For another year, Security Bank Corporation (SBC) and Zonta Club of Makati & Environs are shining a light on the achievements of Filipinas through its annual Bravo Empowered Women Awards.
The body aims to recognize the achievements and advocacies of female trailblazers, specifically those who work towards driving societal change and help those who are vulnerable.
This year’s awardees are Yvette Marie Celi-Punzalan for Business, Dr. Pauline Ferraris Convocar for Science & Technology, Meri Ann Geli Bulaong for Sports, Michelle Krystle Dy-Ong for Media & Public Affairs, Dr. Emily Miralles-Arangote for Education, Maria Carolina Rodriguez-Dawonlay for Arts, Culture & Heritage, Dr. Angelita Sievert-Fernandez for Social Services, and Reggie Aspiras for Culinary Arts.
In addition to the eight awardees, Filipina Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz was also given a special award.
These strong, independent, and driven women have carved their mark in the fields of environmental protection, mental health, disaster recovery, pandemic assistance for front-liners, assistance for sexual abuse victims and the fight against online trafficking, women’s presence in sports, women’s reintegration into society, and activism against gender-based violence.
According to President and CEO of Security Bank, Sanjiv Vohra, they aim to change how women’s contributions are often overlooked in Filipino society.
“Oftentimes, the role of women in recovery, peace and community-building are overlooked, much like their roles in the household or the workplace. Through initiatives like the Bravo Empowered Women Awards, women are not just acknowledged but celebrated and brought to the forefront. Thank you, Zonta, for providing the platform to amplify the invaluable work of these amazing women, which is integral to our economic and social progress,” President and CEO of Security Bank, Sanjiv Vohra told the PH Tatler.
For Delia Albert, former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary and Ambassador as well as current Chair of the Bravo Board of Judges, Bravo Empowered Women Awards uplifts and empowers women, allowing them to serve as examples to young girls.
“The Board recognised not only the successful practice of the nominees in their respective professions but above all, the dedication and passion in serving the community that the judges unanimously agreed upon. Like the other nominees, the winners are sterling examples of strong-willed women, truly selfless, hard-working and certainly catalysts for change. They all made us proud as Filipino women,” Albert shared.
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