Archive for January, 2011

Love for our Parents

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Last Tuesday, a bus exploded in the middle of EDSA. People were killed and injured. Could this be a destabilization attempt under the PNoy administration? This administration has brought renewed confidence among the Filipino people in its quest to fight poverty. We hope that this tragedy or any other attempts, if any, will not weaken that confidence.

While I was on my way back home from the office, I chanced seeing the PNoy convoy headed to The Fort. They were quiet, with no wang wang and no flashing lights. This practice is clearly a statement being made by this new leader. I was also able to catch the end of his speech on TV. It was about his parents and how he misses them. In fact, it was former President Cory’s birthday last Tuesday. I guess we really do value most the people we love especially when they are gone. (more…)

Babae Kapuso Ka ng Bayan: Women Entrepreneurship Summit 2011

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011



Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Go Negosyo successfully hosted its first Negosyo Seminar (NEGOSEM) Level Up this year focused on Entrepreneurship Marketing and Innovation dubbed as Day 7 Entrep Marketing Innopreneur Seminar. Day 8 is the first major event of the year of the five-year-old Go Negosyo held last January 20 at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Conference Center Manila. (more…)

Go Negosyo: Empowering the Filipino

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Another year has passed. Despite the challenges that came our way, 2010 was filled with changes and blessings; not just for the country, but for us at Go Negosyo as well. Just a few weeks into 2011, we are already bracing ourselves for a busier year ahead. Before being occupied with what we have planned for the future, it’s always good to look back on the special moments that have made the past year worth all the hard work.

One of the things that encourage us to keep on going is the number of Filipinos we’ve inspired and empowered throughout the country. Five years since we started Go Negosyo, the amount of people we’ve touched have already reached more than 230,000 and still growing. These are the people who welcomed and supported the Go Negosyo advocacy through the events, caravans and summits we’ve organized for the past year. We started 2010 by touring the country for a series of Negosyo Seminars (Negosems) to share knowledge and reach more people in many parts of the Philippines. We kicked off the year with a visit to Region III’s Cabanatuan City where we held our very first Negosem for 2010. Our next stop was Puerto Princesa, Palawan followed by more Negosems to the Bicol Region, Cagayan, Baguio, Pangasinan, Cebu, Zamboanga, Leyte, Pampanga and many others including South Cotabato. (more…)

Go Negosyo:5 years and counting

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Aside from five years in Go Negosyo, I also have my work in RFM Corporation — a food and beverage company. My grandfather started it in 1958. He passed it on to my father Joecon — the man who lit the first candle as the NAMFREL Chair during the Marcos years.

While he worked as the CEO of RFM, Joecon spent almost half of his time as a crusader and risked his life. NAMFREL was his creation, together with Ting Paterno, Vicente Jaime, Isabel Wilson, among others. My father started NAMFREL during his 50s. Fighting a battle for years instilled hope in the Filipino to guard the ballot. This paved the way for the people power revolution. (more…)

Topflight Business Expo: The Future of the Filipino Brand.

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011


Time Flies

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Many of us have been so busy with preparations and cleanups for the holidays. Before you know it, all the celebrations have come and gone so fast. Many of us who have approached our 40s and 50s somehow see time moving faster than those who are in their teens and 20s. Our Isabella, who is three years old, does not want to be called a baby, but rather an “ager”. She wants to look older, putting on make up at a very early age because her sisters and mother treat her like a baby doll. She also prefers conversing with older people.

Many of the young people also can’t wait to get older. They are happy to see their birthdays come and go fast. On the other hand, we want to delay the aging process. Occasions like birthdays and Christmases are those that remind us of our mortality. (more…)

Our New year’s wish

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

My wish is for our new president, PNOY; that he may continue to do well and inspire this nation with his style of leadership of simplicity and transparency. It is time that Filipinos become “crazy” about being negosyantes and create a culture of enterprising mindsets. We still have a lot of people who are below the poverty line, but a correct mindset of perseverance, persistence and optimism will bring about a lot of change. One president cannot do it alone, but an inspired nation will be able to succeed.

Let me share to you the wishes of entrepreneurs for the new year to come. (more…)

2011: another great year

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

As we look back at the year 2010, one cannot complain. It was a great year for those who participated in the Philippine economy, either as an entrepreneur or as an investor in the stock market or property market or those who kept their money in peso. In doing so, by investing in Philippine issued debt instruments or managed funds by reliable institutions, many enjoyed the fantastic returns.

The year 2010 saw the Philippines improve its image, with a peaceful and credible election, from the PGMA administration to the PNOY administration. We now have a new style of leadership, with PNOY’s simplicity and push for greater transparency and good governance. The awareness on the Philippines went higher, as Pacman’s victory in boxing showed Filipinos’ excellence in attitude and skills, passion and persistence. Charice’s Glee stint and Miss Universe Runner-Up Venus Raj’s “Major Major” all turned positive for us. The barometer on confidence, I am sure, hit an all time high, as we now see more optimists that pessimists. The perennial pessimists sadly did not benefit from any of these gains. (more…)

Go Negosyo Day8 Entrep Marketing Innopreneur Seminar

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011