Archive for December, 2014

Gearing up for the APEC SME Summit 2015

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Diane Wang shared her views on the e-commerce boom in China.

Diane Wang shared her views on the e-commerce boom in China.

Few weeks ago, a good friend Doris Magsaysay-Ho hosted a dinner for 35-40 people who are involved in technology and e-commerce. We are also a part of the said dinner as Doris, who heads the Asia Society Philippines and APEC Business Advisory Council, would like to partner and has tapped Go Negosyo in the forthcoming APEC Summit on SME Development. As we share the same vision of empowering MSMEs, we are fortunate to be considered as an institutional partner.

 

The dinner also served as a welcome dinner for her good friend, Diane Wang, to share her views on e-commerce. The dinner went well as Diane, who is the founder and CEO of DHGate.com, gave a compelling presentation on the driving force behind e-Commerce business in China, her views on the cross border e-commerce – next decade of e-Commerce and how to capture this opportunity.

 

Diane said that in 2014, APEC prioritized the enhancement SME’s global competitiveness. ICT and E-commerce were identified as best ways to enable SME’s to access finance, global market, and sustain empowerment.  In China, they have empowered Chinese SMEs to transform and upgrade their business through E-commerce. The biggest driving force behind this success is the millions of Chinese SMEs that were encouraged to grow their businesses online. Over the years, e-commerce has directly created 1.8 millions of jobs plus 16.5 millions of jobs in e-commerce within the business.

 

Internet is really a great equalizer. We all can make this happen if we raise the level of awareness and knowhow.  Internet has indeed reached a stage where it can make one fulfil his or her dream and beat poverty!

 

We are looking forward to this partnership with Doris and the APEC Business Advisory Council and on how we can both empower MSMEs in 2015.

Bettina Quimson, Deputy Executive Director of e-society office under Department of Science and Technology - Information and Communication Office (DOST-ICT) joined the discussion during the dinner.

Bettina Quimson, Deputy Executive Director of e-society office under Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communication Office (DOST-ICT) joined the discussion during the dinner.

Paco Sandejas of Narra Ventures .

Paco Sandejas of Narra Ventures .

Nora Terrado, Undersecretary of Management Services Group of Department of Trade and Industry.

Nora Terrado, Undersecretary of Management Services Group of Department of Trade and Industry.

One of Go Negosyo's trustees, Myla Villanueva shared her inputs in the discussion.

One of Go Negosyo’s trustees, Myla Villanueva shared her inputs in the discussion.

Business Tycoon and one of the featured entrepreneurs in our latest book, Mr. Wash Sycip of SGV & Co.

Business Tycoon and one of the featured entrepreneurs in our latest book, Mr. Wash Sycip of SGV & Co.

Go Negosyo was also represented by its executive director, Mon Lopez.

Go Negosyo was also represented by its executive director, Mon Lopez.

David Dodwell.

David Dodwell.

Diane Wang, one of Forbes’ Asia’s Most Powerful Businesswomen, gave inspiring examples on how low-income micro and individual entreps managed to grow their business, earning several millions via online.

Diane Wang, one of Forbes’ Asia’s Most Powerful Businesswomen, gave inspiring examples on how low-income micro and individual entreps managed to grow their business, earning several millions via online.

Doris Ho and Diane Wang during the question and answer portion for the APEC SME Summit dinner.

Doris Ho and Diane Wang during the question and answer portion for the APEC SME Summit dinner.

Doris Magasaysay Ho of  the Asia Society Philippines and APEC Business Advisory Council hosted the dinner to welcome Diane Wang.

Doris Magasaysay Ho of the Asia Society Philippines and APEC Business Advisory Council hosted the dinner to welcome Diane Wang.

Doris also presented how we can empower SMEs through e-commerce.

Doris also presented how we can empower SMEs through e-commerce.

Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo Founding Trustee.

Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo Founding Trustee.

John Michael Andersen.

John Michael Andersen.

Hapinoy's Mark Ruiz.

Hapinoy’s Mark Ruiz.

Matthew Gamser.

Matthew Gamser.

 

My Christmas Wish

Thursday, December 25th, 2014
My family with Cardinal Tagle. In photo (L-R) My mom Marivic, my dad, Jose Concepcion Jr., Cardinal Tagle, me, my wife Marissa and our kids.

My family with Cardinal Tagle. In photo (L-R) My mom Marivic, my dad, Jose Concepcion Jr., Cardinal Tagle, me, my wife Marissa and our kids.

Merry Christmas to all our readers for the past 8 years and for all the Go Negosyantes!

Time has flown so fast and here we are celebrating Christmas once again. It is the time of the year to celebrate and rejoice the birth of our Lord and of course, to look back to the past months filled with blessings and triumphs.

This time, my wife’s family from Vancouver, Canada and San Francisco, USA will be joining us for a family reunion. Marissa, my wife, lost both her parents at a very young age so this family reunion will be a good time to reconnect with family from abroad. With the merry atmosphere of the season, it is best to celebrate it with family and relatives.

As you can see, the amount of balikbayans that come home to spend time with family is plenty at this time of the year. It has been a tradition, as much as possible, to spend these important holidays and occasions with people who are dear to us. In our culture as Filipinos, our values and strengths are established and strengthened by our own respective families. It is so deeply rooted that it will always be our source of inspiration and courage to face many troubled times in our lives. And because of that culture, we have remained our relationship with our closest of kin despite the distance and time difference.

Finally, as Philippines continue to prosper, more and more Filipinos are beginning to see and experience greater prosperity and opportunities. Many good things are starting to happen. And what I hope and wish for next year, is to have a continuous progress and development. And as we embark on Go Negosyo’s 10th year, I wish that we can continue promoting our advocacy of entrepreneurship. May we be able to reach not only the youth but also the different sectors in the society.

2015 will be an exciting year as we are gearing up to many international events in the country including the Pope’s visit.

In photo (L-R) My father, Joecon, Cardinal Tagle, me and Alice Eduardo.

In photo (L-R) My father, Joecon, Cardinal Tagle, me and Alice Eduardo.

Last week, we had a great opportunity to meet with Cardinal Tagle. My parents and some friends and donors joined us in meeting His Eminence, as we discussed how we can help in the preparation for the Pope’s visit on January 2015.  The fact that the Pope is coming over early next year is truly a great Christmas gift to many Filipinos. Since the last visit of Pope was 20 years ago, the Papal’s visit next year is a chance to strengthen our faith and devotion.

Cardinal Tagle was so accommodating that my whole family enjoyed our short meeting. My wife and I cannot believe that cardinal is only 57 years old. With his positive outlook, he can possibly be a candidate to become the first pope from Asia.

As they say, “the family that prays together stays together.” Relating this famous quote to the Philippines, I can say that we are a big family connected by our faith. We may have faced countless of trials and difficulties this year, including calamities, but our belief in God has always helped us move on and face another day. Again, wishing all our readers, a merry Christmas!

