For change to take root, we must first invest in EDUCATION

Having the right mindset about money at an early age is key to enjoying life-long financial wellness.   That’s why we develop learning resources that help public school teachers integrate financial education into the K-12 curriculum.  

It’s never too late to get on the right track to financial health. Our financial literacy program teaches farmers and overseas Filipinos how to make better decisions on spending, saving, and investing their hard-earned money. 

BPI-DOST Science Awards 2018 names students with top sustainability research projects
The Top 25 awardees of the BPI DOST Science Awards 2018 with BPI Foundation Executive Director Maricris San Diego, DOST SEI Deputy Director Engineer Albert Mariño, DOST SEI Chief Science Research Specialist Dr. Ruby Cristobal and the panel of judges: Mr. Bonar Laureto, Dr. Eric Punzalan, Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Prof. Matthew Escobido and Mr. Jonathan Jon Paz

Ten college students with pioneering sustainability research projects were awarded at the 29th BPI-DOST Science Awards, the joint initiative of BPI Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).    

The 10 awardees were Ma. Cathrene Lagare, Ateneo de Davao University; Aliena Mari Miranda, Ateneo de Manila University; Gabriela Ilona Janairo and Janne Pauline Ngo, De La Salle University; Nicole Rose Alberto and Peter Nicholas Onglao, University of the Philippines – Diliman; Arianne Justine Obeles and Josh Christian Protacio; University of the Philippines – Manila; John Cristopher Danez, University of the Philippines – Los Baños; and Mary Diane Pilapil, University of San Carlos.  

Winners of the Best in Innovations Awardees were Nicole Rose Alberto and Peter Nicholas Onglao.  Alberto took home the category for Project of the Year with her study, “Identification of Molecular Biomarkers for the Detection and Management of Fatal Shrimp Pathogen”, which analyzed the molecular cause behind acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease outbreaks in shrimps, a disease that significantly decreased local production of shrimp since 2011.

The awards emphasized the theme “forming a sustainable country through science and innovation”. Participating students devised research and technology that would help prepare the Philippines become future-proof or resilient to calamities, social vulnerability, and economic crises.  

First day of the event featured a whole-day workshop entitled “Process of Innovation” led by Professor Matthew Escobido of the Master of Science in Innovation and Business program at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). The activity guided the young scientists on innovation and design thinking to help them turn their technological ideas into marketable products and services.  

Presentation and awarding of the BPI-DOST Science Awardees were held during the second day. The ceremony highlighted live talks from Shawntel Nieto of BMB Solutions, Gia Santos of HeartSmart, and Team Agriviz of E-Magsasaka. They are innovators-turned-entrepreneurs who shared their journeys of transforming their researches into businesses to inspire the participating students.  

“We invest in our young scientists because we see their potential in creating a resonating impact to our community,” said Maricris San Diego, Executive Director of BPI Foundation. “Through the BPI-DOST Science Awards, we hope to give them a head start in turning their researches into viable and replicable businesses which, in the bigger picture, can ultimately contribute in our development as a sustainable country.”

BPI SHAPE helps K-12 graduating students find internship opportunities
BPI Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Taguig City Government, and consultancy social enterprise YGOAL, Inc., will hold a business and academic fair for graduating senior high school students on September 28 and 29, 2017 at the Kalayaan Hall, SM Aura Premiere, Taguig City.
September 19, 2017

This is part of the BPI Senior High School Acceleration Program for Employment and Entrepreneurship (SHAPE), one of BPI’s Foundation’s core programs, which aims to help the students be employable, entrepreneurial, and college-ready.  

The first BPI SHAPE business and academic fair will jumpstart the senior high school students’ career growth by connecting them to companies for internship opportunities. Based on their educational tracks, the students can apply to a line-up of industry partners for work immersion, so they can earn skills that will help make them more employable. BPI’s industry partners include Collabera, Incuventure, Integrated Micro Electronics and Universal Robina Corporation.  

