a cash prize of P1 million, a gold medallion, and The Flame trophy during the formal conferment ceremonies in September 2019.

Guided by the theme “Beyond Excellence”, a Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino renders service above and beyond his/her call of duty. Their accomplishments must have inspired and influenced their peers as well as the people in their respective communities. Their works must have transformed a community with a lasting positive impact on people and to the country. To date, the Metrobank Foundation has honored a total of 665 Outstanding Filipinos.

“We believe that achievements, which resulted to positive change, or innovations that addressed major societal problems should be highlighted and widely acknowledged. By doing so, we hope to create a ripple effect that would inspire other people, especially their colleagues in their profession, to follow in their footsteps,” Sobrepeña said.

Also present during the launch were USec. Tonisito Umali, Esq.; USec. Annalyn Sevilla; USec. Victoria Medrana-Catibog; ASec. Alma Ruby Torio from DepEd; PNP DPCR police director Eduardo Garado; 2019 RCNME COPS chairman Claro Lorenzo Baarde; Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos past awardees MGen Restituto Padilla (2009); MGen. Arnold Mancita (2010); CMSgt. Nelson Mercado (2011); BGen. Maxima Ignacio (2015); Mrs. Jennifer Rojo (2017); Col. Elmer Suderio (2017); Dr. Carla Dimalanta (2018) and PS/Supt. Pascual Muñoz (2018).

Through a nomination-based process, 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 decade. Those who are set to retire must have at least three (3) remaining years of service. All eligible nominees must have exhibited good moral character and must not have been charged guilty in any administrative or criminal case.

Teachers in the elementary, secondary or alternative learning system must have full teaching load and must have completed academic requirements for Master’s Degree while tertiary and graduate teachers must have attained a Doctorate Degree. Eligible 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 at least a High School Degree. Finally, PNP commissioned officers (Police Inspector to Police Superintendent) and non-commissioned officers (Police Officer 2 to Senior Police Officer 4) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree.

The nomination form and detailed guidelines are now available via the MBFI website at www.mbfoundation.org.ph, Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Facebook page or through the link http://bit.ly/OFAward. Deadline for nominations is on January 18, 2019. For further inquiries, email the secretariat at outstandingfilipinos.mbfi@gmail.com, telephone us at (02) 898-8898, (02) 857-8757 and (02) 945-7006 or contact Kristal Todcor (09258303717/ 09777236205) for teachers, Third Salang (09228038948) for soldiers, and Ernest Macapagal (09267080276) for police officers.

To address the immediate needs of families affected by typhoon Ompong, GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), has allocated a total amount of PhP 5 million. To date, GTFI has reached out to a total of 6,100 families through a series of relief operations held in coordination with the network of Metrobank branches in northern Luzon.

Relief distributions were held in three (3) municipalities in the province of Cagayan. Spearheaded by Metrobank Tabuk City branch, 500 families were assisted in the municipality of Rizal covering barangays Linno-C, Poblacion, and Batu on September 25. Metrobank Aparri branch, on September 29, reached out to 500 families of barangay Maura, Aparri, Cagayan. Metrobank Tuguegarao branch, on the other hand, covered the hardly hit town of Baggao, reaching out to 3000 families of barangays Temblique, Adaoag, Asassi, Canagatan, Bagunot, Ibulo, Carupian, Masical, Taguing, and Bunugan last September 22. Relief distribution efforts were also coursed through the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao, benefitting a total of 1000 beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, led by Metrobank Purple Hearts Club Bag-iw Chapter in Baguio City, relief goods were distributed to 500 families in Itogon, Benguet and Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya on September 23. Packed meals were also distributed to 350 PNP rescue workers in Bakun and Itogon. Through Operation Blessing, 600 families in Kabayan, Benguet also received relief goods covering the barangays of Lusod, Tawangan, and Upper Bashoy.

GTFI has also partnered with Alagang Kapatid Foundation in providing hot meals to disaster-stricken or homeless families through their Foton First Responder Food Truck. A total of 6,621 individuals were served with hot meals in the towns of Baggao, Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Gattaran and Rizal, Cagayan. Most of these areas reached through #AKFeed have been isolated as residents did not expect help to reach them, including an Aeta community in Gattaran.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (503 Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army) and the Philippine National Police served as cooperating agencies in the transport of the relief goods. The Philippine Air Force (Tactical Operations Group 1) provided choppers to airlift the goods in Benguet. Metrobank employees and some chapters of the bank’s volunteerism arm, Metrobank Purple Hearts Club, were mobilized in the repacking and distribution of goods in the communities. GTFI is currently in coordination as well with the Philippine Red Cross to provide GI sheets to some 150 affected families for the repair of partially-damaged shelters.

