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Women for Others!

Monday, March 30th, 2015

After the success of the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, we hosted a dinner-forum reception for the Go Negosyo entrepreneurs to celebrate Women’s Month and the success of women entrepreneurs. More than 300 entrepreneurs joined the small dinner-forum with the theme: Women for Others, featuring Sen. Cynthia Villar, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos and Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip.

I thanked all the women entrepreneurs for being good examples and inspirations to many aspiring entrepreneurs. They are part of the growth and development of this country. I hope that they will continue to prosper and grow in number as we all promote entrepreneurship.

Sen. Cynthia Villar shared her efforts as the chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food. Her programs include trainings and seminars for farmers, shared service facilities for communities with social enterprise projects and the innovation on coconut husks and water lilies.

Doris Magysaysay-Ho discussed key elements for entrepreneurs. First, she said that big corporations can help small entrepreneurs by linking them in their market. Second, the convergence of the technology is a great opportunity for many start-ups. Lastly, she advised that innovation can help one accelerate.

Dr. Jaime Alip, founder of CARD-MRI, proudly shared that they have a 99.49% of repayment rate from their three million borrowers. He also credited rural women entrepreneurs as good payers. Rural women borrowers are really hands-on and can really generate economic possibilities, with multiplier impact.

Lastly, Nanay Coring lovingly shared how she started the largest book store chain in the country, the National Book Store. She also shared her secret to her success; it’s her ‘sipag at tiyaga’. When asked on how to prepare the next generation for business, she advised them to start them young and let them start in the lowest level.

Let us all continue to empower Filipinas and promote entrepreneurship!

Ali Sotto and RJ Ledesma welcomed all Go Negosyo entrepreneurs to the dinner forum last March 18, 2015 at the Manila Polo Club.

Ali Sotto and RJ Ledesma welcomed all Go Negosyo entrepreneurs to the dinner forum last March 18, 2015 at the Manila Polo Club.

Some of the 2015 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs posed for a picture with the forum panelists. (L-R) Roxanne Farillas, Kathleen Go, Ria Lu, Josie See, Esther Vibal, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Doris Ho, Dr. Jaime Alip, Celinda De Guia, Menchie De Guzman, Joey Concepcion and RJ Ledesma.

Some of the 2015 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs posed for a picture with the forum panelists. (L-R) Roxanne Farillas, Kathleen Go, Ria Lu, Josie See, Esther Vibal, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Doris Ho, Dr. Jaime Alip, Celinda De Guia, Menchie De Guzman, Joey Concepcion and RJ Ledesma.

Joey Concepcion recognized all Filipina entrepreneurs who are also inspirations to many.

Joey Concepcion recognized all Filipina entrepreneurs who are also inspirations to many.

Ovation Productions' Celinda and Renen De Guia joined Sen. Villar, Nanay Coring and Doris Magsaysay-Ho.

Ovation Productions’ Celinda and Renen De Guia joined Sen. Villar, Nanay Coring and Doris Magsaysay-Ho.

During the forum, the panelists shared how they are empowering Filipinas and entrepreneurs through their own advocacies.

During the forum, the panelists shared how they are empowering Filipinas and entrepreneurs through their own advocacies.

 Joey Concepcion, founding trustee of Go Negosyo with the Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs, Tess Dimaculangan, Mylene Abiva, Carlo Calimon, Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke, Mon Abrea and Paulo Tibig.

Joey Concepcion, founding trustee of Go Negosyo with the Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs, Tess Dimaculangan, Mylene Abiva, Carlo Calimon, Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke, Mon Abrea and Paulo Tibig.

Tito Tesoro and Fritz Server.

Tito Tesoro and Fritz Server.

PLDT SME Nation supported the dinner forum. (L-R) Mannix De Perio, Yna Maclang, Nikk Encarnacion and Gabby Cui.

PLDT SME Nation supported the dinner forum. (L-R) Mannix De Perio, Yna Maclang, Nikk Encarnacion and Gabby Cui.

One of the institutional partners of Go Negosyo, AFFI members attended the celebration. (L-R) Raffy Canare, Linda and Teodoro Ferrer, Josefina Ervite, Brenda Hernandez, Lea Recomite, Josephine See, Vivian Santos, Rio and Jerry Ilao and Paul Tan.

One of the institutional partners of Go Negosyo, AFFI members attended the celebration. (L-R) Raffy Canare, Linda and Teodoro Ferrer, Josefina Ervite, Brenda Hernandez, Lea Recomite, Josephine See, Vivian Santos, Rio and Jerry Ilao and Paul Tan.

Filipina Entrepreneurs Sherill Quintana of Oryspa and Mary Grace Santos of Li'l People.