Sessions on entrepreneurship, employability skills, and college education will also be featured in the event, spearheaded by training partners such as Globe Telecom, Jobstreet, and EdukasyonPH. Students can register online through,,  

The business and academic fair will also be held on Alaminos and Siniloan, Laguna in October.   Now on its second year, BPI SHAPE continues to strengthen student empowerment towards entrepreneurship, financial management, and personal development. Since its return last July, the program has assisted the government in developing industry-relevant education modules for senior high school and organized training workshops which benefited 150 teachers and 2,000 students. The three business and academic fairs are expected to help out over 6,000 senior high school students for internship.

Core Program
BPI Sulong empowers Filipina migrant worker into becoming #GirlBoss
November 02, 2017

BPI Foundation, the social development arm of BPI, recently held the launch of the second run of BPI Sulong, a learning program on financial management and entrepreneurship skills targeting overseas Filipino workers. The event was held in Hong Kong, which has a large population of Filipina migrant workers.  

"As a leading Filipino financial institution, BPI - through the Foundation - is in a unique position to advance financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills among Filipinos, not just in the Philippines, but around the world," said Maricris San Diego, Executive Director, BPI Foundation. "Migrant workers, specifically domestic workers in Hong Kong, are one of the most financially vulnerable sectors we have identified. Given their above average salaries and desperation to improve the lives of their families, they are prey to most loan sharks both here and abroad. We started BPI Sulong to reach out to these women and empower them with the discipline, perspective, and skills to uplift themselves as individuals and their families back home. This way, they can make financially sound decisions, have open more job opportunities for themselves, and maybe even start their own ventures here in the country, where they can be together with their loved ones."  

Since it started last year, BPI Foundation has already reached 500 overseas Filipinos in Hong Kong and 150 families in the Philippines. This year, it aims to expand to reach 1060 overseas Filipinos in Hong Kong and their 250 families back in the Philippines.  

Rowena Anggaco is a domestic worker in Hong Kong who, since having graduated from BPI Sulong, has already explored her own business venture CROP Marketland Limited in her home province Kalinga, Apayao. With the financial management and entrepreneurial skills BPI Sulong has imparted to Anggaco, she is now able to handle the business while working in Hong Kong.  

"I’ve been working in Korea and Hong Kong for several years but never saved much," Anggaco confessed. “Since my participation in the financial education course, I have made more provisions in my financial management – particularly with my savings. BPI Sulong gave me and my husband more hope, financial skills, and a clearer timeline when I can go home. Now with my business plan, we can reap the benefits of our ancestral land for the Tanudan Tribe.”  

Anggaco designed CROP Marketland Limited as the one-stop show for agricultural needs of indigenous people like training and micro-financing. She developed her business plan while completing the BPI Sulong program, which received award at the Sulong Entrepreneurship Business Plan Recital in Hong Kong.

Core Program
Financial Education and Basic Entrepreneurship for OFs and their Families

When our citizens seek to work overseas, the Overseas Filipinos (OFs)do not just provide better lives for their families, but also contribute USD 23 Billion (2013)  to sustain the growth of our Philippine economy through their remittances. The OF is indeed the “Bagong Bayani” (New Hero).   In partnership with the Alalay sa Kaunlaran (ASKI), BPI Foundation promotes capacity building through the “Financial Education for OFs and their Families”, a program which advocates and promotes financial education and teaches basic entrepreneurship. The program gives the migrant workers and their families, the tools and knowledge that will enable them to manage their finances and intelligently “make their money work for them” to Make the Best Happen.

BPI DOST Science Awards 2017
Science for Economic Growth and Building a Better Nation
The 30 awardees of the 2017 BPI DOST Science Awards from 13 partner universities, with DOST SEI Director Josette Biyo, BPI Foundation Executive Director Faye Corcuera and notable scientists and researchers who joined in the panel discussion on “Engaging the Youth for a Resilient Tomorrow”.

“BPI Foundation envisions a country with a highly skilled human resource in the disciplines of science and research, wherein the development of indigenous technologies is targeted at making economic and social impact in the country”, BPI Foundation Executive Director Faye Corcuera shares at the 2017 BPI and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Science Awards at The Mind Museum, Taguig last April 4, 2017.  

