Archive for May, 2010

A Nation to be Great

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

As our Independence Day is approaching this June, Noynoy would also soon be officially proclaimed as the new president.

It was in 1986 when the People Power Revolution brought Tita Cory to presidency, after more than 20 years of dictatorship. The people of the Philippines expected big changes to happen. While our level of confidence returned at unprecedented levels, it was not easy sailing for the Cory government.


Monday, May 24th, 2010

For the past four years, I have had the privilege of meeting a number of genuinely inspiring entrepreneurs. While every entrepreneur has as different success story to tell, each story has a different learning experience and a distinct inspirational side to it.

The stories of Nanay Socorro Ramos, Dr. Helena Benitez, and Mrs. Esther Vibal are inspirational and moving. At an accomplished, experienced and thriving age, they maintain the right attitude towards life and they ensure that the family they have continues their legacy. Their efforts are geared towards helping communities.

Go Negosyo Goes Butuan

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo finished its three runs of Negosyo Seminars (NegoSems) this week in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. After the Negosem in Valenzuela City (for NCR Area 2) and Cagayan de Oro (for Northern Mindanao), the NegoSem for CARAGA Region was held last May 21 under the leadership of DTI Regional Director Brielgo “Brix” Paragan .

A crowd of around 550 trooped to the Almont Inland Resort and stayed until the end of the seminar to listen, be inspired and learn about how to start and grow a business. Some even travelled for over three hours just to take part in Go Negosyo’s first ever event in the province. And as observed in past NegoSems, attendees were early and enthusiastic, wrote down notes, and participated during the open forum.

Angels in Action

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

In one of the Apple stores in California, I, with the help of my daughter’s charm, was lucky to be among those who were able to purchase one of the hottest gadgets today – the new Apple ipad. This unbelievable machine will change how computers will be used and how we communicate. With 3G capability, you can do almost anything with it.

I rented a movie and watched it on a flight using my ipad. ‘The Blind Side’ has been in theaters early this year. I guess I missed it. I normally catch up when I am on vacation mode with my kids here in the states. This movie inspired me.

Warm Welcomes in the City of Golden Friendship

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The Go Negosyo team was astounded by the response in Cagayan de Oro City as it carried out its 16th Negosyo Seminar with the Department of Trade & Industry. It was the NegoSem for Northern Mindanao (Region 10), well-represented by participants from the provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, and Lanao del Norte. With over 850 attendees, it was one of the biggest NegoSems Go Negosyo has ever organized.

Held last May 19 at the Grand Caprice Restaurant, the seminar was hosted by Go Negosyo’s Paul Gorgonio and Ina Flores. Opening remarks was delivered by DTI Region 10 Director Alice Euseña, followed by Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez who gave an overview about the foundation and the NegoSem framework.

Yes, we did it!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Finally, our country has taken a big leap forward in the May 10 election process, and we are now part of a modern world. The automated election worked, despite criticisms from various groups and organizations. Some were even planning a hunger strike to push for manual vote count instead. I guess it’s the fear of change or venturing in a system for the first time. But we all felt proud when we saw that the national election brought out the greatness in each Filipino, as we bravely and cautiously embraced the new automated system.  We are very happy to see the benefit, even right after the 7pm closing of the election precincts, when we started to see quickly the results adding up that fast.

It is also PGMA’s chance to prove that the automated election is the way to a clean and honest election, with the least human intervention unlike in manual counting and the physical transfer of election returns and ballot boxes. The quick credible results prevented doubts and anxieties on any perceived vote manipulation, leading to the earlier-than-usual conceding of losing candidates. This big positive change in the election process will be her legacy to the Filipino people.

My President, my advice

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Today, a new president and vice president will be elected. While surveys may have shown Noynoy’s lead increasing, the real test will be the actual votes to be cast today. It’s anybody’s game at this point.

Over the past months, the people’s attention has been in politics. After nine years, the Philippines will see a new president. Some are even desperate to see a new leadership. PGMA has been there for nine years now. It is quite a long time for some people who felt that she has not done well for the country. Those who feel that she has moved this country forward with her economic programs appreciated those nine years and would want to ensure the continuity of the good things she has done.


DTI Empowers MSMEs Through NegoSems

Friday, May 7th, 2010

When talks of organizing NegoSems (or Negosyo Seminars) with the Department of Trade & Industry started in mid-2009, we weren’t entirely sure about the response we would get from the community of micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs). For Go Negosyo, it was a natural next step in the journey; all part of the advocacy of changing the Filipinos’ mindset and promoting entrepreneurship as an alternative to employment.

But when the NegoSem for DTI OTOP MSMEs kicked off at Davao City in December 5, 2009, to say that it was well-received would be an understatement. The 5th floor of the Lioc Kui Fraternity Building, with a capacity of 500, was filled up as early as 9:00 AM despite it being a Saturday. Lines of people had spilled to the street. That early, the DTI Region 10 staff were forced to turn away some walk-in participants out of the inability of the venue to accommodate more.


Mar is my choice

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

On Monday, May 10, Filipinos will elect a new President, Vice President and other officials in government. With the computerized election being done for the first time, we hope it will really work and generate the results faster than the usual.

Go Negosyo advocates have their own choices of candidates, as the views of each vary as to who will run the country better. But, what is common among entrepreneurs is the choice of a leader who will find a solution to corruption and will create a negosyo climate that will help them grow and expand their business.

Negosem at Leyte

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Last April 30, the Go Negosyo wrapped up the month of April with its 13th NegoSem (or Negosyo Seminar) in the series of 20 for the Department of Trade and Industry One-Town-One-Product MSMEs. The NegoSem for Region VIII was held at the DPWH Multi-Purpose Hall in Palo, Leyte, and was attended by over 524 entrepreneurs, students and aspiring negosyantes from all over the region.

Go Negosyo’s Paul Gorgonio and Ina Flores hosted the seminar. DTI Region VIII Officer-In-Charge Desiderio P. Belas, Jr. in his opening remarks challenged the provincial delegations to maximize the opportunity offered to them by the fruitful partnership between Go Negosyo and DTI. Afterwards, Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon M. Lopez gave the participants an overview about the foundation and the NegoSem framework.