Archive for January, 2015

Go Negosyo, PEF unveil winners of first Southeast Asia Mobile App Challenge PH

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
The top 10 teams of SEAMAC PH with the judges. Each team received a cash grant of P100,000.

The top 10 teams awarded by the prestigious panel of judges.

The Go Negosyo – Peace and Equity Foundation Southeast Asia Mobile Application Challenge has come to an end with the Philippine Finals held on January 20, 2015 at the Ante Auditorium, Ateneo Professional School in Rockwell, Makati City.

The Philippine finals gathered the top 19 teams who outshone the rest in the competition which saw the participation of young people from Manila, Laguna, Pangasinan, Cavite, Cebu, Davao, Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro.

During the final presentation, each team was given three minutes to pitch their application ideas followed by another three minutes for a question-and-answer session before the highly esteemed panel of judges composed local and international tech mentors and experts led by Ms. Myla Villanueva (MDI Group).

Meet the panel of judges of the GN-PEF SEAMAC (L-R): Ms. Cheska San Diego (Host), Mr. Mon Ibrahim (DOST-ICTO office); Mr. Paris de L’etraz (IE Business School); Mr. Jeff Char (JSeed Ventures); Mr. Paco Sandejas (Narra Ventures); Mr. Chellapa Panickar (Asia Cap PTE Ltd.); Mr. Robert Calingo (Peace and Equity Foundation); Ms. Myla Villanueva (MDI Group); Ms. Bettina Quimson (DOST-eSociety); Mr. Ibba Bernardo (Sari Software); Mr. Carlo Calimon (MobKard); Ms. Beverly Tantiansu (Smart Communications & IdeaSpace); Mr. Mon Lopez (Executive Director, Go Negosyo); Mr. John Paul Uminga (Programs Development Manager, Go Negosyo)

Meet the panel of judges of the GN-PEF SEAMAC (L-R): Ms. Cheska San Diego (Host), Mr. Mon Ibrahim (DOST-ICTO office); Mr. Paris de L’etraz (IE Business School); Mr. Jeff Char (JSeed Ventures); Mr. Paco Sandejas (Narra Ventures); Mr. Chellapa Panickar (Asia Cap PTE Ltd.); Mr. Robert Calingo (Peace and Equity Foundation); Ms. Myla Villanueva (MDI Group); Ms. Bettina Quimson (DOST-eSociety); Mr. Ibba Bernardo (Sari Software); Mr. Carlo Calimon (MobKard); Ms. Beverly Tantiansu (Smart Communications & IdeaSpace); Mr. Mon Lopez (Executive Director, Go Negosyo); Mr. John Paul Uminga (Programs Development Manager, Go Negosyo)

The other judges were Dr. Paris De L’etraz (IE Business School), Jeff Char (JSeed Ventures), Chellapa Panickar (Asia Cap PTE Ltd.), Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo), Robert Calingo (Peace and Equity Foundation), Paco Sandejas (Narra Venture Capital), Beverly Tan (IdeaSpace/ Smart), Mon Ibrahim (DOST- ICTO), Ibba Bernardo (Sari Software), Carlo Calimon (MobKard) and Asec. Bettina Quimson (DOST-eSociety).

After the finals session, the emerging 10 teams are (in no particular order): Team Filterr (Filterr), Team Kargadoor (Kargadoor), Team Rocketeers (Made2Order), Team HIA (HistoryA), Team WOT (PasaHeroes), Team Volo (Volo), Team Siglo (Siglo), Team Rio J (RescueWhere), Team Orderee (Orderee) and the Team Help App (Help App).

Each team is awarded One Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php100,000.00) as seed money for their dream mobile apps. Out of the ten teams, three winners were selected who will wave the Philippines’ flag in the Asia Pacific Mobile App Challenge Finals to be held in Singapore this February 15-17, 2015. These are: Team Siglo led by Mr. Alvin Tan; Team HIA led by Ms. Maria Teresa Dumlao and Team Volo led by Mr. John Paul Barcelon.

Meanwhile, Smart Mobile Internet awarded the People’s Choice award to Team Leaf (#SafePay) who also brought home Thirty Thousand Pesos (Php30,000)

Team Leaf (#Safepay) won Smart Mobile Internet People’s Choice, it was awarded by Mr. Paris de L’etraz (IE Business School), Mr. Mon Lopez (Executive Director, Go Negosyo), Mr. Carlo Suguitan, (Smart Communications); Mr. Robert Calingo (Executive Director, Peace and Equity Foundation).

Team Leaf (#Safepay) won Smart Mobile Internet People’s Choice, it was awarded by Mr. Paris de L’etraz (IE Business School), Mr. Mon Lopez (Executive Director, Go Negosyo), Mr. Carlo Suguitan, (Smart Communications); Mr. Robert Calingo (Executive Director, Peace and Equity Foundation).

