Archive for February, 2014

Women, the Passion to Serve

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Last Wednesday, Feb. 19, Go Negosyo had its first successful major summit for the year, the 3rd Technopreneurship Summit at the SMX Convention Center.  I was pleasantly surprised to see SM Mall owner Harley Sy, a childhood friend, welcoming our early guests like Engr. Dado Banatao, Mikey Cojuangco and Joseph Calata. Harley is a Go Negosyo trustee who wants to remain low profile, but quietly supporting at the sidelines. One remarkable thing with the Sy family is that they continue to live a simple and humble life despite their huge success. And I must say they continue to show the same passion and hardwork in growing further their empire.
Go Negosyo’s Technopreneurship Summit reception and the launch of the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. (From left to right) Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Manny V. Pangilinan, Joey Concepcion, Senator Cynthia Villar, Co-Chair of Women Summit Alice Eduardo, Senator Grace Poe, Engr. Dado Banatao, Senator Sonny Angara, and Ramon Lopez.   International singer Apl de Ap (center) supports Go Negosyo’s thrust of alleviating poverty in the country and educating the youth as well as Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneur Anthony Pangilinan. 

We had an overflow crowd of around 7,000 participants from 90 universities, which also included around 500 technopreneurs, who had the chance to learn from the dialogue with the country’s tech giants Engr. Dado and Manny “MVP” Pangilinan. The two are very busy people who put their schedules together because both have the passion to help Filipinos fight poverty.

Senator Ralph Recto likewise lent his time and gave a very remarkable and inspiring talk on his vision for 2020, and all the attendant requirements in health, education, food security, infrastructure, and technology.

Together with the  27 other successful technopreneurs who lent their time to share their knowhow and advise during our forum panels, they made the audience who packed the summit stay until the very end.

Towards the evening, I hosted a dinner for Dado and MVP to thank them for the support they have given by attending last year’s and this year’s summit. Dado is also spending more time with his other advocacies particularly the Phildev efforts of helping improve the level of education in science and engineering in our country. As Dado always says, this is the way forward to make our country develop faster and generate more successful technopreneurs.

That evening we also launched our 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, a back to back summit right after the Techno, which is going to be held next week March 7. Senator Grace Poe, who will give the keynote address in the women summit, graced our dinner. Of course, Senator Cynthia Villar, a long-time Go Negosyo advocate and partner, with my co-chair of the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Alice Eduardo of Santa Elena Construction and Development Corp. likewise attended our launch.

I met Alice last year and was amazed at how she became the “queen” in a men-dominated construction industry, particularly when it comes to piling and foundation works. I heard that her company is the only Filipino group who could do huge piling works for large-scale construction projects of many big corporations like the SM group, Belle, Bloomberry, Megaworld projects, from residential, shopping malls, E-com centers, medical centers, entertainment centers, even private power and port projects. She quietly started her from in 1996. Even large foreign and local contractors are sub-contracting to her group for the piling and foundation works.

At the age of 48, and believe me she looks younger than her age, she has done over 100 big projects from the private sector for the past 18 years.  But what made me ask her to be part of Go Negosyo and co-chair the event for us was her positive entrepreneurial personality and her passion to help people find their path to success, her love for her family, and being so humble despite all her success.

This is the same quality that I see in so many women who achieved success – their passion to serve whether in a public life like the case of Senators Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe, Rep. Leni Robredo, and Senator Miriam Santiago who was our guest speaker in 2013.

All the women we invited for our next summit this March 7 were equally successful and empowered women like Korina Sanchez, Karen Davila, and Nicole Hyala from media, and those in the private sector like Fe Agudo of Hyundai, Rappler’s Maria Ressa, DHL Philippines’ Yati Abdullah, Marife Zamora of Convergys Corp. and other inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs.

All these women possess the passion to serve and, I would say, the passion to excel. This is what we hope to showcase to those attending the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, the pathway to success, hard work, perseverance and passion to serve.