Entrepreneurs Look Forward to 2015!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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Dr. Andrew Tan – Megaworld CorporationI believe that our economy will get even better next year. I hope that there will be no calamity in our country next year.

Dr. Andrew Tan – Megaworld Corporation: I believe that our economy will get even better next year. I hope that there will be no calamity in our country next year.

Ricardo S. Po – Century Group of Companies   In the recent years, our country’s economy has improved tremendously. Beginning 2010, our GDP has hovered at about 7%. Now, the Philippines is reputed as the “Rising Dragon of Asia”. For 2015, I think our economy will continue its growth path and our GDP will stay in this area of 7%. I believe this is the most rigorous economy in our history.

Ricardo S. Po – Century Group of Companies
In the recent years, our country’s economy has improved tremendously. Beginning 2010, our GDP has hovered at about 7%. Now, the Philippines is reputed as the “Rising Dragon of Asia”. For 2015, I think our economy will continue its growth path and our GDP will stay in this area of 7%. I believe this is the most rigorous economy in our history.

Dr. Jaime Alip – CARD MRI   My wish for the country and our social enterprise, CARD MRI: With the imminent ASEAN integration, I wish that all entities of both the private and government sectors prepare well so that we may all realize its promise of prosperity for all, especially for the poor.

Dr. Jaime Alip – CARD MRI
My wish for the country and our social enterprise, CARD MRI: With the imminent ASEAN integration, I wish that all entities of both the private and government sectors prepare well so that we may all realize its promise of prosperity for all, especially for the poor.

Bernie Liu – Golden ABC Inc. I hope that our leaders will be able to sustain the positive growth we are experiencing and that development continues to spread throughout the country.  Entrepreneurs must increase their sphere of influence so they can affect more lives and work with our leaders in building a much more resilient and progressive Philippines.

Bernie Liu – Golden ABC Inc.
I hope that our leaders will be able to sustain the positive growth we are experiencing and that development continues to spread throughout the country. Entrepreneurs must increase their sphere of influence so they can affect more lives and work with our leaders in building a much more resilient and progressive Philippines.

Fe Agudo – Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. I hope that the Philippines will sustain its bullish growth track into 2015 and beyond, spurred by the emergence of fearless and innovative entrepreneurs whose ventures transcend the usual bottom-line, and make a difference in the lives they touch.

Fe Agudo – Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.
I hope that the Philippines will sustain its bullish growth track into 2015 and beyond, spurred by the emergence of fearless and innovative entrepreneurs whose ventures transcend the usual bottom-line, and make a difference in the lives they touch.

 Samie Lim - Francorp 2015 maybe the tipping point for our country to take the quantum leap to economic growth and prosperity with the confluence of a series of positive life changing events; starting with the Pope visit, the APEC meeting, the ASEAN Integration, and the economic activity before the 2016 election. It is my wish and hope that the Filipino will finally wake up and rise to the challenge to project itself on an irreversible course toward being the 1st world country within the decade.

Samie Lim – Francorp
2015 maybe the tipping point for our country to take the quantum leap to economic growth and prosperity with the confluence of a series of positive life changing events; starting with the Pope visit, the APEC meeting, the ASEAN Integration, and the economic activity before the 2016 election. It is my wish and hope that the Filipino will finally wake up and rise to the challenge to project itself on an irreversible course toward being the 1st world country within the decade.

Dr. Abe Pascual – Pascual Laboratories  I expect the Philippine economy to grow by more than 6% in 2015. Foreign remittances will continue to grow. Exports which are mainly electronics will be stable due to the robust US economy. Tourism will continue to grow. Altogether they increase consumer spending leading to a more robust local economy.

Dr. Abe Pascual – Pascual Laboratories
I expect the Philippine economy to grow by more than 6% in 2015. Foreign remittances will continue to grow. Exports which are mainly electronics will be stable due to the robust US economy. Tourism will continue to grow. Altogether they increase consumer spending leading to a more robust local economy.

Cecilio Pedro – Lamoiyan Corporation I am expecting the Philippines to continue growing in 2015 sustaining or even surpassing our growth this year. My wish is for the country to come to know Christ in a personal way and transform the Philippines into a developed economy.

Cecilio Pedro – Lamoiyan Corporation
I am expecting the Philippines to continue growing in 2015 sustaining or even surpassing our growth this year. My wish is for the country to come to know Christ in a personal way and transform the Philippines into a developed economy.

Jose E.B. Antonio – Century Properties Group Inc. My wish for the country is more action, less talk. More results, less promises. Since we cannot change many things as they are beyond our control, let’s just change our attitude towards them. Let’s be optimistic. We are a "glass half full".

Jose E.B. Antonio – Century Properties Group Inc. My wish for the country is more action, less talk. More results, less promises. Since we cannot change many things as they are beyond our control, let’s just change our attitude towards them. Let’s be optimistic. We are a “glass half full”.

Rosalind Wee – W Group Inc. I will expect a better year, 2015, with the coming of Pope Francis and APEC summit.We will continue to expect changes for good for our country and business because of the coming ASEAN.

Rosalind Wee – W Group Inc.
I will expect a better year, 2015, with the coming of Pope Francis and APEC summit.We will continue to expect changes for good for our country and business because of the coming ASEAN.

Rosalinda Hortaleza - HBC For 2015, my expectations are all about growth and development. For HBC, our retail company, I see it expanding its presence more in the Asian region.  On my personal side, I see my children strengthening their corporate involvement in the different companies that we have, thereby making the next generation better primed to receive the mantle of leadership. I wish that they will fully embrace the culture and values of the company as they proceed to take over the management of the organization.”

Rosalinda Hortaleza – HBC
For 2015, my expectations are all about growth and development.
For HBC, our retail company, I see it expanding its presence more in the Asian region.
On my personal side, I see my children strengthening their corporate involvement in the different companies that we have, thereby making the next generation better primed to receive the mantle of leadership. I wish that they will fully embrace the culture and values of the company as they proceed to take over the management of the organization.”

Patty Chilip – Standard Insurance Co. Inc. In 2015, we expect new car sales to continue its growth- from 250,000 this year to 300,000 next year. Hopefully, this will mean that car insurance will grow as well. For 2015, I hope for infrastructure and a system that makes life easier- in transport, regulation and in red tape. My wish for the country is sustainable growth, wealth that trickles down to all levels, the end of human trafficking, and less natural catastrophes.

Patty Chilip – Standard Insurance Co. Inc.
In 2015, we expect new car sales to continue its growth- from 250,000 this year to 300,000 next year. Hopefully, this will mean that car insurance will grow as well. For 2015, I hope for infrastructure and a system that makes life easier- in transport, regulation and in red tape. My wish for the country is sustainable growth, wealth that trickles down to all levels, the end of human trafficking, and less natural catastrophes.

