Archive for October, 2009

Korina and Mar

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Last Tuesday, I was in Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the judging of the Citi Microentrepreneur of the Year (MOTY) Award 2009. From there, I had to rush and pick up my wife to attend the most awaited wedding of the year – the Mar and Korina nuptial.

We were late, as I wanted to finish the judging process in BSP and there was the horrendous traffic caused by cars parked in the road as you approached the church. We arrived an hour late. Some friends, who were already in the church as early as 2pm, told me that the place was packed. My wife and I decided to walk through the crowd, with our formal clothes. We walked down the red carpet. The funny part was when we noticed that we were walking the wrong way, headed for Mar and his mother Tita Judy Roxas with the whole entourage. That was quite embarrassing, but I was lucky enough to be able to congratulate Mar. I thought we would be the only ones late, but Pedro and Gina Roxas came in a minute later. They also had trouble getting in. We did manage to enter the church and there were still seats at the back. A lot of familiar faces were at the back, many of them negosyantes (who are obviously late like us). The church was full. It was a simple but beautiful wedding.
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Go Negosyo sa Bataan

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Go Negosyo sa Bataan Go Negosyo Goes to Bataan

November 6, 2009

9AM to 6PM

Bataan People’s Center

7AM Bataan Negosyo March
(Assembly Area: Balanga City Plaza)
9AM-6PM Seminars/Forums
6PM-Onwards Go Negosyo Music Fest

Hosted by Cito Beltran, Susan Enriquez
RJ Ledesma, Chal Lontoc-Del Rosario and Bobby Yan

Join us for an educational and empowering event in the historic province of Bataan. With the Bataan Negosyo Champions and other Bataan entrepreneurs in the frontlines, aspiring negosyantes will be armed with valuable knowledge and information from the seminars and exhibits during the caravan. Be smart. Be enterprising. Be there!

Event Secretariat: 0920-6337063 / 0922-8568235 / 047-2373005
PCE GoNegosyo 6379229 / 6379347

Download the updated programme
here.




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Asenso sa Negosyo 2009

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

“ASENSO SA NEGOSYO 2009”

1st SME & Direct Selling Expo

November 6-8, 2009, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Worldtrade Center

Asenso sa Negosyo is a three-day event for aspiring entrepreneurs, franchisers, and direct-selling companies. For more information, please call Ms. Susie Truyal at 09228178969 or at (02) 395-5137.

Plus, attend a talk by a Go Negosyo mentor to be held on Friday, 1:30-2:00 pm.

Admission
 * For online registered visitors, ADMISSION IS FREE. Click here to register.
 * Admission to the event is limited to 18 years old and above.
 * A minimal fee of P50.00 will be charged for entrance to the exhibit hall.
 * Students and Senior Citizens will be charged P25.00.
 * Scheduled seminars will be subject to a first-come-first-serve basis.

DAY 1 NOVEMBER 6 (FRIDAY)

11:00 am – 11:30 pm Ribbon- cutting Ceremonies
Official Opening of  “ASENSO SA NEGOSYO “
1st SME & Direct Selling Expo

11:30 pm-12:00 pm Opening Remarks by: Mr. Jun Caballero
Chairman & CEO of TRADECON, INC.

12:00 pm- 12:30 pm Talk on Bayan Ni Juan Projects by
ABS-CBN FOUNDATION
Awarding of Certificate to Bayanijuan (Beneficiary)
 
12:30 pm- 1:00 pm LUNCH

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Talk by:  Ms. Daisy Reyes
DAISY REYES SALON

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm GO NEGOSYO

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Product Presentation & Business Presentation
TOPIC: Lactovitalle by: Mr. Angel Gonzales
PHOENIX OMEGA

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm In Reaching Others by Saving Life!
By: VEEPO

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Talk by:  RAFFLES & COMPANY

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Speaker by: VMOBILE

4:00  pm – 5:00 pm    MR. ALVIN T. TABAÑAG, RFP
Personal Money Management Coach
Pinoy Smart Savers Learning Center
"Helping ordinary Filipinos achieve financial freedom!"
   
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Company Presentation by:  CA CAISIP (FIS)

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm RAFFLE!  RAFFLE!

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Closing

 

DAY 2 NOVEMBER 7 (SATURDAY)

11:30 pm – 12:00 pm Talk by: PHILIPPINE AXA LIFE
   
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Talk by:  YSABELLA QUINTISSENTIAL
   
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Talk by: LIVING WATER

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Company Presentation by: LOGITECH

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Fashion Accessories by Analiza Villar
Technology Resource Center

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Product Presentation & Business Presentation
TOPIC: Lactovitalle by: Mr. Angel Gonzales
PHOENIX OMEGA

2:30 pm – 3:00GLOBAL WARMING/Climate Change
ERONUX
By:  Engr. Rolly Atienza

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm In Reaching Others by Saving Life!
By: VEEPO

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Business Presentation by: Mr. Victor Sto. Domingo
MJT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Talk by: Mr. Jonathan Lapuz
EVUS, INC

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm BALLOON MAKING by Gemma Cordero
Technology Resource Center

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm  Company Presentation by: CEM FOODS

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm  Speaker by: VMOBILE

6:30 pm – 6:50 pm RAFFLE!  RAFFLE!

