Archive for December, 2009

2010: A year of great promise

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Last week’s column entitled “My Christmas wish” received a lot of feedback from people who were able to relate to its message. Miguel Belmonte of PhilStar sent me a text message, saying it was good for me to point out the importance of greeting “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays” since we are a Christ-centered country and the reason for our celebration is because of His birth.

Aside from the parties, it was also good to spend Christmas as a quiet time to reflect. In a joyful moment, one can be emotional. Maybe this is why last week’s column said it all.

Blind men’s vision

Monday, December 28th, 2009

If you are blessed to see, walk, hear and talk, think about how your life would be if you lose one of these abilities. Most people who are even perfectly healthy with complete senses and abilities have so much fear and pessimism. Over the years, Go Negosyo has come across many people who have been a source of inspiration. And, we have come across the stories of two gentlemen who have lost the ability of sight. They are truly an inspiration to me and many other people.

Despite not being able to see, they did not succumb to depression and pity for themselves. They wanted to prove to society that they are worth what God has created them to be. Despite the odds, they worked at doing the best with their skill and succeeded.

The story of Tony and Marx – two blind men who fought poverty and continued to be a source of inspiration to many others…

My Christmas wish

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Tonight the traditional Noche Buena is served, as Filipinos also celebrate the tradition of going to midnight masses and having the family come over to spend the first hour of Christmas together. Some would open their gifts and others would wait until the next day. For our family, we wait until the early morning to open gifts, especially the ones from Santa Claus. Yes, my kids still believe in Santa Claus (or they claim to believe so they would receive more gifts).

There are also incomplete families this Holiday Season, as many OFWs work abroad to seek a better future for their families. They surely miss their families back home. I know that this is not the best situation, but sometimes, sacrifices are needed to ensure a better future for the family. It is good that cell phone rates and broadband rates have gone down, so families can bond with each other through the internet via voice and video thru Skype. But still, nothing can replace being together with your love ones.

Be an angel this Christmas

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Time seems to be moving so fast. Christmas is here again, with the usual traffic. This is a good sign for us in the food and beverage business as people are going out to shop. The increased consumer spending benefits many entrepreneurs. Profit is really made towards the last quarter of the year.

Last Tuesday, I received recognition from the Bulong-Pulungan. This media forum has been in existence since 1986. I was cited together with other Exemplar Awardees, such as Sec. Jesli Lapus, Sec. Arthur Yap, Sec. Cerge Remonde, Sec. Ace Durano, Efren Peñaflorida, Rep. Cynthia Villar, Ricky Reyes, NAIA General Manager Al Cusi, Immigration Commissioner Nonoy Libanan, Edu Manzano, Lilia de Lima, Mayor Fred Lim, First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, Metrobank Foundation, and PGMA. I was cited for our “entrepreneurship advocacy for everyone”. Yes, this is the objective of our advocacy. But, Go Negosyo would not be where we are today if not for the more than 500 entrepreneurs who have joined this cause to become ‘angels’ to others.

The OFWs’ triumph over poverty

Monday, December 14th, 2009

I have been writing for the Philippine Star Business Section for more than three years now, with my column entitled Ask Go Negosyo that comes out every Thursday. For someone like me who was just an average student in English subjects back in La Salle and who have never been fond of writing essays, I would say that it is a feat to accomplish more than 150 columns.

Sometimes, I would wonder what would be my next story for the week. But, ever since I started the Go Negosyo advocacy, I get inspiration from the many entrepreneurs who have succeeded and the Filipino cynicism that prevails in our society motivates me. The Doubting Thomases out there who feel that we are the basket case of Asia drives me to write positive news about our country and our economy.

The bold step of PGMA

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Months ago, rumors were going around about PGMA running for congress. When I heard about it, I mentioned to her closest advisers that it’s not a good idea. People will find it unbecoming of a president to seek a lower post, especially after serving the highest position in the country for nine years.

Looking back at PGMA’s career, she began as a teacher at Assumption College, an Assistant Professor at Ateneo de Manila University and as Senior Lecturer at the UP School of Economics. She entered the government in 1987, serving as Assistant Secretary and Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). PGMA then ran for senator, earning a three-year term during the general election. She was re-elected in 1995, topping the senatorial elections with nearly 16 million votes. PGMA also began her term as Vice President in 1998, being the first female Vice President of the Philippines. We all remember when she assumed presidency after People Power Two. She then won against Fernando Poe Jr. in 2004, by a margin of over a million votes.

Inspiring Davaeno Negosyantes

Monday, December 7th, 2009

At the age of eight, Myrna Padilla would dive for a minute or two at the depths of 10 to 15 feet, gathering shellfish and seaweed beneath corals. Whatever sum she earned in selling what she collected, she shares with her mother and saves a little for paper and pencil for school. Hard work and sacrifice are words that are not new to Myrna, who was born to a fisherman father and a housewife mother and was the eldest of the six children. She also worked as a domestic helper overseas for 15 years, until she had to undergo a throat and thyroid surgery. Myrna decided to come back home to the Philippines to have her surgery. She also settled to stay home for good. Then, Myrna started her own business. Today, she is recognized as the Founder and President of Mynd Consulting and Management Services, a major player in the BPO industry in Mindanao.

Myrna is one of the nine small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) who will be recognized at the GO NEGOSYO SA DAVAO CARAVAN on Dec. 4, 2009 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Convention Hall, Quirino Ave., Davao City.


Go Negosyo fetes Bataeno Entreps

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Celso Valdecañas spent his early childhood shining shoes for older men and selling ice drop and newspaper in a small barrio in Bataan. His mother died when he was just three years old. Left with his father who cannot figure out how to feed four children, Celso knew he had to fend for himself at an early age.

Today, after decades of hard work and strength of will to survive, Celso happily enjoys his well-earned success with his family. He now serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the five businesses that he owns: VL Construction; VL Realty & Brokerage Company; Joyous Group Developers, Inc.; Eternal Shrine Memorial Park; and Santuario Garden & Chapels.



Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

About a week ago, my uncle Raul Concepcion and his wife Menchu celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary together with friends and family in their place in Antipolo. I remember that my parents also celebrated their 50th last June 15, 2007.

My father, Joecon, and Uncle Raul are twins, with basically the same good and bad habits. Both are workaholics. Both are very involved in socio-civic work through their advocacies: Raul for consumer price watch; and my father, who is the founder of NAMFREL, serves as a barangay captain. Both turn 78 on Dec. 29. Being twins, both also have the same mannerisms. They also have frequent quarrels with their respective wives. They love to collect documents and papers, and do an inventory of almost everything. Their funniest similarity is that they sometimes walk around at home in their underwear. Thank God I didn’t inherit that.