Humanitarian Efforts for Marawi

June 22nd, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte together with the Go Negosyo team led by Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar.

President Rodrigo Duterte together with the Go Negosyo team led by Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar.

The sacrifices of our soldiers are well recognized not only by their families but of the whole country. As days pass by in the battle of Marawi, the prayers for the war to end continues.

Last Sunday, the Go Negosyo team led by Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar, flew to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan to repack the items that were donated to the soldiers as part of the Go Negosyo Kapatid for Marawi initiatives. From canned goods, to soaps and other personal hygiene products, our “care packages” were filled to the brim.

Thank you to LBC of Santi Araneta and Sabin Aboitiz and his staff Dodong Sebandal of Pilmico Iligan, all our items were properly shipped and stored before packing. With more than 50 volunteers, items were carefully placed inside the drawstring bags printed with a special message, “We are grateful for your sacrifice. Our prayers go with you. Come back home safe. From Go Negosyo Kapatid Family.”

After packing 5000 bags for our troops, our team then proceeded to their camps in different areas to distribute the care packages. Because of security concerns, there were several check points and only limited people are allowed to enter camps and travel near Marawi. Luckily, our team was escorted by some of the officers.

Handing the care packages to our troops is the highlight of this trip. They were appreciative of the simple packages that we packed. More than the goods, the troops received handwritten letters and messages from different people. These were lovingly provided by Zarah Juan, Myla Villanueva and Atty. Gianna Montinola and their respective teams. Some were written by kids, students in universities, and some from OFWs.

As Ginggay and my team shared, the soldiers were quiet as they read the messages of support. Their aura changed after reading the messages. Soldiers cry happy tears as they learn that many people are praying for their success and safety. If only I can share with you the videos, you would see their tears of joy. Somehow, through this effort, we are boosting their morale and giving hope to them.

Go Negosyo Team together with Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and one of the wounded soldiers.

Go Negosyo Team together with Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and one of the wounded soldiers.

Troops read letters of hope and encouragement together with their Go Negosyo Kapatid Care Packages.

Troops read letters of hope and encouragement together with their Go Negosyo Kapatid Care Packages.

One soldier said, “Hindi biro ang Marawi. Malaking bagay po ito. Maraming salamat po sa inyo.” A lady soldier also shared why she was crying after reading the letter, “Na-touch lang ako na pinagdarasal nila kami.” Col. Reginio also said, “Salamat sa inyo dahil unang beses naming naramdaman na hindi lang naming ito laban kundi laban ng lahat ng Pilipino.”

These letters are not long letters. Some were just written in notepads but contains prayers, bible verses, and words of encouragement. Let me share some letters: “When things get hard, kneel and pray. We may not be with you during these dark days, but you are in my prayers. All that you do for this country would be regarded with respect. We thank you for being our heroes.”

Here is another letter, “Maraming salamat sa inyong sakripisyo upang itaguyod ang kapayapaan at kalayaan. Kayo po ang aming mga bayani. Mabuhay po kayo! Para po sa kinabukasan ng bayan, ng bawat Pilipino. Lubos po naming pinapasalamatan ang lahat ng binigay niyo para sa laban sa Marawi.”

Fourth Mechanized Infantry Battalion posted on their Facebook account: “It may be a simple gesture to you but to the soldiers who are enduring the loneliness of being away from their love ones, constantly staring in the eye of the possibility of not seeing their families in this world again while combating those who seek to harm you. It is heart and soul touching to see citizens who are truly concerned to their soldiers especially reading heart pinching letters from you.”

President Rodrigo Duterte also happened to be visiting the wounded soldiers and awarding them for their service. Our team through the help of Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was able to share the initiative of the private sector led by Go Negosyo Kapatid community. He saw the bags we were distributing and the contents and was pleased to read the printed messages. He said that the soldiers will be glad to receive the items. The president appreciates these humanitarian efforts that many organizations like Go Negosyo are doing.

To us here in Manila or in other safe areas, we may think that these efforts are simple but to those in the battle field, the simplest things matter the most. The love letters for soldiers made the greatest impact more than the products. Yes, they need food, drinks, and medicines, but the thought of having people pray for their safety meant a lot.

We are still uncertain of the days to come in Marawi. We do not want to lose more people because of these acts of violence and terrorism. But together, let us pray that this will end soon with minimum losses.

We would like to thank the Kapatid community: Jaime Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Corporation), Manny Pangilinan (PLDT SMART Group & Metro Pacific Corporation), Tessie Sy-Coson (SM Group), Ramon Ang (San Miguel Corporation), Robina Gokongwei-Pe (The Generics Pharmacy), Lance Gokongwei and Nilo Mapa (Universal Robina Corporation), Federico Lopez (First Philippine Holdings), Michael Tan (Asia Brewery), Santi Araneta (LBC), Sabin Aboitiz (Pilmico Iligan), Kevin Tan (Megaworld Corporation), Chris Po (Century Pacific Food), Corazon Ong and Jerome Ong (CDO Foodsphere Corporation), Tennyson Chen (Bounty Fresh Corporation), Dan Lachica (SEIPI), Alfred Ty (Metrobank), Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech Corporation), Ernest Cu (Globe), Felix Ang (Auto Nation Group), Jojo Concepcion (Concepcion Industries), Injap Sia and Tony Tan Caktiong (DoubleDragon Properties), Jean Henri Lhuillier (Cebuana Lhuillier), Kettle Korn & RFM Corporation, Mildred Vitangcol (St. Peter’s Chapel/MAP), Evie Abraham and employees (Robinsons Bank), Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Columbia International Food Products Inc., Alfredo Yao (Zesto Corporation), Nikki Tang (D Mark Beauty), Gina Lorenzana (Unilever Philippines), Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), Mary Ann Montemayor (Villa Margarita), Steve Benitez (Bo’s Coffee), Rey Go (Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Jun Sy (Tao Corporation), Rommel Sytin (Foton Motor Philippines), Connie Haw (Advance Paper), Tony Panajon (PharmaRex), Josie Go (Karimadon), Bernie Liu (Golden ABC), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation employees, Myla Villanueva (MDI Holdings), Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Rex Daryanani (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Gianna Montinola (Far Eastern University), Maymay Liechtenstein (WomenBiz), Marites Dagdag (Clorox Philippines), Elvie Tan (Ozamiz Chamber of Commerce), Stephen Lee Keng (Anchor Land), Wilfred Gui (Guifts), Siu Ping Par (PR Gaz Haus), Zarah Juan (Greenleaf Ecobags), Paul Rodriguez (Super Shuttle RORO), and Miguel Belmonte (The Philippine STAR).

