Archive for October, 2012

Go Negosyo, DTI conduct SME Negosyo Caravan in Nueva Vizcaya

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry organized the SME Negosyo Caravan in Nueva Vizcaya on September 10, 2012 at the Ammungan Hall of the Capital Compound in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

The program was jumpstarted with the doxology and the national anthem by the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) Voices and Graces followed by the welcome remarks given by Atty.  Edu Balgos, Provincial Administrator of Nueva Vizcaya.

Meantime, the entrepreneurs’ forum called ‘Pilipinas Now is Our Time’ followed shortly. The panel was composed of the couple Mr. Bong andMs. Donna Jiao of XC Manufacturing; Ms. Antuza Refalde of Kalinga Brew and Nueva Vizcaya’s very own: Mr. Willie Laygo of Wrap and Roll; Mrs. Imelda Arconeda of Imelda’s Special Bibingka; and Mrs. Linda Pascua of ER Pascua Furniture Shop.

The afternoon session was dedicated to plenary lectures by Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs and resource speakers: Mr. Paulo Tibig (Mangarap, Magsikap, Magtagumpay: Discovering the Entrepreneurial Character and Tips on Spotting Business Opportunities), Ms. Mylene Abiva(Produkto at Serbisyong Patok: Basics of Product Development and Strategic Marketing for MSMEs), Mr. Victor Madlangbayan (The Essentials of Business Finance and Business Planning) and Mr. Rafael Canare (Learning Franchising).

Dr. John Palina, VP for Administration of St. Mary’s University and Chairperson of the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial MSMED Council, closed the affair attended by over a hundred aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs from the province. – JPCU



Thursday, October 25th, 2012

In a recent interview, someone asked me what does 2013 look like for the Philippines, and if a Republican or a Democrat president will be good for us. My answer reminded me about our country’s struggle for peace and democracy, which I can still vividly recall. The journey towards where we are today has taken us about 40 years, from the day Martial Law was declared in 1972 to today 2012. I was 14 years old when Martial Law was declared, and my father Joecon was 41 years old. That was the beginning of the dark years for our country. Democracy was gone. My father took the side against the Marcoses, which led to his imprisonment in Camp Crame. As a young boy, innocent at that, I wrote a letter to my dad, filled with words that showed my intense anger with what happened to him. And at that moment when I was giving it to him, I remember that the letter was confiscated by the military person there, who questioned me why I wrote something like that, and that I could be sent to jail for it. As a kid, the thought of going to jail myself frightened me. That process of change from Martial Law to the Yellow Revolution in 1986 cost so many lives, including that of Ninoy Aquino, who my father and almost all Filipinos admired a lot and was one of the reasons why he had the courage to organize NAMFREL despite the serious threat to our flour milling business at that time. (more…)

Defining Moments

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Most of us have encountered a period in our lives that tested our courage and spelled what we are today. We call these as our defining moments—situations that has shown us our worth and contribution to people around us. Go Negosyo has mounted several activities here and abroad, and every single caravan, seminar, and summit that we did helped us see how far we have reached. It is true that not everyone among the thousands who have attended our activities will turn out to be entrepreneurs, and even successful ones at that, but we are happy that our advocacy was able to reach many Filipinos and somehow make them consider a different kind of mindset and attitude in life, harnessing their respective strengths and passion to later become more successful.  The past weeks had been defining moments for Go Negosyo, as we realized greater involvement in several fields. Let me share with you some of these moments.

The 7th Sipag Awards National Winners with Go Negosyo Executive Director Mon Lopez, NLDC President Gondelina G. Amata, and LANDBANK President & CEO and NLDC Chairman Gilda E. Pico


Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2012

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Tonight will be the awarding ceremonies of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2012. This is an annual recognition of the country’s best entrepreneurs who has shown excellence in their business operations. This time, I am not part of the judging panel, but I will be awarding the Small Business Entrepreneur. The grand winner will get to represent the country in the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monaco next June. I can say that they are all deserving to be included as finalists, and it is worth noting that 50 percent of them are either awardees or advocates of Go Negosyo over the years. Let me share the names and a short profile of the 17 finalists. (more…)

Join Go Negosyo and ACE’s Managing Enterprising Families Seminar!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The Philippine Center for Enterpreneurship – Go Negosyo and ACE Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Education is offering a program on the Dynamic of Enterprising Families, which offers a fresh perspective on family corporations going beyond being a family enterprise to become enterprising families!