Women comprise 70 percent for our micro and small entrepreneur start-ups.  We hope to see the passage of Senator Bam Aquino’s Go Negosyo bill which has passed 3rd reading. We recognize the support given by his fellow Senators Recto, Angara and Alan Peter Cayetano. The Go Negosyo bill hopes to consolidate the support that could be extended to the micro and small entrepreneurs such as the establishment of key Negosyo Centers around the country.

If big businesses enjoy tax and other incentives thru the BOI, it’s time we give our women entrepreneurs, who comprise the bulk of micro and small businesses, that chance to succeed. As our President pushes is for inclusive growth, it is thru the help of big business that inclusive growth can be a priority by creating inspiration, training and mentoring and hopefully, thru the Go Negosyo bill, will empower them to succeed.

On March 7, we are happy to have, aside from Senator Grace Poe and others I have mentioned, the youngest sister of President Aquino and our Fiesta Pasta endorser and major celebrity mompreneur Kris Aquino. She will definitely be giving an inspiring message to both men and women and the youth who will attend this event.

We will also be honoring this year’s inspiring women entrepreneurs for their exemplary performance in doing business.

March is the global celebration of Women’s Month and in honor of all women, our grandmothers, our mothers, sisters and our better half, it is best to appreciate and honor them by giving them the help needed to move up in life.

Go Negosyo to hold the SIXTH FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT 2014 #FES6

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

True to its commitment of building the Philippines as an entrepreneurial nation and in celebration of the International Women’s Month, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. – Go Negosyo is holding the SIXTH FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT 2014 (#FES6) on MARCH 7, 2014, FRIDAY at the WORLD TRADE CENTER
in Pasay City.

#FES6  is a one-day activity 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.

FES6 POSTER FINAL

The summit will also cover different entrepreneurship topics in the form of keynote speeches and plenary forum, as well as individual mentoring sessions featuring prominent female personalities, expert entrepreneurs and consultants including Sen. Grace Poe, queen of all media Ms. Kris Aquino, broadcast journalist Ms. Korina Sanchez and celebrity entrepreneur Regine Tolentino, together with female entrepreneurs like Juliet Herrera (Serenitea), Kellda Centeno (Adobo Connection), Roselin Pagunsan (Big Apple Express Spa) and many others. In addition, a select pool of outstanding and inspiring women entrepreneurs will be recognized as this year’s GoNegosyo Women STARpreneurs. This Summit follows the overwhelming success of the other Go Negosyo sectoral summits over the years.

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STUDENTS AND TEACHER PARTICIPANTS

Interested College Students & Teachers may get in touch with the #FES6 Program Development Associate through Ms. Jemima Senobio 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: Business and Entrepreneurship, Creative Arts and Liberal Arts.

NON-STUDENT/NON-TEACHER PARTICIPANTS

Go Negosyo is reserving 500 SEATS for Participants who are Non-Students & Non-Teachers. Registration fee is worth Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) which will already come with a lunch meal and a Certificate of Participation. Participants (non-students and non-teachers only) should reserve a slot by filling up the online registration database HERE (Note: Link is http://tinyurl.com/GNFES6.)

Payment should be made to the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc. under the BDO Savings Account Number 4850-088-492. For slot verification, the deposit slip should be sent via fax (637.7874) or via e-mail (filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com) (Subject: FES6Payment_NAME).

REGISTRATION IS UNTIL MARCH 4, 2014, TUESDAY.

Interested Institutional Partners may get in touch with Go Negosyo’s Programs Development Manager Jap Uminga at 637.9229 or via e-mail(jap.pce@gmail.com).

Interested Media Partners may get in touch with Go Negosyo’s Media & Communication Officer Thermina Ann Akram at 637.9347 or via e-mail (minaakram.pce@gmail.com).

Interested Sponsors may get in touch with Go Negosyo’s Marketing Officer Renzie Bailon at 631.5024 or via e-mail (renzie.pce@gmail.com).