The top 3 teams of the Go Negosyo- Peace and Equity Foundation Southeast Asia Mobile Application Challenge: Team Volo, Team Siglo and Team HIA.

The top 3 teams of the Go Negosyo- Peace and Equity Foundation Southeast Asia Mobile Application Challenge: Team Volo, Team Siglo and Team HIA.

The Philippine run of the Southeast Asia Mobile Application Challenge is brought to you by Go Negosyo, Applied Innovation Institute and Peace and Equity Foundation. It is also supported by the following: Philippine Finals Sponsor: Smart Communications; Bootcamp Sponsor: DOST-Information and Communications Office, Far Eastern University- Institute of Technology, Bo’s Coffee, Bar-B-King, Mang Inasal, CityMall, Philippine Franchise Association; Info Session Sponsor: Far Eastern University Manila; Promotional Partners: TESDA and DTI; Regional Organizers: J Seed Ventures, IE Business School, StarHub, GSMA; Media Partners: PhilStar.com, DZRH, PTV4, The Philippine Star, Rappler, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, Sun Star, SME Forum at GNN, Entreprenuer.com.ph.

 

A Robust 2015 Outlook

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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In my first column for this year, I have shared with you some wishes and predictions of many of our partner entrepreneurs for 2015. Many of them are looking forward to a more robust economy. With the growth momentum and continued reforms, the economic fundamentals are getting even better.

I have sought some inputs from two good friends Dr. Bernie Villegas and Romy Bernardo, who are leading economists in our country today.  Let me share with you their insights.

Dr. Bernie essentially cited the phrase “the new mediocre”, a newly coined phrase of Christine Legarde, the new head of IMF, as she describes the lacklustre growth that advanced countries are now doomed to suffer almost perpetually.  Many believe that the former engines of growth—the U.S., Japan and Europe—may recover from their present malaise but will not enjoy growth rates for the foreseeable future of more than 2 per cent per annum in GDP.

With this development, focus is set on the emerging market which exhibit 4-6% growth rates, with some hitting beyond 6% growth.  Dr. Bernie said that the Philippines can still notch a GDP growth rate of more than 6 percent per annum at least for the next five or more years.  We will continue to receive $25 billion or more of remittances of OFWs; our BPO/KPO sector will continue to earn $15 billion or more employing 1 million workers and counting; close to 40 million Filipinos from low middle and high middle income households  will spend the incomes from these two engines of growth on a variety of consumer goods and services, on housing, and  on domestic tourism; the business sector will continue to demand spaces in office buildings for the increasing number of BPO/KPO workers spread out more and more outside of  the National Capital Region; and we can experience a moderate renaissance of manufacturing as more Japanese and South Korean factories relocate in the Philippines as a consequence of much higher wages in China.

On the part of the Government, there are enough institutional reforms that will guarantee that increasing percentages of our GDP will be spent on infrastructures and education.  Dr. Bernie believes that extra effort against corruption, reforms and program implementation would be needed so that Philippines can grow over 8% or 10% for several years for poverty incidence to go down.

Romy also shares similar views as he cited the plunge in oil prices to record lows ($ 46- 48/ barrel) unseen since 2009– half of what these were just a year ago. And while the 2009 drop was primarily due to low demand with the financial crisis, this current one is mostly due to higher supply. Thus, low prices to last longer.

The Philippines will benefit from the decline in oil prices, estimating an incremental 2 percentage points of GDP growth if oil prices averaged a pretty low $ 40/ barrel for the year. Romy’s view is more in the area of 0.25 to 0.5 percentage points, based on an average price of $ 60/barrel. He is assuming a fairly quick downward adjustment in pump prices, transport fares and cost of goods, so that the savings are captured by a wide consumer base and translated into increased economic activity.

Lower cost of oil will further boost current account. The other benefit to the economy will be lower inflation to around 3% which can keep interest rates low.

The emergent recovery in the U.S. market promises healthy export growth of around 10 percent. Similarly, overseas remittances are expected to continue to rise and even more in peso terms with the strengthening dollar.  But he views that Peso will not appreciate much, keeping to around P44.00, considering efforts to preserve export competitiveness.

All told, Romy’s group at GlobalSource thinks the economy will do better this year and next—at 6.5 percent GDP growth. Their group seems to be right on about 6.1% growth for 2014. The 2015’s growth will be propelled by the same factors mentioned, plus industries that are fueled by favorable interest rate environment- real estate, construction, and consumer retail.

Global Source thinks that the economy could have done better if there was more infrastructure spending. Annual infrastructure spending is still only at 3 percent of GDP, only half of our neighbours. Poor infrastructure spending also result in problems in ports, traffic congestion, airports, water, power.