Learn from the best management speakers in the country, Entrep Guru Dr. Andy Ferreria and Mr. Ricky Mercado of the John Gokongwei School of Management of the Ateneo de Manila University. Topics will include The Nature of Family Corporations, Understanding Basic Concepts of Family Systems, Sustaining the Fam‎ily Enterprise Beyond the First… and many more!

The learning fee is Php7,000, inclusive of food, workshop materials, and certificate of attendace. However, we will be offering an early bird rate to those who will register early!

For more information, please call Carie at 637.9229 or Monica at 631.8101 loc 7889.

Chinoypreneur Challenge Rolls Out Rounds 2, 3

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012


The Round 2 of the Chinoypreneur Challenge was held last October 6, at the Sky Tower 1, Binondo, Manila. ChinoyTV CEO Mr. Alvin Tan gave the briefing to the judges. The board of judges was headed by Mr. Josiah Go. Other judges were Ms. Siu Ping Par (PR Gaz), Asun Soler (Crystal Clear Water), Kay Cruz (Pancit Malabon), Jameson Chua (Manila Business College), Jerry Chua (Eng Bee Tin), Mason Ang (Filipino- Chinese Business Club), Andrei Adriano (Moonleaf Tea) & Bong Jiao (XC Manufacturing) as the Go Negosyo representative. Participating schools are the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Sto. Tomas, Philippine Cultural College, Chang Kai Shek College, University of the Philippines, and the University of Asia & the Pacific. The objective is to promote entrepreneurship to students. Each team was given 8 minutes to present their business plan for their assigned established businesses in the country such as Moonleaf Tea, Crystal Clear Water, Pancit Malabon & Manila Business College. There was also a defense after each presentation. The judges unanimously chose the students from UA&P who took Moonleaf Tea for their case study. Other winners were UP (Manila Business College), Philippine Cultural College (Moonleaf Tea) & AFICS (Pancit Malabon). There will also be a wild card but it will be announced on the next round.


The Chinoypreneur Challenge Wild Card Round was held at the activity area of SM Manila on October 13, 2012. The four bottom teams for the previous rounds were again feted against each other to get the chance to redeem themselves and be part of the next rounds. The judges were Josiah Go- Mansmith (Head Judge), Shirly Sy (Brother’s Burger), May Nol Montalbo (Mont Albo Massage Hut), Josie Go (Karimadon), Froilan Manotoc (Philippine Franchise Association) and Zarah Juan (Panda Cleaners) who also represented Go Negosyo. The students of the four teams came from the following Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Sto. Tomas and Chang Kai Shek College. Their case studies were the Brother’s Burger and Mont Albo Massage Hut. Just like the previous rounds, they were given 8 minutes to present their case study and another 5 minutes for the defense. Among the four teams, the judges chose Team 2 from Chang Kai Shek College for Mont Albo Massage Hut and Team 4 from Ateneo for Brother’s Burger. This time, each judge was interviewed to give their comments and suggestions for the four teams.

Reports from: Ms. Rose Peralta, Programs Development Assistant

Go Negosyo Brings YES to North Luzon!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Go Negosyo had successfully organized this year’s second entrepreneurship summit caravan for the North Luzon youth, happened last August 31 at the University of Pangasinan- PHINMA (UPang) Gymnasium with 3,500 youth participants.


Now on its fourth year, the 2012 Let’s Go Negosyo Young Entrepreneurs Summit Caravan 2012 (YES), themed Asenso sa Tiyaga at Galing ng Kabataan (ASTIG ng Kabataan), once again gathered thousands of young, aspiring and existing entrepreneurs from different parts of North Luzon to strengthen an enterprising spirit in them and to empower them to assist in achieving something in life.

The second leg featured some of the most inspirational and motivational speakers and entrepreneurs like Ray Gapuz (R. A. Gapuz Review Center), Kamela Seen (Plato Wraps), GJ Jimenez (Banapple), Zarah Juan (Panda Cleaners), and Oliver Tan (Pooch Park Doggie Day Care). They composed the panelists for the forum.