For interested donors to the #KapatidForMarawi, you may get in touch with the Go Negosyo team:

For all letters or messages of support, you may coordinate it with Jarielle ‎Reyes (09189656333), for all items for donation, please coordinate it with Gelle Jimena (09173127984 or 09998879276), for cash donations, please call Sophia Ramos (09285523285) and for more information, please contact Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar (09175249957 or ‎09088980428).

Sending Care Packages and Letters to our Soldiers in Marawi

June 20th, 2017
Morale boost: Letters that Go Negosyo Kapatid For Marawi is sending to our troops contain prayers and words of encouragement and hope.

Morale boost: Letters that Go Negosyo Kapatid For Marawi is sending to our troops contain prayers and words of encouragement and hope.

This will be the fourth week of war in Marawi, which was recently conquered by the terrorists. Much has happened since then and we still do not know what else can happen. But one thing is for sure: many lives have been lost. Because of this war, many people were displaced, troops were injured, and houses were lost.

For the past two weeks, Go Negosyo has led the Kapatid For Marawi project, which has been gathering and sending products to our Maranao brothers and sisters in the evacuation centers. They have been given canned goods, snacks, water, milk, juices, pasta, mats, blankets, and other essentials.

Last week, we decided to extend our support to our brave men in uniform deployed in Marawi. They, too, need all the help we can give. This is why Go Negosyo Kapatid For Marawi will be sending care packages to our troops that contain food packs, water bottles and other drinks, medicines, personal-care products, and handwritten letters. These letters contain prayers and words of encouragement and hope, which we think will boost the morale of our soldiers.

All these would have not been possible without the support of the Go Negosyo Kapatid community: Jaime Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Corporation), Manny Pangilinan (PLDT Smart Group and Metro Pacific Corporation), Tessie Sy-Coson (SM Group), Ramon Ang (San Miguel Corporation), Robina Gokongwei-Pe (The Generics Pharmacy), Lance Gokongwei and Nilo Mapa (Universal Robina Corporation), Federico Lopez (First Philippine Holdings), Michael Tan (Asia Brewery), Kevin Tan (Megaworld Corporation), Chris Po (Century Pacific Food), Corazon Ong and Jerome Ong (CDO Foodsphere Corporation), Tennyson Chen (Bounty Fresh Corporation), Dan Lachica (SEIPI), Alfred Ty (Metrobank), Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech Corporation), Ernest Cu (Globe), Felix Ang (Auto Nation Group), Jojo Concepcion (Concepcion Industries), Injap Sia and Tony Tan Caktiong (DoubleDragon Properties), Gina Lorenzana (Unilever Philippines), Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), Mary Ann Montemayor (Villa Margarita), Rey Go (Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Bernie Liu (Golden ABC), Myla Villanueva (MDI Holdings), Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Rex Daryanani (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Gianna Montinola (Far Eastern University), Maymay Liechtenstein (WomenBiz), Marites Dagdag (Clorox Philippines), Elvie Tan (Ozamiz Chamber of Commerce), Stephen Lee Keng (Anchor Land), Wilfred Gui (Guifts), Siu Ping Par (PR Gaz Haus), Zarah Juan (Greenleaf Ecobags), and myself (Kettle Korn and RFM Corporation).

Transportation of the relief goods would have not been possible without the support of LBC, led by Santi Araneta. Sabin Aboitiz and Pilmico Iligan also offered their warehouse for the repacking of items. Miguel Belmonte and Philippine STAR also support us.

Members of the Alliance Towards Prosperity for All, like the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led by George Barcelon, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Management Association of the Philippines, Financial Executives of the Philippines, Bankers Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, and others all pledged their help to the Marawi people.

Those interested in donating to #KapatidForMarawi can get in touch with the Go Negosyo team: For letters or messages of support, you can coordinate with Jarielle Reyes (0918-965-6333); for all items for donation, coordinate with Gelle Jimena (0917-312-7984 or 0999-887-9276); for cash donations, call Sophia Ramos (0928-552-3285); and for more information, contact Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar (0917-524-9957 or 0908-898-0428).

‘Dads’ to Riches: Mga Tatay ng Negosyo

June 20th, 2017

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On June 14, 2017, Go Negosyo sa Radyo hosts Sen. Bam Aquino and DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Manny Valencia, Joel Yala and Rey Lapid – 3 inspiring men who’ve kept a balance between being negosyantes and fathers as well.

Before being a full-time entrepreneur, Joel Yala was once a construction worker, a tricycle driver and an ordinary employee. His wife, Marissa, was also an employee before they decided to quit their jobs and start their own business. The idea of Chocovron started when Joel was grocery shopping with his wife and was fascinated by all things coated in chocolate. He then thought of producing a similar product and called it Chocovron in 2003. Joel shares that starting Chocovron was definitely not easy. He had to make the products “mano-mano” with his wife while his taste testers were his neighbours and co-workers. Joel would place his Chocovrons at the locker for people to taste in the factory where he was working at and perform an inventory every break time. “Sobrang sacrifice talaga pero mahal ko ginagawa ko” Joel said. In late 2004, Joel decided to get a DTI permit to make his business official. DTI called for a meeting since they were intrigued with the product, they were soon asked “willing ba kayo lumaki yung business”? Today, Chocovron is importing their products to the United States and Canada and has market exhibits in Thailand, China and Hongkong. From the small enterprise, Chocovron now employs 50 employees, all hailing from Surigao – the same province of Joel and Marissa since it has been their mission to help improve the lives of fellow Surigaonon. Everyday, they are producing a total of 5000 packs of Polvoron of different variants; from the class chocovron to the flavoured polvoron (cookies and cream, milk), nutrivon (sugar free, ampalaya, malunggay). What makes men different from women in his experience in business? “Stricto ako, weakness ng mga babae mga sale lagi may distraction, pag lalake, naka lista dire diretso kung ano sadya” Joel says.