The group also thinks we can improve the quality of growth and make it more inclusive.  Poverty, unemployment and underemployment indicators at 25 percent, 6 percent and 20 percent, respectively, remain weak. While government made progress in social spending (conditional cash transfers, public education, universal health), financial inclusion initiatives (SME support, Go Negosyo Law, organizing the Credit Information Corporation), and addressing long-standing civil strife (the Bangsamoro initiative), we need fundamental reforms that will generate more investments and jobs, especially in manufacturing and agriculture/agribusiness.

These reforms include opening up to more foreign investments, coherent industry road maps including rationalizing fiscal incentives, clearer policies and programs  for agriculture post-CARP including on land ownership, customs modernization, compliance with ASEAN-2016 single window for international trade, improving port and cargo handling, greater competition in domestic shipping,  liberalization of rice and sugar trade, a competition policy law, cutting down red tape on small  business, support for micro enterprises and agri-entrepreneurship and labor laws that encourage job creation like the apprenticeship law.

This administration can complete the reforms it started to attain quality growth of 6 to 7 percent. Such growth performance can half our poverty incidence in ten years and can even eradicates it later.

 

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Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Entrepreneurs of 2014

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Go Negosyo, in its past summits, recognized exemplary entrepreneurs whose stories inspire and empower fellow Filipinos towards entrepreneurship. Go Negosyo searches for individuals whose passion and dedication led to the successes of their businesses.

Last year, we had our 6th Filipina Entrepreneur Summit and awarded top and commendable Filipina entrepreneurs. The 2014 Filipina awardees are: Joy Abaquin, Edith Dacuycuy, Milagros Ong-How, Maria Ressa, Cathy Turvill, Michelle Asence-Fontelera, Monique Hilario, Judy Wong Guevarra, Donna Jiao, and Gwenn Albarracin.  Sta. Elena Construction and Development President Alice Eduardo was the Co-Chair of the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2014. Richwell Trading Corp. Founder and CEO Myrna Yao, and Go Negosyo trustee and owner of W Buildings, Rosalind Wee served as panel of judges in selecting the inspiring Filipinas of 2014.

In our mission to tap other important sectors in the economy, we also launched the first Agri-Negosyo Summit last July of 2014 to also showcase various agri-negosyo models that are profitable. We awarded 15 Most Inspiring Agripreneurs and Agri-Enablers. These awardees were chosen through deliberate consideration of their achievements and the quality of their entrep journey. They all have inspiring stories through which they have made a strong impact to the society and have helped their community by providing trainings and employment. The awardees are: Senen Bacani, Tennyson Chen, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Joseph Calata, Danilo Fausto, Arsenio Barcelona, Jacqueline and Antonio Alleje, Martin and Pilamar Ozaeta, Arestina Papillon, Ronald Costales, Jeffrey Lim, Maximo Ricohermoso, Neil Molina, GreenEarth Heritage Foundation and Philippine Biochar Association.

Go Negosyo brought the Creativity and Innovation Summit to Cebu last year after the successful launch in Manila in 2013. We recognized young Cebuano entrepreneurs who were selected and awarded because they have shown passion, integrated exceptional innovation and applied creativity with their products and services. Aside from that, they have contributed to the development of their communities. The Young and Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneurs are: Gabino Abejo Jr., Lorenz Florendo, Joy Anya Lim, Erica Neal, Koh Onozawa and Franz Ignacio, Christian Paro-an, Mark Ynoc, Carlo de Asis and Nico Ybanez, Pearl Sarcauga, and Nicolo Nimor.

Aside from our own summits, we recognized the latest batch of MVP Bossings in Partnership with PLDT SME Nation. The bossings were chosen because they are inspiring role models who were once SMEs and have managed to grow their businesses even further.  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 was Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation.

For the past years, I have also participated in the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards of Citibank, Citi Foundation, Microfinance Council of the Philippines and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. This award-giving body recognizes microentrepreneurs from all over the country who have used microfinance in their businesses. Last year’s winners were: Teresita Valdez (National Winner), Ernanie Llema (Luzon Awardee), Teresita Nicanor (Visayas Awardee), Edamil Patta (Mindanao Awardee), Johnny Larano (Special Awardee for Agri Micro-Business), Rosma Cabillon (Special Awardee for Community Leadership) and Purification Tagulinao (Special Award for Innovation).

Let me share with you their photos:

Go Negosyo's Filipina Starpreneurs of 2014.

Go Negosyo’s Filipina Starpreneurs of 2014.

Go Negosyo's Most Inspiring Agripreneurs and Agri-Enablers 2014.

Go Negosyo’s Most Inspiring Agripreneurs and Agri-Enablers 2014.

Go Negosyo's Young and Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneurs of 2014.

Go Negosyo’s Young and Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneurs of 2014.

MVP Bossing Awardees for 2015.

MVP Bossing Awardees for 2015.

12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awardees.

