Winners of the 2016 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) national finals held last March 19, 2016. They were awarded by MBFI executive vice president Elvira Ong-Chan (top row, 4th from left), MBFI vice chairman Dr. Placido L. Mapa, Jr. (top row, 5th from left), Ateneo de Manila professor Dr. Queena Lee-Chua (top row, 6th from left), MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (top row, 7th from left), and MTAP president Sr. Iluminada Coronel, FMM (top row, 8th from left). First placers for Grade 6 (top row) are Enrico Rolando Martinez (1st from left), Jan Cedrick Quintin (2nd from left), and Frederick Ivan Tan (3rd from left). The Grade 10 first placers (top row) are Elijamin Wolfgang Claveria (1st from right) and Kyle Patrick Dulay (2nd from right).The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), and the Department of Education (DepEd) awarded the winners of the 2016 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) National Finals, held last March 19, 2016 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.
Out of more than 1,200 students who competed in the regional finals nationwide, 50 students from 16 public and 13 private schools successfully met the “hurdle rate” in their scores leading them to advance in the final leg of the MMC.
The national finals showcased the mathematical competence of Grades 6 and 10 students who competed in individual and team categories, respectively. The challenge consisted of solving complex mathematical problems within 15 seconds through mental calculation and another round of 30-second and one-minute questions using pen and paper calculation. Answers were sent to the judges’ computer from contestants’ tablet computers immediately after the intended time allotment. The judges checked the answers on their tablet computer with “correct” and” wrong” buttons to directly indicate which contestant/s got the correct answer. The questionnaires were also posted real-time on MMC’s Facebook page to engage online users during the conduct of the competition.
Out of the 29 competing schools, 11 have produced their 1st ever national finalist. They are Kalalake Elementary School – Center of Excellence (Olongapo City), College of the Holy Spirit of Tarlac (Tarlac City), Calamba Elementary School (Calamba, Laguna), Guinobatan West Central School (Guinobatan, Albay), Infant Jesus Academy (Kalibo, Aklan), Sisters of Mary School-Boystown, Inc. (Minglanilla, Cebu), Gabaldon Central School (Abuyog, Leyte), Polomolok Central Elementary School (Polomolok, South Cotabato), Bayugan Central Elementary School SPED Center (Bayugan City, Agusan Del Sur), Bangkal Elementary School Main (Makati City), Pamplona Elementary School (Las Piñas City), and Philadelphia High School (Quezon City).
Winners were awarded by Guest of Honor Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, 2003 MBFI Outstanding Teacher and full professor at the Ateneo de Manila University Mathematics Department, who also delivered an inspirational message before the young audience; MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña; and MTAP president Sr. Illuminada C. Coronel, F.M.M. They were joined by MBFI executive vice president Elvira Ong-Chan and vice chairman Dr. Placido L. Mapa, Jr.
Jan Cedrick Quintin of Mother Goose Special School System (Urdaneta City) was the first placer in the Grade 6 Individual Competition, while Rikka Grace Sombiro of Solomon Integrated School de Iloilo (Iloilo City) and Keeean Nathaniel Tang of Uno High School (City Manila) were second and third placers, respectively.
For the Grade 6 Team Competition, Enrico Rolando Martinez and Frederick Ivan Tan of Xavier School (San Juan City) were the 1st placers. John Regulus Michael Dipasupil and Mark Ranielle Cueto of Saint Bridget College (Batangas City) placed 2nd while Matt Brycen Ferrer and Jan Cedrick Quintin of Mother Goose Special School System (Urdaneta City) were 3rd.
For the Grade 10 Individual Competition, Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School-Main Campus (Quezon City) was the 1st placer, while Luke Matthews Bernardo of Philadelphia High School (Quezon City) settled at 2nd and Errol John Suarez of Aquinas University of Legazpi Science High School (Legazpi City) placed 3rd.
In the Grade 10 Team Competition, Elijamin Wolfgang Claveria and Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School-Main Campus (Quezon City) were the 1st placers. Shannon Gail Ho and Xavier Jefferson Ray Go of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City) placed 2nd while Vince Jan Torres and Mikhaella Layos of Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School (Sta. Rosa City, Laguna) were 3rd.
