Champion Women Entrepreneurs

February 23rd, 2017

Women entrepreneurs are one of the leading drivers of our economy. They are conquering challenges, winning battles, and succeeding in life. Men are in awe as to how women work to create innovative products and services or construct business ideas and techniques while doing their role as mothers, sisters, or daughters.

For the past years, we have recognized Filipina entrepreneurs who are inspiring, passionate, and persistent in reaching goals not just for themselves but for their companies as well. As we say, there are women who have the “panalo” or “can do” attitude that helps them strive.

Go Negosyo searches for the new batch of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017!

Go Negosyo searches for the new batch of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017!

In 2009, we had our first Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit which was attended by more than 15,000 participants. I remembered that it was our first time to recognize women entrepreneurs who as we call, “The Mothers of Mother Entrepreneurs”. We recognized Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos of National Bookstore, Dr. Helena Benitez of Philippine Women University, and Madam Eulalia Baylon of Immaculate Conception College Albay.

Nanay Coring of National Bookstore is one of the oldest women entrepreneurs in the country. She is an example of hard work and passion. From a humble convenience store in Escolta and many struggles in between, Nanay Coring still heads the largest bookstore chain in the country, National Bookstore. Several years after we gave our first award for her, we recognized her with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in 2015 during the 7th Filipina Summit.

Another Lifetime Achievement Awardee is Esther Vibal. Tita Esther as I fondly call her is one of the Go Negosyo trustees and has been with us since then. She has actively supported the advocacy and helped promote entrepreneurship in the country. Her keen adherence to quality and excellence, guided the company to excel in its field. The Queen of Publishing, Tita Esther and her Vibal Publishing group continues to publish textbooks and other educational materials for the Filipinos.

Most well loved brands are run by women entrepreneurs or “mompreneurs”. Just like our favorite brand of foams, pillows and mattresses, Uratex, is run by Natividad Cheng who is one of the 2011 Filipina awardees. Their company started as Polyfoam Chemical Corporation which produces foam for furniture manufacturing. But like many entrepreneurs, they faced several trials that challenged their entrepreneurial spirit. With resilience and innovation, they continue to become a market leader.

Another women entrepreneur and advocate is Pacita Juan or Chit. She is also a 2011 Inspiring Filipina awardee and one of the keen supporters of women entrepreneurs. From being the CEO of Figaro Coffee Co., to running the social enterprise ECHOStore, Chit continues to show passion for Philippine products. ECHOStore houses different merchandise sourced from poor communities in the country which are environment friendly. Currently, she chairs the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) and works with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council for its programs for women.

We have also awarded micro entrepreneurs such as Teresita Valdez and Lydia Malot. I met both of them in the Citi Microentrepreneur Awards organized by Citibank and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Teresita Valdez started as an employee in a bagoong manufacturing company in Navotas but eventually, she started her own company – Viana Food Condiments which manufactures sautéed shrimp paste and anchovy sauces and has reached not only her market in Navotas but also abroad. Lydia Malot, on the other hand, is a nata de coco manufacturer from Davao. Prior to being an entrepreneur, she is a teacher by profession but opted to focus on her business. She started the business from a capital of P300 and today, she is supplying products to large food and beverage companies in the country.

We have recognized 200 Filipina entrepreneurs already in the span of 12 years. These women entrepreneurs hail from different industries such as retail, fashion, academe, social enterprise, agriculture, arts and crafts, realty, technology, and many more. Looking back, I think we have recognized more women entrepreneurs than men.

For 2017, the search is on once again for the next batch of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs. We have open the nominations last week and we have received around 100 nominations from our partners and the general public. I read some of the nominations and I must agree, women are real entrepreneurs with their heart, mind and body dedicated in to it. Soon, we shall name the latest batch of empowering Pinays.

I hope more aspiring and young entrepreneurs can draw inspiration from these women. They are women worthy of praise and admiration for their commitment to reach success. May we all strive to become the best that we can be just like these women entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs to Pitch their Businesses on Reality TV show ‘The Final Pitch’

February 21st, 2017

For the first time on Philippine TV, viewers will see the coming together of the best and brightest entrepreneurs on a reality TV show that will link them to multi-millionaire and billionaire investors who are searching to own a piece of the next big business idea. All of them will go through a business boot camp and series of challenges for their chance to make the pitch of their lives in a once-in-a-lifetime funding round.

Entitled ‘The Final Pitch’, the reality TV show is loosely inspired by the Emmy Award-winning shows ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘The Apprentice,’ and will challenge entrepreneur contestants in the realities of scaling their existing businesses- from exploring funding options, refining their business plans, and marketing their products and services. The show is set to air on History Channel this May, 2017.