Riza Mantaring – Sun Life Financial We have managed to sustain good growth over the past few years, and I would very much like to see that continue and accelerate even further.  I would wish to see more inclusive growth, as only if it is inclusive will the growth become sustainable.  And for our business, of course, I would like to see the strong growth we have experienced over the past five years continue well into the future!

Riza Mantaring – Sun Life Financial
We have managed to sustain good growth over the past few years, and I would very much like to see that continue and accelerate even further. I would wish to see more inclusive growth, as only if it is inclusive will the growth become sustainable. And for our business, of course, I would like to see the strong growth we have experienced over the past five years continue well into the future!

Malu Florendo – Lifedata Systems Inc.   We expect 2015 to be a prosperous year. For my industry, the telephone companies’ shift from feature phones to smart phones presents tremendous opportunities (and potential threats) for the mobile app business. It's the year to build alliances and to claim leadership.

Malu Florendo – Lifedata Systems Inc.
We expect 2015 to be a prosperous year. For my industry, the telephone companies’ shift from feature phones to smart phones presents tremendous opportunities (and potential threats) for the mobile app business. It’s the year to build alliances and to claim leadership.

Rajo Laurel – House of Laurel I expect 2015 to be a better year.  I have always been an optimist and every New Year is an opportunity to become better in all aspects.  To improve on what we have done and to focus on the attainment of the vision that we have put in place for ourselves.

Rajo Laurel – House of Laurel
I expect 2015 to be a better year. I have always been an optimist and every New Year is an opportunity to become better in all aspects. To improve on what we have done and to focus on the attainment of the vision that we have put in place for ourselves.

RJ David – OLX Philippines I expect that there will be an increased competition from the ASEAN nations in 2015 due to economic integration among the member nations. I wish the Philippines, as a country, becomes a start-up-friendly nation similar to Singapore as we have the mindset, talent and skills to build innovative businesses.

RJ David – OLX Philippines
I expect that there will be an increased competition from the ASEAN nations in 2015 due to economic integration among the member nations. I wish the Philippines, as a country, becomes a start-up-friendly nation similar to Singapore as we have the mindset, talent and skills to build innovative businesses.

Bobby Claudio – Toby’s Sports and Hobbies   My wish 2015 is for PPP projects that have started to be completed, and for those that are up for bidding to get going. When all of these are completed or bidden out, we will see higher growth rates and more economic/business activities for the Philippine economy.

Bobby Claudio – Toby’s Sports and Hobbies
My wish 2015 is for PPP projects that have started to be completed, and for those that are up for bidding to get going. When all of these are completed or bidden out, we will see higher growth rates and more economic/business activities for the Philippine economy.

 Jun Manas – Hen Lin    I wish that more and more employees in government agencies will understand and appreciate the role of an entrepreneur or of business as a major part of the backbone of a nation's economy.  Instead of causing impediments and making things difficult (as in getting permits and licenses), they should be helpful, friendly and above all, real public servants doing their duties professionally without expecting anything in return.

Jun Manas – Hen Lin
I wish that more and more employees in government agencies will understand and appreciate the role of an entrepreneur or of business as a major part of the backbone of a nation’s economy. Instead of causing impediments and making things difficult (as in getting permits and licenses), they should be helpful, friendly and above all, real public servants doing their duties professionally without expecting anything in return.

Josiah Go – Mansmith & Fielders Inc. I expect the man made barriers of doing business be removed to encourage more start-ups. I wish that the young people will see Philippines as a land of entrepreneurial opportunities instead of aspiring to be an OFW.

Josiah Go – Mansmith & Fielders Inc.
I expect the man made barriers of doing business be removed to encourage more start-ups. I wish that the young people will see Philippines as a land of entrepreneurial opportunities instead of aspiring to be an OFW.

Federico Moreno – Xcess Salon   I expect business in general to be better. With the first phase of the ASEAN Integration, this would bring more employment which will result to higher spending capacity for the Filipino consumers.

Federico Moreno – Xcess Salon
I expect business in general to be better. With the first phase of the ASEAN Integration, this would bring more employment which will result to higher spending capacity for the Filipino consumers.

Mark Ruiz - Hapinoy I wish for greater economic prosperity for the Philippines that will be tangibly felt by the poorest sectors of society - a truly inclusive growth. I hope that Hapinoy will be able to contribute to this, particularly through our Hapinoy Store program that helps Women Microentrepreneurs provide Mobile Financial Services to their communities.

Mark Ruiz – Hapinoy
I wish for greater economic prosperity for the Philippines that will be tangibly felt by the poorest sectors of society – a truly inclusive growth. I hope that Hapinoy will be able to contribute to this, particularly through our Hapinoy Store program that helps Women Microentrepreneurs provide Mobile Financial Services to their communities.

 

 

Empowering SMEs for 2015

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Doris Ho and Diane Wang during the dinner for APEC Summit on SME Development.

Doris Ho and Diane Wang during the dinner for APEC Summit on SME Development.

A week ago, I was told by Doris Magasaysay Ho, who heads the Asia Society Philippines and APEC Business Advisory Council that they would like to make Go Negosyo as their institutional partner in the forthcoming APEC Summit on SME Development.  Doris is part of the group who is leading the preparations for next year’s big APEC Summit in November.  Doris and I share in the vision of empowering the MSMEs to take their business to the next level.

Doris hosted a dinner in her residence to welcome and allow her good friend in ABAC, Diane Wang, to share her views on the e-commerce boom in China.

The dinner was relatively an intimate one, with just about 35 to 40 people mostly in the technology and e-commerce community. We were honoured to have the business icon Wash Sycip joined us, together with key personalities in the APEC and Asia Society groups.  From the Go Negosyo family and friends, we were happy to see Myla Villanueva of the MDI Group, Asec. Bettina Quimson of DOST-ICT, Paco Sandejas of Narra Ventures with wife Christine, Earl Valencia of Ideaspace, Mark and Reese Ruiz of Hapinoy and R2R, Ibba Bernardo of Sari mobile app.

Diane is the Founder & CEO of DHGate.com and one of Forbes’ Asia’s Most Powerful Businesswomen.  She gave a compelling presentation on the driving force behind e-Commerce business in China, her views on the cross border e-commerce – next decade of e-Commerce and how to capture this opportunity.

Diane said that in 2014, APEC prioritized the enhancement SME’s global competitiveness. ICT and E-commerce were identified as best ways to enable SME’s to access finance, global market, and sustain empowerment.  In China, they have empowered Chinese SMEs to transform and upgrade their business through E-commerce. The biggest driving force behind this success is the millions of Chinese SMEs that were encouraged to grow their businesses online. Over the years, e-commerce has directly created 1.8 millions of jobs plus 16.5 millions of jobs in e-commerce within the business.

Diane gave inspiring examples on how low-income micro and individual entreps managed to grow their business, earning several millions via online.

There can be Marketing service companies to assist SMEs in product description, decorate online stall, upload and display products; Logistics service companies to help in design shipping plot, choosing the most effective shipping channel at the best prices; and, Customer service companies to help in online services.

