Archive for November, 2012

The Bossings of 2013

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

From over four years since our partnership with PLDT SME Nation started, the relationship between Go Negosyo and PLDT has blossomed. I remember that lunch meeting was arranged by Go Negosyo trustee Myla Villanueva at my home, just when PLDT SME Nation group was being hatched since PLDT saw the need to address the telco technology needs of the SME segment. One of the many programs that became so big was the MVP Bossing Awards, which is a search of the country inspiring and innovative entrepreneurs.  They are chosen not only in terms of their size, but in terms of their inspiring entrepreneurial journey, their creativity and ability to give back to society. The search for the country’s first batch of bossings was launched at the NBC Tent back in 2010, where 17 entrepreneurs were recognized.

On its third year today, the PLDT MVP Bossings is back at the NBC Tent. PLDT SME Nation managed to pull off a very elegant affair last Tuesday night, matched by a perfectly-paced lively program. PLDT really made sure it would be a very memorable night for the awardees. The tent was packed with over 800 guests, who are either past, present, and even potential future bossings. PLDT Chairman MVP himself, together with the heads of his various companies and   their partners in the entrepreneurship advocacy like Go Negosyo, led the giving of recognition to the Bossings. Even Secretary Albert del Rosario was there, sitting beside Inquirer chair Marixi Prieto, whose daughter Tessa was the host together with Rico Hizon. They were both in awe with the elegance of the affair, as well as the quality of the choices for the 2013 bossings. (more…)

OFW and Family Summit 2012

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

The Villar Foundation, through its Managing Director Cynthia Villar, has been a Go Negosyo advocate for quite some time now. Cynthia, who is the wife of Manny Villar whom we all know as the person who climbed his way up from poverty and has inspired many of us, has also motivated us with her own efforts. From being a congresswoman-turned-social entrepreneur, she has been recognized in Europe during the United Nations 2011 Water for Life Best Water Management Practices. And today, Villar Foundation and Go Negosyo are making another milestone as we mount the 2nd OFW and Family Summit.

We all know that OFWs are the reason why our country’s foreign reserves today have reached an all time high. Aside from the dollar inflows, this phenomenon has spurred the real estate and consumer spending that we are now seeing. Many of these OFWs are obligated to help their families whom they left behind—they do it to have a house, see their children get a better education, and hopefully, to save so that they can give their families a better life. But this comes with a social cost. Not having a parent or even both parents around compromises the value formation of the children. A number of broken marriages became the result of the very long separation between couples. But what is the alternative? There are not enough jobs generated, and as the population grows fast, they would rather leave and seek greener pastures abroad than fall into extreme poverty. To their minds, being an OFW is the best alternative that will give their children a chance to have a better future. (more…)

Hope amidst Adversity

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Almost a year ago, Go Negosyo decided to embark on a different program. We are in existence for more than seven years now, and at this point we realized that not all people could become entrepreneurs, but they can acquire an enterprising attitude. What we can do is to help ensure that Filipinos receive an opportunity for them to learn the right attitude and use it to move up from poverty. And there is one sector in our society that Go Negosyo has not tapped: the out-of-school youth. With this in mind, we planned a comprehensive program that will hone the talents and personalities of selected OSYs and link them to organizations that will give them an opportunity to work and save money so that they can finish school. This is how Negosyo Mo: Bukas Ko was born.

As of this moment, we are starting to see the impact of our trainings with our seed batch, which is composed of around 80 OSYs from Novaliches, Caloocan, and Project 4, Quezon City. They are currently employed under the companies of Go Negosyo advocates such as Jo Magsaysay’s Potato Corner, Rommel Juan’s Binalot, among others. As they continue to save up in order to resume their schooling next year, we are now currently training the next batch of OSYs from Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan, Quezon City, and Marikina. We recognize that there is still a long way to go to perfect the program, but we are really thankful to our partners who helped us give a chance to these young people to reach their dreams in life. (more…)

The Roadmap to Success and Happiness

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

When I was still a young boy, I dreamt of reaching certain goals in life. Aside from aspiring to become Batman someday (a dream which I know is next to impossible), I wished for stability and for me to be able to provide a comfortable life for my family. I know for a fact that everyone also dreamt of being someone or attaining something at one point in their lives. And it is worthy to note that despite the differences in our backgrounds, the roadmap towards success does not change. Our fate will depend on how hard we are willing to work and how far we are willing to take sacrifices towards reaching what we want in life.

