Metrobank Foundation President Aniceto Sobrepeña (rightmost) and Department of Education (DepEd) Curriculum and Instruction Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio (leftmost) confer the Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Public Service title to 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Teachers Dr. Cristina Cristobal (second to the left) and Dr. Dorothy Tarol last Feb. 12 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Complex, Pasig City.
Newly conferred Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Public Service proposed to restore Philippine History in the high school curriculum and mainstream inclusive instruction to Department of Education (DepEd) officials and members of the academe last February 12 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Complex, Pasig City.
Veteran history teacher and 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Dr. Cristina Cristobal presented the need to revive Philippine History in high school, a subject previously removed by DepEd in the K-12 program. She also proposed the inclusion of teaching Philippine Government and Constitution for a school year, a bid she successfully pushed for in the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) System’s social science curriculum.
“Many of our students lack affection for history because of the traditional method that is used, but perhaps there is a way to love history. We’re not only teaching them facts, we want them to become critical thinkers,” said Dr. Cristobal.
The legacy of Dr. Cristobal, Quezon City’s Veteran Innovator in History Instruction, in PSHS can be best captured by her initiative to inspire changes to the students’ perspective towards learning history. She believes exposing students to primary sources provides evidence-based approach to learning.
Another 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino and special education teacher Dr. Dorothy Tarol, meanwhile, proposed the mainstreaming of her action research on inclusive instruction nationwide. Entitled “Buddy-Mediated Instruction (BMI): Pivotal Strategy for Spelling and Social Skills for Students with Hearing Impairment,” the study aims to develop a student’s basic literacy skills through pairing of two “buddies” who engage in learner initiated-activities.
According to Dr. Tarol, she hopes to “help teachers by sharing information about evidence-based instructional strategy for struggling readers by creating reading literacy experiences relevant to students’ interests, everyday life and to current environmental events.” BMI, as an instructional strategy, also became a benchmark model in DepEd Divisions of Iloilo and Iloilo City and was already replicated by around 178 schools.
Dubbed as Western Visayas’ Paragon of Inclusive Education, Dr. Tarol has shifted her teaching career to cater to students with disabilities at the Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children in Iloilo City. She has since devoted her life’s work onto shaping an environment conducive for learners of all kinds.
Both proposals were deliberated in a roundtable discussion with Curriculum and Instruction Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio, Assistant Secretary Alma Ruby Torio and officers from the DepEd Bureau of Education Assessment, Alternative Learning System Program Task Force, National Educator’s Academy of the Philippines, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and PSHS.
Through the Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service, professional milestones and personal life stories of the awardees are brought to the fore. Achievements that result to positive change and innovations that address major societal concerns are highlighted and widely shared.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was recognized as “Philanthropic Foundation of the Year” (Profiles in Excellence Award) during the 72nd anniversary celebration of the American Association of the Philippines (AAP) on February 29, 2020 at the Manila Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Manila in Pasay City.
Photo shows MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (center) accepting the recognition from AAP chairman Rick Sobreviñas (6th from right) joined by wife Anna Sobrepeña (6th from left); Metrobank executive vice president Vivian Lee-Tiu (3rd from left); Metrobank senior vice president Digs Dimagiba (3rd from right); Metrobank vice president and MBFI executive committee member Joey Mapa III (5th from right); Metrobank assistant vice president Zarah Hernandez (4th from left), and MBFI assistant executive director Irene Labitad (4th from right).
AAP has always been in the forefront of American-Filipino relations for over half a century. It has established strong ties with the expat American community, returning Filipino-Americans who resettled back in the country, and the Philippine government. It continues to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of its members and key business and community leaders who are making a difference globally.
Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president Aniceto Sobrepeña (3rd from right), together with MBFI assistant executive director Irene Labitad (2nd from left), and MBFI Unit heads present the Anvil trophies earned during the awarding ceremony.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) took home the Hall of Fame Award including one (1) Gold Anvil and three (3) Silver Anvil at the recent 55th Anvil Awards held on February 28, 2020 at The Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, City of Manila.
Considered as the Oscars of public relations industry in the Philippines, the Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations awarded by distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools, organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).
The heads of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines present the awards to MBFI heads and staff during the 55th Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal.
MBFI during that night took home its third “Hall of Fame” award for spearheading the “National Teachers’ Month (NTM).” A movement led by MBFI and the Department of Education, NTM recognizes Filipino teachers and educators for their contribution to national development. It also aims to intensify all efforts in recognizing the indispensable role of Filipino teachers in shaping minds across generations. NTM is annually celebrated for an entire month from September 5 to October 5.
