Archive for October, 2010


Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Last Saturday, I was emotionally affected after reading the paper. There was a photo of a father holding the hand of his 12-year-old daughter. She was stabbed to death by an ex-con who was convicted of rape and robbery. He stepped out of prison three years ago because he won presidential clemency. Other than the 12-year-old girl, he also killed a teacher and a grandfather who tried to shield his granddaughter.

Two weeks ago, the mother of a friend, Arsenic Laurel, passed away while dancing during her Velada. A couple of months back, the wife of one of the architects I work with passed away with their unborn baby daughter. Talking to him the other day made me realize that life is short and that sometimes we take our blessings for granted. (more…)

Passion to fight poverty

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Poverty surrounds our country. A greater number of our population falls below the poverty line. The solution to this seemingly never ending problem does not lie with our leaders alone.

The advocacy I pursue through Go Negosyo is about helping inspire people to fight poverty. The stories of every entrepreneur who are able to succeed are the ones that bring inspiration.


Mr. Mang Inasal

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Who is Injap? By now, the whole Philippines is getting to know the owner of this fast-growing Mang Inasal food chain –Edgar “Injap” Sia- who just sold 70 percent of his business to Jollibee for a whopping three billion pesos.

The first time I met Injap was in 2008 in Iloilo. The Go Negosyo Caravan awarded him as one of the Most Inspiring Ilonggo Entrepreneurs. At that time, there were just more or less a hundred branches of Mang Inasal. Now, there are 300 stores.


Philippine SME and Franchise Expo 2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010

An International Exposition on Small Medium Enterprises, Franchising, Direct Selling & Business Opportunities promises to be even bigger and better at the biggest exhibition center in the Philippines, World Trade Center Metro Manila on November 18 – 20, 2010, enriching and producing the best business opportunity for buyers and exhibitors alike.


Thursday, October 14th, 2010

It has been a series of award-giving ceremonies for the past weeks. It all began with the Go Negosyo Youth Entrepreneurship Summit, where in 30 thousand young Filipinos trooped to the World Trade Center to witness the recognition of Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs. The success stories of the awardees served as an inspiration to the young participants that they also can succeed.

Last week in Malacañang, together with PNoy, we honored 31 finalists of The Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP). They are the ones who made it from the hundreds of nominations that our RFM Foundation received. Among the 31, 10 were selected. The TOSP is a selection and a community of young Filipinos who were able to balance and maintain academic and professional excellence, leadership and socio-civic involvement.


Thomasian Global Trade Expo

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Successful Thomasian Alumni turned business leaders and established entrepreneurs will gather for the first ever Thomasian Global Trade Expo (TGTE) from October 15 to 17, 2010 at the SMX Convention Center. Organized by the Thomasian Leaders Alumni Association (TALA) and the UST Alumni Association, Inc. (USTAAI), in cooperation with the University of Santo Tomas, the TGTE aims to showcase Thomasian-owned or led corporations as well as small and medium enterprises, making a mark in the country and contributing to nation building. (more…)

A New Day for Prosperity

Friday, October 8th, 2010

day8 Business Academy,Inc. is holding training courses for SME Enterprises. Be mentored by the bestselling marketing author and successful entrepreneur Josia Go.

My Inspiration!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Today, this year’s search for The Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) will conclude with an awarding ceremony in Malacañang. Out of the hundred students who were nominated all over the Philippines, 31 finalists have been chosen. They have gone through a rigorous selection process by the screening committee and the board of judges.

I had the chance to meet some of the judges, who spent one whole day to select the final ten from the 31. One of the judges is Cito Lorenzo, a good friend whom I haven’t seen for a while. When I was managing Cosmos prior to our sale to Coke, Cito was running Pepsi. I found out that two of his kids want to be priests. Cito is a good and honest man. It is no surprise that his children have taken on his virtues.