Metrobank Foundation Allocates P1M to Aid Visual Artists

Manila, Philippines – The Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI) allocates P1 million to aid the local art community, which has suffered a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through its program, Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) – Community Aid and Relief for Emergency Situations (CARES), MBFI aims to support 200 visual artists with cash assistance worth P5,000 each.

Beneficiaries who are qualified for the cash assistance include past winners of MADE Painting and Sculpture recognition programs, as well as non-winners who are Filipino painters and sculptors aged 18 years old and above. MBFI also prioritizes visual artists whose income-generating projects were affected by the pandemic.

Painters and sculptors who receive a regular salary from a public or private institution; are recipients of pension and other cash assistance from art and cultural institutions, or are currently involved in any income-generating projects are not eligible for MBFI’s cash assistance.

To apply for the cash assistance, fill out the application form at The deadline for submission is on Sunday, 23 August 2020.

For further inquiries, email Badet Macaraig at