Archive for December, 2011

Learn Key Negosyo Concepts at the Negosem Negosyo Basics!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011



Learn Key Negosyo Concepts and Principles from Go Negosyo Mentors and Be More Informed About Running Your Business!

Take part in the very first run of NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics for the year 2012 on February 17! Learning Fee is PhP600.00 ONLY, inclusive of two seminar topics, one talk primer on Go Negosyo as an advocacy, Certificate of Attendance, Go Negosyo’s bestselling book 21 Steps on How to Start Your Own Business OR 8 Simple Secrets to Raising Entrepreneurs, and a chance to interact with likeminded individuals who are either aspiring to start their own enterprise or those who have already started and looking for ways to level up!


The NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics is one of the three programs under the Go Negosyo Academy. It is a four-hour seminar that tackles the fundamentals of venturing into business with dedicated discussions on Cultivating a Positive Attitude and Enterprising Mindset as Key Ingredients to Business and Life Success & Strategies on Spotting Business Opportunities and Product Development and Marketing.

Date : February 17, 2011 Friday
Time : 1:00PM (Registration) 2:00PM – 6:00PM (Program Proper)
Venue : RFM Auditorium
G/F RFM Corporate Center, Sheridan cor. Pioneer Sts. Mandaluyong City


Register now and avail a discounted rate. Pay only P500.00 if you pay today or before February 2, 2012, Thursday.

For more information about Go Negosyo NEGOSEM BASICS, call 02 637-9229 | 02 637-9347 or visit and

My Father’s Legacy

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

My father Joecon and Tito Raul where born on December 29, 1931. They turn 80 years old today. My father is older by 10 minutes. Both are blessed to have reached 80 and are in fairly good health, but age has still caught up with them, especially when it comes to their memory. My dad is having difficulty remembering all his grandchildren and in-laws. He would call my wife a different name each time.

Both my father and Tito Raul have had their respective achievements in life. Tito Raul would help my grandfather Jose Concepcion, Sr. build Concepcion Industries, Inc., which today is the only local appliance company that offers the leading air conditioners and refrigerators. My dad Joecon’s legacy will always be as the founder of Namfrel, and that he stood up against then President Marcos and risked his life, family, and business at that time. But to him it was beyond personal wealth; he wanted to help bring about real democracy which in the end will create wealth for the nation and its people. (more…)

Merry Christmas from Go Negosyo!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011


Thank you for being one with us! Happy Holidays from Go Negosyo!

Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Let me greet all of you, readers of the Ask Go Negosyo column for the past three years, a very merry Christmas, as we celebrate once more this well-loved holiday on Sunday. For the past month, my daughter Bella keeps asking daily how many more sleeps to Christmas. She is four years old today and the most excited among all our kids in anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus.

We are now celebrating Christmas in San Francisco, and later in the month we will be celebrating my father’s birthday as he turns 80. Close to 45 of the Concepcions children, spouses, and grandchildren  will be celebrating with him. What a riot.

A Night for the Bossings

Monday, December 19th, 2011

The MVP Bossings awards night was a gala that gathered some of the country’s most prominent entrepreneurs. PLDT SME Nation successfully organized a grand event that provided an air of elegance and sophistication to the Meralco Theater, where the awarding was held for the first time.

That night, I re-joined fellow past MVP Bossings and many other entrepreneurs and personal friends of mine to welcome the new winners to the growing Bossing family. (more…)

600 Teens Inspired at the Sisters of Mary Negosem

Thursday, December 15th, 2011


A special Negosem was held for the students of the Sisters of Mary last December 10 at the Girlstown Campus in Biga, Silang, Cavite.

Attended by 600 4th year high school students from both the boys and girls’ town campuses, the event was filled with inspiring talks from Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Angelpreneurs Butz Bartolome, Franchise Guru of the Philippines, and Michael Angelo Lobrin, Author of Laugh with God Today.


Business idols Jennilyn Antonio of Ehje’s Peanut Butter, Cathy Turvill of Nurture Spa and Paulo Tibig of V-Cargo also shared their own heartwarming stories on how they encountered and conquered various crises and how these actually contributed to the success of their current businesses.

More than imparting business principles, the speakers collectively inspired the young participants by emphasizing as well the importance of strength in character and good values, spiritual foundation, positive and enterprising attitude and knowhow that can make anyone succeed and happy despite adversities.

Go Negosyo would like to thank Mrs. Rica Limcauco, Vice Chairman and Executive Managing Director of Philippine Transmarine Carriers, for making the Negosem possible for the SMS community.

Congratulations to the Sisters of Mary for continuously providing free education, housing and care to these young people. Go Negosyo support your efforts by providing entrepreneurial education to you and your community.