Final Pitch

“The Final Pitch aims to help entrepreneurs find success by connecting them to investors who can finance them, and to mentors who can fine-tune their businesses—reducing risk factors and boosting growth potential and sustainability,” shares the creator and host of The Final Pitch, John Aguilar.

Entrepreneurs will go through a series of challenges that will test their creativity, motivation and character. At the same time, they will learn the secrets behind the success of their potential investors, who are also tasked to handpick the top finalists to proceed on the show.

For Jose ‘Jomag’ Magsaysay, founder of a well-loved global food brand and one of the investors on ‘The Final Pitch’, his picks for the show would be based on whether or not he can see them as future business partners. “I’m looking for people who deserve a break, as I believe in the person more than the business,” he shares.

Other investors include the multi-awarded Chairman and CEO of the Sterling Group of Companies and SL Agritech, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong; self-made billionaire and the youngest chairman of a publicly-listed company in the PSE, Joseph Calata; and lastly, 25-year old millennial CEO of the angel investing group MFT Group of Companies, Mica Tan.

Final Investor Slot

Aguilar reveals that the show is on the lookout for a final investor who will complete the  investor panel. “The final slot should go to someone who is not just a successful business person with the capability to invest,  but someone who would like to see and help other entrepreneurs succeed.”

In addition to the potential funding from the investors, contestants will receive business coaching from an esteemed lineup of mentors, who are composed of well-known business experts and inclusive business champions, namely Department of Trade and Industry Secretary, Mon Lopez; former President of MicroVentures, Inc., Senator Bam Aquino; Chairman of Start Up Village, Prof. Jay Bernardo and; President of the Ateneo Center for Entrepreneurship-Masters In Entrepreneurship (ACE-ME), Dr. Andy J. Ferreira, among others.

“The Philippines is host to so much untapped talent. With this show, we will find people who have great ideas and the willingness to overcome challenges, which are important qualities of a successful entrepreneur.” shares Aguilar. “This is also one way to help venture capitalists search for and nurture the next big business idea. We want to reinvigorate entrepreneurship in the Philippines, and rethink how we can contribute to its success.”

A Nation Building Venture

An entrepreneur himself, John Aguilar says that the show was founded on a more profound premise, which stemmed from his own experience as a young entrepreneur who put up his own business from scratch and persevered against seeking opportunities overseas.

“The intent is to help the nation through entrepreneurship, and the show does that in so many ways. First, we are helping put the idea of finding success through your own business out there in the hopes of inspiring others—especially the youth—to start their own business. Next, we are connecting entrepreneurs to potential investors, mentors and partners, and in the process, teaching viewers—who could potentially be future entrepreneurs—ways to start, improve, and grow their businesses.”

In addition, the show also promotes and showcases the value of adopting an inclusive business model, which helps alleviate poverty by creating a business ecosystem that makes the MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprises) sector an integral part of the value chain.

It is not uncommon knowledge that the Philippine economy is fueled by MSMEs. According to a data released by the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA) in 2014, 99.6% of all businesses in the country are MSMEs, which help reinforce sustainability of an economy by contributing on multiple fronts, like engaging local communities by bringing jobs to employment black spots, including in rural and far-flung areas. They also serve as valuable partners to large enterprises as suppliers and valuable providers of support services.

The Final Pitch aims to help bridge some of the sector’s major gaps by linking entrepreneurs to potential investors and imparting knowledge to them. According to Aguilar, each season of the show will have tangible and immediate results in terms of helping entrepreneurs and encouraging more people to start their own business ventures.

How to Join

To join The Final Pitch, applicants will be required to fill up and submit an online entry form to The Final Pitch via its official website www.TheFinalPitch.ph Deadline for submission of entries is until March 17, 2017. Investors interested in becoming a part of the show or investing in the entrepreneurs behind the scenes may also get in touch with The Final Pitch through through its website.

‘The Final Pitch’ is produced by Streetpark Productions Inc., the company behind the longest-running real estate and construction TV show Philippine Realty TV. For more info and for sponsorship and partnership inquiries, visit www.TheFinalPitch.ph or call 0917-8136674.

Go Negosyo Starts Kapatid Dev’t Projects in Sulu

February 21st, 2017
GO NEGOSYO KAPATID BIG BROTHERS AND ENABLERS: (2nd row L-R) Merly Cruz of Go Negosyo, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Marissa Concepcion, Tony Meloto, George Barcelon of PCCI, Michael Tan, Manny Osmena, Luis Oquinena, Atty. Mike Toledo, Joseph Chua, Babe Romualdez, Sammy Uy, Alfredo Yao and William Belo of Wilcon Depot. (1st row L-R) Manny Pangilinan, Teresita Sy-Coson, Sec. Jess Dureza, Sec. Manny Pinol, PA Joey Concepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Datu Shah Bandar Abdusakur Tan, Gov. Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu, Ginggay Hontiveros and Henry Lim Bon Liong.