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Go Negosyo sa Radyo hosts Sen. Bam Aquino and DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Manny Valencia, Joel Yala and Rey Lapid – 3 inspiring men who’ve kept a balance between being negosyantes and fathers as well.

At an early age of 12, Rey Lapid was already about getting down to business.  Rey’s father used to work at a public market and he would always come along especially during summer, “Gusto kong binibigyang halaga ang oras” he said. Rey noticed that whenever people would buy meat, “Very observant ako, pinapatanggal yung balat. Sayang yung balat kaya inipon and tinabi ko yung tirang balat” Rey said. From there his dad started making chicharron to be sold at the public market. In 1974 Rey started his own business, R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbeque, at a small stall in Quiapo. Rey and his wife sold chicken barbeque, longganisa, tocino and his best selling chicharron. Today, Lapid owns more than a 100 branches of R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbeque around the country. He even owns 2 resort hotels in Laguna and managed to put up a six-story mansion for his family. Rey plans to re-name his famous chicharron to “Manila Fries”.

In a business, it is inevitable for entrepreneurs to encounter obstacles. Manny shared that his biggest challenge was when he had little to no capital but this didn’t stop him because of his strong faith in the Lord, “naniniwala naman tayo na may plano si God. Nagpray talaga ako. Based on Romans 31. Sumipa bigla yung business, nabayarn ko yung 3 milion na utang. Yung resto na pinapagawa ko natapos. Tiwala lang talaga and sundin and instruction ni Lord”. Joel recalled, “nung ilang months na chocovron, na hold up ako. Parang sabotage kasi alam niya pwesto ko. Natrauma ako, 1 week di ako makatulog. Tinutukan kasi ako ng baril. Inicip ko Lord pano mga anak ko. Mula nun, di ako nagpakita 1 week sa trabaho. Sinabi ko sa misis ko na itigil to kasi baka dito pako mamatay. Pero parang may bumulong sakin na ituloy padin. Icipin mo we started sa 35 sqm ngayon may factory na”.  As for Rey, he went to America because he was invited by a friend to venture into a restaurant business. “I became so aggressive. May gusto mag partner sakin from USA. I became too excited, pumayag ako kaagd. Malaking good obstacle is opening up restaurant in san Francisco. Pagdating ko dun, nag invest ako. Ako tuloy nag operate lahat mag isa. Operated for 3 years ako lang mag isa. With that good experience, marami akong nalaman na tama at mali. Bumalik ako ng Pilipinas pero wala akong nabalik sa Pilipinas. Bago ko sinarado yung resto, nag trabaho ako dun bago umuwi para magka pera. Nung naka ipon nako, umuwi ako. I had to start from zero again. My wife was continuing my business for me here”.

How to balance being a father and a negosyante? All 3 answered that it was important to keep a good relationship with your wife and children. “Dapat may time sa asawa at pamilya. Ingatan ang relasyon sa pamilya, hindi yung puro negosyo tapos mapapabayaan yung pamilya” Manny said. As for their children, they make sure to train their children well before letting them in the business. “Tumutulong mga anak ko sa business, pero binabayaran ko sila parang empleyado” Joel said. “Mga anak ko very independent. Sabi ko subukan mo muna yung business natin dito, pag ayaw mo dun ka mag abroad” Rey told his children. “May bilin na sila ang mamana ng business, pero pinapa pasok ko muna sila sa ibang companya para makita and makasunod sa mga policy ng isang company” Manny shared.

As the segment came to an end, the 3 fathers left a few pieces of advice in how to be a father and negosyante at the same time. “May tatay din tayo sa langit na nakakakita satin at tutulungan tayo”, “Umasa sa taas pero wag kakalimutan nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa” and “Always keep a balance between negosyo and family”.

ABA Awardee Tony Fernandes’ Childhood Dream Turned Reailty — ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’

June 15th, 2017

“If you have a happy workforce they’ll look after your customers anyway. You can have all the money you want in the world, and you can have all the brilliant ideas but if you don’t have the people, forget it.” – Tony Fernandes

Tony Fernandes – a Malaysian entrepreneur born in Kuala Lumpur, had a childhood dream of owning his own airline. He left Malaysia at the age of 12 to study at Epsom College in Surrey, England and then graduated from London School of Economics. Fernandes, an accountant, started his career with Warner then moved to Richard Branson’s Virgin Communications only to move back to Malaysia to explore a career in the music industry. He became the youngest managing director of Warner Music, Malaysia. After his career in music industry, he decided to finally fulfil his childhood dream of owning his own airlines.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of Air Asia won an ASEAN Priority Integration Sector Award: Aviation in 2015

Tony Fernandes, CEO of Air Asia won an ASEAN Priority Integration Sector Award: Aviation in 2015

As a firm believer of multiculturalism, Fernandes wanted to generate an airline that was accessible and affordable but with great style.  Instead of starting from scratch, Fernandes bought an existing airline; Air Asia. Right after the 9/11 terror attacks, Fernandes mortgaged his home to buy Air Asia – an ailing Malaysian owned airline for one ringgit with $11 million worth of debt.  After a year in business, Air Asia broke even and was able to settle all their debts.  Fernandes was able to turn an ailing airline into a profitable budget airline in a span of 2 years.  AirAsia has grown from a Malaysian domestic airline to the largest low-cost carrier in Asia in terms of fleet size and passengers carried. The story of redemption has been truly exceptional: the budget airline has been named the world’s best low-cost airline hence the tag line “Now everyone can fly”.

