Cement company fetes winners of first students’ arts festival
A photo showing coins put together to form an image of national hero Jose Rizal bested other entries recently in one of the categories of the 1st IMPACT (IMages of Progress in ACTion) Students’ Festival, a competition organized by CEMEX Philippines which aims to engage the youth in nation-building and provide them more avenues for self-expression.
Named first prize winner in the photography category was Gian Paolo Garrido, a second year college student from Mapua Institute of Technology whose entry entitled “Value” won the nod of the judges for demonstrating outstanding artistry in illustrating the idea of seeing “Rizal through the Lens,” the theme for this year’s photography competition. This theme is also in line with CEMEX’s celebration of the 100th year of its Rizal Cement brand.
Angie Cariaso (“One Peso: Value vs. Worth”) of the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA-Molino was named second prize winner while Marco Mata (“Working Class Hero”) of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila won third place.
Gian Paolo Garrido (right) with one of the photography competition judges Ash Evasco (left) pose in front of Garrido’s winning entry titled “Value”
Garrido, who had won an award in a nationwide photography competition right on his very first try, explained that the inspiration behind his entry were the young people in his place. “Sa lugar namin maraming kabataan ang hindi marunong magpahalaga sa pera. Sabi nga ni Rizal, ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan. Kung pera pa lang hindi na sila marunong magpahalaga, paaano pa nila pahahalagahan ang ating bayan? [In our place, a lot of young people do not know how to value money. Rizal says the youth is the hope of our nation but if they do not know how to value money, how else can we expect them to be able to serve our country in the future]?” he asked.
“Our Next Great Foundations” by Mark Anthony Laza
In the IMPACT painting category, Mark Anthony Laza, a 2nd year Fine Arts Student of the Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) won first place for his entry entitled “Our Next Great Foundations.” The title is in reference to the youth whom he believes are the nation’s hope for a better society in the future.
To depict the painting contest’s theme, “Cementing Growth in the Philippines,” Laza has come up with a texturized image of a mason’s face then overlaid it with smiling faces of young people with their hands joined together. “Naniniwala ako na ang mga kabataan ngayon ang susunod na magiging pundasyon ng ating society. Kapag hinubog natin sila sa tuwid na landas, sila ang susunod na magiging leaders ng iba pang mga kabataan. [I believe that our next great foundation is the youth. If we train them towards the right path, they can be great leaders who can, in turn, train the other youths],” he said.
Laza (center) holds his plaque as his winning entry is flashed at the back
Laza's entry earned for him the recognition as champion. Christian Cedrick Dela Paz ("Concrete Foundation Constructed by Humanity's Equality"), of EARIST copped second place while yet another student from EARIST, Jhon Michael Macariola ("Kabataan: Pundasyon ng Bayan, Alay sa Tagumpay ng Kinabukasan")
“It is a pleasure to see amazing works of budding artists who are very unique in expressing their ideas through their brushes and cameras. Art is where skills and story are bound into one beautifully crafted masterpiece. Art opens the avenue of imaginative interpretations— bringing in meaningful creative contexts. Indeed, art is an essential element in our everyday lives. Rest assured that CEMEX Philippines is here to help cultivate and support the Filipino art community,” said CEMEX Philippines Country President Pedro Palomino.
Building arts and culture with IMPACT
The first year of CEMEX’s IMPACT Students’ Festival showcased the best works of college students in the metro, particularly those taking up arts and communication. This initiative is also part of CEMEX Philippines Foundation’s thrust to build arts and culture in the country under its corporate social responsibility program dubbed Build the Nation Together.
“Our goal for this students’ festival is to encourage the youth to take on the challenge of contributing the best that they have in helping the nation move forward,” explained Chito Maniago, director for corporate communications and public affairs of CEMEX Philippines.
“We are happy with all the entries we have received right on the very first year of this competition and we look forward to reaching more schools and communities in the next leg of IMPACT,” he added.
