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The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), through the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation (YBH), supported the construction of a half-way home or dormitory to cater to underprivileged students of Siayan National High School in Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte.

A formal turnover ceremony was held on February 15, 2018, with Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo gracing the event. It was the Angat Buhay program of the Office of the Vice President which first informed YBH of the situation faced by the schoolchildren of Siayan. On average, children in the area walk 8 kilometers crossing mountains and rivers just to go to school.

Also present during the turnover were Siayan Mayor Flora Villarosa, YBH president Dr. Anton Mari Lim, and officials from the Department of Education (DepEd).

Currently, the dormitory is occupied free of charge by 25 boys who come from underprivileged families in the area. This the third Yellow Dorm of Hope constructed by YBH, after building the first two in Kabasalan and Buayan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Providing physical access to education is one of MBFI’s priorities under its Health, Education, Arts and Livelihood (HEAL) framework. The grant for the Yellow Dorm of Project marks a milestone in the partnership between MBFI and YBH in support of this goal. The two organizations previously worked together for DepEd’s Pedals and Paddles project. A total of 339 boats were donated for the benefit of almost 2,000 school children in Palawan, Cebu, Pampanga, and Davao Oriental who face difficulties in going to school. MBFI and YBH also collaborated for the construction of fishing boats for communities affected by supertyphoon Yolanda.

Established in 1979, MBFI, through its Grants Program, continues to forge more partnerships with like-minded organizations who share in the mission of helping heal the Filipino one grant at a time.

Organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations awarded by distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools. MBFI was nominated for Grand Anvil, received the Anvil Hall of Fame, four (4) Gold Anvils and five (5) Silver Anvils.

Awarded with the Anvil Hall of Fame is the “2017 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC)”, the only math competition in Asia spearheaded by a bank that provides a venue for Filipino students both in public and private schools to hone their mathematical skills in an atmosphere of friendly competition. Over the years, it has produced national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions. It is implemented in partnership with the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) and the Department of Education (DepEd). MMC received its five (5) Anvil Awards in 2002, 2012, 2014, 2016, and in 2017.

Meanwhile, awarded with Gold Anvil is the “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos” (OF) Award program. It is the most prestigious career-service award for exemplary public servants in the academe, military, and police sectors. In 2017, ten (10) Outstanding Filipinos—composed of four (4) teachers, three (3) soldiers, and three (3) police officers—have been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty in their respective pursuits of service to the nation and its citizenry. These 10 Outstanding Filipinos have formally joined the distinguished roster of 655 Outstanding Filipinos—360 teachers, 154 soldiers, and 142 police officers—honored by MBFI since 1984.

Another Gold Anvil was given to “Metrobank Foundation Grants and Social Development Partnerships” program. Through this program, MBFI commits to help raise the quality of the poorest, most vulnerable, and underserved sectors by providing social development assistance to socio-civic, charitable, and development-oriented organizations that implement long-term, high impact projects in line with its adopted SDGs and the H.E.A.L (Health, Education, Arts and Livelihood) framework.

The third Gold Anvil was conferred to the “2017 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)”, a month-long advocacy campaign led by MBFI and the DepEd which recognizes Filipino teachers and educators and their contribution to national development—making the Philippines the only country in the world that celebrates Teachers’ Day for an entire month. Now on its 9th year, NTM has become an annual nationwide tribute recognizing the essential role of teachers in shaping minds and characters across all generations.

Entitled “Beyond Excellence”, the MBFI 2016 Annual Report also won a Gold Anvil for highlighting success stories of select stakeholders instead of simply providing a report of the past year’s accomplishments. By focusing on human interest stories, the publication underscored the success of these CSR programs, not just in terms of numbers and statistics but also on how they created an impact on the lives of stakeholders.

