At the heart of every nation-building endeavor are exemplary public servants who respond to the call for collective action and render service above and beyond their call of duty.
They are the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos: models of excellence in the academic, security, and peace and order sectors. They are the country’s educators, peacekeepers, and defenders who are beckoned to serve, heedless of reward or distinction. Instead, they derive meaning in being a person for others.
This year, Metrobank, through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), awards yet another batch of Outstanding Filipinos—four teachers, three soldiers, and three police officers—who embody the words “Beyond Excellence” and whose meaningful work raise the bar of excellence in their fields. They join the ranks of 665 outstanding public servants recognized since 1985.
Each awardee received a cash prize of PhP 1 million, a gold medallion, and “The Flame” trophy during the formal conferment ceremonies held on September 4, 2019 at the Metrobank Plaza auditorium in Makati City as part of Metrobank’s 57th anniversary celebration.Western Visayas’ Paragon of Inclusive Education
Iloilo-based teacher Dr. Dorothy S. Tarol’s story reflects her solid stance on inclusive education. Progressively losing her hearing at 35, Dr. Tarol has shifted her teaching career to cater to students with disabilities at the Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (SPED-ISEC) in Iloilo City.
She is best recognized for writing and implementing in 2011 an action research entitled “Buddy-Mediated Instruction (BMI): Pivotal Strategy for Spelling and Social Skills for Students with Hearing Impairment” which aims to develop a student’s basic literacy skills.
Dr. Tarol also advocates for equal career opportunities for persons with disabilities. In 2007, she co-founded an organization registered as the Association of Late-deafened, Deaf, and Hard-of-Hearing for Education, Advocacy, Research and Support (ALDHEARS). Dr. Tarol holds a Master Teacher II position at SPED-ISEC since 2015, and is a registered guidance counselor.Quezon City’s Veteran Innovator on History Instruction
The legacy of Dr. Cristina B. Cristobal, Special Science Teacher 5, in the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) can be best captured by her initiative to inspire changes to the students’ perspective towards learning history. She introduced a teaching strategy that requires grade 7 learners to use primary sources in studying history.
The approach provides opportunities for students to analyze documents, review data and construct historical narratives firsthand—a deviation from the traditional learning through textbooks and memorization.
Outside the system, Dr. Cristobal actively engages in providing teacher-training for Islamic teachers. Together with Ateneo de Davao University, she organized “Buklod Guro,” a program where best teaching practices of PSHS teachers are shared to madaris (Islamic schools) in several schools across Mindanao.Philippines’ Foremost World War II Historian
Acclaimed historian Dr. Ricardo T. Jose, currently a Professor 12 at University of the Philippines Diliman, has spent 40 years filling the gaps in the country’s past, more profoundly on the subjects of Philippine diplomatic history, Philippine military history, the Philippines under United States of America’s (USA) colonial rule, and the tie between the Philippines and Japan.
Tagged as the country’s foremost scholar on World War II in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific, Dr. Jose has produced a body of work that serves as the foundational literature on the study of the Second World War.
To many of Dr. Jose’s generations of students, he is often remembered as someone who would bring historical artifacts such as helmets, air raid sirens, and yellowing photographs during class discussions.Philippines’ Prime Mover of Genomic Medicine and Education
Dr. Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-de la Paz, Professor 10 of the College of Medicine, UP Manila and Executive Director of the National Institutes of Health, has dedicated her 22 years in the teaching profession to a branch of biology concerned with the study of genes called genomics.
She, along with her colleague Dr. Carmencita Padilla, established a Clinical Genetics Fellowship Program, the first and only one of its kind teaching and training program in the subspecialty of Genetics in the country. As the first training officer, she was able to lay the groundwork in equipping Filipino clinicians and researchers about the role of genetics in health and disease.
