The Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank), celebrated its 35th anniversary with the theme “Launching Dreams.” The milestone in the company’s rich history took place on January 29 at the Le Pavillon in Metropolitan Park, Pasay City.
Through its recognition and social development programs, Metrobank Foundation has continuously strengthened, supported, and assisted Filipinos in their endeavors. It helped them raised their abilities and way of life, as well as inspired and uplifted their spirits so that they may be empowered enough to reach their dreams.
To show this, the venue was filled with kites, an object symbolically representing flight towards greater heights.
The festivities opened with the unveiling of the Dream exhibit that took the spectators on a journey of how Metrobank Foundation helped launch dreams of men and women in their respective fields through its excellence awards programs.
sThe exhibit also paid homage to the resilient Filipino people who have proven that despite recent calamities, the nation forges on to rebuild dreams. The interactive exhibit encouraged attendees to write their respective dreams, which were posted, on a “Dream Board.”
The celebration was then highlighted by the conferment of the Award for Continuing Excellence and Service (Aces) and the presentation of the Partners in Empowerment, Advocacy and Commitment to Excellence (Peace).
The Aces was presented to the past awardees of various excellence recognition programs of MBFI—the Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT); Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (Made); Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (Cops); and The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (Tops) who continuously excel in their respective professions and in the sectors they represent, thereby raising the bar of excellence through their invaluable contributions and inspiring their peers and their respective communities.
On the other hand, the Peace award was given to institutions from the academe, business, non-government and socio civic organizations, national government units, and diplomatic mission whose commitment in uplifting the lives of the least in society and in recognizing the best of the Filipinos mirrors that of the Foundation.
His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle graced the occasion as the guest of honor. Others guests came from the national and local government, academe, business, diplomatic, non-government and socio-civic organizations.
The premier Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO), under the direction of Prof. Arturo Molina, serenaded the guests with beautiful music throughout the evening.
The festivities capped off with the conferment of the Grand Exemplar Medallion to Metrobank Foundation chairman Dr. George S. K. Ty for “his distinguished leadership, generous spirit, compassion, and outstanding achievements” that has contributed to the growth of the nation.
The medallion is accorded by the MBFI Board of Advisers, presidents of the foundation’s alumni organizations, communities and organizations that have benefited from Dr. Ty’s philanthropic endeavors.
Also for the first time in the Foundation’s history, the Distinguished Leadership Award for Service to Humanity was presented to the late president Corazon Aquino who was cited for “her compassion for humanity” and “her resolute advocacies.” Aquino shaped programs of the foundation, of which she served as chairman of the Board of Advisers from 1993 until her death in 2009. Presidential daughter Pinky Aquino Abellada received the award in behalf of the Aquino family
Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña expressed that the Foundation continues to seek ways to further empower the Filipino people. “While the past five years of the MBFI have brought us much pride as an institution, our Board knows that a lot of work still needs to be done in the next five years. While there is a future full of challenges, our initiatives will always be guided by the philosophy of our visionary Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, that leadership in business means leadership in community service as well.”
In the last 35 years, MBFI, considered one of the leading corporate foundations in the country, has been engaged in excellence awards programs as well as various social development initiatives in education, visual arts, health care, journalism, and calamity assistance. It has redefined the concept and practice of corporate social responsibility, transforming its programs and grant-making initiatives into sustainable investments on human development and nation building.