Cebu Pacific carries another batch of COVID-19 vaccines to VisMin

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The Philippines' leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) continues to airlift much-needed COVID-19 vaccines to different cities in the Visayas and Mindanao.  A total of 91,200 doses (38,400 for Tacloban, 28,800 for Cotabato, and 24,000 for Zamboanga) were safely delivered yesterday, April 14, 2021.   These vaccine deliveries are part of the government’s ongoing vaccination program that prioritize various groups across the country. “This shipment of vaccines is the fourth that we’ve received from CEB and we appreciate the smooth transport because it helps us expedite our ongoing vaccination program in the city,” said Beng Climaco, Zamboanga City Mayor.   “With CEB’s regular flights to Cotabato, we in the government can efficiently act on and prioritize the national government’s recovery program,” added Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi. Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez added, “We are happy to be recipients of these life-saving vaccines, which arrive in g

The Annual MADE Recognition and Exhibit Showcase

Carrying its tradition and honoring Filipino artistry and creativity, Metrobank Foundation Incorporated (MBFI) established on January 8, 1979 by Dr. George S. K. TY, held its annual Awarding Ceremony and Exhibit Opening on September 21, 2017 at Le Pavilion, Metropolitan Park, Pasay City. This highly anticipated event recognizes Filipino painters and sculptors through Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE).

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely and Senator Francis " Chiz " Escudero accompanied by his wife, elite artist and socialite actress Heart Evangelista attended as honorable guests respectively. Along with National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, diplomats, government officials, local and foreign artists and dignitaries, gathered in the evening flocked by art and music.

"IMAGINE" this year's MADE theme, challenged the artist's human imagination to create and empower their creative mind to showcase their true works of art exuded through painting and sculpting. "Genesis" by Paul John C. Cabanalan, was the Grand Awardee for Oil / Acrylic on Canvas Category. His masterpiece interpreted in four layers: his childhood, his hometown, his people and his beliefs in life in Iloilo. "For Those Who Lived And [Are] Forgotten " by Marvin E. Quizon, was the Grand Awardee for Watermedia on Paper Category. His painting of a lifeless bird with branches and flowers growing, denotes and connotes what comes after death, an interpretation of new beginnings and opportunities. A very similar scenarios to the victims of rampant killings and terrorism.

The recipient of Grand Awardee for Sculpture is " Pagtataguyod " by Moreen Joy Austria. Her work symbolizes the character and core of Metro Park, redefining a dynamic community and living a symbiotic relationship, truly a summation and crystallization of Filipino values. Pagtataguyod indeed aims to promote, patronize and foster.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

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