Archive for January, 2012

The Twin’s Biographies

Monday, January 30th, 2012

I have been contemplating about writing a book about my father for quite some time now. It’s been years since we commissioned National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin. He finished the piece during the interviews, and I remembered having to buy a case of beer for him as he had to be motivated to interview and write. But the manuscript was set aside for reasons I cannot remember.

As my father’s 80th birthday approached, I felt that maybe this is the time for me to write a book about him, after finding myself writing two weekly and bi-weekly columns about entrepreneurship, as well as publishing eight books on Go Negosyo entrepreneurs. As I said to myself, it was my father who somehow molded me to become a man for others and not just for myself. I want to share the story of his life — on how he managed to surpass 50 years of marriage with one woman, how he has mentored his children and kept the family together, and how he risked his own life just to help restore democracy in our country through NAMFREL, which at that time was indeed an impossible dream to many Filipinos. Without democracy, the quest towards eliminating poverty will be difficult, and it does not stop at that. So after almost eight months of planning and writing the book, with the help of the manuscript from the late Nick which we resurrected as a resource, Joecon’s journey will finally be shared with his family and friends who are really part of his path towards his “impossible dream” of seeing a better Philippines. (more…)

Giving hope to the Out-of-School Youth

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Last year, we introduced Go Negosyo’s newest program, Negosyo Mo, Bukas Ko (NMBK), a corporate social innovation thrust that benefits the out-of-school youth (OSY). Caroline Burns, head advisor of NMBK as well as trainer of OSYs enrolled in the program, enlightens us about the situation of OSYs today. A native of Scotland, Caro Burns has been in development work for almost 23 years and is an advocate of social entrepreneurship. She currently teaches social development and project management at the Entrepreneurs School of Asia, and is also currently the Executive Director at the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship Education.

What can you say about the state of the out-of-school youth in Philippines?

Out of 100 school age kids: 90 enroll in Grade 1; 40 graduate high school; 21 go to college; 12 graduate college; and only 1 is employed. (more…)

Babae, Kapuso Ka ng Bayan: An Essay Writing Tilt

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, a non-governmental organization that pushes for the advocacy Go Negosyo, launches an essay writing competition in time with the holding of the fourth Women Entrepreneurship Summit and Expo 2012. The event aims to recognize the contributions of the Filipina in the Philippine society and empower them further by teaching them necessary concepts and ideas to maximize their potentials.

The essay writing contest, with the theme Babae Kapuso Ka ng Bayan, promotes and encourages conscious awareness of the contributions of kababaihan in the different levels of the society, in the different social strata, and all fields imaginable.


A. Eligibility
This contest is open to all individuals, regardless of age and gender.

B. Medium
The medium may be in Filipino or English, depending on the preference of the entrants.

C. Theme, Content & Format
1. The competition will adopt the summit’s theme: Babae: Kapuso Ka ng Bayan.
2. The essay must be original, unpublished either in print or online, and shall be at a maximum of 1,000 words.
3. Entries must be in Word format and must be sent as an attachment, together with the entry form to, with the subject WES 2012 Essay.
4. Format

Spacing: Double space
Font Size: 12”
Font Style: Tahoma

D. Submission
1. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
2. Entries will be accepted January 6 to February 20, 2012.

E. Judging: Criteria & Panel
1. Entries will be selected according to the following criteria:

a. General content and Relevance to the theme – 50%
b. Style and grammar – 20%
c. Appeal to intellect and emotion – 30%

2. Judges will be from the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship.

F. Winners & Prizes
1. The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship shall recognize three winning entrants based on the set criteria. The organizers have the prerogative to award less than or more than three winners based on the quality of entries.

2. Prizes
a. Go Negosyo books – one set
b. Publish winning article in the official PCE Website, PCE e-Newsletter and Facebook account.
c. Certificate of Recognition
d. VIP seat in the Women Summit

G. Others
The winning entries will be announced during the Women Entrepreneurship Summit on March 2, 2012, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Prior to the event, Go Negosyo shall inform the winners to ensure their presence at the summit.

To know more about: Babae Kapuso Ka ng Bayan: An Essay Writing Tilt, call Ms. Monica Ramirez at (02) 6315024 or e-mail


Get the entry form here.