6:50 pm – 7:00 pm Closing

 

DAY 3 NOVEMBER 8 (SUNDAY)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm MASS   

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Talk by: PHILIPPINE AXA LIFE

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Business Presentation by: Mr. Victor Sto. Domingo
MJT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

2:00 pm – 2: 30 pm In Reaching Others by Saving Life!
By: VEEPO

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Product Presentation & Business Presentation
TOPIC: Lactovitalle by: Mr. Angel Gonzales
(PHOENIX OMEGA)

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Green World Woo Tekh Philippines

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Company Presentation by CEM FOODS

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Speaker by: VMOBILE

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Company Presentation by  MC BOTE (FIS)
 
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Company Presentation by CA CAISIP (FIS)

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm  RAFFLE!  RAFFLE!

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Closing

For more information, visit http://www.asensonegosyo.com/

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Philippines 2010

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

As we now enter the final quarter of the year (which is supposed to be the best quarter for most consumer companies), we are now faced with challenging situations. The aftermath of Ondoy and Pepeng will definitely affect consumer spending, as people have lost their homes and personal wealth. Many small and medium-sized businesses have also been affected, especially those in agri-negosyo. But, Filipinos are known to be resilient in times like these. Again, this is a test of character for those who give up and those who are determined to succeed.

Atty. Felipe Gozon, a Trustee of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, has supported us in Go Negosyo after realizing that he should have been an entrepreneur much earlier. We also brought two of Go Negosyo’s very inspiring entrepreneurs, Merle Alferez and Jennilyn Antonio. Merle struggled with poverty since childhood. She even had to endure the constant beating from his father. This is what pushed her to fight for her dreams in defeating poverty. She never gave up her dream in finishing her studies, even if it means selling at the market and driving a tricycle at a young age to earn money. Today, she owns the very successful MSA Academic Advancement Institute, a review center that has earned a reputation for the standard and quality that they produce. Jennilyn, on the other hand, also has her share of struggles in life. She came to a point when she couldn’t feed her children three times a day. With an initial 500-peso worth of peanuts, she was able to establish her own negosyo. Now, she has her own Ehje’s Peanut Butter, which is sold in all SM Supermarkets nationwide. Her peanut butter is also used in leading bakeshops in the country like Julie’s Bakeshop and French Baker.
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Prisoners Can Be Entrepreneurs

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

About a month ago, Rod Cornejo, who handles GMA7’s public relations and who is also a part time professor in Miriam College for Entrepreneurship, mentioned that he visited the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. He discovered that they have a school that teaches Entrepreneurship to more than 200 inmates. Rod asked if I would be interested to give a talk and inspire the inmates. We did better than to give a talk. We brought the man who turned around Channel 7 and made it into one of the most profitable companies, edging other networks as the number one channel.Atty. Felipe Gozon, a Trustee of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, has supported us in Go Negosyo after realizing that he should have been an entrepreneur much earlier. We also brought two of Go Negosyo’s very inspiring entrepreneurs, Merle Alferez and Jennilyn Antonio. Merle struggled with poverty since childhood. She even had to endure the constant beating from his father. This is what pushed her to fight for her dreams in defeating poverty. She never gave up her dream in finishing her studies, even if it means selling at the market and driving a tricycle at a young age to earn money. Today, she owns the very successful MSA Academic Advancement Institute, a review center that has earned a reputation for the standard and quality that they produce. Jennilyn, on the other hand, also has her share of struggles in life. She came to a point when she couldn’t feed her children three times a day. With an initial 500-peso worth of peanuts, she was able to establish her own negosyo. Now, she has her own Ehje’s Peanut Butter, which is sold in all SM Supermarkets nationwide. Her peanut butter is also used in leading bakeshops in the country like Julie’s Bakeshop and French Baker.

Going to Bilibid is truly an experience to remember. Before we went there last week, the last time I was there was back in the college days where we had a basketball game against the inmates. That was a long time ago. Being there once again was a different experience. We had our forum at the Medium Security Prison, where inmates have a 20-year and below sentence. The Bureau of Corrections Director Oscar Calderon was a former general. His vision of prison was not a place for punishment, but a place for rehabilitation. Atty. Gozon and I recognized this in our talks. This is the right approach. I used the words such as retreat, soul searching, and rehabilitation.
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The Good Samaritans

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

We all remember the Parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible. It was also referred to as the story of The Good Neighbor. A man, who was robbed, was left half-dead on the side of the road. The priest and the Levite who passed him by did not even help him. The Samaritan, in spite of being detested during those times, was the one who unconditionally extended a helping hand. The parable’s intention is to remind us and exemplify the value of selfless kindness.

Last week was indeed a very heartwarming week. Out of the stormy and tragic September 26 came out several stories of heroic rescues and relief efforts from all sectors in our society wanting to extend help in any way they can. Those were times private individuals or groups voluntarily helped out, as government agencies do their duties as well.
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The True Spirit of Bayanihan

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Before typhoon Ondoy hit us last Friday, I had been monitoring the direction of the storm as we laid out plans to go to the beach with the family on the weekend. For those who want accurate monitoring, go to typhoon2000.com, windguru.com, or windfinder.com. These sites will aid you in monitoring weather disturbances and the strength of wind and waves. I cancelled my trip after seeing that the storm was going to hit Central Luzon. The waves were as high as 3.8 meters, with winds raging at 20 knots or 38 km/h.

That Saturday, my daughter kissed us goodbye and headed for Alabang. She had a football game. Since it was too early, I did not notice the strength of the rain. When I got up, I was worried to see our garden (which had an excellent drainage) so flooded, it combined with our pool. Our garden looked like one big swimming pool. Immediately, I had my daughter stay in a relative’s house, as the SLEX was clogged. I was told later on that people stayed in their cars for close to eight hours.
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