Guest of Honor Silvana Diaz (standing,4th from left), together with Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) Assistant Executive Director Irene Labitad (standing, 3rd from left), S Maison assistant mall manager Grace Mindanao (standing, 4th from right), and Cultural Center of the Philipppines former vice president and artistic director Deanna Ongpin-Recto (standing, 5th from right).
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) launched the 2017 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) through a series of art exhibits and lectures dubbed as “Art MADE Public.” In line with the celebration of the National Arts Month this February, the event happened last February 3, 2017 (Friday), 6:30PM at SM Supermall Lifestyle Center S Maison, Conrad Manila, Pasay City. Renowned art patron Silvanna Ancelloti-Diaz, owner of Gallerie Duemila, the oldest existing gallery in the country, served as Guest of Honor.
Among the winning artworks featured is Mark Andy Garcia’s 2007 grand-prize winning painting entitled “The Attack of the Righteous.” The work reflects symbols that cause conflict between good and evil like rumbling tanks, church awaiting destruction, and a robotic monster. Alongside his winning artwork, his current masterpiece entitled “Heads on the Air” was also featured in the exhibit. “The Attack of the Righteous” by Mark Andy Garcia
In partnership with SM Supermalls, Art MADE Public aims to promote art appreciation among the general public and at the same time encourage young Filipino artists to join the MADE Painting & Sculpture Recognition Programs.
This year, Art MADE Public did not only feature winning artworks of its past awardees but also their current masterpieces, to showcase their artistic growth from amateur artists to recognized professionals in their own fields. Some of the works featured are by Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, Jan Leeroy New, Anton Del Castillo, Salvador Ching, and Ferdinand Doctolero.
The Art MADE Public will run from February 3 to March 23, 2017 in various cultural and academic institutions nationwide as well as in commercial spaces at the SM Supermalls.
The exhibits will be followed by art lectures led by MADE-Network of Winners (MADE- NOW), the alumni organization of MADE’s roster of awardees. Specific schedules are as follow: S Maison (February 3-9); SM City Bacolod (February 24-27); SM City San Lazaro (February 25-28); SM Lanang Premiere, Davao City (March 2-5); and SM Center Angono (March 16-23).
The MADE Recognition Program in Painting is open to Filipino artists aged 18-35 with no experience in holding a solo exhibition. Sculptors who have held a solo exhibition are eligible to join the MADE Recognition Program in Sculpture.
One (1) Grand Awardee for Sculpture and two (2) Grand Awardees for Painting will be chosen and will each receive P 500,000.00 worth of financial assistance plus a “Mula” glass trophy designed by visual artist and MADE awardee Noel El Farrol. The Grand Awardees will automatically become members of MADE-NOW.
As a pioneering 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 Andres Barrioquinto, Sajid Imao, Norman Dreo, and Alvin Florentino.