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George Ty's Family Contributes P20 Million to Manila Cathedral Restoration Project

(Photo Caption: Metrobank Group Chairman, Dr. George S.K. Ty, MBFI Board of Advisers Chairman and Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban; and MBFI President and GTMF Executive Director Aniceto M. Sobrepeña turn over a Php20 Million donation to His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle for the Manila Cathedral Restoration Project)

 

Metrobank Group Chairman, Dr. George S.K. Ty, through GT-Metro Foundation (GTMF) and Metrobank Foundation (MBFI), donated Php20 Million for the restoration of the Manila Cathedral-Basilica's sanctuary, the basilica’s inner sanctum, as the Ty family’s contribution for the preservation of one of the country’s historical landmarks of faith.

The donation was formally turned over to His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Chairman of the Manila Cathedral-Basilica Foundation (MMCBFI), Inc., during the 35th Anniversary Celebration of Metrobank Foundation held at the Le Pavillon, Metropolitan Park, Pasay City on January 29, 2014.

The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, also known as the Manila Cathedral, was built in the late 1500s in honor of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Principal Patroness of the Philippines.

According to GTMF Executive Director Aniceto Sobrepeña, the donation is aligned with the Foundation's thrust of strengthening the Ty Family's legacy by supporting significant infrastructure projects that will benefit the society.

"In addition, the Ty family has a personal devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary thus, making this project close to their hearts," he said.

Exposure to calamities plus the normal wear and tear over time prompted the temporary closure of the cathedral in February 2012 for public safety, as well as to undertake a massive restoration project led by Cardinal Tagle.

“The contribution is timely as the cathedral’s completion of the restoration is on its finishing touches. After being closed for two years, the Basilica is set to open on March 25, 2014,” says MMCBFI Executive Director Msgr. Nestor Cerbo.

“Thank you so much for the goldness of your heart, which helps in making possible the restoration of the premier house of God in the Philippines,” he adds.

Since its establishment in 2009, GTMF has taken an active role in focusing the Ty family’s philanthropic activities in the areas of health, environment, grants and legacy - where the donation for the Manila Cathedral main altar restoration falls under.

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GT-Metro Foundation is the family foundation of Metrobank Founder and Group Chairman, Dr. George S.K. Ty. It seeks to realize the advocacies espoused by the Ty family through investing in strategic programs on health and environment, as well as through legacy projects and grants for the benefit of disadvantaged sectors and the society as a whole.

 
Knowledge Channel Programming Advisory (February 2014)

In celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution and the National Arts Month, Knowledge Channel airs the following specials:

For the EDSA People Power Anniversary:

EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Stories Film Festival

The EDSA Stories Film Festival is part of Focus on the Global South-Philippines’ broader contribution to the anniversary of the People Power Revolution, under its EDSA Stories Project.

These short films, each produced under a film grant as well as Focus’s own documentary, EDSAngangdaan: Mga Pagtatagpo’t Pagpapasiya, paint a broad canvas of Philippine society and history in relation to the three EDSA uprisings over the years. These are stories of mothers and wives of the rebelling soldiers in EDSA; stories of farmers, politicians and street children; and stories of ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances. The film festival presents all these vital stories with the aim of furthering social and historical education, and of turning cinema into a vehicle for socio-political change.

The EDSA Stories Film Festival (Entries - RT:22-23min)

Airing:

February 23 (6:20pm)

February 24 (6:00pm)

February 25 (6:00pm)

EDSAngangdaan: Mga Pagtatagpo’t Pagpapasiya (Documentary - RT:40m)

Airing:

February 23 (12:00pm & 10:40pm)

February 24 (10:40pm)

February 25 (10:40pm)

The EDSA Stories

Focus on the Global South also conducted over 34 interviews with some of the key personalities of EDSA 1986. Watch some of these interviews on the following dates:

February 17 - 21 (10:20pm)

February 23, 24 & 26 (8:00pm)

*For the rest of the interviews, check edsastories.focusweb.org

Lakas Sambayanan

From the Foundation for Worldwide People Power (FWWPP) comes a compelling documentary about the historical People Power Revolution.

The two-hour feature is produced & directed by the award-winning documentarist Butch Nolasco, written by award-winning scriptwriter Jose Pete Lacaba, and narrated by multi-awarded actor Cesar Montano.

Airing:

(20-minuters)

Daily, February 17-26, 6:30am and 6:40pm

(Full Episode)

February 22, 7:00pm

February 25, 8:00pm

For Arts Month:

Art Republik

Philippine visual and performing arts, issues and artists take center stage in “Art Republik.”