Further, she is currently part of an international team of experts with an extraordinary mission to advance the understanding and ability to treat X-Linked Dystonia Parkinsonism or XDPa brain condition causing involuntary movements of the body (dystonia) combined with parkinsonism, primarily afflicting some Filipino males born to mothers who come from the Panay Group of Islands.Marawi’s Lead Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expert
The two-decade career in ordnance service of explosives expert MSgt. Ramil A. Caporas PA involves safeguarding communities from bomb threats.
He was deployed in Marawi for the whole duration of the siege. He led a team of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts tasked to recover and dispose Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Unexploded Ordnances (UXOs) during the five-month battle. In one high-risk operation, he was able to use raw materials available in the area to create an explosive, called “Bintana,” instrumental to the assaulting troops.
Msgt. Caporas’ aim to equip citizens with the right knowledge to handle threats involving bombs and other explosive devices led him to conduct several IED Recognition and Safety Awareness training’s and Bomb Threat Management seminars.Philippine Navy’s Special Operations Warfighter
Nineteen years into the military service, Maj. Romulo G. Dimayuga II has held a number of key positions as a Marine officer and has rendered game-changing contributions to the military.
His stints as Intelligence Officer of Marine Battalion Landing Team-4 and Operations Officer of Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 marked his crucial role in the successful counter-communist insurgency operations against armed lawless groups in Northern Palawan. These efforts have contributed to the declaration of Palawan province as a “Zone of Sustained Peace, Development, and Prosperity” in 2014.
Inside his institution, Maj. Dimayuga led the standardization of training programs that aims to improve the combat effectiveness of the Force Reconnaissance Group, Philippine Marine Corps’ elite unit, and the Marine Battalion Landing Team-12’s Scout Sniper Squad.AFP’s Community and Organizational Transformation Warrior
Lt. Col. John Paul D. Baldomar’s 22 years of service in the military is best summed up by these words: a heart that puts the nation and its people first.
In 2001, he was assigned with Bravo Company, 37th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and subsequently became its Company Commander. In this capacity, he rallied his troop in responding to the plight of the 95 internally displaced Tiruray families at Sitio Kyamko (Hill 224), Barangay Maitumaig, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.
Years later, Lt. Col. Baldomar became part of the transformation journey of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). In 2014, he was designated as Chief of the Strategic Communications Branch under the AFP’s Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management. He, together with the team, steered the development and implementation of the AFP Transformation Roadmap strategic communication plan called “Horizon 1.”Camp Crame’s Anti-Human Trafficking Crusader
A licensed social worker, P/CMSgt. Marsha T. Agustin’s legacy in the police force, particularly at the Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) of Camp Crame, involves the union of police and social work.
With her lead, WCPC has adopted an interviewing technique, dubbed as the “Social Worker-Police Investigative Technique in Handling Cases Involving Women and Children Victims.” She also co-authored the Standard Operating Procedures Manual being widely used by the PNP when handling Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases. This aligns with the new provisions of the Republic Act No. 10364 known as the “Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.”PNP’s Premier Cyber Cop
With illegal activities pervading the cyber space, cybercrime is the area that P/Maj. Robert A. Reyes intends to bring to fore. His career accomplishments can be traced back to his being a pioneer of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group in 2013, born out of the Republic Act 10175 “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.” He helped develop the unit’s operational and administrative manual outlining the guidelines or protocols for cybercrime investigation.
His expertise was key to the arrest of a notorious outlaw considered the No. 1 hacker in Korea by the Korean National Police Agency in 2011 and was included in Interpol’s Wanted List.
As one of PNP’s most sought-after lecturers when it comes to cybercrime investigation, P/Maj. Reyes strives to raise awareness among his peers on the proliferation of cybercrimes and the role of the local force to combat this so-called crime without borders.Batangas’ Vanguard of Public Safety
P/Col. Edwin A. Quilates believes that his badge stands for his oath to channel all his energies into combating crime in all its forms.