Internet is really a great equalizer. We all can make this happen if we raise the level of awareness and knowhow.  Internet has indeed reached a stage where it can make one fulfill his or her dream and beat poverty!

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Golden ladies of entrepreneurship: Julie Gandionco with husband Rodrigo and Esther Vibal with son, Gus.

Golden ladies of entrepreneurship: Julie Gandionco with husband Rodrigo and Esther Vibal with son, Gus.

Vibal Publishing and Julie’s Bakeshop. Two different companies from different industries with different success stories. But what’s common with these two is that they are both led by dedicated women whose maternal characteristics were also offered to their businesses.

Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing and Julie Gandionco of Julie’s Bakeshop are both in their late 80s today but are still active and hands-on in managing their businesses. These admirable Filipina entrepreneurs have pledged their time and effort ever since the start of their business ventures without sacrificing their duties as mothers and wives. That may be a challenge, but to them management is the key.

Esther continued what her late husband, Hilarion Vibal had started. Her husband founded the Vibal Publishing in 1953 which then would “Filipinize” educational books for children.  During their early years, they faced trials which challenged the existence of their publishing house but due to Esther’s management and leadership, they were able to expand and keep up with the changing environment of book publishing. Now, they have produced more than 2,500 titles including the Go Negosyo books.

Julie, on the other hand, started being an entrepreneur in the 1970s when she had 3 canteen concessionaires in her hometown, Cebu.  When she saw the demand for bread and pastries, she then opened a small bakery that would fill in the demand in the market. Since her expertise is into cooking and not in baking, she learned the ins and outs of baking step-by-step. Her effort to learn all what she needed to know in her new business led to the success of the country’s largest bakeshop chain.

I saw how they have put, not only their time and effort, but also their skills and abilities to use. And because of the perfect combo of their knowledge and knowhow, they have maintained to become large players in their respective industries and have been admired as top Filipina entrepreneurs in the country.

Just like how a mother who will always be there for her children even in their old age, these golden Filipina entrepreneurs will always be part of their companies’ growth and progress. The passion that they have exerted from the start has and will always be part of their success formula.

 

4th OFW & Family Summit & 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Every year, I am a part of two important gatherings dedicated for aspiring and start-up entrepreneurs: the OFW and Family Summit and the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

Villar Sipag Foundation headed by Sen. Cynthia Villar, former Senate President Manny Villar and Cong. Mark Villar in partnership with Go Negosyo opened the 4th OFW & Family Summit. It was another successful OFW Summit as we were jam-packed with more than 5000 OFWs and their families. This summit highlighted the opportunities on direct selling, franchising and agri-business which are available in our country and can be the new career path for our OFWs.

 The ceremonial ribbon cutting opened the program. In photo (L-R) Tommany Tan, Cong. Mark Villar, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Joey Concepcion, Atty. Jemelo Villiones and Mon Lopez.

The ceremonial ribbon cutting opened the program. In photo (L-R) Tommany Tan, Cong. Mark Villar, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Joey Concepcion, Atty. Jemelo Villiones and Mon Lopez.

Joey Concepcion gave an inspiring welcome message for the OFWs and their families.

Joey Concepcion gave an inspiring welcome message for the OFWs and their families.

British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis graced the summit as well.

British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis graced the summit as well.

Former Senate president Manny Villar encouraged everyone to apply 'sipag at tiyaga' in all ventures including business.

Former Senate president Manny Villar encouraged everyone to apply ‘sipag at tiyaga’ in all ventures including business.

4th OFW & Family Summit was packed with more than five thousand participants eager to learn more about different business models and gather tips from the distinguished speakers.

4th OFW & Family Summit was packed with more than five thousand participants eager to learn more about different business models and gather tips from the distinguished speakers.

Armando Bartolome, chairman of Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. discussed the opportunities in franchising.

Armando Bartolome, chairman of Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. discussed the opportunities in franchising.

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The panelists of the direct selling forum discussed the advantages of direct selling. In photo (L-R) Cheska San Diego, Joey Sarmiento of Direct Selling Association of the Philippines, Bernie Mercado of Stemtech Philippines Inc., Tommany Tan of Fern C, Joy Loria of Avon, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo and Eco Sala.

With Senator Cynthia is Vicky Wallace-Sandidge, the woman behind the famous Bohol Bee Farm.

With Senator Cynthia is Vicky Wallace-Sandidge, the woman behind the famous Bohol Bee Farm.

Toots Ople, Head of Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, talked about illegal recruiting and human trafficking issue.

Toots Ople, Head of Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, talked about illegal recruiting and human trafficking issue.

Atty. Jijil Jimenez, EVP of Asia Pacific for Energy Synergies, discussed the National Reintegration Center for OFWs.

Atty. Jijil Jimenez, EVP of Asia Pacific for Energy Synergies, discussed the National Reintegration Center for OFWs.

One of Go Negosyo's Angelpreneurs and executive director of Colayco Foundation, Armand Bengco discussed the importance of financial literacy in business.

One of Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs and executive director of Colayco Foundation, Armand Bengco discussed the importance of financial literacy in business.

Panelists in the second forum inspired the participants with their stories of success. They were once OFWs and are now successful entrepreneurs. In photo (L-R)  Carl Balita, entrepinoy guru; Van Villaraza of Samuelitos Tacos, Quesadillas and Burritos; Vicky Wallace-Sandidge of Bohol Bee Farm; Fe Mejia Vidal of CBN Boneless Bangus; Zarah Juan of Panda Cleaners; and Rebecca Bustamante of Chalre Associates Management Consulting.

Panelists in the second forum inspired the participants with their stories of success. They were once OFWs and are now successful entrepreneurs. In photo (L-R) Carl Balita, entrepinoy guru; Van Villaraza of Samuelitos Tacos, Quesadillas and Burritos; Vicky Wallace-Sandidge of Bohol Bee Farm; Fe Mejia Vidal of CBN Boneless Bangus; Zarah Juan of Panda Cleaners; and Rebecca Bustamante of Chalre Associates Management Consulting.

Agri-entrepreneurs showed the opportunities in the progressive agriculture industry. In photo (L-R) Prince Rainier Domingo of 4H Club, Edu San Diego of Phil. Fisheries Societ, Tina Papillon of Pamora Farms, Rita Macabuhay of MFI Farm Business Institute, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sharon Dimaano of Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative, Ronald Costales of Costales Nature Farms, Brian Belen of Ato Belen's Farm and Engr. Nilo Cordero of Samahan ng Industriyang Agrikultura.

Agri-entrepreneurs showed the opportunities in the progressive agriculture industry. In photo (L-R) Prince Rainier Domingo of 4H Club, Edu San Diego of Phil. Fisheries Societ, Tina Papillon of Pamora Farms, Rita Macabuhay of MFI Farm Business Institute, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sharon Dimaano of Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative, Ronald Costales of Costales Nature Farms, Brian Belen of Ato Belen’s Farm and Engr. Nilo Cordero of Samahan ng Industriyang Agrikultura.