In its 28th year, the 2017 BPI DOST Science Awards centered on the theme, "Building Resilient Cities for Sustainable Development”. The program featured a forum on Engaging the Youth for a Resilient Tomorrow, and an awarding ceremony which recognized 30 outstanding college students who have generated researches and technologies with the greatest potential for urban and community resilience solutions. Out of the 30 nominated researches from 13 partner universities across the country, the Best Project of the Year, Best in Basic Science Research, and Best in Applied Science Research were recognized.

Ervin Jayag (second from left)receives his award for the Best in Applied Science Research, and Sheena Gumatay (third from left) accepts her award for the Best in Basic Science Research as presented the awards are presented by DOST SEI Director Josette Biyo (left) and BPI Foundation Executive Director Faye Corcuera (right).

The Best Project of the Year Award was presented to Sheena S. Gumatay, a BS Biology student of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) at the 2017 BPI DOST Science Awards. Gumatay, whose study on “Comparative Analysis of In Vivo- and In Vitro- Produced DSRNA in Silencing Efficacy in Penaeus Vannamei challenged with WSSV”, also received the Best in Basic Science Research in this year’s Science Awards. Her research focused on using RNA interference to silence the viral gene VP9, which impairs the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), a very common infection in shrimps. The Science Awards’ panel of judges recognized her study as a complete body of work which can lead to more possibilities for other agricultural products, and which has demonstrated an elegant approach and application of the scientific method.

The award for the Best in Applied Science Research was presented to Ervin Luis M. Jayag, a BS Chemical Engineering Student, also from UST. His project on “Optimization of Co-Catalyst Loading Parameters and Design of a Photocatalytic Reactor for Hydrogen Production Using Modified Titanium Dioxide and Visible Light Irradiation” explores a sustainable way of producing hydrogen as a promising source of renewable energy. Jayag’s project was recognized by this year’s panel of judges for its potential in offering a solution to our need for alternative ways of harnessing energy, without the production of harmful byproducts. This non-carbon based energy source, which is explored in Jayag’s study, holds a promise for a sustainable energy resource limited only by the life of our sun.

The aspiring, young scientists visit research centers at De La Salle University

Beyond recognition, the Science Awards wishes to ignite dialogue on the importance of science, technology, and the youth as compelling drivers of change. BPI and DOST have emphasized on the need to create an ecosystem in which young scientists are motivated to stay in the country and initiate innovations.

Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Rodel Lasco shares with the 30 science awardees his journey in to becoming a scientist at the #BPIHackYourCareer Workshop fueled by Kick Fire Kitchen

Hack Your Career Workshop

Before the Awarding Ceremony, a #BPIHackYourCareer Workshop was facilitated with the 30 awardees on April 3, 2017, with the objective of encouraging them to pursue a career in the scientific fields. Kick Fire Kitchen provided an inspiring workshop with the aspiring scientists to envision their dream professions, and map out their strengths, opportunities and areas of improvement. Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Rodel Lasco and Research and Advanced Studies Director of the Gokengwei College of Engineering of the De La Salle University Dr. Kathleen Aviso also shared their experiences as scientists and researchers with the awardees in the workshop. The awardees also had a preview of were also led through a laboratory tour around the DLSU’s research centers through the assistance of the USAID Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program.

Guest Speakers Dr. William Dar, Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Dr. Patricia Sanchez and Dr. David Hall join the panel discussion on "Engaging the Youth for a Resilient Tomorrow"

Panel Discussion: Engaging the Youth for a Resilient Tomorrow

It is imperative that we encourage the youth to contribute innovations for the country’s pressing problems. “There is an evident dearth of scientists in the Philippines. UNESCO reports that the Philippines has 189 researchers per million, while Singapore tops other Southeast Asian countries with 6,658 researchers per million, and Malaysia has 2,051 researchers per million,” Ms. Corcuera stresses at the Awarding Ceremony. Majority of the researchers in the Philippines are 51 to 60 years old. Investing in research and in the skills of young scientists is vital if we want to make lasting, sustainable solutions for the country’s pressing needs.  