GO NEGOSYO KAPATID BIG BROTHERS AND ENABLERS: (2nd row L-R) Merly Cruz of Go Negosyo, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Marissa Concepcion, Tony Meloto, George Barcelon of PCCI, Michael Tan, Manny Osmena, Luis Oquinena, Atty. Mike Toledo, Joseph Chua, Babe Romualdez, Sammy Uy, Alfredo Yao and William Belo of Wilcon Depot. (1st row L-R) Manny Pangilinan, Teresita Sy-Coson, Sec. Jess Dureza, Sec. Manny Pinol, PA Joey Concepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Datu Shah Bandar Abdusakur Tan, Gov. Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu, Ginggay Hontiveros and Henry Lim Bon Liong.

Last December 19, Go Negosyo led by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol launched the Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu in Malacanang together with President Rodrigo Duterte. Attended by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, former Sulu Governor Sakur Tan and current Governor Totoh Tan and more than 500 entrepreneurs, advocates, and government officials, the launch successfully presented the program of rehabilitation for Sulu.

A month after, big brother conglomerates and PA Concepcion met with President Duterte once again to give an update on the developments of the Sulu program. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez also joined the discussion. Go Negosyo Kapatid conglomerates supports the President in helping areas of conflict and extreme poverty in the country. The President also commended the private sector for helping Filipinos achieve inclusive growth.

In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Alfred Ty, Manny Pangilinan, Federico Lopez, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Michael Tan, George Barcelon, Kevin Tan, Hans Sy, Enrique Razon, Cong. Arthur Yap, Sec. Carlos Dominguez, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte; PA Joey Concepcion, Tomas Alcantara, Merly Cruz, Erramon Aboitiz, Alice Eduardo, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Tony Tan Caktiong, Injap Sia, Former DOH Sec. Dr. Francisco Duque and Domingo Yap.

In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Alfred Ty, Manny Pangilinan, Federico Lopez, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Michael Tan, George Barcelon, Kevin Tan, Hans Sy, Enrique Razon, Cong. Arthur Yap, Sec. Carlos Dominguez, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte; PA Joey Concepcion, Tomas Alcantara, Merly Cruz, Erramon Aboitiz, Alice Eduardo, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Tony Tan Caktiong, Injap Sia, Former DOH Sec. Dr. Francisco Duque and Domingo Yap.

Following the successful meeting with President Duterte, PA Concepcion arranged another meeting with Finance Secretary Dominguez together with the Kapatid Conglomerates to discuss more business and finance issues and most importantly, the projects concerning the areas of extreme poverty. Secretary Dominguez echoed the support of President Duterte and assured that the government has allotted a budget for the development of ARMM.

On February 23, there will be a series of events in Sulu to commence the some of the development programs. First, there will be a launch of the SM Foundation – Harbest Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Agri Training and Capacity Building Program in a demo farm area in Jolo City, Sulu. Second, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony in Sultan Jamalul Kiram Central School and Kulasi Elementary School for the classrooms donated by Chinese Federation of Commerce and Industry and Cong. Arthur Yap of Bohol. There will also be another ceremony for the first two Kapatid Villages in Sulu which will be located in Brgy. Anuling Patikul and Brgy. Kajatian Indanan. For the past months, more than 200 houses were donated by many Kapatid big brothers which will support hundreds of families in province. There is also an on-going rehabilitation work to improve mobile and data connection by PLDT and SMART.

(A) The Integrated Provincial Health Office will receive donations of medical equipments and capacity building trainings for its medical staff through the MVP Group of Companies. (B) Most classrooms which are old and dilapidated will receive donations for rehabilitation from Kapatid big brothers such as the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

(A) The Integrated Provincial Health Office will receive donations of medical equipments and capacity building trainings for its medical staff through the MVP Group of Companies. (B) Most classrooms which are old and dilapidated will receive donations for rehabilitation from Kapatid big brothers such as the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Aside from these, more projects will be launched in the coming months in Sulu including establishment of coconut mill industry, provision of hospital equipment and capacity building, rehabilitation of schools, villages, and other livelihood programs. By March, there will be a commencement of poultry contract growing project for small farmers by the Bounty Fresh group, and on May 2017, there will be an agriculture capacity training program by ATISCO of the Yazaki Torres group.

