Pearl Awardee FY2014-2015

Meet Amie Cua; Pearl Awardee 2014-2015


A loud round of applause came with the announcement … BAIPHIL’s Pearl Awardee 2014-2015 is Amelita “Amie” Cua, Chairperson of the 2015 National Convention Committee. A Certified Public Accountant, Amie is Vice President and Internal Audit Head of Philippine Trust Corporation or Philtrust, a company she has served with unwavering dedication and commitment for three decades now. She earned her Masters Degree in Business Administration from PSBA Manila where she was awarded the Dean Santiago dela Cruz Award for Academic Excellence. She finished her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration major in Accounting with honors from the same school.

Amie fondly remembers then outgoing President Becky Torres’s smile and warmth when she joined BAIPHIL in 1999. With the support and encouragement of Philtrust and her senior management, Amie eagerly signed up with the Education Committee to help coordinate its various seminars. Being a newbie, she felt nervous and a bit scared but she was immediately put at ease by the friendly and heartening welcome of BAIPHIL’s directors and colleagues. Amie found a special camaderie within the Education Committee which nurtured her desire to become actively involved in BAIPHIL’s many activities. Amie has been a member of BETI for the last 15 years and has served BAIPHIL as Internal Auditor from 2001-2002 and again in 2006-2010. She then became Director in 2012 to 2013.

Let’s get to know more about Amie as she answers a few questions we sent her.

What does the Pearl Award mean to you?
For me, the Pearl Award is a great blessing from the Lord and a symbol of the love expressed by the BAIPHIL body. It is extremely humbling when you get awarded by the very people, who in the first place enabled you to get the award. They created the opportunities for us to work in and gave us the warmth and friendships that made us stay. I am very grateful first to God and secondly to all of the BAIPHIL officers and members.

What do you consider as the two most important lessons you’ve learned in your banking career?
First, live by Proverbs 16:3 — “commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” God is the ultimate source of wisdom. You really have to commit everything to God first if you want to be on the right track. Second, never stop studying and preparing for the changes that lie ahead.

What message can you give to BAIPHIL members, particularly those who are new to the organization?
Welcome to BAIPHIL! First, it is not just an organization … it is your new extended family! Determine what you are passionate about and join the committee that resonates that passion. By doing so, years will pass by and you will not even notice it as you have been doing what you love to do. Second, BAIPHIL’s missions have greatly benefited both the banking community and the outside sectors of our society. It is a joy and a privilege to be part of their accomplishments.

Can you share some personal trivia?
Being single, I live with my Mom and brother. We more than make up for this small size with a horde of cousins and their families (chuckles). Weekends are usually spent on different ministry activities in the church, acting as coordinator for BAIPHIL seminars and running our usual household errands. I love to read, draw, watch movies and play a little piano.

From your BAIPHIL family… Congratulations and BRAVO, Amie!

Article published through BAIPHIL On The Go, dated August 2015)