Airing:

Mon (9:00pm)

Thu  (8:20pm)

Sat (9:20pm)

Tipong Pinoy

Tipong Pinoy, hosted by Susan Calo-Medina and Wency Cornejo and produced by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), takes its viewers on a weekly journey and discovery of Philippine culture and heritage.

Airing: Mon (9:40pm), Thu (9:00pm), Fri (10:00pm)

Travel Time

The longest-running travelogue and cultural show hosted by Ms. Susan Calo-Medina brings Knowledge Channel viewers to some of the most beautiful and culturally-rich destinations in the country.

Airing: Sun (9:40pm), Mon (8:20pm), Wed (9:40pm)

 
K Channel Airs Specials on EDSA Revolution and National Arts Month

February will see the country commemorating two important events: the National Arts Month and the 28th Anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution.

To stress the importance of Filipino art and recognizing one’s roots and traditions, K Channel will air these art and culture shows: Art Republik, Tipong Pinoy, and Travel Time. Art Republik centers on Philippine visual and performing arts. Tipong Pinoy takes its viewers on a weekly journey and discovery of Philippine culture and heritage, while Travel Time brings Knowledge Channel viewers to some of the most beautiful and culturally-rich destinations in the country.

To underscore the importance of EDSA revolution, K Channel will air EDSAngangdaan, The EDSA Stories, and Lakas Sambayanan. EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Stories Film Festival is a compilation of short films that paint a broad canvas of Philippine society and history in relation to the three EDSA uprisings over the years. These are stories of mothers and wives of the rebelling soldiers in EDSA; stories of farmers, politicians and street children; and stories of ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances. The film festival presents all these vital stories with the aim of furthering social and historical education, and of turning cinema into a vehicle for socio-political change.

You can also have a face-to-face with historic figures of EDSA revolution through The EDSA Stories, a Focus on the Global South production that will also air in K Channel this month. Also watch for Lakas Sambayanan, a two-hour compelling documentary about the historical People Power Revolution that is produced & directed by the award-winning documentarist Butch Nolasco, written by award-winning scriptwriter Jose Pete Lacaba, and narrated by multi-awarded actor Cesar Montano, which will air on February 22-26.

Catch all these on the month of February only at K Channel!

 
K Channel Helps Students Prepare for NAT

To help students and teachers prepare for the annual National Achievement Test (NAT), K Channel has started airing NAT reviewers or shows with topics that are normally asked in the said examination.

NAT is a set of standardized tests addressing the major subjects taught in school. It is yearly administered by Department of Education’s National Educational Testing and Research Center (NETRC). This year, it will be given to Grades 3 and 6 and 4th year high school students to test their knowledge and mastery of level-appropriate Mathematics, Science, Communication Skills, and Araling Panlipunan.

Based on the outcome assessment on K Channel connected schools conducted by the UP Statistical Research Center, K Channel contributes to a 3% increase in NAT scores when viewed and used regularly and effectively. In order to reap its benefits, students and teachers are encouraged to watch K Channel from Monday to Friday at 12:00-12:20pm (Grade 3), 12:20-12:40pm (Grade 6), and 12:40-1:00pm (4th year) and at  4:00-4:20pm (Grade 3), 4:20-4:40pm (Grade 6) and 4:40-5:00pm (4th year). The NAT review on K Channel runs from January to March.

K Channel aims to reach not just NAT takers but all learners nationwide. Donations will help K Channel continuously expand and provide better service to all learners. #

 
CEMEX brings cheers to typhoon victims
Kids of Funtastic Island patiently wait for their gifts in CEMEX’s gift-giving activity

When asked to bring the most torn slippers in front, a bunch of kids merrily scrambled to give theirs in exchange for a prize on a “Bring Me” game during the CEMEX Christmas Wish Program.

Seeing how gleeful they were, one wouldn’t realize that they were the same kids who rushed for safety with their families when super typhoon Yolanda threatened Funtastic Island in Gibitngilan, Northern Cebu last November.

The typhoon took away properties and knocked down trees. But no matter how strong it was, it still wasn’t able to take away the spirit of Christmas.

After Yolanda, CEMEX's gift-giving program took on a different spin. Aside from its annual visit to centers and communities, CEMEX chose to conduct the event in one of the badly hit areas in Visayas.

Giving. It’s more fun in Funtastic Island.

Last month, a group of CEMEX H.E.R.O. (Help. Engage. Reach. Out.) volunteers from Makati office and APO and Solid plants set off at 4 o’clock in the morning for a three-hour land trip and half-hour boat ride to the island.

