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Home NEWS Ayala Foundation Ayala Foundation celebrates 50 years of continued faith in the Filipino

Ayala Foundation celebrates 50 years of continued faith in the Filipino

Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI), one of the pioneering corporate foundations in the country and the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of the Ayala group of companies, kicks off the yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary with a special event on March 23 at the Hotel InterContinental in Makati City.

Carrying the theme, “Envision, Empower, Excel,” the special event serves as a testament to the foundation's unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life of Filipinos by contributing to the eradication of poverty in all its forms.

Since its inception in 1961, Ayala Foundation's activities have gone on to benefit well over two million Filipinos from more than 3,000 schools and communities in virtually all of the country's geographic regions.

Aside from looking back on Ayala Foundation's activities in the past 50 years, the special event will also serve as the venue for two of the foundation's most recent projects—Enabling Education Communities (EEC) and the book Philippine Ancestral Gold.

EEC is an initiative that seeks to enjoin various stakeholders to work together for the improvement of public education. It hopes to empower local education officials, teachers and principals, the local government, business and civic groups, nongovernment organizations, private colleges and universities, parents, students, and other members of the community, so they can all play a more active role in educating the youth.

Through a series of activities—which includes training programs, team-building activities, planning sessions, and resource mobilization and sustainability development—the project ultimately aims to create education communities that do not only address learning issues, but also instill such values as concern for the common good, good citizenship, concern for the environment, and pride in being a Filipino.

Meanwhile, Philippine Ancestral Gold is a full-color book that serves as a companion publication of the highly popular Gold of Ancestors exhibition of the Ayala Museum.

Edited by Dr. Florina Capistrano-Baker, former director of the Ayala Museum, Philippine Ancestral Gold provides a comprehensive look at the 1,059 pieces of pre-colonial gold artifacts on permanent display at the Ayala Museum's fourth-floor galleries.

With scholarly works from Capistrano-Baker; John Miksic, associate professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore; and John Guy, curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the book brings to life to an important aspect of Philippine cultural life before the arrival of the Spaniards.

About Ayala Foundation

Established by Col. Joseph McMicking and his wife Mercedes Zobel-McMicking, Ayala Foundation was originally known as Filipinas Foundation, which actively supported and developed projects in the field of science research and social development. The foundation was renamed Ayala Foundation in 1990, to signify the Ayala group's renewed commitment to national development.

Ayala Foundation currently works in the following development areas: education and leadership development, technology and entrepreneurship, environment and sustainability, community development, and art, history, and culture. It is also a pioneer in the fields of public–private partnerships and consortium building, as well as diaspora philanthropy.