Archive for September, 2010


Thursday, September 30th, 2010


This is your opportunity to earn this coming Christmas Season! We are now inviting everyone to please come and participate on our Advanced Christmas Bazaar to be held at the World Trade Center on November.

Tagumpay ang Kabataan!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Last Monday was an overwhelming success. Young (and not so young) people flooded the World Trade Center to attend our Go Negosyo Youth Entrepreneurship Summit. Busloads of students from as far as Cebu and other provinces have travelled to participate. This was our second big event for the year, following the Women Summit last March. This was also the second run of our Youth Entrepreneurship Summit. And, we definitely see a third one coming.

Vice President Jejomar Binay was very gracious to make the Youth Summit a part of his morning. He even delivered a short message for the youth and presented the award to this year’s Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneurs. In my welcome message, I talked about VP Binay’s own Tagumpay story as a little boy who worked hard to support his studies. I also mentioned his victory in the elections, as it was an unexpected turn. Binay’s story encourages more people that it is always good to dream big. These are the types of stories that we share in Go negosyo. We hope that he continues to extend his support to the advocacy of Go Negosyo, as we believe and recognize his accomplishments in the City of Makati.


2010 Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs

Monday, September 27th, 2010

This year, we will be recognizing 13 inspiring young entrepreneurs. The Go Negosyo Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur award is our way of giving importance to the youth’s achievements as entrepreneurs and as inspiring role models. Our awardees are remarkable young people with their own entrepreneurial stories to tell.

Let me briefly introduce each as we award them today at the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit at the World Trade Center.

The first of our awardees are sisters Happy and Viva Andrada, Owners of F*Art. At their respective young ages of 25 and 30, they are already living their childhood dreams of owning a successful fashion boutique and making names in the fashion industry. Aside from offering funky and fashionable designs, F*Art also opens its doors to young and rising Filipino fashion designers. The sisters are strong supporters of homegrown Filipino talent.


Pagbabago Pilipinas!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Last Saturday, I was part of a forum in a two-day conference in Tagaytay called “7.0: Media Nation Building”. The Pagbabago@Pilipinas Foundation was behind the efforts in organizing the conference. I was even surprised to find out that there was an actual organization with that name.

Pagbabago@Pilipinas is a cultural-social movement for the radical transformation of the Philippine society. Different leaders in their respective industries and disciplines established this foundation. In fact, reputable actor Bart Guingona is the foundation’s current president. Even Dr. Chito Salazar, who leads the PHINMA Education Network, is part of the foundation.


Monday, September 20th, 2010

In line with the Hapinoy+ Program, MicroVentures has launched the Hapinoy-Fisherman Breakthrough Innovation Grant. This business concept competition is open to all who aspire to alleviate poverty through new and viable business ideas and innovations that can be offered through the Hapinoy Sari-Sari Store Network. Proposals must be innovative, resourceful, scalable, and fit to the particular needs of the Philippines.

PJMA’s “JUAN AVENUE, Winning the Corporate Race”

Friday, September 17th, 2010

In lieu of this year’s theme, “Excellence through the Filipino factor”, The Philippine Junior Marketing Association (PJMA), will hold its sequel of the professional forum entitled “JUAN Avenue: Winning the Corporate Race”. Set on the 18th of September 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at San Juan de Letran-Manila, 5 CEO’s/ Top Managers of today’s renowned companies will share their insights and experiences as they discuss on how they create World- class Trademark, the FILIPINO way.

Big Brothers

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Many corporations have started to adopt programs and campaigns that support the development of micro SMEs. I have asked our Executive Director Mon Lopez to share with our readers the recent efforts of different corporations and organizations. Here is his account:

The Negosyo fever is up. We see almost every week, negosyo trade fairs and events that present opportunities and seminars to aspiring Filipino negosyantes. Only last July, we had the big Philippine Franchise Expo led by the Philippine Franchise Association with Sammie Lim, Robert Trota and Bing Limjoco at the helm. This was followed by the National Retailers Convention and many other expos on food and drinks, and business equipment.


Three P’s to Negosyo Success

Monday, September 13th, 2010

What makes successful entrepreneurs? It is all about passion, persistence and perseverance. These are my three P’s to negosyo success.

Choosing to be a negosyante is not an easy path. This is why one has to have the right character, especially in certain situations that can drive people to give up.

These are three stories of entrepreneurs who possess the three P’s. We share their stories because we believe that anyone, with passion persistence and perseverance, can be just like them.


Mentoring and being mentored

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Last week I read something in the internet about a wealthy Chinese entrepreneur from mainland China who decided to donate all his fortune to charity when he dies. Mr. Yu Pengnian did not even leave some of his wealth for the inheritance of his children. He said that if his children are competent, then they don’t need money; and if they are not, then leaving them a lot of money is doing them harm. His intentions are good and noble, but this might be an extreme case in my opinion.

For me, it is more important to really be involved in an advocacy than to give out money. It is very easy to give a donation. Some people follow what the bible says about living the Christian life through charity and donations. In my opinion it is about how we treat the people around us and how we become part of their lives.


Tagumpay ang Kabataan!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

The hostage tragedy that happened last week shocked all of us. It was a very sad day not only for the affected Hong Kong tourists, their families, friends and countrymen, but even for all of us Filipinos. It was an unfortunate incident that could have happened anywhere, and to anyone. We sympathize with the affected families.

I am sure that the proper procedures in handling situations like this will be addressed and corrected. We do have to move on. Hopefully, relationships between two countries will heal sooner as all Filipinos also condemned what happened. Filipinos are hospitable people and love to treat our guests in our own homes. Wherever we are, even in a foreign land, we are known for our hospitality.