Archive for September, 2011

We Were Wowed

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Last Friday, the World Trade Center and the Philippine Stock Exchange were the venues creating a buzz. It was last Friday that Go Negosyo hit a record attendance of over 15,000 while the stock market saw the market fall for two consecutive days, signaling a gripping fear in Europe and America that could affect Asia. What happened in the stock market that day could cause a repeat of 2008…

But to stay on a positive note, the Go Negosyo Young Entrepreneurs Summit held at the World Trade Center saw thousands of young students from over 200 schools fall in line outside at as early as 6:00 a.m. Unfortunately, the management of the World Trade Center had to limit the number of people inside the halls, and controlled the gradual entry to avert any possible untoward incident. They said they had to ensure safety first. But in about one to two hours, almost everyone managed to enter. We’d like to take this opportunity to give our sincerest apologies to school teachers and students for the delay in entry and for any inconvenience, as we at Go Negosyo did not think we would surpass last year’s attendance level and we did not expect this overwhelming number of attendees. (more…)

Go Negosyo’s Young STARpreneurs 2011

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Last Friday, we celebrated the third Go Negosyo Young Entrepreneurs Summit at the World Trade Center. We were overwhelmed by more than 15,000 micro and small entrepreneurs and students who participated, with some even coming from Batangas and Laguna. In behalf of the team, I would like to thank Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, former Defense Secretary Gibo Teodoro and Manny Pangilinan for helping us spread inspiration during our event.

The summit had been both educational and inspiring with the help of our notable speakers which include Bro. Bo Sanchez, Mike Enriquez, Michael Angelo Lobrin, Henry Tenedero, Roselle Ambubuyog and Josiah Go. Our Trustees Esther Vibal and Tennyson Chen also joined other Go Negosyo advocates such as CHED Chair Particia Licuanan, DTI Usec. Meryl Cruz, NYC Chair Usec. Leon G. Flores III, Edgardo Herbosa and our Young STARpreneur awardees for the morning forum on how they achieved success and their advice to those who are starting their negosyos. Meanwhile, Go Negosyo Trustees Rosalind Wee and Felix Ang also celebrated with us and were part of the program to show their support to the entrepreneurship advocacy. (more…)

Planting the seeds of entrepreneurship

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

We believe it’s best to teach entrepreneurship while they’re young. This is why we’re launching again the biggest annual gathering for young and aspiring entrepreneurs, which is now on its third year. From all indications, there are over 200 schools that are sending their students to hear the country’s most inspiring speakers. For those who’ll attend, this may be a life-changing moment that will help them to start believing in themselves and to learn how to be the best that they can be.

Come early to secure seats. We expect thousands of people to attend this event, with close to 400 booths for exhibitors and 100 tables for the students’ bazaar. We also have our Go Negosyo mentoring booth which will be open the whole day. About 10 Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs have signed up to offer free mentoring sessions. Two seminar rooms have been allotted and there are around 30 topics to be discussed on various skills and negosyo topics; and this is apart from the event’s highlights happening at the plenary. (more…)

Negosyo Madness

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

It’s definitely a Negosyo month. This month, three big entrepreneurial events are happening at almost the same time, as entrepreneurship (or negosyo) is now drawing more attention than ever. This advocacy which Go Negosyo started six years ago is now shared by so many, to help would-be and existing entrepreneurs in starting and growing a negosyo, and to succeed in it.

In my last column, I mentioned the biggest franchising event of the year organized by the PFA, Franchise Asia 2011, a four-day international event that starts on September 22 and in which Go Negosyo is an event partner. I’ll be one of the speakers and we’ll also be supporting the event with our negosyo seminars on September 24. What’s good about Franchise Asia 2011 is that it’s global in scale. It exposes Filipinos to more negosyo ideas, both here and abroad.  Starting entrepreneurs can begin their business venture first with a franchise, which allows them to learn and study a proven and successful business formula developed by the franchisor. (more…)

Making a Living from Fish spas, Sweets & Hats

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Time flies by so fast. The “ber” months has already started, but it seems like it was just yesterday when we packed our bags and headed on to our first destination for our 2011 Go Negosyo – DTI Provincial Caravan. This series of Negosems, aimed at further spreading the entrepreneurship advocacy in all parts of the country, is just one of our major projects this year in an effort to reach out to more Filipinos who need inspiration and empowerment the most.