12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awardees.

A Great Renewal of Faith and Spirituality

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Pope Francis, in his four-day visit, has touched the lives of many Filipinos.

Pope Francis, in his four-day visit, has touched the lives of many Filipinos.

The four-day Papal visit was a great spiritual renewal for millions of Filipinos. Pope Francis clearly showed his love for the people, most especially the poor and the needy. His visit had a resounding success with the entire massive turnout in all his masses and activities, including the meeting with the families.

My own personal experience with the Pope was in that same activity at the Mall of Asia Arena. My family was among the many families from all over the country who had a chance to see and meet him. Along with the 16,000 crowd, we all waited for his arrival in the venue. Luckily, I was seated in the aisle to have a closer encounter. Upon his arrival, people gathered near the pathways and reached for his hand which he gladly offered. I can see joy in his eyes seeing the people and greeting them. I also saw how he blessed people most especially the children, the sick and the elderly while walking. He made sure to stop and put his hands over them.

In his message, he focused on the gift of family. He said in his opening, “I would like to rest in the Lord with all of you and to reflect with you on the gift of family.” As we all listened to him, we pondered over the value of family.

He mentioned that it is in the family that one learns how to pray. Yes, from the time we all learned how to speak and understand, our parents’ first lesson for us would be on how to pray. As children, we understand that there is one God to whom we can voice out our praises, gratitude and wishes.  Our Lord blessed us with the most powerful form of communication: prayer, which we all must use and maximize.

As Christians, we are all taught how to love, to forgive and to be generous, to always have sincere concern for others. These are the values we learn as we grow old. And these are what we all need to practice in our daily lives.

He also mentioned how rest is important not just for our physical and mental health but also for our spiritual state.   For entrepreneurs like me, we are faced with everyday challenges and demands concerning our work but we are reminded that we should also take time to have a spiritual break. I must advice that we must have time for our family, relaxing and enjoying quality moments with our children, parents and relatives and also our friends.

My wife, Marissa, concluded: He had such a great message for family. He said that this gift of family is one of the Filipinos’ treasures. We must preserve it. And he also said in Spanish: “May I tell you a personal message. Be for all husbands and wives to continue to be like boyfriends and girlfriends. Dream of each other because it is in dreams that we love. And also be wary of things or colonization that will corrupt family and marriage. Stay away and know when to say no. Be brave. Preserve, protect and guard your family, husbands and wives.”  He is asking us to be vigilant. He is so real. So into the times and so simple in his words.

I, as a husband and a father, must be wary of the threats and dangers that may come to my family. I have the responsibility, like all parents, to watch over and protect them from harm. Pope Francis has really left wonderful words to us during that time. And Marissa and I will surely remember this moment in our life that we have been touched and blessed by the Pope.

As a conclusion to the Papal visit, Pope Francis also held a mass in Quirino Grandstand. We all witnessed how Filipinos, whose faith moves, braved the day-long rain and walked the streets leading to the venue to attend the special mass. Despite the non-stop rain and the chilly weather, there were more than six million people who listened to his homily. His homily reminded us that we are all God’s children. Also, the Philippines being the foremost Catholic country in Asia is a special blessing to Filipinos, but also a vocation.  We are called to be missionaries in Asia.

I am in awe of the Pope’s charm to people. He really made sure to bless each and every one of us. His words were simple but it sure made impact to us. He is an example of simplicity, humility and empathy. He has touched lives and strengthened faith.

I do hope that Filipinos will all remain faithful and be survivors of all trials in their lives. Let us all live up to our values and be a blessing to others as well. As Pope Francis ends his homily in Luneta, he said “May he (Jesus) enable all the beloved people of this country to work together, protecting one another, beginning with your families and communities, in building a world of justice, integrity and peace.”

 

Viva il Santo Papa!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

 

My sister Michelle had a once in a lifetime experience with Pope John Paul II during their trip to Vatican in 1984.

My sister Michelle had a once in a lifetime experience with Pope John Paul II during their trip to Vatican in 1984.

Today, along with the millions of Filipinos, I welcome Pope Francis, the People’s pope, in our country. As one of the biggest Catholic country in Asia, Philippines is truly blessed to have the Pope visit us. This will be the first Papal visit in 20 years. If you can remember, we had Pope John Paul II in 1995 to celebrate the World Youth Day. The Pope’s visit is one of the greatest blessings we will receive this year.

Months before today, the Philippines has started its preparations. Aside from the responsibility of the government, different Catholic groups and organizations and also families and individuals are eager to contribute and help in the planning and execution. When I met with Cardinal Tagle last month, I am glad to hear that there are many supporters, donors and volunteers who gave their contributions and allotted their time to be part of this.

