Archive for December, 2010

My Christmas wish

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Tomorrow, we will be celebrating my father’s 79th birthday. JoeCon, as he is known by many, finally retired as the Forbes Barangay Captain after 16 years. I jokingly told him he was getting too close to Marcos’ term of 20 years. Don Jaime Zobel hosted a dinner for him and paid tribute to his dedication for serving in whatever role given to him.

My father will forever be known as Mr. NAMFREL, with the slogan: “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” In my tribute interview for him, I mentioned that he is the reason why I started my Go Negosyo advocacy. Rather than complain, do something to help shape a better future for our country.

I will always remember my growing up years with my parents, especially during Christmas, as a kid looking forward to Santa. Those times, we lived a simple life in our old home in Pasay City. We had simple desires and expectations. My dad loved to surprise us with toys. Baguio was the place where we would spend our Christmas and New Year. Our old home in Legarda still stands, but not liveable anymore. (more…)

My best Christmas memories

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Just two sleeps more ‘til Christmas… Our youngest, Isabella, eagerly counts her “sleeps”. It has been a busy Christmas season. There have been parties, family gathering and weddings.

Two social entrepreneurs, Mark Ruiz and Reese Fernandez, tied the knot yesterday. Mark is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Microventures/Hapinoy, with Bam Aquino. Reese, on the other hand, is the President of Rags2Riches and was named one of the five Rolex Young Laureates. Both of them are Go Negosyo Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneurs. Also, the son of Franco Delgado (a good friend who passed away two years ago) and Ros Ros got married over the weekend in Cebu. Juan Mig got married to Ana, the daughter of Bobby Aboitiz. We awarded Bobby in Cebu a couple of years back. I guess this will be the best Christmas memory for both couples. (more…)

Go Negosyo in Bilibid: Bagong Kabuhayan ang simula ng Bagong Buhay

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Go Negosyo successfully conducted a Negosyo Seminar with around 200 maximum security inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City—December 08.


Go Negosyo Holds NEGOSEM for QC

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Go Negosyo in partnertship with Quezon City Government – Office of the Vice Mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte hosted a Negosyo Seminar (NEGOSEM) tagged as NEGOSEM: Pamaskong Handog ng Go Negosyo at QC, for some 250 aspiring and seasoned negosyantes. The NEGOSEM, which was graced by QC Mayor Herbert Bautista, ran from 8:00AM to 6:00PM.

Holiday Entrepreneurs

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Christmas season is the busiest time for all negoyantes. There are many start-up entrepreneurs, mostly women or “momprenuers”, who make use of their passion and skill for baking or cooking to earn through delicacies and products that are perfect for the holidays. Seventy percent of the gifts I receive are food (which are also definitely fattening). Some are so innovative that I continue to look for them each year.
Christmas is indeed a great time for any business. It is also the time for the birth of many budding entrepreneurs. Let me share with you the stories of some “holiday entrepreneurs.”
Mary Grace Dimacali, the woman behind Mary Grace Foods, is a perfect example of a successful Christmas entrepreneur. The start of her success can be traced to those holidays she spent baking fruit cakes and selling them door to door to her neighbors. Foodies also discovered her delicious signature pastries like ensaymada and cheese rolls in Christmas bazaars. (more…)

8 days ’til Christmas

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Just eight more days to go before Christmas… My youngest daughter would always remind me “Papa, eight sleeps more.” At three years old, she is the most excited to open her gifts. And, during the birthday party of Tessa Prieto-Valdez’s daughter Athena, she was surprised to see Santa. My daughter said, “Santa is so fat!”.

For children, Christmas is such a special thing. We are reminded of how blessed we are that our children are able to have their parents with them. There are many OFW parents out there who are not able to come home. Many are not as fortunate to have gifts to open during Christmas. With countless of parties to attend prior to the Christmas day, sometimes we forget the real meaning of this celebration. (more…)

Go Negosyo Celebrates Early Christmas with ATRIEV

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Go Negosyo in partnership with ATRIEV (Adaptive Technology for the Rehabilitation Integration and Empowerment of Visually Impaired, Inc.) organized a whole-day empowerment program for the students, family members and friends of ATRIEV, on December 4, 2010 at the RFM Auditorium.

PhilSME & Franchise Expo 2010 NEGOSEM

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Go Negosyo supported PhilSME & Franchise Expo 2010: An International Exposition on Small & Medium Enterprises, Franchising, Direct Selling, & Business Opportunities held from November 18 to 20, 2010. During the second day of the Expo, Go Negosyo staged a free Negosyo Seminar for all the visitors and guests at the World Trade Center. (more…)

Go Negosyo: Kaya Mo! is honored with the Anak TV Seal!

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Last Wednesday, December 8, 2010, Go Negosyo: Kaya Mo! TV show proudly accepted one of the most significant recognitions in television—The Anak TV Seal! Go Negosyo joined an impressive roster of kid-friendly awardees at the SGI Building for The Anak TV Seal Awards 2010 that was hosted by the mother-son tandem of Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski and Renzo Jaworski.

Pinoy family values increase reserves

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

My column last week topped all the “Ask Go Negosyo” columns in terms of the number of responses that I received from people. Entitled “The Love of a Daughter”, the column shared a letter addressed to me written by my daughter Monica. It was her way of convincing me to take the offer for ambassadorship. It feels so good when your own children acknowledge the work you do and reconfirm their love for you.

We Filipinos are very family oriented. The Concepcion clan, I would say, is quite close and clannish. In parties, we would cluster together, which has its pros and cons.