Inspiring and Enabling Technopreneurs

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Inspiring, empowering, and full of learning best describes the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo’s recently concluded 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit 2014 held yesterday at the jampacked SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. We were full to the rafters with over 7,000 attendees from close to 90 different colleges and universities and other institutions and about a thousand start-ups. We welcomed participants from as far as Mindanao State University Ilagan in the south and Don Mariano Marcos University. The Summit, which is free for students and teachers, has once again forwarded an advocacy benefiting the young, aspiring and practicing Filipino entrepreneurs.The Summit was livestreamed by Rappler.com, very much fitting to the techno event.  The over flowing  crowd was also participated by technopreneurs and would be technopreneurs close to 600 of them.I believe in inspiring our new generation for it is the young kids out there that are born to be tech-savvy . They must be inspired to see the icons of the tech world. It all starts by being inspired with your idol and getting a mentor in life that can guide you.
Philippines’ Tech Giant Manny V. Pangilinan of PLDT Group with Rappler.com’s CEO Maria Ressa inspired the young and practicing technopreneurs during the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit.

What else can one ask for after hearing the tech gurus of the Philippines – Manny “MVP” Pangilinan and Engr. Dado Banatao and this time in a dialogue format? We need more technopreneurs in this country, hopefully with the help of Dado Banatao thru his efforts in the Philippine Development Foundation in mentoring the next technopreneurs will become a reality.

Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler, enlightened us about technopreneurship in the Philippines. She gave a brief understanding of social media and big data and why and how it is important to know these things to further grasp the idea of technopreneurship.

Ressa presented how Rappler became a tool for the Filipinos to keep up with the happenings in the country and how they are able to feed information and respond to inquiries at a click of a button. She stressed out three important points: have an inspiration to get motivated, use your imagination with the help of technology, and have the courage to do and act to affect positive changes.


Harley Sy of SM, Philippines’ Tech Giant Engr. Dado Banatao, and Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion
at the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit
It was followed by a very exciting and informative dialogue with the country’s technology giants, Engr. Dado Banatao of Tallwood VentureCapital and PLDT Group’s Manny V. Pangilinan. What made the dialogue more interactive were the questions that came from the students.When asked what the Philippines has to offer when it comes to technopreneurship, Dado cited three points as aformula for developing countries to move up – technology, access to global markets, and proper investments. He also stressed that the country needs a lot of catching up with technology and part of the solution is the government, academe and the other industries present.MVP cited how the country needs further improvement in educational system and said that we need to use the advantage of having the great number of young people and to explore creativity and innovation more. Dado also said that research is very important to find new ways to develop and improve and there is a great need to bolster education and teaching to help the youth to be better and ready in a global perspective.When asked how the scene of Philippine startup looks like, both Dado and Manny agreed that there is a significant increase in the number of budding entrepreneurs and advised the youth and aspiring negosyantes to tap and utilize the pipes that are willing to help pursue their business and dreams.Dado said that one has to have the knowledge of concepts and theories to innovate and the target idea to come up with a product if we want to build a culture of innovation in our country. Manny added that a nurturing and providing environment is also helpful in educating the youth with proper support, funding, and mentoring.The tech giants imparted words of wisdom that truly inspired and opened the eyes of the youth to take the step to become an entrepreneur. “Do not give up. Solutions take time to know. You have to like what you do. You have to like what you do and if you can do it, do it” said Engr. Banatao challenging the youth to be more determined and courageous in taking the risks and succeeding in life.

Words of inspiration poured when MVP said that “it starts with an idea. It starts with a dream. It doesn’t start with anyone but you. Success is dream translated into reality.” The crowed was wowed by the wisdom and the lessons that these two successful Filipino technopreneurs imparted.

Chair of the Science Committee on Technology Ralph Recto delivered an inspiring keynote message addressed to the youth. He mentioned that there is a need to create a core of entrepreneurs who will supply the needs of the future Filipinos after giving an overview of what the country would be in 2020 by projecting the size of the market.

He stressed the importance of preparing for the future and planning ahead and envisions the youth to be more optimistic in excelling in life. He also said that the challenge for the government is to build human capital and improve science education by ensuring that teachers are properly educated to impart the right knowledge.

Senator Recto challenged the youth by saying “if you can’t land a job, create your own. If you can’t create your own, be an entrepreneur. Be an entrepreneur and create jobs in the process.” He also shared three important points: value, virtue, and vision which surely inspired the hearts and minds of the youth.

