Archive for February, 2013

Go Negosyo mounts its 5th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on March 1

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

In its continuing effort to empower Filipinos to be enterprising and entrepreneurial, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. – Go Negosyo, will mount the 5TH GO NEGOSYO FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT on MARCH 1, 2013, FRIDAY at the WORLD TRADE CENTER MANILA.

The Summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipina by equipping them with a positive mindset, as well as the tools and concepts necessary for them to pursue the path towards success. It shall continue the annual tradition of recognizing women and their capacity to be catalysts of change and progress.

Serving as Keynote Speaker for the summit is no less than the distinguished member of the Senate, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. In addition, a select pool of distinguished Filipina entrepreneurs and enablers will be awarded for their remarkable contribution in their respective fields. Among the twelve Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2013 are Corazon Dayro-Ong (CDO Foodsphere, Inc.), Maria Fe Agudo (Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc.), Charita Puentespina (Puentespina Orchids and Tropical Plants, Inc), Amb. Preciosa Soliven (OB Montessori, Inc.), Siu Ping Par (PR Gaz Holdings, Inc.), Tina Maristela-Ocampo (Celestina), Glenda Barretto (Via Mare), Dr. Eleanor Tan (Healthway Medical), Bambi Verzo (Concertus Manila), Dr. Vivian Sarabia (Vivian Sarabia Optical), Cynthia Villar (The Villar Foundation), and Heny Sison (Heny Sison Culinary School).

Meanwhile, three women entrepreneurship stalwarts will be recognized as the Go Negosyo Women Entrepreneurship Icons for devoting their lives in entrepreneurship and by helping promote the same to Filipinos. Our Women Entrepreneur Icons are Dr. Helena Benitez (Philippine Women’s University), Socorro Ramos (National Book Store), and Esther Vibal (Vibal Publishing House, Inc.).

The summit will cover different entrepreneurship and empowerment topics through a series of plenary fora featuring prominent female entrepreneurs. There will also be individual mentoring sessions with expert entrepreneurs and business consultants, and an expo area where entrepreneurs can sell and promote their products and services, as well as showcase their effective business models.

Level up and learn! Entrance is FREE FOR ALL! Students and teachers may pre-register by calling 637.9229 or 637.9347. For more information, visit Go Negosyo’s website at and


Join BusinessWorks’ The Big Workshop on March 13!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


People say that “Innovation is the currency of Business success” nowadays. With more and more companies producing the same product line, or offering the same types of services, it is crucial to stand out among the rest, to be ‘the only one’.

And so, what do companies do? They try as best to cater to the needs and whims of their consumers. Product and service development become top priority, because no one wants to get left behind. But what most companies fail to realize, is that Innovation is not just about developing new products or services. Innovation can also be applied with the way our businesses work.

What if I told you that there is a way to ensure that you and your company stay atop of the game?

Business Works Inc. proudly invites you to The Business Innovation Game (The BIG Workshop), this coming March 13, 2013, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, at The Tent, Enderun Colleges, Mckinley Hill, Fort, Taguig City.

The BIG Workshop simulation underscores the importance of employees doing the right activities in the most efficient way possible. Through the BIG simulation activities, participants see the strong connections of organizational structure, team processes, employee assessment and leadership to a company’s financial performance

Following A Successful December Launch, this 1-Day MBA is  a once in a lifetime opportunity, guaranteed to transform your people into serious business practitioners and learn about how Innovation can be made to your business processes which is sure to produce long-term success and significant results.

SCROLL DOWN for more information about the course and to view your facilitator’s profile; or you can SIGN-UP now and avail of our special promos and rates for individuals and groups.

Do not miss this exciting learning event – limited seats are available.

See you there!

To reserve, call Chesa or Aikee
T: (02) 8235978
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Women Power

Monday, February 25th, 2013

We are living in an era where women are regarded as equally capable as men. If we look around, our country alone has seen several women holding key positions in the government, in the academe, and even in business and the private sector. In fact, majority of the startup businesses in the SME category are established by women who are based at home to take care of their families. That is why it is important for Go Negosyo to recognize women who have shown passion and determination to succeed in their businesses, because their stories will inspire other Filipinos to take the entrepreneurial route and be successful in life.

On March 1, we will be awarding three Women Entrepreneur Icons and eleven Filipina Entrepreneurs during the 5th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit at the World Trade Center Manila. Here are their stories. (more…)

The Women Entrepreneur Icons and Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2013

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

An international study on entrepreneurship revealed that 70% of SME business startups in the Philippines are started by women, and this strong number is giving us the impression that women are more entrepreneurial. To sustain this, we at Go Negosyo continue to further encourage our Filipinas to take the entrepreneurial route, and eventually to create a nation of entrepreneurs that will finally end the evil spell of misery of poverty that has been with us for quite sometime.