Currently the Provincial Director of the Batangas Police Provincial Office, P/Col. Quilates’ mission to make the province crime-free paved the way for the launch of Oplan Iron Curtain, colloquially known as lockdown, in 2018. Premised on unified command and coordination, this approach is hailed as best practice, and is key to the successful arrests of notorious criminals, resulting to lower crime rate in the province and in the entire CALABARZON region.
P/Col. Quilates is also a lawyer. Wearing his hats as both officer and legal practitioner, he initiated the Agapay Kabayan campaign which involves community extension programs that aim to provide indigent communities’ basic needs as well as make legal assistance available to the public, among others.
Our 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos demonstrate that the opportunities to serve abound; each one, regardless of sector, is beckoned to live up to their definition of service for the nation. #
In celebration of its 57th anniversary, the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank), through its corporate social responsibility arm—Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and the Ty family foundation—GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), awarded PhP35 million worth of development grants to 40 socio-civic organizations during the annual Anniversary Grants Turnover Ceremony on September 4, 2019 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.
The turnover ceremonies were led by Metrobank and MBFI chairman Arthur Ty, MBFI trustee and GTFI president Alfred Ty joined by MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña. Serving as guest of honor is City of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
The Grants and Social Development Partnerships program of MBFI aims to contribute significant and sustainable solutions to the country’s social development challenges and help in raising the quality of life of the poorest, most vulnerable, and underserved sectors of society. A framework to achieve a more strategic and responsive approach in addressing development concerns in the areas of heal, education, arts, and livelihood (HEAL) has been institutionalized as a response to the global call in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Since its inception in 2009, GTFI, on the other hand, implements strategic development programs that empower communities, primarily in the sectors of Health, Environment, and Education (HEED).
“This is the very essence of today’s event–partnerships. As our two foundations mature, MBFI and GTFI try to explore ways to make our projects more strategic in generating the desired impacts. We want to be able to determine if our efforts in fact contribute to nation-building, and in what way.” expressed Sobrepeña in his message. “In order to do this, we rely on you, our partners and stakeholders. If we are to succeed, we need your commitment, not just to carry out project deliverables, but to provide relevant solutions to stakeholder needs; to assess the undertaking; and make sure the next one is even more meaningful and impactful,” he continued.
Heeding the Call for Healthier Communities
Among the beneficiaries under the health thrust is the PGH Medical Foundation, Inc. established to assist the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in achieving its mission to provide excellent healthcare to indigents. As the premier government hospital, more than half a million patients are served annually, 98% of whom are indigent.
GTFI sustains partnership with Plan International, on the other hand, for the construction of three (3) barangay health stations with birthing facilities in Western Samar and Maguindanao aimed at improving the access to health services of at least 10,000 individuals. Plan International, as a humanitarian and child development organization, advances children’s rights to education, protection, health care and a high quality of life.
Providing Access to Quality Education for the Marginalized
Beneficiaries for the thrust on education include Children of Asia—a child caring institution that provides educational opportunities to the underprivileged children in the slums of Cebu City. MBFI, through an educational sponsorship program, is supporting 11 ninth grade students in Alegria, Cebu as they complete junior high school and prepare for senior high school.
GTFI, for its part, aims to equip out-of-school youth and other marginalized students with skills that will help them gain immediate employment under its Scholarships for Technical-Vocation Education (STEP) program. Over the years, GTFI has been supporting scholars from some of the best technical-vocational education and training schools in the country with industry tie-ups for guaranteed employment.
To elevate interventions in catering to this sector, 3 institutional partners were added. These include: Don Bosco Academy of Pampanga for the improvement of their technical-vocational facilities; FPTI-Habihan School to support the 24-month technical-vocational education of 15 women; and MFI Polytechnic Institute to support 25 students enrolled under its Automation and Mechatronics Technology course—a 2 year technical training under the Dual Training System. The partnership with Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech) continues, through which full scholarship grants for select students under the 2-year General Job Automotive Servicing Course.