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On March 7, at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, everyone is invited to Go Negosyo’s 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. We will be joined by big names in the industry like Senator Grace Poe, Senator Cynthia Villar, Ms. Korina Sanchez, Ms. Kris Aquino, 90.7Love Radio’s DJ Nicole Hyala and a lot more. Visit www.gonegosyo.net for more information.

Go Negosyo’s 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Monday, February 17th, 2014
William Arthur Ward once wrote that the adventure of life is to learn, the nature of life is to change, the purpose of life is to grow and the triumph of life is to prevail. Since 2006, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship has been teaching, inspiring and changing the lives of many Filipino women through its empowering seminars, trainings and summits, so they could learn, change, grow and eventually prevail.While preparing for our 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit happening two days from now, the GoNegosyo team is also simultaneously gearing up for our women summit. In line with the global celebration of the Women’s Month, we are scheduled to host the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on March 7 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. This has been an annual tradition of GoNegosyo since 2009 dedicated to target the very important sector of kababaihan.This one-day summit will feature Filipina icons from different backgrounds. Sen. Grace Poe is expected to keynote the summit while the ‘Queen of All Media’, Ms. Kris Aquino, is to give her special message.Meanwhile, Sen. Cynthia Villar who has always been very supportive of the GoNegosyo advocacy, and renowned educator Dr. Queena Chua – Lee, will be joined by other notable women and women entrepreneurs in the keynote forum while renowned broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez and radio disk jockey Emily Gaite aka Nicole Hyala will recount their individual journeys in the afternoon.Aside from the keynote speeches and the keynote forum, there will also be two fora to feature more female personalities and seasoned women entrepreneurs including celebrity entrepreneur Regine Tolentino, Serenitea’s Juliet Herrera, Manang’s Chicken’s Jill Borja, Greenleaf Bags’ Zarah Juan, Big Apple Spa’s Roselin Pagunsan, and many more.For the sixth year, we will also be recognizing another batch of outstanding and inspiring women entrepreneurs for their exemplary performance in their business and will be named as this year’s GoNegosyo Women STARpreneurs. We are expecting another full house event of about more 7,000 attendees including students, aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs particularly mompreneurs and enablers.

More details about the event will be out in the coming days. Make sure to visit our website or follow us on Facebook.


SEN. GRACE POE
Former MTRCB Chairperson and now a Senator, Hon. Grace Poe will keynote the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. Grace’s platform as a senator is focused on poverty alleviation, youth opportunity and electoral reform.
KRIS AQUINO
Filipina television and movie personality, game and talk show host, and Fiesta Pasta endorser, Ms. Kris Aquino is set to deliver a special message at the Summit. Aside from being the Queen of All Media, it will also be interesting to hear from the ‘presidential sister’. Kris is also an entrepreneur co-owning several businesses like restaurant, flower shop, and a boutique and agency.
SEN. CYNTHIA VILLAR
Known as Mrs. Hanepbuhay, Sen. Cynthia Villar, a staunch GoNegosyo advocate even before entering the senate, is one of the distinguished panelists in the keynote forum. Sen. Cynthia is the founder of Villar SIPAG Foundation, a non-profit organization geared to help underprivileged, OFWs, the youth and women among others. Her social enterprise has been recognized internationally including that of the United Nations.
KORINA SANCHEZ

Filipina broadcast journalist, television news anchor, senior field correspondent, magazine show host, radio anchor and newspaper columnist, Korina Sanchez is our afternoon keynote speaker. Korina is also an advocate of health, pollution control, and coral and marine life preservation.
DR. QUEENA CHUA – LEE

A professor, columnist, and author Dr. Queena Chua – Lee will also sit in the keynote forum. Dr. Queena is a recipient of the Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service Award for Education in 2001. TOWNS awardees are true role models for Filipino women and girls who wish to dedicate themselves to nation-building.
NICOLE HYALA
Renowned FM radio DJ Emmy Gaite Tinana aka Nicole Hyala will share her success journey and how she balances her life as a career and family person. Aside from being a DJ, she is also one of the most sought-after endorsers on radio. A cum laude graduate with a degree in Business Administration, Emmy is also an entrepreneur owning a franchise of peanut and water business.


