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One Meralco Foundation celebrates 'The Power of Dreams'



One Meralco Foundation celebrates ‘The Power of Dreams’

One Meralco Foundation (OMF), the social development arm of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) celebrates three milestones in its continuing mission to “spread the light” – that is, to bring social development to underserved communities – in a three-part program held Wednesday (September 2), at the Meralco Theater.

Dubbed “The Power of Dreams,” the two-hour event highlights three notable accomplishments of the Foundation since its re-launch in 2011 namely, the electrification of more than 100 remote public schools through its school electrification program, the launch of its energy education program and the 5th anniversary of its MVP Academic Achievement Awards program.


In 2011, One Meralco Foundation launched a first-of-its-kind advocacy program which provided an alternative for remote public schools around the country to gain access to electricity. The program energizes off-grid school using photovoltaic (solar) technology. The mission is to enable teachers in these schools to use modern teaching tools like computers and multimedia equipment and improve the learning experience of the students. Starting in Isla Verde, Batangas, the Foundation energized one school after the other, creating impact in far-flung communities from as far north as the Calayan Islands to as far south as Davao del Sur (Balut Island) in Mindanao. This year, the program energized its 100th school, an elementary school for Aeta students in Porac, Pampanga. Through the years, the program has brought much needed electricity to these remote communities. More importantly, it has sparked hope among the hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in these schools.


Although energy is everywhere and the possibilities of harnessing its power seems boundless, this valuable resource, unfortunately, is finite. And so, in line with Meralco’s commitment to make the future much brighter for Filipinos by ensuring them continued safe and reliable electricity service, One Meralco Foundation aligned with the Department of Education’s new K to 12 curriculum to develop learning tools which would help incorporate energy concepts in classrooms with the end goal of molding the minds of these future leaders so that they grow up being responsible energy users. Through the program, the Foundation was able to develop 350 energy learning cards in partnership with the Coalition for Better Education (CBE) and the Department of Education. These cards integrate energy topics in Science, Mathematics, English, Values Education, Social Studies and even MAPEH. One Meralco Foundation’s Energy Education Program will be formally launched during the “Power of Dreams” event.


Now on its 5th year, the MVP Academic Achievement Awards (MVPAAA) continues to reward children and siblings of Meralco employees who have performed exemplary well in their academics. The program rewards the hard work of these “scholars” through a cash assistance and a medal, a tangible insignia for a job well done. This year, the MVPAAA will reward 200 awardees and 42 Top Achievers (those who won in the previous year and continued to improve their academic performance through the next school year).

“The Power of Dreams” featured special performances by “El Gamma Penumbra,” the all-Filipino group which wowed TV audiences in Asia and around the world for their superb performances in the Asia’s Got Talent search in Singapore. The group bagged the Grand Prize from the said competition, besting contestants from all over the region, bringing pride to our country.

The a cappella champion “Acapella Go,” which also won an international a capella competition held in Singapore this year, also performed during the event.

Today’s celebration of the power dreams is also a testament of all us working together, empowering each other to move our nation forward,” said Meralco President and CEO Oscar S. Reyes in his welcome remarks.

“With Meralco’s corporate values driving our commitment to social responsibility, we have been steadfast in our mission in the Foundation to make an even greater impact in the years to come. We believe profoundly that our company’s business purpose is most powerful when it makes a meaningful contribution to our broader society. But for that work to succeed and to be sustained, we need the community’s all-out support, which can come only with understanding and commitment.

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To know more about One Meralco Foundation’s social development programs, visit

PHINMA Welcomes 33 New Scholars

The PHINMA National Scholarship (PNS) program welcomed 33 new scholars last September 16, 2015 during its Annual Banquet in One Rockwell, Makati City. PNS is the flagship program of the PHINMA Foundation Inc. Anchored in the PHINMA Group’s mission of Making lives better for all Filipinos, the program has been forming young leaders and professionals for the past nine years. Currently, the program has granted almost 200 scholarships and has produced 97 graduates in the fields of education, engineering, and accountancy.

During the Annual Banquet, Mr. Oscar J. Hilado, Chairman of PHINMA Inc., delivered a special message for the tenth batch of PNS Scholars. He emphasized the values of leadership, wisdom, and the virtue of sharing.