With this urgency in mind, the Awarding Ceremony featured a panel discussion on “Engaging the Youth for a Resilient Tomorrow”. The session presented opportunities available to the youth in using science and technology to create economic and social impact. The panel was composed of thought leaders and experts from the scientific community who shared how their domains have contributed innovations for the country’s resilience. Dr. William Dar, President of the InangLupa Movement, shared the role of agriculture in building resilient cities and communities; Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Program Leader of the National SPACE Development Program , introduced interesting applications of space science and technology to address sustainable development concerns; Dr. Patricia Sanchez of the University of the Philippines Los Banos, zeroed in on methods of addressing flooding and climate-related disaster risks in urban areas; and Dr. David Hall, Chief of Party of USAID STRIDE, emphasized on the role of science education for building a resilient country.   

Dr. Sanchez concluded the discussion by sharing a piece of advice with the young, aspiring scientists in the room: “Research fields in the Philippines are exciting now. Now is the time to be involved. Do it for yourself, but most importantly, do it for the country.”    

Bayanihan at the center of BPI Foundation’s Build-Back-Better school building

BPI Foundation Inc., in partnership with Philam Foundation’s Paaralan program, has recently turned over 12 fully-furnished school classrooms in disaster-stricken and under-served areas in the Philippines. The program aims to empower and build the capacity of the youth through education.   In February 2017, four classrooms were turned over to Sta. Monica Elementary School in Coron, Palawan, and Tulariquen Elementary School in Roxas, Palawan. In relocation areas in northern Tacloban, Leyte, eight more classrooms were turned over to B. Bulante Elementary School, Lucio Vivero Memorial School and Camansihay Elementary School. This brings the BPI Build-Back-Better to a total of 30 classrooms for Yolanda-affected areas, of which 12 are in partnership with Philam Foundation and 18 are built solely by BPI Foundation.

Concrete Expressions of Love and Heart

During the turnover ceremony at B. Bulante Elementary School in Tacloban, the school's Principal, Geraldine Barsana mentioned that the school started with a 200 pupil population. This number is expected to double or triple in the coming school year in June since relocated families have moved from the city to their community after the disaster of Typhoon Yolanda. It is crucial, therefore, to reinforce the capability of schools in providing basic education to more students.   Ms. Barsana mentioned that the classrooms were concrete expressions of BPI Foundation and Philam Foundation's love and heart. "Kayo ang susi para matulungan ang mga bata na mabigyan ng pag-asa para umunlad," she said. She cited how the students were immensely excited about using the new classrooms, which are furnished with brand new electric fans and adequate lighting - a luxury, apparently, to students in their schools. Most of the old classrooms don't have proper ventilation and lighting, impeding their learning and interest in the lessons.

Tacloban City Information Officer, Mrs. Bernardita "Tita Bering" Valenzuela, was also at the turnover Ceremony as a representative of Tacloban City Mayor, Hon. Cristina Romualdez. Tita Bering, as she is fondly called around Tacloban, expressed her gratitude to both corporate foundations for "Even three years after Typhoon Yolanda, you are still here helping us. When the typhoon happened, we fell to our knees. But we did not fall completely flat because of your help."

Philam Foundation President Mr. Max Ventura (2nd from left), BPI Foundation Executive Director Ms. Faye Corcuera (3rd from left) and Tacloban City Information Officer Bernardita Valenzuela (4th from left) with principals and teachers of 3 partner schools at the turn over ceremony in Tacloban, Leyte.

Bayanihan for Resilience and Progress

At both turnover ceremonies in Palawan and Leyte, Ms. Faye Corcuera, Executive Director of BPI Foundation expressed the importance of building these classrooms: "We want you to have a place where you can work, aspire, and dream — dream of a better Philippines, dream of a better life," she said. The capacity of schools to educate students should be prioritized because there is a need to nurture and develop the youth's bayanihan spirit, and the value of helping others.   Ms. Corcuera has always emphasized the significant role of BPI employees and friends in building these classrooms. Without their contributions, which were so wholeheartedly and selflessly given, these classrooms would have not been built. "This generosity is a strong demonstration of the Filipinos' bayanihan spirit and value of malasakit, which have carried us through challenges and inspired our nation's resilience, Ms. Corcuera said, "Kung hindi tayo nagtulong-tulong, wala tayo dito ngayon."   Philam Foundation President, Max Ventura, also echoed the same message at both turnover ceremonies. "'Pag tulong-tulong, tuloy sa pagsulong," he said. Through the help of Philam agents, whose contributions and donations were a substantial part of the project, these classrooms were completed and now ready to inspire more learning among the students. Throughout the Philam Paaralan program's implementation, they have also partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) and various LGUs. "This collaboration with employees, and different private and public organizations has a big role in making this opportunity happen," Mr. Ventura said.