REGINE TOLENTINO
TV host. actress, and fitness enthusiast Regine Tolentino is joining the forum on fashion and clothing. As a celebrity fashionista, one of Regine’s pride is her fashion boutique which started in 1999 designing dresses and costumes for children.


JULIET HERRERA
Recipient of Ernst and Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Juliet Herrera will share her story running Serenitea. Juliet was only 23 when she and her fiancé put up quickly a growing business in 2008. As a young entrepreneur, she proved that age is not a hindrance to move up in life.


ROSELIN PAGUNSAN
One of the co-founders of the Big Apple Express Spa, Roselin Pagunsan will sit in the health and beauty forum. Roselin currently acts as the Marketing Director of Big Apple Express Spa. Started in 2004, her spa has 20 branches all over the country. Roselin defines herself as a woman entrepreneur who trusts her instincts and who dares to blaze trails in the industry.


ZARAH JUAN
Greenleaf Bags founder Zarah Juan will serve as a panelist in the culinary, food and restaurant, retail and others forum. She worked as a flight attendant before venturing into the idea of an eco-friendly business. Her idea of eco-friendly bags came about when she designed and made it as souvenirs and presents to her friends.


JILL BORJA
Also serving as one of the panelists in the Culinary, Food, and Restaurant forum is Manang’s Chicken President and CEO Jill Borja. The success of Manang’s Chicken was unexpected and started only as a weekend hobby selling fried chicken in weekend markets. Jill Borja is a lawyer and certified public accountant by profession and at the same time an entrepreneur.

MY VALENTINE

Thursday, February 13th, 2014
For almost 40 years of untainted marriage, former Senator Manny Villar and Senator Cynthia Villar are ‘partner in all things’ and keeps their relationship alive.

Against the advice of my assistants who are in their 20’s, I decided to go with the corniest title for this column – My Valentine. Tomorrow is a special day. After writing this column, I surprised my wife with a Valentine’s get away treat. Good luck to the husbands and partners planning their Valentine surprises.

Throughout the years, most of the women entrepreneurs I have met value their relationships with their respective spouses. While women entrepreneurs are busy growing their negosyos, I observe that most of them are quite sentimental when it comes to Valentine’s Day. In light of this special time of the year, I asked some women entrepreneurs about their Valentine’s Day expectations from their husbands.

Patty Chilip, CEO of Standard Insurance and wife of Cris Chiliip, CEO of Tyremart, Inc. said “Valentine’s is my favorite holiday because I love the idea of hearts and flowers. I used to work at a university with mostly women and we celebrated it like a national holiday where we all gave each other roses and chocolate. I think flowers are a classic gift and thus far, my husband has always remembered to send me amazing ones each year. My dad also sends me roses each year, which never fail to make me smile. I think Valentine’s is about simple gifts and giving from the heart. It doesn’t have the pressure of a Christmas gift so it’s that much sweeter.”

Senator Cynthia Villar said “I always receive a basket or bouquet of flowers from Manny every Valentine’s Day. Manny and I will have lunch with family friends. We may not go out for dinner anymore and just stay at home, since I expect the traffic to be very heavy, as Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Friday and payday. In the past, we usually watch concerts but not this year.”

Beng Dee, COO of Foodlink Group reminisced: “through the years, it’s still always nice to have a reason to celebrate love; Valentine’s Day is one of those. So on that day, I’d definitely still want Rikki to bring me out on a planned dinner and of course get those flowers and chocolates, no matter how generic or cliché it may be” and she noted “I surely wouldn’t mind being treated extra special on V-day”.

Nurture Spa President Cathy Turvill said “instead of expecting my spouse to do something, for me I would rather we both express our love and commitment to each other by being there for each other on that special day.”

Mompreneur Tintin Bersola Babao is excited for their getaway saying “he has exceeded my expectations and is flying me to Hong Kong this Valentine’s weekend.