Air Asia is molded by culture, openness and transparency. Fernandes maintains a flat culture way of working whereas everyone plays a part in Air Asia and are all equally important. Fernandes says that to him “employees come number one, customers come number two. If you have a happy workforce they’ll look after your customers anyway. You can have all the money you want in the world, and you can have all the brilliant ideas but if you don’t have the people, forget it.” Fernandes adopts a “walk around” management style. According to his interview with BBC, he shared his experience working alongside his staff, “If you sit up in your ivory tower and just look at financial reports, you’re going to make some big mistakes.” For a few days every month he works on the ground or in the cabin crew. He says he’s learned a lot from working on the airline himself.  Fernandes turned down the idea of belt loaders at first but on his next stint working alongside staff, he almost broke his back while loading the plane. He says that without the experience, “I could have made a decision – a very wrong decision that damaged a lot of people and destroyed the morale of the organisation at that level.” Through this, Fernandes was able to create an environment for innovation.

The branding of Fernandes’s airline felt like Branson’s Virgin, down to the color scheme and logo typeface, but the bigger inspiration was the boom in low-cost flying that was transforming Europe’s flightmaps. Soon the fleet was expanding rapidly, and within a decade Air Asia was flying 30 million passengers annually. He is one of the first CEOs to harness the power of social media networks to sell tickets and market his airline. Fernandes believes in involving himself in the day-to-day functions of an airline.

While the group’s HQ is in Malaysia, the Air Asia brand has become a pillar for foreign airlines in which Fernandes has a stake. He bought 49% of the then AWAIR, an Indonesian low-cost carrier, in 2004, rebranding it as Indonesia Air Asia the following year. Similar joint ventures have brought Air Asia into the Philippines, Thailand, Japan and most recently into India. With large numbers of new planes in order, Fernandes has spoken of Air Asia X — linking Europe and Asia via low-cost long haul in the years ahead, starting with a London route.

Fernandes has also made ventures in other arenas – in Britain, he most famously bought football club, the Queens Park Rangers, and a Formula One racing team to add to his hotel, education, mobile phone and insurance ventures. Fernandes has received numerous awards from the industry observers and international press alike. Among the awards are, ‘Malaysia CEO of the year 2003’ by American Express and the Business Times, ‘Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year – Malaysia 2003’ at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2004, ‘Airline Business Strategy Award 2005, the first Asian to receive the Forbes Asia Businessman of the Year award in 2010, and most recently, the 2016 EY ASEAN Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

It’s easy to see that Air Asia is now an ASEAN champion with global recognition. One that has connected the different communities through making air travel accessible to all.


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.

Join this year’s ASEAN Business Awards! Application Period: March 15 – July 30, 2017. Application deadline for the Inclusive Business Award Category is on June 30, 2017. For more information about the ASEAN Business Awards 2017, please visit www.aba2017.com

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Go Negosyo Kapatids Send Care Packages

June 14th, 2017

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In our battle for peace, we often forget to give credit and gratitude to the brave men who are front liners in protecting our brothers and sisters. Upon reaching the battle ground, their lives are already in danger. As they say, they have their one foot in the grave already. And that is the sad reality brought by these wars.

Our soldiers, marines, and policemen deployed in Marawi are far from their families. While they are in their full battle gear, they too will still need all the support we can all give. So aside from the relief goods that we sent last week to our displaced Maranao brothers and sister, Go Negosyo under the Kapatid for Marawi initiative also started a campaign to gather donations for our troops of around 5000 people. Our Kapatids who have been supportive pledged their contributions to the packages we specifically called “Care Packages.”

Why “Care Packages”? Because we may not be there physically but at least, we are providing them some care and comfort through these products which are often unavailable or least of their concerns but essential to them. These packages include food packs, canned goods, snacks and ready to eat food, bottled water, milk, juice, biscuits, and other food donations.

Aside from these, cellphone loads were also given by PLDT SMART Group and Metro Pacific Corporation led by Manny Pangilinan and Eric Alberto donated two million worth of SMART load for our troops. Additionally, Jaime Zobel de Ayala and Globe will also provide 2.5 million assistance.

Go Negosyo Big Brothers such as Chris Po (Century Pacific Food Corporation), Robina Gokongwei-Pe (Universal Robina), Rey Go of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber, Kevin Tan (Megaworld), Mike Tan (Asia Brewery), Tessie Sy-Coson (SM Group), Baby Villamayor (Villa Margarita) and RFM Corporation donated food and beverage products.

Tennyson Chen of Bounty Fresh will be supplying the camps with kilos of chicken for 10 days and to partner that, Henry Lim Bon Liong donated sacks of Doña Maria rice. Now, the troops will have adequate food for the coming days.

Felix Ang of Auto Nation Group also pledged assistance to this initiative.

But aside from the usual requirement for food, our soldiers also needed personal care products such as shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, and soaps. Myla Villanueva donated soaps for our troops. Underwear, socks and towels were also lovingly provided by Patty Chilip, Tessie Coson, Indian Chamber led by Rex Daryanani and PCCI Ozamiz Chamber led by Elvie Tan.

We hope to give them vitamins and medicines as well and this has been supplied by The Generics Pharmacy.

Wilfred Gui committed water gallon stands as well while Siu Ping Par will be sending gas stoves and LPG canisters for the camps in Marawi.

But what is special about these care packages are the hand written notes we asked from our Go Negosyo network. These letters will contain words of prayers, encouragement, and hope. As they are personally written, we hope that these will at most strengthen the morale of our troops.

Gianna Montinola of Far Eastern University will ask their students to give messages. Myla Villanueva also tapped a museum for kids to provide letters. Zarah Juan started a campaign for support messages. The whole Kapatid movement is working on making their own contributions to this initiative.

We will never know the hardships they are facing in Marawi but through these simple gestures of care, we are at least giving them the support they need. In the ground zero, they are only with the enemies. They are not with their families. So hopefully, these care packages will give them the essentials.

Many have fallen and we are saddened by this. We are still unsure when will this fight end. But to our brave men, please know that you are all in our prayers.

For interested donors to the #GoNegosyoKapatidForMarawi, you may get in touch with the Go Negosyo team: For all letters or messages of support, you may coordinate it with Jarielle ‎Reyes (09189656333), for all items for donation, please coordinate it with Gelle Jimena (0917 312 7984 or 0999 887 9276), for cash donations, please call Sophia Ramos (09285523285) and for more information, please contact Ginggay Hontiveros (09175249957 or ‎09088980428).