“I’m so happy!” beamed Mark, who wanted to be a filmmaker someday. “This is a great way for me to start the new year. My winnings here can help me a great deal in my studies. I’ll also invest in new tools which I can use for my painting class. I’d like to thank our professors at EARIST who have encouraged us to join this contest.”
Some of the schools and colleges that participated in the students’ festival (art categories) include Far Eastern University, University of Santo Tomas, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, Philippine Normal University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of Perpetual Help DALTA, Mapua Institute of Technology, and Technological University of the Philippines, just to name a few.
The judges for the painting competition were multi-awarded artists Ivan Roxas, Guerrero Habulan, Norman Dreo, and Jasper De Leon. Meanwhile, the judges for the photography competition were professional photographers Ernie Sarmiento, Ash Evasco, and Fritz Tentativa.
All the winning entries as well as the works of the other finalists have been put up in an exhibit at the ground floor of Glorietta 3 in February, coinciding the national arts month, while the formal awarding ceremony was held at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Conference Center. To view the winning entries and all pictures taken during the awarding ceremony, check out the Facebook page of CEMEX Philippines.
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CEMEX IMPACT Painting Competition winners and finalists
CEMEX IMPACT Photography Competition winners and finalists
CLFI conducts Basketball Clinic to ALS Learners
Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI) extended the company value of teamwork to their beneficiaries by holding a basketball clinic to 20 Alternative Learning System (ALS) learners of San Manuel High School in Tarlac City, March 13.
Assistant Coach Marvin Carreon, with players RL Cartel, Jonathan Banal and Roberto Hainga of Cebuana Gems, the basketball team of Cebuana Lhuillier, officiated the clinic aiming to boost the learners’ skills, teamwork and camaraderie.
“Teamwork is work performed by a team toward a common goal and it is important in basketball because it helps move the ball around and effectively score points,” said Coach Marvin.
Gems reminded the learners to always practice the value of sportsmanship, respect, attitude and teamwork.
The learners, in return, replied positively to their mentors’ challenge. They felt fortunate to be visited by the Gems and as an appreciation, they promised that they will keep in minds and hearts the values that were taught to them.
“I felt happy and inspired because that was the first basketball clinic I had. I’ll definitely treasure all the lessons they instructed us. I am very lucky to be mentored by them even if I’m not in the formal school,” shares Rodel Lacsa, learner.
Sports development is one of the innovations of the established DepEd – Cebuana Lhuillier ALS Community Learning Centers (CLCs) nationwide, one being in San Manuel, Tarlac. CLFI spearheaded the program in partnership with the Department of Education.
"Through the Sports Development Program, Cebuana Lhuillier hopes to make the 64 CLCs it is establishing with DepEd in all the 17 Regions of the Philippines as farms where we can identify and develop materials for Sports Champions since Sports is very close to the heart of our President and CEo, Dr. Jean Henri Lhuillier, who himself excels in practically all kinds of sports, and his spice, Bea Lucero Lhuillier, our Olympic bronze medalist in Taekwondo," said its Executive Director, Atty. Cesar Vidal.
IGFI Converts Scrap Pallets into Daycare Chairs!
Time and again, we are confronted with issues and concerns on education. For the past two to three decades, the education sector has been beleaguered with the same problems. Despite of the annual increase in the education budget it is crucial to note that the increase remains grossly insufficient in addressing the needs of basic education. This lack of budget, regrettably, imperils a smooth school opening as shortages in textbooks, chairs, classrooms and teachers continue to plague basic education.
Community daycare centers, considered as the foundation of children’s education, are not spared from experiencing such issues and concerns affecting students’ learning process. Lack of educational materials, equipment and needed furniture like chairs impede the efficient and effective implementation of daycare program.
It is in this context that the ICCP Group Foundation, Inc. (IGFI) initiated a pioneering move to convert scrap pallets into daycare center chairs in partnership with the Procter & Gamble (P&G). From P&G’s donated pallets, IGFI produces daycare chairs and distribute them to its host barangays. 650 daycare chairs out of pallets have thus far produced, and donated to IGFI’s communities in Cabuyao and Calamba, Laguna.