Surely, there will be a rush of sentiments this Valentine’s. I remember my teenage days making sure I personally hand picked the right color of roses in the flower shop. This reminded me of an entrepreneur who is in the flower business and who does extremely well in occasions like this.

Dustin Andaya, who we featured in our agripreneur book as an inspiring story, is the man behind the success of Island Rose and Philippine Cut Flower Corporation, the country’s largest and most popular flower retailing ventures. They started producing high quality roses in 1983. During that time, only few were in the flower industry in the Philippines. Dustin saw the opportunity to grow and flourish a pioneering business. Now they are the single best supplier of Dutch and French roses to flower shops, hotels and restaurants, and event coordinators. They developed greenhouse technology to mimic European weather conditions and environmental controlling to regulate the temperature in their farms.

These innovations are big steps ahead of the traditional way of growing flowers. “Keeping relationships alive” is Dustin and the company’s thrust. This is the ideal statement to describe the business of flowers, especially this Valentine’s Day. The company’s sales tend to increase more than 150 percent this special season, compared to their sales on regular days. On February 14 alone, they deliver more than 12,000 dozen flowers.  Of course, classic red roses are their bestsellers. One of their most common delivery requests during Valentine’s is filling a room with flowers –that’s at least 10 dozens of flowers per customer.

Beyond doubt, Dustin’s business is not just about flowers. It’s a business that keeps relationships alive. After all, Valentine’s is less momentous without the classic beauty and symbolism of flowers.

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From left to right: Mrs. Teresa M. Gozon, newlyweds Atty. Maria Estelita Arles-Gozon and Atty Felipe Enrique M. Gozon Jr., Atty Felipe L. Gozon

Speaking of love… Atty. Felipe Enrique Gozon Jr., the only son of Go Negosyo Trustee Atty. Felipe Gozon, tied the knot with Atty. Maria Estrelita Arles. Atty. Gozon Jr., is a very bright lawyer, who met his better half in the same law firm that the father is a partner of where they both work. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Felipe Enrique Gozon Jr.

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My condolences to a good friend Ditto Borromeo, a childhood friend whose mom Nena Borromeo passed away the other day. His father, Fred Borromeo, gave an emotional eulogy about his wife, friend, and partner for 57 years. It is nice to see couples live their marriage vows – in sickness and in health till death do us part. It’s such an inspiration for many who are married of what true love is.

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On February 19, Go Negosyo will be opening the doors of the SMX Convention Center in Pasay for the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit. This summit will feature Filipino Tech giants like Engr. Dado Banatao of Tallwood Venture Capital, Manny V. Pangilinan of PLDT Group, Maria Ressa of Rappler.com, and many more successful Filipino technopreneurs.

For more information, visit www.gonegosyo.net

Business Beyond Books

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

I am thankful for the privilege of being in the company of an amazing woman, Mrs. Esther Vibal. She founded Vibal Publishing House, a company that has been known as the biggest book printer and publisher in the country for decades. Through her hard work, determination and undying passion, she has brought the company to the forefront of the printing industry. Now, under the leadership of Mrs. Vibal and her son Gus, Vibal Group is a multi-billion peso group of companies engaged in multiple core businesses on technology. This is genuine proof that technology and innovation goes a long way in business.

Oran Sokol General Manager of Digital Press Asia Pacific/Japan HP Indigo, Joey Concepcion, Esther Vibal, and PCE Executive Director Mon Lopez at the Vibal Group Plant tour.

Yesterday, I was invited to the launch of their Vibal Technology Solutions. With the mother-and-son tandem leading the Vibal Group, the company has taken its biggest technological step beyond printing. It’s amazing to witness how a traditional business like printing is now adapting to changes and advancements in technology. Instead of getting left behind, they geared up to have technology as a main part of their business model in order to secure a continuous and sustainable revenue and income stream.

Mrs. Vibal gave me a personal tour of their 1.5 hectare plant in Quezon City. Now in her mid-80’s, she passionately discussed how Gus is moving the company forward through technology. She was tireless and dynamic as she showed us their facilities and latest equipment. It was mind-blowing how we were able to keep up with her enthusiastic energy. I saw how they are staying true to their mission to reinvent and align the public sector and education to the 21st century standards.

