To culminate the 2014 National Teachers’ Month (NTM) celebration, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Teachers’ Month Coordinating Council (NTMCC) spearheaded the advanced Philippine celebration of World Teachers’ Day at the Victorias Sports and Amusement Center in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.
This was the first time the celebration staged in the Visayas to especially honor the teachers who went beyond the call of duty in the wake of the magnitude 7.2 Bohol-Cebu earthquake and the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda, both of which are nearing their anniversaries.
“We made it a point to be in the Visayas for this year’s World Teacher’s Day celebration as a show of solidarity and support. Through this effort, we want to concretize our message to our Visayan teachers that we are committed to uplifting their morale and in rebuilding their lives following the calamities,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepena, who co-chairs the NTMCC together with Education Secretary Armin Luistro.
A motorcade preceded the program, which coincided with a teachers’ fair outside the venue. The Metrobank Group and the Metrobank Purple Hearts Club Sugarlandia chapter have a booth at the teachers’ fair and participated in the program.
“The NTM makes the Philippines the only nation in the world to celebrate teachers for one whole month and serves as a profound expression of gratitude to our teachers who shape minds and touch hearts, for learning cannot take place without professional and well-supported teachers within our midst,” Sobrepena added.
The participation of the Metrobank Group in this year’s NTM also included the 6th Doña V. Tytana Memorial Lecture Series, with the theme “Let’s Build Healthy Schools,” last Oct. 2 at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City organized by the GT-Metro Foundation (GTMF).
The lecture series was the Metrobank Group’s tribute to teachers whose hands have not only made schools as places for learning and growth, but also painted a bright, healthy future for our children. 2000 Metrobank Foundation Network of Outstanding Teachers and Educators president and UP College of Nursing professor Dr. Josefina Tuazon delivered the main lecture targeted at getting schools into the healthy lifestyle mindset.