This will be a memorable experience to all Filipinos who will have a glimpse of the Pope and be able to participate in his activities in the country. It is not every day that we have the Pope with us so we must all do our best to participate in His Holiness’ visit. Definitely, a once in a lifetime experience.

I remembered my sisters Marie and Michelle had an opportunity to meet Pope John Paul II in 1984. Pope John Paul II first visited the Philippines in 1981. After three years, my parents Joecon and Marivic and my sisters flew to Vatican to hand over an album containing the Pope’s pictures during his Manila visit. My dad said that this gift is a gesture of gratitude for the Pope’s arrival in our country then. Luckily, they were able to get a good seat during the mass in Vatican. Afterwards, my sister Michelle, who was only eight years old then, was carried by Pope John Paul II himself. My sister remembered how it was a great experience; to see the Pope face to face and to be carried by him.

Manuel Igual and his wife were blessed by Pope Francis for their 25th wedding anniversary.

Manuel Igual and his wife were blessed by Pope Francis for their 25th wedding anniversary.

My friend Manuel Igual also shared his story of meeting the Pope, Pope Francis. Two years ago, Manuel and his wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by going to Italy. An aunt mentioned that Pope Francis holds a mass in the chapel inside the Domus Sanctae Marthae (Saint Martha’s House) and that they might be able to attend the said early morning mass. Since they do not have any contacts from the Vatican, they don’t know how to be invited in the morning mass. What they did was to write a letter to the Pope requesting if they can attend the early morning mass. After some time, they received an email stating that the request was approved and was given a date and time for the mass.

They felt blessed and lucky to have a chance to meet and greet the Pope after the mass. During their short meeting, he blessed them for their 25 years of marriage. It was a short and meaningful meeting and he also mentioned how humbling the experience was.

After months of long preparation, we have come to welcome His Holiness. We welcome him with our love and prayers, joining him in his activities. The Pope’s ‘mercy and compassion’ trip is focused on giving a message of hope for the poor and most especially to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban. It was only last 2013 when we were struck with one of the biggest calamities we experienced.  Our Pope will be visiting them and giving them the promise of hope.

Through this visit, we are reminded of the good works of our Lord.  Let us all reflect and remember that Jesus is the center of the Pope’s visit. That through Pope Francis, we are reminded of our Christian values and principles that we must always adhere to everyday.

From all the difficulties and challenges we are facing today, let this be our chance to reflect. Let us remember the values he has taught and apply it to our lives. We are not simply an audience in the Papal’s visit, we must take an action to be part of it. This will surely strengthen our faith and straighten paths in our lives.

I pray and hope that everything will go as planned.  I pray that Pope Francis will experience the genuine Filipino love and hospitality during his visit. But most importantly, I hope that after the Papal’s visit, Filipinos will still continue its spiritual growth and apply the values we have learned.

ADMU Students’ Duracinth wins ESQUIRE Financing Inc.’s First Fueling the Dream: Business Model Competition

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

 

Asian Institute of Management, Jan. 10, 2015 – Duracinth, a start-up that innovates on the infamous water hyacinth and uses it as main material for a hydrogel wound care product, was named best business model in Esquire Financing Inc.’s Fueling the Dream: Business Model Competition.

Duracinth’s proponents and Ateneo de Manila students Pierrei Anneliesse Pica, Arlyze Arenas, Tristan Joshua Alba, and Alfonso Luis Serafico bested nine other teams to win the PHP 100,000 cash prize and up to PHP 1,000,000 in capital, as well as a feature in Entrepreneur magazine.

Winners all (L to R): Ateneo de Manila's Arlyze Arenas, Pierrei Anneliesse Pica, Tristan Joshua Alba, and Alfonso Luis Serafico (not in photo) bested nine other teams to win the PHP 100,000 cash prize and up to PHP 1,000,000 in capital, as well as a feature in Entrepreneur magazine.

Winners all (L to R): Ateneo de Manila’s Arlyze Arenas, Pierrei Anneliesse Pica, Tristan Joshua Alba, and Alfonso Luis Serafico (not in photo) bested nine other teams to win the PHP 100,000 cash prize and up to PHP 1,000,000 in capital, as well as a feature in Entrepreneur magazine.

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Other close contenders were JUANted Manpower Agency (Razhel Ann Membela, Carlo Guiruela, Leslie Aquino, Danica Sagmit/Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila), which seeks to offer manpower compliments for blue collar work around Divisoria, and Be Hearty (Germaine Erika Kaw, Joseph Vincent Pizarro, Regina Angela Andaya, Nicolo Alfonso Odulio, Gillian Jeremie Pua/ADMU), a social enterprise that will manufacture banana flour as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to wheat flour.

Rounding up the Top 10 are ExplorePH (University of Asia and the Pacific), Tarp Water Lily Originals (UA&P), The Organic Pantry (UA&P), Studium (UA&P), Veggy Spread (Asia Pacific College), Bahay Co. (ADMU), and CRESP (De La Salle-College of St. Benilde).