Go Negosyo agrees that this is just what the country needs. Going beyond printing, Vibal Technology Solutions now offers complete products and services for the education, government and health sectors such as Cloud Services, Cloud Data Centers, Encryption & Digital Security Storage, Mobile & Systems Software Development, among many others. They are moving towards technological advancements that cater to the present trends. Even their printing equipments and systems have also been upgraded to state-of-the-art high valued digital printing.

While other businesses fail to adjust to technological advancements, Vibal partnered with the most credible brands in the industry like HP, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, McGraw Hill, Huawei, and others.Congratulations to Mrs. Esther Vibal and Gus Vibal for the recent launch of their Vibal Technology Solutions. They are true examples of entrepreneurs who continuously innovate and develop new business models.

Continuous innovation in a business model is critical in ensuring a sustainable feasibility in one’s business model. Not being able to adapt to changes around us can lead to dropping sales and even business closures. That is why I am always amazed how I see our fellow entrepreneurs adjust to the macro environment and gear up through technology to grow further.

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Technology has been very instrumental in all the things that we do especially on how we get in touch with our loved ones, how we transact business, and how we connect to the world. We have websites that caters to e-commerce platform. The social media site Facebook, which is celebrating its 10th year in the business, is also one of the effective and easily accessible tools that we can use. Negosyo start ups also make use of Instagram and Twitter to market their products and services and generate more awareness.

Though visually challenged, Marx Melencio turned adversity to opportunity by founding Grayscale Business Consultancy and Management Services.

As we intend to promote the power of technology in our negosyo, we will be holding the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit on February 19 at SMX Convention Center.

This summit will feature inspiring technopreneurs who excelled in their field like Filipino tech giants Engr. Dado Banatao of Tallwood Venture, Manny Pangilinan of the PLDT Group, and notable social media journalist Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler.com and Marx Melencio.

I remember meeting Marx Melencio several years ago in the 1st technopreneurship Summit. Despite losing total eyesight in 2003 because of an unfortunate incident, he managed to recover and put up his own company Grayscale Business Consultancy and Management Services which provides research services to offshore software companies, incorporating technical research writing with information technology.

He was helped by his friend in ATRIEV, a computer school for the blind, Tony Llano who was also visually impaired. It was in that school where he was exposed to the blind community and where he learned the advantages of being handicapped. Presently, he serves as a mentor to others through his own business. He implements employment programs for persons with disabilities that provide them with employment and training. Though visually impaired, he has proven that nothing can stop him from achieving his visions in life.

Engr. Dado Banatao’s story as a humble beginning, who grew up and studied in the valleys of Cagayan. He had to walk across the fields to reach school. He was a bright and studious student who did well to be able to eventually enter and finish an Engineering Degree, cum laude, from the Mapua Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Business innovation and finding your strategic value are very important to Dado. He values innovation because for him innovation is what propels the technology industry.

Manny V. Pangilinan, an MVP in real life, also moved up from the ladder of success with great sacrifice, hardships, and failures but he emerged on top of his game. He is one of the most respected and reputable self-made business leaders today. His persistence and hard work made him who he is right now.

CEO of the Philippines’ 3rd top news site, Maria Ressa will be talking about Technopreneurship in the Philippines: Understanding Social Media and Big Data. Ressa is a renowned Filipina journalist in Asia having been in the business for more than 25 years. Interestingly, Maria’s vision is to redefine journalism by incorporating traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology to further social change in the country.

For more information on the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit, you can visit www.gonegosyo.net

TECHNOPRENEURS 2014

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Technology and innovation is very useful, dynamic and it makes everything quick and easy. It is a platform where anyone can do almost everything. On February 19, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo will hold its 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

This event will feature the country’s top Technopreneurs like Engr. Dado Banatao of Tallwood Ventures and Manny V. Pangilinan of PLDT Group on a dialogue forum facilitated by Rappler’s CEO Maria Ressa. The summit aims to gather successful and inspiring technopreneurs to share their views and success stories to the youth and aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs.