Supporting Art CausesFor the art thrust, MBFI supports ArtPsyche Circle for its project “Pahingalayan ng mga Bayani,” a creative retreat series composed of 6 half-day art therapy sessions to benefit soldiers-wounded-in-action undergoing medication and healing process at V.Luna Hospital in Quezon City.
Another organization supported is the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS Philippines) for the implementation of a 5-day course on photogrammetry¾a low-cost method of 3D documentation where the input is a photograph and the output is a 3D image. This will address the shortage of trained documentation professionals in this field.
Livelihood Opportunities for those at the Margins
MBFI endeavors to provide individuals and communities with sustainable livelihood opportunities.One of the beneficiary organizations under its livelihood thrust is the MicroVentures Foundation (HAPINOY), a social enterprise organization. MBFI supports its Samahang Pinoy “Business Friends Forever” program. Sari-sari store owners are organized into a local peer support network serving as venues to learn from each other’s business experiences and help each other in addressing challenges faced by thriving micro-entrepreneurs.
Development grants were also extended to the World Surgical Foundation, International Bazaar Foundation, DFA Ladies Foundation, Du30 Cabinet Spouses Association, Congressional Spouses Foundation, Senate Spouses Foundation, and the Philippine Red Cross.
The Metrobank Foundation has released a total amount of PhP 2 million to reach out to survivors of the recent 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck the province of Batanes, at the same time assist in the immediate needs of patients in select cities in the Visayan region suffering from the dengue outbreak.
One (1) million pesos will be coursed through TV5 Alagang Kapatid Foundation needed to put together relief packs containing mats, blankets, mosquito nets, and water, sanitation, and hygiene kits to benefit displaced Ivatans living in temporary shelters.
On the other hand, following the Department of Health (DOH)’s declaration of National Dengue Alert, another PhP 1 million was allocated to support the logistical needs of public hospitals in administering dengue stricken patients such as IV fluids, lancets, folding beds, IV perfusion pumps, tents, and NSI RDT kits. These hospitals include Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital in Roxas City, Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City, and Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City.
THE 2019 METROBANK FOUNDATION OUTSTANDING FILIPINOS (top row L-R): Dorothy S. Tarol, Ph.D; Ricardo T. Jose, Ph.D.; Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-dela Paz, M.D.; Cristina B. Cristobal, Ph.D.; (bottom row L-R); MSgt. Ramil A. Caporas PA; Major Romulo G. Dimayuga II PN (M); Lt. Col. John Paul D. Baldomar PA; PCol. Edwin A. Quilates; PMaj. Robert A. Reyes, and PCMS. Marsha T. Agustin, RSW
This year’s Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos have been presented during a press conference held on August 8 in Taguig City. As a career-service award for Filipino exemplars in the academe, military, and police sectors—ten (10) Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos were presented, composed of 4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers to the members of the media. Each awardee will be awarded with a cash prize of PhP 1 million each (net of tax), a golden medallion, and “The Flame” trophy during the formal conferment ceremonies on September 4 at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City as part of Metrobank’s 57th anniversary celebration.
A Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino is steered by the value of “Beyond Excellence”, raising the bar of excellence in their respective fields. Their contributions speak of service beyond one’s self—but to their sectors and in the larger community, inspiring their peers. Their service and community involvements have helped shape better communities and created a lasting positive impact upon the people.
Recipients of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Teachers are : (1) Dorothy S. Tarol, Ph.D., Master Teacher II, Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (SPED-ISEC) (Iloilo City); (2) Cristina B. Cristobal, Ph.D., Special Science Teacher 5, Philippine Science High School Main Campus (Quezon City); (3) Ricardo T. Jose, Ph.D. Professor 12, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman (Quezon City); (4) Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-Dela Paz, M.D., Professor 10, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila (City of Manila).