Business Heroes Championing Homegrown Products

June 13th, 2017

To commemorate the recently celebrated 119th Philippine Independence Day, here are some local businessmen who have elevated the Filipino brand through their ingenuity and patronization:

Kenneth Cobonpue, Patis Tesoro and Steve Benitez.

Kenneth Cobonpue, Patis Tesoro and Steve Benitez.

Kenneth Cobonpue

Kenneth Cobonpue is a multi-awarded Filipino industrial designer known for his unique designs integrating natural materials through innovative handmade production processes. He began his design career after his studies in Industrial Design in New York, which led him to trainings and further studies in Italy and Germany. After a series of further studies and trainings abroad, Kenneth moved back to Cebu in 1996 to help manage their family business founded by his mother in 1972. Upon managing the business, Kenneth discovered that by the use of natural fibers and materials as a medium, modern design could have a new face. With his masterful way of integrating nature, traditional craft and innovative technologies, designer and creative director Kenneth Cobonpue has earned international awards and recognition for his creative, organic, and expressive pieces. Kenneth has also worked closely with some of the world’s leading designers. Kenneth has been making a name for design in the Philippines and sharing his vision to a global audience. Various Cobonpue designs have also appeared in full-length feature films and television, such as Oceans 13 and CSI while his roster of clientele includes Hollywood celebrities and members of royalty. The whole furniture industry in the Philippines was just plain manufacturers, their products would go under different names and brands. What set his company apart from most of the furniture industry which relied on original equipment manufacturing was that he wanted to be recognized for his own designs. Kenneth Cobonpue was determined to prove to the world that Filipino products can compete with the best.

Patis Tesoro

Patis Tesoro is a woman with several characteristics all rolled into one. She is on the cutting edge of fashion and much more, yet successfully manages to remain a constant champion of the traditional. She is widely known for her flashy, exotic creations, and also a world traveler with a distinct style she calls “Bohemian Filipiniana”. She is also a cultural maven, entrepreneur, book publisher, restaurateur, plant and animal lover, fashion designer, and doll-maker. Though born to well-off parents and whose family is well known until today as the supplier of exquisite Filipino handicrafts, she has always loved to work with her hands — sketching, drawing, sewing or embroidering. She has been making clothes even as a young girl. The provenance of the materials she uses reflects the Philippines’ rich heritage or history. Patis Tesoro believes that “piña” is a cloth of stature and is iconic to the Philippines; losing it would mean losing our identity. With centuries of local traditions—hand embroidery, embellishment, textile processing, and weaving—Patis adeptly employs the fine work of artisans in her own creations. For her, Filipinos have to grow more piña to prevent traditions from going extinct and also to preserve this fragile part of Filipino heritage.

Steve Benitez

Steve Benitez’s love for coffee began during his time in law school with the late nights studying sessions that called for lots of caffeine-induced energy. When he realized that his true passion was actually coffee, he dropped out of law school and travelled to the United States to learn more about the industry. He brought back with him a deep passion for their coffee culture, but it’s his love for Filipino coffee which truly sets apart his chain of coffee shops. It wasn’t long until he started Bo’s Coffee, with just a single, small location. Bo’s Coffee is the Philippines’ first and largest homegrown specialty coffee chain. Bo’s Coffee sets itself apart by sourcing the best coffee and products from Philippine producers and supports local communities in the process. It focuses on supporting local coffee farmers—sourcing the best of Philippine Coffee from Sagada, Benguet, Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Matutum, and Mt. Apo—and elevating the quality of Philippine coffee. Bo’s also offers a selection of food and beverages made by entrepreneurs who share Bo’s values, all in a setting of locally crafted furniture and decor. Despite the initial struggles and the growing number of international competitors, he created a business that is locally rooted and internationally competitive. Today, there are a total of 81 Bo’s Coffee Club outlets.

Olivia Limpe-Aw, Justin Uy and Reese Fernandez-Ruiz.

Olivia Limpe-Aw, Justin Uy and Reese Fernandez-Ruiz.

Olivia Limpe-Aw

Olivia Limpe-Aw is a fifth-generation leader of the Philippines’ oldest distillery, Destileria Limtuaco and Co.. At present, she is the President and Chair of the company. She is responsible for the company’s new and innovative products such as the Paradise Mango Rum Liqueur, Amadeo Liquer and Manille Liqueur de Calamansi. Limpe-Aw and her company sources and highlights indigenous agricultural products for her business. For, Paradise Mango Rum, the drink which makes use of the Philippines delicious mangoes has been named as the official drink of Boracay and Palawan. Under her leadership, the brand has won many international and local awards. Amadeo Liquer is a coffee-based liqueur and is named after the Philippine’s coffee capital in Cavite. Manille Liqueur de Calamansi is popular with foreigners who liken it to the limoncello of Italy. Her products are now star exports in Asia and distributed in California and New York. Other products include: Very Old Captain’s Dark Rum, Maria Clara Sangria, Manille Liquer de Dalandan, Intramuros Liqueur de Cacao, San Juan Premium Lambanog, Vigan Basi Sugarcane Wine and Imeldifique Cooking Wine.

Justin Uy

Justin Uy is the founder of ProFood International Corporation, a leading supplier of Filipino snacks, specifically dried mangos. Today, dried mangos are a bastion for Filipino snacks all over the world. When Justin Uy and his family started their business in the 1970s, they were hoping to address the amount of wasted ripe mangoes in Cebu. Thus, they entered the dried mango business which eventually brought value to mangoes when farmers never really saw much value in them before. To compete with other local producers of like them, they exported their products to countries near the Philippines such as Hong Kong. Upon the success of Hong Kong, they eventually entered into other global markets like the United States. With only one brand name, Justin was able to build a brand that made Philippine mangoes the best mangoes in the world. He championed the “Philippine brand” by marketing dried mangoes abroad as coming from Filipino mangoes. Their other products today include mango puree, canned juices, juice pouches, fruit preserves and concentrates. Justin Uy has also established the Mango Museum to help promote Philippine mangoes as the best in the world.

