The Philippines unveiled FSI’s leading talents at WFIS Awards 2023

With technology innovations in the financial sector expanding by leaps and bounds, the Philippines is now pacing towards financial inclusion. While the archipelagic country still houses over 30 million unbanked Filipinos, the equation is fast changing as access to financial services has become way simpler with the advent of fintech.

At a time when Philippines’ banks and other financial institutions have grabbed everyone’s attention with their commendable work, it is but obvious that behind the massive transition towards digital, there are few exceptional personalities from various domains that have disrupted the industry with their exceptional contributions.

To shine a spotlight on these profiles and bestow honour upon their work, Tradepass hosted World Financial Innovation Series (WFIS) Awards 2023 in Manila on 24 August 2023 at the Manila Marriott Hotel from 5 pm to 9 pm. Referred to as the country’s most glamorous awards night for the financial services industry, the platform declared the winners from 9 competitive categories. Below are the details.

  • GRC Advocate of the Year – Ingrid Rose Ann Berona (Chief risk Officer, Gcash)
  • Data & Analytics Leader of the Year – Josh Bosiños (Head of Data Science and AI, Robinsons Bank Corporation)
  • Tech Innovator of the Year – Kenneth Catugas (Head IT, ING)
  • CMO of the year – Janette Y. Abad Santos (First Vice President, Head – Marketing Group, Robinsons Bank)
  • Excellence in Retail Banking – Frederick Ian B. Dela Cruz (Card System Management Head, Philippines National Bank)
  • Fintech Provider of the year – Oscar Enrico Reyes, Jr. (President/CEO, G-Xchange, Inc)
  • Cyber Practitioner of the year – Marlon Sorongon (CISO, MayBank)
  • CX Innovator of the year – Lionel Gacad (Chief Experience Officer, GoTyme Bank)
  • Women Influencer in FSI – Catherine Urtola (Chief Compliance Officer, UNO Digital Bank)

“This recognition was made possible because of the strong collaboration of the various teams that worked on this project,” said Frederick Ian Dela Cruz, Head of Cards System Management Department of PNB’s Cards and Payments Solutions Group. “At Philippine National Bank, we constantly adhere to the highest standards of excellence in our retail banking business. Our goal is to provide our customers with relevant banking services – where they need it, when they need it.”

While the industry applauded the sheer genius of these stellar personalities, the titles were conferred on them by none other than industry’s most renowned thought leaders – Balaji Viswanathan (Managing Director & CEO, Expleo Solutions Limited); Imelda Tiongson (Chairperson, Pru Life UK); Rico Bautista (President and CEO, Etiqa Life & General Assurance Philippines, Inc); David Gyori (CEO, Banking Reports, London); and Arvie De Vera (Co-Founder & Board Director, Fintech Association Of The Philippines).

Having an enthralling vibe, the awards night had a very gaudy appearance with some mesmerizing champagne ladies to lift the spirits. Also, labelled as a Black Tie event, the night witnessed stunning performances by IOX Entertainment Dance Troop that got the audience on their toes.

WFIS Awards 2023 – Philippines, ensured that other than uplifting the entire cybersecurity community, every single attendee felt appreciated as there was an impeccable spread of scrumptious gourmet dishes coupled with an exotic range of cocktails for them to have a great time.

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