Humanitarian Awards


Melyn M. Acasio

South Bay Businesswoman and Filipino Community Leader

Biography of Melyn M. Acasio by Rudy Liporada

Melyn M. Acasio

Zipping through the freeways in a BMW-325 in San Diego could be ordinary to some who have reached a certain level of success. This does not prevent Melyn Acasio, however, to cook for the USO and military families whose fathers or mothers are deployed, or to arrange scholarships for the needy through civic organizations and banks. “When things are going well, one should pay back to society”, she explains. “It not only helps business but also makes one feel good.”

Ms. Acasio has distinguished herself in the world of banking and finances as Vice-President of one of the fastest-growing banks in San Diego County, Pacific Western Bank, where she oversees South Bay Operations. Her banking career started in 1983 as a bank teller then progressed through the ranks as business development officer, personal banking officer, assistant branch manager and branch manager for other banks in San Diego. Through the banking system, Acasio is deeply involved in the redevelopment of National City in her interactions with developers and business owner.

But it’s her work as a volunteer with numerous clubs and organizations dedicated to the betterment of the community that truly sets her apart. Melyn is the first Filipino to be elected President of the National City Chamber of Commerce. She has dedicated herself to building a stronger and more unified Asian Pacific Islander Community in San Diego County. Acasio has earned Community Involvement awards from Wells Fargo Bank in 2001 and 2004, and the “TWIN”, A Tribute to Women in Industry Award in 2003.

Melyn grew up in South Bay and National City. After graduating from San Diego High School, she attended Mesa College and graduated National University. She shares her busy life and home in Chula Vista with Ariel Ramiscal and their toddler, Jenna Malia,. Eldest daughter, Jessica Aimee, is an honor student at Morse High School.

"I try to transmit the ethics of hard work, which I believe are culturally rooted in my being a Filipina to my children, family and everyone that surrounds me."

In giving back to the community, Melyn M. Acasio is currently active with the following organizations:

  • National City Chamber of Commerce, Past President
  • National City Kiwanis International, Past President
  • National City Boys and Girls Club, Member
  • *YWCA San Diego, Board of Directors
  • *Paradise Valley Hospital Foundation, Board Member
  • *Council of Philippine Organizations (COPAO)
  • *Filipino American Business Association (FABA), Founding Member
  • *Dagupan City Filipino Club, Member

Melyn M. Acasio was nominated by:

  • Robin J.Tarr, CEO/Founder
  • Jonathan Tarr Foundation

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