In line with one of the pillars of its mission “to build communities sustainably,” Security Bank continues its support for initiatives that value heritage conservation and cultural education.
This year, together with the Filipino Heritage Festival, the Bank celebrated National Heritage Month with a series of activities, including exhibits and forums, focused on the promotion of Filipino cultural heritage.
Celebrating heritage through the years
Themed “Heritage: Change and Continuity,” this year’s exhibit highlighted the dynamism of heritage and the need to innovate to preserve products of human creativity.
The month-long celebration opened with the Places of Memory, Places of the Heart: Plazas in the Philippines Exhibit at The M (Metropolitan Museum of Manila). The exhibit showcased the history and trajectory of towns and city plazas in the Philippines through archival images, interactive artworks, photo collages, and a selection of artworks from The M’s own collection.
Empowering the heritage bearers
A three-day forum was conducted in partnership with the local government unit and partner organizations from Silay, Negros Occidental to recognize the important role of the youth as the country’s cultural heritage bearers.
The forum brought together 60 youth participants from different backgrounds. Through a series of lectures, workshops, and field work, the forum equipped participants with technical knowledge on conceptualizing and implementing high-impact community projects that care for local heritage. The forum aimed to inculcate heritage awareness and education, as well as heighten the sense of responsibility, patriotism, and leadership among local youth.
Remembering a Filipino cultural icon
Security Bank also supported the travelling exhibition co-produced by the The M, Filipino Heritage Festival Inc., and the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, which paid homage to National Artist for Visual Arts Larry Alcala. The second year of “Larry Alcala: Slices of Life, Wit, and Humor” featured visual works by the beloved artist, who channeled humor alongside commentary about Philippine society. Alcala is well-known for his satirical newspaper cartoons in the 70s and 80s, which depicted local everyday life scenes.
The travelling exhibition was in Museo ng Makati from May 11 to June 15, 2023, and in Negros Museum from May 15 to July 31, 2023.
Instilling pride in exemplary Filipino talent
Security Bank also extended its support for renowned community acapella chorale group, Los Cantantes De Manila, for a two-night fundraising activity and send-off concert entitled “Banyuhay”.
Under the baton of musical director Darwin Vargas, Los Cantantes serenaded audiences at the the Bank’s JYD Hall with their fresh interpretations of well-loved songs such as “Ikaw ang Lahat sa Akin” and “Imagine”.
Los Cantantes represented the country at the recently concluded 18th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf on May 25, 2023. The group had a grand slam finish bagging multiple awards, including First Prize for Mixed Choir Category and Public’s Choice Award.
Staying true to its belief that corporate success is achieved together with the promotion of positive social change, Security Bank continues to advocate for and support programs in education, health and wellness, livelihood, and community-building.