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UnionBank’s ‘Tech Up, Pilipinas’ drive resonates at Singapore Fintech Festival

UnionBank PR | November 22, 2019

As it remains the lone Philippine banking institution to participate at the annual Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) held from November 11 to 15 at the Singapore Expo, UnionBank has established a powerful presence on the global fintech arena that attracted the attention of well-known dignitaries, the prime minister of Singapore included.

Replicating its success from debut at the SFF last year, UnionBank — thrice honored by Asiamoney as the Philippines’ Best Digital Bank since 2017 — bannered its suite of emerging technologies, along with those of its fintech and thrift subsidiaries UBX and CitySavings, consistent with its relentless drive to extend more affordable and accessible financial services to all Filipinos here and abroad.



Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, together with Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) managing director Ravi Menon, dropped by the booth and expressed genuine curiosity about the bank’s cutting-edge digital products and platforms and how it benefits people. It should be noted that UnionBank has partnerships with OCBC Bank Singapore to pioneer remittance services from the city-state to the Philippines through blockchain-based platforms, and with MAS for its SME marketplace Business Sans Borders (BSB) that is seen to empower local SMEs to explore and expand internationally.


Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong chats with UnionBank Chairman Justo Ortiz as he made a stop at the UnionBank exhibition – the first booth he visited at the SFF. Looking on are UnionBank President and CEO Edwin Bautista, UBX President and CEO John Januszczak, Platform Development head Ramon Duarte, Human Resource head Michelle Rubio, Transaction Banking head John Cary Ong, and Fintech Business Group head Arvie de Vera.

UnionBank President and CEO Edwin Bautista (ERB) and Chairman Justo Ortiz (JAO) explained how, through the bank’s comprehensive strategy called “Tech Up, Pilipinas,” it is utilizing technology to promote financial inclusion for sustainable prosperity, particularly of the unbanked and the underserved, who compose around half of the Philippines’ 108 million population. Financial inclusion is a vital component for the realization of the Philippines’ vision to become a G20 country by 2050.

Other dignitaries who visited the UnionBank booth were Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno, who looked visibly proud of the Filipino ingenuity while being given a tour around the booth by ERB. The Central Bank chief thanked UnionBank for raising the Philippine flag at what is dubbed as the biggest fintech summit gathering global innovation and business leaders. To this, ERB responded with an assurance of UnionBank’s commitment to remain agile and a frontrunner in this digital revolution.