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The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) bagged the Top Division Award for its 40th anniversary celebration “Puso at Sigasig” in the recent 18th Philippine Quill Awards. The Top Division Award was chosen among entries which received the Quill Award of Excellence under the Communication Skills Category. Under this category, awardees are recognized for their demonstrated technical skills such as writing, editing, design, and multimedia production, combined with innovation and creativity.” Organized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines, the Philippine Quill Awards is a showcase of bright ideas, groundbreaking concepts, marvelous executions, and resounding results. The 18th Philippine Quill Awards was held virtually last March 25, 2021.

“Puso at Sigasig” is a milestone occasion that highlights the corporate social responsibility fetes of MBFI. The anniversary celebration was also an expression of MBFI’s gratitude to the people and institutions that have turned its vision and mission into a successful organization that contributes a significant impact on social development.

Two other communication tools— “Service with a Heart: Metrobank Foundation 2018 Annual Report” and “Beyond Excellence” 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Souvenir Program”—received the Quill Awards of Excellence. “Service with a Heart” highlights inspirational and empowering stories of ordinary individuals who share its goal of nation-building. The 2018 edition is a fitting tribute to every person who devote their heart to serve others and put emphasis on the untamable Filipino character that enables us to rise again to the challenges of turbulent times. It was also nominated for the Top Division Award.

“Beyond Excellence,” on the other hand, is a publication that features a creative collection of the professional narratives and life stories of the 10 awardees of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. Going beyond the basics of a traditional post-event brochure, the souvenir program seeks to uphold the prestige of the recognition program by creating a timeless keepsake for its intended audiences, something they can turn to as a reminder that public service exemplars are not a dying breed.

Other recipients of the Quill Award of Excellence are “2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos” and “COVID Comms 2020: The Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings Response to Contribute to Combating COVID-19.”

The “2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos” is a career-service award for exemplary public servants in the academe, military, and police sectors. In 2019, 10 exemplary Filipinos consisting of four teachers, three soldiers, and three police officers were hailed as Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. They join the distinguished roster of 665 awardees honored by MBFI since 1985.

“COVID Comms 2020” showcases the Metrobank Group’s and GT Capital Holdings’ response in addressing the identified needs on the ground by targeting the most vulnerable sectors affected by COVID-19. The response also complements the efforts of the government and other stakeholders.

Meanwhile, GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI)’s “Bags of Blessing 2020: #BeyondFestivityGenerosity” also won the Quill Award of Excellence. This annual gift-giving program initiated in 2011 by the late Metrobank Founder Dr. George Ty Siao Kian is held in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Php 10 million worth of food items was distributed to 10,000 identified beneficiaries in 25 cities and municipalities across the country.

Two other programs— “UNLEASH: 2019 Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE)’s 35th Anniversary Celebration” and “Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service (FPS)”—received the Quill Award of Merit. “UNLEASH” is a two-day celebration of artistic excellence. It also highlighted the role of MADE as a key player in the arts scene through the MADE Awarding and Exhibition and Art Exploration Lecture Series, as well as showcase its appreciation for its patrons through the Vernissage 2019.

The Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service, on the other hand, is a program created in 2017 to provide a platform for the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos to share and propagate their best practices and innovations. These achievements must have resulted to positive change or addressed sectoral or societal issues.

MBFI has been winning the Philippine Quill Awards since 1985. To date, it has won 71 Quill Awards of Excellence and Merit for its various public relations programs and tools. In 2015, MBFI has received the Top Communication Management Award for its relief and rehabilitation response for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

The 2019 Annual Report of the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) “Puso at Sigasig” was nominated for the Platinum Anvil in the recent 56th Anvil Awards. Taking home the Gold Anvil, the annual report adopted MBFI’s 40th founding anniversary theme “Puso at Sigasig (Heart & Zeal).” It curated stories of extraordinary kinship and mentorship among its featured stakeholders and highlights the values of heart & zeal as its foundation to shine a light on opportunities that expand access, provide recognition, and demonstrate possibilities of a better future for all.

Organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the Anvil Awards is considered as the Oscars of public relations industry in the Philippines. The Anvil symbolizes excellence in public relations and is awarded by distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools. The Gabi ng Parangal was held virtually on February 19, 2021.