BPI marks 165th anniversary with strengthened support for
national development

Guest of honor VP Robredo highlights private sector
support for inclusive growth agenda
August 25, 2016
To celebrate its 165th year, the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is strengthening its commitment to the national development agenda by aligning the programs of its social development arm, the BPI Foundation, to better assist government initiatives for promoting inclusive growth, especially among the marginalized sectors of society.
This announcement was made at BPI Foundation’s #PartnerForProgress event last August 25, 2016, attended by the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo. Also present were BPI’s top executives, including Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala, BPI Chairman, Fernando Zobel De Ayala, BPI Vice Chairman and BPI Foundation Chairman, Cezar P. Consing, BPI President and BPI Foundation President, as well as other key officials and employees of the bank.
BPI Foundation Executive Director Faye Corcuera, BPI Foundation Chairman Fernando Zobel De Ayala, Vice President of the Philippines Leni Robredo, BPI Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala, BPI Foundation President and BPI President and CEO Cezar Consing.

The private sector’s role in supporting national development efforts

As the event’s guest of honor, Vice President Robredo discussed the national development agenda for poverty eradication and shared her five main advocacies of focus, including rural development, education, health, food security and women empowerment. She also highlighted the key role of the private sector, including both companies and ordinary citizens, in the achievement of inclusive growth targets.

“Citizen engagement is actually one of the advocacies that Jesse and I shared as we carried out our work. It is a cause I have long championed and continue to champion, even with Jesse’s passing,” said Vice President Robredo.

“Now, as Vice President, I intend to bring further depth and substance to that campaign for citizen-centric governance, where you, our people, become the very engine of our country’s transformation.” As a committed corporate citizen, BPI supports the national government in its targets and explores ways to make the best happen for more Filipinos in need.

The Bank’s financial inclusion strategy provides for a greater focus in the Self-Employed Micro Enterprise segment, through BanKO, its microfinance vehicle, and in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment through BPI Ka-Negosyo/SME Segment.

“At the Ayala Group, we continue to look for opportunities to broaden access to our products and services with a view towards meeting the basic needs of a larger sector of the population,” said BPI Foundation Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

Tightly aligned to the Bank’s financial inclusion efforts, BPI Foundation deepens its impact which focus on education, entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability, with the government’s national development priorities, by leveraging public and private partnerships in creating effective and measurable change.

This is demonstrated by the Foundation’s various programs. To equip Filipinos with the tools to achieve financial wellness, its education programs commence at the development stage with Manny and Me (for elementary students) and reinforced with BPI SHAPE (for senior high school students). These programs on financial education are integrated into the K-12 curriculum, in support of the Enhanced Basic Education Act (R.A. 10533).

Meanwhile, itsFREE FinEd-in-a-Box, a series of modular learning materials on the fundamentals of financial education, is available for targeted sectors, including OFs, Farmers, MS Enterprises, etc, in support of the National Strategy for Financial Inclusion. 99% of registered businesses in the Philippines are MSME, and employ over 60% of the country’s workforce, making this an important sector for economic growth.

The Foundation advocates and supports the identification and capacity development of social enterprises through its BPI Sinag Program. BPI Sinag U which promotes social entrepreneurship among university students, in support of the Youth Entrepreneurship Act (R.A. 10679) and BPI Sinag Accelerate which scales-up social enterprises, including those working for agricultural, IP, and Muslim communities, in support of the Go Negosyo Act or R.A. 19644.

Sustainable countryside development cannot prosper without environmentally responsible agriculture. The BPI Sustainable Agriculture Program aims to address financing barriers among farming communities byestablishing strategic partnerships and risk mitigants across value chain partners,government agencies and civic society to support the Agricultural Value Chain Financing Framework (BSPCircular No. 908, Series of 2016).

In the pipeline are other relevant programs that include the introduction of financial literacy, agripreneurship, and climate-smart practicesto support the Rural Farm Schools Act or R.A.10618.

