Archive for January, 2013

The Vibe of Digital Education

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Technology has really evolved fast in the recent decades, and it has changed our way of life. In business, computers make it more efficient to transact business or monitor productivity. Communication has also been made easier with cellphones and social network sites. Things are now going so fast with technology that it would be a challenge for everyone to try to keep up with the changes. But what amazes me is that young kids today seem to have their way with it. Give a child a gadget, and he or she will learn how to use it in minutes. In fact, my five-year old daughter Isabella has been so skilled in using an iPad even if no one has taught her.

Mr. Gus Vibal, President of The Vibal Publishing House


Join the Negosem Basics on February 15!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Register TODAY for the NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics
calendared on February 15, 2013

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!

Take part in the very first run of NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics for the year 2013 on February 15! 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 15, 2013 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 4, 2013, Monday.

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

To fill out the REGISTRATION FORM, click

To download the WORKING PROGRAM, click HERE.

To download the FAQ SHEET, click HERE.

The Biggest Techno Event of the Year

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Four days from now, we will be mounting Go Negosyo’s 2nd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. From the initial one thousand at the NBC Tent, we are now expecting close to five thousand attendees, including students from 70 schools in Luzon and Visayas as well as 500 participants from PLDT SME Nation, to attend the summit, which is enough to fill all the three halls of the SMX. The technology sector has been really booming in the past couple of decades, and we thought that it is about time for us to open this avenue for Filipinos who would like to start their own negosyos but are not sure of what to do, or where to begin. But before I tell you more about the event, let me thank the PLDT group led by MVP (who will attend the summit himself), EVP Eric Alberto, and PLDT SME Nation head Kat Luna-Abelarde for working with us in mounting the Technopreneur summit. They will be demonstrating their newest service called the PLDT Cloud there, which I think is one of the best IT-related services that we can avail in the country.

Four forum sessions will happen that will feature various industry names who will talk about their experiences as technopreneurs—what was it like to be one, the challenges that came along their way, and the steps that they have made in order to reach the top. PLDT President Polly Nazareno will help us inspire our participants with his opening remarks, while the keynote message will come from Engr. Diosdado Banatao, one of the most successful Filipino technopreneurs and the Chairman of PhilDev Foundation. The first forum will follow afterwards, which would highlight the success of Filipinos who have also made it big in the technology industry such as Silicon Valley fellows Winston Damarillo, Eric Manlunas, Dr. Paco Sandejas, and Myla Villanueva, as well as Smart Communications co-founder Doy Vea. (more…)

The Filipino Technopreneurs

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Another year has begun. Everyone is anticipating that 2013 will be a super year for the Philippines in terms of economic growth. For Go Negosyo, this means another year for us to continue expanding the advocacy of entrepreneurship as a way out of misery and poverty. And to start the year, we are mounting the 2nd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit on January 21. Due to the overwhelming number of participants who would like to take part, we will now be doing this at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

We have invited 40 of the industry’s biggest names to inspire people that technopreneurship is actually a good avenue in starting a business. As big and as popular their names may be in the technology sector, all of them started from scratch, and they were able to make a name for themselves by working hard, by being passionate about what they do, and by staying positive despite the adversities that came their way. Let me share the stories of some of these remarkable people. (more…)


Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Due to the influx of participants, the 2nd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit will be moved from NBC Tent to the SMX CONVENTION CENTER, same day, on January 21, 2013.

