Security Bank pays tribute to Filipina trailblazers through BRAVO Awards

SECURITY Bank Corporation (SBC), together with event partner Zonta Club of Makati & Environs, recognized remarkable Filipinas in the 3rd BRAVO Empowered Women Awards on July 25, 2019 at the JYD Hall of Security Bank Centre in Makati.

The BRAVO Empowered Women Awards program honors change makers, achievers, and advocates of social change nationwide. It acknowledges the contributions of notable individuals who deliver significant economic and social impact and demonstrate incredible dedication to service and leadership.

This year’s winners were selected across a broad range of demographics and interesting backgrounds. The awardees include a tribal chieftain from Davao; a 29-year-old Jiujitsu world champion; and a former investment banker who established the first sustainable and most technologically advanced rice processing complex in the Philippines.

The awardees are Ma. Rhodora Fresnedi, Rachel Marjorie Renucci-Tan, Margarita Ochoa, Magnolia Yrasuegui, Dr. Rosario Oreta-Lapus, Mona Magno Veluz, Waya Araos-Wijanco, and Bae Arlyne Salazar.  These women were chosen based on their individual achievements, personal advocacies, and inspiring stories of triumph over adversity in the categories of Business, Science & Technology, Sports, Media & Public Affairs, Education, Social Services, Culinary Arts, and Arts, Culture & Heritage respectively.

Lourdes Reyes-Montinola, the Chair Emeritus on the Board of Trustees of Far Eastern University (FEU), is this year’s recipient of the BRAVO Lifetime Achievement Award. Reyes-Montinola was instrumental in the re-establishment of FEU as a prominent educational institution. In 1991, she authored “Piña” which gave renewed local and global attention to the cultural significance of the pineapple plant, helping revive the piña fabric industry.

“The accomplishments of these women are as breathtaking as the lives they chose to lead,” said Ada Mabilangan, Chairman of 8 BRAVO Awards. “What’s more inspiring is their unrelenting commitment to uplift the lives of Filipinos from socially marginalized sectors. We are privileged to put a spotlight on the exemplary work they do,” she added.

Security Bank President & CEO Sanjiv Vohra believes that the BRAVO awards are aligned with the spirit of Security Bank’s mission to uphold conscientious decisions and actions for a sustainable Philippines.

“Our corporate success is sustainable only if we lead positive social change. We are committed to the ideals of BetterBanking which entails creating better opportunities for all. Our partnership with Zonta, through the BRAVO awards, aims to promote the important roles and contributions of women in today’s landscape. Their work needs to be supported, highlighted, and increasingly recognized,” said Vohra.

Through the Bravo Empowered Women Awards, Security Bank promotes the proactive participation of women from various sector. The Bank also seeks to drive social change in favor of inclusive growth, in fulfillment of its mission to enrich lives, empower businesses, and build communities through BetterBanking.