More and more Kapatid big brothers are extending their help to the small brothers through Go Negosyo’s Kapatid, Angat Lahat Program. Eventually, with the strengthened partnership of the private sector and the government, prosperity and inclusive growth will be achieved.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2016

February 20th, 2017
The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2016: (L-R) Gimar Reyes, Ladie Lyn Fuderanan, Janssen Rae Ramos, Arizza Nocum, Adrienne Bodo, Riego Ferrer Garcia, Ronalyn Jordan, Nafieza Mohammad, Vryxon Val del Valle, and Anne Catherine Malazarte.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2016: (L-R) Gimar Reyes, Ladie Lyn Fuderanan, Janssen Rae Ramos, Arizza Nocum, Adrienne Bodo, Riego Ferrer Garcia, Ronalyn Jordan, Nafieza Mohammad, Vryxon Val del Valle, and Anne Catherine Malazarte.

After months of rigorous search process, the Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) 2016 has been awarded last February 9, 2017 in Malacañan Palace. There are hundreds of students who were nominated but only 30 made it to the national screening process.

My father founded the TOSP Foundation, 55 years ago. There were many students who have been recognized for the past years. Many are serving in the government, some are in the private companies, while others are supporting advocacies.

I attended the awarding ceremony together with Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, and TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran. We were also joined by Michael Tan (LT Group) and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation).

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines are Anne Malazarte of the University of San Agustin, Arizza Nocum of University of the Philippines Diliman, Nafieza Mohammad of the Universidad de Zamboanga, Ronalyn Pordan of the Far Eastern University, Andrienne Boado of the University of Northern Philippines, Janssen Ramos of the University of the East, Gimar Reyes of Xavier University, Ladielyn Fuderanan of the University of Bohol, Vryxonval Del Valle of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, and Riego Garcia of the Central Philippine University.

I advised the students, “You have a bright future. Only ten will be chosen but nevertheless among the millions of students out there, you are part of the brightest students of the country… But in the end, with all of these, it’s all up to you… Many of you will be part of the government one day. Maybe one of you will be a president someday. Nothing is impossible. It all starts with a dream. You cannot wait for destiny. You will have to work hard for that. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

Secretary De la Pena represented President Duterte in the ceremony. In an inspiring message, he mentioned, “The recognitions serve as a reminder to the youth of today that learning is as much as a right of every young Filipino as much as it is a responsibility for those who have received it not only to oneself or the family but also to our nation.”

The Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) honors graduating college students who have not only excelled academically, but have also dedicated themselves to serve their respective communities, organizations, and other spheres of interaction. It is the domain of dedicated servant-leaders who have heeded the call of life-long learning, leading and serving.

Pamela Asis-Layugan and TOSP alumnus Ernest Acar hosted the ceremony last February 9.

Pamela Asis-Layugan and TOSP alumnus Ernest Acar hosted the ceremony last February 9.

 Marissa Concepcion and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation).

Marissa Concepcion and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation).

Dr. William Dar who is also part of the Go Negosyo projects is one of the national judges of TOSP.

Dr. William Dar who is also part of the Go Negosyo projects is one of the national judges of TOSP.

Sec. Boy De la Pena inspires the students to continue to hone their skills and talents and how they can create differences. He added, “Eventually, the torch of our nation will be passed on to you. I trust that you will all keep the fire burning and shape a magnificent future for the country and its people. In this journey, the government will always stand with you as an ally.”

Sec. Boy De la Pena inspires the students to continue to hone their skills and talents and how they can create differences. He added, “Eventually, the torch of our nation will be passed on to you. I trust that you will all keep the fire burning and shape a magnificent future for the country and its people. In this journey, the government will always stand with you as an ally.”

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines together with (first row L-R) Dr. Ryan Guinaran, Michael Tan, PA Joey Concepcion, DOST Sec. Boy de la Pena, Jose Concepcion Jr., Marie Concepcion-Young, Marivic Concepcion, Alice Eduardo, and Pamela Asis-Layugan.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines together with (first row L-R) Dr. Ryan Guinaran, Michael Tan, PA Joey Concepcion, DOST Sec. Boy de la Pena, Jose Concepcion Jr., Marie Concepcion-Young, Marivic Concepcion, Alice Eduardo, and Pamela Asis-Layugan.

TAYO Finalists show that the YOUTH can make a CHANGE

February 16th, 2017

On February 15, Go Negosyo Radio hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by the Livelihood and Social Enterprise Finalists of this year’s Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) namely, Kevin Cuevas of Amiga Philippines and Ricky Gervasa of Go2Virtualahan.

According to Senator Bam Aquino, The Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations is all about finding, recognizing, and rewarding youth organizations that create their own spark so that others may also bask in the same light. With the TAYO program, Filipino youth groups are proven to be able to change lives and turn the world around, because where others see only problems and despair, the youth see a call for action.

Radio Synthesis 04 TAYO

tayoThe Search aims to recognize, reward, and encourage youth organizations all over the country with programs and projects that help their communities. TAYO hopes to inspire more young people to find innovative solutions and to challenge status quo through the organizations to which they belong. As movers in their communities, they can make a difference in the lives of the people they desire to serve and in the cause they choose to espouse.

