Archive for October, 2011

PCE, DTI Masbate Empowers Barangay Officials to Go Negosyo

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry Masbate Provincial Office (DTI-MPO) conducted the Negosyo Seminar sa Masbate: Kabuhayan sa Baranggay last October 19, 2011 at Magallanes Coliseum in Masbate City, with over 530 participants in attendance.


Go Negosyo continues to inspire

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Many of you by now would have heard about our concluded Young Entrepreneurs Summit, probably our most successful summit to date. This Go Negosyo project was highly publicized and seems to be the highlight of our year, but what many may probably still not know, is that Go Negosyo runs and participates in projects like this throughout the entire year, although not as public as our summits. Go Negosyo continuously promotes and develops entrepreneurs in the country in partnership with many other institutions.

A few weeks back, Exec. Director Mon Lopez on behalf of Go Negosyo awarded the 2011 Most Outstanding Microentrepreneurs and partner cooperatives, NGOs, and rural financial institutions at the SIPAG Awards 2011, a program by the National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC) and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP). LBP President Gilda Pico and NLDC President Lina Amata led the awards program. Go Negosyo was part of the committee headed by Usec. Lina with Myrna Bituin of Betis Craft, Dir. Nestor Raneses of UP-ISSI and Dir. Susan Leones of DAR. They deliberated and selected microentrepreneurs and MFIs across the country who have jointly worked hard to see success and to free people from poverty through entrepreneurship. The 2011 Most Outstanding Entrepreneurs are Erlinda C. Tomas from Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya, Leonora C. Alipar from Legazpi City, Mirasol S. Requiron from Sagay City, Negros Occidental and Josefina H. Maca from Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay. The Most Outstanding Partner Conduits are: Nueva Segovia Consortium Cooperative, ViganCity, Ilocos Sur; Countryside Multi-Line Cooperative, Daet, Camarines Norte; Loay Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Loay, Bohol; Gata Daku Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Clarin, Misamis Occidental; Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc., J.M.Honrado Foundation, Inc., Taytay sa Kauswagan, Inc., Starjed MicrofinancingCorporation; Cooperative Bank of Cagayan, Rural Bank of Guinobatan, Inc., FirstAgro-Industrial Rural Bank, Inc., and D’ Asian Hills Bank, Inc. (more…)

Philippine SME & Franchise Expo 2011

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011


The Trade Advertising Exhibitions and Conventions International, Inc. (TRADECON, INC.) in cooperation with the Franchise Institute of the Philippines (FIP) headed by Mr. Antonio “Butz” Bartolome, Franchise Guru of the Philippines, will be staging the 3rd PHILIPPINE SME & FRANCHISE EXPO 2011 (PHILSME 2011).

Young and Successful

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Success knows no limits; not even age. This was proven by the success of the entrepreneurs in Go Negosyo’s 7th book Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs, which was officially launched last Thursday at the Glorietta 5 Activity Center. Hundreds of people, young and old, celebrated with us in an evening of simple cocktails and book signing.

I would like to thank everyone who supported us in the book launch, starting with Nanay Socorro “Coring” Ramos, the matriarch behind National Bookstore; Esther Vibal, the president of Vibal Publishing House, Inc., and Mang Inasal founder Injap Sia for continuously supporting us in our advocacy and for sharing their thoughts during the event. Special thanks to Jen Real-Lim (who is also featured in the book) and her students from Orange Dance Studio. They literally got the party started with their youthful opening number. As our host, Love Añover was as lively as ever. (more…)

Go Negosyo Continues to Inspire with 7th Book

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Fresh from the success of the Young Entrepreneurs Summit and the Region 5 leg of SME Negosyo Caravan in Masbate, Go Negosyo continues to inspire more and more Filipinos with the launch of its 7th book, “Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs”, which was held last October 20. Hundreds of people flocked at the Glorietta 5 Activity Center in Makati City to witness the occasion which was filled with music, cocktails, and book signing.


Age-Defying Success

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Last October 12 was the awarding of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. It was not a surprise to see Erramon Aboitiz win the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, making him the Philippines’ representative to Monaco. He and his team have really made the Aboitiz group of companies one of the most successful conglomerates in the country today.

