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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.

CEMEX partners with the Kapuso Foundation in helping Pablo victims

EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERISM: CEMEX Philippines turned over a cheque worth P200,000 to GMA 7 Kapuso Foundation dedicated to the rebuilding efforts in Mindanao for typhoon Pablo victims. Standing, from left: Winifred Avendaño, Executive Director of Kapuso Foundation; Paul Arcenas, CEMEX Philippines VP for Strategic Planning; Chito Maniago, CEMEX Director for Corporate Communications & Public Affairs; Seated, from left: Gina Eala, VP for Human Resources of CEMEX Philippines; Mel Tiangco, GMA Kapuso Foundation Head; and Erlinda Lizardo, CEMEX Corporate Communications Manager.

Nearly 3 months since the devastating typhoon Pablo hit Mindanao, victims are still struggling to rebuild lost homes and livelihood. In the wake of billions of pesos worth of damage to infrastructure, agriculture and private properties, employees and executives of cement manufacturer CEMEX Philippines raised P200,000 for donation to the GMA 7 Kapuso Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to help Filipino families in the areas of health, education, poverty alleviation and community development. The Kapuso Foundation is currently conducting relief projects and town rebuilding programs in Mindanao where Pablo survivors are given food, medicines, clothes and building materials.

Kapuso Foundation head Mel Tiangco, who is also a prominent news anchor and TV/radio personality, expressed her gratitude to the company and hoped that more synergies will be forged between CEMEX and the foundation in the future.

CEMEX Philippines is the manufacturer of the only Green 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 pls. log on to or for partnerships and initiatives, please contact the Public Affairs Unit and email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


DLSU confers Signum MInisterii to Metrobank Foundation

Metrobank Group chairman and founder Dr. George S.K.Ty (2nd from left) and Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña (rightmost) receive the award from DLSU Board of Trustees Chairman Jose T. Pardo (leftmost) and DLSU president and chancellor Br. Ricardo P. Laguda, FSC (3rd from left)

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was conferred the Signum Ministerii Medal (Model of Outstanding Leadership in Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility) by De La Salle University (DLSU) last February 16, 2013 during the latter’s Commencement Exercises held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

The Signum Ministerii Medal means “Sign of Service” and is an award granted by DLSU to outstanding social agencies for significant service rendered to the country and to Philippine society.

“At the time the first award was given, it was the intention of the administrators and the Board of Trustees then to make awards to deserving agencies (in contradiction to individuals) and from this point of view, the award seeks to accomplish the same form of recognition that the Ramon Magsaysay Awards do. Thus, the award was meant for organizations such as religious orders, institutions such as schools and universities, non-government organizations, which have rendered services to the community,” as published by DLSU in its “Honors at DLSU Manila”.

There have been only two (2) recipients of the award: Radio Veritas (1983) and NAMFREL (1984). It is only now that DLSU is awarding after almost three (3) decades, making MBFI as the first corporate philanthropic foundation to receive the distinguished citation.

Specifically, it recognized the Foundation’s various programs and accomplishments on the promotion of a culture of excellence and improvement of the quality of life among Filipinos. The Foundation’s flagship programs that strengthen and advance key pillars of the society and the institutions they represent were honored. These programs include the Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT); Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE); The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS); Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS); Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC); College Scholarship Programs (CSP); and the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair in the Judiciary. The award also acknowledged the thrust of the Foundation in social development extending grants to socio-civic, NGOs, and government agencies focusing on the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  Its healthcare thrust, through the Manila Doctors Hospital, was also highlighted supporting the hospital’s operations and corporate social responsibility programs such as subsidies for in-house patients, outreach activities and medical missions, and healthcare interventions in adopted communities.

“We receive it with a deep sense of responsibility to continue pursuing excellence that benefits our countrymen,” expressed MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. “You have appended it to our name by this award and it will remain part of our DNA as it was determined by our founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty at our inception. While it was not our intent to reap recognition, your affirmation is an acknowledgement that encourages us. You also honor our mother institution, the Metrobank, which is celebrating fifty (50) years of service to our banking community” he continued.

Metrobank Group chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty personally accepted the award from DLSU president and Chancellor Br. Ricardo P. Laguda, FSC, DLSU Board of Trustees Chairman Jose T. Pardo, and Department of Education secretary Br. Armin Luistro.

“I am pleased that this and other recognitions validate our contributions in social development and the promotion of excellence among key sectors of our society,” said Dr. Ty. “These public acclamations encourage us to continue contributing to nation-building through our core programs,” he added.

Dr. Ty was joined by the board of advisers, trustees and officers of the Foundation led by Dr. Antonio S. Abacan, Jr., Milagros G. Drilon, James Go, Dr. Bee Ching U. Ong Kian Koc, Mary V. Ty, Dr. Placido L. Mapa, Jr., Elvira Ong-Chan, Alfred V. Ty, Anjanette Dy Buncio, and Zandra M. Ty.



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). 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 majority owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading centers of wellness in the country. 


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