On March 1, Go Negosyo will be mounting the fifth Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit at the World Trade Center Manila. In keeping with tradition, Go Negosyo has selected a pool of women entrepreneurs and enablers to recognize their valuable contributions in their respective fields, as well as to promote their stories to inspire aspiring entrepreneurs that they can also make it in life. The two Go Negosyo Women Entrepreneur Icons and the 11 Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2013 came from diverse backgrounds such as education, retail, agriculture, fashion, and medicine, and this shows us that Filipinas can actually carry their multiple burdens and succeed in their chosen fields. Let me share the stories of the inspiring women awardees that we will be recognizing next week. (more…)

Meralco’s AMC Program Lends Contractors a Competitive Edge

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

A new breed of contractors is coming to the fore with the launch of the Accredited Meralco Contractors (AMC) program, designed by Meralco to promote the company’s best practices and services among industry professionals. The program promises to be a boon to business owners, who can expect their respective AMCs to help bring about speedier power connections, sidestep delays and lend a hand in their expansion plans.

Read more about it HERE.

A Balanced Life

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The challenge of many entrepreneurs today is to have a balanced life. Busy negosyantes had to make sure that we are dividing their time between work, family, spirituality, health, and social affairs. This “balancing act” comes to play especially today at Valentines day, when every wife expects that we husbands send them a reminder of our love through giving them flowers or taking them out for dinner. Most wives, including mine, complain that we do not give them that extra attention during these occasions. In my defense, I would always tell her that “everyday is a valentines’ day”, which is a line most men use. But this time, I guess I have to make it different, considering that we are soon to spend our 30th year anniversary. Time management is indeed the key in maintaining a balanced life.

Speaking of living a balanced life, some families decided to spend their Sunday with their loved ones by joining the Condura Skyway Marathon 2013 last February 3, which is annually organized by my cousin Ton Concepcion. This year, they hosted the biggest number of runners ever, with over 14,000 individuals taking part in the activity. Runners chose from five categories depending on their skill, with the finishers taking home cash prizes and tokens.


Go Negosyo holds the 2nd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

With more than 5,000 participants, the Philippines’ biggest names in technology gathered last January 21 at the SMX Convention Center for the 2nd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) – Go Negosyo.

From the Filipino-American technologists who became very successful in the Silicon Valley up to the country’s most promising technopreneurs, the speakers and panelists during that day made the day inspirational and full of learning. More than 5,000 participants filled the halls of SMX; 4,000 of which were students from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The experience was even more overwhelming with the presence of PLDT Chairman Manny Pangilinan.

After the short welcome speech of Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion , PLDT President Poly Nazareno delivered the opening remarks, where he emphasized the country’s role to create an environment where aspiring entrepreneurs can thrive, and how PLDT is doing its part to achieve this. Following him was Silicon Valley top technopreneur Engr. Dado Banatao, who actually took his time to prepare a slide presentation for the summit. This gesture was really appreciated by the audience who were taking down notes during his talk. He reminded the participants that the key to be successful in the technology industry is to start young by focusing on their studies. Dado also reminded thetechnopreneurs who were present of the importance in knowing the market trends, having a relevant product and technology roadmap, continuously working on objectives and key result areas, and having a strong management team and an active board of directors in their respective companies.

The keynote forum came next, where other successful Fil-Ams in Silicon Valley served as panelists. They were Winston DamarilloEric ManlunasDr. Paco Sandejas, and Myla Villanueva, as well as Smart Communications co-founder Doy Vea, who willingly shared the experiences that they encountered during the time when they were still starting. They all have the same belief that the Filipino talent is at par with the technologists from other countries. According to them, all that we need is the right assistance, and they are more than willing to serve as mentors through their foundation called PhilDev.

Three more forum sessions followed in the afternoon. The first one featured existing businesses in the country’s technology industry, and the panel was composed of Bernie Abis (Webcast Technologies, Inc.), John Bibal II (Philippine Blackberry Developer Group), Alvin Edwald Chan (game developer), Gerry Cruz (Andgage), RJ David (, Michael Ngo Dee (, Ryan Escarez (developer, MRT Trackr),Calen Martin Legaspi (Orange and Bronze Software), Jose Julio Lopez (EMC Corporation), Unyx Sta. Ana (Orchestronix), Jeffrey Siy(, Ralph Wunsch (Metro Deal), and Alvin Tan (Siglo). They shared their individual entrepreneurial journeys, as well as the best practices that their companies do. It is worthy to note that most of them believed in helping other practitioners in the realm of technology, even if it would sometimes require them to share their own resources and knowledge.

