Archive for July, 2009


Thursday, July 30th, 2009

The weekend before the SONA, I was invited by Myrna Yao for dinner to celebrate her birthday with a small group in her place. Myrna is an entrepreneur who started the Richwell Trading Corp. She is also the Chairman of the National Commission on the Role of the Filipino Women (NCRFW). It is a group that pushes for programs and policies on the advancement of women in economic, social, and cultural development. Myrna has been a big supporter of Go Negosyo, as she is a successful entrepreneur herself. She raised four daughters, and now has nine grandchildren.

During the intimate dinner with her close friends (among them are Sen. Loren Legarda, Tessie Coson, Sec. Angie Reyes, Sari Yap and Johnny Litton), Sec. Cerge Reymonde approached me and said that I would be happy with the president’s SONA. Sec. Cerge knows that I have been suggesting that the president comes out in the open to state her real intentions, so people would know that she has no intentions of extending her term. In the past, she has repeatedly stated that she will stay only up to 2010. A number of events have unfolded, like the ConAss that led to the suspicion that she will stay in power.

Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs’ Expo

Friday, July 24th, 2009

GO NEGOSYO FORUM: What business is right for me? Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Grace Gupana, ABS Bitter Herbs
Donnia Jiao, XC Manufacturing and Trading Enterprise
Jennilyn Antonio, Ehje’s Peanut Butter
Paulo Tibig, VCargo

Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs Expo ‘09
August 1, 2009
SM Megatrade Hall 2,  5/F Mega B, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Dona Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.
Contacts: (02) 633-1697/799-0230/747-0529/701-1759 to 60
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The Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs Expo (PBEX) is a 5-day event promoting entrepreneurship business in the Philippines. Visitors can check out the latest business franchise opportunities, products and services in the market; renew, set up or benchmark existing contracts from different suppliers; find a business mentor; get free advice on issues ranging from taxation to human resource issues and network with other business owners. Recognized local speakers and business experts will also be invited to share their experience and best practices on how to run a successful business.


My Angelpreneurs

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Last Friday, a good friend, Joey Cuisia, celebrated his 65th birthday and announced his new chapter in life as he retires.

Joey Cuisia is an “intrapreneur”, or an entrepreneurial leader inside a corporate organization. His 16 years as the CEO of PHILAM has brought the company to great heights despite the troubles that the mother company faced overseas. Having served as the head of Central Bank at one point in his life and mentored by one of this country’s top entrepreneurs – Henry Sy, Joey has indeed accomplished a lot. If I placed it all in this column, it won’t fit.

Negosyo gets a boost

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Throughout Michael Jackson’s memorial, the whole world was tuned in. Many of us, whose teenage and courtship days were during the MJ era, were quite deeply moved.

My children, nephews and nieces turned into their own version of MJ. Fans are buying and downloading his music over the internet. Even my kids, who said that our music was ancient, were emotional over MJ’s death. In fact, they stayed up late for the memorial, while I just watched the replay.


Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Last Sunday, our “Dream Big Philippines” ad campaign came out in the major dailies. It quoted PGMA’s dream: “Believe that our dream of winning over poverty will happen – and the first step towards it is through an attitude change in all of us. As I end my term as President of the Republic of the Philippines in 2010, it is my wish to see the seeds of hope planted in all of you. Pursue your dreams and love your country. I am happy to say that it is happening”.

While she has not answered the questions that have been repeatedly asked (like what are her plans in 2010), this quote clearly states her intention of ending her term as President. The idea of her running as congresswoman of her own hometown sounds ridiculous. After taking on the highest position in the country for many years, why move down? It is just like a demotion in the private sector. No one would do that.

88 Years

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The news on Michael Jackson’s death saddened many of us, as we grew up listening to his music. For us who have approached our 50s and for those who are soon to approach it, his death also brings about the reality and one of our greatest fears in our life of mortality.

In one of my columns this year entitled “Gone So Soon”, I wrote about a good friend, Franco Delgado, who passed away so suddenly. He was a man full of zest for life. We even thought he had nine lives. My father-in-law, Jose Orosa, also passed away. In fact, in both wakes, we had a video prepared. The theme song used was “Gone Too Soon”.