Sen. Cynthia Villar handed the key to the lucky participant who won a house and lot from Camella.

Sen. Cynthia Villar handed the key to the lucky participant who won a house and lot from Camella.

Aside from the inspirational talks during the summit, Go Negosyo also had its mentoring booth with our angelpreneurs.

Aside from the inspirational talks during the summit, Go Negosyo also had its mentoring booth with our angelpreneurs.

 

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The 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) is an awards program is organized by Citi Foundation in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Microfinance Council of the Philippines (MCPI) to recognize outstanding microentrepreneurs who used micro finance in funding their enterprises, which improved their lives and of their communities.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Gov. Amado Tetangco Jr. delivered the keynote address during the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Gov. Amado Tetangco Jr. delivered the keynote address during the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

BSP Gov. Tetangco Jr. and Citi Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi handed the award to the national winner, Teresita Valdez.

BSP Gov. Tetangco Jr. and Citi Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi handed the award to the national winner, Teresita Valdez.

The 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship winners with the National Selection Committee. In photo (front row L-R) Rosma Cabillon, Teresita Nicanor, Johnny Laraño, Teresita Valdez, Edamil Patta, Purificacion Tagulinao and Ernanie Llema. (back photo L-R)  Antonino Alindogan Jr., Commission on Filipino Overseas Secretary Imelda Nicolas, Batara Sianturi, Gov. Amado Tetangco, Marixi Rufino-Prieto, Dr. Darwin Yu and Joey Concepcion.

The 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship winners with the National Selection Committee. In photo (front row L-R) Rosma Cabillon, Teresita Nicanor, Johnny Laraño, Teresita Valdez, Edamil Patta, Purificacion Tagulinao and Ernanie Llema. (back photo L-R) Antonino Alindogan Jr., Commission on Filipino Overseas Secretary Imelda Nicolas, Batara Sianturi, Gov. Amado Tetangco, Marixi Rufino-Prieto, Dr. Darwin Yu and Joey Concepcion.

In photo (L-R) Antonino Alindogan Jr., Sec. Imelda Nicolas, Batara Sianturi, Teresita Valdez, Gov. Amado Tetangco, Marixi Rufino-Prieto, Dr. Darwin Yu and Joey Concepcion.

In photo (L-R) Antonino Alindogan Jr., Sec. Imelda Nicolas, Batara Sianturi, Teresita Valdez, Gov. Amado Tetangco, Marixi Rufino-Prieto, Dr. Darwin Yu and Joey Concepcion.

Teresita Nicanor, Visayas Awardee.

Teresita Nicanor, Visayas Awardee.

Edamil Patta, Mindanao Awardee.

Edamil Patta, Mindanao Awardee.

Rosma Cabillon, Special Award for Community Leadership.

Rosma Cabillon, Special Award for Community Leadership.

Johnny Laraño, Special Award for Agri Micro-business.

Johnny Laraño, Special Award for Agri Micro-business.

Purificacion Tagulinao, Special Award for Innovation.

Purificacion Tagulinao, Special Award for Innovation.

Ernanie Llema, Luzon Awardee.

Ernanie Llema, Luzon Awardee.

Teresita Valdez, National Winner. ​ ​

Teresita Valdez, National Winner. ​ ​

 

 

From Employee to Employer

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

I must have shared this in the past but let me mention once again the importance of developing micro/ small enterprises if we are to have an inclusive growth in our country. Helping them flourish is like giving a big break to the bottom of the pyramid to fight poverty. They become at least self-employed and a productive member of our society. Enhancing their businesses leads also to further job creation as they employ more people. MSME sector accounts for over 90% of the number of enterprises and absorbs around 70% of employment. This is the reason why Go Negosyo and other organizations are focusing efforts to level-them up.

Last week, I attended the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA). For the past years, I have been part of the national selection committee and it is a privilege to be a part of this effort. This awards program is organized by Citi Foundation in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Microfinance Council of the Philippines (MCPI) to recognize outstanding microentrepreneurs who used micro finance in funding their enterprises, which improved their lives and of their communities.  This is led by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco and Citi Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi.

BSP Governor Amado Tetangco and Citi Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi awarded Teresita Valdez as the National Winner in the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

BSP Governor Amado Tetangco and Citi Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi awarded Teresita Valdez as the National Winner in the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

Let me share with you the story of the national winner who I think is a great inspiration to many.  Teresita Valdez did not finish her schooling because she needed to help her family. She started working at the very young age of 13 in a factory making sautéed shrimp paste or locally known as bagoong. At 13, she was given menial and easy tasks such as removing the fish heads but because of her excellent performance, she was promoted to become one of the sauce makers.

Maximizing her opportunity in her new task, she experimented on a recipe that will extend the shelf life of the bagoong. She then left her job and started her own small factory.  But it wasn’t a smooth sail for Teresita. She encountered a bad client who did not pay her two million pesos. Realizing that she can still continue despite that challenge, she loaned P10, 000 to start anew. Since then, her enterprise grew and is now providing employment to 22 individuals in their community. She values the hard work of her employees; giving them their salary on time. She has also given educational opportunities for her employees’ children.

Teresita’s story is indeed inspiring as she started with nothing and was able to even scale up her operation. After facing adversities in her entrepreneurial journey, she is still determined to succeed in life.

That is how many entrepreneurs started. They were employed at first but after learning and gaining the right skills and knowledge about the industry, they established their own businesses.  But what is important is the attitude towards change and development. An entrepreneur must be open with changes and must strive to improve and develop. They have to level up to face competition and be differentiated from the usual. And that is what Teresita did; she saw the problem and made a solution to it.

Aside from Teresita, other CMA winners this year are: Ernanie Llema of REL Seafoods Buyer and Dealer (Luzon Awardee); Teresita Nicanor of Paning’s Squid Rings (Visayas Awardee); Edamil Patta of Wonderland Coffee Shop and Sari-sari Store (Mindanao Awardee); Johnny Larano (Special Award for Agri Micro-business); Purification Tagulinao, manufacturer of native items made of pandan (Special Award for Innovation); and Rosma Cabillon (Special Award for Community Leadership).

After 12 years and 100 CMA awardees, CMA will continue to honor micro entrepreneurs who helped themselves and triumphed over poverty. Just like what Batara Sianturi said in his  welcome remarks, “It is very clear that there continues to be great wealth in this country, when it comes to men and women who through sheer grit and determination, escaped extreme poverty and brought prosperity to their families and to their communities. “

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More than 5,000 Overseas Filipino Workers and their families joined the 4th OFW and Family summit. This is a partnership with Villar SIPAG Foundation and Go Negosyo.

More than 5,000 Overseas Filipino Workers and their families joined the 4th OFW and Family summit. This is a partnership with Villar SIPAG Foundation and Go Negosyo.

