Led by Metrobank
Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president Aniceto Sobrepeña, the awardees of the 2021 Metrobank Art &
Design Excellence (MADE) were formally
recognized and presented to the public through a virtual Awarding Ceremony and Exhibit Opening. The event may be accessed through www.madeartdepot.ph.
The Metrobank Foundation,
Inc. (MBFI) recognized this year’s Metrobank
Art & Design Excellence (MADE) awardees through a
virtual Awarding Ceremony & Exhibit Opening held on September 16, 2021. MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña, together with MBFI officers, led the
awarding ceremonies. Fourth District of
Pangasinan Representative and House Committee on Creative Industry and
Performing Arts Chairperson Cong. Christopher
“Toff” de Venecia served as the guest of
On its 37th
year, MADE adopted the theme “Spectrum: The Art of Possibilities” inviting every Filipino artist to tap into the
expansive realm of creativity and transpose their spectrum of ideas into works
that mirror the human experience and reshape the world anew. Amidst the
current times, MADE continues to be a purveyor of visual arts, amplifying the
reach and voice of local talents and visionaries.
This year, MADE received the highest number of entries in the last
10 years with a record-breaking 701 entries—564 entries for the Oil/ Acrylic on Canvas Category; 77
entries for the Water Media on Paper Category; and 60 entries for the Sculpture
Out of these entries, eight Filipino painters and
sculptors emerged as this year’s batch of MADE awardees. Two (2) Grand Awardees for the Painting Recognition Program and one (1) Grand Awardee for the
Sculpture Recognition Program received a prize of PhP
another three (3) artists for the Painting Recognition Program and two (2) for
Sculpture Recognition Program were conferred with the Special Citation,
with each given a prize of PhP 100,000.00.
also received the “Mula” glass trophy designed by 2009 Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardee Noell El Farol. They were also welcomed as members
of the MADE-Network of Winners, the alumni organization of past awardees, implementing pay-it-forward projects that cater to marginalized sectors.
“The hundreds of entries submitted across the
country are a testament to our local artists’ passion to create. They convey
visually the heartbeat of a people facing a global disease, the fears, the
anger, the sadness and loss, but also the hope, the courage and the tenacity to
fight this enemy with kindness, generosity and compassion,” MBFI president
Aniceto Sobrepeña said in his welcome remarks.
The Final Board of Judges was chaired by well-known painter, installation artist, art educator, and sculptor Toym Imao. Members of the Board
included Art Fair Philippines co-founder Dindin
Araneta; product designer and metal sculptor Daniel de la Cruz; Cultural Center of the Philippines Visual Arts
and Museum Division officer-in-charge Rica
Estrada; intermedia artist Mark
Salvatus; and interdisciplinary artist Josephine
Turalba. The late visual artist Leo
Abaya also served as a part of the board of jurors until his passing last
In his message, Imao said that “Our participants created
awesome, honest, and powerful works that win or lose, have become an important
part of history: of how this generation of artists imaged the spirit and the
essence of these challenging times. Of how their
narratives and stories can help all of us find the light again.”
“This year’s selection does not disappoint in the
array of styles and themes depicted. We see paintings that show sophisticated
use of color and works that require a high degree of technical skill.
Figurative works still dominate much of the selection, as do works that present
social plights and the harsh realities of daily life,” shares juror Rica
Estrada in her curator’s note. “The paintings and sculptures speak of
anxieties, loss of livelihood, worries about the future, depression, stress,
difficult home situations, and the act of keeping afloat,” she added.
More than just a
pioneering corporate social responsibility (CSR) program for the arts, MADE has
evolved to become a development program that facilitates the generation of
ideas promoting social development, appreciation and preservation of our
cultural heritage, as well as making art accessible to the many through its
various art education activities and events.
year-long social media campaign dubbed as #SpectrumMADE2021, MADE has
implemented a series of online activities to bring art experience and art
education to its stakeholders amidst the pandemic. To culminate this year’s
campaign, a webinar series on “Art and Design in Crisis” and “The Creative
Industries for Social Impact” will be held on September 18 and 25,
respectively. For further details, please follow the
official MADE Facebook and Instagram pages @metrobankartanddesign.
To affirm its
commitment, MBFI remained a supporter of local visual artists who were constrained
by the challenges of these unusual times. A cash assistance program dubbed as
MADE-CARES (Community Aid and Relief for Emergency Situations) was implemented
last 2020, benefitting over 200 artists from the PhP1 million financial aid.
“When our lives
were suddenly disrupted by the pandemic, the competition was deferred last
year. Now as we are learning to live with the reality of COVID-19, we continue
our mission to nurture the potential of young artists and enable them to
express their voices freely however restrictive this new normal,” shares
1984 by the late Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George Ty Siao Kian,
MADE has served as a platform for discovery for the most passionate and
persistent creative visionaries in the country. To date, more than 400 visual
artists and design professionals have been recognized. A majority of them are
now carving significant names in the local and even international art and
design scenes. Past awardees include Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, Jan
Leeroy New, Alfredo Esquillo, Andres Barrioquinto, Yeo Kaa, and Cedrick dela
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was established on January 8,
1979 by Dr. George S. K. Ty, sixteen (16) years after he founded the
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank). MBFI envisions to be the
country’s premier corporate philanthropic foundation contributing a significant
impact on social development. Its
flagship programs include the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos;
Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE); Metrobank Scholarship Program
(MSP); Metrobank MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC); Grants and Social Development
Partnerships, Disaster Response, National Teachers’ Month (NTM) celebration,
and the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lectures. MBFI is also the
principal owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading
centers of wellness in the country.
As a development
organization, MBFI aims to uplift individuals and the sectors they represent
and strategically link with institutions for a shared-purpose. By creating and
propagating a culture of excellence and providing solutions to stakeholder’s
needs, the Foundation continuously expands its scope of reach and is at the
forefront in serving communities. As the heart of the Metrobank Group, “Excel.
Engage. Empower” or the 3Es remains its roadmap.