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz started Rags2Riches with colleagues from Ateneo in hopes of  empowering women in impoverished communities. Rags2Riches turns scraps of cloth into high-end fashion accessories. Today, Rags2Riches is now an internationally renowned fashion and design brand that employs women from poor communities and has more than a 100 artisans who are vertically integrated into R2R’s supply-chain. Her enterprise answers many social problems in the country such as low employment and quality of life for women in poor communities and is eco-friendly. She is truly remarkable and innovative because she has employed great design to uplift humble materials into high-end products. With the success of Rags2Riches, she became part of the Forbes’ 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs list.

Harvesting Hope in Sulu

June 13th, 2017

With the on-going security threat in Mindanao which led to the declaration of Martial Law in the area, some might feel that there is no hope that is happening in Mindanao. Let me share with you a good news from the province of Sulu, also one of the war torn places in Mindanao

Recently, our team led by Ginggay Hontiveros travelled to Sulu once again to witness the first graduation of the farmers in SM Foundation and Harbest Corporation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Program. More than 300 Tausug farmers graduated from the 3 month-long agri mentoring program. For the past weeks, they are trained to grow fruits and vegetables the natural way. They were able to grow plenty and healthy fruits and vegetables such as watermelons, honeydew, eggplants, ampalaya, lettuce, and many more.

This would have not been possible without the support of our big kapatids from SM Foundation led by Tessie Sy-Coson and Cristie Angeles and Harbest Corporations Toto Barcelona and trainor Conrad Calderon. We appreciate the support of the Sulu provincial government led by Governor Totoh Tan and Shah Badar Sakur Tan, and Department of Agriculture’s Mercyan Aspi and their respective teams.

Now, these farmers will be led to a fruitful and bountiful life because of KSK and the support of the Big Kapatids who want to give prosperity to the province.

Proud farmers with their bountiful harvest.

Proud farmers with their bountiful harvest.

Honeydew were grown in Sulu during the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan program (left). Farmer graduates brought their fruits and vegetables during the graduation ceremony (right).

Honeydew were grown in Sulu during the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan program (left). Farmer graduates brought their fruits and vegetables during the graduation ceremony (right).

More than 300 farmers graduated from the 3-month long agriculture training program.

More than 300 farmers graduated from the 3-month long agriculture training program.

Farmers were trained how to grow vegetables like ampalaya naturally.

Farmers were trained how to grow vegetables like ampalaya naturally.

Partner sa Negosyo, Partner sa Buhay

June 9th, 2017

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On June 7, 2017, Go Negosyo sa Radyo (GNSR) hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Voltaire and Cholly Magpayo and Yok and Angie Calungcaguin – two couples that not only make a great couple but great business partners as well.

Yok and Angie Calungcaguin have been married for 7 years. Their story started when they met while working at a restaurant. Since they’ve been exposed to working in a business environment, both wanted to start their own business as well. Yok and Angie first opened up a catering business in 2009.  With their success in the catering business, they thought it was time to give back.  Yok and Angie wanted to become social entrepreneurs for them to share their blessings with others.

In 2014, they opened Make Peace Cookies. Yok and Angie would give the funds they made from Make Peace cookies to orphanages.  More than falling in love with each other, Yok and Angie fell in love with crafting and baking. This drove Yok and Angie to expand their Make Peace Cookies into a bakery. Angie has always liked baking and she wanted to hone her skills by attending seminars. In 2015, Yok and Angie attended The Social Business Summit at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm. They decided to embark on their journey and set-up their enterprise, The Make Peace Bakery in 2016. Yok and Angie’s main advocacy is to help former out of school youths. “We want to share our skills and what we learned para maging negosyante din sila sa tamang panahon, gusto naming gumawa ng impact sa buhay ng mga tao” they said. Yok and Angie’s priority is to help those in need before earning for themselves. At present, they have already trained 12 youth members.

Sen. Bam Auino, Angie and Yok Calungcaguin and DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla.

Sen. Bam Auino, Angie and Yok Calungcaguin and DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla.

The second couple interviewed are the owners of Sweet Corner, Voltaire and Cholly Magpayo. Voltaire was in the agricultural business when he met Cholly who just graduated. As they were starting a family, they realized they needed a fast business. They first started with 3 branches of a franchise but decided to start their own business after 6 years when they’ve already learned the ropes of business. Voltaire and Cholly first thought of the most basic and staple food next to rice — corn. Soon enough, they were able to establish connections. They wanted to get direct suppliers for their business because not only is it cheaper but also it would help the Philippine farmers in need of an alternative market. Why snacks and not a restaurant? “Its easier to manage, we want to start small but think big. Damihan ang stalls.” Voltaire answered. With the success of the corn business, they also opened a Takoyaki stall. Sweet Corn now has over 100 branches in the Philippines and 2 in Melbourne.

Voltaire and Cholly Magpayo.

Voltaire and Cholly Magpayo.

“What are the challenges being in business with your spouse?” DJ Cheska asked. “Nagtatalo is normal but we meet halfway with both of our ideas” Yok said. “The biggest challenge is how to sync our minds and hearts into something since we came from 2 different regions.” Both couples said that they have different set of skills and responsibilities but its important to fill the needs of each other. “Each of us have our own roles, we help each other fill each other’s needs. We teach each other.” Voltaire said.

Their advice to couples who want to start a business together? “Trust is important and a good foundation especially in business. Kailangan may tiwala sa isat isa, and wag kakalimutan ang pag ibig na meron sa isat isa na bumuo sa business din. Also, never fight about money and always make sure to keep a balance between business, love, and family.” Yok and Angie said.  “The couple should have a fixed and shared income. There should be transparency. You cannot do it alone, fill each others’ weaknesses and strengths. Kailangan magbigayan. Give and take. Tiwala sa isa’t isa. Find enjoyment in what we’re doing. Napapaaral ko mga anak ko, nakakatulong sa ibang tao, ang sarap sa pakiramdam.” Voltaire shared.

The future seems big and bright for Make Peace Bakery and Sweet Corn with their plans to expand further. Make Peace Bakery’s goal is to go to provinces to look for a market to open more Make Peace Bakeries. Sweet Corn on the other hand plans to put up a bakery in a mall ‘pang masa’. Truly these 2 couples are not only successful entrepreneurs but also have a heart to help those in need.