This major summit will also feature technopreneurs who will talk about business models and enablers in the field like Earl Martin Valencia (Ideaspace), RJ David (Sulit.com), Ibba Bernardo (Sari Software Solutions), Gian Scottie Javelona (Orangeapps.ph), Marx Melencio (Grayscale Business Consultancy & Marketing Services), Angeline Rodriguez (WheninManila.com), Aurora Soriano (TimeFree Innovations), Monchito Ibrahim (DOST-ICT), Joey Gurango (Philippine Software Industry Assoc.), Beryl Li (formerly of Seed Asia), Paul Rivera (Manila Angels), Dr. Luis Sison (DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship), Janette Toral (DigitalFilipino.com), Francis Raymund Villanueva (Tackthis.com), and other notable technopreneurs.

We are expecting another full house event for this summit!


Engr. Dado Banatao of Tallwood Ventures will have a dialogue forum at the
3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit at the SMX Convention Center.
He is one of the few Filipinos who made a name in the Silicon Valley.


Manny V. Pangilinan of PLDT Group
will grace the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit
for a dialogue forum on February 19.


Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler.com,
will be the facilitator of the dialogue forum
and will be one of the plenary speakers in the Summit.


Earl Martin Valencia, President of Ideaspace Foundation will share his inspiring story and views during the plenary forum for the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit


RJ David, Founder of Sulit.com – the country’s #1 classified ads website, will be one of the panelists on the forum. Sulit.com is an online marketplace where people buy and sell a wide variety of goods, products, and services under different categories such as real estates, car and automotives products and services, and many more among Filipino individuals and business groups all over the world.


Gian Scottie Javelona, President and CEO of Orangeapps.ph – the first mobile portal for school. They provide schools in the Philippines with the best suite of school management software where everyone in the educational community in the country.


Bernardo Ibba, President of Sari Software Solutions – a platform, systems, and mobile apps developer, will share his views as one of the panelists on the forum about business models. They build a mobile technology platform to empower sari-sari stores and micro-entrepreneurs, and change the way they do business.


Janette Toral, an e-commerce specialist in the country and the site owner of DigitalFilipino.com, will be one of the panelists on the forum about business models. She is an advocate in promoting e-commerce in the country.


Marx Melencio, President of Grayscale Business Consultancy & Marketing Services – an ICT outsourcing firm. They have helped more than eighty corporations, companies, businesses, home businesses and individual Internet marketers increase their traffic and sales margins, all while cutting down their overheads.


Angeline Rodriguez, Managing Editor of WheninManila.com – the top online magazine, will take part as a panelist. WheninManila.com is known for its blogs on food, happenings, lifestyle, and events.


Monchito Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Director of DOST-ICT, will be one of the panelists for the technology enablers forum. He implemented the Philippine Cyber Corridor Initiative, which aims to make the Philippines the Global for IT-BPO services.


Joey Gurango, President of Philippine Software Industry Association, will be one of the panelists for the technology enablers forum. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professionals, in recognition of his mastery of software technology and business.


Beryl Li (formerly of Seed Asia) will be one of the panelists for the technology enablers forum. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a bachelor’s degree in International Business, Finance and Economics.


Paul Rivera (left), Co-founder of Manila Angels – Manila-based private network of Angel investors connecting people, ideas and capital in one of the world’s fastest growing markets, will also be one of the panelists for technology enablers forum. They bring together extraordinary people passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship and technology to make a difference in the companies and markets they operate in.


Dr. Luis Sison of DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship will also be one of the panelists for the technology enablers forum. He is also the co-founder of the Microcontroller Applications Design Contest, and was the chair of the Rules Committee and Board of Judges for the World Robotics Olympiad 2010. He was awarded by the Philippine Development Foundation in 2010 for his outstanding achievements in Science and Engineering Education.


Francis Raymund Villanueva, Digital Customer Marketing and Analytics of Tackthis.com, will be present as one of the panelists for the technology enablers forum. TackThis is easiest Social Commerce technology solution available.