I was with last year’s winner, Bounty Fresh founder Tennyson Chen during the proceedings and Nanay Coring, founder of National Bookstore, who likewise won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award a couple of years back. Both were big inspiring entrepreneurs who also ably represented our country in Monaco and they confided that it was a humbling experience to be in a friendly competition with top entrepreneurs in the world. Incidentally, Nanay Coring celebrated her 88th birthday just recently and she looked young and strong as ever. A big supporter of Go Negosyo entrepreneurship advocacy, she presented the Woman Entrepreneur Award together with another Go Negosyo trustee, Esther Vibal, who is also in her mid-80s and still with an entrepreneurial passion and sharp mind as she reminds me to embark on joint projects on e-books.

The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to the dynamic Fe Agudo of Hyundai Asia Resources. Emerging Entrepreneur Award went to Ferdinand Marañon of Sagrex Corp., a Go Negosyo awardee too from Davao, while the Innovation Entrepreneur Award went to Bienvenido Tantoco III of Rustan Supercenters, Inc. Reynaldo Paulino of Kraftika Filipina was named Small Business Entrepreneur, which I remember was what I also presented to last year’s winner Mr Mang Inasal Injap Sia. The Social Entrepreneur winners were fellow Go Negosyo advocate and supporter Anna Meloto-Wilk and her sister Camille Meloto.

Erramon Aboitiz put it well in his speech. Aboitiz was started by their forefathers as entrepreneurs, and now this new generation of Aboitizes are intrapreneurs. The children of the founders take after their forebears whose character and values they try to emulate to take their business to greater heights. The founders must be proud to be able to see this new generation of Aboitizes build a much bigger business model in power generation.

My congratulations to Erramon Aboitiz and the clan for their success, and to all the other winners. Congratulations, too, to all the finalists, many of whom are also Go Negosyo advocates and supporters: Raul Anthony D. Concepcion, (Concepcion Durables, Inc.); Prudencio S. Garcia, (Mekeni Food Corp.); Pacita U. Juan (Earth Life Store Supply, Inc.); Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, (Southville International School and Colleges); and Francis Glenn L. Yu, (SEAOIL Phils., Inc.). Hopefully, all the others can also join the fold at Go Negosyo to help inspire our fellow countrymen in believing that this nation has indeed great promise, and that every Filipino can beat poverty with the right attitude, character and know-how.

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Speaking of presenting more stories of success and inspiration, Go Negosyo launches its seventh book today: 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs. Our guests of honor are Nanay Coring of National Bookstore and Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing who have both kept the passion in educating Filipinos through books and reading materials.

It will be truly an inspiration for our young entrepreneurs featured in this book to meet these two dynamic women. Even I would love to learn their secrets on what keeps them so vibrant and young in attitude.

The sponsor of this newest Go Negosyo book, Mang Inasal founder Injap Sia, will also grace the occasion. For someone to attain so much at a young age would serve as a true inspiration to others as well, especially to the youth. Again, congratulations to those we featured in our newest book: Albert Stephen Tanjanco of Anjo Farms, Alvin Tan of Techonominds, Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet, Antonio Tiu of Agrinurture, Bam Aquino and Mark Ruiz of Microventures/Hapinoy, Bang Omengan of Rock Inn & Café, Benedict Carandang of Tuldok Animations, Camille Meloto of Gandang Kalikasan/Human Nature, Brian Quebengco of Inovent Inc., Chris Tiu for Happy Lemon, Christian and Michael Concepcion of Greater Good, Clang Garcia of Hop-On Hop-Off Jeepney Tours, Clarisse Ann Paras of Bejeweled/Beautiful Sole Enterprise, Cristalle Henares of Belo Essentials, Darwin and Mary Grace Santos of Li’l People Enterprise, Denise Gonzales and Monica Eleazar of Indigobaby, Jerik Robleza and Dino Sarmiento of The Clothing, Emmanuel Carancho of Scramble King, Enzo Banson, Ezra Capucion, Katrina Tecson and Martina Manas of The Twillery, Inc. / Papelle, GJ and Maricel Jimenez of Banapple, Chef Hasset Go of MedChef, Injap of Sia for Mang Inasal, Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks, James & Phil Younghusband for The Younghusband Football Academy, Jen Real-Lim of Orange Dance Studio, Jowee Alviar and Raymund Punzalan of Team Manila, Juliet Herrera and Peter Chen of Serenitea, Kathleen Kaye and Carlo Garcia of Hot Pink Lingerie, Ken Okuya of Okuya Food Express, Kim Lato of Kimstore, Krie Lopez of Messy Bessy, Kris Carlo Macapagal of Ink & Prints, Lester Lagos of The Urban Frog, Lourd Ryan Ramos of Creations, Mark Dulag of K-Yong Spirits Orchard & Winery, Mark Gorriceta of Freska, fashion designer Mich Dulce, Michael Bian of Six Eleven Global Services, Ming Ong-Moya of Kathang Kamay, Nicole Whisenhunt of Nicole Whisenhunt Jewelry, Patrick Jalbuena of Kerplunk! Studios, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of Rags2Riches, Richard Sanz of Bibingkinitan, Roberto Claudio of Runnr, Ronald John David of, Shiela Lina of Shopinas, fashion blogger Tricia Gosingtian, fashion designer Veejay Floresca, Xander Angeles of Xander Angeles Photography / Edge of Light Studios, and Zarah Juan of Panda Cleaners.

