PVB AVP Jean Carranceja (Visayas Area Head), PVAO Administrator Gen. Ernesto Carolina, PVB President Nonilo Cruz, Governor Defensor, Mayor Matibag, PVB Chairman Roberto de Ocampo, Councilor Mabilog, PVB AVP Ezme Halal (Branch Marketing) snip the ceremonial ribbon at the opening of the newly renovated Philippine Veterans Bank Iloilo Bank; Arthur D. Defensor Sr. receives his token from PVB Chair/CEO Roberto F. De Ocampo and President Nonilo Cruz; and PVB AVP Jean Carranceja (Visayas Area Head), PVB Iloilo Branch Manager Elsa Peregil, PVAO Administrator Gen. Ernesto Carolina, PVB President Nonilo Cruz, Governor Defensor, PVB Chairman Roberto de Ocampo, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Councilor Jay Treñas, and PVB AVP Ezme Halal (Branch Marketing Head)
In time for the 72nd anniversary of the Liberation of Panay, Philippine Veterans Bank inaugurated its newly renovated Iloilo Branch. Making their presence felt for the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Governor ARTHUR D. DEFENSOR Sr. of Iloilo, Mayor JED PATRICK E. MABILOG of Iloilo City, and Iloilo City Councilor JAY TREÑAS who represented his uncle Rep. JERRY P. TREÑAS of the Lone District of Iloilo City. They joined the top rank officials who jetted in from Cosmo-Manille, namely PVB Chair and CEO ROBERTO F. De OCMAPO, OBE, and COO NONILO C. CRUZ.
Also there were Branch Banking Group SVP VILMA NOCHE and Head for Corporate and Consumers Relations, VP MIKE VILLA-REAL.
The World War II Wall of History; and yours truly with Ferdinand Palor, chief of Finance division of PVAO
The piece de resistance of the newly renovated branch is the World War II History Wall. It is a 6-panel wall that chronicled the story of heroism of Filipinos around the Philippines during World War II. Several panels were also dedicated to local events during these dark days of Japanese Occupation of Panay and Romblon leading to their liberation in 1945.
The branch also displays artifacts, paraphernalia and memorabilia, and a TV screen that continuously play documentaries and photos of World War II.
As a son of a World War II veteran, yours truly can’t help being sentimental about the photos on display.
Locate on corner of Valeria and Delgado Streets, the PVB Building sports a new façade with a large “V” logo. “Not only that it is a nod to the bank’s stockholders – over 300,000 Filipino World War II veterans – but also a symbol of the aggressive outlook that the bank has of the city,” enthused De OCAMPO in his speech.
Herbert Vego, Mayor Ike Rojas and Manuel “Boy” Mejorada; and yours truly with Chona Layson-Bondoc
Rightfully so, the aggressiveness is easily dispelled with the homeliness and comfort of the interiors of the bank.
Moving around, yours truly spotted Officials of Veterans Federation of the Philippines and the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, and the surviving World War II veterans of Panay and Romblon. (Some photos were provided by Nonoy Taclino)