On the other hand, a Silver Anvil went to the “2017 Bags of Blessing”, a program spearheaded by the family foundation of Dr. George S.K. Ty—GT Foundation, Inc. in partnership with MBFI. Held every Chinese New Year, PhP 10 million worth of food packages benefit 10,000 underprivileged families nationwide.

Moreover, under the PR Tools category, the Foundation also took home four (4) Silver Anvils for the following: Metrobank Foundation bi-annual newsletter “ExceLetter”; “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Souvenir Program”; “2017 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Awarding Ceremony & Exhibit Opening”; and “2017 Art MADE Public”, respectively.

MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 77 Anvil awards for its various programs and public relations tools, including the much coveted Grand Anvil gaining the record as the first corporate foundation to win a back-to-back Grand Anvil (2009 and 2010) and 2 Platinum Anvils in the history of the award-giving body.

The country’s young math geniuses competed during the national finals of the 2018 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) National Finals, held last March 24, 2018 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.

Out of the 574,823 students who competed in the nationwide elimination rounds, a total of 48 students representing 30 public and private schools have successfully advanced to the final leg of the competition this year.

The national finals showcased the mathematical proficiency of Grade 6 and Grade 10 students who competed in both individual and team categories. The challenge consisted of solving complex mathematical problems mentally within 15 seconds and additional rounds of 30-second and one-minute questions using pen and paper. In addition, national finalists were provided with tablet computers through which they send answers directly to the judges, who then immediately mark them as “correct” or “wrong”. The MMC is the first math competition in the Philippines to use this technology that leads to faster generation of contest results.

Out of the 30 competing schools, 19 produced their first ever national finalists. They are Ilocos Sur National High School (Vigan City), College of the Holy Spirit of Tarlac (Tarlac City), Maliwalo High School (Tarlac City); De La Salle University Integrated School (Biñan City); Palawan State University Laboratory Elementary School (Puerto Princesa City); Binalbagan Catholic College High School Department (Binalbagan, Negros Occidental); Mary Infant Jesus School (Iligan City); Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology Integrated Development School (Iligan City); Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (General Santos City); and Palanan Elementary School (Makati City).

Winners were awarded by the guest of honor, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, who also delivered an inspirational message to inspire the young audience; Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr.; Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) president Sr. Iluminada Coronel, fmm; DepEd Bureau of Curriculum Development Director Jocelyn Andaya; and MBFI trustee Elvira Ong-Chan.

Sean Neyers Gungon of Renato Lopez Elementary School (Mandaluyong City) was the first placer in the Grade 6 Individual Competition, while Jence Enrico Dela Fuente of Ateneo de Naga University Grade School (Naga City) and Jonathan Anacan of Alimodian Central Elementary School (Alimodian, Iloilo) were second and third placers, respectively.

For the Grade 6 Team Competition, Christopher James Yap and Christian Jacob Yap of St. John’s Institute (Bacolod City) were the 1st placers. Hans Ethan Ting and Ambrose James Torreon of Rainbow of Angels Learning Center (Butuan City) placed 2nd while Timothy Lawrence Andal and Benjamin Jacob of St. Philomena Academy of Lipa (Lipa City) were 3rd.

For the Grade 10 Individual Competition, Dion Stephan Ong of Ateneo de Manila Junior High School (Quezon City) was the 1st placer, while Andres Rico Gonzales III of Colegio de San Juan de Letran (City of Manila) settled at 2nd and James Matthew Young of Iloilo National High School-Special Science Class (Iloilo City) placed 3rd.

In the Grade 10 Team Competition, Andres Rico Gonzales III and Alec Nowell Ranara of Colegio de San Juan de Letran (City of Manila) were the 1st placers. Dion Stephan Ong and Matthew Ernest Quinto of Ateneo de Manila Junior High School (Quezon City) placed 2nd while James Matthew Young and Leann Patricia Ganzon of Iloilo National High School-Special Science Class (Iloilo City) were 3rd.

