Archive for May, 2012

A Luminary Story

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Filipinos are hard working by nature. I have always believed in the Filipino’s capacity to be creative, determined, and goal-oriented. All that they needed was the opportunity for them to be successful, whether as an entrepreneur or in their chosen field. And this time, the odds are in favor of us.

Our hard work is starting to bear fruit. Successful entrepreneurs today are not only composed of our Filipino-Chinese friends. We are beginning to see the likes of Jennilyn Antonio, whose rags-to-riches story has inspired many. (more…)

Go Negosyo Holds 2nd NEGOSEM Basics

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo conducted the Negosyo Seminar Basics on May 11, 2012 at the RFM Auditorium. This was the second time for the year 2012 that the NEGOSEM Basics was held.

“The NEGOSEM Basics seminar is for those who would like to learn about how to start a business and also for those who are already entrepreneurs but wishes to revisit the fundamentals”, shared Jap Uminga, Go Negosyo’s Programs Development Officer who co-hosted the event together with Go Negosyo Communications and Special Projects Officer Monica Ramirez.

Mr. Paulo Tibig, President of VCargo shared his insights on the importance of developing the entrepreneurial and positive mindset and some strategies on how to spot business opportunities. Meanwhile, Prof. Carlo Calimon lectured on the basics of product development and marketing. Mr. Tibig and Prof. Calimon are Go Negosyo’s angelpreneurs.



top: VCargo’s Paolo Tibig; bottom: Let’s Go Foundation’s Carlo Calimon.

The ‘Tagumpay’ Forum, a forum which highlighted the entrepreneurial journeys of selected panelists, was also staged as value-add to the learning experience. The forum was co-presented with the Association of Filipino Franchisers Association led by its President Mr. Armando “Butz” Bartolome, who is also a member of the Go Negosyo angelpreneur network and served as the forum moderator.


Among those who shared their inspiring stories of struggles and successes were: Mr. Victor Fernando (Big Apple Express Spa), Ms. Rosanna Llenado (Ahead Tutorial), and Mr. Voltaire Magpayo (Sweet Corner). Meanwhile, three of Go Negosyo’s annual partners were given a timeslot to present their organization, its products and services which are relevant to entrepreneurs. These were Meralco, Valueline and OPMC.


A total of 98 participants joined the entrepreneurship training including delegates from ATRIEV School for the Blind and Lenard Chesire Foundation.



Future Events

A NEGOSEM Level Up called Go Negosyo Magandang Business Advice is to be held on June 13 & 16 at the Asian Institute of Management, Makati City. The third NEGOSEM Basics for the year is scheduled on July 14 at the RFM Auditorium, Mandaluyong. For more information, call Go Negosyo at 637.9229 or 637.9347 or visit or

On The Ehje of Glory

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

This column will now highlight our new slogan; Go Negosyo is rallying its entrepreneurs to join us as we launch our new battlecry – Pilipinas: Now is our time! This year is our chance to start seeing things change for the better. We at Go Negosyo believe, for the past seven years, that entrepreneurship will lead this country out of poverty.

Entrepreneurship is not only for those who have their own business, but also for those who work in private companies and even in government (through intrapreneurship). In the end, what we want to see is an enterprising Filipino who is as passionate and hardworking as a Chinese or Indian entrepreneur. Greater transparency and good governance is now happening. The serious attempt to bring down corruption and to have greater transparency in governance brings about greater confidence not only in local negosyantes, but especially in foreign investors.  And I have to say, Sec. Cesar Purisima has done a good job here. (more…)

Learn More About Franchising from the AFFI Franchise Seminars!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

In times when a person may dream of starting a business, franchising is and may be the right alternative. Ever heard of how a young man from Iloilo became a billionaire and was included in the top 40 Forbes List? He engaged himself into franchising… and look where Mang Inasal is!

The Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc., being a non-profit organization, is now launching an aggressive campaign to reach those who would like to begin a business. Mr. Armando Bartolome, also known as the Philippines’ Franchise Guru and President/CEO of AFFI, shall be rendering seminars on “Expanding Your Business via Franchising” and “The Right Way To Select A Franchise Business”. These are highly recommended for those with existing businesses.

Together with him are known franchisers, as they share how franchising made a difference in their businesses and in their lives.

Find out more about these on the following dates:

Expanding Your Business via Franchising
May 19, Saturday – Two Sessions to Choose
Morning 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Afternoon 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Fee: Php. 500 per person/ First Pay First Serve Basis

The Right Way To Select A Franchise Business
May 26, Saturday – Two Sessions to Choose
Morning 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Afternoon 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Fee: Php. 500 per person/ First Pay First Serve Basis

For more information, contact:
Telefax: (02) 654.0345
Mobile: 0906.2456.045 / 0922.8149.882
Mondays thru Fridays
9:00am to 4:00pm
Look for Ms. Leslie / Ms. Joey

Map to AFFI:

Download the reservation form HERE.

Go Negosyo Call for Participants: Magandang Business Advice: The NEGOSEM Level Up (June 13 & 16)

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Handa Ka na bang Mag-MBA?
Magpa-register na sa Go Negosyo
Magandang Business Advise (MBA) for Entrepreneurs Program:
How to Start Your Business Seminar & Mentoring Workshop


Level Up Key Negosyo Concepts and Principles and
Participate in Actual Business Mentoring!

Take part in the second run of Go Negosyo’s Magandang Business Advice (MBA) for Entrepreneurs Program. Regular Learning Fee is Two Thousand Pesos Only (PhP2,000.00 ONLY), inclusive of three seminar topics, Certificate of Attendance, mentorship by Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs 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!