“BPI Foundation offers itself as a social innovation platform that enables the business to test strategies and business models that contribute to inclusive growth and long-term competitiveness to build resiliency and benefit society,” said Faye Corcuera, BPI Foundation Executive Director

Promoting employee volunteerism with BPI BAYAN

Aside from celebrating BPI’s 165th anniversary, the event also celebrated the 5th anniversary of BPI Bayanihan para saInang Bayan, also known as BPI BAYAN, an employee-volunteer program that mobilizes its 15,000-strong workforce as partners in national development.

“Today, we renew our commitment for BPI BAYAN, now on its bigger and bolder iteration as BPI Bayan 2.0. We are now more relevant, and better equipped to meet national development goals as we seize the power of mobilizing our most valuable resource – our employees – to rise up to the challenge through the bayanihan spirit as partners for progress,” said Faye Corcuera, BPI Foundation Executive Director.

“Our mission in BPI and in the BPI Foundation is to enable progress,” she concluded. BPI Bayan 2.0 espouses choice and flexibility, giving four modalities that cater to differing volunteer motivations of our employees, from hands-on volunteering, volunteering for Foundation programs, employee group-driven volunteering, to social innovation through community immersion, where BPI employees can now contribute more directly to the wellbeing of their communities.  

Corcuera summarized the role of the Foundation on how it has “shifted for more relevance, from a role marked largely by philanthropy and capital allocation, to working with the business for shared value, and alignment to national development.   

She said, “BPI Foundation offers itself as a social innovation platform to address relevant societal challenges that enables the business to test strategies and business models that contribute to inclusive growth and long-term competitiveness to build resiliency and benefit society.”

BPI Builds School Building in Haiyan-Stricken Sagay
April 23, 2015
As part of its Typhoon Haiyan rebuilding efforts, BPI Foundation turned over a three-story, nine-classroom school building to Sagay National High School last April 22, 2016. 
MARKED IN HISTORY. Negros Occiental Board Member Dr. Miller M. Serondo, Sagay City Mayor Thirdy Maranon, BPI Foundation Executive Director Faye Corcuera, DepEd and BPI representatives pose before the new building’s marker.

The new eco-building is typhoon resistant -- able to withstand winds of over 250 km/hr, and features efficiency and security facilities like a rain water catchment system, a fire alarm system, and LED lighting, amongst others.

The new school building will be able to cater to over 450 students, and will be used as Sagay’s Center for Science and Technology for their Senior High School STEM Program. The school building will also serve as a safe structure that the community can use as an evacuation center during a calamity.

OFFICALLY OPEN. Ready to host incoming Senior High students majoring in STEM, BPI Foundation Executive Director Faye Corcuera and Neg. Occ. Board Member Dr. Miller M. Serondo cut the ribbon to symbolically open the new building.

“We, at BPI Foundation, committed to partner with the Department of Education and the City of Sagay to build this typhoon-resistant, safe and comfortable school building for our children, for it is these same children that will shape the future of our nation,” said the Executive Director of BPI Foundation, Faye A. Corcuera.  

The building is funded by donations garnered from the fundraising campaign “P10M +P10M”, wherein over P10 Million was raised from the generous contributions from BPI employees and friends, with BPI and BPI Foundation matching the amount for the construction of two typhoon resistant schools, one in Sagay City and another in Kalibo City, through the Department of Education’s Adopt-a-School Program. "In behalf of the city of Sagay and the Province as a whole, we would like to thank BPI for giving us not only one of the best and most beautiful school buildings I have seen but also a very strong and resilient structure. I would like to challenge the Sagay National High School -- the principal, teachers, and students -- to take good care of this because this assistance and gift is once in a lifetime,” said Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Maranon, Jr. at the inauguration.   Typhoon Haiyan, the world’s strongest typhoon, made landfall in central Philippines in 2013. With it came winds of over 300 km/hr, killing over 6,000 people in its path, and displaced some 16 Million more. The damage to infrastructure and land was estimated at USD 2.68 Billion. Of this, some 3,000 schools collapsed or got severely damaged.  

