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The 2015 Metrobank Foundation Journalists of the Year and 2016 Fellows in Journalism Howie Severino (3rd from left), Marites Vitug (4th from left), and Nancy Carvajal (5th from left) received plaques of recognition from representatives of Bicol University after the lecture held at the school.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc., (MBFI) in partnership with Probe Media Foundation, Inc. (PMFI), conducted a back-to-back lecture and media training session under its Fellowship in Journalism program on August 4 and 5, 2016 in Legazpi City.

The lecture entitled 8th Metrobank Foundation Lecture Series in Journalism was held at the Amphitheater of the Bicol University. The main speakers of the lecture were the 2015 Metrobank Foundation Journalists of the Year (JOY) awardees and 2016 Fellows in Journalism Nancy Carvajal, senior reporter, formerly with the Philippine Daily Inquirer; Howie Severino, Vice President and Anchor of GMA Network; and Marites Vitug, Editor-at-Large of Rappler.

Carvajal, Severino and Vitug shared their knowledge and experiences with journalism and mass communication students from the Bicol University. Their lectures focused on how their works have contributed to positive social change, and on how they practiced their respective careers in influencing and developing the public towards constructive growth.

On the other hand, the Fellowship in Journalism reached out to journalists, media practitioners and public information officers in the 6th Metrobank Foundation Media Training Series entitled “Journalism and Numbers: Making Stories that Matter,” held at the Ninong’s Hotel in Legazpi City. Journalist Tess Bacalla, who is also the Training Director of the Philippine Press Institute and Lecturer at the De La Salle University, conducted a session on “Journalism and Numbers: Telling Better Stories With Data.” She discussed the need to understand numbers and be able to interpret and analyze data to be used meaningfully in media reportage. The second session, “Making Stories that Matter and Safety in Reportage,” was facilitated by 2015 JOY Awardee Nancy Carvajal. It focused on how powerful stories can contribute to positive change, but also on the need to stay alive to tell the story another day.

“We are pleased that, in addition to the generous grant and recognition to the Journalists of the Year awardees, one unique component is the lecture series, which provides us an insight into their work as practicing journalists,” said broadcast journalist and PMFI president Cheche L. Lazaro. “One thing that the public does not see beyond the glamour and fame of journalists is the hard work that actually goes into crafting a story. Story-telling is at the core of our profession and today, we take pride in presenting the stories, challenges and lessons learned that Howie, Marites, and Nancy have to share with us,”

Both the lecture series and media training are free of charge to attendees. The events, which are part of a series that will be brought to various areas in the Philippines, aim to advance the knowledge of practicing and aspiring journalists and uplift the journalism profession.

“We are determined and committed to raising the bar of excellence in the practice of journalism in the country. Journalists are beacons of hope. They can inspire the public to actively participate more in the democratic processes through their work. They are the nation’s eyes, ears, and conscience. You cast a light in the darkness and show a way by telling the story honorably and fearlessly,” said MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña.

The lecture and media training in Legazpi City is the second of the series for 2016, with the first one held at Cebu City last June 7 and 8. Succeeding sessions of lecture and training will be in Zamboanga City on August 25 and 26; Ateneo de Manila University on September 12, Cavite State University on September 29; and Ilocos Norte on October 20 and 21. The complete schedule and updates will be shared on the Facebook page @MetrobankFoundationJOY and on the websites probefound.com and mbfoundation.org.ph.

Department of Education (DepEd) secretary Br. Armin Luistro, FSC (seated, center) signs the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10743 or “An Act Declaring the Fifth Day of October of Every Year as the National Teachers’ Day” at the 14th Meeting of the National Teachers’ Month Coordinating Council (NTMCC) held at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, Department of Education, Pasig City.

RA 10743 formally institutionalizes the celebration of National Teachers’ Day on October 5 to be led by DepEd as well as encourages “all heads of government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and -controlled corporations, especially those that are dealing with teachers, including local government units, and employers in the private sector” to join in the culminating celebration of the National Teachers’ Month (NTM) ─ held from September 5 to October 5 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 242 (s. 2011).