Mr. Oscar J. Hilado, Chairman of PHINMA Inc., welcoming the new batch of PNS Scholars

Every year, PNS grants the Life Can Be Better Award to a deserving graduate who is recognized for being an exemplary student, an excellent leader, and has embodied the values of integrity, patriotism, competence and professionalism. This year’s awardee was Emiliano M. Tan, a graduate of the UP College of Engineering with a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and received various academic and non-academic awards as well. In his speech, Emil reminded his co-scholars and the PHINMA employees what it means to make life better for others. He said, “As individuals, we always have that choice to strive for something more. The real essence of having a better life is being able to transcend those choices and affect the lives of other people positively.”

PHINMA Executives with this year’s Life Can Be Better Awardee
(L-R) Mr. Oscar J. Hilado, Mr. Emil Tan, Dr. Magdaleno B. Albarracin and Mr. Roberto M. Laviňa

Going Green Goes a Long Way | 100% Recycling Power from Mondelez Philippines

We’ve all heard it before. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Long before social media began to display cute images of recycled items, we’ve been taught since elementary that things we thought have served their purpose can find new life. Apart from just being a fun hobby, recycling can also help you earn a little extra. It’s not just individuals who are doing it either, even companies like Mondelez Philippines.

Deliciousness that goes a long way. Take the example of the Samahan ng Kababaihan of San Dionisio in Parañaque. They are a women’s collective formed through the foundation Save the Children. Led by Ate Vilma Cruz, the collective makes and sells jewelry from recycled paper and beads, and bags from old tarpaulins.

If you have leftover tall glass bottles, you can also do what artist and all-around creative person Rosan Reodica of the hashtag #practicingmisis did. Paint them, bedazzle them and use them to store flowers, as decorations, or what have you.

Give things new life by recycling them!

“Oh but I’m not a creative person and I’m not good with my hands,” some would say. Not a problem. Recycling can be second nature to you as switching off lights when not in use. You don’t need to know how to make a lamp out of old plastic spoons (yes it can be done!) You can just save unused plastic spoons from takeout containers and use them the next time you have a party. Saves you money and helps prevent more trash going to dump sites. Don’t forget to segregate used plastic spoons into the “Recyclable” trash bin!

Consciousness that goes a long way. The plain fact is that once our trash leaves our homes, they tend to be forgotten. In fact, according to National Geographic, 55% of wastes in the USA get buried in landfills and only 33% get recycled (www. 2015). Do we really want to leave that much trash for future generations?

If you think you don’t have a stake in this, think again. If you have a child or grandchild, or plan to still be around in the next 35 years, it’s time to do your part. Mondelez Philippines, the Company formerly named Kraft Foods has been at work to reduce the amount of waste it produces in its plant in Sucat, Parañaque since 2008. Through its sustainability program called “Go Green,” the Company has been taking steps to ensure that while it continues to produce favorite brands like Eden Cheese and Cheez Whiz, it does so while reducing its impact on the environment.

Now, Mondelez Philippines is proud to share that 100% of its packaging and waste products used in its Sucat plant are being used for other purposes or recycled. Anyone who’s ever cooked at home or started a small baking business knows that this activity creates waste in terms of packaging of ingredients or even leftover food waste like peelings from fruits and vegetables. The same principle applies to Mondelez Philippines but instead of putting these wastes directly into the trash bin, the Company is able to recycle and reuse 100% of them.

Mondelez Philippines believes in recycling and reducing their use of precious resources like water and energy. In their Sucat, Parañaque Plant a Biomass Boiler is being used which produces steam through the use of coconut and rice husks as “fuel.”

The little things go a long way. For its used packaging materials like carton boxes and glass bottles, these are sent to manufacturers who recycle them to create new boxes and glass bottles. For food waste, these are given as feeds to animals. Other residual waste or foil packs are sent to a partner organization that uses these as co-fuel to power and heat up cement kilns.

“We also help recycle coconut and rice husks with the use of a Biomass Boiler,” adds Mondelez Philippines’ Country Head Ashish Pisharodi. “These formerly unused agricultural wastes are used to heat a Biomass Boiler that in turn provides steam to our manufacturing plant so we can make delicious cheese and bread spreads. It’s our little way of doing good for the environment that also helps us provide better service to Filipino consumers.”

Recycling is an everyday occurrence at Mondelez Philippines with water being recycled to bring life to plants and for bathroom use. More than that, the water is also used for material washing and environmental cleaning and for facilities. In fact, 99% of the water the Company uses is being recycled again, greatly reducing the amount of fresh water being used. If a Company with 450 people in it can do it, so can you in your own home. Take up recycling too!

