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The Bravo Empowered Women Awards recognises female trailblazers who have achieved success in their careers and personal advocacies.

Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could stop Security Bank Corporation (SBC) and Zonta Club of Makati & Environs from their goal to empower women. Last 29 July, the groups have recognised the efforts of eight outstanding females through the Bravo Empowered Women Awards.

Through the years, the Bravo Empowered Women Awards recognises female trailblazers who have achieved success in their careers and personal advocacies. The distinctions are given to Filipinas who drive social change in the country and actively work to uplift the lives of the less fortunate. 

This year, the committee has awarded 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.

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These women have been awarded for their advocacies such as environmental protection, assistance for sexual abuse victims and the fight against online trafficking, mental health, disaster recovery, pandemic assistance for front-liners, women’s reintegration into society, and activism against gender-based violence.

“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 said.

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Meanwhile, former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary and Ambassador Delia Albert, who serves as Chair of the Bravo Board of Judges, discussed her Bravo Empowered Women Awards experience during the event.

“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 disclosed. 

In the coming years, Bravo Empowered Women Awards seeks to empower more women to enrich lives, empower businesses, and establish camaraderie among communities.

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