The final panel included AIM professor Richard Cruz, SERDEF’s Special Projects Committee Member Dr. Eduardo Canela, Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) Knowledge Management Head Enrique Florencio, GoNegosyo’s Programs Development Manager John Paul Uminga, and EFI’s Chairman & CEO Rajan Uttamchandani. EFI’s Vice Chairman Ravi Uttamchandani, President & COO Navin Uttamchandani, and CFO Sandeep Chandiramani also attended the finals.

Fueling the Dream finalists pose with Esquire management and judges.

Fueling the Dream finalists pose with Esquire management and judges.

Fueling the Dream was also brought to the students by advocacy partners, Go Negosyo and SERDEF (Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation), and media partners Inquirer.net, Rappler, WhenInManila.com, Entrepreneur, and Money Sense. Asian Institute of Management (AIM) hosted the plenary and final presentation.

Esquire Financing Inc. is the country’s leading financing company that caters to the needs of SMEs. It was incorporated in 2011 and has since served more than 3,000 businesses around the country. It aims to fuel the dreams of entrepreneurs by providing fast, flexible, hassle-free, and non-collateral business loans from PHP 100,000 to PHP 10 million to small and medium enterprises. Learn more about Esquire and its services at www.esquire.com.ph or by calling 811.8888. 

 

Search for the Go Negosyo Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs of 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Awardees of Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs for 2014 during the 6th Filipina Summit.

Awardees of Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs for 2014 during the 6th Filipina Summit.

The search for the Go Negosyo Inspiring WOMEN Entrepreneurs is a campaign spearheaded by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE). Through the recognition of inspiring role models, PCE hopes to instil a culture of entrepreneurship among the Filipino people and provide them with examples of potential negosyo models that they can go into.

Qualifications:
(The nominator must write a supporting statement or a short essay highlighting each of the qualifications below. See Official Nomination Form for the format.)

1. May or may not have come from humble beginnings;
2. A Filipino who embodies the following traits: PASSIONATE, POSITIVE and PANALO (‘can do’) attitude;
3.Must have an innovative business model (products/ processes);
4. Mus t show the ability to genuinely care for the community and stakeholders and must have the potential to share time and talent to help spread the entrepreneurship advocacy;
5. Must be well-respected by their peers.

Mechanics & Requirements
Nominators must fill-up the Nomination Form and send it on or before January 26, 2015. Candidates must submit their requirements not later than January 26, 2015.  Requirements include:

1. Duly accomplished Nomination Form
2. Short essay/ supporting statement (Please see attached Nomination Form for the format)
3. Supporting documents:
– Certificate of Business Registration or SEC Registration
– Pictures of products and/or business establishment/s
– Feature articles/press releases (if any)

Nomination Forms and Candidate Requirements can be sent:

VIA E-MAIL
 – send to filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com and and put “Go Negosyo Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs of 2015” as the subject.
VIA MAIL – send directly to the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, 5/F RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer corner Sheridan Streets, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila 1552
VIA FAX – send to (02) 637-9229

Please call the PCE Secretariat (02) 637-9229 to confirm if your entries were received. PCE shall not be responsible for any loss of data during transmission.

Deadlines:
          1. January 26, 2015– Deadline of submission of Nomination Forms and Candidate Requirements
          2. March 6, 2015– Awarding of the 10 winners at the 7th GO NEGOSYO Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Download the NOMINATION FORM – Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs of 2015 here.

For more information, please call the PCE Secretariat at (02) 637-9229 or e-mail us at filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com

Go Negosyo to hold the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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In its continuing efforts to empower Filipinos to be enterprising and entrepreneurial, and as its dedication to enabling Filipinas, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (Go Negosyo) in its tenth year as a progressive non-governmental advocacy-based organization, is holding the 7TH GO NEGOSYO FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT in time with the international celebration of the Women’s Month. This year’s Filipina Summit is set to happen on MARCH 6 2015, FRIDAY at the WORLD TRADE CENTER in Pasay City.

The Summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people, particularly the Filipina. It shall continue the annual tradition of recognizing our women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. For six years in a row, this Summit, which usually has over 5,000 attendees, empowers our Filipinas by equipping them with a positive mindset and the tools and concepts necessary for them to pursue the path towards success most especially by being entrepreneurial and enterprising.

The Summit which will cover different entrepreneurship and empowerment topics will have several plenary fora featuring prominent female personalities. The first forum is the Keynote Forum that will highlight the inspiring stories, platforms and advocacies of women in governance. In addition, we will be awarding inspiring female entrepreneurs who are exemplary in the field of business. There will also be individual mentoring sessions with expert entrepreneurs we call Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs.