“The Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge may have evolved over the years, but what has remained constant is our goal of uniting student participants who come from diverse family backgrounds and geographical locations,” said Torres. He also congratulated both winners and national finalists for “daring to do better and succeeding in defying expectations.”

National winners received trophies, medals and cash prizes of PhP 10,000 each. Educational subsidies were also given through the winners’ Metrobank Fun Savers Club savings account, which encourages kids 17 years and below to save for their future.

Meanwhile, all national finalists received giveaways sponsored by Casio Philippines, Manila Tytana Colleges, Philippine Science Centrum, Active Fun Children’s Play and Party Centers, Tom’s World and Money Tree. Other cooperating institutions include PSBank, Itemhound, and City Garden Hotel Makati.

Now on its 17th year, MMC is the most widely participated math competition in the country among elementary and high school students. Over the years, MMC has produced national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions, such as the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Hong Kong where the Philippines garnered its first gold medals.

Ayala Corp. chair and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala is this year’s holder of the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance as a corporate champion of innovative healthcare solutions. Zobel was the first from the private sector to receive this distinction by the Ateneo Professional Schools and Metrobank Foundation.

Delivering a lecture titled “Improving Healthcare for All: Strategies & Innovations at the Ayala Group” at the Ateneo Professional Schools auditorium in Makati City, Zobel said the private sector, with its access to capital-intensive markets, plays a crucial role in filling healthcare gaps through pursuing cutting edge approaches that address urgent social needs.

Taking cue from his own backyard, Zobel said the Ayala Group embraces reinvention and diversification with the roll out of pharmaceuticals and small community-based clinics that reach a wider segment of the population. In recent years, the country’s oldest conglomerate has expanded their healthcare ventures under the brand names Generika pharmacies, MedGrocer online pharmacies, and FamilyDOC primary care clinics.

“To us, the most powerful type of innovation is building businesses that address social needs and improve lives,” Zobel said.

Zobel also called for a collaborative approach between the public and private sector towards the common goal of improving healthcare for all.

Acknowledging the urgency of revolutionizing the industry, he said, “we need the engagement of multiple stakeholders to ensure that we are protecting the fundamental right of all Filipinos to receive the healthcare they need and deserve.”

MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña, who also serves as the acting president of Manila Doctors Hospital, reaffirmed Zobel’s call for a more intensive public-private collaboration in healthcare, noting that both parties have the same goal – to make the Philippines a better and healthier place.

“To improve the Philippine health situation, institutions, both public and private, can no longer work in silos. We must work hand in hand. This is why we are happy to name Mr. Zobel as this year’s Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chairholder,” Sobrepeña said.

The Metrobank Foundation Professional Chair for Public Service and Governance, a joint undertaking between the Metrobank Foundation and the Ateneo de Manila University started in 2010, seeks to give due recognition to distinguished servant leaders for their exceptional contributions and achievements in the public and private sectors. The undertaking is rooted in the common vision of encouraging Filipinos to contribute to national development by providing a platform for sharing cutting edge research and innovations.

Other notable professorial chairholders include Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo (2017), Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales (2016), former Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman (2015), former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario (2014), former Department of Budget Management Secretary Florencio Abad (2013), and former Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos- Deles (2012).

A ceremonial signing for a three (3) year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), Rotary Club of New Manila East (RCNME), PSBank, and the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the conduct of the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos – Award for Police Officers was held last January 30, 2018 at the PNP Headquarters, Camp Rafael Crame, Quezon City.

Present during the MOA signing were Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa (5th from right); Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (4th from left); the new head of the Directorate for Police Community Relations, Police Director Eduardo Serapio Garado (4th from right) who delivered his welcome remarks highlighting the role of his office in the conduct of the award-giving program, institutional partners representatives from RCNME president Christopher Ponce (3rd from left); and PSBank executive vice president Jose Vicente Alde (2nd from left).

