Archive for November, 2009

Be a Filipino Hero

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Pacman’s victory over Cotto definitely gave pride to a lot of Filipinos all over the world. It makes the world more aware of the competitiveness of Pinoys.

We have close to 1.5 million Overseas Filipino Workers in different countries. They work in cruise ships, commercial vessels, construction sites and in all sorts of jobs. Filipinos are also known to be the best nurses, teachers, and service providers. Pacquiao’s victory makes every Filipino proud. This is what every OFW needs, as they stand up to their coworkers and employers. We, Filipinos, deserve a sense of respect that we need, as we are oftentimes viewed as the poor man of Asia, hounded by so many cycles of suffering and misery.
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Millennium Youth Camp

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Searching for talented teenagers
Do you know a talented student aged 16 to 19 years old, keen on natural sciences, mathematics and technology? Would she or he be interested to participate in an international science camp arranged in Finland in June 2010? If the answer is yes, it is time to send an application to the Millennium Youth Camp.

Nokia is one of the corporate partners of the camp arranged by Technology Academy, the national LUMA centre, the Centre for School Clubs, and the Finnish Ministry of Education. “Nokia thinks it is important that Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST) are put into focus at schools and this high level camp is an excellent way for Finland to profile itself as a MST friendly nation”, says Ida Andersson from Nokia Corporate Relations & Responsibility.
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APEC Seminar-Workshop

Friday, November 20th, 2009

APEC Seminar-Workshop to Develop a Framework on Mentoring/Coaching Out-of-School Youth on entrepreneurship


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This paper is the output of the three-day seminar-workshop on developing a framework on mentoring/coaching out-of-school youth on entrepreneurship that was held in Manila last August 26-28, 2009. The objectives of the seminar-workshop hope to address the project initiative of transforming the out-of-school youth in the Asia-Pacific region into economically-productive and sustainable citizens. This seminar-workshop brings together entrepreneurship experts, out-of-school youth and mentors/coaches to exchange information on good micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) practices and programs for the out-of-school youth, including various mentoring/coaching approaches employed and resources available.
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PSI Success Leadership Seminars

Friday, November 20th, 2009

PSI Success Leadership Seminars

The first step in building your own business is “Self Mastery”.  Make that move to mastering your self with the PSI Success Leadership Seminars. 

PSI stands for Purposeful Stewardship Institute Inc.  PSI has been awakening leaders since 1986 by facilitating breakthroughs in peoples lives that lead to abundance.  Manifest that dream business by mastering the manifestor in you! 

Call PSI at 897 09 00 or 896 09 38 or visit www.psileadership.org.

Schedule of PSI Basic Seminars are:

Batch 234 — Jan 7-10
Batch 235 — Feb 11-14
Batch 236 — Mar 10-14
Batch 237 — Apr 22-25
Batch 238 — May 27-30
Batch 239 — Jul 1-4
Batch 240 — Aug 5-8
Batch 241 — Sep 9-12
Batch 242 — Oct 14-17
Batch 243 — Nov 18-21

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International Mobile Money Transfer Conference

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Philippines Takes Center Stage Hosting International Mobile Money Transfer Conference

The Philippines has the “most acclaimed and mature” mobile money programs in the world; thus, there could be no better place in the world to hold a conference of international mobile money technology (MMT) leaders. This was according to the organizers of the Asia Pacific Mobile Money Transfer Conference to be held in Manila this December.

The world’s pioneer in mobile phone banking, the Philippines has one of the most organized, sophisticated and successful mobile money systems in the world. With over PhP 13 Billion worth of mobile money transactions each month, the Philippines exhibits outstanding performance in terms of effective use of mobile phones, mobile money and mobile phone banking services.

Through the years, MMT has been revolutionizing the flow and management of money worldwide, giving new definitions to bills payment, management of payrolls, and person-to-person mobile money transfers. Experts forecast that by 2013, mobile money will be worth about $ 202 billion, of which 60% will be from the Asia-Pacific and Far East regions.