As a counterpart, daycare teachers are mobilized in painting the chairs prior to distribution to their respective daycare centers. At least fifty (50) chairs per center have been provided with pallet chairs.
Among other education projects, IGFI is indeed committed to continue such initiative in partnership with P&G to at best contribute in the increase of participation and completion rate of daycare kids.
About ICCP Group Foundation, Inc. (IGFI)
The ICCP Group Foundation, Inc. (IGFI) is a non-stock, non-profit corporate foundation duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 8, 1997 by a group of incorporators from the Investment & Capital Corporation of the Philippines (ICCP) and eighteen (18) other corporations. Its main office is located at 17th Floor Robinsons Summit Center, 6783 Ayala Avenue, 1226 Makati City.
IGFI’s vision is to have empowered partner-communities with sustainable social and economic resources through building self-reliant and self-sufficient partners. IGFI believes that this shall be achieved through the implementation of sustainable, relevant and integrated community development programs in close partnership with and among stakeholders.
Indeed, IGFI pursues sustainable integrated programing.
Ayala Foundation launches post-Yolanda initiatives in northern Iloilo
Carles and Estancia host ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of three new school buildings, as well as the turnover of boats, fertilizers, and seeds for farming and fishing families
Some of the 66 fishing families from barangay Poblacion and Cawayan in Carles, northern Iloilo, receive their fiberglass boats, as part of Ayala Foundation’s post-Yolanda interventions in sustainable livelihood
The municipalities of Carles and Estancia in Iloilo province take another major step toward recovery, following the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan)
On February 9, Ayala Foundation and its partners held the official launch of its education and sustainable livelihood interventions in Carles and Estancia.
In Carles, the foundation led the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of two disaster-resilient, two-story school buildings—one for Carles Central School, and another for Cawayan Elementary School. The buildings will have a combined total of 12 classrooms, and will also feature emergency alarm systems, kitchens, and shower areas. Taking into account the need to “build better,” the structures, when completed, are meant to withstand up to 250kph of winds.
Aside from the school buildings, Ayala Foundation has also initiated a feeding program for the students of the Carles Central Elementary School, and it will run until school year 2016–2017. In addition, teachers from the school will receive skills enhancement through Ayala Foundation’s Training Institute.
In terms of sustainable livelihood, a total of 66 fishing boats will be provided for fishing families from barangay Poblacion and Cawayan. The Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation’s Peter Project helped construct the boats, as well as identifying and monitoring the progress of the recipient families.
Meanwhile, in Estancia, Ayala Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a two-story, eight-classroom, disaster-resilient school building at the Canoan Elementary School. A feeding program for the students will also be initiated. AFI’s Training Institute is also scheduled for the year to hone teachers’ skills, and help them enhance the classroom experience.
In terms of sustainable livelihood, Ayala Foundation is providing seeds and fertilizers to help rehabilitate 63 hectares of farmlands.
“More than just building better structures and offering sustainable livelihood support, we believe in providing inspiration for the people of Estancia and Carles—inspiration that they can carry with them as they work toward improving their families’ and their communities’ quality of life,” says Joie Lopez, senior director for programs at Ayala Foundation.
“We’re also honored by the commitment of our donors, the LGU, the local DepEd, and the people of Estancia and Carles,” says Dino Abellanosa, Ayala Foundation’s lead for Visayas. “Their full support and willingness to partner with us are what drives us to see these initiatives to completion.”
Ayala Foundation’s investment for Yolanda-related interventions amounts to PhP93 million. Aside from Northern Iloilo, the foundation’s Yolanda-related initiatives are also present in Sagay and Cadiz, Negros Occidental; and Tacloban City and Javier, Leyte.
These interventions are part of the Ayala group of companies’ Bulg Bisaya initiative, which has raised over PhP400 million for Yolanda relief, recovery, and rehabilitation.
About Ayala Foundation
Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are productive, creative, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. As a believer in creating shared value and inclusive growth, it has four key program areas—Education, Youth Leadership, Sustainable
Livelihood, and Arts and Culture. AFI is a member of the Ayala group of companies.