One such project that has made a significant difference in the community of Calauan, Laguna is the UPLB Enactus Organization’s Amiga Philippines. Kevin shared that Amiga Philippines empowers women from Humanityville, a government relocation site, through teaching them the basics in finance in order to sustain their livelihoods.

The reason behind the program came about when the people behind Amiga saw a lot of livelihood programs in Humanityville failing. Upon assessment, they realized it was because the women weren’t taught how to manage their finances properly. Thus, Amiga Philippines devised a program wherein the basics of bookkeeping could be readily understood by the women; they called it Kaliwa­Kanan Cash Accounting System or KKASH. The system allowed the women to understand terms that they initially deemed intimidating such as debit and credit. They teach everything in Filipino and also crafted visual and easy-to-use journals/ledgers specifically designed for the women.

With regards to his team, Kevin shares that they all come from different courses — making Amiga Philippines a holistic effort. “We are a diverse group working on the project. That’s why it becomes vey collaborative when we come up with the training program for the women.”

Go2Virtualahan on the other hand is a social enterprise from Davao City that promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth through full and productive employment. Ricky Gervasa, the Founder of the enterprise, says that its goal is to help people who have difficulty finding a job, such as those diagnosed with certain sicknesses, PWDs or their parents, and former sex workers/drug addicts.

“They have difficulty finding jobs so they end up becoming a burden to their family or society. But we believe they have something to offer society,” Ricky said.

Senator Bam and Cheska asked the young founder about what prompted him to focus on this specific group of people. Ricky shared that he personally experienced rejection and discrimination while seeking employment simply because he was diagnosed with Hepatitis B.

“I found out when I was still pursuing medicine. I wanted to be a pathologist. It was a very difficult journey because the discrimination against people living with Hepatitis B was so strong that I kept it to myself for five years. So, Go2Virtualahan was actually why I began to accept my sickness. Before, I was really confused why I wasn’t getting employed despite graduating at the top of my class.”

By accepting his sickness, Ricky paved the way to the idea of Go2Virtualahan. As an online training resource, they educate their clients on online-based skills so that they may be employed as a work-at-home employee by Go2Virtualahan’s partners.

Go2Virtualahan also gives out full scholarships for their direct benficiaries, such as PWDs or people with certain ailments like Ricky. They have a “train now, pay later” system wherein you don’t have to pay them if you’re not yet employed. Once you get employed however, you have a period of ten months to complete your payments for your training.

Amiga Philippines and Go2Virtualahan are prime examples of why the youth are the future— why the change our nation seeks lies with them. The youth see the world with fresh eyes and possess an undeterred determination to act. Despite their age, these two youth groups have found a way to address issues in our society in creative ways. We only hope that the youth will continue to come together and build communities of change. The future truly rests in their hands.

Youth of our Future

February 16th, 2017

As parents, we only think of the best for our children. Even as small kids, we plan for their future by enriching them with values, enrolling them in the best schools, and mentoring them with proper judgment and wisdom. We hope that they may grow as upright individuals pursuing their own advocacies and reaching their goals.

I am sure that it is a proud moment for parents whenever their children are recognized for being exemplary students. Last week, the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Foundation recognized the top 10 students of the country from different colleges and universities.

The TOSP 2016 are Anne Malazarte of the University of San Agustin, Arizza Nocum of University of the Philippines Diliman, Nafieza Mohammad of the Universidad de Zamboanga, Ronalyn Pordan of the Far Eastern University, Andrienne Boado of the University of Northern Philippines, Janssen Ramos of the University of the East, Gimar Reyes of Xavier University, Ladielyn Fuderanan of the University of Bohol, Vryxonval Del Valle of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, and Riego Garcia of the Central Philippine University. The awarding ceremony was graced by Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran, TOSP Alumni Community President Pamela Asis-Layugan, Marivic Concepcion, and sponsors Michael Tan (LT Group) and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

The TOSP 2016 are Anne Malazarte of the University of San Agustin, Arizza Nocum of University of the Philippines Diliman, Nafieza Mohammad of the Universidad de Zamboanga, Ronalyn Pordan of the Far Eastern University, Andrienne Boado of the University of Northern Philippines, Janssen Ramos of the University of the East, Gimar Reyes of Xavier University, Ladielyn Fuderanan of the University of Bohol, Vryxonval Del Valle of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, and Riego Garcia of the Central Philippine University.
The awarding ceremony was graced by Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran, TOSP Alumni Community President Pamela Asis-Layugan, Marivic Concepcion, and sponsors Michael Tan (LT Group) and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

After a rigorous screening process with hundreds of nominees from 350 schools, the top 30 students have been identified to join the national judging. And together with Department of Science and Technology Secretary Boy de la Pena, my dad and TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran, and program partners Michael Tan and Alice Eduardo, we awarded the 10 brightest students of the Philippines in Malacanang.