Meanwhile, two (2) digital public relations programs both received the Silver Anvil. “#MADEatHome: Art Education Online” was launched in 2020 as a platform to sustain the art thrust of MBFI while the annual Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) painting and sculpture competitions were deferred due to the pandemic. To adapt to the changing times, MBFI launched “#[email protected]” to amplify the use of digital media for its art education track. Contents and webinars organized were highly received by the followers of MADE social media page.

The “2020 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) [email protected] Campaign” on the other hand, was designed to become an online learning environment for math enthusiasts. MBFI saw the need to revamp the existing MMC social media platform to sustain and scale its objective of awakening greater interest in mathematics among elementary and junior high school students. The results of the [email protected] campaign have borne fruit to a real disruption: it has successfully sustained and awakened the interest and participation of a more captive at-home audience in learning mathematics.

Meanwhile, GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), received the Silver Anvil for the “Bags of Blessing (BOB) 2020: #BeyondFestivityGenerosity.” A brainchild of the late Metrobank founder and chairman Dr. George Ty Siao Kian, BOB is a gift-giving program that is celebrated every Chinese New Year. BOB brings together employees of GT Capital Holdings and Metrobank Group of Companies, as well as institutional partners to participate in the legacy to sustain a culture of “Paying it forward” through the distribution of 10,000 bags of items worth PhP 1,000 to 10,000 indigent families in 25 sites nationwide. With this year’s public relation thrust of #beyondfestivitygenerosity, the program values volunteerism, social responsibility, and cultural connectivity among the volunteers and its beneficiaries.

MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 92 Anvil awards for its various public relations programs and 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 (2015 and 2016) in the history of the award-giving body.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) sustains its mission in fostering Filipino artistry and creativity through its annual excellence recognition program for the visual arts—the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence or MADE.

Guided by the theme “SPECTRUM: The Art of Possibilities,” MADE resumes in 2021, inviting Filipino artists to tap into the expansive realm of creativity and transpose their spectrum of ideas into works that mirror the human experience and reshape the world anew. MADE continues to be a purveyor of visual arts, amplifying the reach and voice of local talents and visionaries.


Given the restrictions of holding on-ground events, MADE shifts to digital media through #SpectrumMADE2021, a yearlong social media campaign which aims to bring art experience and art education to its stakeholders amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic. #SpectrumMADE2021 will also serve as the platform for entrants to get to know more about the Painting and Sculpture recognition programs.

To do this, a series of online activities were lined up throughout the year. These include webinars and artist’s talks to inspire new generation of artists, provide opportunities for the exposure of their works, and give updates about the 2021 MADE.


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 March 31, 2021. Interested participants may register online through and

At the height of an enhanced community quarantine in the country last May 2020, MBFI announced the deferment of 2020 MADE Painting and Sculpture Recognition Programs. As a result, all artworks submitted for the 2020 MADE will still be considered and will be judged alongside the entries submitted for the 2021 MADE.

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 in an awarding ceremony during the celebration of Metrobank’s 59th anniversary celebration in September. The awardees 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.


Despite being confronted with a national crisis, MBFI remains true to its commitment of educating the public and creating awareness of culture and heritage through its Culture and Heritage Education Program (CHEP). CHEP aims to showcase the cultural significance of MADE’s art collection, address the need for classroom learning materials, and support formal and informal learning initiatives of partner institutions.

Various activities of CHEP in the form of lectures and workshops will be part of the #SpectrumMADE2021 campaign and will be implemented on the official Facebook (@MADECompetition) and Instagram (@metrobankartanddesign) pages of MADE.

For further details, please contact Badet Macaraig at telephone number: (02) 8898-8094 or email [email protected]

The virtual turnover ceremony was led by Metrobank and MBFI chairman Arthur Ty, Metrobank president and MBFI trustee Fabian Dee and MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña on September 4, 2020 which was attended by key officers and representatives from beneficiary organizations.