In the previous columns, I gave you a glimpse of the noble work of negosyantes in Bukidnon and Mindoro who are greatly contributing to the development of their respective regions through their own negosyos. For our next stop, Go Negosyo flew to Western Visayas to meet the entreps who are doing the same for Region VI; and for a day filled with learning in the province of Antique. (more…)

Biggest Franchising Event of the Year

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Six years ago when I started the advocacy of Go Negosyo, one of the very first persons I approached was franchise guru and Chairman Emeritus of the Philippine Franchise Association Sammie Lim; and another franchise mentor Bing Limjoco, who also became a Go Negosyo awardee this year in our Women Summit; and of course, Robert Trota, Chairman of the PFA and the king of Max’s Chicken, and also one of Go Negosyo’s supporters and mentors.

In a presscon, Sammie mentioned that years ago, he and I and a couple of other entrepreneurs shared the same dream, which is to create thousands of small community jobs. I’ve done so by educating Filipinos about entrepreneurship through Go Negosyo, while he has done so by helping develop franchising in the country.

Starting September 22, the PFA will be holding its largest ever franchising event, one with an international flavor as it brings together about 26 member-countries of the World Franchise Council (WFC) and the Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation (APFC). Go Negosyo is fully supporting Franchise Asia 2011, which will give an opportunity to many Filipinos to get new ideas and to learn how to start a business. It is a four-day event and will happen right before our own Go Negosyo Young Entrepreneurs Summit, so what a great week it will be, full of activities and opportunities to learn even more about entrepreneurship. It is now up to each and every Filipino to take action and grab these opportunities to succeed.

Franchise Asia 2011 will feature plenary sessions with notable entrepreneurs such as Chairman and CEO of Jollibee Tony Tan Caktiong, and Mang Inasal Founder Injap Sia. I, on the other hand, will be joining the panel of a Business Leaders’ Forum moderated by Karen Davila.

Apart from the International Franchise Conference, Franchise Asia 2011 also presents a three-day International Franchise Expo. Since the event’s theme is Asia to the World, The World to Asia, the expo hopes to provide a platform to showcase Asian brands, especially those that are homegrown here in the Philippines

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Over the years, Go Negosyo has been supported by media partners. Without them, our events would not have had that level of awareness among the people. I’d like to thank the Philippine Star group and the Belmonte clan, who convinced me to start writing for the newspaper years ago. I do two columns for the Star, telling stories on entrepreneurs and how they did it, among other topics. To this day, they continue to support us with print ads and help feature the entrepreneurs. In our Young Entrepreneurs Summit, we will recognize the Star-prenuers. 15 of them are from the 50 entrepreneurs who will be featured in our soon-to-be-released book on inspiring young entrepreneurs.

Also, we’d like to thank the GMA7 family and Atty. Felipe Gozon. He shares the same vision of wanting to help micro and small entrepreneurs succeed. They continue to support us with the necessary awareness campaign in all our events.

I would also like to thank Ruthy and Bobet Vera, great friends who see the need in helping the young achieve their dreams of success, too. Bobet is a very successful entrepreneur himself with Radio Partners, Inc., and is a very spiritual person as he also serves as a Eucharistic minister in the church we attend. It is prayer in action.

I would like also to give special mention to the Prieto family who continues to support us through the Inquirer and BusinessWorld for the past years, giving us full support in ads. Also, thanks to Alvin Tan of Chinoy TV and to NBN4.

We’d also like to thank the owners and the groups managing the new forms of media, such as the blog by Anton Diaz,,,, and Google Philippines.

Let me thank all of our media partners, who are helping us inspire, mentor and give hope to the many who want to succeed in life.

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Again, we’d like to invite everyone to our third Young Entrepreneurs Summit on September 23. Grab this rare opportunity to listen to the Honorable Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and CHED head Patricia Licuanan. Also, for the first time since the last presidential elections, Former Defense Secretary Gibo Teodoro will be giving an inspirational speech to encourage the youth to move forward and succeed in life. And of course, the bossing of all bossings, Mr Manny V. Pangilinan himself, will be there too.

Entrance is free for students and their teachers. Please bring a valid ID. For those who are not students or teachers, there will be only a minimal fee of 50 pesos, which already comes with snacks.


Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Hapinoy Program from the Philippines recently won in the UN’s Project Inspire competition besting 400 social enterprises from all over the world. The winning project was determined by a combination of public votes and judges scores from the Grand Finals event last 24 August, 2011.