The University of Santo Tomas was recognized as a Partner in Empowerment, Advocacy, and Commitment to Excellence (PEACE) at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Metrobank Foundation Inc., (MBFI). The UST Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., accepted the award for the University on February 21, 2019 during the special gathering at the Le Pavillon, Metropolitan Park, Pasay City.
With the theme “Puso at Sigasig,” (Heart and Perseverance), the event honored distinguished individuals and institutional partners of MBFI, and commemorated the life of its late founder Dr. George S.K. Ty, a recipient of the Doctor of Humanities degree, honoris causa,
Forty institutional partners from the government, non-government, and socio-civic organizations, media, academe, and business received the PEACE awards. Awardees received the “Kapit-Bisig” trophy designed by 2011 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Grand Prize Awardee for Sculpture Ar. Jonathan V. Dangue.
According to a press release from the MBFI Facebook page, “The interweaving loops of brass represent the collective power in pursuit of nation-building, destined to last and prosper in the years to come. It is inspired by the age-old spirit of bayanihan featuring a community of stakeholders and institutional partners working in the spirit of cooperative effort to achieve a common goal.”
“We thank our 40 PEACE honorees for working with us in making meaningful contributions towards the uplifting of the Filipino and the well-being of our society,” said MBFI Vice Chairman Alfred Ty in the welcome remarks.