Empowerment through dynamic partnerships has been at the heart of Metrobank’s anniversary for the many decades. This 2020, this rings true as it celebrates 58 meaningful years of being the people’s ally in progress. A total of PhP 30 million worth of grants was turned over to social development partners during its annual giving-back tradition, “Anniversary Grants Turnover Ceremony,” on September 4. To adhere to protocols, the event was held virtually attended by key officers and representatives from beneficiary organizations. Serving as Guest of Honor was Department of Education (DepEd) secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones.

Department of Education secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones

During this unprecedented period, Metrobank shares in the aspiration of helping Filipinos, most especially the vulnerable and underserved, to get back on their feet. To sustain its commitment to help the national government in addressing the effects and impact of the health crisis to many lives, said donation is added to the previous PhP220 million donation of the company which funded and supported efforts to combat the pandemic.

“The theme of this year’s event is collaboration. In these unusual times, our actions may be physically limited but through strategic partnerships, we can still achieve our objectives by working together,” said Metrobank and MBFI chairman Arthur Ty. “We at Metrobank have always looked at our anniversaries as an opportunity to give back and help the vulnerable and marginalized. There is a lot of need in our country right now but we hope that these small steps lead us to look to the future with some optimism and hope. And we’re grateful to our development partners for helping make this vision a reality,” he added.

Coursed through its social arm, Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and Ty family’s GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), this year’s batch of beneficiary organizations received financial aid to implement their programs on health, education, arts, livelihood, and nutrition.

One with the League to Promote Hand Hygiene

As a member of the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF), MBFI will support #LCFWinS: Lingap Eskwela sa Pandemya Program. Collaborating with fellow corporate foundations, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) facilities will be constructed in select public schools nationwide in compliance to the ‘Guidelines on the Required Health Standards in Basic Education Offices and Schools’ (DepEd Order No. 014 s. 2020) which covers the protection of health, safety, and well-being of students, teachers, and personnel. To complement the facility, hygiene kits and supplies will also be provided.

MBFI’s donation will benefit almost 29 thousand students from 20 schools in Pasig, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and Marikina, including La Union, Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal, Zamboanga City and Davao City.

Paddling Farther to Reach More Geographically-Isolated Schools

To reach out to more geographically-isolated schools, MBFI renewed its 7-year partnership with the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation. This time, not only to provide physical access to education for schoolchildren in the form or boats and school dormitories, MBFI will also provide in-kind donation of printers, copiers and risograph machines to aid teachers in the reproduction of the modules and learning materials. The donation shall benefit more than 20 thousand students from 39 schools in the provinces of Cebu, Romblon, Zamboanga Sibugay, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Pampanga, Zambales, Bulacan, Basilan, Siargao, Tarlac, Capiz, Zamboanga del Sur, and Sulu.

Photo from the Department of Education

Meanwhile, another donation of printers, copiers and risograph machines will go directly to select Department of Education public schools to benefit more than 23 thousand students from Manila, Navotas, Makati, Laguna, Sarangani, Leyte, Antique, Dipolog, Nueva Ecija, Iligan, Cavite, Iloilo, and Tarlac.

Art Community Gets Boost of Support

To further solidify support for the local art community, MBFI extended cash assistance to 200 visual artists whose main source of living was impacted by the crisis. Dubbed as MADE CARES (Metrobank Art & Design Excellence–Community Aid and Relief for Emergency Situations), past awardees of MADE Painting and Sculpture Recognition Programs, including eligible Filipino painters and sculptors have applied for the amelioration program.

Ministry to Curb Poverty

Another partnership renewed is that of the International Care Ministries (ICM). As a non-profit organization, ICM provides help, hope and change to impoverished families in Visayas and Mindanao. Through their integrated poverty solutions, 100 thousand ultra-poor Filipinos are assisted each year.

The donation will support their Transform and Prevail programs aimed at training and mentoring families living in ultra-poor communities on livelihood building skills. Transform is ICM’s core strategic program, designed to address the wide range of needs faced by families living in ultrapoverty. Transform starts by creating supportive environments for hope to grow, then invests in building capacity for sustainable progress out of poverty. Prevail, on the other hand, is a support network for savings groups that promotes sustainability towards greater financial inclusion. The assistance will cater to 222 households (1,110 individuals) from six (6) communities in the province Cebu.

