Friday, June 17, 2005

Math Trainers Guild Phils (MTGP) Award for Anvil

Thanks to the tireless efforts of past Chairman and active incumbent Director Bernard Go, and to the unanimous support of the 16 Anvil Business Club (ABC) officers, the 1,000-members Math Trainers Guild, Philippines (MTGP) on June 4, 2005 conferred a special award for our organization in support of two international math olympiads last month in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. ABC President Wilson Lee Flores and Past Chairman Bernard Go received the special award for our organization in formal rites. ABC was awarded ahead of Philippine Airlines, Nestle and other big institutions.

The special award for Anvil Business Club was given by and signed by MTGP led by President Dr. Simon L. Chua, Department of Science & Technology (DOST) Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro and Department of Education Secretary Florencio Abad. It was a special recognition for ABC's wholehearted and vigorous support for the successful "Philippine Elementary Mathematics International Contest" (PEMIC) and "Asia Inter-Cities Teenagers Mathematics Olympiad" (AITMO) 2005 held at Bohol Tropics Resort, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, the Philippines. Throughout these two biggest international math competitions ever hosted by the Philippines, the name of Anvil Business Club was the biggest on stage alongside that of Philippine Airlines.
During the awarding ceremony, ABC President Wilson Lee Flores on stage insisted that Bernard Go be requested to come forward by the emcee and officials, and be present during the awarding. Despite no longer being the incumbent Chairman or President, despite his diverse business obligations and growing family, and his involvement in the Filipino-Chinese Federation, Bernard Go continues to show concern for our organization, attends most of our meetings, never absent in our weekly badminton sessions, is active in the Board of Directors, and unselfishly shares his ideas for the welfare of ABC and our members. We are grateful to Past Chairman Bernard Go, thanks!

A few years ago, business leader and our supportive Past Chairman Michael G. Tan's father Lucio C. Tan had also donated a huge donation to sponsor another international math olympiad organized by MTGP in Tagaytay, and Lucio Tan also gave all the credit of his multi-million peso donation to the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) of which he is now Honorary Chairman. This is an act of leadership and selflessness, and we learned this only from MTGP officers.
Anvil Business Club (ABC) supports MTGP, an organizatyion of over 1,000 volunteer math teachers and trainers nationwide, who are at the forefront of the campaign to improve math education in all schools of the Philippines. ABC believes support for MTGP and their math education reforms will have tremendouis impact on the Philippine economy, especially in our fight to eliminate scandalous wastage, excessive corruption, lack of public accountability and common sense in many spheres of Philippine government and other sectors.

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