Upon arrival, the group was greeted with smiling and waving children who were either playing on the shore or standing beside a roofless chapel.

The program was held in a small court where gifts and new slippers were spread out. Before the gift-giving, the kids were asked to write their wishes and then a godfather or godmother from CEMEX will grant it.

Not minding the heat, the volunteers distributed more than 200 gifts for the children and 500 grocery packages for their families.

At the peak of the program, the kids were asked to close their eyes and count to 10.

When they opened their eyes, they joyfully cheered when they saw a dancing Jollibee and Hetty, mascots of the famous fast food chain Jollibee, in front of them.


CEMEX H.E.R.O. volunteers during the Kiddie Party for the Funtastic children

“Masaya po kaming nandito para makapagbigay sa mga bata ng kaunting tuwa. Nang tumama si Yolanda sa Visayas, kami rin pong nasa Maynila ay parang tinamaan na rin. Sana’y masiyahan kayo sa aming ipamamahagi [We’re happy to be here to give the kids some cheers. When Yolanda hit Visayas, we in Manila were likely affected as well. We hope that the gifts we’ll be sharing with you will make you happy],” said Erlinda Lizardo, CEMEX corporate communications manager to the children of Funtastic.

Excited and all smiling, the kids embraced their presents and were very giddy to open the bags. After handing over the gifts and meals, the volunteers led each kid to fit a new pair of slippers.

“It is very fulfilling to be part of a team who cares. Never mind the heat or the high waters we need to cross, what’s important is we’re here to deliver their wishes,” said Fernando Enriquez, CEMEX vice president for operations and technology.

Most of the gifts received were brand new clothes, undergarments, toys, and bags. “Daghang salamat po [Thank you very much],” said ten-year old Dexter Pinote when he finally received the green bag with his wish inside.

 

More cheers in Cebu, Rizal, Makati

Aside from Funtastic Island, another gift-giving program was hosted for the community around the APO Cement Plant. Almost 200 children were invited to share the cheers and presents.

Weeks after, a gift-giving activity was organized for the abused and street children of Bahay Kalinga [Center for Care].

The last charity event visit was held at Virlanie Foundation in Makati, home for abandoned and street children. The H.E.R.O. volunteers played and had a chat with the high-spirited and talented Virlanie kids.

 

Reaching out to Kinatarcan

The aftermath of typhoon Yolanda turned the once beautiful places into wastelands. When CEMEX Foundation learned that no aid has reached Kinatarcan Island yet, its volunteers from APO conducted an on-site relief mission in the island of Northern Cebu. The community, which has about 1,000 families, is one of the badly affected areas in the province where 90 percent of the houses were destroyed.

But even when they are roofless and homeless for now, the citizens in Kinatarcan Island are not hopeless, saying they will strive to rebuild their lives again.


The kids in Kinatarcan Island help carry gallons of clean water to their homes from the CEMEX relief mission

“In times like this, we are called to help in any way we can. There is no small contribution when you give and help with all your heart. I hope that with these CARE bags and with our continuous relief efforts, we can ease the pain of our brothers and sisters in Visayas,” said Chito Maniago, CEMEX corporate and public affairs director.

Among its efforts, CEMEX also turned over almost 2,000 CARE bags containing canned goods, biscuits, bottles of water, and clothes to ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya and GMA Kapuso Foundation. CEMEX, likewise, partnered with the League of Corporate Foundations and Energy Development Corporation in transporting goods to the provinces of Samar and Leyte.


CEMEX H.E.R.O. volunteers turn over relief goods to ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya for the victims of typhoon Yolanda

 

Building together

After the relief comes rehabilitation. CEMEX, through its global 2-to-1 matching donation program, gathered close to 500,000 USD from employee contributions. The Foundation is currently planning a rebuilding project for the people affected by the typhoon.

For the survivors, moving on will be a hard thing to do. The typhoon has scarred them and it will be difficult to restore what was theirs before the calamity. But with the constant support of their families, friends, and even strangers who try to help as much as they can, the survivors will eventually carry on.

As for the children, they will soon have a roof above their heads again to shelter them from heat, rain or any other harm.

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CEMEX Philippines is the manufacturer of the only eco-labeled cement brands in the country including Island Portland Cement, Palitada King, Rizal Portland Super, Rizal Masonry Cement, APO Portland Premium, APO Portland Cement, APO Masonry Cement, and APO Pozzolan. For more information, please log on to http://www.cemexphilippines.com. For partnerships, please contact the Public Affairs Unit and email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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