Reimagining heritage in the face of change: An Interview with InLife chief Nina Aguas
Insular Life, moving forward in 'a lifetime for good,' has revitalised itself into InLife.
Reimagining heritage in the face of change: An Interview with InLife chief Nina Aguas
( - December 10, 2018 - 8:45pm

Insular Life, an iconic Filipino brand, has entered its 108th year, and with it a refreshed look. Why did you see the need to change your corporate logo?

Even before I joined Insular Life, I had great respect for this Filipino company. When I became part of the family in 2016 as CEO, not only did I confirm its financial strength, but I was also pleasantly surprised to discover its young workforce; it is well advanced in its policy administration system, and has made inroads in the digital platform with a turnaround time for benefit payments that’s among the best (if not the best) in the industry. There is also work-life balance, and a culture of respect for the individual.

Insular Life is strong and durable, giving us the cushion to pivot, introduce best practices, innovate and transform—something that we could not have achieved had the company not been standing on solid foundations. So we immediately created the road map for Insular Life’s dual transformation, to enable us to revitalize today, while developing the business model of the future. In two short years, we have made headways in transforming our company into the high-performing organization that we aim to be.

As part of our transformation ambition, we deemed it necessary to refresh our brand identity, starting with the name: InLife. The refreshed brand will represent the new realities of our workforce, our products and services and our distribution channels. It will represent our dynamism and capability to deliver insurance and financial solutions appropriate for our market, in a manner that is most convenient for them.

The new corporate logo uses vibrant colors, but it still uses the eagle as your icon. Can you share the story behind this?

Yes, we retained the Philippine Eagle as our icon because it is our connection to our Filipino heritage, as well as to our corporate heritage. The eagle was the very first symbol used when the company was established in 1910. We took the creative liberties to make a vector image of the eagle to make it look younger and friendlier. The eagle with its keen eyes symbolizes courage, strength and immortality. It is also considered the “King of the Skies” and messenger of the higher gods. With these attributes, the eagle became a symbol of power and strength in ancient Rome.

This is how we will project ourselves to the world—a dependable and trusted brand that has been consistently evolving to be in step with the changing needs of our market, and bold enough to take the lead in digital transformation, yet retaining the warmth and care that only a truly Filipino company can give.

You also have a new tagline: ‘A Lifetime for Good.’ How does that relate to the company?

Together with the refreshed logo is the tagline: A Lifetime for Good. We define ourselves by the good we bring to our policyholders, the bigger communities, and our country. As a life insurance company, we have products and services which inherently bring good to the individual and his/her family. As a Filipino institution that has been here for over a century, we have done good to the greater community and the country, beyond business considerations. Thus, through our industry, our products and services, our innovation and transformation, we are and will be bringing the good today, and in the future… for life. Thus, our tagline is not a marketing spiel. Our tagline communicates the clarity of who we are and our purpose as an institution, affirming our mission, our commitment and vision.

Where do you want to take InLife 5 years from now?

Because Insular Life is the “Most Trusted Brand” in the life insurance industry, a distinction we carry proud and tall, it is incumbent on all of us to secure the organization’s future decades. The attributes of trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understanding of customer needs, innovation and social responsibility are intangible but powerful measures that we will continue to pursue and live by.

The coming years will continue to be challenging given the many external developments, both here and abroad, that are still unfolding and will surely influence this “new normal” space that we operate in. We need to keep our focus on the strategic priorities that we laid out for ourselves.

Subsequently, all initiatives are directed towards providing customer excellence by putting their perspective first in our decisions and operational capability. With even greater resolve, we recognize the changing dynamics of customer engagement and their new expectations.

How do you address the new challenges in running a life insurance business in the face of all the technological innovations and disruptions in the business landscape?

We are standing on the brink of the great cycle of human progress—the world is rapidly changing through artificial intelligence, the internet of things, the collaborative of commons; digital disruption is upon us, so is global climate change. Change, they say, can be done unto you or we can harness it. We at InLife choose the latter.

What we call the fourth industrial revolution has come upon us in a significant way and therefore we must transform ourselves and our business models from how we operate our businesses, taking these from our clients’ perspective to our workforce. The changes present both a challenge and an opportunity.

We need to understand the world from our clients’ lenses and their preferred way of servicing and communicating with us. For these reasons, the nature of the organization must adapt to the changes and the disruption that are taking place in order to remain relevant. This is no longer a matter of choice as this has reached every industry and organization in both the public and private sectors.

The complexity of looking at future capabilities of the workforce as well as looking at the current workforce and their existing competencies will be as interesting as it will be demanding. We now must recognize a multi-generational client base that is digitally connected, and manage the transformation of our business model to cater to this reality.

Logo transformation 

On our 108th year, we’re committed to face the challenges of a digital world. And it starts with how we present ourselves. 

Our eagle is no longer confined within its borders, dramatizing an expansion in our reach across horizons as we evolve to become a fully digitized company. 

The eagle’s new look is inspired by the intersecting circles of The Seed of Life, a universal symbol of creation and new beginnings. 

Bolder fonts mirror the bold direction our company is moving towards as it navigates through the digital age. 

Gradients symbolize dynamism, showing our flexibility to move with the times. 

Blue represents trust and dependability. Orange emulates warmth and care.

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