For 12 years, Real estate developer Federal Land, Inc. and Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), both members of the GT Capital Holdings family, have been partners in promoting Filipino creativity and sustainable design through the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence Sculpture Recognition Program, part of the annual 2017 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) awards tradition of celebrating Filipino artistry.

This year, Federal Land will turn one of the five finalists of the MADE Sculpture Recognition Program into a public art installation to be placed at the rotunda of Metro Park, the company’s 40-hectare township in the Bay Area of Pasay City.

The company’s president, Pascual M. Garcia III, said: “The idea of using one of the finalists of the MADE sculpture into public art came from our desire to have a venue to celebrate the importance of integrating arts and culture in living spaces. We want to bring art closer to the public as it aids in promoting values that define us as Filipinos and strengthening our sense of community as well as our identity as a nation.”

One of the artworks being considered for this is that of Moreen Joy Austria, who was given the Grand Award by this year’s Board of Judges for the Sculpture Recognition Program, headed by Ramon G. Orlina. Austria, a Bacolod City-based sculptor, was recognized for her piece, Pagtaguyod, a sculpture fabricated from stainless steel to form human figures of a family supporting each other as they rise. On top of the piece is a blue “paper airplane” that symbolizes dreams, optimism and progressive thinking.

Throughout the years, the MADE Sculpture Recognition Program has awarded 13 amateurs and 10 professional sculptors, including Leeroy New, Mervy Pueblo, Duddley Diaz, and Juan Sajid Imao.