We would like to thank all the confirmed schools who will be participating at the coming Summit:

Asian Institute of Maritime Studies
Bataan Peninsula State University
Batangas State University (Main Campus)
Bulacan Agricultural State College
Bulacan State University
Central Luzon University
Centro Escolar University Makati
Colegio de San Juan de Letran Manila
De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde
De La Salle Lipa
De La Salle University Dasmarinas
Don Bosco Technical College
Far Eastern University Manila
Far Eastern University – Silang, Cavite
First Asia Institute of Technology & Humanities
Global Reciprocal Colleges
Imus Computer College
La Consolacion College – Caloocan
Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Colleges of Caybiga Inc.
Leon Guinto Memorial College, Inc
Lipa City Colleges
Lyceum of the Philippines Batangas
Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila
Manila Central University
Marinduque State College
Metro Manila College
National College of Sciencde & Technology
National University Manila
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina
Pasig Catholic College
Philippine Cultural College
Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Quezon City
Quezon City Polytechnic University
Rizal Technological University
Southville Foreign University
STI College Munoz
St. Francis of Assisi College Las Pinas
St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City
St. Joseph’s College – Montalban
St. Paul University Manila
St. Paul University Tugegarao
Technological Institute of the Philippines – QC
Trinity University of Asia
University of Makati
University of Rizal System – Tanay, Rizal
University of Rizal System – Bingonan, Rizal
University of Sto. Tomas
University of the East Manila

We are still open for confirmation from high schools and colleges. You may get in touch with the FTSii Secretariat through Ms. Rose Peralta (NCR schools) or Ms. Andel Reyes (Non-NCR schools) at 637.9229 or 637.9347. Schools are sent official invitation letters addressed to the College or University President. While the invitation is open to everyone, we would like to prioritize students of the following courses: Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, Advertising, Community, Business and Entrepreneurship. A template invitation letter for school can be downloaded from our event website: We would also like to thank the Commission on Higher Education for their official endorsement.

The registration for participants (non-students and non-teachers only) is still open. Registration fee is worth Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00), which will already cover for lunch, PM snack and a Certificate of Participation. Please reserve a slot by filling up the online registration database. Payment should be made to any BDO Branch with the Account Name Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc. under Account Number 4850-088-492. To slot verification, the deposit slip should be sent via fax (637.7874) or via e-mail ( (Subject: FTSiiPayment_NAME). REGISTRATION IS EXTENDED UNTIL THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2013.

Download the latest copy of the working program HERE.

Wishes for 2013

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The festivities have come to a close, and our relatives whom we hosted for the holidays are starting to return to where they are based. A friend of mine, Haresh Hiranan, who turned 50 years old last week, also hosted his wife’s family for a couple of weeks. When his guests asked him to say a few words during his party, he told them that he is looking forward to January 5. They asked him what would happen on that day, and his guests laughed when he replied, “That is the date when all of you would depart.”

Kidding aside, it is really important to spend time with friends and family. Holidays give us the opportunity to get together, and it is sad to see good times come to an end and bid farewell to relatives and friends. In the past weeks I am sure that many families had also experienced the same feeling, especially those who have spouses or members of the family who are working abroad. Speaking of separation, I am glad divorce is not a priority with PNoy. This is the one thing that our country should not even do, as the risk of separation is much higher when a spouse lives abroad to work. Allowing divorce will make it easier for people to just call it quits when the couple can still make their marriage work. Allowing divorce will destroy the very fiber that holds the Filipino family together. (more…)

Happy New Year 2013

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The Christmas season comes to a close, and in five hours as I write this column we will be welcoming the year 2013. Time does fly so fast especially when you have family and friends celebrating with you.  Hosting close to 100 people for the holidays at our home by the beach, including my father’s 81st birthday, was a challenging task. I invited the New Zealand Ambassador Reuben Levermore to stay with us for two nights and welcome the New Year the Pinoy way. This is his first time to see a better view of the Batangas beaches, and he is amazed not only with the scenery, but in seeing how Filipinos bond together with family and friends. Maybe ours was a bit overwhelming for him because of our number.

As we look back at 2012, let us reflect on the things that we did right as a country, starting with PNoy’s economic team. Sec. Cesar Purisima, Sec. Greg Domingo, and Gov. Amando Tetangco did all the right things this year, and this column will run out of space if we would enumerate everything that they have accomplished. (more…)