Also in attendance were past outstanding police officer awardees who are currently holding key positions at the National Headquarters – Police Director Cedrick Train (2nd from right), Police Chief Superintendent Rhodel Semonia (3rd from right), and Police Senior Superintendent Mario Rariza, Jr. (rightmost). The MOA signing also marked the 15 years of partnership among the parties in recognizing outstanding uniformed men and women PNP.

The Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc., through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), celebrated the Chinese New Year through the 2018 Bags of Blessing project which kicked off on February 16, 2018 at Lancaster New City Activity Center in Imus City, Cavite. Through a P 10 million worth of donations, 10,000 families from 21 cities and municipalities nationwide will receive P 1,000 worth of food bags. Photo shows Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty (6th from left) leading the ceremonial turnover of goods to beneficiaries. He was joined by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco (7th from left); Metrobank Foundation adviser Mary Ty (5th from left); Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty (5th from right); Federal Land chairman Alfred Ty (3rd from left); Metrobank Card Corporation vice chairman Anjanette Dy Buncio (2nd from left); GT Capital Holdings assistant treasurer Alesandra Ty (2nd from right); MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (leftmost), and PRO-FRIENDS president Guillermo Choa (rightmost).

On the day of Chinese New Year, the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc. kicked off the Bags of Blessing project last February 16, 2018 at Lancaster New City in Imus, Cavite. Spearheaded by the Ty family foundation—GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), together with Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), PhP 10 million worth of food packages will be distributed to 10,000 families in 21 cities and municipalities nationwide. For this site, a total of 500 underprivileged families from General Trias, Cavite were assisted, held in partnership with the Property Company of Friends, Inc. (PRO-FRIENDS).

A brainchild of Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K Ty, Bags of Blessing is a series of gift-giving activities in select areas nationwide catering to underprivileged families. Instead of the traditional “ang-paos” (red envelopes containing cash), each family receives a bag containing PhP 1,000 worth of food items.

Beneficiaries were carefully selected from the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), known as “Listahanan”, of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)—an information management system designed to provide a comprehensive database of the country’s poorest families in need of assistance. A number of families identified in cooperation with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) are also included in the beneficiary list. Other than belonging to the status of living below the poverty line, families affected by recent calamities, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), and non- 4Ps beneficiaries are given priority.

The distribution was led by Dr. Ty, who was joined by DSWD OIC secretary Emmanuel Leyco; Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty; Federal Land chairman Alfred Ty; Metrobank Card Corporation vice chairman Anjanette Dy Buncio; GT Capital Holdings assistant treasurer Alesandra Ty; MBFI adviser Mary Ty; GT Capital Holdings president Carmelo Bautista; Philippine Savings Bank president Vicente Cuna; PRO-FRIENDS president Guillermo Choa; First Metro Asset Management president Augusto Cosio; Orix Metro Leasing and Finance Corporation director Fumihiko Sato; and MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña.

“The Bags of Blessing is grounded in our tradition of sharing blessings with the needy,” said Sobrepeña. He added, “We at the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings are privileged to work with our partners in support of the government’s anti-poverty programs. It is our hope that through the Bags of Blessing, we can augment the daily needs of our countrymen—the vulnerable and the marginalized—as we usher in the Year of the Earth Dog.”

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), in coordination with concerned local government units and Catholic archdioceses also serve as key partners in this undertaking.

Simultaneous distributions will also be held in the following countryside areas, with 400 to 500 beneficiary families each—Sta. Rosa City, Laguna; Baras, Rizal; Infanta, Quezon; Botolan, Zambales; Iloilo City; Cebu City; Naval, Biliran; Ormoc City; Davao City; Surigao City; General Santos City; and Talacogon, Agusan del Sur. Selected sites from the National Capital Region (NCR) include the City of Manila, Taguig City, Pasay City, Marikina City, Quezon City, Makati City, Navotas City, and Caloocan City.
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 Nomination forms can also be accessed through www.

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 /

Visit our MADE Facebook Page.

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