Go Negosyo Nominees Pruds Garcia and Myrna Padilla Win at OBRA

Thursday, December 15th, 2011


Prudencio Garcia, President of Mekeni Foods Corp. and Myrna Padilla, Founder of Myndtech Consulting were two of the winners of the OFW/Balikbayan Reputation Awards (OBRA), which was held last December 9 during the 8th Mega Balikbayan & OFW Expo, at the SM Megatrade Halls, SM Megamall.

Now on its third year, OBRA recognizes outstanding OFWs and Balikbayan models that our others can emulate as an inspiration to lead more meaningful lives. The awardees are categorized based on entrepreneurship, community building, positive character/deed, family building, and work ethics. Pruds and Myrna join six other awardees who are either current OFWs or balikbayans with at least two years experience working abroad.



Below are this year’s OBRA recipients:

Myrna Padilla, Outstanding Entrepreneur

Just to feed and ease their starvation, she scrabbled for some seaweeds and seashells at her early age. As she became a mother of two, their distressing situation triggered Myrna to work abroad as domestic helper. Though she’s not highly compensated, the family which she served was good to her. When they bought a computer for their son, she learned how to use the computer by herself. As soon as she got back in the country, she set up a small IT BPO Company. Her business became successful, as it paved her way out of poverty. It also became an avenue for her fellow Davaoenos to earn by working under her.

Randy Ahorro, Outstanding Entrepreneur

Sir Randy’s enthusiasm for sports leads him to start his business here in the Philippines. He was a factory worker at Taiwan, saving money for his future business. He worked for 8 years, seeking part time jobs such as selling of cellphone load and as a club bouncer. To quote, “The pay was good for the hard work you put in, but overseas work cannot be the end goal”. The company where he used to work faced a crisis which led to a massive lay-off, which lead him back to the Philippines. This opened an opportunity for him start the business he’s dreaming of – production of sports gear. He started the business in Mindoro with an initial investment of P200, 000 to produce sandals, camping bags, backpacks, and military paraphernalia. The competitors’ greater market share and other obstructions are not reasons for him to stop in pursuing his dream. Instead, his mind is determined in attaining success.

Ronaldo M. Velasco, Outstanding Community Builder

Mr. Ronaldo is a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineer graduate at MAPUA Institute of Technology and a board passer as Junior Mechanical Engineer. He worked at several companies here in the Philippines. He found his luck abroad, where he received some awards and citations. After 32 years in America and reaching his “American Dream”, he went back to the Philippines and decided to be a permanent “Balikbayan” and do mission work as his way of giving back and sharing his blessings. He founded Angel’s Mission Foundation Incorporated, which was renamed Ron Velasco’s Charity Mission with the objective of helping those indigent and needy people. His mission of helping others continues.

Gundelina Sale, Outstanding Community Builder

Ms. Gundelina is a typical mother dreaming of having a better future for her family. Being inspired by the success story of her colleagues abroad, she worked overseas as a domestic helper in Kuwait. After several years of service, Gulf War brought her back to the Philippines. She sought grants given to refugees like her that would help her start a new life. Soon, she became a part of OWWA, but found that her sentiments were not for the agency but for the OFWs. For that reason, she organized LABORDA in Benguet, which advocacy is to give continuous support to the OFWs and their family that they leave behind, as well as collaborating with other organizations with the same advocacy.

Rogelio San Andres, Outstanding in Positive Character/Deed

Mr. Rogelio is a Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science graduate at Lyceum of the Philippines. In order for him to pursue his college education, he has to sell food from house to house just to finance his necessities. After several years of working and after finishing his studies, he left the Philippines to work abroad. He served as a Land-Based, then as a Sea-Based OFW. During the time of his service, he gave extraordinary effort of bringing the best not only for him but as well for his fellow OFW and fellow Filipinos. Because of this and his other positive characteristics, he was awarded with different recognitions here and abroad. His story of success has been featured in different TV shows, and he serves as a spokesperson in different seminars.

Prudencio Garcia, Outstanding in Positive Character/Deed

Born second in a brood of five in Porac, Pampanga, Prudencio Garcia’s parents who are both teachers instilled in him and his brothers the value of hard work and valuing money wisely. He carried that trait as he grew up. Upon graduation, he began building his own life, starting as an external auditor which provided him experience. Soon after, he was able to work as a Project Monitoring / Planning Officer in Saudi Arabia in 1985, consistently rising above the ranks until he became an Audit Manager, a position which he enjoyed for six years until 1993. He was at the peak of his life as a professional in 1991 when the Mt. Pinatubo eruption occurred. Thousands of families are displaced, hunger ensued. Taking action, Pruds and the Filipino Group in Dammam established the “Tubo sa Tocino Para Sa Pinatubo Project”. The group would manufacture tocino and sell it to the Filipino community. Earnings from the project were sent to the City of San Fernando, Pampanga or directly to the Pinatubo evacuees at Balubad, Porac, where most of the evacuees are hosted.