‘Kindness Kitchen’ Goes South

From its previous donation to support the ‘Kindness Kitchen’ program of Ronald McDonald’s House Charities of the Philippines (RMHC) that served hot meals to 40 thousand individuals from NCR last April 2020, MBFI will fund additional feeding activities. This time, families and frontliners from the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu Lapu, and Davao province will be reached out, other than NCR.

GT Foundation Steps Up Tech-Voc Program

GTFI, the family foundation of the late Dr. George Ty Siao Kian, believes that quality education and equitable healthcare are basic needs that should be made accessible to the underprivileged. Since 2009, philanthropic initiatives of the family are realized through GTFI’s strategic development programs in the areas of health, education, and technology and innovation.

Through its Scholarships for Technical-Vocational Education Program (STEP), out-of-school youth and underprivileged students can gain access to quality education that enable them to gain immediate employment. Scholars of some of the best technical-vocational education and training schools in the country with industry tie-ups for guaranteed employment are supported. The virtual event served as an opportunity to renew the partnership with Dualtech Training Center, Don Bosco Technical Institute, and Punlaan School. Over a period of three (3) years, 150 Dualtech scholars will be supported to meet the manpower demands of specific industries. On the other hand, the 3-year partnership with the Don Bosco Technical Institute will support the technical skills education of 135 scholars from their 3 centers. Lastly, 24 scholars of Punlaan School will have the opportunity to gain proper skills training on hospitality and culinary arts through a 4-year agreement.

Extending Healthcare Privileges to Indigents

Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH) serves as the healthcare affiliate of MBFI which offers social services to indigent patients such as hospitalization and consultation subsidies, medical missions, and other health-related interventions in select communities. Through the annual financial support of GTFI, the corporate social responsibility programs of MDH such as quality non-discriminatory inpatient and outpatient services and surgical operations will reach out to more indigent Filipinos in need of medical assistance.

Laptops and Tablets for Blended Learning

To complement the national government’s groundwork for a blended learning approach for the school year, GTFI launched Project PERFORM (Provision of Equipment to Reinforce Facility of Online and Remote Modality of Learning). The program is targeting to give laptops and tablets to more than 600 qualified students from public and techvoc schools, as well as GTFI and MBFI scholars.

“Sharing has been at the core of Metrobank’s anniversary for the last 58 years. Grants turned over to our partners are intended to benefit those whom they are helping. Our donations are expressions of gratefulness ingrained in our institutional culture,” expressed MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña. “As we pursue these ideals, we do so honoring the memory of our founder Dr. George Ty Siao Kian. He envisioned a bequest that would go well beyond his lifetime, enabling and ennobling men to build a world where sound health, quality education, and productive lives are everyone’s portion,” he concluded.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) allocates PhP 1 million to aid the local art community which suffered loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through its program called Metrobank Art & Design Excellence-Community Aid and Relief for Emergency Situations or MADE CARES, MBFI aims to support 200 visual artists with a cash assistance worth PhP 5,000.00 each. MADE CARES is part of MBFI’s initiatives in reaching out to its stakeholders during this current health crisis.

Eligible Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries who are qualified for the cash assistance include past awardees of the annual MADE Painting and Sculpture recognition programs, as well as non-awardees who are Filipino painters and sculptors aged 18 years old and above. MBFI will also prioritize practicing visual artists whose income-generating art projects or livelihood were affected by the pandemic.

Painters and sculptors who receive regular salary from a public or private institution; are recipients of pension and other cash assistance from art and cultural institutions; or are currently involved in any income-generating projects are not eligible for the grant.

Call for Grant Application

A total amount of PhP 115,000.00 was given last August 6, 2020 to the first batch of beneficiaries, composed of 23 members of the MADE-Network of Winners, the alumni organization of past MADE awardees.

