Archive for September, 2009

Bet on the Philippines

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Within a month, the political landscape entirely changed. We witnessed Sen. Mar Roxas do the unexpected, which was to give way to Sen. Noynoy. We also saw Noynoy accept the challenge to run as president for the Liberal Party. And, just the other day, Mar Roxas decided to run as VP of Noynoy. All these would have not happened if Tita Cory did not pass away. But, these are uncontrollable events. They are part of our destinies.

Sen. Manny Villar and the rest have all, for now at least, dropped in ranking. If the numbers are correct, the Noynoy brand is now very strong. With the Lacson-Erap feud, this will definitely affect Erap’s rating as the accusations of Sen. Ping Lacson are pretty damaging. Looking back, we had Vice Pres. Noli De Castro leading the survey for many months even close to a year. Then, we saw Villar take over that lead. In some other surveys, even Erap was in the lead, but all that has changed.

Go SIPAG, Go Negosyo Awards 2009

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Sipag AwardsThe Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo, in partnership with the National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC) will be holding the GO SIPAG AWARDS, GO NEGOSYO!, a national entrepreneurship convention for NLDC partner institutions and clients. With the theme “Strengthening the Filipino Entrepreneurial Spirit: Taking Entrepreneurship to the Next Level”, this event will be held at the Diosdado Macapagal Hall, 10F Land Bank Plaza, M.H. del Pilar cor. Quintos Sts., Malate, Manila on September 24, 2009 (Thursday) from 1:00pm to 8:30PM.

During this convention, important microfinance and entrepreneurship issues will be discussed through forums, which will be participated in by successful Go Negosyo entrepreneurs, mentors and enablers.  Said event will culminate with the recognition of outstanding microentrepreneurs and program partners of NLDC.

*By invitation only




Sunday, September 20th, 2009


A crowd of 15,000 youth groups from all over the country recently flooded the SMX Complex at the SM Mall of Asia for the biggest youth entrepreneurship gathering of the year – the GO NEGOSYO Sigaw ng Kabataan Youth Entrepreneurship Summit.

With the banner statement “Be smart. Be enterprising”, the GO NEGOSYO Sigaw ng Kabataan Youth Entrepreneurship Summit was presented by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo, in partnership with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.

Lead by its founder Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo believes in starting them young. This non-government and non-profit organization is dedicated to promote a positive outlook on diving into entrepreneurship and in fueling passion and creativity in every aspiring entrepreneur. 

Slated last Sept. 11, 2009, youth groups from different high schools, colleges, universities and organizations gathered and maximized the one-day event that featured different exciting and inspiring topics in the programs and forums held, with topics ranging from the negosyo basics to tips and advices on youth concerns and interests.

Athlete, celebrity, entrepreneur and Go Negosyo Youth Icon Chris Tiu, who joined the summit, is also a forerunner in pushing for the entrepreneurial mindset among the Filipino Youth. He always viewed that entrepreneurship and basketball have a lot in common, such as the passion for excellence and passion to succeed.

Special guests in the morning sessions include Senators Manny Villar and Chiz Escudero, DTI Secretary Peter Favilla, Gov. LRay Villafuerte, Go Negosyo Trustee Myla Villanueva, among many others.

Senator Kiko Pangilinan and DA Secretary Arthur Yap; celebrity entrepreneurs Dr. Vicki Belo with children Quark and Crystalle Henares and Gladys Reyes, with DJs Nicolehiyala and Chris Tsuper also joined the afternoon program.

Go Negosyo pool of powerhouse speakers and mentor-entrepreneurs will also be comprised of Francis Kong, Butch Jimenez, Henry Tenedero, Dean Pax Lapid, Joy Abaquin, Chris Tan, Mylene Abiva, Jay Aldeguer, Carlo Ople, Randell Tiongson, Tess Dimaculangan and Pax Colayco.