The Game Changers

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

I was in Singapore when I got the news that Steve Jobs passed away. All my life, the only computer I owned was a Mac. Since the very first Macintosh, which I bought when I was in my early 20s in San Francisco, I remember how excited I was to own my first computer. At my age that time, being in my early 20s, the Mac was the easiest to learn as I don’t like reading manuals.

For us during those days, owning a computer in your 20s was a privilege. But today, even my own four-year old daughter has her own iPad. Technology has really changed the way we do things and Steve Jobs is the greatest entrepreneur of our time. He has not only changed the game in technology, computers, music and communication, but has also made us all happy. (more…)

Invitation: Women’s Business Council of the Philippines: Women Connect: Women to Women Mentoring Part 2

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

By: Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WBCP)’

NOVEMBER 8, 2011, TUESDAY, 8:30 AM—5:30 PM,

Book Launch: Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs

Monday, October 10th, 2011

In the tradition of developing an entrepreneurial mindset among Filipinos, Go Negosyo has once again compiled 50 stories of successful entrepreneurs, this time for those who started young and are already reaping the rewards of their success.


Entitled “50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs”, Go Negosyo’s seventh book features negosyantes who are below 40 years old and have made their way to success with hard work, determination, and passion. They have either introduced a new industry, as with the story of Kim Lato who at 23 is one of the pioneers of online selling using a social network site; or have infused national pride and sustainable development in their businesses, like Raymund Punzalan and Jowee Alviar’s Team Manila and Zarah Juan’s Panda Cleaners.

The foreword of the book was written by Edgar “Injap” Sia II, who revolutionized the fastfood industry with Mang Inasal, the most popular barbeque fastfood in the country. Injap’s Mang Inasal is also the main feature of the book, as Go Negosyo unravels the story of his journey and how Mang Inasal came to be.

The book focuses on these entrepreneurs because of their growing presence in negosyo, and at a young age. Go Negosyo recognizes that given the inspiration provided by these success stories, the youth can be at the forefront of promoting change in society by embracing a positive attitude and an entrepreneurial mindset to fight poverty and to build a better nation.

The book launch of Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs will be on October 20 at 6 in the evening, to be held at the Glorietta 5 Activity Center (in front of National Bookstore). The first 100 to register will get a free copy of the book and a chance to have it signed by the young entrepreneurs at the book launch.

STARstruck with Inspiration!

Monday, October 10th, 2011

starstruck-copy-copyThe Young Entrepreneurs Summit left all of us in awe. I remember that I couldn’t help but to be enthusiastic as I welcomed thousands of participants during my speech. I wish that everybody who came could have gotten inside the World Trade Center sooner, but the lines to the venue doors stretched far, reaching beyond the gates. There were so many individuals who decided to take that step in taking control of their lives on that day, and we were really astounded.


We really owe it to the lot of people who helped us out in making this event successful. Gibo Teodoro privileged us by making a rare appearance and gave a compelling, extemporaneous speech to students who really lent all ears. Manny V. Pangilinan, whom we tried to get to speak at the event for weeks, gave insightful lessons about entrepreneurship in the current business landscape. Then of course, we’re thankful to the speakers we know the youth listen to today, and true enough, they were such a hit that the hall roared with laughter and applause for every important point they made.