A day after the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards, we opened the 4th OFW and Family Summit along with Villar Sipag Foundation headed by Sen. Cynthia Villar, former Senate President Manny Villar and Cong. Mark Villar. It was another successful OFW Summit as we were jam-packed with more than 5000 participants. As early as 7am, our dear OFWs and their families lined up around the venue. Inspirational speakers empowered the audience with their stories and tips on business.  Even former OFWs such as Rebecca Bustamante, Zarah Juan, Vicky Wallace-Sandidge of Bohol Bee Farm, Fe Vidal and Van Villaraza shared how they became entrepreneurs after they served overseas. Franchising Angelpreneur Butz Bartolome, Joey Sarmiento and his colleagues at the Direct Sellers Association and Financial literacy Angelpreneur Armand Bengco all shared their expertise to the thousands of attendees.

The OFWs and their families are encouraged to save and invest their income so that there will come a time when they need not part ways to earn a living. They will no longer be employees but employers here and abroad.

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Let me greet one of Go Negosyo’s advocates and trustee, GMA 7’s Chairman, Atty. Felipe Gozon a happy 75th birthday. Our best wishes and congratulations on your autobiography book.

Go Negosyo and Peace & Equity Foundation Hold Acceleration Bootcamp for Southeast Asia Mobile App Challenge PH

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
The GoNegosyo- Peace and Equity Foundation Southeast Asia Mobile Application- Acceleration Bootcamp gathered participants from all over the country.

The participating teams of the acceleration bootcamp coming from different areas of the country.

The 1st Southeast Asia Mobile Application Challenge Acceleration Bootcamp in the Philippines was held last November 29, 2014 at the Commission on Higher Education Auditorium in Diliman, Quezon City.

The Acceleration Bootcamp is the second phase of SEAMAC Philippines as aspiring mobile app developers gathered to learn from mobile app, technology and business experts. The bootcamp gathered 61 teams from all over the Philippines including teams from Pangasinan, Batangas, Nueva Ecija, Rizal, Laguna, Cebu, Bacolod, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.

Mr. Mon Lopez, GoNegosyo Executive Director delivers his Opening Message to SEAMAC Philippines teams and guests.

Mr. Mon Lopez, GoNegosyo Executive Director delivers his Opening Message to SEAMAC Philippines teams and guests.

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Dr. Paris De L’etraz, the Managing Director and Professor of Entrepreneurship of Venture Lab.

Dr. Paris De L’etraz, the Managing Director and Professor of Entrepreneurship of Venture Lab.

Dr. Paris De L’etraz, the Managing Director and Professor of Entrepreneurship of Venture Lab, inspired the participants to go outside their comfort zones, facing the uncertainty by understanding their personal and professional comfort zones.  He also discussed that technology that we have in our hands – mobile phones and apps that people use and enjoy today has a big potential in entrepreneurship. Foundations and strategies of creating a mobile application were also discussed as each element is important – from the photos, look, size, font choice and the overall content.

Ms. Hannah Chou discusses their mobile application Our City Love, an application for PWDs to know where to enjoy great food in Taiwan. They are also expanding here in the Philippines by partnering with local organizations.

Ms. Hannah Chou discusses their mobile application Our City Love, an application for PWDs to know where to enjoy great food in Taiwan. They are also expanding here in the Philippines by partnering with local organizations.

Hannah Chou, the creator of Our City Love from Taiwan which recently won in the Social Entrepreneurship Venture Day shared their team’s mobile application that was able to help PWDs to look for food hubs that cater to their needs and was able to inspire others to do the same.

Mr Jeffrey Char discussed the mechanics and requirements of the teams as they start their journey to the Regional and Barcelona Finals.

Mr Jeffrey Char discussed the mechanics and requirements of the teams as they start their journey to the Regional and Barcelona Finals.

The morning session ended with Jeffrey Char of J-Seed Ventures Inc.  He discussed the detailed mechanics of the Southeast Asia Mobile Application Challenge.

The afternoon session started as Filipino technopreneurs gathered in a panel as each shared their experiences from conceptualization, creating and launching their apps. The panel was composed of Yves Gonzalez, MMDA Traffic Navigator Application; Brian Cu, GrabTaxi Philippines; Kim Harold Sinang, GoManila!; Carlo Calimon, MobKard; Louis Michael Concepcion, Tanaw; and Earl Martin Valencia, IdeaSpace.

Lunch was packed with inspiring stories as panelist share their insights and stories as they make their own applications. From left to right- Loius Michael Concepcion, Tanaw, Kim Sinang, GoManila!, Brian Cu, Grab Taxi Philippines, Yves Gonzalez, MMDA Traffic Navigator; Carlo Calimon, MobKard.

Lunch was packed with inspiring stories as panelist share their insights and stories as they make their own applications. From left to right- Loius Michael Concepcion, Tanaw, Kim Sinang, GoManila!, Brian Cu, Grab Taxi Philippines, Yves Gonzalez, MMDA Traffic Navigator; Carlo Calimon, MobKard.

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The whole activity was wrapped by individual team mentorship sessions by Paris de L’etraz, Jeffrey Char and Conchita Galdon.

Individual Team Mentoring Session with Dr. Paris De L'etraz.

Individual Team Mentoring Session with Dr. Paris De L’etraz.

Individual Team Mentoring Session withMs. Conchita Galdon.

Individual Team Mentoring Session withMs. Conchita Galdon.

Individual Team Mentoring Session Jeff Char.

Individual Team Mentoring Session Jeff Char.

After the bootcamp, teams were challenged to submit their final requirements consisting of a PowerPoint presentation and a 2-minute video about their planned mobile application. Deadline is December 12, 2014. This is their start with their journey to the Regional Final in Singapore in February and to Barcelona in the world finals by March 2015.

Mr. Ricardo Torres from the Peace and Equity Foundation closes the day with words to instigate participants to get up and produce world class mobile applications.

Mr. Ricardo Torres from the Peace and Equity Foundation closes the day with words to instigate participants to get up and produce world class mobile applications.

Everyone who missed the bootcamp can still join by emailing their TEAM NAME, TEAM LEADER’S NAME, MOBILE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS and MOBILE APP IDEA at gonegosyo.youth@gmail.com. Interested teams are to form a group of 2-6 members aged 18-35 years old.

SEAMAC Philippines 2014 is mounted by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship- Go Negosyo and Peace & Equity Foundation in cooperation with Applied Innovation Institute. The bootcamp was supported by the Department of Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office, Far Eastern University- Institute of Technology, Bo’s Coffee, Bar-B King, CityMall, and Philippine Franchise Association.