That is why it is very encouraging that there are sectors in our society today that is willing to help Filipinos reach their goals, especially those who have less in life. (more…)

Be at the 2nd OFW and Family Summit on November 22!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Following the resounding success and the positive feedback from the OFWs and their families last year, Villar Foundation and Go Negosyo will hold the 2nd OFW and Family Summit on November 22, 2012 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

This one-day event aims to provide various business opportunities for the OFWs and their families, with the thrust for proper management and investment of their hard-earned resources. Moreover, the summit aspires to encourage entrepreneurship among OFWs and provide the vehicle for them to spot business breaks that fit their interests and skills. This will be avenue for them to network with business owners, franchise holders, and other groups that can help them start their own business.

Register online by clicking here.

CALABARZON participants brave Typhoon Ofel to attend Go Negosyo-DTI SME Caravan

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Participants from the government, private sector, MSMEs, and the academe braved the rains brought by Typhoon Ofel to attend the CALABARZON SME Caravan mounted by Go Negosyo and DTI Region IV last October 25 at the Aurora Grand Ballroom, One Tagaytay Place, Tagaytay City. It was a day filled with inspiration and information as the audience got to hear lessons from the resource speakers, which they can apply in their respective negosyos.

The session started with messages from Rene Tongson, OIC of the Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood, and Enterprise Development Office of Cavite, and Marilou Quinco-Toledo, Regional Director of DTI Region IV-A. Go Negosyo’s Executive Director Ramon Lopez discussed the importance of having an entrepreneurial mindset, which was followed by a forum featuring Manila and CALABARZON’s successful entrepreneurs. The panelists in the forum include Jennilyn Antonio (Ehje’s Peanut Butter), GJ Jimenez (Banapple), Zarah Juan (Panda Cleaners), Kim Lato (Kimstore), and Virginia Malipol (Amira’s Buko Tart), who shared their experiences in starting up, the challenges that they faced, and their pieces of advice to entrepreneurs like them.

In the afternoon, angelpreneurs Paulo Tibig, Ed Pilapil, and Tess Dimaculangan all revealed their knowledge on how to spot business opportunities, conduct strategic marketing for MSMEs, and the tricks on business finance. Meanwhile, Marlo Carag of the Intellectual Property Office emphasized the importance of having one’s brand protected by getting it registered.

Provincial Director Noly Guevarra of DTI Cavite closed the activities.

Go Negosyo’s partners PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Meralco, and Avon participated in the caravan through their onsite booths.

Go Negosyo, Sacred Heart alumni join forces to stage YES Cebu

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and Sacred Heart High School Batch 1987 joined forces to bring the Go Negosyo Youth Entrepreneurship Summit in Cebu last October 5 at the J Centre Mall Convention Center in Mandaue City. This is the third installment of the YES Caravan, which brings the much-awaited summit of the year closer to Filipinos by holding it in key areas across the Philippines.

More than 2,000 participants witnessed the event, which began with opening messages from Edmun Liu, President of the Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu Alumni Association, and Usec. Leon Flores III, Chairman of the National Youth Commission. Meanwhile, Go Negosyo’s founder Joey Concepcion gave a short but rousing speech on the importance of following one’s passion and pursuing one’s dreams in life.

Ten outstanding young Cebuanos were given recognition for being stalwarts of entrepreneurship, proving that age nor experience are not hindrances towards success. The awardees include Renault Lao (Loft), Jan Rodriguez (Ilaputi), Don Edrian Tirol (93rd and 1st), Ken and Kaz Onozawa (Rhipstop Soul Clothing), Rachel Arandilla (Sprockets Cafe), Diane Uy-Ang (What a Girl Wants), Wesley Chiongbian (, Jandrick Climaco (Fushu Shoes), Dan Legarde (Japengo/Beat), and Derek Dytian (Creative Cuisine Catering Services). Awarding them onstage are Joey Concepcion, Edmun Liu, Usec. Flores, Jay Aldeguer (President, Islands Group), Ramon Lopez (Executive Director, Go Negosyo), Kat Luna-Abelarde (VP and Head, PLDT SME Nation), and Nelia Navarro (DTI Cebu Provincial Director).

