Sun Life Financial Philippine Holding Company, Inc. Chairman Rizalina Mantaring was honored as this year’s PAX awardee at St Scholastica’s 87th College Commencement Exercises held recently at the Philippine International Convention Center. The PAX Award is the highest award conferred annually on an outstanding alumna who has exemplified in her life and work the true spirit and character of a Scholastican education. “It symbolizes the dedication and commitment of the awardee to the improvement of the quality of life of our people and our country.”
In her speech before the graduates, Mantaring expressed her gratitude to her alma mater for teaching her the values that guided her and helped shape her life and career, and emphasized the need to continue St. Scholastica’s legacy of hard work, of giving back, and of making a difference in peoples’ lives.
“Being a graduate of St. Scholastica’s is a privilege given to few. It carries with it the responsibility to uphold the legacy that generations of Scholasticans have created. Work hard, do the right thing, act with courage, give back, and pray. Ora et Labora,” she said.
“Not everyone may become a CEO but as the parable says, if you are given ten talents, give ten back. If you are given only one, give one back. Everyone has the chance to make a difference to someone’s life. Weave yourself into the fabric of our nation and help build its future. Make sure you count,” Mantaring concluded.
Riza is the 53rd awardee since the time the award was launched in 1979. Among the prominent alumnae who were awarded in the past years include former President Cory Aquino and SC Justice Cecilia Munoz Palma.