Sobrepeña congratulated the winners for “daring to do better and succeeding in defying expectations”. He underscored the competition’s impact on the youth, saying that, “Looking back at the last 15 years of the Metrobank Math Challenge, we are proud to note that indeed, it has raised the bar of mathematical competence among elementary and high school students”.
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. Half of the cash prize received by the winners has allowed them to open an account through the Metrobank Fun Savers Club, a special savings account designed for kids 17 years and below. Fun activities and gift items being offered by the product encourage young members to save.
Meanwhile, all national finalists also received Mathew Plush Toy, a doll inspired by the official mascot of MMC, as well as other giveaways sponsored by Casio Philippines, Manila Tytana Colleges, GSIS, and Anvil Publishing, Inc.
Now on its 15th year, the annual Math Challenge produces national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions. Among them is Farrell Eldrian S. Wu, first placer in the Individual Category for Grade 6 of the 2012 MMC, who got a perfect score in the 2012 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) participated by around 500,000 contestants from over 30 countries worldwide. Carmela S. Lao, 1st placer in the Individual Category for 4th Year of the 2011 MMC, also reaped a silver medal in the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), becoming the first Filipina to do so and the country’s second silver medal after 20 years.
(L-R) MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña; MBFI adviser Mary V. Ty; Metrobank Group Founder and Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty; Metrobank chairman and MBFI vice chairman Arthur V. Ty; and Metrobank President and MBFI trustee Fabian S. Dee.The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) took home three (3) major awards at the 51st Anvil Awards on February 26, 2016 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City. Organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the most coveted “Company of the Year” award went to MBFI as one of the institutions with the most number of awards that night, taking home seven (7) Gold Anvils, two (2) Silver Anvils, and two (2) other major awards—Hall of Fame and Platinum Anvil.
Citing its three (3) decades of fostering Filipino artistry and creativity, the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) was conferred the “Hall of Fame” Award” under the Public Relations Program on a Sustained Basis category. The award is given to programs which won Gold Anvil five (5) times in the same category. MADE was cited for the following: career launch pad of the country’s most admired contemporary artists and designers; setting the benchmark among the country’s art competitions; known for its deep regard for the Filipino spirit as the pioneer for CSR in the arts and serving as a venue to develop holistic and well-rounded artists and designers who represent skills, craftsmanship, and sustainable design solutions; and for fueling the art community to serve a greater purpose through pay-it-forward projects initiated by its alumni association—MADE Network of Winners (NOW) and more importantly in contributing to general public’s appreciation for the arts through art exhibits and lectures.
Meanwhile, MBFI also earned another title as the corporate foundation which won a back-to-back Platinum Anvil (after winning it for its 30th Anniversary Celebration in the 50th Anvil Awards) for its 2014 Metrobank Foundation Annual Report entitled “Empowering Filipinos, Building the Nation.” The award is given to an outstanding public relations tool which stood out from the rest of other tools which also earned the Gold Anvil.
Leading the delegation in accepting the different awards were MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña, corporate secretary Alesandra Ty, executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr., and Assistant Executive Director Irene Labitad. They are joined by GT Capital Holdings, Inc. president Carmelo Maria Luza Bautista and Global Business Power Corporation senior vice president for Commercial and Business Development Alvin U. Ty.
“We are grateful for this another historic feat bestowed upon to the Metrobank Foundation and to its programs and communication tools. Our sustained winning streak in the Anvil Awards , indeed speak about our ‘commitment to excellence’ in everything we do as one of the core values we live by as the CSR arm of the Metrobank Group,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “It is one of the public relations measures we value as it indicates effective communication to our target publics and impactful strategies to reach out to target communities and sectors. To be awarded with an Anvil means you are doing an outstanding work in the field of public relations which kept us inspired all these years to continue to do good and even doing it better, if not best year after year,” he continued.
Other programs which won Gold Anvil include: 2015 Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY); 2015 The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS); 2015 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge, and 2015 National Teachers’ Month (NTM); while the 2015 Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) and 2015 Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) won Silver Anvils. Another communication tool “2015 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos unified souvenir programs” also won a Gold Anvil.
MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 64 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) in the history of the Anvil Awards. The Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations in the Philippines, awarded by distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools.