Riza Mantaring ran a marathon at age 51 while turning around Sunlife
Running a multi-billion peso business is no easy task, it takes endurance.
When Rizalina Mantaring assumed the top post of Sunlife Financial’s Philippine unit in 2009, her tasks and goals were clear: she needed to turn around a struggling company.
Through sheer hard work, diligence and commitment, Mantaring has successfully transformed Sunlife into a leading insurance firm in the Philippines beginning in 2011 with its insurance premium income growing to P14 billion. Since then, the company’s premium income has more than doubled to P32 billion.
In an interview with Forbes Philippines magazine, Mantaring said staying fit to keep stress at bay helped her reach her goal.
She has been participating in local and international marathon runs for years, inspired by her husband a track and field athlete in school.
“After i ran a couple of half-marathons, I said I want a full-marathon (42 kilometers) I might as well do it now while I’m still young enough to have a decent time,” Mantaring said.
Mantaring was 51 years old when she joined her first full marathon. She completed the race in four hours and 46 minutes, a remarkable feat for someone her age.