Together with Metrobank Foundation, Inc., GTFI remains responsive to aid survivors of natural calamities through relief and rehabilitation efforts.

This 2018, the National Teachers’ Month (NTM), celebrated from September 5 to October 5, marks its 10th year milestone anniversary with the theme “Gratitude In10sified”.

This year, the goal is to intensify all efforts honoring our teachers by encouraging various stakeholders to express their gratitude through the 4 As of Gratitude: Appreciation, Approval, Admiration, and Attention.

The 4 A’s of Gratitude: Appreciation, Admiration, Approval, and Attention.

The NTM movement started in 2008 when former DepEd secretary and currently De La Salle Philippines president Br. Armin Luistro approached Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña and proposed the idea of a month-long observation to heighten public consciousness and participation in the World Teachers’ Day celebration every October 5. Other organizations were then invited to spearhead the celebration, then called the Teachers’ Month Campaign (TMC).

Over time, the campaign has become a multi-sectoral movement—specifically engaging sectors which work closely with teachers. The movement have also seen growth in numbers, eventually becoming the nationwide celebration as it is known today. Since its inception 10 years ago, NTM marked several milestones: in 2011, Presidential Proclamation No. 242 was signed, formally declaring “the period from September 5 to October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Month.” With its issuance, TMC formally became National Teachers’ Month.

Five years later, Republic Act No. 10743 was signed, formally designating “October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Day.”

10 ACTS OF GRATITUDE

On its 10th year, the NTM Coordinating Council—composed of various government agencies, educational institutions, private companies and non-government organizations, all sharing in the advocacy of appreciating teachers—has adopted 10 major activities in collaboration with various organizations.

Dubbed as the 10 Acts of Gratitude, these activities will showcase the Council members’ unique expressions of gratitude for our teachers.

The Council’s 2018 major activities are:

1.TEACH FOR A DAY – in partnership with Teach for the Philippines, this activity will feature professionals who will spend a day teaching in classroom together with a Teach for the Philippines Fellow.

2. TEACHER DAY OUT – in collaboration with various museums, teachers will have their educational tours in these museums for free.

3. NTM LECTURE SERIES – Around 150 teachers will get to attend a three-day lecture series covering various topics on cyber-education to be facilitated by SEAMEO-INNOTECH, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, and World Vision.

4. 39TH MANILA INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR – teachers visiting the 39th Manila International Book Fair from September 12 to 16 will get to enter for free at the Hall 1 entrance of SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. An NTM Booth managed by the Metrobank Foundation will be set up at the Hall 1 entrance wherein everyone can participate in the activities while teachers can get a chance to win prizes.

5. ALTERNATIVE NATIONAL SEMINAR CONFERENCE – hosted by Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), this seminar-conference will focus on the theme, “Educator’s Life Care Conversation, Artshop, and Playshop Conference”. Around 300 teachers will be invited to attend this free 3-day conference.

6. TEACHER QUALITY FORUM – Philippine Business for Education (PBED) will host this one-of-a-kind forum which highlights the state of teacher quality in the Philippines, as well as global innovations and trends in teacher development. The forum will also serve to pave the way for crafting concrete policy recommendations for raising teacher quality in the country.

7. NTM DIGITAL CAMPAIGN – this month-long digital campaign will highlight the culture of gratitude for teachers on social media. The official hashtags #ThankYouTeacherPH and #2018NTM shall be used.

8. “SALAMAT PO, TEACHER” LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN – in this campaign, Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) seeks promote a culture of appreciation for teachers through letter writing. On another front, PHLPOST releases a specially-designed NTM stamp which the public can use when they mail their letters.

9. 10 TEACHERS, 10 YEARS – the proposed online series by Rappler.com will highlight 10 extraordinary teachers celebrating their 10th year in service this 2018.

10. PERSONALITIES SAY “THANK YOU” – in this AVP series, executives, influencers, and key personalities from various companies and organizations will have an opportunity to say “Thank You” to their mentors and share what important lessons they have learned from them.