I shared to the students, “You have a bright future. Only ten will be chosen but nevertheless among the millions of students out there, you are part of the brightest students of the country. But in the end, with all of these, it’s all up to you. Many of you will be part of the government one day. Maybe one of you will be a president someday. Nothing is impossible. It all starts with a dream. You cannot wait for destiny. You will have to work hard for that. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

Sec. Boy de la Pena who has been part of the TOSP community for the past years as screening committee and national judge appreciated the efforts of these 10 students who excelled not only in their academics but also in their non-curricular activities and programs. He reminded them of their responsibility as a proactive citizen. In an inspiring message, he mentioned, “The recognitions serve as a reminder to the youth of today that learning is as much as a right of every young Filipino as much as it is a responsibility for those who have received it not only to oneself or the family but also to our nation.”

But among the 10 outstanding students, I have known two young and inspiring students who are both pursuing peace advocacies.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion with Arizza Nocum and Nafieza Mohammad.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion with Arizza Nocum and Nafieza Mohammad.

First is Nafieza “Happy” Mohammad who hails from Zamboanga City and a graduate of Universidad de Zamboanga. She has been a consistent outstanding student in her university and even graduated as the UZ Most Outstanding Student 2016. But aside from focusing on her course Pharmacy, she has pursued campaigns for peace and environmental conservation and protection, and for the fight against violence on women and children. She also opened the program “Runway Walk for Peace” during the Philippine Fashion Week. She is the first Muslim woman wearing Hijab on the runway.

Last June 2016, she spearheaded Project Aral mission in Basilan Province. They gave out notebooks, ball pens, pencils, and refillable water bottles to a Muslim school. She continues these peace activities to help the children of Basilan and other Muslim provinces achieve peace and prosperity.

Another empowered youth is Arizza Nocum who is a graduate of Industrial Engineering in University of the Philippines – Diliman. She graduated Magna cum Laude and one of the UP Oblation scholar of their university. She is also one of the four industrial engineering students who represented UP Diliman in the Industrial Engineering Competition in Indonesia, and won the competition. Aside from that, she has been recognized for projects and research, public speaking, and leadership among others.

But more importantly, Arizza is one of the young generation who is creating changes in her best capacity. She has founded Good Karma Shirts which sells shirts of different colors to raise funds for non-profit organizations in the country. Each color of the shirts supports different causes such as poor and ailing children, reforestation, marine conservation, underprivileged scholars, and the support for clean sources of light. Through Good Karma, they are also encouraging the customers to support and volunteer in the different organizations.

She is also the Overall Head of KRIS Library, an organization which promotes peace through education. This organization builds libraries, provides scholarships, and donates books to areas affected by conflict and poverty. They have built six libraries, have provided 400 scholarship grants, and have distributed 50,000 books to public schools and communities. Through KRIS Library, she has created a center of peace and unity for both Christians and Muslims.

They will be involved in the Sulu project that we our doing and in other areas.

I am inspired by these two young students who despite their young age, have started creating developments in their communities. They are the instruments of change that we need in this country. May they inspire more young members of the society to contribute to the brighter future ahead of us.

ASEAN Business Awards: An Overview

February 14th, 2017

ABA 2017 Web Photo
The ASEAN Business Awards is fast approaching and to give an overview of what the awards are all about, we’ve prepared a primer encompassing the background and objectives.

Background

Since its establishment by ASEAN Leaders in 2003, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) has been active in promoting public-private sector partnership and consultation to assist the integration of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2017. In its efforts to bridge ASEAN Governments with its private sectors, the Council launched the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) in 2007 to give recognition to enterprises that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy.

ABA was conceived to be the first of its kind in the region, with the dual objectives of recognizing outstanding ASEAN enterprises, and to serve as a platform to spread information concerning the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). In addition, ABA also brings to the spotlight promising ASEAN small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have the potential of becoming global economic players.

A dedicated Working Group of ‘National Gateways’ consisting of ten ASEAN-BAC Members (one representative from each Member State) forms the foundation of ABA.  The roles of the National Gateways are to promote the event in their respective countries, as well as to select ‘National Judges’ who will be responsible in selecting the recipients of ABA.

Since it was first launched in 2007, ABA has recognised more than 100 companies throughout the region that excel in the categories of: Growth, Employment, Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In 2015, however, ASEAN-BAC expanded the categories of ABA to include the Priority Integration Sectors (PIS) of ASEAN element, as well as recognising outstanding young entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs.

