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AMY PBB Donates Php1.0M to DepEd

Since AMY Foundation, the CSR Unit of Philippine Business Bank (PBB) is very much in support to EDUCATION, the management of PBB decided to donate P1,000,000 to the Department of Education (DepEd) thru the office of Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro.



(From L-R: AMY Foundation Executive Director Alice P. Rodil, PBB President & CEO Rolando R. Avante, DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro FSC, DepEd Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Atty. Tonisito Umali)

The amount was raised due to the concerted efforts from the management, officers and staff of the Bank. A part from the Christmas Party Fund which was intended for the raffle prizes for the Bank's Christmas Party was initially donated while officers and staff also contribute cash, matched by the Bank to come up with a total of Php1.0M donation.

PBB President Rolando R. Avante and AMY Foundation Executive Director Alice P. Rodil were both present during the turnover ceremony on January 22, 2013 held at the DepEd Office of the Secretary. It was agreed upon that said donation will be used to construct a classroom for the benefit of three hundred six (306) students at Sangab Elementary School located in Davao Oriental, one of the provinces affected by the wrath of Typhoon Pablo. A portion of the amount will also be allotted to start a feeding program which will also be based in the said school.

Upland Coop Gets New Livelihood Project from Aboitiz Foundation

Aboitiz Foundation together with the Aboitiz scholars recently turned over a new livelihood project dubbed as "PANLambo Bakeshop" to one of its outstanding assisted organizations - the Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative in Cebu City.

The project is one of the winning proposals during the 2011 Aboitiz Scholars’ CSR Summit. Initiated by a group of Aboitiz scholars namely Tito Linao III, Kathrina Maika Montayre, Arvin Padilla, John Edward Ramirez, Jezrah Salmayor, and Adriel Gamier Sanchez, the project aims to augment the income of the cooperative and provide job opportunities. Out of the net income of the bakeshop, thirty percent (30%) will be used for various feeding programs.


“Let us give thanks to the scholars. As young as they are, they are already taking initiatives to help communities,” said Aboitiz Foundation EVP and Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio during the turnover. “To the cooperative, we just hope that you will make the project grow and successful,” he added.

Team lead Arvin Padilla also hopes that through the project, it can somehow make the community more progressive. “It’s an overwhelming feeling that as young as we are, we are able to create a project like this. Our heartfelt gratitude to Aboitiz Foundation and the Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative for the support,” he added.

“A little of something is a part of a whole,” said Mr. Leo Alcantara, Vice Chairman of Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative. “Each one of us has our own contribution to make our community progress. A little from you, a little from me, a little from one another can make a big whole. The PanLambo bakeshop can feed more children today and in the future. Thus, we will do our best to improve the project and to continue it until the next generations,” he added.

The Cambinocot Multipurpose Cooperative is very grateful that they have been receiving grants and assistance from the Foundation through the years. They have been a recipient of computer units, biodigesters, cooperative building and various capability-building training. The Aboitiz Foundation funded the acquisition of baking equipment and materials needed for the project.

The Filipinas Heritage Library finds a new home at Ayala Museum

]The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), an important part of Ayala Foundation Inc.'s arts and culture division, reopened on March 19 at its new location on the sixth floor of the Ayala Museum.

The new FHL is equipped with enhanced services and facilities as it strides to the future as “the contemporary space for the contemporary researcher.”

FHL’s latest endeavor, in partnership with Trade Channels, is the Filipiniana Online project, which aims to digitize the library’s collection of over 2,000 rare books and make them accessible on the Internet in Flipbook form.

FHL3lowresThe new FHL aims to be "a contemporary space for the contemporary researcher."

FHL has also updated its Himig Collection of vinyl records and music sheets, converting pieces such as Maria Carpena’s “Ang Maya” (1913) and the first recording of “Lupang Hinirang” by Jose Mossesgeld Santiago (1983-1959) to digital formats for listening at the library’s audio station.

FHL1lowresThe Himig Collection has over 5,000 pieces of original Filipino music.


Moreover, through its numerous LibraryLink initiatives in the past, FHL has set up an online search engine that provides access to more than 357,000 Filipiniana database records from over a hundred partner libraries nationwide.

Also migrating to the new facility is FHL’s body of rich and one-of-a-kind collections, including the Retrato Collection composed of over 35,000 images on Philippine culture from the 15th century to the early 21st century, World War II documents and books from the Roderick Hall collection, and the Elpidio Quirino papers.

FHL2lowresResearchers can access both print and digital Filipiniana materials.

The facility is primarily designed to be conducive to in-depth research work. Guests are encouraged to make reservations before coming over to ensure comfort and the availability of requested materials.

For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 757-7117 to 21 local 36. See you at the new Filipinas Heritage Library

Article by Jei Ente of Ayala Museum, Ayala Foundation

Antonio O. Floirendo Foundation: Project Roof A Classroom

Cebu schools get new classrooms, armchairs


More than 1,700 armchairs and 14 classrooms have been given to 10 public elementary and high schools in Cebu and Mandaue cities to help address the lack of facilities that students could use.

In Cebu City, Banilad Elementary and Night High School was given a 3-storey, 3-classroom building and armchairs.  In Mandaue City, four schools—Cabancalan I Elementary School, Banilad Elementary School, Canduman National High School and Subangdaku Technical Vocational High School—were also given new classrooms.  Subangdaku was also given a cosmetology and food trade training center.

About 1,720 armchairs were also distributed to Mabolo Elementary School, Banilad Elementary and Night High School, Bacayan Elementary School, Busay Elementary School, Talamban Elementary School and Talamban National High School in Cebu City, and Subangdaku Elementary School, Subangdaku National High School, Canduman Elementary School, and Tipolo National High School in Mandaue City.

The schools and armchairs were turned over by Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. to the recipient schools in separate occasions last Jan. 14 & 15, 2013.  Aside from the turnovers, the Foundation also signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the donation of computer units and 5,000 more armchairs to 22 schools in Cebu Province.

Present during the turnovers were Aboitiz Foundation President Jon Ramon Aboitiz, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, Foundation trustee Romy Ronquillo, EVP & Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio, DepEd representatives, local government officials, and principals of the beneficiary schools.

The Aboitiz Foundation invests more than 50% of its annual budget in education-related initiatives. To date, it has built over 597 classrooms nationwide, benefiting over 50,000 students.  It has also donated almost 2,000 computer units and 17,150 armchairs, and refurbished almost 40 computer laboratories.

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