Gokongwei Brothers Foundation and Ateneo De Manila University Celebrate Twin Milestones

"A Celebration of Generosity”

The Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) and the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) celebrated twin milestones over the weekend as they commemorated the 20th anniversary of the John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSOM) as well as the dedication and establishment of the Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design (GBSEALD). 

An event dubbed “A Celebration of Generosity” was held on campus on Saturday (March 19) at the Ubuntu Space of Ateneo’s Areté building, in which officials and partners toasted the continuing partnership between the two institutions that strives to transform the educational landscape in the country. 

Lance Gokongwei, chairman of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation

Photo by Gokongwei Brothers Foundation.

Inspired by the Atenean spirit of Magis, JGSOM has been producing business leaders and changemakers since it was established in 2002. It became the first school to be chosen as a Center of Excellence in business administration and entrepreneurship by the Commission on Higher Education in 2007. In 2021, ADMU became an accredited member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSBI), a global business education network aimed at honing the next generation of leaders. This helped JGSOM strengthen its commitment to improve the quality of business education.


GBF and Ateneo also launched GBSEALD, which was established last year despite the many challenges brought about by the pandemic. The fifth Loyola School aims to help elevate education through the formation of educators, educational leaders, policymakers and other learning professionals. Envisioned to be a center of excellence and leadership in education, especially in Science, Math, Reading and Writing, it seeks to be able to contribute in improving educational policy and practice through its graduates. 

Left to Right: Dr Maria Luz C Vilches, VP for the Loyola Schools; Fr. Johnny Go SJ, Dean of GBSEALD; Ms Bernadine T Siy, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Ateneo; Atty. Wilfrido E Sanchez, GBF Board of Trustee; Mr Patrick Henry C Go, GBF Board of Trustee; Mr Lance Gokongwei, Chairman of GBF; Mr James Go, President of GBF; Ms Robina Y Gokongwei-Pe, GBF Board of Trustee; Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, GBF General Manager; Fr Roberto C Yap, President of Ateneo; Dr Luis Dumlao, Dean of JGSOM and Ms. Grace R Colet, GBF Executive Director (Photo from Gokongwei Brothers Foundation)

Photo by Gokongwei Brothers Foundation.
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“This new School of Education and Learning Design exemplifies Ateneo de Manila’s commitment to Philippine education,” founding dean of GBSEALD Fr. Johnny Go, SJ shared. “Our motto puts it best: Bago ang lahat, edukasyon! We are committed to the priority of our educational mission, as well as the need to reimagine what needs to be new in education.” 

The school was named in honor of the brothers John, Henry, Johnson, and James, the founders of the GBF in recognition of the foundation’s significant donation to establish the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Endowment for Educational Innovation. 

“Our partnership with Ateneo is a big step towards GBF’s goal of building our country’s future through education, providing much hope for Filipino students who dream of becoming our future work force and leaders, for Filipino teachers who relentlessly aspire to empower our learners to the challenges of coping with the new normal of education, and for Filipino families who rely on the education of their children as their only hope out of poverty,” said GBF Chairman Lance Gokongwei. 

Photo by Gokongwei Brothers Foundation.

Others present at Saturday’s event were heads of GBF and Ateneo such as James Go, president of GBF; and the members of the GBF Board of Trustees: Robina Y Gokongwei-Pe, Patrick Henry C. Go, Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng and Wilfrido E Sanchez; Bernadine T. Siy, chairman of the board of trustees of Ateneo; Fr. Roberto C. Yap, President of Ateneo; Dr. Maria Luz C. Vilches, VP for the Loyola Schools; the Deans of JGSOM and GBSEALD, Dr. Luis Dumlao, PhD and Fr. Johnny Go, SJ respectively. 

The foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and these milestones shared with Ateneo are just proof of its commitment to improving STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in the country. Through GBF’s projects and partnerships, it hopes to have participated in the learning journeys of 10,000 educators and one million learners by the year 2025.

“This lofty goal becomes more achievable with great partners like the Ateneo de Manila University, as we work hand in hand to make a significant impact in transforming the lives of Filipinos and contributing to national progress through the lasting gift of quality education,” Lance Gokongwei added.

The efforts of GBF and Ateneo de Manila University through JGSOM and GBSEALD help ensure a brighter future for business and education in the Philippines by guiding and inspiring their students to becoming Lux in Domino, shining and sharing their light to the world.

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