The grant application for the remaining 177 slots is now open for both awardees and non-awardees of MADE. To register, applicants must fill-out the application form which can be accessed through The deadline for submission of application is on August 23, 2020.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings, through MBFI, donated PhP220 million to fund and support efforts to combat the health crisis and help those in need. The amount was allocated for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to benefit healthcare and security frontliners; support for the production of RT-PCR testing kits through the Manila HealthTek; “Project Ugnayan” led by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation; distribution of meals and food packs to underprivileged families; construction and equipping of molecular laboratories for the testing of cases in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Red Cross, and Ayala Group; and Go Negosyo’s Project ARK (Antibody Rapid test Kits) of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation. Just recently, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation donated 30 VIOS units for the mobility of healthcare frontliners of DOH and local government hospitals.

For further details, interested participants may contact Ms. Badet Macaraig through [email protected]; or visit MADE Facebook page @MADECompetition.

Since 1984, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), through the annual Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), has put a premium on Filipino visual arts by recognizing the creative expression of the most passionate and persistent up-and-comers in the Philippine art scene.

At the start of the year, the Foundation ensured that all the necessary preparations for the 36th year of MADE were met. Information campaigns, lectures and exhibitions were held in some parts of the country to invite visual artists to join the Painting and Sculpture Recognition Programs.

In the midst of these preparations, we suddenly find ourselves battling the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We took the necessary measures and followed protocols in containing the spread of the virus. This led to the cancellation of the remaining Art MADE Public events in Angono, Rizal and Davao City last March. While most regions have been placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine, the deadline of submission of entries was also extended to June 6, 2020 to allow aspiring entrants to better cope up with the situation.

While alternative solutions were considered to address our implementation challenges, our continuous monitoring of our national situation has brought us to a difficult decision to defer the 2020 MADE Painting and Sculpture Recognition Programs. We deemed it appropriate that this is the most responsible decision in this unprecedented time.

We acknowledge the hard work of everyone who already submitted their entries prior to this decision. Rest assured that all entries we received electronically will be automatically considered when the right time for MADE to return comes. We will still accept entries until June 6, 2020 to accommodate those who already started their artworks and would still opt to submit an entry before the deadline.

MBFI is one with the nation in addressing this health crisis. As in any time of need, it has always been our utmost priority to continuously look for opportunities to create a positive social impact on our stakeholders and beneficiaries and the whole nation in general.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to support the art community despite the uncertainties we are experiencing. The Foundation will continuously look for alternative endeavors which we hope to implement soonest.

Should you have other questions regarding this decision, please message us through all our social media accounts. You may also send an email to [email protected].

MBFI is praying for everyone to remain healthy and safe. We thank you for your continued support and understanding.

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.

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.


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.


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 and

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 protected]; or visit MADE Facebook page @MADECompetition.


The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) recognized this year’s Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) awardees in a ceremony held on September 19, 2019 at the Le Pavillon, Metropolitan Park in Pasay City. Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat graced the event as Guests of Honor.

On its 35th year, MADE chose the theme “UNLEASH” to reflect MBFI’s continuing advocacy to seek out and exalt Filipino visionaries—young individuals who bring vibrancy to the evolving art scene whether they are working with a blank canvas or a space waiting to be transformed.

“The establishment of MADE in 1984—which signaled the start of the Foundation’s corporate social responsibility activities—was therefore a deliberate decision. George Ty envisioned art as an asset to our democracy, and an important investment for economic development,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.

“From the outset, MADE became an extension of Metrobank’s commitment to engage with communities, improve lives, and boost the economic growth of the country,” he added.

Two (2) Grand Awardees for the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas and Watermedia on Paper Categories received a financial assistance worth P500,000 and a “Mula” glass trophy designed by 2009 Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardee Noell El Farol. On the other hand, three (3) other finalists were given Special Citations for their remarkable artworks.

The conferment of the 2019 MADE Awardees was led by Ambassador Haneda and Secretary Romulo-Puyat, Metrobank and MBFI chairman Arthur Ty, Federal Land, Inc. senior vice president and MBFI trustee Anjanette Dy-Buncio, and Sobrepeña.

MADE Painting Recognition Program

Title: “Evanescing Lives from the Homeland”
Artist: Jayme Emille C. Lucas

Tarlac City-based artist Jayme Emille Lucas is the Grand Awardee for the Oil/ Acrylic on Canvas Category. Emerging from the tradition of Social Realism, “Evanescing Lives from the Homeland” conveys a powerful snapshot of farmers. Deeply influenced by “the kind of environment” that Lucas lives in and to other places where Lucas has been, the work shows the farmers not involved in their back-breaking labor but confronting the gaze of the viewer.

