Zonta Club of Makati & Environs pays tribute to Filipina trailblazers through BRAVO Awards

The Zonta Club of Makati & Environs in the Philippines, District 17—together with event partner Security Bank Corporation—recognized remarkable Filipinas in the third annual BRAVO Empowered Women Awards on 25 July 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 advocacy efforts, and inspiring stories of triumph over adversity in the categories of business, science and technology, sports, media, and public affairs, education, social services, culinary arts, and arts, culture and heritage, respectively. 

"The accomplishments of these women are as breathtaking as the lives they choose 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."

Sanjiv Vohra, Security Bank president, and CEO 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 to 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.

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.

Through the Bravo Empowered Women Awards, Security Bank promotes the proactive participation of women from the various sectors. 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.

Photo (L to R): The Bravo Women are Margarita Ochoa (Sports), Dr. Rosario Oreta-Lapus(Education), Waya Araos-Wijanco (Culinary), Mona Magno Veluz (Social Services), Lourdes Reyes-Montinola (Lifetime Achievement), Ma. Rhodora Fresnedi (Business), Bae Arlyne Salazar (Arts, Culture & Heritage), Magnolia Yrasuegui (Media & Public Affairs), Rachel Marjorie Renucci-Tan (Science & Technology).