In recognition of the entrepreneurial spirit of the youth, Go Negosyo also awarded Most Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs. They are Raymund Punzalan (Co-founder, Team Manila); Emerson Atanacio (President, National College of Science and Technology); Benedict Carandang (Founder, Tuldok Animations); Nicole Whisenhunt (Owner, Nicole Whisenhunt Accessories); Anna Amigo-Antonio (Founder and Managing Director, Chocolate Clothing Co.); Melody Ayupan (Owner, Natural Metaphors Body Products); Angelique dela Cruz (Owner, The Sweet Life Cupcakes and Pastries); Veejay Floresca (Owner, Veejay Floresca Designs); Andre Vocalan (Owner, Balaw-balaw Food Corp.); and Alvin Tan (President and CEO, Technominds). These young negosyantes were not only recognized for their level of success, but also for their inspirational journey and positive influence to the youth.

Aside from the Most Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs, Go Negosyo also recognized institutions and organizations that strongly push for entrepreneurship education for the youth. The Go Negosyo Youth Entrepreneurship Enablers are: Multiple Intelligence International School; CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies; San Beda College; Department of Management; Bitagurean 4-H Club; Miriam College – College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy; DZMM Radyo Negosyo; John Gokongwei School of Management, Bureau of Women and Young Workers; DepEd: Center for Students and Co-Curricular Affairs; Asian Center for Entrepreneurship; and Entrepreneurs School of Asia.

There were over 200 booths and exhibitors showcasing different products and services relating to the needs and wants of young consumers. The summit primarily aimed to empower the Filipino youth with an enterprising attitude through the Go Negosyo entrepreneurship movement.

Aside from the educational and informative program and sessions, the whole day was also packed with entertainment numbers from dance groups, pep squads, bands and performers. A Go Negosyo “Kabataan Musicfest” also keyed up the youth after the daytime program, with rock bands like Hale, Pedicab, Kjwan, Hilera and Chicosi.

The event is made possible with event sponsors: Smart Communications, PLDT SME Nation, Nokia, RFM Corporation, PAGCOR, Citi Philippines and Citi Foundation, Insular Life,  Alo Youth, Vitwater, Rexona, Creme Silk, National Bookstore, Philippine Star, Profoods, Splash, Department of Trade and Industry, Philweb, BPI, SMC, Landbank, Globe, Department of Agriculture and Cebuana Lhuillier.

Go Negosyo also thanks its official music channel MTV Philippines, event partner SMX Convention Center, and media partners: QTV 11, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, GMA 7, LS-FM Ayos!, DZBB, Solar Entertainment, NBN 4, Business World, Multiply, 88DB, Pinoy Parazzi and Meg Magazine.


20,000 now believe

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Last Friday, I got an early call from a Go Negosyo staff reporting that the SMX Complex was jam-packed for our Youth Summit. I was advised to come early to make it through the crowd.

It has been four years now since we launched Go Negosyo in Victory Center at The Fort and Market Market Trade Hall. It was a time when a coup was being attempted. Our security had to close the doors because the venue might not take the volume of people from all over the Philippines.

This time, during the Youth Summit, we did not close doors. We opened the other halls to accommodate the thousands of young and aspiring negosyantes who definitely want to be smart and be enterprising.

Be smart. Be enterprising.

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Tomorrow we will be having the first and biggest Youth Entrepreneurship Summit in SMX Complex at 9am. This summit is supported by the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.

In fact, DepEd Sec. Jesli Lapuz, who will celebrate his 60th birthday on Saturday, is putting this event on the top of his birthday activities. Sec. Lapuz is a firm believer of getting students started while still young. As for me, students can immediately start their business as they graduate, especially if they have a clear business idea and a source of funding. Although, there is nothing wrong with first getting a job in an industry of interest to get experience.

Next President must be Pro Economy

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Few of my friends keep on kidding me that I have been quite brave in writing two of my past columns. Those columns cited how I felt about the past eight years of the Philippine economy. Normally, people do not send me feedback but these columns continue to get more positive responses.

Let me share a simple statement from Tintin Bersola-Babao, a celebrity entrepreneur. “In the end, it’s the effort placed by taking control of our destinies. I see progress in the economy, when it comes to the lives of specific persons who work hard so that others will also be employed. Businessmen save the economy, with or without PGMA.”. What Tintin says is quite true. We cannot wait for the government to do their job. Our destinies should not rely on what they do, whether it’s a good or bad government. The private sector is clearly the main driver of growth. Not to say we don’t need a government that is pro negosyo; we definitely need one, and it makes it easier for negosyantes to succeed.