In the Philippines, mobile money technology has allowed the unbanked sector to have convenient and affordable access to banks’ financial services. Industry leaders estimate that about 364 million more people in the developing world without access to financial services will be using mobile money and mobile phone banking services by 2012. With the high cost of transportation and traditional money-sending, mobile money provides an excellent alternative to the Philippines’ money-sending (and receiving) population.

The Philippines, through telecommunication giant Smart Communications and its Smart Money platform, has been using mobile money for over ten years—one of the longest running in the world.  This was followed in 2004 by Globe Telecom’s GCASH platform.

From its inception, the country’s mobile money industry continues to enjoy extensive growth in the number of users and mobile money transactions, thanks in part to the rural banking industry. Initiated by the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) Microenterprise Access to Banking Services (MABS) Program supported by USAID/Philippines, the work on mobile phone banking services for rural banks and their customers began in the Philippines by utilizing the GCASH platform back in 2004. Through this technology, rural bank clients have been able to convert cash into mobile money and conduct transactions like deposits, withdrawals, remittances, bill payments, loan payments, and salary administration simply through SMS (short message service) or text messaging. Accredited rural banks are already serving over 100,000 mobile phone banking clients using GCASH and are currently pilot testing the use of Smart Money Services.

Based on the Philippines’ success as a pioneer and leader in the mobile money industry, the first ever MMT Conference and Expo for Asia and the Pacific will be held in Manila on December 8 and 9 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel. The MMT Asia Pacific Conference will gather some of the most important mobile money industry leaders from various countries, along with banks, mobile network operators, and regulators.  The MMT Asia-Pacific (MMT) Conference and Expo follows a tradition of MMT conferences, including the first MMT Summit held in Dubai in 2008, which hosted over 270 delegates from 44 countries around the world. MMT Africa was another such event, which gathered more than 250 project leaders, as well as the 2nd MMT Summit held in Dubai on October 26 and 27, 2009 which hosted more than 270 senior-level delegates.

The MMT Asia Pacific conference will feature presentations from leaders in mobile money, mobile technology and finance institutions, including Abhishek Sinha, CEO and co-founder of Indian financial service provider, EKO; Gregg Marshall, senior vice president of Singapore-based mobile wallet developer, Utiba; Bin Zhang, general manager of China Mobile and China UnionPay joint venture, Union Mobile Pay; Naushad Contractor, Marketing Mobile Commerce Head of Indian cellular operator, Vodafone Essay; and Reyhan, Head of Commerce at Indonesian cellular telecommunications company, Telkomsel. One of the key presenters would be Carol Realini, CEO of Obopay–world leader in global mobile payments and financial services based in the United States.

The conference will also host other leaders in the MMT industry, including the M-Pesa Head Pauline Vaughan, Citi Head of e-business Melissa Henson, Smart Communications President and CEO Napoleon Nazareno, Globe Telecom President Ernest Cu, President and CEO of Globe Telecom, Group Head, Financial Services, Smart Communications, Jojo Malolos, and G-Xchange Inc. President Rizza Maniego-Eala among others.

For more on the upcoming conference, visit http://www.mobile-money-transfer.com/apac or contact Sonum Puri (event organizer) at Sonum.Puri@clarionevents.com.

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Tagumpay!

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Early this year, we were fortunate to get one of world’s greatest fighters Manny Pacquiao as our endorser. A breakfast meeting was arranged at my home. He agreed to endorse our new product then, Vitwater and to help promote our advocacy in Go Negosyo.

Manny’s story, as many know today, is not only about fighting it out in the boxing ring, but about fighting poverty and taking control of one’s destiny in wanting a better life. Some people might call it suwerte, but suwerte does not happen without hard work, passion, and perseverance. He developed his boxing skill to the fullest, with mentors like Freddie Roach to guide him.
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Boom Tarat!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

The other day, my two-year-old daughter was singing Willie Revilame’s Boom Tarat song. I found it funny – how a two-year old kid would be able to learn Wowowee’s famous song. Apparently, she watches the show with her yayas and they teach her the song.

