The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) announced the start of accepting entries for this year’s Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) during the kick-off event of the annual Art MADE Public last January 24 at The Podium, Mandaluyong City. Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña graced the opening.
With the theme “Unleash,” MADE’s overarching goal is to unleash the “artist within.” The last 35 years saw MADE setting the platform to empower and showcase the ingenuity of the Filipino creative.
In the years to come, MADE is poised to further unveil more talents, encouraging more visual artists to create greater masterpieces.
MADE was conceived and pursued by the late Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty in 1984. At that time, the nation was at the throes of economic crisis and socio-political unrest.
The Filipino people were in search for meaning and hope beyond the uncertainties of the time. While many took their struggles to the streets, Dr. Ty discovered much promise and potential in Philippine visual arts as an alternate creative venue for people to be heard. The competition brought a newfound confidence among emerging Filipino artists to express themselves through the canvas.
The Art MADE Public series is in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), SM Supermalls, and the United Architects of the Philippines.
Guests, art enthusiasts and patrons, mall goers, and the public in general get to visit an exhibit divided into 3 sections—MADE through the Years; Icons and Masterpieces; and an exhibit featuring National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa.
On the other hand, the “Icons and Masterpieces” photo exhibit showcases both national icons and up-and-coming icons in the Philippine art and design community who were past MADE awardees.
Alongside their black & white portraits are their MADE winning artworks and designs. Featured are: Mark Justiniani, Elmer Borlongan, Manny Garibay, Raffy Napay, Mark Andy Garcia, Jan Leeroy New, Yeo Kaa, Ar. Gelo Maňosa, Ar. Jonathan V. Dangue, Ar. Gerard Thomas Joson, and IDr. Wilhelmina Garcia.
The MADE Painting Recognition Program is open to all Filipino painters aged 18-35 years old who have not held a solo exhibition. The MADE Sculpture Recognition Program, on the other hand, is open to all professional Filipino sculptors who have staged at least one solo exhibition.
The deadline for submission of entries is on or before May 10, 2019. Interested participants may register online through bit.ly/2019MADEPaintingSearchEntryForm.
Two grand awardees for the Painting Recognition Program and one grand awardee for the Sculpture Recognition Program will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges.
They will each receive PhP 500,000.00 cash assistance and the “Mula” glass trophy designed by visual artist and MADE winner Noel El Farrol.
The grand awardees will be recognized during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary in September and will also become members of the MADE-Network of Winners (MADE-NOW), the alumni organization of past MADE awardees which implements pay-it-forward projects that benefit marginalized sectors.
Specific schedules are as follow: SM Angono (February 28-March 7); ILOMOCA (March 14-April 14), and SM Lanang Premier, Davao (March 26-28).
For more details, interested participants may contact Therese De Silva at telephone number 898-8856; mobile number 0925-714-6954; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit MADE Facebook page @MADECompetition.