The Hall of Fame Award is given to a company or organization that won the Gold Anvil Award five (5) times for a program or tool in the same category, not necessarily in consecutive years. In 2016 and 2018, MBFI received the Hall of Fame award for Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) and Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), respectively.
The Excellence Awards Unit of MBFI, the implementing body of the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos and Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service with their Silver and Gold Anvil trophies.
MBFI also bagged a Gold Anvil trophy for the “2019 Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service,” a venue where professional milestones and personal life stories of Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos are brought to the fore. Achievements that result to positive change and innovations that address major societal concerns are highlighted and widely-shared.
Meanwhile, another public relations program and two institutional events of MBFI earned Silver Anvil trophies. The first Silver Anvil went to its flagship program – Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos– that recognizes exemplary teachers, soldiers, and police officers for rendering service above and beyond their call of duties, guided by the theme “Beyond Excellence.” An Outstanding Filipino is recognized for his/her exemplary qualities that have inspired and influenced their peers in their respective professions. Their works have lasting positive impact on people and to the country.
The Art & Design Unit– implementer of the annual Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE)—and Corporate Communications Unit of MBFI showcase their accolades received during the awarding ceremony.
Another Silver Anvil was bestowed upon “Puso at Sigasig (Heart & Zeal): Metrobank Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.” With the theme Puso at Sigasig (Heart & Zeal), MBFI celebrated its 40th founding anniversary last February 21, 2019. The celebration did not only highlight the Metrobank Foundation’s heart for community, but also showcased its zeal through advocacies sustained, partnerships built, communities empowered, and lives changed.
The last recipient of Silver Anvil is “UNLEASH: 2020 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE)’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.” Unleash is the result of a three-year build-up to the 35th anniversary of MADE: “Imagine” in 2017 and “Discover” in 2018. The theme follows the narrative of the artistic process: of art being “unleashed” into the world to articulate the milieu of the times. A three-day celebration of the local art scene, Unleash was split into four parts: Vernissage, MADE Awarding, Exhibit Opening, and the Lecture Series on Philippine Arts and Cultural Heritage. Each event engages with up-and-coming artists, special interest groups, and connoisseurs.
MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 88 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.
GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Deaf Evangelistic Alliance Foundation, Inc. (DEAF Inc.) held a ground-breaking ceremony on February 19, 2020 at the DEAF Inc. campus in Brgy. Paowin, Cavinti, Laguna to jumpstart the construction of a two-storey school building that will benefit both deaf and hearing students currently completing junior high school and bachelor degrees in Elementary Education. Through a PhP 10 million donation, the building will have administrative offices, classrooms, a laboratory, and a library. Photo shows GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña (center right) and DEAF, Inc. chairman Cecilio Pedro (center left) leading the ceremonial ground-breaking, joined by officers of GTFI and board members of DEAF Inc.
Under its education thrust, GTFI provides access to quality education to financially-challenged yet academically-deserving students by partnering with educational institutions and investments in infrastructure development. DEAF Inc. is one of the few private schools in the country catering to deaf and hard-of-hearing college students.
GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech) signed a memorandum of agreement to renew their partnership for the Scholarships for Technical-Vocational Education Program (STEP) on February 11, 2020 at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City. Photo shows GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña (center right) and TMP Tech president David Go (center left) leading the ceremonial signing joined by other key officers of both organizations. GTFI turned over an amount of PhP 5 million to support the completion of a two-year General Job Automotive Servicing course of students enrolled at TMP Tech campus in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
STEP aims to equip out-of-school youth and other marginalized students with skills that will help them gain immediate employment through Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). GTFI supports scholars from select TVET schools in the country with industry tie-ups for guaranteed employment. Since 2013, 59 STEP scholars have earned TMP Tech certifications and are now employed in the local and international automotive industry. TMP Tech is a non-stock and non-profit educational institution geared towards transforming the Philippines into a human resource development hub to meet the needs of Global Toyota.
GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Fr. Al’s Children Foundation, Inc. (FACFI) signed a memorandum of agreement on February 10, 2020, at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City for a six-year scholarship program that will sponsor the education of 100 students currently enrolled at the Sisters of Mary Schools in Silang, Cavite. As a 6-year program, the education of these students starting Grade 7 until they finish Grade 12 will be sponsored by GTFI. Photo shows, GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña (center left) turning over the first tranche in the amount of PhP 4.9 million to FACFI president Carlos Rufino (center right). They were joined by officers of GTFI and FACFI.
Under its education thrust, GTFI provides access to quality education to financially-challenged yet academically-deserving students by partnering with educational institutions. Under this new partnership, GTFI will finance the secondary education of 50 male and 50 female students. FACFI was founded in 1992 after the demise of Fr. Aloysius Schwartz, founder of Sisters of Mary Congregation in Korea, to assist the charity program of the Sisters of Mary Schools. Today, it provides food, clothing, shelter, medical and dental services, high school and technical education free of charge to over 11,000 students from underprivileged families.
