Archive for April, 2010

Obama unites world enablers

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

This week, I arrived in Washington DC to attend President Obama’s Presidential Entrepreneurship Summit. I arrived with my family, since it is also our summer vacation here in the States. We try to make the vacation an annual thing for bonding moments. The summit just fit right into our itinerary. My kids were more excited about me getting to see Obama and Clinton.

Bai Sandra Basar, from Cotobato City, was the other participant who represented the Philippines. She is a mother who sends her only child to La Salle Taft. She is also an entrepreneur and an energetic woman who is not shy to approach people in the summit. I guess this is why USAID chose her to join the summit. Bai Sandra is quite active in Cotobato – a place which we all know has issues. She has been active in the business community. And, yes, Bai Sandra is a Filipina Muslim. I told her that I think I was the only Christian participant in the summit but it didn’t bother me. The two-day experience made me reinforce my realization that Muslims do have the same vision as Christians. We all have the same goal of helping the poor through entrepreneurship. There were about 250 people from 50 countries.


Villar, Aquino lend a hand

Monday, April 26th, 2010

As we know, both Manny Villar and Noynoy Aquino are in a close fight to be the country’s future president. While we do have a lot of entrepreneurs in the country, many of them are at the micro level who need capacity support (e.g., technical, marketing and financial support). The challenge is for the next President to continue what has been started by this government and Go Negosyo to help microentreps move up to become small and eventually medium and large-sized operation.

This support must include training, active mentorship, and networking. It can be done through organizations by using their existing businesses to act as a big brother or through micro-lending organizations that will not only lend money but provide training and mentorship.


A Winner’s Attitude

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

As we approach May 10, all eyes are set on who will be the next president of our country. A number of Filipinos still believe that each Filipino’s destiny fully relies on the next president.

If the new leadership can continue or better the macro environment, there will be a conducive setting for business in the Philippines. But, the rest is up to us to create our own destiny. Let us stop blaming government for all our misery, unless we fall back to a dictatorship. For as long as we are in a democratic rule where free enterprise is respected, everybody has a good chance to succeed. Many who are below the poverty line will blame the government or other groups for where they are today. This is what Go Negosyo wants to change.

Vote your Color

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

As we get closer to election, family members seem to have divided views on their choice for president. In our case, my father (coming from his NAMFREL days) says that he is neutral. But, I know his heart is for yellow, having served under Former President Cory as DTI Secretary. Some would be for Gibo or Villar. My two brothers are for Nonoy because of their own reasons.

On the other hand, I am for the person who would bring about an exciting negosyo climate -someone who would understand that the solution to poverty is by helping more people believe that their destiny is not determined with what the government will do but what attitude they have to overcome poverty.

Touch by an Angel

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The Holy Week allowed us to reflect on our lives and our relationship with God. We somehow got to work on our spiritual side, which admittedly is always a rewarding experience. We got spiritual nourishment through the various recollections, homilies and sharing we had with our relatives, friends and spiritual leaders. In a way, they always serve as our mentors in our spiritual journey.

For the past five years of the Go Negosyo advocacy, the importance of mentorship has grown. We have the overwhelming support of more than 600 entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship mentors. They are what we refer to as Angelprenuers.


Time to make a bet

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

We have 45 days to make our bet for the elections. I don’t mean betting money on who will be the next president. I mean betting on a successful election. There has been so much talk about the failure of election from the same people who have been so negative about this country.

We have our own choices, whether orange, yellow, or green or others. Whoever wins, Philippines Inc. will be winning big, PROVIDED that the next President will be someone who will unite this nation, who will not be vindictive, who will continue to focus on developing the economy and providing entrepreneurs that right climate to grow their business. Whoever comes out victorious, he must think of how the Philippines have struggled through so many crises and yet continues to progress. Despite the challenges in the world economy, we still see progress in our country.


Thursday, April 1st, 2010

We Invite all businessmen, aspiring entrepreneurs, and interested individuals to learn and be inspired as you listen to Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs cover the following topics: (more…)

Growing Child in Faith

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

This Holy Week gives us time to reflect on our spiritual life. Normally, we are reminded by our parents or wife to go to confession during the Lenten Season and do the Stations of the Cross. My wife ensures that all of us in the family do go to confession and complete the Stations of the Cross, something my mother made sure we did when we were growing up. I would tend to argue that anyway I would commit the same sin or that I can confess to God directly.

The challenge of many entrepreneurs is that sometimes, we would place our spiritual priorities last as we get into more work. Sometimes, we tend to forget the real Source of whatever success or blessings we receive. This is when we need our co-pilots in life, our spouses, to keep the balance and give us reminders.