Art education strengthened by Herencia Lectures
May 04, 2015
Philippine history has long been brushed and sketched by artists to ensure the stories of our ancestors live on. These stories that live within paintings, images and creative installations are our only windows to the vibrancy of our past.

Sharing nearly two centuries of this history, The Bank of the Philippine Islands has accrued throughout the years an amazing art collection of varied artists both old and new that tell tales of culture and heritage.  

To share this vast collection with the public, the BPI Foundation published “Herencia: A Legacy of Art and Progress” in 2008, a 360-page coffee table book on Philippine art history containing in-depth reviews of nearly 1,000 important works of art.  

The guidebook “Appreciating Art through the BPI Art Collection: A Teacher's Guide” accompanies the volume, wherein copies were donated to BPI Foundation's partner universities and schools to promote art history to Filipino students.

To address the lack of training programs for public school art teachers, a series of Herencia Lectures have also been organized in collaboration with the Filipinas Heritage Library with the aim to train teachers on art appreciation, education and even, critiquing.    

“The Herencia Art Workshop helped me reawaken my interest in painting. I learned many things which can be helpful to my students,” said Khino Pollan, a teacher at Pavia National HS in Iloilo during the latest installment of the Herencia lectures last May 4-6, 2015.  


Held at the Museo Iloilo, the workshop was facilitated by three experts in art.

Malou Roque discussed Principles and Elements of Art, Foundations of Drawing, Media and Materials, Model Development, and Scribbling/Shading studies. These topics may be used as guide for the teachers in providing instructional materials for their students.

Dr. Reuben Canete talked about the color theory, composition and perspective which included a session on still life painting.

Lastly, art critic Cid Reyes presented a panorama of Philippine art from the 1800s to contemporary times and delivered an introduction to art criticism, leading them to a better appreciation of different art styles and movements. Reyes concluded with a course on crafting effective lesson plans for teaching art.  

Now on its eighth run, the Herencia Lectures has trained over 200 teachers across the nation to appreciate and teach art with new tools, new perspective and newfound love.

BPI Foundation Wins Anvil Awards for ‘Salapi’
April 16, 2015
Salapi, a coffee table book on the history of Philippine currency, earned the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation 2 Anvils at the 50th Anvil Awards last April 17, 2015 at the Marriott Hotel, Pasay City.
WINNING SMILES. BPI Executives receive the Gold Anvil Award for Salapi, a coffee table book on the history of Philippine currency.

A Gold Anvil Award and the first Platinum Anvil Award was given to BPI Foundation for its publication “Salapi: The Numismatic Heritage of the Philippines” in the PR tools publication category.   

Salapi is a 280-page coffee table book that delves into the long history of the evolution and development not just of coins but also of paper money in the Philippines. The coins and banknotes contained in this book are the best evidence of the trajectory of history that has brought the Philippines to where it is at present.  

“The book celebrates our tangible heritage as it enlightens Filipinos to appreciate our history,” says BPI Foundation Executive Director Fidelina Corcuera.  

BPI sought to contribute a legacy close to its core business. With images from the spectacular and extremely rare collections of BPI and the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Money Museum as well as a handful of local and foreign collectors, the book covers the entire numismatic history of the country, bringing to life a new aspect of history Filipinos have not been exposed to.  

During the Anvil Awards, BPI also won an Anvil Award this year for a Human Resources program for retiring employees. “Navigate: Reap your Rewards, Make the Best Happen – A Retirement Seminar” received a silver Anvil award under the category PR programs directed at specific stakeholders.  

The Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations in the Philippines, awarded by a distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools designed and implemented during the previous year.  

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The two Anvil Awards BPI received for the book Salapi.
Bringing the Classroom to the Streets
PUSHING FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION. Education Secretary Armin Luistro leads at pushing the Kariton Klasrum along with Fidelina Corcuera, Executive Director of BPI Foundation and other partners.
“If not all students can reach the classroom, we need to reverse the system. Schools need to have wheels – they need to go where (the students) are,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro at the Kariton Klasrum Roll-Out last January 27, 2015.

Over 100 mobile classrooms, also known as kariton klasrums, will be deployed to various sites across the Philippines to benefit children who don’t have access to formal education.