Also in the photo are DepEd Undersecretary for Partnership and External Linkages Mario Deriquito (seated, center right); NTM Coordinating Council co-chairperson and Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña (seated, center left); and members of the NTM Coordinating Council, a consortium of corporations, non-profit organizations, media, and academic institutions which conduct various initiatives and activities dedicated to teachers during the month-long celebration. The Philippines holds the recognition as the only country in the world that celebrates teachers for an entire month.

The Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI) recently conducted the 18th Graduates’ Forum for the 30 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 thirty graduates were awarded by Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (6th from left, seated), Fluor general manager German Camigla (5th from left, seated), and Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines communications manager Ramil Mendoza (7th from left, seated).

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) recognized 30 scholars who graduated this year during the 18th Graduates’ Forum, held last June 25 at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City. This year’s graduates are recipients of the MBFI-Youth for Excellence and Service (YES), MBFI-Boysen, and Fluor-MBFI scholarship programs. Six graduated with Latin honors and were conferred with Metrobank Medals and Certificates of Academic Excellence.

The MBFI-YES scholarship program reinforces the capacity of Manila Tytana Colleges in producing high-performing potential leaders. Leading this year’s batch are Mary Ann Arcenal (BS Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude), Ann Margarette Joy Marquez (BS Information Technology, Magna Cum Laude), and Jayson Realubit (BS Accountancy, Cum Laude).

Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines has supported selected Architecture students from the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) since 2005. One of their scholars, Christian Andro Madrogaba, graduated cum laude from UP Diliman this year.

Since 2001, Fluor Inc. has partnered with MBFI to help underprivileged yet deserving students obtain engineering degrees. This year, two of their scholars finished with Latin honors – Tricia May Cacho (BS Electronics and Communications Engineering, Cum Laude) from UST and Jonathan Suelo (BS Civil Engineering, Cum Laude) from Central Philippine University.

Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Arcenal expressed gratitude for the help they received, saying that, “Each of us is a product of the generous hearts of Metrobank Foundation and its partners.” Arcenal expressed her belief that, “It is only through helping others that we can thank our benefactors.”

“Metrobank Foundation believes in the potential of the Filipino youth to make a difference. Together with our partner institutions, we have provided students with access to quality education and opportunities for holistic development,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. He added, “The mark of success goes beyond earning a college degree. I hope you always remember that your achievements are accompanied by a greater responsibility to our country.”

“As part of Fluor’s commitment to the communities where we live and work, Fluor is proud to invest in programs that encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers,” said German Camigla, Fluor’s executive sponsor for community affairs in the Philippines. Ramil Mendoza, communications manager of Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, challenged the graduates to pay it forward and said, “Share just as you have been privileged to accept the generosity of others.”

A series of activities followed the awarding ceremony. During “Conversations”, the scholars shared stories of their life’s journey and of the people who helped them along the way. They also outlined their future plans on vision boards to guide their next steps in life. Jaime Arcangel of the Metrobank Human Resources Management Group also facilitated a session on career direction to prepare the scholars for finding the right job. It was followed by “Crossroad Reflections,” an activity which encouraged the new graduates to use their talents and skills for God and country. An open forum on their insights and experiences in social responsibility was then facilitated by Sobrepeña.

Every year, the Foundation stages the Graduates’ Forum to recognize the academic and non- academic undertakings of its promising graduates from different scholarship programs. The day-long event also serves as an opportunity for scholars to thank their benefactors and interact with their fellow scholars.

Since 1995, the MetroGold Scholarship Program has been awarding financial grants to support deserving students through college. To date, the program has produced over 865 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.

In line with its thrust on providing quality education for all, GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) partnered with Dualtech Training Center Foundation to provide technical-vocational education (TVET) scholarships to twenty-five (25) men from disaster-stricken communities in Bohol and Palo, Leyte. A total of PhP 1,375,000 was turned over to Dualtech to cover the first phase of the TVET program at the Dualtech Center in Canlubang, Laguna. Adapted from the German Dual Training System, the program will include six months of formal skills enhancement and 18 months of paid on-the-job training with reputable partner companies. Photo shows GTFI deputy executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr. (3rd from left) turning over the scholarship fund check to Dualtech president Arnolfo Morfe (4th from left).

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.

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