During this time, Pruds received a letter from his father, urging him to go back and help his cabalens by expanding their family business. His Tatang’s letter moved him, as he was reminded that the reason why he was successful was because of the community. By providing employment, they are giving a chance for Kapampangans to rebuild their lives. At this point, he and his siblings heed their father’s call. He left Saudi Arabia to personally attend to his father’s request. Pooling their hard earned savings, Pruds and his brothers expanded Mekeni Meat Products into one of the biggest corporations in the country in food processing. The rest, as they say, is history.Pruds Garcia took the risk of giving up his comfortable life and losing everything he worked for in an attempt to rehabilitate the community where he grew. The strong sense of positivity in the face of calamity shows that he is beyond doubt an example worthy to be emulated by his fellow OFWs, where the spirit of bayanihan is greater than any amount of salary or comfort abroad.

Dr. Carlito Astillero, Outstanding Family Builder

Dr. Carlito spent 36 years as a Microbiology specialist at Al Mishary General Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he recently retired at the age of 73. During the time of his service abroad as an OFW he was given different citations, such as the “Most Outstanding OFW award in Saudi Arabia in 1990 and a Bagong Bayani Award in 1992. Because of his success, he found a way of sharing his blessings by helping his neighbors financially, as well as giving scholarships to his relatives and friends. Working for almost half of his life and going even beyond his retiring age is somewhat a proof of his love to his family and shows his purpose of re-assuring that there would be a great future for his family.

Engr. Francisco Aguilar, Jr., Outstanding in Work Ethics

Engr. Francisco received awards and citations from various organizations, which marks his success as an OFW. He spent more than a decade working in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His success as an OFW because of his passion and dedication at work is manifested as he was featured at different TV shows and magazine articles. Currently, he is the President of Filipino Migrant Workers Group which helps our fellow countrymen who are dreaming of working abroad. With a proven track record of leadership, commitment and dedication to public service, he is the voice of the Overseas Filipino Workers.

Negosyo Mo, Bukas Ko

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

It has been over six years since Go Negosyo began its mission to empower people and inspire them to look at the country’s situation in a positive view; to let them see that poverty can be beaten and that the Philippines is not destined to be a poor nation. We continue to engage all sectors of society to have this view through our summits, caravans, Negosems, TV shows, books and any other form of media that allows us to feature successful entrepreneurs as a way to inspire and educate others.

We have been able to reach out even to the youth in school, whether private or public. But we found that there is one sector that we have not tapped – the out of school youth (OSY). I believe that we should turn our attention to this sector because the statistics of OSY has become alarming. To demonstrate, out of the 100 kids that should be going to school, only 90 will enter grade 1; out of the 90, only 40 will finish high school; and out of the 40, only 21 will enter college, where only 12 would finish, and, sadly, only one would get employed. (more…)

Attend Seminars for FREE Courtesy of

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

day8 Business Academy, Inc. a social enterprise focusing on the training needs of the small and medium sized business owners, released its offered courses for the year 2012.

Founded by marketing guru Josiah Go, the seminars aim to share knowledge and skills in short, direct, and easy-to-understand topics fit for the busy and budget-conscious entrepreneurs.

SME owners can avail of the courses at available rates. For more information on how to sign up or on availing for a free seminar, visit


Go Negosyo Rolls Out with its own Isuzu i-Van

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


Spreading the positive entrepreneurial spirit will never be as convenient as now, thanks to the Go Negosyo i-Van!

The i-Van is the product of a partnership between Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship and Isuzu Philippines Corporation, with Centro Manufacturing Corp. providing the van’s body. Receiving the keys last December 7 at The Last Chukker, Manila Polo Club were Joey Concepcion and Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo’s Founding Trustee and Executive Director, respectively. Also present from Isuzu Philippines were Daisuke Inaba, Sales Department Manager; Buddy Burgos, Market Planning Manager; and Nora Liquido. Mr. Rommel Juan, Vice President for Sales and Marketing, was present in behalf of Centro Manufacturing Corp., the provider of the i-Van’s body assembly.


With its 16-18 seating capacity, this customizable service vehicle is perfect for out-of-town Negosems and seminars to transport speakers and equipment. It can carry up to 1.5 tons of cargo while consuming 12.9 kilometers per liter of gas under normal driving conditions, which is an impressive rate despite its capacity. In addition, the i-Van interior features individual, fabric-covered seats, covered floors, airconditioning system, and a four-speaker stereo. Its white exterior features a visible Go Negosyo logo that can be recognized from afar.

The Go Negosyo i-Van marks one of the first ventures between Isuzu and Go Negosyo. It is expected that in the coming months, Isuzu and Go Negosyo will bring Negosems at key Isuzu dealerships in the country.