After the awarding ceremonies, a Pilipinas: Now is Our Time forum featuring Manila’s successful entrepreneurs took place at the plenary. Moderated by Mon Lopez and Go Negosyo’s resident host Chal Lontoc, the forum featured Ray Gapuz (RA Gapuz Review Center), Cristalle Henares (Belo Essentials), Haresh Hiranand (Glorious Commercial Exports), Federico Moreno (Ystilo Salon), and Tommanny Tan (FERN, Inc.). This was followed by another forum on Cebu’s young negosyantes, which include Jacklyn Kaye Uy (What a Girl Wants), Wesley Chiongbian, Renault Lao, Kaz and Ken Onozawa, and Jan Rodriguez.

The lecture part of the program led by Go Negosyo angelpreneurs began in the afternoon, starting with Henry Tenedero’s session on failures and how can it be overturned into stepping-stones for success. Dean Pax Lapid shared how to spot business opportunities by young entrepreneurs, while Armand Bengco taught the basics on financial literacy. Meanwhile, Michael Angelo Lobrin talked about the importance of attitude in attaining one’s dreams. In between the talks are intermission numbers from Ray Gapuz and the University of San Carlos-Recoletos. John Dytian, president of Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu Batch 1987 Homecoming, gave the closing remarks.

Entrepreneurship advocate Justin Uy served as host for accommodating the event at his new mall, while Go Negosyo’s partners participated in the event, including PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Kettle Korn, LBC Solutions, Orchard Property Marketing Corporation, and FERN, Inc.

Rikki’s Resilience

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Yesterday, America has reshaped their history once more after voting for their next President and Vice President. It is great to witness not only the San Francisco Giants winning their second championship in three years, but to see how the Americans cast their votes, as well as to meet and talk to Americans and FilAms on who did they vote for and why. As of 8:30 pm San Francisco time, Obama is a clear winner as the major states voted for him. He is widely credited for his reforms such as the Obamacare program. Women definitely came out to vote for him as they saw that he did care for the women. Obama is good for America because we have seen what he has done and what he is still capable of. He did steer his country to a more stable ground in 2008 during the world’s greatest financial crises. America still has its big problems and is still far from reaching a permanent solution, but having Obama at the driver’s seat for another four years will have a better chance of continuity on programs that work. This will be good for the Philippines as well, as Obama realizes that America cannot stop outsourcing from other countries.

Speaking of elections, there are people who are taking the elections seriously for more personal reasons. Let us not go far; some Filipinos lived to believe that the directions of their lives are dependent on the government. We will encounter people who will say that the government its poor policies are to blame for their poverty. While there is some truth to this statement, blaming our misery in our government is not the right way to go. We must remember that our lives are still dependent on our own actions. If we will just sit still and wail without doing anything; if we live beyond our means; or if we don’t persevere, nothing will happen to us. We at Go Negosyo continues to look for stories who will inspire Filipinos that hard work and resilience are our most effective weapons against poverty. Let me share with you one such story. (more…)

A Festive Celebrity Christmas Bazaar for a Cause!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Champions in Entrepreneurship

Monday, November 5th, 2012

What does it take for someone to become a champion?

A champion is somebody who has done a great amount of good for the benefit of others. He is someone who went past himself and pushed himself beyond his limits to extend help to those who are in need. Passion is a champion’s only weapon, and in his quest to reach his goals, he knew that he will be facing challenges that he has not imagined facing before. But a champion will handle it with such courage just to make sure that his purpose will be attained.

SGV Foundation recently held the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2012. Seventeen champions in entrepreneurship were honored, and from this year’s pool of finalists, six of them emerged as winners under the Small Business Entrepreneur, Master Entrepreneur, Social Entrepreneur, Woman Entrepreneur, Emerging Entrepreneur, and Young Entrepreneur categories. For the past five years, I have been attending the EOY awards night to award the Small Business Entrepreneur category winner, because of my involvement with Go Negosyo which focuses on the micro and small entrepreneurs. During the ceremonies last October 18, I am happy that Jaime I. Ayala of Hybrid Social Solutions, Inc. won the Entrepreneur of the Year award. On top of that, he is also the first social entrepreneur who has won this prestigious recognition. (more…)