Nanette Salvador Quincena


…and her indefatigable quest for success

by Apolinario Villalobos


What impressed me when I saw Nanette was her face which made me recall an actress who belongs to the Salvador clan. She was then, the Branch Manager of the Asian United Bank at Rotonda, Bacoor City, and when we got introduced to each other, my hunch was right. She is indeed a Salvador, a clan known for actors, actresses, directors and film editors – pillars of the country’s movie industry.


I found out too, that her grandfather, Atilano was among the directors of the late Fernando Poe, Sr., but before that, he has been known as a film editor since 1958.  Several uncles are also part of the movie industry as Director, such as, Augusto “Direk Angie” Salvador who had been a favorite director of the late Fernando Poe, Jr.;  Danilo Salvador; and Rogelio Salvador. The skill in film editing has manifested in Nanette’s elder brother, Edwin, who has been given consistent recognition for his achievements as a post-production Editor. On her part, Nanette had her share of the limelight as a model when she appeared in the advertisement of the Orient Bank. She did not pursue the call of the show business as she was more interested in the challenging banking career.


The family of Nanette hails from Lucena City, in Quezon province. Her proud parents are Edgardo and Natividad Salvador, both fortunate for having children who always find a reason to be with them as much as possible, and their reunion is characterized by a color scheme of shirts to make their reunion symbolic and memorable. The Salvador brood, aside from Edwin and Nanette, also include Neah and Edgar, both successful professionals abroad.


Nanette is married to Erwin who works with Coca Cola- Philippines. They are blessed with Nikka Angela, now 17 years old and on her second year in Civil Engineering course; Erwin Angelo who is in Grade 9; and, Nova Angeline who is in Grade 7 – all of them doing fine with their studies according to Nanette which makes her a proud mother.


Nanette balances her life as a career woman, wife, and a mother. Despite her obligations to her family, she has also shown her mettle as a manager when she joined the Asia United Bank. From her former assignment at Bacoor City which is much near her home, she took in stride and as a challenge her transfer to the newly-opened branch along Buendia Avenue extension in Pasay City.


With the new assignment, she had to wake up much earlier than before to avoid the traffic along the three choke-points such as Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in Bacoor City, the Coastal Road with its infinitesimal traffic, and the Roxas Boulevard funnel before finally turning right at the junction of the Buendia Avenue extension toward her office, the last several meters of which on unlucky days could be blocked by slow-moving buses that wait for passengers bound for Makati. She drives her way all the way from Cavite which makes her more admirable, considering that going through hellish traffic jams is no joke.


As a manager, Nanette exudes for her staff, simple and doable traits that I have observed to be natural part of her persona. She shows her colleagues in the office, that it is does not take much effort to smile, and being petite, it makes her more youngish. Added to that is courtesy which has also become deeply impressed in their service, from the way they address their customers to handing of a business card with both hands. These AUBians are really a typical breed of bankers, as they come from humble yet reputable schools that consistently shine because of their graduates, many of whom are government scholars.


Nanette who looks like an elder sister to her eldest 17-year old daughter expressed that she is happy with her life now being fortunate for having a happy family, what with a hardworking husband and intelligent children, aside from loving parents and siblings who always find ways to be together. As with Asia United Bank….it is her benefactor to which she will always be grateful for giving her a break, despite her being a graduate of a provincial educational institution which shows that schools and books do not necessarily spell success, but the drive innate in a person.