Recipients of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Soldiers are: (5) Master Sergeant Ramil A. Caporas PA, Team Supervisor, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, Army Support Command, Philippine Army, Camp Servillano Aquino (Tarlac City); (6) Major Romulo G. Dimayuga II PN (M), Former Operations and Training Officer, Force Reconnaissance Group (formerly Marine Special Operations Group), Headquarters Philippine Marine Corps, Fort Bonifacio (Taguig City); (7) Lieutenant Colonel John Paul D. Baldomar PA, Chief, Current Operations Branch, Internal Security Operations Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Camp Aguinaldo (Quezon City).
Recipients of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Police Officers are: (8) Police Chief Master Sergeant Marsha T. Agustin, RSW, Investigator, Women and Children Protection Center, Philippine National Police Headquarters, Camp Crame (Quezon City); (9) Police Major Robert A. Reyes, Technical Support Officer, Counter Intelligence Task Force, Philippine National Police Headquarters, Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City; (10) Police Colonel Edwin A. Quilates, Provincial Director, Batangas Police Provincial Office, Camp Miguel C. Malvar (Batangas City).
“We believe that the call to recognize excellence resonates truer than ever as we celebrate Metrobank Foundation’s 40th year founding anniversary this year. We sustain our commitment to honor exemplary servants from the academe, military, and police sectors whose stories inspire action and whose contributions to society represent the best in our people,” said Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña.
The awardees underwent a rigorous selection process and were chosen from hundreds of nominations. A Board of Assessors, composed of members from the government, academe, military, and NGO sectors, identified semi-finalists through a review of documents submitted. Eighteen (18) finalists were chosen whose accomplishments in service and community underwent the field validation process spearheaded by third-party organizations—the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) and the Career Executive Service Board (CESB). This process verified the significant contributions of the finalists to their respective fields and communities of influence.
The 18 finalists were interviewed by a multi-sectoral Final Board of Judges chaired by Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian and co-chaired by Supreme Court of the Philippines associate justice Alexander Gesmundo. The members include: Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman Eduardo Del Rosario; University of Asia & the Pacific president Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog; Military Ordinariate of the Philippines bishop Most Reverend Oscar Jaime Florencio, D.D; PHINMA Corporation president and vice chairman and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) chairman Ramon Del Rosario, Jr.; Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. treasurer Jaime Bautista; Management Association of the Philippines president and Sun Life Financial Philippine Holding Company chairman Rizalina Mantaring; and GMA Network, Inc. vice president for professional development and broadcast journalist Horacio “Howie” Severino.
Dr. Tarol is cited for championing inclusive education especially through her action research designed to enhance basic literacy skills of learners with hearing impairment. Dr. Cristobal is honored for promoting Philippine history among her students through an approach that encourages hands-on experience with the use of primary sources. Dr. Jose is acclaimed for being the country’s foremost scholar on the World War II in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific. Dr. Cutiongco-Dela Paz is cited for her prolific work on clinical genetics and shedding light on genetic disorders.
Meanwhile, MSgt. Caporas is lauded for developing an improvised explosive instrumental to the successful operations during the Marawi siege. Maj. Dimayuga is feted for his role in the successful counter-communist insurgency efforts in areas formerly associated with high insurgency rate. Lt. Col. Baldomar is recognized for his leadership in his organization’s transformation journey.
PCMS. Agustin integrated social work in her profession and co-authored the manual widely used by the country’s police forces when handling human trafficking cases. PMaj. Reyes is credited for his expertise in cybercrime investigation and his efforts to equip his peers with the knowledge on trafficking in person intelligence and investigation. PCol. Quilates initiated a strategy that effectively mobilizes local forces, leading to the successful arrests of notorious criminals and resulting to lower crime rate in his province.
Since 1985, the Metrobank Foundation has honored a total of 665 Outstanding Filipinos. The program is held in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), PSBank, Rotary Club of Makati Metro, and the Rotary Club of New Manila East.