STUDENTS AND TEACHER PARTICIPANTS
Interested Students & Teachers may get in touch with the #FES7 Secretariat thru Programs Development Associate, Ms. Aprilmae Casas at 637.9229. Schools will be sent official invitation letters addressed to the College or University President. Request for the official letter may also be communicated thru the Secretariat.

NON-STUDENT/NON-TEACHER PARTICIPANTS
Go Negosyo is reserving 500 SEATS for Participants who are Non-Students & Non-Teachers. Registration fee is worth Eight Hundred Pesos (800.00) which cover for a packed lunch meal, seat reservation and a Certificate of Participation. Participants (non-students and non-teachers only) should reserve a slot by filling up the online registration database through http://tinyurl.com/GNFES7

 

PAYMENT DETAILS:
Account Name: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc.
Account Number: 4850-088-492 (BDO Savings Account)

For slot verification, the deposit slip should be sent via fax (637.7874) or via e- mail (filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com) (Subject: FES7Payment_LASTNAMEFIRSTNAME).

REGISTRATION and PAYMENT is until FEBRUARY 20, 2015.

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 Marga Manuel at 637.9347 or via e-mail (marga.pce@gmail.com).
Interested Sponsors may get in touch with Go Negosyo’s Marketing Officer P.A. De Guzman at 637.9229 or via e-mail (padeguzman.pce@gmail.com).

DOWNLOADABLES:
FES7 Letter of Invitation (HEIs)
 FES7 Confirmation Slip (HEIs)
7th Filipinas Entrepreneurship Summit Program v9

 

A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Few days from now, our country will be blessed to have Pope Francis, the Holy Father and Vicar of Christ, in our country. It is truly a blessing for the Philippines to have His Holiness with us in the start of 2015. And with few days left, all plans and preparations are being finalized to perfection by the organizers, supporters and volunteers. This is once again, a memorable experience for the Filipinos. Through this visit, our Holy Father will deliver his message of “mercy and compassion.” All Catholic Filipinos must grab the opportunity to take part in the programs for the Pope’s visit. It is not every day that we have a close encounter with the Pope. And once an individual had a chance to meet the Pope, it will never be forgotten in his lifetime.

My sisters Marie and Michelle experienced this kind of opportunity with Pope John Paul II, who was canonised last year and is now Saint John Paul II. Three years before their encounter, Pope John Paul first visited the country from February 17 to February 22, 1981 and travelled to different provinces including Baguio, Cebu and Davao. He was welcomed by millions of Filipinos who were excited to see him personally

My sisters Michelle and Marie had an opportunity to meet Pope John Paul II in 1984 during their visit with dad and mom.  Michelle was carried by the Pope.

My sisters Michelle and Marie had an opportunity to meet Pope John Paul II in 1984 during their visit with dad and mom. Michelle was carried by the Pope.

In 1984, three years after the visit of the Pope in the Philippines, my dad, my mom and my two sisters visited the Vatican in 1984 to give a gift to the Pope. My father brought with them an album with a compilation of the Pope’s pictures taken during his first travel to the Philippines.  As my mom, and my sister Michelle, recalled the story, they remembered how it was a great chance to see him face to face. They were seated in a good first row seat during a mass. Afterwards, Michelle, who was only eight years old then, had a chance to be carried by Pope. It was really an unforgettable experience for them.

Then in 1995, Pope John Paul II returned to the Philippines for another visit. The youth was a huge part of the visit because of the World Youth Day which was hosted by the country, the first for any Asian country. His closing mass was attended by close to 5 million attendees.

And now, many Filipinos will have this same chance to meet Pope Francis and have a short but very meaningful encounter. Just few weeks ago, I met with Cardinal Tagle to give our support to the preparations they are making for the Pope’s arrival. And I am glad to know that many are eager to volunteer and be part of the program.

My dad, my mom and my family after our meeting with Cardinal Tagle last December.

My dad, my mom and my family after our meeting with Cardinal Tagle last December.

My dad and Cardinal Tagle enjoyed a good laugh during the meeting. We are also joined by Alice Eduardo.

My dad and Cardinal Tagle enjoyed a good laugh during the meeting. We are also joined by Alice Eduardo.

After 20 years since the last visit of Pope in 1995, we are blessed to have Pope Francis, the People’s Pope. He is known to have the affection towards the poor. He is the true example of humility and simplicity.  He will be visiting Tacloban as well, to comfort the Filipinos who were devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

Through this visit, we are reminded of the good works of our Lord.  Let us all reflect and remember that Jesus is the center of the Pope’s visit. Let us all welcome him with our love and prayers.

From all the difficulties we are facing in our everyday lives, let this be our chance to strengthen our values and faith and straighten the paths of our lives. Will you be one of the many who will be blessed by Pope Francis? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity or a very rare opportunity for all of us.