That money you save from recycling can go a long way to buy a snack or even a meal. Be energized by the power of recycling and giving things new life like what Mondelez Philippines does. So you too can help preserve the life of our one and only home, Earth.

For more information on Mondelez Philippines’ Go Green program, visit You may also contact the Samahan ng Kababaihan of San Dionisio through Vilma Cruz at 0948-203-8467. Their address is at 6183 Petunia St., Tramo, San Dionisio, Parañaque City.

BPI Foundation News Update Volume 1, Issue 3

Ayala Foundation and Singapore Management University Launch Ayala Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration Scholarship

From left: Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chairman of Ayala Corporation and co-chairman of Ayala Foundation; Prof. Arnoud de Meyer, president of Singapore Management University; and Mr. Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation, formalized the partnership for the Ayala Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration Scholarship on September 28, in an event held at the Ayala Museum.

September 28, 2015 Ayala Foundation has partnered with Singapore Management University (SMU) to launch the Ayala Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration (MTSC) Scholarship today to inspire the best and most talented Filipino students enrolled in the MTSC program to greater heights of academic and practical excellence.

The launch of the scholarship was graced by Her Excellency Kok Li Peng, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Philippines; His Excellency Roland van Remoortele, Ambassador of Belgium to the Philippines; Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation; SMU President Professor Arnoud De Meyer; and Mr. Ruel T. Maranan, President of Ayala Foundation. Professor Ann Florini, Academic Director of the Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration programme at SMU was also present, and shared with the audience her insights on the power of tri-sector cooperation between government, society, and business as a catalyst for change in Asia.

Our partnership with SMU is a strategic expression of our support for the global Filipinocommitted to national development, but also highly attuned to what goes on in the rest of the world, and able to harness these for the benefit of everyone. It is also our way of strengthening our relationship with the rest of our ASEAN neighbors, one of the most exciting regions for economic and social development, said Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, CEO of Ayala Corporation.

This partnership with Ayala Foundation is testimony of the strong and collaborative relationship between SMU and Ayala, as well as the quality and rigor of our MTSC program, the first of its kind in the world. We look forward to welcoming the first batch of scholarship recipients to our campus next year, said SMU President Professor Arnoud De Meyer.

Developed by and taught in SMU, the MTSC is the worlds only advanced degree program in professionalizing partnership development and management. It empowers emerging leaders from the private, public, and people sectors to work together to develop sustainable solutions to the worlds big problems. This integrated program provides a toolkit of collaborative and management skills to deal with a future of increasing complexity and scarce resources. Interdisciplinary training will come from both academic faculty and professional practitioners. Modules provide rigorous training in topics such as partnership mindsets, global trends, personal leadership, leading change from the middle of an organization, futures methodologies, and complexity science. Students undertake Capstone projects that address real-world challenges requiring tri-sectoral collaboration to solve.

Through this scholarship, we encourage members of Philippine civil society and government to further hone their knowledge and skills in working closely with government, business, and the non-profit sectors covered by the SMU course. At the end of the 18 months dedicated to studies at SMU, it is our hope to see our scholars coming back to the country to make a stronger, more lasting contribution to the great cause of partnerships for nation building, said Ruel Maranan, Ayala Foundation President.

The scholarship is housed under the education arm of the Ayala Foundation and will provide financial assistance to its scholars pursuing the Ayala Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration post-graduate degree.

The recipient of the scholarship should be a citizen of the Philippines and a member of a civil society organization or the Philippine government. The applicant must demonstrate leadership qualities and aptitude to excel in the program, and have the potential to contribute to the bigger community. Up to four scholarships will be available every year for the next five years, each scholarship shall have up to a total value of between S$25,000 and S$50,000. The first scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in the 18-month program commencing in January 2016. Deadline for this scholarship application period is on October 20, 2015.

To access the application portal and to see the list of requirements, interested applicants are requested to visit


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About Ayala Foundation

As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation's main program areas are Education, Youth Leadership, Sustainable Livelihood, and Arts and Culture.


About Singapore Management University

Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching.  Established in 2000, SMUs mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy.  SMU education is known for its highly interactive, collaborative and project-based approach to learning, and for its technologically enabled pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes.  Comprised of six schools specialising in Accountancy, Business, Economics, Information Systems, Law and Social Sciences, it offers a wide range of bachelors', masters' and PhD degree programmes and is home to 8,800 students.  With an emphasis on generating relevant multi-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues, and being Singapores only university in the city, SMU enjoys strategic linkages with business, government and the wider community through its research institutes, centres and labs.

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