I seldom watch TV and when I do, I would focus on Bloomberg and CNBC, which my kids find boring. At times, I try to update myself by watching the talk shows and noontime shows. There were a couple of times when I was able to catch Wowowee. I found it really amazing how popular the show is, as well as its host, Willie Revillame, and how much people in the show like him.
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Go Negosyo Forum at the Grand International Celebrity & Charity Bazaar

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Go Negosyo Forum at the Grand International Celebrity & Charity Bazaar

November 21, 2009
2:00 PM
World Trade Center Halls B and C

Title: How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

Panelists:
Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo
Tina Vitas, Sarsarap Sauces
Cory Quirino, Beauty and Wellness expert
Ambie Bulos, Learning Curve
Jennilyn Antonio, Ehje’s Peanut Butter

The bazaar will benefit the scholars of Bantay Bata and Shepherd of the Hill Orphanage

For inquiries, please call
Ms. Ma. Concepcion Bersola or Ms. Kris de Guzman
931-0852
0919-622-2498

ParenTIN TV Grand International Celebrity & Charity Bazaar

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SME Strategic Marketing 101 Conference

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

SIMPLE AND PRACTICAL MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR YOUR NEGOSYO!

Who should attend this event?

Negosyantes and aspiring negosyantes
Business managers
College students who want to go into business and learn about entrepreneurial marketing

Learn about the basics of effective marketing from industry experts. Be there!

FEE: P1,500.00 (inclusive of seminar fee, hand-outs, lunch and snacks, and certificate)

STUDENT RATE: P1,200.00 (must present valid school ID upon registration)


PMA Hotlines
: 634-4890 . 634-5722 . 638-7700 : www.philippinemarketing.net.ph
PCE GoNegosyo: 637-9229 :
www.gonegosyo.net

PROGRAMME

7:30

Registration

8:00

Welcome
Message

Joey Concepcion

Founder,
Go Negosyo/CEO, RFM Corporation

 

Mylene
Abiva

President,
Philippine Marketing Association

President,
Felta Multimedia

8:15

PRE-LECTURE INTRODUCTION AND INTRODUCTION TO STRATEGIC MARKETING

Facilitator:
Marivic M. Ac-ac, ED.D.

Academe
Strategist and Lecturer

Vice
President for Education, PMA

AM
SNACK

 

9:00

 

SESSION 1: 21 STEPS ON HOW TO START A BUSINESS

Speaker:
Dean Pax Lapid

Dean,
Entrepreneurs School of Asia

10:00

SESSION 2: REVIEWING AND ANALYZING BUSINESS DATA

Speaker:
Louie San Juan

Entrepreneur
and Lecturer

Former
Fuji-Xerox Manager

11:00

SESSION 3: THE SWOT MATRIX

Speaker:
Karen de Asis, DBA

Academic
Brand Strategist

Marketing
Consultant

LUNCH:
12:00

 

1:00

Recap
of AM Session

Facilitator:
Marivic M. Ac-ac, ED.D.

1:30

SESSION 4: SETTING GOALS AND STRATEGIES

Speaker:
Red Espiritu

Lecturer
and Entrepreneur

Body
Needs & Basics, Inc. and its subsidiary Basic Distributors, Inc
.

2:30

SESSION 5: PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Speaker:
Alfredo Velez

Project
Strategist and Lecturer

3:30

SESSION 6: STATEMENT OF RISKS

Speaker:
Danny Cabulay

Project
Strategist

Serial
entrepreneur with exposure and experience in agri-business, pre-need,
garments, home furnishings, publicaitons, catering, food supplements, etc.

4:30

Case
Study/Workshop/Presentation: The Strategic Marketing Plan Document

Facilitator:
Marivic M. Ac-ac, ED.D.



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Eye of the Storm

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Last Friday, we decided to spend our long weekend in our place in Punta Fuego, Batangas. We have a place right at the tip of punta, which gives us a commanding view of the ocean and the ships that pass by. Batangas has always been our second home since childhood. Now, the place is a lot different, with so many developers putting up township communities.

Harish Heranan and his wife Sharmela invited some friends to their beautiful home that was also facing the China Sea. Harish was one of the first franchisers (and now with the most number) of Jollibee and Chowking Franchise. I was telling them that the storm may head for Subic, but it could also change its course and hit us. That scenario could be pretty scary, as we had no protection.
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