The 18 finalists of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos have been revealed. They will proceed to the final selection process on July 26 and 27 at the Metrobank Plaza, Makati City.
After months of thorough document review, background check and verification of accomplishments in both professional and community service in the semi-final stage by the Board of Assessors and third party validators, 18 finalists were selected among 240 nominations submitted for this year’s cycle. The finalists will then face the Final Board of Judges, a multi-sectoral jury, in a panel interview as they vie for the award.
Guided by the theme of “Beyond Excellence”, the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos are recognized for rendering service above and beyond their 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. Finalists for the teacher award are: Jennifer S. Cataluña of Tambo Central School (Iligan City); Dorothy S. Tarol, Ph.D. of Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (Iloilo City); Amando Perfecto dlC. Molin of South Hill School, Inc. (Los Baños, Laguna); Cristina B. Cristobal, Ph.D. of Philippine Science High School Main Campus (Quezon City); Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-de la Paz, M.D. of the University of the Philippines Manila (Manila City); and Ricardo T. Jose, Ph.D. of the University of the Philippines Diliman (Quezon City).
Finalists for the soldier competition are: Lieutenant Colonel Gremel B. Brual PA of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, G3, 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army (Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur); Master Sergeant Ramil A. Caporas PA of the Philippine Army (Capas, Tarlac); Lieutenant Colonel John Paul D. Baldomar PA of Current Operations Branch ISOD, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3, Armed Forces of the Philippines (Quezon City); Staff Sergeant Francis G. Angeles PN(M) of the 62nd Marine Company, Force Reconnaissance Group, Philippine Marine Corps (Jolo, Sulu); Major Romulo G. Dimayuga II PN(M) of the Force Reconnaissance Group, Philippine Marine Corps (Taguig City); and Colonel Sheillah Grace E. Vicente PAF of Tactical Operation Group 6, Tactical Operations Wing – Central, Philippine Air Force (Dingle, Iloilo).
Finalists for the police officers competition are: Police Senior Master Sergeant Steven V. Salaya of the Police Regional Office 6 EOD/K9 Team, Police Regional Office 6 (Iloilo City); Police Chief Master Sergeant Marsha T. Agustin of the Women and Children Protection Center, Philippine National Police, Camp Crame (Quezon City); Police Major Robert A. Reyes of the Counter Intelligence Task Force, Philippine National Police, Camp Crame (Quezon City); Police Captain Dexter D. Panganiban of the Viga Municipal Police Station, Catanduanes Police Provincial Office (Viga, Catanduanes); Police Lieutenant Colonel Oliver S. Tanseco of the Operations Management Division, Highway Patrol Group, Camp Crame (Quezon City); and Police Colonel Edwin A. Quilates of the Batangas Police Provincial Office, Camp Malvar (Batangas City).
Of these 18 finalists, 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos composed of four teachers, three soldiers and three police officers will be awarded. They will each receive a cash prize of P1 million, a gold medallion and a trophy during Metrobank’s 57th anniversary celebration in September.
The 21st edition of the annual Graduates’ Forum was held on June 28, 2019 at the Penthouse of Manila Doctors Hospital in the City of Manila. A total of 38 scholars finished their respective undergraduate degrees. Of the 38 scholars, 17 finished with Latin Honors–6 magna cum laude and 11 cum laude. They were joined by Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines officials seated in front row from 4th to 8th: MBFI asst. executive director Irene Labitad; MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr.; MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña; Boysen vice president Engr. Ruben Cueto; and Boysen office manager Natalie Lee.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and the GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), together with partner Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, recognized this year’s batch of scholar graduates during the 21st Graduates’ Forum, held last June 28, 2019 at the Penthouse of Manila Doctors Hospital in Ermita, Manila.
With the theme “#PayIt4Ward: Service to 4Cs,” the event aims to highlight what makes a Metrobank scholar different—his or her commitment to serve the Creator, Clan, Community and Country.