A better and brighter new year

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Though at first I was pessimistic about 2012 because of what’s happening in Europe, I’m beginning to change my view and don’t think things will be as bad. America seems to be recovering, which is important, and I can see that Asia will still do fine. The Philippines will definitely do very well and we should see this upward momentum continue. What’s important is we not only see big businesses grow, but also see the micro and small enterprises move up to become medium and large. We want to encourage more Filipinos to start a negosyo, and this is why Go Negosyo will be more aggressive this year.

To be able to inspire and change more lives, we are modifying some of our existing programs while also introducing new ones. As a start, we are holding the most number of summits this year, primarily because we are bringing the summit to different provinces in the country. Just like our provincial caravans, where we bring our Negosyo Seminars (Negosems) to the countryside, we are organizing this year’s youth summit in four areas around the country, i.e., North and South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. And of course, you can also expect once more our annual Women Entrepreneurship Summit, happening this March 2 at the World Trade Center as we recognize the active role of women in the world of entrepreneurship. With the success of last year’s joint project with the Villar Foundation, we are also planning to do a second run of the OFW and Family Summit towards the fourth quarter of the year. (more…)

Green Thumb ECO Conference

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012



It’s definitely now or never.

Far Eastern University, Parrot’s Beak Social Enterprise and eVentures Management & Marketing Services supported by ABS CBN Foundation, Clean Up Philippines Movement and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to bring a national student conference that aims to encourage the youth to take a more active stand and a more conscious role in helping protect and preserve the environment.

Go Negosyo in 2011

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Go Negosyo has wrapped up probably one of its busiest years ever. What an achievement the year 2011 was. We have never seen our calendar so packed with events – from provincial caravans, to collaborative seminars, to summits and other events, large and small, because of our affiliations with numerous organizations.

We started and ended 2011 providing Negosems year-round, collaborating with our Go Negosyo entrepreneurs and various institutions. To truly be able to educate as many aspiring entrepreneurs as we can, we have made these Negosems a staple throughout the year by hosting one every other month in Metro Manila, some of them held here at our headquarters at RFM, some in other venues around the metro.  Go Negosyo has also partnered with countless organizations, offering our Negosems in their events. To name some, we have collaborated with the DTI CITEM, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Cebu Business Month, DTI-BSMED for MSME Week, DILG, AFFI for its 10th Filipino Franchise Show, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Mandaue Business Month, PFA’s Franchise Asia 2011, International Youth Day,, Orchard Property Marketing Corporation (OPMC), and many more.

Let’s have fun in 2012

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

All good things come to an end as we return to our regular lives from our Christmas vacation. Fil-Ams who come home do so to spend time with their family. Filipinos are really family-oriented, very community-oriented. I guess that is what makes us unique. This is what makes it fun to be in the Philippines, as the new slogan of the Department of Tourism would say. This slogan adopted by the government speaks of what embodies the Filipino spirit.

Our own family bonding in San Francisco comes to an end and this season gave us special memories with my father who has just turned 80. It is indeed a memorable event: 50 people housed under one roof, the others having to use sleeping bags; and a stomach virus hitting half of the family, wherein poor Doctor Celdran, our family doctor for ages, had to be bothered with all the calls as we consulted with him what medicine to take. But it all ended well. (more…)

Welcome 2012: A new year of greater hope

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

While I’ve been quite bearish with America since 2008, this time, I’m sensing that, even though things are still not going to be the same as when credit was just being given out left and right, the situation now is not as bad. I was personally amazed to see how the Americans shopped during the Christmas season, and I will not be surprised to see the economic numbers fare out much better than originally predicted.

However, Europe is experiencing huge problems and this may have some impact on the rest of the world, especially if they allow a big bank to end up the same way as the Lehman Brothers. But this should be unlikely, as most leaders know that the way the Lehman Brothers case was handled was a huge mistake. (more…)

NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Register TODAY for the NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics
calendared on February 17, 2012

Do you have what it takes to be a ‘negosyante’? WOULD YOU LIKE TO know the FUNDAMENTALS of starting a business? Do you want to be inspired to take that first step in establishing your own enterprise? DO YOU HAVE AN EXISTING BUSINESS BUT FEELS YOU NEED TO REVIST AND BE RE-ORIENTED ABOUT THE ‘BASICS’ OF PAGNENEGOSYO?

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

Twin Celebration

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

My father Joecon and his twin brother Tito Ronnie Concepcion turned 80 last December 29. What a milestone it has been for the both of them. We, the family, are very proud, especially because of what they have contributed to society, leaving their mark in history through their respective advocacies. They have certainly left us all with very big shoes to fill.