MVP Bossings 2015

Monday, December 8th, 2014

PLDT SME Nation in partnership with Go Negosyo named the latest roster of MVP Bossings! In our continuous efforts to recognize and honor leading entrepreneurs in the country, we have carefully selected the 9 Bossings this year. They have been an inspiration and driving force to young and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The 2015 MVP Bossings are Johnny Chan of Bellevue Hotels and Resorts, Ricky Reyes of Gandang Ricky Reyes, Julie Gandionco of Julie’s Bakeshop, Arthur Tugade of Perry’s Group, Ferdinand Marañon of Sagrex Corporation, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics and Esther & Gaspar Vibal of Vibal Publishing House. The Grand Bossing is Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation.

PLDT and Smart's  Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise International and Carrier Business, Eric Alberto welcomed everyone to the 2014 MVP Bossing Awards.

PLDT and Smart’s Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise International and Carrier Business, Eric Alberto welcomed everyone to the 2014 MVP Bossing Awards.

Together with Eric, I awarded Johnny Chan of Bellevue Hotels and Resorts as one of the MVP Bossings 2014.

Together with Eric, I awarded Johnny Chan of Bellevue Hotels and Resorts as one of the MVP Bossings 2015.

Another story of inspiration came from Ricky Reyes of Gandang Ricky Reyes. He is  one of the 2015 bossings.

Another story of inspiration came from Ricky Reyes of Gandang Ricky Reyes. He is one of the 2014 bossings.

.One proud MVP Bossing 2015 from Cebu, Ms. Julia Gandionco and her husband Mr. Rodrigo Gandionco established the now famous, Julie's Bakeshop.

.One proud MVP Bossing 2015 from Cebu, Ms. Julia Gandionco and her husband Mr. Rodrigo Gandionco established the now famous, Julie’s Bakeshop.

Another bossing 2015 is Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation

Another bossing 2015 is Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation

Atty. Arthur Tugade of Perry's Group.

Atty. Arthur Tugade of Perry’s Group.

Ferdinand Maranon of Sagrex Corporation.

Ferdinand Maranon of Sagrex Corporation.

Go Negosyo's advocacy partner, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Go Negosyo’s advocacy partner, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Mrs. Esther Vibal and Gaspar Vibal of Vibal Publishing House.

Mrs. Esther Vibal and Gaspar Vibal of Vibal Publishing House.

Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics.

Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics.

Carlos Chan has also been named as the Grand Bossing for 2015.

Carlos Chan has also been named as the Grand Bossing for 2015.

 

International artist Apl. de Ap received the People Saving the Future Special Award from PLDT Chairman, Manny V. Pangilinan.

International artist Apl. de Ap received the People Saving the Future Special Award from PLDT Chairman, Manny V. Pangilinan.

In photo: British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis, Dr. Jaime Alip, myself, Annie Alip, and my father Joecon.

In photo: British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis, Dr. Jaime Alip, myself, Annie Alip, and my father Joecon.

Carlos Chan received the award from Sen. Bam Aquino, Manny V. Pangilinan and last year's Grand Bossing, Alfredo Yao.

Carlos Chan received the award from Sen. Bam Aquino, Manny V. Pangilinan and last year’s Grand Bossing, Alfredo Yao.

 The Bossing Awardees this year. In photo: Rodrigo & Julie Gandionco, Arthur Tugade, Johnny Chan, Carlos Chan, Gaspar and Esther Vibal, Joey Concepcion, Manny V. Pangilinan, Ricky Reyes, Alice Eduardo, Laura Verallo de Bertotto, Ferdinand Maranon, Kat Luna-Abelarde and Eric Alberto.

The Bossing Awardees this year. In photo: Rodrigo & Julie Gandionco, Arthur Tugade, Johnny Chan, Carlos Chan, Gaspar and Esther Vibal, Joey Concepcion, Manny V. Pangilinan, Ricky Reyes, Alice Eduardo, Laura Verallo de Bertotto, Ferdinand Maranon, Kat Luna-Abelarde and Eric Alberto.

Les Reyes, Joey Concepcion and Ricky Reyes.

Les Reyes, Joey Concepcion and Ricky Reyes.

In photo: Joey Concepcion, Sen. Bam Aquino, Manny V. Pangilinan, Dr. Jaime Alip, Annie Alip, Alfredo Yao, Ramon Lopez and Eric Alberto.

In photo: Joey Concepcion, Sen. Bam Aquino, Manny V. Pangilinan, Dr. Jaime Alip, Annie Alip, Alfredo Yao, Ramon Lopez and Eric Alberto.

Marilou and Johnlu Koa

Marilou and Johnlu Koa

Bossing Vina Morales of Ystillo Salon.

Bossing Vina Morales of Ystillo Salon.

Marissa Concepcion with Kat Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation.

Marissa Concepcion with Kat Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation.

Bossings: Federico Moreno, Nelson and Siu Ping Par.

Bossings: Federico Moreno, Nelson and Siu Ping Par.

Bossings: Willy Tee Ten and Alice Eduardo.

Bossings: Willy Tee Ten and Alice Eduardo.

Bossing Michael Deakin with Patrick Deakin.

Bossing Michael Deakin with Patrick Deakin.

Rico Hizon hosted the night's awarding.

Rico Hizon hosted the night’s awarding.

Joecon being introduced to Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis.

Joecon being introduced to Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis.

After being awarded, Apl. de Ap entertained the audience with his music.

After being awarded, Apl. de Ap entertained the audience with his music.

Game Changers

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
MVP Bossing Awards 2014 awarded Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation as the Grand Bossing this year. (In photo L-R) Bossing Cecilio Pedro, Senator Bam Aquino, Grand Bossing Carlos Chan, PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and last year's Grand Bossing Alfredo Yao.

MVP Bossing Awards 2014 awarded Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation as the Grand Bossing this year. (In photo L-R) Bossing Cecilio Pedro, Senator Bam Aquino, Grand Bossing Carlos Chan, PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and last year’s Grand Bossing Alfredo Yao.

Last week, PLDT SME Nation in partnership with Go Negosyo named the latest roster of MVP Bossings! In our continuous efforts to recognize and honor leading entrepreneurs in the country, we have carefully selected the 9 Bossings this year. They have been an inspiration and driving force to young and aspiring entrepreneurs.

 

This year’s MVP Bossings are Johnny Chan of Bellevue Hotels and Resorts, Ricky Reyes of Gandang Ricky Reyes, Julie Gandionco of Julie’s Bakeshop, Arthur Tugade of Perry’s Group, Ferdinand Marañon of Sagrex Corporation, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics and Esther & Gaspar Vibal of Vibal Publishing House. The Grand Bossing is Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation.

 

As Manny V. Pangilinan, PLDT Chairman, has said, “The Bossings are living proof that good intentions together with unwavering perseverance can lead to success. Trials may come their way but the triumphs they can achieve will certainly outweigh them.”

 

In the coming years, Go Negosyo and PLDT SME Nation will recognize new sets of Bossings who contributed in the growth of the economy and the welfare of its citizenry.

4th OFW and Family Summit happens today at the World Trade Center Tent. (In Photo L-R) Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Senator Cynthia Villar, and Go Negosyo Founder, Joey Concepcion.

