GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) kicked off this year’s “Bags of Blessing”, a week-long distribution of P10 million worth of food packages to 10,000 families, on February 5 at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila. Simultaneous distributions also happened in Apalit, Pampanga; Tapuac, Dagupan City; Batangas City; Tagbiliran City, Bohol; Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; Municipality of Guiuan, Eastern Samar; General Santos City, South Cotabato; and Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.
Since its inception in 2011, the Bags of Blessing has always been envisioned by the late Metrobank Group chairman and founder Dr. George S.K. Ty as a way to reach out to underprivileged families and provide them a privilege to take part in the celebration of Chinese New Year.
Spearheaded by the Ty family foundation—GTFI, together with the MBFI, the annual Bags of Blessing carry on a tradition to share blessings with the needy and create venues to have a meaningful way of welcoming and celebrating the Chinese New Year. Companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates under the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, as well as the network of select Metrobank branches nationwide, took part in this annual undertaking.
The traditional ang-pao (a red envelope containing cash used to deliver best wishes, luck, good energy and happiness) is the inspiration. However, instead of cash-giving, specially designed red bags containing 1,000 peso worth of grocery items (snack packs, rice, canned goods, and other daily needs of the Filipino consumer) were distributed to poor families carefully selected by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through its national network of Diocesan Action Centers. Other than belonging to the status of living below the poverty line, families affected by recent calamities, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), and non-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamliyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) were given priority.
“This Bags of Blessing gift-giving activity has served as an opportunity for our employees and partners to give back to our communities which have always been at the core of our corporate values. We are passionate in continuing the legacy that our beloved chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty has instilled in each of us” said MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña.
“He envisioned this project to be able to reach out to those who are marginalized who do not have much. It is heart-warming to see the effort and presence of the Ty family and the rest of the Metrobank Group in keeping this tradition alive,” Sobrepeña added.
Consistent with Metrobank’s heart for the community core value, almost 2,000 volunteers generously donated their time to repack and distribute goods in the different distribution sites. The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, in coordination with select Catholic archdioceses, served as key partners in the site implementation.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, in coordination with select Catholic archdioceses, serve as key partners in the site implementation.
Distributions for 500 families each were conducted in the succeeding days in churches located at Cubao, Quezon City; Marikina City; Imus City, Cavite; and 400 families each for, Malolos, Bulacan; Angeles, Pampanga, Vigan, Ilocos Sur; Tuguegarao, Cagayan; Calamba City, Laguna; Naga City, Camarines Sur; Tabunok, Cebu; Bacolod, Negros Occidental; General Luna, Iloilo; Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental; Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur; and Davao City, Davao del Sur.
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 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.
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 email@example.com; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (02)857-0618/ (02)898-8898.
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 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.