TEACHERS’ TREATS

Another highlight of the annual NTM celebrations is the Teachers’ Treats offered from September 5 to October 5. Throughout the month, teachers get to enjoy exclusive treats and discounts at various establishments throughout the country.

Teachers will once again get to enjoy free entrance and tours in participating museums in Metro Manila like The Mind Museum, Museo Pambata, Ayala Museum, Yuchengco Museum, and Metropolitan Museum as well as museums outside Manila like Museo Orlina, BenCab Museum, and Museo Kordilyera.

Teachers will also get to enjoy exclusives like free admission to events like the 39th Manila International Book Fair and the “Panoramic Endeavors” Lecture Series by Metrobank Foundation and the United Architects of the Philippines. Participating restaurants and retail establishments will also offer treats and discounts on products and services.

2018 NATIONAL TEACHERS’ DAY

As NTM’s culminating event, the Department of Education brings the 2018 National Teachers’ Day celebrations to Region VIII. Ormoc City will host the biggest gathering of teachers on October 5 wherein 6,000 teachers will gather for a day of entertainment and tribute. This year’s theme “Gurong Pilipino: Turo Mo, Kinabukasan Ko” puts spotlight on Filipino teachers as catalysts of empowering learners to realize their potential and achieve their life goals.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) recognized this year’s Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) awardees in a ceremony held on September 20, 2018 at the Le Pavillon, Metropolitan Park in Pasay City. U.S Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Yong Kim and Cultural Center of the Philippines chairperson Margie Moran-Floirendo graced the event as Guests of Honor, who were welcomed by Metrobank and MBFI chairman Arthur Ty, Federal Land chairman Alfred Ty, Metrobank vice chairman Francis Sebastian, Metrobank president Fabian Dee, and MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.

On its 34th year, MADE chose the theme “Discover” inviting Filipino 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. Since 1984, MADE has recognized more than 400 artists, architects and designers serving as the venue to discover emerging names in the art scene.

“MADE has continued to be a platform for discovery for the most passionate and persistent creative visionaries in the country. Our roster of winners—now counting to more than four hundred—discovered their potentials, and majority of them are now carving significant names in the local and even international art scenes,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “But more than a competition that breeds artistic talent, MADE has evolved to become an implementing entity that facilitates a generation of fresh ideas for social development. The works of the artists we celebrate this evening are testaments to that,” he continued.

Two (2) Grand Awardees for the Painting Recognition Program and one (1) Grand Prize Awardee for the Sculpture Recognition Program received a financial assistance worth PhP500,000 and the “Mula” glass trophy designed by 2009 Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardee Noell El Farol.

On the other hand, two (2) other finalists for the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas Category, Painting Recognition Program were given Special Citations for their remarkable artworks.

MADE Painting Recognition Program

Iloilo-based Noel M. Elicana is the Grand Awardee for the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas Category with his piece “Kanya-kanyang Tinik, Kanya-kanyang Landas, Iisa ang Ginagalawan” portraying both creation and destruction.

A tree rooted in the artist’s deep familiarity of his hometown in Oton, Iloilo, serves as the center of the composition where otherworldly figures and flowers spring. While death and destruction are represented through bones and vultures.

“Every single Filipino has their own yoke to carry. But no matter what their differences are, their eyes shine with positive thoughts. These people envision their dreams and are searching to unlock their journey,” said Elicana.

Grand Awardee for Watermedia on Paper Category Alex P. Ordoyo from Santa Barbara, Iloilo portrayed the devastation that enveloped Marawi City through his monochromatic piece entitled “Destroyed.”

The painting stitches the various features of the capital city of Lanao del Sur through the presentation of the destroyed urban landscape — ruined houses, establishments, mosques and fleeing figures. “Destroyed” depicts the Marawi tragedy with a surrealistic approach so much that no visual point of entry is present as to encapsulate the full intensity of wreckage.

Bulaceño artist Francis Eugene E. Andrade’s Oil/Acrylic on Canvas piece “The Sacrifice” grabbed a Special Citation for its remarkable message tackling a mother’s undying love for her children.

Like most of his pieces, Andrade mirrors melancholic experiences through the symbolism of clothing. In “The Sacrifice,” a crumpled mother’s silken dress lie below three hanged clothes paired with hats depicting different occupations: flight attendant, seaman and engineer. Pieces of the mother’s dress are used to patch up some parts of her children’s clothing which are also smeared with stains. Rendered in sepia and with the dresses being old-fashioned, the work offers a simple but no less moving testament to parental love with no cost.