This year, a total of 38 scholars finished their undergraduate degrees from four (4) universities and colleges across the country. They are the recipients of the following scholarship programs: GTFI- Manila Tytana Colleges Youth for Excellence and Service (YES); MBFI- Manila Tytana Colleges Youth for Excellence and Service (YES); and MBFI-Pacific Paint (Boysen). Out of the 38 scholars, 17 finished with Latin honors—six (6) magna cum laude and 11 cum laude. They were conferred with Metrobank medals and certificates of academic excellence.
The annual event is intended to highlight among the scholars the value of giving back as they jumpstart their professional careers. The 4Cs—Creator, Clan, Community and Country—outlines how scholars can pay forward the blessings they have received.
“We believe that one’s generosity is instrumental in other’s success. After all, success is best savored when other people benefit from it. We hope that you will treasure the ideals you have learned in your respective institutions as well as the experiences gained from your journey,” said MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr. in his welcome remarks.
Julian Andrei Imperial, Bachelor of Science in Architecture graduate, magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines Diliman, delivered a message of gratitude on behalf of his fellow scholars. Drawing inspiration from this year’s theme, he emphasized how all them gathered in that room may have different stories and circumstances, but they are bound by several similarities: how their benefactors have helped them pursue their dreams through their respective scholarship programs, as well as their common duty now as graduates to pay-it-forward through their craft and being the best version of themselves.
Imperial was able to finish his degree with the financial aid from the MBFI-Pacific Paint (Boysen) Scholarship Program. He is set to undergo apprenticeship in line with his aspired track of becoming an architect and future urban planner.
A series of activities followed the awarding ceremony. Scholars shared their stories and life journeys, and recalled the people who helped them along the way. They outlined their future plans on vision boards to guide their next steps in life.
During the “Where Youthful Energy meets Lifelong Experience” session, executives from the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings shared tips over lunch to the new graduates related to the professional world.
Ma. Jabba Baquirquir, a Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English, magna cum laude, from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, also addressed the forum’s participants during her speech after the session. She shared how she always dreamed of becoming a teacher at such a young age, inspired by the thought of following in her mother’s footsteps. She recalled the days when this dream seemed too difficult to achieve, given the financial constraint experienced by her family. Prior to being accepted as a GT scholar, her studies were financed by her grandmother using the meager income from running a bakery.
Baquiquir’s passion for teaching never waned despite challenges. What reaffirmed this was her participation in various community extension programs such free tutorial sessions for youth in conflict with the law. In the future, Baquirquir sees herself as a teacher who will share the gift of education, the same gift that was extended to her by her benefactors.
A consistent achiever, Bonita Gracia S. Gutierrez took up BS Nursing at the Manila Tytana Colleges to bring to life her dream of being part of the healthcare industries. Her aspiration is to help those in need by providing them free medical services. She recently passed the Nursing Licensure Examination, and is preparing to land a job that will enable her to practice her profession. She also plans to continue on this path by taking up Master’s Degree in Nursing as well as Medicine.
Every year, the Foundation holds the Graduates’ Forum to recognize the academic and non- academic accomplishments of its promising graduates from different scholarship programs. Reinforcing the vision of the Metrobank Group’s late Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty to nurture the country’s future leaders, the event allows graduates to meet their benefactors and interact with their fellow scholars. Since 1995, the Metrobank Scholarship Program has been awarding financial grants to support deserving students through college. To date, the program has produced over 1,000 graduates in collaboration with its partner institutions and schools.
For more information on MBFI’s scholarship programs, please visit www.mbfoundation.org.ph.
Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) opened the “Icons MADE” exhibit and lecture series “HIRAYA” on May 15, 2019 in Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery), CCP Main Theater Building. The exhibit served as a cultural heritage celebration, in line with this year’s National Heritage Month.