Go Negosyo Magandang Business Advice (MBA) is one of the three programs under the Go Negosyo Academy. It is an output-based workshop focused on next-level actions of venture planning and venture initiation. It is the level up seminar for Negosyo Seminar Basics.

At the end of the seminar-workshop, the learner should be able to present a Business Plan and be enlightened and guided through actual critiquing and mentoring.

 Felt privileged to have attended the pilot run
 Super sulit!
 Thanks! God bless to successful entrepreneur
 Hope to have the opportunity to hear and participate again
 Mabuhay po kyo! Sana po ay dumami ang katulad ninyo upang madami png matulungan, nangangarap din pong maging kaisa sa inyong adhikain, Maraming Salamat po
 I’ve learned to streamline/ focus on my market niche, truly inspiring
 I was motivated to think out of the box
 Thank you for all the practical tips. Just the right balance between Dean Pax’s “strictness” and Prof. Reuel’s pagka-malumanay, God Bless!
 Highly encouraged for those starting and for those who would like to level up their businesses!

Magandang Business Advice is a two-day seminar workshop with the following schedule:

Dates : Session 1: June 13 (Wednesday), from 5:00PM – 9:30PM
Registration Starts at 4:00PM
Session 2: June 16 (Saturday), from 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Registration Starts at 8:00AM
Venue : Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Conference Center Manila

Address : Eugenio Lόpez Foundation Building, Joseph R. McMicking Campus
123 Paseo de Roxas, MCPO Box 2095, Makati City 1260, Metro Manila, Philippines


• Businesses that want to improve on operational processes and transactions.
• Growing businesses that need to re-organize and re-structure their business.
• Business owners who want to modernize their organization.
• Employees who want to put up their own business but don’t know where to start.
• Fresh graduates, first-time business venturers who are thinking of setting-up their own business.

• Participate in the ‘coaching and mentoring system’ with Go Negosyo’s ANGELpreneurs during workshops.
• Share ideas with peers that are faced with similar issues.
• Determine related trends, opportunities and threats in developing a business idea.
• Learn how to direct and control your business operations in critical areas.
• Determine an appropriate business model for your intended business.
• Design key programs and policies for critical business areas.
• Optimize business processes and learn the best practices of different industries.

• Early Bird rate (if paid before May 25 Friday) P1,800.00
• Regular Rate (if paid before the first session, June 13) P2,000.00
• Onsite Rate P2,300.00
• Student Rate (with valid school ID; graduate students not covered) P1,500.00

Registration fee is non-refundable.
The registration fee is for two sessions already.

For more information about Go Negosyo MBA, call (02)637-9229, (02)637-9347 or visit and

To download the REGISTRATION FORM, click HERE.
To download the WORKING PROGRAM, click HERE.
To download the FAQ SHEET, click HERE.

Felix the CAT

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

This story is not about that popular cartoon character Felix the Cat, which was loved by children and adults back in the 90s. I am talking about Felix Ang of CATS Motors, Inc., who is known for providing a world-class automobile ownership experience in the Philippines. Just like his cartoon feline counterpart, he exhibited curiosity and an innovative character in running his business, which were the reasons why he propelled into success.

Felix is one of the entrepreneurs that I have always admired. He is the face of Mercedes-Benz in the Philippines, which is considered as one of the most luxurious car brands in the world. He may be a prominent figure in the automotive industry today, but this humble man never forgets where he came from and the steps that he took to where he is now. (more…)

The Great Visayan Adventure

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Let me take time out from my usual Go Negosyo columns and share with you our dive adventure in the Visayas. As I write this column, we are still at sea with friends, moving from island to island. The promise of tourism as a negosyo opportunity is definitely now happening. Bohol has new resorts opening, with the Regent group of Boracay buying Alona Panglao; the Bellevue group’s resort is now under construction; and rumors of the Discovery group setting up soon.

There are quite a number of newcomers setting up in different parts of the Visayas. What makes the Visayas different, aside from a number of sand bars, is the rich marine life where many resorts have started to create their own marine sanctuary, with them charging anywhere between 100 pesos to a high of 600 pesos. The highlight of our trip so far is the whale sharks of Oslob, and definitely, there is none other like this in the world. While some people would criticize that this is not a natural thing, since the whale sharks are fed like pets, I look at it differently. At least these fishermen, who at one point harmed the whales till a foreigner told them he would pay them to feed the sharks, can do their share in protecting the whale sharks and look after the environment. The whale sharks have turned into a major tourist attraction. (more…)

Pilipinas: Now is Our Time!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

For close to seven years now since we started the advocacy on Go Negosyo, we have been pushing for a mindset change among Filipinos: that we are not destined for poverty or to be the laggards of Asia. Each and every Filipino can rise above poverty and succeed in life by having the right positive mindset and knowhow, but success is also for those who want it. We seemed to be in a cycle where good things do not last long, as misery and crab mentality somehow crept in. There is no doubt that poverty has remained our country’s biggest problem, but it does not mean that we have not seen successful entrepreneurs who have done well, or even OFWs who were able to send their children to college or buy their own house.

We need to stop being fatalistic about things. Sometimes, our religious beliefs overcome our earnest desire to create our own destiny. We have to realize that the power of prayer only works when one has great faith, believing that a miracle will happen without a doubt, but it has to be accompanied by hard work, determination, and creativity. Imagine if we can apply this to how we feel for our country. This outlook will fulfill our need to break our cycle of misery which we are in, starting from the time of Marcos, to Cory, and then Ramos, to Estrada, to GMA, and now with PNoy. (more…)

Expand Your Business via Franchising!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012