BPI Foundation believes that an inclusive and proactive approach to education is the key to address the nation’s large number of children out of school. With this, the foundation will donate 100 karitons – serving approximately 5,300 children, with each unit having the capacity to educate 50 children. The foundation aims to support not only the ones in need located in the metro, but aims to reach the peripheries as well, as they are the ones given less priority.

The Department of Education launched this project as an alternative mode of learning patterned after the “pushcart classroom” initiative of CNN Hero Efren Peňaflorida Jr.

Education Undersecretary for Programs and Linkages Mario Deriquito shared that the mobile classrooms are set to be deployed to critical sites in Metro Manila, Tacloban and Cavite, where large numbers of street children and out-of-school-youth reside. Out of the 106 sites, 27 sites are currently ready for deployment.

“We look for and look after those overlooked,” concluded Deriquito to underline the department’s goal of quality education for all.
IT'S OFFICIAL. Partners sign the Memorandum of Agreement with DepEd in support of the Kariton Klarsums initiative.
Core Program
BPI for Teachers
The role of the teacher in nation building is critical. The foundation aims to uplift the spirits of and give thanks to the teachers, the country’s unsung heroes. Some of the projects include, continuing education and professional development as well as building homes for teachers.
a. BPI builds for teachers

Under the flagship project BPI (Build, Promote and Improve) for Teachers, the BPI Foundation, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, provided the construction of 160 houses for public school teachers. Houses in Quezon City have been turned over to their new owners and the build continues in other selected sites across the country.
b. BPI Post-Graduate Scholarship for Teachers

The BPI Foundation awards post-graduate scholarships to deserving public school teachers in region XII, touted to be the region with the lowest literacy rate and is among the poorest in the country.  This program aims to improve the teaching skills of  public school teachers. The program, launched in 2012 in partnership with the Department of Education and Mindanao State University-General Santos, grants scholarships to select public high school teachers from SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City).
c. Professional Development for Teachers

Professional advancement is a must in any career. This is true as well for teachers. BPI, through the foundation, seeks to bring forth more opportunities for educators and uplift the teaching profession through programs that allow teachers to reach their full potential. The aim for continuing education is to provide the teachers the latest knowledge, tools and resources to help the teacher make learning more relevant.
- BPI Partners with GURO on Upgrading Teaching Capacities

In partnership with the Miriam College’s “Growth, Upgrading and Resource Office” (GURO) holds an annual workshop called “Training for Effective Teaching in English, Mathematics, Science and Early Childhood Education” for public school teachers in  various selected locations.
- BPI and Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Training for Teachers

Since 2010, the Foundation has partnered with Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, the official volunteer arm of the University of the Philippines Manila, to provide training on how to improve teaching styles. The Department of Education and local government of Gumaca also supports a six-day training event for public school teachers in English, mathematics, science, social studies and Filipino. Volunteer trainers from the University of the Philippines Manila, UP Integrated School and Ateneo de Manila University facilitate the workshops.
- Herencia Lectures on Philippine Art

The Foundation, together with the Filipinas Heritage Library, conducts the Herencia lectures, based on the book “Herencia: A Legacy of Art and Progress”, which the BPI Foundation published and released in 2008. The free lectures, have been held at various museums including the BI Museums in Cebu and  Zamboanga, the BenCab Museum in Baguio, the Artists Village in Baler, the Negros Museum in Bacolod, Museo Ilocos Norte in Laoag.  The program aims  to address the lack of art education and training programs for public school art teachers in the country.
Core Program
BPI-DOST Science Awards

Much has been said about the “Millennials”—this young, energetic, and assertive generation that is now emerging from our universities and workforces, challenging our status quo and slowly but surely changing the face of society. The youth are the future of our nation and economic progress lies largely on the ability of the nation to  produce excellent  scientific research and innovate.  

The BPI Foundation founded the BPI Science Awards program in 1989 and expanded the recognition program in 2005 in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology to create the BPI-DOST Science Awards.  The BPI-DOST Science Awards is  a , a program that encourages young aspiring scientists and researchers to strive for excellence in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science and biology. In its more than two decades of existence, the BPI-DOST Science Awards has recognized over 840 young talents from 13 universities in Philippines.

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