To ensure the high-quality and independency of such a prestigious event, ASEAN-BAC engages a Strategic Partner each year to administer the implementation of the ABA Framework; short listing nominations of companies; administering the Judges Meeting and assist in promoting the event throughout the ASEAN region.  This Terms of Reference (ToR) aims to briefly highlight the event’s objectives, categories and criteria, and tentative plan in carrying out ABA 2017.

Objectives

Aside from recognising outstanding ASEAN enterprises, ABA also has the objectives of serving as a platform to disseminate AEC-related information, as well as to bring to the spotlight SMEs that have the potential of becoming global economic players in their respective industries.

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Labor of Love: Two Valentine’s Day-Worthy Negosyos

February 12th, 2017

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The day of love is nearing and for those still looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones, we’ve got a treat for you!

On February 8, Go Negosyo sa Radyo aired for the first time on its new time slot — Wednesdays, 2:00 PM— with Senator Bam Aquino and DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla recurring as your regular hosts for the program. The two were eagerly joined by our two guests and bearers of love-laced gift ideas: Kevin Paraiso of Flowers by Pablo and Joanna Gutierrez of ISTORYA.

Prompted by hosts Sen. Bam and DJ Cheska, the two guests shared their respective Negosyo stories.


Flowers by Pablo

flowers by pabloKevin Paraiso started Flowers by Pablo in 2016. The relatively young flower shop began when Paraiso and his mother, also a florist, decided that his vision for their family flower shop wasn’t ideal. Kevin, a third generation florist, was then encouraged by his mom to put up his own shop to pursue his vision. They agreed that the two shops would not be in competition as Kevin’s market was far different from their family flower shop. For one, his family flower shop is stocked with local flowers and services a more traditional market. Whereas, Flowers by Pablo imports world-class flowers like Ecuadorian roses, packages them in signature buckets or boxes, marketed online, and sold to a more modern market. Today, Paraiso’s designs grew in popularity after several celebrities would post photos with Pablo’s unique and stylish arrangements.


ISTORYA Creations

istoryaJoanna Gutierrez shared that the inception ISTORYA was due to the gap she saw in the market when it comes to gifts with meaning. She traces back her fondness for jewelry when she used to play with her lola’s brooches. Before ISTORYA, Joanna worked in a cancer center where the realization of life’s fleetingness made her very sentimental. This love for jewelry and newly founded sentimentality led her to make ISTORYA — a place for customized jewelry, decorations and accessories.

 

 


Challenges and Growth

After our two guests shared their negosyo stories, our hosts proceeded to ask them questions regarding the challenges they’ve encountered as entrepreneurs. They two shared their experiences with bogus buyers, seemingly impossible requests and cancelled orders. However, the two shared that from these experiences they both learned and established better systems to deal or prevent similar occurrences in the future.

With their businesses largely grounded as gifts of love, these two entrepreneurs say they choose to go the extra mile for their customers. They choose not to charge for rush orders and do as much as they can to cater to each costumer’s specific request. Truly, Flowers by Pablo and ISTORYA Creations are labors of love worth giving to your significant other.

Here are some beautiful samples of Kevin and Joanna’s work:

FlowersbyPablo
Instagram: @flowersbypablo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Flowersbypablo
Contact No.: 09178037782

Bucket of white Ecuadorian roses .

Bucket of white Ecuadorian roses .

Box of Sunflowers.

Box of Sunflowers.

Bucket of assorted daisies with stargazers.

Bucket of assorted daisies with stargazers.

ISTORYA Creations
Instagram: @istorya
Facebook: https://facebook.com/istorya.creations/
Contact #: 09175432341

Necklaces with customized pendants, charms and chains.

Necklaces with customized pendants, charms and chains.

His and Hers customized matching leather bracelets.

His and Hers customized matching leather bracelets.

Large customize luggage tags.

Large customize luggage tags.

TOSP Foundation Recognizes the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines

February 11th, 2017

After months of rigorous search process, the Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) 2016 has been named last February 9, 2017 in Malacañan Palace.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines are Anne Malazarte of the University of San Agustin, Arizza Nocum of University of the Philippines Diliman, Nafieza Mohammad of the Universidad de Zamboanga, Ronalyn Pordan of the Far Eastern University, Andrienne Boado of the University of Northern Philippines, Janssen Ramos of the University of the East, Gimar Reyes of Xavier University, Ladielyn Fuderanan of the University of Bohol, Vryxonval Del Valle of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, and Riego Garcia of the Central Philippine University.

