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Call for entries for the 2017 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) set

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) is now accepting entries for the 2017 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) recognition programs in Painting and Sculpture.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) is now accepting entries for the 2017 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) recognition programs in Painting and Sculpture.



Guided by the theme “Imagine,” MADE invites Filipino painters and sculptors to root their creative works on the very seedbed of artistic genius: the human imagination. Artists hold the power to imagine things anew and through the MADE competition, they are empowered to showcase and render their creative side to become true works of art.


“Over the last three decades, MADE has served as an avenue in discovering the greatness and talents of Filipinos in the art scene. MADE will continue to unleash the potentials of every young painter and sculptor to craft marvellous masterpieces, thus showcasing the competencies of Filipinos in the art field, both locally and abroad,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. 


The Painting recognition program is open to Filipino painters aged 18-35 who have not held a solo exhibition. Entrants are allowed to submit one entry for either of the two categories—oil/acrylic-based medium on canvas or water media on paper. Entries must not be smaller than 18 x 24 inches (1.5ft. X 2ft.), excluding the frame.


On the other hand, the Sculpture recognition program is open to Filipino professional sculptors who have staged at least one solo exhibition. The winning sculptor will have the chance to be commissioned by the Federal Land, Inc. (FLI) for the installation of the winning art piece along Metro Park in Pasay City.


Entries must be an original artwork of the entrant. Copied artworks or rendered using existing works as an inspiration including those which have been entered to other national and international art competitions are grounds for disqualification.


Two (2) grand awardees for Painting and one (1) for Sculpture will be awarded and will each receive a P500, 000.00 worth of cash assistance, a glass trophy entitled “Mula” designed by visual artist Noell El Farol. They will automatically become members of the MADE-Network of Winners (MADE-NOW), the alumni organization of past MADE awardees. Top ten (10) finalists for the Painting recognition program and top four (4) finalists for the Sculpture recognition program will also be awarded with special incentives and certificates of recognition.


The deadline for submission of entries is on/before May 13, 2017.  Entry forms with full competition details can be downloaded from the Metrobank Foundation website ( For other inquiries, please contact the MADE secretariat at tel. no. (02) 898-8856; mobile no.: +639425598250; or e-mail or Participants may also visit MADE Facebook page: MADECompetition and follow them on instagram: metrobankart&design to receive timely updates.


As a pioneering visual art recognition program of MBFI, MADE is known to provide career opportunities for its awardees. Some of the prominent artists now who were once recognized by MADE are Mark Justiniani, Elmer Borlongan, Emmanuel Garibay, Andres Barrioquinto, Sajid Imao, Ronald Ventura, and Jan Leeroy New.






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). As the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, the Foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare and maintains an active and dynamic partnership with other organizations that likewise provide services for the underprivileged sectors of society and remains equally responsive to emergency and relief operations for affected Filipinos in times of natural calamities in the Philippines and in Asia. Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS), Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY), Metrogold Scholarship Program (MSP), and Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC).  MBFI also spearheads the celebration of the National Teachers’ Month (NTM) held from September 5 to October 5 of every year since 2008. The Foundation also implements the Fellowships for International Understanding Program in partnership with selected international organizations and diplomatic missions. It also supports programs aimed at educating the citizenry on public-interest issues through research and lectures given by the distinguished chair holders of the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lectures, established by the Foundation in partnership with reputable educational institutions. MBFI is also the principal owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading centers of wellness in the country. In 2014, the Foundation celebrated its 35th year with the theme, “Launching Dreams” serving as its beacon in the next five (5) years. It shall continue to Excel, Engage, and Empower, but this time even more conscious in supporting the various sectors of the Philippine community in pursuing their individual and collective dreams — for an educated workforce, for accessible medical care, for outstanding professional careers, and for a responsible and enlightened citizenry. Through the Foundation’s recognition and social development programs, it shall continuously strengthen and assist Filipinos in their endeavors, raising their abilities and improving  their way of life, inspiring and uplifting their spirits, so that one day, they may be empowered enough to know reality of their dreams.

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