I hope that the Philippines will continue its spiritual growth even after the visit of the Pope. We should always remember our roots and keep our spiritual values alive.

Positive Outlook for 2015

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

The New Year is a chance for us to start anew or improve on whatever we have started.  We hear almost all entrepreneurs being always positive with their outlook and such optimism is seen this year. We are blessed with a good economic growth momentum that encourages further more entrepreneurial activities.

The desire to make a difference as we pursue our passion and mission in life becomes even more intense.  We see some entrepreneurs going beyond the numbers and are now adding more meaning in their business objectives, integrating social objectives in their business models.  That is really noble, and we can expect to see more of this inclusive growth consciousness in the days ahead.

Poverty reduction is in the mind of many of us, but to those affected,  having the mindset to beat poverty is a must.  In the end, we all would like to see a country of enterprising, hardworking, productive and prosperous Filipinos.

I am sharing with you a new batch of entrepreneurs’ expectations which hopes for the betterment of the country’s economy:

Entrepreneurs always have positive outlook. In photo: Wash Sycip, Esther Vibal, Senen Bacani, Natividad Cheng, Manny Osmena and Myrna Yao.

Entrepreneurs always have positive outlook. In photo: Wash Sycip, Esther Vibal, Senen Bacani, Natividad Cheng, Manny Osmena and Myrna Yao.

Washington Sycip – SGV & Co.
I expect the Philippine economy to continue gaining strength because a sound economy is the first step towards true progress.  I have always said that economic freedom is essential to political freedom.  We cannot eat democracy.  My wish for the Philippines is to see poverty diminished and illiteracy be reduced to zero.  An educated population is productive and contributes to the economic advancement of their families and the country.

Senen Bacani – La Frutera Inc.
I expect the growth in our economy in the coming year to be more inclusive and I hope that 2015 will lead to a just and lasting peace not only in Mindanao but in the whole country.

Esther Vibal – Vibal Publishing
My expectations for 2015 revolve around education. I expect more Filipinos to benefit from better education enabled or enhanced by technology. Education is key to progress and development.

Natividad Cheng – Uratex, RGC Foam Group
I expect continuous progress and success for our country in 2015. I wish for a more inclusive growth for the Philippines so that lives at all levels will be improved.

Manny Osmena – Oikonomos International Resources Corporation
More than a wish, I will slowly start to turn the different businesses of the Manny O. Group into Social Enterprises. My prayer for the country is to see more social enterprises to emerge, and to borrow my good friend Tony Meloto’s words of wisdom “Walang Iwanan”.

Myrna Yao – Richwell Trading Corporation
My wish in 2015 is for God to save our country from calamities especially with the blessing of the arrival of Pope Francis. I truly expect our government to fast track the implementation of our infrastructure and their plans to improve the lives of the Filipino people. Delays are as good as non-performance especially for entrepreneurs. I truly wish that our business will grow in ASEAN countries and not only in the Philippines.

Arsenio Barcelona – Harbest Agribusiness
2015 will see more growth in localized vegetables and short term fruits such as melon, watermelon, honeydew, papaya and strawberry as more young educated Filipinos realize the income potential of high value crops in their localities, particularly urban centers. Localized production adapting modern technologies increases yield, improves quality and lowers production cost.

Dr. Vivian Sarabia – Sarabia Optical
Every New Year, I make a list of my expectations and pray that my wishes be granted for the coming year. This coming 2015 – I affirm that as I continually grow in wisdom and understanding, I know that every good seed I plant is going to come back to me, increased and multiplied a million-fold! Indeed, good and beautiful things happen to me every day, and without fail! And so it is!

Joy Abaquin – Multiple Intelligence School
I look forward to a more prosperous Philippines and more opportunities as we gear up for ASEAN integration. Hopefully through more competitive global international education we can open more doors for our Filipino youth.

Desiree Duran – Duran Farms
I wish our business can keep up with the ASEAN Integration. I hope that the agricultural sector will not be left behind.

Jacqueline Alleje – Rizal Dairy Farms
I wish that the government at all levels will pay more attention to the needs of SME. The legal framework for conducting business in the Philippines is too complicated and does not encourage entrepreneurship.

Ronald Costales – Costales Nature Farms
For our country, I wish that more Filipino farmers will be more progressive and liberated from the bondage of poverty through Organic Agriculture and Agritourism. For my business: I wish that  Costales Nature Farms will continue to inspire more farmers to be more creative and to be more agripreneurial  to be able to compete head-on with neighbouring countries.

Brian Belen – Ato Belen’s Farm
I wish that economic growth will be more inclusive in 2015. I would like to see entrepreneurs realize their maximum potentials, as the Philippines elevates its status globally.

Florence Ko – Furnitalia
In recent years, the market has become increasingly familiar with the products that I am selling and my wish for my business in 2015, is for this awareness to continue to grow.