Arrayed on a clearing and against the tall stalks of a sugarcane plantation, the three central figures embody a palpable posture of defiance, ready to tell their plight. Of different ages, they belong to three generations, which suggests how farming is passed on unbroken along familial lines and how the cycle of poverty becomes entrenched.

What makes this work haunting and urgent are the ghostly emanations of those who have passed on but continue to influence the living to continue the struggle. Intensifying the uncompromising stance of the farmers is the sky, with its churning dark clouds, which threatens rain. The symbolism of the impending rain is two-fold: it conveys both nourishment of the earth or its devastation.

Rendered “like a photo taken from the past being forgotten inside an old photo album misplaced and lost in the house,” the winning-work makes certain that the story of struggle and resistance of farmers continues to be told.

A graduate of Bachelor of Arts major in Advertising from Tarlac State University, 22-year old Lucas works as a freelance artist. She hopes to hold an exhibition one day and to create a mural art in an elementary school in Hacienda Luisita which can serve as inspiration to students.

Title: “Existence of Blue”
Artist: Christian Jame F. Maglente

Twenty three (23)-year old Grand Awardee Christian Jame Maglente deals with the timely issue of mental health, which seems to disproportionately besiege young people who are still trying to gain a foothold in life. The “blue” in the title points at the literal color of the painting’s background while at the same time alluding to the “blues,” which is an informal term for extreme sadness or depression.

Depicted in a depressive state, the central figure, mirrored on his left and right sides, crouches on top of a column, as he is consumed by a tumult of thoughts and feelings. His confused interior reality is expressed as an explosion of pigments interspersed with skulls and skeletons, which symbolize the figure’s contemplation of mortality and death.

Occasionally, in this complex web of a struggle made visible, flames shoot up, which may be read as a wish for destruction. But fire is also a cleansing agent. Just like the phoenix, the figure may be undergoing a process of purification in order to achieve health, balance, and stability. It is also a comforting notion that the background against which this metaphorical conflagration transpires is a light shade of blue, the color of dawn, of new beginnings.

Through its painfully lyrical examination of the mind in crisis, the work renders in concrete terms the struggle that attends a breakdown and makes a compelling case for intervention.

A graduate of Fine Arts major in Painting from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, Maglente plans to create a masterpiece like no other and wishes for other people to have an appreciation about art.

Title: “25/7”
Artist: Christian Cedrick M. Dela Paz

Recipient of Special Citation in the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas category, Christian Cedrick Dela Paz locates the everyman in the familiar setting of the jeepney in 25/7. The title suggests that the 24 hours that constitute a day seem never enough, what with the many responsibilities a common folk has to juggle simultaneously in order to keep body and soul together in an urban place.

This lack of time is symbolized by the man mournfully looking at his watch, with his evidently sad eyes and pursed, downturned lips. Behind him, framed by the jeepney window, is a wash of black, which may be the pre-dawn sky as he rushes for work or the night as he goes home with only a few hours left for rest.

Further emphasizing this lack of time is the paper bag of a convenience store which is open all day and all night. It may be that of the figure or another passenger, which has left it on the floor of the jeepney after hurriedly consuming a meal, because time is not sufficient for a proper sit-down to enjoy it.

25/7, with its dark, brooding color palette, confronts how modernity has robbed man the time to recuperate from the travails of the everyday. One has to make do with the little mercies offered to him while, as the figure in the work by Dela Paz demonstrates, longing for a more enduring form of alleviation.

Dela Paz, 23, plans to hold his own exhibition someday. His goal is to showcase Filipino culture and art to future generations through his works. Dela Paz is a graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Visual Communication from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology. He is currently affiliated to art groups Tuklas 2018 and Door 305.

Title: “Upuan”
Artist: Dave Alcon

Upuan, which receives Special Citation in the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas category, by Dave Alcon makes evident the structure of social, political, and economic hierarchies, conveyed by the metaphor of the chair. Found anywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, from government to religious institutions, the chair is a symbol of representation, inclusion, and power and whose association with privilege extends into language.