More than 450,000 students trooped to 2,000 testing centers nationwide to participate in the elimination rounds of the 2020 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge or MMC on January 17 and 18. The first leg of the competition accommodated a total of 30,094 public and private schools nationwide.
Photo shows participating students from different schools taking their written exams at Jose Rizal Elementary School in Pasay City. MMC is an annual mathematics competition aimed at raising the competitiveness of elementary and high school students. It is the longest-running math competition in the country.
For 2020 MMC, all top scorers in the elimination rounds and division finals for both Grade 6 and Grade 10 shall automatically qualify for the region finals and that no hurdle rate is required.
For inquiries, 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) 8 857-0618; (02) 8898-8898.
In line with the celebration of the National Arts Month, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) launched the 2020 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) through the kick-off event of the annual Art MADE Public. The launching was led by MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña, SM Supermalls senior vice president for Marketing Millie Dizon, and Fundacion Sanso director Ricky Francisco as guest of honor. (photo courtesy of SM Supermalls)
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) has launched the 36th edition of its excellence recognition program for the visual arts – the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence or MADE. Through the annual “Art MADE Public,” a series of art events were lined up in select venues in Luzon (SM Angono, Rizal), Visayas (Gallery Orange, Bacolod City), Mindanao (SM Lanang Premiere, Davao), and NCR (S’ Maison, Pasay City).
Guided by the theme “SPECTRUM: The Art of Possibilities,” MADE challenges Filipino artists to channel their ingenuity in creating a spectrum of works that represent Filipino artistic excellence. In this realm of infinite possibilities, masterpieces are made. For decades, MADE has empowered artists to imagine, discover, and unleash their full potential.
On February 1, a kick-off event and in celebration of National Arts Month was held at S’Maison in Pasay City, graced by MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña and SM Supermalls senior vice president for Marketing Millie Dizon, with Fundacion Sanso director Ricky Francisco as guest of honor.
Held in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), SM Supermalls, and United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Art MADE Public will go around the country to promote Philippine art and heritage consisting of several activities such as art exhibits, lectures, and workshops. The lectures will feature renowned Filipino artists, architectural and heritage practitioners as resource speakers. These venues, at the same time, will serve as source of information and guidelines for interested painters and sculptors who plan to join the MADE Recognition Programs for Painting and Sculpture.
A SHOWCASE OF MADE’S FINESTS
This year’s exhibit showcased the recent artworks of past MADE awardees, highlighting new art forms and styles, unique themes, and exceptional works that reflect the journey of the artists. Featured works included that of 2019 MADE awardees Jayme Lucas (“Sugat ng Tahanan”), Christian Maglente(Untitled), Cedrick De La Paz (“15/30”), Dave Alcon (“Distinct), and Arman Arago (“Ang Tanda ng Bata”).
Recent masterpieces of Leeroy New (“Sigbin with Tree”), Mark Justiniani (“Hole”), Elmer Borlongan (“Record Digger”), Alfredo Esquillo (“Laban ng Loob 2”), and Anton Del Castillo (“In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted”) were also part of the exhibit, including those of Raffy Napay (“I Live Here”) and Mark Andy Garcia (“Existence”).
On the other hand, the lectures featured the talks of Eskinita Gallery owner and visual artist Alfredo Esquillo and WTA Architect + Design Studio principal architect and Anthology Festival director William Ty.
A CALL FOR FILIPINO PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS
The MADE Painting Recognition Program is open to all Filipino painters aged 18-35 years old who have not staged a solo exhibition. The MADE Sculpture Recognition Program, on the other hand, is open to all professional and amateur Filipino sculptors who have not won in any Sculpture competitions of MADE in the past. The deadline for submission of entries is on/or before May 8, 2020. Interested participants may register online through bit.ly/MADE2020_paintingform and bit.ly/MADE2020_sculptureform.
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 worth of financial assistance and fund for artistic development, plus the “Mula” glass trophy designed by visual artist and MADE awardee Noel El Farrol. The grand awardees will be recognized during Metrobank’s 57th 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.
Established in 1984 by the late Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George Ty Siao Kian, MADE has served as a platform for discovery for the most passionate and persistent creative visionaries in the country. To date, more than 400 visual 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.
Art MADE Public runs from February 1 to April 10, 2020, to be staged in various cultural institutions and SM Supermalls S’ Maison, Pasay City (February 1-7); Gallery Orange, Bacolod City (February 15-21); SM Angono, Rizal (March 19-25), and SM Lanang Premier, Davao (April 3-10). Registered architects who will attend the lectures shall get the Professional Regulatory Commission-Continuing Professional Development (PRC-CPD) accreditation.