Furthermore, Rob Crisostomo, a young social entrepreneur of SeedCore from British Council Philippines was also present. Three notable and highly respected Let’s Go Negosyo Angelreneurs namely Carlo Calimon (Executive Director of Let’s Go Foundation), Armand Bengco (Executive Director of Colayco Foundation) and Michael Angelo Lobrin (Author of Laugh with God Today) were also present and discussed entrepreneurship, financial literacy for the youth and the right attitude in making business successful for youth.





With the tastes and preferences of the youth in mind, Let’s Go Negosyo had designed the summit to not only be educational and inspirational, but also entertaining. Present during the summit were UPang majestic choir, energetic dance troupes, the guest artist Gerald Santos and other local performers.



For almost seven years now, Let’s Go Negosyo has been at the vanguard of developing entrepreneurship in the country as the way to solve the problem of poverty. Through various negosyo programs like YES 2012, the organization can provide education and training, and hence becomes the great equalizer, as Let’s Go Negosyo offers everyone an equal chance of moving up in life.

“What a wonderful experience it was. Nakaka-enlighten po talaga ito. Tama po si Sir Rey na ang motivation po ang kailangan para sa success. At namotivate po kami dito. Nakakatuwa po ang natutunan namin kina Sir Lopez na character, competence and creativity. (It has enlighted us so much. Truly, Sir Rey is right that motivation is necessary to success. And we are motivated here. It was really good to knor from Sir Mon and others the importance of character, competence and creativity),” happily shared by Geraldine M. Villareal and Gladez C. Domingo, best friends who were both participants from University of Pangasinan.

Some of the schools which participated in the YES 2012 – North Luzon were University of Pangasinan, Arch Diocesan of San Fabian, Bonuan Boquig National High School, Colegio de Dagupan, Divine Word College, Judge Jose de Venecia National High School, Luzon College of Science & Technology, Lyceum of Northeastern University, North Luzon Adventist College, Pan Pacific University of Northern Philippines,Pangasinan State University, Perpetual Help College, San Fabian National High School, University of Luzon, Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation and others.

The 2012 Let’s Go Negosyo Young Entrepreneurs Summit Caravan – North Luzon was sponsored by PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Meralco, RFM Corporation, BPI Family Ka-Negosyo, Avon Cosmetics, Philippines, Orchard Property Marketing Corporation, Isuzu Philippines Corporation, LBC Solutions, Valueline Systems and Solution Corporation. Other partners were British Council Philippines, Cats Motors Inc., Hotel 101, Mang Inasal, Villar Foundation, and Fern Inc.

Apart from that, the whole day summit also featured booths from exhibitors.

The Pinoy Avengers

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The avengers are in town.

Those who watched the movie Avengers will be familiar with the characters of Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and of course Iron Man. They are known to fight the villains that threaten the peace. But aside from Thor, these superheroes are not gifted with natural superpowers. They rely on sophisticated equipment, which was crafted by the world’s most brilliant minds in the field of science and technology. Well, we Filipinos have our own version of The Avengers. But instead of fighting evil, they are fighting pessimism and poverty by sharing with us their experiences in the field of technology. Dado Banatao, Sheila Marcelo, Winston Damarillo, Paco Sandejas, and Eric Manlunas are just some of the very successful Filipinos from the Silicon Valley who are in Manila to mentor young and starting entrepreneurs under an organization called PhilDev. Their project, Silicon Valley Comes to the Philippines, brings together the best Filipino and American technopreneurs to share their insights and expertise on various issues concerning Filipino ingenuity that changed the landscape of entrepreneurship through technology here and abroad. (more…)

Chinoypreneur Challenge Runs Round 1

Monday, October 8th, 2012

September 15, 2012 – The Chinoy TV, the only trilingual telemagazine show in the Philippines, in cooperation with Go Negosyo,, Philippine Franchise Association, Mansmith and Fielders, and the Alliance of Filipino Chinese Students, gathered together the competitive students from eight recognized colleges and universities in the country for the first round of the Chinoypreneur 2012 held at the SM North EDSA – Annex.

After its successful debut last year, the Chinoypreneur goes bolder with its aim of promoting youth entrepreneurship and helping enterprises owned by Filipino-Chinese or “Chinoys” to improve by equipping them with more extensive knowledge on Marketing, Product Development, Human Resources, Information Technology and other facets necessary in addressing their current challenges and bringing their businesses to greater heights.

For the second leg, participating schools are the De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo De Manila University, Chang Kai Shek College, University of the Philippines, University of Asia and the Pacific and the Philippine Christian College.