In the work, stacks of chairs, rendered as line drawing against a black background, crowd into a dense, structure in the bottom two-thirds of the canvas, which eases up in the middle before assuming once again a hectic complexity. From this point, the structure tapers off, assuming the shape of a pyramid. The background opens up as the chairs become fewer and fewer until the pyramid culminates into a golden throne that, because of its color and stylized rendition, becomes the dominant element of the composition.

Stark in its choice of color palette and subject, Upuan is a deceptively simple revelation of the sheer competition necessary to achieve the throne’s enviable position, which is paradoxically held up by the chairs that maintain the structure where only the very few, if not one, can reach the top.

Based in Muntinlupa City, 21-year old full-time visual artist Alcon’s works usually tackle political and economic crises, and environmental issues. In the future, Alcon wishes to continue creating artworks and dreams of becoming a successful and well-known artist. He earned his Bachelor’s degree major in Advertising from the Technological University of the Philippines Manila.

Title: “Walang Hihigit pang Sandata”
Artist: Arman Jay S. Arago

Art has been used as a vehicle to convey anti-war sentiments, as exemplified by Walang Hihigit Pang Sandata, recipient of Special Citation for Watermedia on Paper category, by Arman Jay Arago. Rendered in monochromatic green, the work is dominated by a central figure who has abandoned his military roots (as evidenced by his fatigue which now pools on his right leg) and now wears layman clothes as he earnestly holds a Bible to his chest.

With his head slightly tilted upwards in an attitude of expectation and his left leg having taken a decisive step, the figure is depicted ready to take a different journey from that of his previous life: to minister God’s Word.

As if moving towards the viewer, the figure straddles over the implements of war—grenades, missiles, automatic rifles that constitute a veritable still life of destructive force—that have caused countless loss of lives as well as grief on the part of those who have been left behind. A telling detail is how a strong light bathes the left side of the figure, which symbolizes Divine Providence, illuminating the path towards his new life.

A member of Linang Art Group, 27-year old Arago is a graduate of Bachelor of Technology major in Drafting Technology from the University System of Rizal- Morong. He dreams of becoming a national artist one day.

This year’s MADE Painting Recognition Final Board of Judges was chaired by artist and Green Papaya Projects art director Norberto “Peewee” Roldan. Members of the Board included multimedia artist Katrin De Guia, 1989 MADE Grand Awardee Antonio “Tony” Leano, curator Andrick Caesar “Ricky” Francisco, and visual artist Albert Avellana.

“UNLEASH” Exhibit and MADE Symposium

Another highlight of the night was the unveiling of an art exhibit entitled “UNLEASH,” showcasing the artworks of this year’s MADE semi-finalists and national finalists. Artworks displayed were made available for sale during the exhibit run.

Meanwhile, a lecture entitled “MADE Symposium: A Series of Lectures on Re-discovering Philippine Art & Cultural Heritage will also be held in the same venue on September 20. With topics about “Art Competitions and its Relevance to Philippine Art & Design Landscape,” “Use of Technology in Documenting Heritage,” “Legal Issues in Art & Heritage: On Forgeries and Conservation,” and “Beyond the Market: On Local Art Fairs and International Biennales,” the lectures will tackle relevant topics and issues in Philippine arts and cultural heritage.

With speakers who are experts in the field, the lectures also aim to share first-hand experiences and engage the audience through an open discussion on issues which are most relevant to the Philippine art scene.

Tracing its humble beginnings in the year 1984, the annual MADE was conceived by late Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty at a time when 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 at that time. While many took their struggles to the streets, Dr. Ty discovered much promise and potential in Philippine visual arts as an alternate creative bullhorn for people to be heard.

Thirty-five (35) years since, MADE has continued to be a platform for the discovery of the most passionate and creative visionaries in the country. To date, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) has recognized more than 400 creative visionaries serving as drivers behind the transformational and uplifting power of visual arts in nation-buildingmajority of them are now carving significant names in the local and even international art scenes.

(With words from renowned poet, art critic, and MADE-Alice Guillermo Art Criticism Awardee Carlomar Daoana)

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