For further details, please contact Badet Macaraig at telephone number: (02) 8898-8094; email: email@example.com; or visit MADE Facebook page @MADECompetition.
As an annual tradition, GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), together with Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) held a simultaneous distribution of “Bags of Blessing” on the day of Chinese New Year, January 25, 2020. This year, a total of 25 cities and municipalities across NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were chosen to serve as distribution areas wherein another P10 million worth of food packages were distributed to 10,000 families.
The main event was held at the Universidad de Manila in the City of Manila, where 400 families from the city received assistance. The gift-giving activity was led by Metrobank Group chairman Arthur Ty; Federal Land chairman and GTFI president Alfred Ty; GTFI honorary chair Mary Ty; GTFI vice president Anjanette Dy Buncio; and Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña. They were joined by City of Manila Vice Mayor Dra. Honey Lacuna; Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional director for NCR Vicente Gregorio Tomas; and Manila Department of Social Welfare director Ma. Asuncion Fugoso.
The Bags of Blessing is the brainchild of the late Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George Ty Siao Kian. Since its inception in 2011, it has become an instrument in giving back to underprivileged families and providing an opportunity for them to take part in the Chinese New Year celebration.
The inspiration behind this activity is the traditional ang-pao, a red envelope containing cash used to deliver best wishes, luck, and good energy. Instead of cash-giving, specially designed red bags containing P1,000 worth of food packages—rice, canned goods, milk, sugar, noodles, and other basic commodities—are distributed to indigent families.
“Bags of Blessing is really about giving back to the community. It’s trying to share what you have, and hopefully it puts some meaning and difference in their lives,” shared GTFI vice president Anjanette Dy Buncio.
Beneficiaries were carefully selected by DSWD and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) through its network of dioceses and archdioceses. Other than belonging to the status of living below the poverty line, families affected by recent calamities, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), and non-beneficiaries of DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) were also given priority.
“Sharing and reaching out to our neighbors is not a novel act for the organization. Heart for community has always been at the core of what we do and Bags of Blessing, which is now on its eighth year, is rooted in that very idea. Amidst the festivities of the Chinese New Year, we aim to provide aid to those in the peripheries of society,” said MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña.
The leaders and employees from the network of Metrobank branches as well as the different subsidiaries and affiliates of GT Capital Holdings and the Metrobank Group participated in the series of gift-giving activities. Key partners also include the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) who provided security and logistical support, in coordination with concerned local government units and Catholic archdioceses.
In Metro Manila, distributions were also held at the City of San Juan, Makati City, Muntinlupa City, and Las Piñas City. In Luzon, distributions were carried out at San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte; Dagupan City, Pangasinan; Baguio City, Benguet; Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Baliwag, Bulacan; Porac, Pampanga; Imus City, Cavite; San Pablo City, Laguna; Lipa City, Batangas; and Legazpi City, Albay. In Visayas, areas included Naval, Biliran; San Remigio, Antique; Bacolod City, Negros Occidental; Cebu City, Cebu; Cordova, Cebu; and Tubigon, Bohol. In Mindanao, distributions were held at Cagayan de Oro City; Misamis Oriental; Davao City, Davao del Sur; Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur; and Koronadal City, South Cotabato. All sites catered to 400 beneficiary families each.
Metrobank, through its corporate social responsibility arm, Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), immediately responded to the call for relief assistance to cater to families displaced by the eruption of Taal Volcano. Under its disaster relief and response program dubbed as “Helping Hands”, a total of P2.6 million was allocated, of which a portion of it was coursed through the network of Metrobank branches in South Luzon for them to implement immediate relief efforts.
On January 21, more than 1,700 families in select affected municipalities in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite were reached out.
A total of 783 families in select evacuation centers were given relief assistance in the province of Batangas, particularly in Batangas City, San Luis, and Bauan. On the other hand, 900 families from Mendez, Alfonso, and Dasmariñas City were also given the same assistance in the province of Cavite. The assistance was in the form of food items, hygiene kits, sleeping mats and blankets.
The distribution was held in partnership with the Batangas Police Provincial Office, Philippine National Police’s Highway Patrol Group, the Philippine Marine Corps, Department of Social Welfare and Development and local government units.
The rest of the donation was coursed through the Philippine STAR’s corporate social responsibility arm Operation Damayan and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation. MBFI also provided financial support for a soup kitchen to be implemented by Manila Broadcasting Company DZRH’s Operation Tulong in the coming weeks.
MBFI remains responsive to aid survivors of natural calamities through relief and rehabilitation efforts.