4th OFW and Family Summit happens today at the World Trade Center Tent. (In Photo L-R) Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Senator Cynthia Villar, and Go Negosyo Founder, Joey Concepcion.

Today is the 4th OFW and Family Summit of Villar Sipag Foundation in partnership with Go Negosyo and will be held in World Trade Center Tent. We are once again providing various business opportunities for the modern day heroes of this country, the overseas Filipino workers and their families.   This OFW Summit continues to promote and encourage OFWs towards the path to entrepreneurship, as a way to productively channel the remittances regularly received, so as to create better livelihood activities for their future.  We present during the Summit business opportunities and models that fit their skills and interest. This will be their chance to network with business owners, franchise holders and other entrepreneurs who can help them start their own businesses. Aside from the learnings that they will gain, the audience can also win prizes such as pangkabuhayan showcases, scholarship grants, and house and lot from Camella.

Seth Hiranand, son of Haresh Hiranand with international tennis player, Maria Sharapova.

Seth Hiranand, son of Haresh Hiranand with international tennis player, Maria Sharapova.

I would like to congratulate Manila Mavericks team owners Haresh Hiranand, Kevin Belmonte, Hans Sy and Jean Henri Lhuillier together with foreign partner Bala Swaminathan.. They brought in Manila Mavericks players Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray and others. The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) Manila leg last week has been a successful one with over 30 thousand audience for the 3-day event. IPTL founder, Mahesh Bhupati was also a world doubles champion with 16 grand slam.

 

When the Thailand’s Red Bull team backed out, the Philippines took the opportunity to be part of the league. I asked the team owners why they made this investment in a basketball-crazy country and all of them said that it was for the love of the sport as all of them are tennis players and they want to inspire more Filipinos to get into tennis as they see the world’s best players come to our country. It was a bold move for the team owners of Manila Mavericks but as I have seen, passion and knowledge combined increase the chance to succeed in a venture. I definitely enjoyed watching tennis for the first time live and seeing all the super stars at one time. A great boost to tennis from the Philippines and one day we should have a Pinoy superstar in this league. We need more entrepreneurs who will challenge and be bold enough to mount events like this who I call game changers!

 

12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
1. TERESITA VALDEZ, National Winner (Manufacturer of Sautéed Shrimp Paste and Anchovy Sauces) 2. ERNANIE LLEMA, Regional Awardee – Luzon (REL Seafoods Buyer and Dealer) 3. TERESITA NICANOR, Regional Awardee – Visayas (Paning’s Squid Rings) 4. EDAMIL PATTA, Regional Awardee – Mindanao (Wonderland Coffee Shop and Sari-sari Store) 5. JOHNNY LARAÑO, Special Award for Agri Micro-business (Farmer) 6. ROSMA CABILLON, Special Award for Community Leadership (Buy and Sell of Squid, Crabs, and Seaweed) 7. PURIFICACION TAGULINAO, Special Award for Innovation (Manufacturer of Native Items Made of Pandan)

1. TERESITA VALDEZ, National Winner (Manufacturer of Sautéed Shrimp Paste and Anchovy Sauces) 2. ERNANIE LLEMA, Regional Awardee – Luzon (REL Seafoods Buyer and Dealer) 3. TERESITA NICANOR, Regional Awardee – Visayas (Paning’s Squid Rings) 4. EDAMIL PATTA, Regional Awardee – Mindanao (Wonderland Coffee Shop and Sari-sari Store) 5. JOHNNY LARAÑO, Special Award for Agri Micro-business (Farmer) 6. ROSMA CABILLON, Special Award for Community Leadership (Buy and Sell of Squid, Crabs, and Seaweed) 7. PURIFICACION TAGULINAO, Special Award for Innovation (Manufacturer of Native Items Made of Pandan)

BSP, Citi and MCPI honor 7 micro business owners from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao

Manila – After a six month nationwide search, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) and Citi Philippines today announced the winners of the 2014 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA).

The national honors went to Teresita Valdez, manufacturer of sautéed shrimp paste and anchovy sauces based in Malolos, Bulacan. Joining Valdez in the prominent roster are regional awardees Ernani Llema (Luzon), Teresita Nicanor (Visayas), and Edamil Patta (Mindanao). Llema is a seafoods buyer and dealer, while Nicanor won acclaim for her squid rings. Patta operates a coffee shop in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Present to commend the winners were members of the CMA National Selection Committee, led by co-chairs Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco and Citi Philippines Chief Executive Officer Batara Sianturi.

“Each year, we find ourselves in a very difficult position of choosing our winners,” related Sianturi during his welcome remarks. “Even after 12 years, it is very clear that there continues to be great wealth in this country, when it comes to men and women who through sheer grit and determination, escaped extreme poverty and brought prosperity to their families and to their communities. Their accomplishment sends a strong signal to other aspiring entrepreneurs to never give up. They very well deserve this recognition for their valuable contribution to the microfinance industry and the Philippine economy.”

Funded by Citi Foundation, the CMA annually awards outstanding microfinance clients who have used microfinance and entrepreneurship to improve their lives as well as their communities. Launched in 2002 on Citi’s centennial year in the Philippines, the program this year reached a new milestone of having recognized 100 outstanding Filipinos for their stories of hope and triumph over poverty through entrepreneurship. This awardwinning public-private-civic partnership has become a strong recognition of the good work many microfinance practitioners do to alleviate poverty and promote inclusive growth.

Governor Tetangco delivered the keynote address during the ceremonies. During the CMA launch in June, the Governor said: “As a regulator, it is a joy to see tangible proof that our microfinance policies and regulations have such a powerful impact on families and communities. Let us continue to spread the good word about microfinance and the stories of our CMA winners. Through them, we are reassured again and again that microfinance is a viable option for entrepreneurial Pinoys.”

Special awards were also given during the ceremonies: the Special Award for Agri Micro-business went to Johnny Laraňo, an advocate of modern farming; the Special Award for Innovation was presented to pandan craftsmaker Purificacion Tagulinao; and the Special Award for Community Leadership was handed to Rosma Cabillon, a seaweed, squid and crabs buyer and seller from Estancia, Iloilo.

All the seven winners received cash prizes totaling P870,000 and will also be provided a laptop and scholarship to a 4-week entrepreneurship training at the Citi Microenterprise Development Center in Quezon City. In addition, they will be entitled to computer training and health and life insurance coverage; all these to help maximize their potentials.

After the awarding ceremonies, MCPI Chairperson Maria Anna Ignacio led the induction of the newest set of winners into the CMA Alumni Network, welcoming them into a group of individuals who will be provided with enterprise development mentoring to further accelerate their progress to success.

Ignacio commented on the sidelines: “The quality of nominations received for the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards gets better each year. The success story in each nomination shows us the good in microfinance and gives a face to persevering nanays and tatays all over the country.”

After a successful launch in the Philippines, the CMA is now a global program rolled out in over 30 countries in various regions including Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America.