Icons MADE opened with the HIRAYA lecture series (Heritage Initiative on Raising Awareness and Yielding Advocacy), the Culture and Heritage Education Program (CHEP) of MBFI. The lectures featured ICOMOS president Ma. Cristina Paterno discussing heritage preservation, art historian and critic Cid Reyes on the narrative of the Icons MADE exhibit, and the League of Corporate Foundations Art & Culture committee representatives from MBFI, Felicidad T. Sy Foundation, and BPI Foundation with their lecture on CSR in the Arts.
Following the lecture series was the exhibit reception showcasing winning works of selected Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) awardees. The opening of the Icons MADE exhibit was led by CCP board of trustee chairperson Margie Moran-Floirendo and MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.
In her welcome remarks, Margie Moran-Floirendo acknowledged the common vision of CCP and the Foundation’s arts program during the exhibit reception. “We are always on the lookout for passionate and persistent creative visionaries who are fresh, sometimes thought-provoking, especially during contentious times and relevant ideas that can help in national development.”
On heritage, MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña left a message to ponder on for the art community. “Think of our country as a puzzle. When all the other puzzle pieces are stripped away—the puzzle piece of all the successes and struggles of our economy, the puzzle piece securing the stability of the government, and the puzzle piece of the issues of our humanity—and focus on our country as it is, we are left with just one thing—the main basis for everything—which is our heritage. It can never be taken away from us, because our heritage is us.”
Icons MADE exhibit features award-winning paintings of 1988 & 1992 2nd prize winner Elmer Borlongan, 2007 grand winner Mark Andy Garcia, 1992 honorable mention Manny Garibay, 2001 Metrobank Young Painters’ Annual 3rd prize winner Guerrero Z. Habulan, 1990 grand winner Mark Justiniani, 2008 grand winner Raffy Napay, and 2007 grand winner Lynyrd Paras. The award-winning sculptures of 2005 grand winner Leeroy New and 2006 special citation recipient Mervy Pueblo are also showcased in the exhibit. All the featured MADE awardees are also recipients of the CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee.
The Icons MADE exhibit runs from May 9 until May 26, 2019.
GT Foundation, Inc (GTFI), together with De La Salle University (DLSU), inaugurated the George S.K. Ty Advanced Instrumentation Building through a marker-unveiling ceremony on April 11, 2019 at the university’s Laguna campus in the city of Biñan.
Through the generous support of GTFI, the four-storey facility houses the University’s research laboratories in different areas of science, engineering, and technology. The building also houses a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer that thoroughly analyzes and interprets molecular and compound structures. This NMR spectrometer is also the most sophisticated of its kind in the country.
The ceremonies were led by GTFI president Alfred Ty and DLSU president Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC. They were joined by GTFI assistant vice president Alesandra Ty; Metrobank first vice president Zandra Ty; GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña and deputy director executive Nicanor Torres, Jr.; Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) manager Emmanuel Cortero, and other key officers of the Metrobank Group subsidiaries and affiliates as well as DLSU administrators.
“The Lasallian identity of a spirit of faith, zeal for service and communion in mission, and its motto Religio, Mores, Cultura, resonates the vision and mission of GTFI of addressing the needs of the less privileged to improve the quality of their lives,” said GTFI president Alfred Ty in his message. “It is for these reasons that GTFI partnered with DLSU in the construction of the Dr. George S.K. Ty Advanced Instrumentation Building⎯an affirmation of Dr. Ty’s commitment to support and sustain the advancement of science, technology and engineering education in the Philippines,” he continued.
DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC, on the other hand, expressed his appreciation for the late philanthropist and his foundation.
“On behalf of the De La Salle University community, I would like to extend our humble and sincere gratitude for being chosen as a partner and beneficiary of Dr. Ty and his Foundations’ trust and generosity. Rest assured, his faith in our brand of education will bear much fruit, not only with the achievements of current and future Lasallians, but with the values and virtues that Lasallians will carry with them into the workplace and for the benefit of our country,” expressed Br. Suplido.