Completing the trio of artists from Iloilo, Roland F. Llarena’s “The Diminishing Memories of Home” which touches upon notions of departure also won a Special Citation for the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas Category. Described as a subtle and sad representation of reality, his entry interprets the eventual estrangement from family values and indifference to family and friends through the depiction of an abandonment of a home.

“The Diminishing Memories of Home” is a snapshot of a parting moment painted to appear like an old tattered photograph. Mainly featured are a fading ancestral house and a trolley bag ready to be wheeled away from the picture. While the act of leaving depicts openness to new opportunities and aspirations for a greener-pasture, Llarena said “emotions and memories will always be tied to the place that we live in”.

This year’s MADE Painting Recognition Program Final Board of Judges was chaired by one of the country’s leading art critic and 13-time MADE judge Cid Reyes. Members of the Board included 1993 Metrobank Annual Painting Competition winner Alfredo Esquillo, Jr., award-winning visual artist Marina Cruz and curator Ricky Francisco and esteemed member of the academe and art community, Professor Leo Abaya.

MADE Sculpture Recognition Program

Maria Ronna Lara-Bes won this year’s Grand Award for the Sculpture Recognition Program with “Interconnected”, a medley of spheres and lines symbolizing binding ties.

With three equidistant spheres representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as the base, the indoor sculpture is interconnected by “stems” inspired by different indigenous fabrics and stainless spheres of varying sizes that serve as vital connecting nodes of the composition. “Interconnected” is a visual representation of how the disparate islands of our archipelago are bridged together by the shared identity of the Filipino people.

In partnership with Federal Land, Inc., the 2018 MADE Sculpture Recognition Program challenged sculptors to design an artistic and modern indoor public art installation at the Atrium Lobby of Met Live, a three-level upscale mall at the Metro Park complex along Macapagal Boulevard, corner EDSA Extension in Pasay City.

To serve as the signature art centerpiece of the mall, the artwork should personify the visual design identity of Met Live which is described as “threads of fabric, fashion, and architecture all woven together creating an artisanal and innovative characteristic that is ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artful yet progressive.

The MADE Sculpture Recognition Program Final Board of Judges was headed by multimedia artist and 1990 Metrobank Annual Painting Competition winner Mark Justiniani. Members of the Board included award-winning international sculptor Daniel dela Cruz, multimedia artist Gerardo Tan, Interdisciplinary artist Josephine Turalba, and sculptor Reginald Yuson.

Past MADE Awardees Paying-it-Forward

Another highlight of the night was an art exhibit by the MADE Network of Winners (MADE NOW) —the alumni organization of former MADE winners—entitled “Voyage of Senses”. Artworks displayed were made available for sale during the exhibit run of which a percentage of the proceeds go to the various pay-it-forward projects of the alumni organization such as art therapy.

Once young and amateur artists, most of the members are now the most sought after contemporary artists of today. Participating artists include Roberto Acosta, Andrew Tan, Samuel Penaso, Siefred Guilaran, Eugene Jarque, Jonathan Dangue, Melvin Culaba, Clarence Eduarte and Rolando Ventura.

The 2018 MADE Grand Awardees and Special Citation recipients automatically become members of MADE-NOW where they will be implementing pay-it-forward projects that benefit marginalized sectors.

Panoramic Endeavors: Lectures on Rediscovering Philippine Art and Cultural Heritage

A two-day lecture on rediscovering Philippine arts and cultural heritage, entitled “Panoramic Endeavors” was also held in the same venue—September 21 to 22. With themes “Arts and Design as Personal Advocacies” and “Conservation of Tangible Heritage” in day one and “Hubs for Creative Ingenuity” and “Shaping Creative Public Spaces” for day two, the lectures seek to rediscover the importance of arts, architecture and design in everyday life through the nationalistic efforts of dynamic individuals in the art and design community.

Now on its 34th year, MADE has set the benchmark among the country’s art competitions, raising the general public’s appreciation for the arts through exhibits and lectures and has long served as the career launch pad of the country’s most admired contemporary artists and sculptors. Among its past awardees are Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, Jan Leeroy New, Salvador “Buddy” Ching, and Andres Barrioquinto.

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