Winners Circle: A Look into Previous ABA Awardees from Each ASEAN State

June 8th, 2017

Since 2007, the ASEAN Business Awards has already honoured and celebrated a diverse set of 174 outstanding businesses across the region. Every year, the awards only get bigger and grander as prosperity and awareness is beginning to grow in the region. Awardees span across different fields and represent unique and strong companies that are propelling the ASEAN economy. This year, the Philippines serves as the host of the of the ASEAN Business Awards 10th year and has introduced a new category — the Inclusive Business Award. The anticipation continues to grow for the announcement of the newest batch of ABA awardees on September 6, 2017, at the Okada Hotel in Manila. As the wait ensues, lets look back at previous winners who have made their homeland proud by exhibiting exemplary business leadership and ingenuity:

1) Anusia Ramsamy
Women Entrepreneur Award (2016) — MALAYSIA

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Anusia Ramsamy is the Sales and Marketing Director of VG Offshore Containers International, the largest manufacturer of container units in Malaysia and amongst the largest in the world. A 2nd generation leader of the family business, Ms. Ramsamy joined the family business initially set-up by her father in 2006. On her first year in the business, she was able to lead the company sales to increase by an astounding 41%. To date, her leadership has grown the company’s revenue by 600% and their customer base by sevenfold.

Ms. Ramsamy’s exemplary leadership at VG Offshore Containers International has exponentially transformed the company from a medium-sized family enterprise to an internationally recognized one. The outstanding manufacturing company is poised for greater growth in the near future with Ms. Ramsamy at the helm.

2) Sunlight Foods Corporation
ASEAN SME Business Excellence Award in Employment (2016) — PHILIPPINES

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Crispin R. Muyrong, the Co-founder and Vice President of Sunlight Foods Corp., received the prestigious award last year on behalf of his company Sunlight Foods Corp. Mr. Muyrong and his wife founded the food processing outfit in 2000, after years of extensive experience in the food production management and production facility structure design industry. They’ve worked for the likes of Philippine industry food giants such as Universal Robina Corp, RFM, and San Miguel Corporation.

Today, Sunlight Foods Corp. as a tropical fruits processor company — with their mainline of business being processing of fruit preserves — has effectively established itself as the leading supplier for the ice cream, bread, and fast food industries. What is more impressive is that Sunlight has been able to create quality products at lower prices than their competition by doing business sustainably and inclusively. They source their raw materials directly from farmers, provide trainings for all their stakeholders (employees and partner farmers), and have adopted Unilever’s Sustainable Agriculture Code standards amongst several other initiatives.

3) Adventure Myanmar Tours & Incentives
AEC Priority Integration Sector Award in Tourism (2016) — MYANMAR

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Last year, Zar Ni Htwe received the ASEAN Business Award for Adventure Myanmar Tours & Incentives as the company’s Managing Director. Well-versed in the world of tourism and an employee who has risen in the ranks of the company, Mr. Htwe was fitting to represent Adventure Myanmar as their multi-lingual Managing Director and Master of Trainers for Community-Based Tourism.

Adventure Myanmar is a travel company that ensures the quality of their client’s stay in Myanmar. Established in 1993, the company has built long-lasting and trustworthy relationships over the course of two decades with local hotels, resorts and other products/service providers that will ensure a VIP experience for all their clients.

4) G Gear Co., Ltd.
AEC Priority Integration Sector Award in Electronics (2015) — CAMBODIA

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Mr. Sok Piseth is the CEO and Co-Founder of G Gear Co., Ltd, a leading electronics supplier in Cambodia. Mr. Piseth is considered as one of the most active young entrepreneurs that is helping to shape the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cambodia and is the President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia.

His company, G Gear, is the only strategic partner of LG electronics and is an exclusive partner of Hyundai. Around Cambodia, LG shops and electronics are becoming more accessible to the people thanks impart to G Gear Co. and Mr. Piseth.

5) Lao IT Development
AEC Priority Integration Sector Award in E-ASEAN/ICT — LAOS

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The IT industry is one of the most relevant sectors poised for development in the ASEAN. Lao IT Development focuses on technical research in terms of IT and international technologies. Co-founded by CEO Thanongsack Souksavat, the company is said to specialize on software, which is of high demand in Laos. Furthermore, they translate their research into the local dialect to improve the accessibility of the information to the Laotian people.

Aside from software development, their services also include website development, providing hardware on demand such as IT accessories and equipment, multi-media and events organization, training programs, network and information security solutions and IT support.

6) Health Management International Ltd.
AEC Priority Integration Sector Award in Healthcare (2015) — SINGAPORE

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Healthcare and business is a priority integration sector because ASEAN countries are mostly  developing nations that need collaboration in order to help speed up development in certain areas. Health Management International Ltd. is a healthcare company that is considered to be an early champion of regionalism. Found in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, the private healthcare provider owns hospitals such as the Makhota Medical Center and the Regency Specialist Hospital.

On average, the group is able to serve 400,000 patients annually with about 170 in-house specialists working in their various outfits. They also have established a network of 19 patient representative offices across Southeast Asia. They are a primary force in education as they own and operate the Health Management International Institute of Health Sciences in Singapore. At the helm of the company is Group Chief Executive Officer Ms. Chin Wei Ja. Ms. Chin’s family has largely controlled the business with her mother Gan See Khem as the Executive Chairman and founding member, while her brother Chin Wei Yao is the Executive Director.

7) Megamas Training Company
Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise Award in Employment (2013) — BRUNEI

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Megamas Training Company was formed in 1989 as a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) training center with its first facility in Mumong, Kuala Belait in Burnei. Today, they are Southeast Asia’s leading HSE training and consultancy provider, racking up awards and honors on a regular basis.

Megamas provides consultancy services and are specialists in Safety Management Systems. Other consultancy services they may provide include noise assessment, air monitoring, and carbon footprinting. They also provide training programs for emergencies in offshore, fire, first aid, technical, materials handling and marine training, which can be conducted virtually anywhere and all up to international standards. The group is largely led by its Excecutive Advisor Mohd Roger Ainsworth.