The next forum featured the enablers in the technology industry, which are either helping start-ups fund their projects, develop their ideas further, or provide a strong physical infrastructure or software for their businesses. They were James Ayson (Smart DevNet), Ken Lauren-Dagano (technology evangelist), Reena Estuar (Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center), Jojo Flores (Silicon Valley S&T Advisory Council), Alvin Gendrano (Microsoft Philippines), Monchito Ibrahim (Information and Communication Technology-DOST), Tom Russel(SeedAsia), Jack Madrid (Multiply), Dr. Luis Sison (DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship), Marica Uchida (Developers Connect Foundation), and Earl Martin Valencia (Ideaspace Foundation).

Meanwhile, the last session was a bloggers’ forum featuring prominent names in the blogging industry, such as Mark Joseph Delgado(Bloggers4Change), Anton Diaz (OurAwesomePlanet), Ira Giorgetti (male fashion), Tricia Gosingtian (female fashion), Ivan Henares (Ivan About Town-tourism), Mae Ilagan (When in Manila-tourism), Michael Lim (Fashion Pulis), Abe Olandres (Yuga Tech), Carlo Ople(, Patricia Prieto (female fashion), Jeoff Solas (, and Janette Toral (Philippine Blogging Summit). It was a great way to cap the content-heavy day, because they shared their entertaining yet inspiring experiences in blogging. Their stories prove that anyone can use technology not only to practice their writing skills or to share their experiences in life online, but also to use it as an avenue to earn from it.

The said summit became succesful because of the partnership with PLDT Cloud, PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Meralco, and Philippines. Go Negosyo hoped to inspire more Filipinos to be techies and consider this industry as the means to get out of poverty.

Go Negosyo Opens Its Student Volunteer Program for the 5th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Go Negosyo is looking for a bunch of dynamic and energetic student volunteers who would help us roll out the 5th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on March 1 at the World Trade Center. Minimum qualifications are as follow:

– College students (18-22), preferably those in their junior or senior years;

– Students who are taking up Events Management, Production, Media, Communication, Advertising Arts, Entrepreneurship, Management or Marketing courses will be prioritized.

– Should be able to attend the volunteers’ orientation on Feb 18 Monday (2PM) and Feb 28 Thursday (3PM) and March 1 (GNFES5)

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THE VOLUNTEERS: The chance to volunteer your time, effort and key skills to the progressive and wide-reaching GoNegosyo advocacy, the opportunity to harness your skills primarily in events management by being involved in the pre and actual event rollout and meet new friends! All student volunteers will be provided event shirts, meals (on March 1), and certificates of appreciation.

WHO TO CONTACT. Interested volunteers may contact Ms. Rose Peralta at 6379229 or email

REQUIREMENTS. Filled Up Volunteers Form (Download HERE)

A Bullish Outlook for 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

When a person makes a wish, one is asking for something that he or she badly wants. And just like what a cliché says, wishes do come true. But this will happen only if a person will work hard to attain what he or she is wishing for. Filipinos have been wishing for a better life, as we have been under poverty for the longest time. However, 2012 gave us a glimpse of hope that prosperity can still be attained, and we are positive that our good fortune will continue up to this year. Let us be reminded that in spite of the opportunities that are opening up for us, we would have to continue what we are currently doing and work together as a nation to attain success in the coming years.

I asked the members of the Go Negosyo community to share their thoughts and wishes on the coming year, and here are their responses:

Autohub Group’s Willy Tee Ten and STAR President and CEO Miguel Belmonte during the APE Piaggio launch last January

2012 was indeed a challenging year in the automotive Industry, but overall, the industry still did considerably well despite the things that happened. I am very hopeful for 2013, and with His blessings, I hope I’d be able to bring in more new brands, products and services that would entail opportunities and generate more jobs. We will definitely encourage lots of our young entrepreneurs to have businesses wherein faster, easier, and very practical means of transporting goods and services is the key to achieve success the better way possible. – AUTOHUB GROUP PRESIDENT WILLY TEE TEN (more…)

A Good Forecast for 2013

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Last January 30, the Metrobank Group organized the Philippine Investment Summit 2013 at the Makati Shangri-la, where they invited no less than the prominent economist Nouriel Roubini. He became quite popular during the US financial crisis, which is one of the scariest times that was similar, or even worse than, the Asian crisis for most investors like my friends and I. A lot of individuals and families lost considerable wealth, and everyone were glued to Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, and other business TV channels to see if another great depression was going to happen. While Roubini maybe good, one should not be totally pessimistic. To some extent we all did became negative after this financial crisis, but looking at things today everything has come back. Just recently, even the Dow has hit the 14T index, which was already there before the crash. The danger of being overly pessimistic is that one will miss the upswing and somehow even lose confidence in making the right investment decisions.

This time, Roubini had nothing but good words about the Philippine economy. While our US and European counterparts are recovering from the crisis that hit them in an “anemic” manner, Roubini looked at the Philippines as a country that showed no signs of slowing down. He praised the sound economic policies that PNoy and his economic team had been making, which greatly contributed to our success story. (more…)