The Chinoypreneur Round 1 is the immediate follow through of the Chinoypreneur Day, where the participant learned the essentials and basics of entrepreneurship from the seminars conducted by experts and Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs such as Josiah Go, Randell Tiongson, Paulo Tibig and Michaeal Angelo Lobrin. In this round, they will apply their learnings from the said event. Each team was assigned to an enterprise for them to study and analyze for improvement. The four partner businesses were Whoops, Party Shots, Little Arts Ville and Fruit Magic. The study and analysis were presented to the Board of Judges – Joselito Samson, Senior Operations Consultant of Francorp Philippines, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Chairman and CEO of Sterling Group of Companies, Mylene Abiva, President and CEO of FELTA Multi-Media Inc. and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur, and Josiah Go, resident judge and Chairman and Chief Marketing Strategist of Mansmith and Fielders, Inc. Joining the judges in the panel were the owners of the partner businesses.

All teams did a great job of identifying and demystifying the challenges of their respective partner-business. Backed up by the expertise of the judges, their studies get better as they move towards the Cinoypreneur 2012’s noble goal.

The Round 1 winners are the CKSC, UP and PCC teams. As part of this round’s prize, they will be spending quality time with Gerry Chua, Owner of Eng Bee Tin, Inc. and a successful Chinoypreneur.

The Chinoypreneur Round 2 is scheduled to happen on October 6.

By: Ann Margaret Antonio

Go Negosyo, Chinoy TV Holds Chinoypreneur Day

Monday, October 8th, 2012


Making its mark in the Philippine entrepreneurial advocacy, the first Chinoypreneur Day was organized last September 1 at the Muelle de Binondo, Manila. The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo was a major partner of the Chinoypreneur Challenge 2012, together with Mansmith, Philippine Franchising Association (PFA) and Association of Filipino Chinese Students (AFICS) in spearheading the Chinoypreneur Day.


As part of their commitment in providing entrepreneurship education to more than a thousand micro negosyantes, students, and aspiring entrepreneurs for free, the organizers gathered experts and guest speakers like Tan Ching, President of Federation of Filipino–Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII); Samie Lim, Chairman Emeritus of Philippine Franchise Association and Chairman of FrancorpPhils.; Josiah Go, Chairman of Mansmith and Fielders Inc.; and Randell Tiongson, Personal Finance Expert. 





Furthermore, Let’s Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs participated on the said event by sharing their time and expertise in guiding the participants in their entrepreneurial journey. They were Paulo Tibig, President of VCargo and Michael Angelo Lobrin, Author of Laugh with God Today.Additionally, Roy Aguila, Business Development Manager of and Jan Michael M. Cabral, SME Channel Partner Relationship Manager of Meralco SME Business Group also shared how entrepreneurs can maximize their resources for their operations.

The highlighted forum in the program featured young inspiring and successful entrepreneurs Reymont Choachuy of Sams Everything On Stick and Tea101, Ifore Yu of Chicken Charlie, Krishna Alejandrino of Junior Achievement of the Philippines Inc.(JAPI), Kim Lato of Kimstore, Willen Ma of Masuki and Olivia Limpe of Asian Dragon. During the said forum, Raymont Choa Chuy shared how misfortunes became his motivations.  Ifore Yu discussed how his courage transformed things on him. Krishna Alejandrino highlighted how youth can be powerful by sharing what they do in JAPI. Kim Lato inspired the participants how being young can never be a hindrance to successful enterprise like Kimstore. Furthermore, Willen Ma highlighted how love in her family became the secret ingredient of their mami in Masuki.


According to Alvin Kingson Tan, chairman of the said event and President of Fil-Chi Media Productions Inc., the activity aimed to encourage youth to do business and be able to participate in nation building. He highlighted that there are many doors to business opportunities and the participants must be active to take them.

President Ron Andre Lim of AFICS also expressed his gratitude for the success of the event and mentioned in his speech that it is there hope for the event to be useful and interesting for the participants. Relatively, Communications and Special Projects Officer Monica Ramirez of PCE discussed on the latest Philippine economic situation in relation to how this country becomes a nation of entrepreneurs.

The Chinoypreneur Day was a series of whole-day seminar on the entrepreneurship. This project presented an entrepreneurship education to Chinoy / Filipino that will empower them with more relevant concepts and approaches to succeed in their businesses and plans in life as contribution in building the nation.