About Metrobank Art & Design Excellence
The Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) is the visual arts and design program of the Metrobank Foundation which has been recognizing talent and hard work of young Filipino artists and has continuously promoting the Philippine art culture since 1984.
Then known as the Metrobank National Painting Competition, the competition was foreseen as an instrument that would engage the youth in a positive endeavor amidst the economic and political chaos that the Philippines was in at that time.
In 1996, it was renamed to Young Painters’ Annual or YPA to help reflect the expanding art interventions of the Foundation. YPA expanded its involvement to Sculpture, Architecture, and Interior Design competitions and was re-launched as Metrobank Art & Design Excellence in 2004.
In 2005, MBFI awarded the first winners in the Architecture and Interior Design Competition. Also in the same year, the institutional trophy “MULA” was born, designed by former winner and glass sculptor Noell El Farol.
MADE celebrated its 25 years of recognizing excellence in Filipino Art and Design in 2009. The following year, MADE intensified its Art Education program through the MADE Art Caravan: Art Exploration Lecture Series by bringing a traveling exhibition and lecture series to selected sites in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
To date, the arts intervention programs of Metrobank Foundation has given recognition to almost 500 young artists and has supported close to 300 other art activities like exhibits of Competition winners, art workshops, art festivals, facilities improvement of museums and schools, among others.