Tatak Negrense Radio-TV Host Gosiaoco is Bravo Awardee

Ma. Chona V. Gosiaoco, host of the radio – TV program Tatak Negrense aired over Radio Veritas – DYAF and SkyCable Chan-nel 32, was named one of the 8 Bravo Empowered Women Awardees, a program of the Security Bank and Zonta Club of Makati and Environs recognizing, celebrating and honoring the contribution of women to nation-building through various fields of endeavors.

AWARDEES. The 8 Bravo Empowered Women Awardees (left to right) Ruth Callanta, social services; Dr. Jacqueline Dominguez, science and technology; Carmen Lourdes Valdes, education; Jaymie Pizarro, sports; Chona Gosiaoco, media; Maribel Ongpin, arts, culture and heritage; Chef Jessie Sincioco, culinary arts; and Raquel Choa, business*

The Bravo Awards was launched in 2014 as part of the celebration of the International Women’s Year and culminated with the selection of the eight most outstanding nominees in various categories during the awarding rites held June 9, 2015 at the Security Bank corporate headquarters in Makati City, Metro Manila.

Gosiaoco, winning in the media category joins the first batch of awardees that included Maribel Ongpin, Chairperson of HABI-Philippine Textile Association for Arts, Culture and Heritage; and Jessie Sincioco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chef Jessie and the second Filipina recognized pastry chef for Culinary Arts.

For Education, named awardee was Carmen Lourdes Valdes, Dean of Marie Eugenie School for Learning in Liberal Arts and Creative Director for Theater Arts of Assumption College; and for Science and Technology, winner was Jacqueline Dominguez, head of the Memory Center for St. Luke Medical Center and co-author of journals on neuro-science and Alzheimers disease.

Ruth Callanta, founder and president of Center for Community Transformation, for Social Services; Jaymie Pizarro, organizer of the annual Bull Runner Dream Marathon, the first and only marathon for first-timers and mothers, for Sports; and Raquel Choa, founder and president of Ralfe Gourmet, a Cebu-based artisan chocolate boutique and innovator of the Philippine Tablea, for Business.

Rosie Go, president of Zonta Club of Makati and Environs cited the efforts and contributions of the empowered women in helping transform lives of people they work with.

Gosiaoco brings with her a wealth of media experience in the last 20 years working with ABS-CBN, GMA Super-Radyo, DYRL, Premier TV and DYAF. She has also served as marketing consultant for Sunstar Bacolod. She has also been active as an educator, serving as faculty member for the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Negros Occ.-Recoletos for 19 years.

Volunteer work with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the Philippine Army in Southern Negros and the indigenous communities in Northern Negros are among Gosiaoco’s community development advocacies, woven into her media work.

Gosiaoco is a grantee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for 2015–2016 for advocacy on Negrense culture, history and arts through her radio and TV program, Tatak Negrense.

Her nomination to the BRAVO Award was spearheaded by Serafin Plotria, Jr., a colleague in the media industry and the academe, who is station manager for RMN–IFM and current chairman of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas.*

 Source: Negros Daily Bulletin,