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Metrobank Foundation Celebrates its Legacy of Excellence with Launch of 3 Coffeetable Books

Metrobank_AnniversaryCelebrating a Legacy of Excellence. Presenting the three books are Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Senior Adviser, Metrobank (3rd from left, 1st row); Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban (Ret), Chairman, Metrobank Foundation Board of Advisers (4th from left, 1st row); and Dr. Antonio S.Abacan, Jr., Vice Chairman, Metrobank Group, and Senior Adviser, Metrobank Foundation (5th from left, 1st row) together with (1st row, L-R) Mr. Alfred V. Ty, President, Federal Land;  Mr. Aniceto M. Sobrepeña, President, Metrobank Foundation; Mr. Francis C. Sebastian, Metrobank Vice Chairman; Mr. Arthur Ty, Metrobank Chairman and Metrobank Foundation Vice Chairman; and Mr. Fabian S. Dee, Metrobank President. Joining them are (2nd row, L-R) Mr. Cid Reyes, Writer-Editor, MADE of Gold; Dr. Jaime An Lim, Author, 10 Outstanding Filipino Teachers Vol. 2, Mr. Garrick N. Lee, representing Dr. Queena N. Lee-Chua, and Dr. Marie Marjorie M. Evasco, Contributing writer, Metrobank Foundation Exemplars.


As part of the celebration of Metrobank’s 50 years, the Metrobank Foundation recently launched three coffee table books: MADE of Gold, 10 Outstanding Filipino Teachers and Metrobank Foundation Exemplars, at the Main Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban (Ret) and other distinguished officials from the government, business, academe, and diplomatic communities graced the book launch.

“The three books convey the very essence of what we do in the Metrobank Foundation. We encourage people to excel in what they do by recognizing excellent contributions in their respective fields. But it does not end there. Their shining examples should serve as inspiration to others worthy of emulation. And we aim to further propagate their stories of triumph and excellence through three (3) coffeetable books,” says Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. “While we are known for our recognition programs, it is only now that we are coming up with publications that will share stories of triumphs and dreams fulfilled by the exceptional individuals we have honored in the past,” he continued.

The book Metrobank Foundation Exemplars features 15 inspiring stories of select  awardees of the Foundation’s  recognition programs   - Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE)  and Search for Outstanding Journalists  whose shining examples, inspiring dedication, and excellent performance in their respective fields have helped shape their communities and the nation. This collection of profiles was written by 2003 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher Dr. Queena N. Lee-Chua.

Acclaimed writer and art critic Cid Reyes documents the significance of the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) in the Philippine art scene and its involvement in uplifting culture and art as catalysts of nation-building in MADE of Gold. The 252-page book presents in full color winning artworks and designs since 1984– 140 paintings, 12 sculptures, 7 Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardees, 13 interior designers and 6 architects. Selected artworks featured in the book are on exhibition at the second floor of Vicente Manansala hallway and at the Little Theater lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines until April 14.

Now on its second volume, the 10 Outstanding Filipino Teachers documents the journey and the legacy of ten (10) Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) awardees. Written by 2003 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher Dr. Jaime An Lim, the book pays tribute to everyday heroes in education. It features the teachers’ background, best practices and legacies.

The first volume of the book by Dr. Queena N. Lee-Chua was a finalist in the 2005 National Book Awards of the Manila Critics Circle.

In his message, Chief Justice Panganiban expressed that “Metrobank Foundation takes part in building the community and the nation as it rewards excellence in people and institutions.” “Indeed, excellence is both the Foundation’s beacon and anchor. Metrobank Foundation has chosen top awardees whose life and career it proclaims and honors in these books. They are the best of the best of Metrobank Foundation’s search for excellence among our people,” he added.

Since its establishment in 1979, the Metrobank Foundation has sought to promote and foster the values of excellence and achievement among Filipinos. In its commitment to make a difference in the lives of its chosen stakeholders and contribute to nation-building, the programs of the Foundation have always endeavored to encourage and reward individuals and organizations to be the best they can be, and in the process, inspire the rest to similarly strive for the highest standards of performance of conduct in their respective professions.

For book purchases and further inquiries call telephone numbers 857-5918, 898-8855 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Established on January 8, 1979 by George S. K. Ty, sixteen (16) years after he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank), the Metrobank Foundation is engaged in social development projects in the Philippines and other parts of Asia. As the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, the Foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare. It also maintains an active and dynamic partnership with other organizations that likewise provide services for the disadvantaged. Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), College Scholarship Program (CSP), Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS), and the recently launched Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY). It also supports programs aimed at educating the citizenry on public-interest issues through research and lectures given by the distinguished holders of the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Lecture established by the Foundation in partnership with reputable educational institutions. The Foundation is also the principal owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading centers of wellness in the country.

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

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