8) Wise Concetti Limited
ASEAN SME Business Excellence Award in Growth (2015) — VIETNAM

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Connecting people is one of the most imperative challenges the ASEAN has to face. While a lot of focus has been put on the physical and infrastructural connection of states, Wise Concetti has taken it upon itself to address another connection barrier — language.

The company was established in Vietnam by Wise Kim, the current President and Chairman, as a localisation service provider. Their mission is to help global clients reach the ASEAN’s developing market by providing multi-sector document translation, website and software localisation, multi-lingual DTP, and software testing and development. Today, they are one of the leading localisation service providers and employ more than a 100 in-house linguists in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Lao, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines.

9) Martha Tilaar Group
Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise Award in Innovation (2008) — INDONESIA

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Martha Tilaar is the founder and Chairwoman of the Martha Tilaar group, a pioneering beauty company who has innovatively brought traditional Indonesian beauty traditions to suit the modern age. The company is a leading producer of high-quality beauty products and services. They use traditional herbal ingredients and other natural plant extracts and creates modern cosmetic and beauty products, which they ship worldwide.

Aside from their beauty products, the group also owns a chain of spas and salons all across Indonesia and professional training centers. As one of the first few businesses awarded by the ASEAN Business Awards, the Martha Tilaar group is best known for their active promotion of eco-friendly, natural, and eastern beauty based on their core values of culture, environment and women empowerment.

10) Chanoen Pokphand Foods Group
Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise Award in CSR (2013); ABA Award for Outstanding Business Growth (2011) — THAILAND

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As one of the world largest conglomerates, it’s no wonder why Chanoen Pokphand Food Group is a two-time recipient of an ASEAN Business Award. They are Thailand’s largest meat and animal-feed producer and is the leading agro-industrial and food conglomerate across the globe. Currently, the CP Group employs over half a million people worldwide.

If that’s not impressive enough, the CP Group has also dedicated its resources to sustainability management, which focuses on society development, win-win partnerships, and supporting community livelihood. The company is praised for their efforts to direct all facets of their company to sustainability — from aiming for completely sourcing their raw materials from sustainable sources to sustainablity in the supply chain through supporting farmers and collaborating with communities. CPF Group is led by Owner and Chairman Dhanin Chearavanont.


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.

Join this year’s ASEAN Business Awards! Application Period: March 15 – July 30, 2017. Application deadline for the Inclusive Business Award Category is on June 30, 2017. For more information about the ASEAN Business Awards 2017, please visit www.aba2017.com

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Kapatid for Marawi

June 7th, 2017
Saguiran Mayor Macmod Muti (in blue) and Go Negosyo volunteer Joseph Castillo (in orange) led the distribution of goods to all evacuees.

Saguiran Mayor Macmod Muti (in blue) and Go Negosyo volunteer Joseph Castillo (in orange) led the distribution of goods to all evacuees.

In this time of distress in our country caused by the recent acts of terror and violence in Marawi, we should all be one in praying that all these will be over. Marawi is the most populated city in ARMM region with more than 200,000 people including children and I do not think they deserve the danger they are experiencing for more than 2 weeks already.

To be able to share some hope and blessings, Go Negosyo decided to start a call for donations from our Kapatids who are all always ready to give and be part of a bigger solution.

After hearing the reports on Marawi and how our Maranao brothers needed assistance, we all sprung into action. Together with our Go Negosyo coordinator Ginggay Hontiveros, we called for the support of the big brothers. We launched the project: #KapatidForMarawi.

Numerous donations came from the following big brothers: RFM Corporation, LBC led by Santi Araneta, Asia Brewery of Mike Tan, LandRover Club, SM Foundation led by Tessie Sy-Coson, Century Pacific of Chris Po, SL Agritech led by Henry Lim Bon Liong, and CDO Foodsphere of Corazon Dayro-Ong.

Medicines, pasta, milk and juices, water, canned goods, rice, and other essentials were donated by our Kapatids. Additionally, there are mats, blankets, and some clothes that are ready for distribution.

George Barcelon and Rex Daryanani led the participation of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Federation of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry respectively to the project.

Members of the recently launched Alliance Towards Prosperity for All such as Management Association of the Philippines, Financial Executives of the Philippines, Bankers Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, and others are all supportive of the Kapatid for Marawi initiative as well.

The distribution and transportation of products would have not been possible without the help of Joseph Castillo, Corporal Maglaum PA, Asec. Shalimar Candao, Operation Blessing, Angel Brigade, 4th ID Army Brigade Commander Major General Madrigal, COS Col. Andres Centino, CDO Mayor Oscar Moreno, Office of the CDO City Engineer and Paul Dominguez.

Our volunteers distributed products to the Maranao evacuees.

Our volunteers distributed products to the Maranao evacuees.

Our soldiers were also given some food and drinks from the #KapatidforMarawi initiative.

Our soldiers were also given some food and drinks from the #KapatidforMarawi initiative.

When our volunteer Joseph Castillo met some of our soldiers, he also handed some water and canned goods. I’m sure that this is just a temporary relief to our brave men but we hope this can give them additional strength.

These efforts of Go Negosyo Kapatids are part of our mission to bring prosperity alongside with our hopes of peace and harmony in Marawi City. Like our program Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu, we aim to help areas experiencing extreme poverty and conflict scale up through the development programs in each area.

We are one with the government in its mission to eradicate terrorism in the country. As one nation, we should unite in supporting our soldiers, policemen, and local government units in their fight against the Maute group. We cannot progress if we are facing such issues. Without peace, there is no prosperity. We cannot start any development if the area we wish to change is troubled with armed groups.

The President and his team will surely do their best to eradicate this threat in the country. We pray for comfort to the people of Marawi. May they find relief with the goods we have sent.

For interested donors to the #KapatidForMarawi, you may get in touch with Go Negosyo coordinator Ginggay Hontiveros at 0908 898 0428 / 0917 524 9957 or Gelle Jimena 0917 312 7984 or 0999 887 9276.