The awarding ceremony has been attended by Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, and TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) 2016 have been recognized last February 9, 2017 in Malacanang. The TOSP 2016 are Anne Malazarte of the University of San Agustin, Arizza Nocum of University of the Philippines Diliman, Nafieza Mohammad of the Universidad de Zamboanga, Ronalyn Pordan of the Far Eastern University, Andrienne Boado of the University of Northern Philippines, Janssen Ramos of the University of the East, Gimar Reyes of Xavier University, Ladielyn Fuderanan of the University of Bohol, Vryxonval Del Valle of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, and Riego Garcia of the Central Philippine University. The awarding ceremony was graced by Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran, TOSP Alumni Community President Pamela Asis-Layugan, Marivic Concepcion, and sponsors Michael Tan (LT Group) and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) 2016 together with Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran, TOSP Alumni Community President Pamela Asis-Layugan, Marivic Concepcion, and sponsors Michael Tan (LT Group) and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion shared thoughts on his role as an adviser to the President, the President’s mission of helping Filipinos move up in life, mentorship, and on helping micro and small entrepreneurs.

PA Concepcion advised the students, “You have a bright future. Only ten will be chosen but nevertheless among the millions of students out there, you are part of the brightest students of the country… But in the end, with all of these, it’s all up to you… Many of you will be part of the government one day. Maybe one of you will be a president someday. Nothing is impossible. It all starts with a dream. You cannot wait for destiny. You will have to work hard for that. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

Secretary De la Pena represented President Duterte in the ceremony. In an inspiring message, he mentioned, “The recognitions serve as a reminder to the youth of today that learning is as much as a right of every young Filipino as much as it is a responsibility for those who have received it not only to oneself or the family but also to our nation.”

“Eventually, the torch of our nation will be passed on to you. I trust that you will all keep the fire burning and shape a magnificent future for the country and its people. In this journey, the government will always stand with you as an ally. But for now, we celebrate your achievements. We share in your pride and happiness today and promise that we will continue to support you in your journey to greater heights,” said Sec. De la Pena.

Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation President and CEO Alice Eduardo, and LT Group President Michael Tan also graced the event.

The Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) is the Awards and Formation Program established by businessman Jose Concepcion Jr. as a way of galvanizing the youth into action for social progress. It honors graduating college students who have not only excelled academically, but have also dedicated themselves to serve their respective communities, organizations, and other spheres of interaction. It is the domain of dedicated servant-leaders who have heeded the call of life-long learning, leading and serving.

The 30 finalists include Jan Kenneth Antenero (Ateneo de Zamboanga University), Cherson Bariuan (St. Paul University Philippines), Michelle Binwag (Ifugao State University), Kristan Ian Cabana (Cebu Institute of Technology – University), Piny Ellaeine Cesar (St. Paul University Philippines), Harold Henryson Chiu (University of the Philippines Manila), Derick De Guzman (Lyceum of the Philippines Batangas), Amyrrha Estollio (Siliman University), Karina Jimenea (Colegio de San Agustin Bacolod), Kate Meisel Annecko Lemoncito (Colegio de San Agustin Bacolod), Mark Anthony Lim (Tarlac State University), Alyanna Therese Pangilinan (University of St. La Salle), Orly Primo (Benguet State University), Ron Ephraim Roluna (Ateneo de Naga University), Charles Janzen Rosario (University of Northern Philippines), Carmegie Saliba (Ateneo de Manila University-School of Medicine and Public Health), Jeck Sto. Tomas (Baliwag University), Ea Kristine Clarisse Tulin (Visayas State University), Chatelaine Wansi (Benguet State University), and Katrina Pauline Yap (De La Salle University-Manila).

Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017

February 10th, 2017

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The Search for the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs is a campaign spearheaded by Go Negosyo. This annual tradition aims to recognize women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. The award will be presented at the Malacanang Palace on March 2017 (date to be confirmed) in line with Go Negosyo’s celebration of International Women’s Month.

Qualifications:
(The nominator must write a supporting statement or a short essay highlighting each of the qualifications below. See Official Nomination Form for the format.)

1. May or may not have come from humble beginnings.
2. A Filipino who embodies the following traits: PASSIONATEPOSITIVE and PANALO (‘can do’) attitude.
3. Must have an innovative business model (products/ processes).
4. Must show the ability to genuinely care for the community and stakeholders and must have the potential to share time and talent to help spread the entrepreneurship advocacy.
5. Must be well-respected by their peers.

Mechanics & Requirements
Nominators must submit the following requirements or before February 21 2017.

  1. Duly accomplished Nomination Form
  2. Short essay/ supporting statement (Please see attached Nomination Form for the format)
  3. Supporting documents:
    – Certificate of Business Registration or SEC Registration
    – Pictures of products and/or business establishment/s
    – Feature articles/press releases (if any)

Submission and Queries:
Via Email:
Completed Nomination Form and Requirements must be sent to gnfilipina2017@gmail.com and put “Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2017” as the subject.

Via Mail:
Completed Nomination Form and Requirements can be mailed directly to:

Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship
5/F RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer corner Sheridan Streets,
Mandaluyong Metro Manila 1552

DOWNLOAD Official Nomination Form HERE