Filipina Entrepreneurs Sherill Quintana of Oryspa and Mary Grace Santos of Li’l People.

Husband and wife, Dr. Jaime Alip and Annie Alip attended the Go Negosyo dinner forum.

Husband and wife, Dr. Jaime Alip and Annie Alip attended the Go Negosyo dinner forum.

 PLDT's First Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation, Kat Abelarde is one of the empowered women in the audience. PLDT SME Nation is one of the staunch partners of Go Negosyo in promoting entrepreneurship in the country.

PLDT’s First Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation, Kat Abelarde is one of the empowered women in the audience. PLDT SME Nation is one of the staunch partners of Go Negosyo in promoting entrepreneurship in the country.

 Women empowerment advocates: Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Marissa Concepcion, Emma Imperial, Marife Zamora and Cory Quirino.

Women empowerment advocates: Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Marissa Concepcion, Emma Imperial, Marife Zamora and Cory Quirino.

 Lray Villafuerte greeted Esther Vibal for being recognized as one of the Lifetime Achievement Awardees.

Lray Villafuerte greeted Esther Vibal for being recognized as one of the Lifetime Achievement Awardees.

(L-R) Samie Lim, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Nanay Coring, Doris Ho and Esther Vibal.

(L-R) Samie Lim, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Nanay Coring, Doris Ho and Esther Vibal.

Myrna Yao (right) attended with her daughter, Jane Yao-Tiu.

Myrna Yao (right) attended with her daughter, Jane Yao-Tiu.

Also present in the dinner were Violy and Rey Lapid.

Also present in the dinner were Violy and Rey Lapid.

7th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Reached Greater Heights

Friday, March 27th, 2015

PASAY CITY, PHILIPPINES (Friday, March 6, 2015) – The World Trade Center got fired up with burning Filipina spirit as the “7th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit” occurred- and this year, it had definitely set a higher standard. More than 7,000 students from different parts of the archipelago along with the many entrepreneurs and aspiring ones filled up the venue who lined up outside the gates as early as 5:30 A.M.

In celebration of the Women’s Month, Go Negosyo is in one with the Filipino women in empowering them by providing knowledge, setting their minds to be thriving entrepreneurs of the future. The summit was full-packed, explosive, and showered with inspiring personalities. It officially began with the beautiful voices of the De La Salle University Chorale singing in unison for the Invocation and the National Anthem of the Philippines. Mr. Joey A. Concepcion, the Founding Trustee of Go Negosyo, welcomed everyone with his inspirational message about moving on after a tremendous storm in one’s life and having a new beginning.

The DLSU Chorale for the Invocation and the Philippine National Anthem.

The DLSU Chorale for the Invocation and the Philippine National Anthem.

Mr. Joey Concepcion, Founding Trustee of Go Negosyo, saying his opening message as he welcomes the participants.

Mr. Joey Concepcion, Founding Trustee of Go Negosyo, saying his opening message as he welcomes the participants.

As the summit unfolds, the Keynote Forum (Forum 1) “Women in Power” moderated by Michael Angelo Lobrin and Ms. Ali Sotto featured Congresswoman Leni Robredo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Tessie Sy-Coson, one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women for nine years since 2001. Afterwards, Sen. Grace Poe,Ms. Alice Eduardo, and Mr. Joey Concepcion himself presented the “Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2015” awards to its blissful recipients: Myrna Bituin (Betis Crafts, Inc.), Celinda De Guia (Ovation Productions), Roxanne Farillas (Plains & Prints), Kathleen Go (Universal Records),Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), Mary Lizabeth Lu (Komikasi Games & Entertainment), Rizalina Mantaring (Sun Life Financial Philippines), Josephine See (Peanut World), Stella Sy (Mint), Patis Tesoro (Patis Tesoro Shop), and Fe Vidal (CBN Boneless Bangus).

Cong. Leni Robredo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Tessie Sy-Coson  share the stage as panels in Keynote Forum “Women in Power”

Cong. Leni Robredo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Tessie Sy-Coson share the stage as panels in Keynote Forum “Women in Power”

Recipients of the “2015 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina” Awards from right to left: (Front Row) Stella Sy (Mint), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Ria Lu (Komikasi Games), Patis Tesoro (Patis Tesoro Shop), Josephine See (JM Peanut World), and Nanette Medved-Po (Friends of Hope Inc.). (Middle Row) Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), RizaMantaring (Sun Life Financial Philippines), Kathleen Go (Universal Records), Roxanne Farillas (Plains and Prints), Myrna Bituin (Betis Crafts Inc.), Celinda De Guia (Ovation Productions) and Fe Vidal (CBN Boneless Bangus). (Back Row) Alice Eduardo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore), Esther Vibal (Vibal Publishing House), Sen. Grace Poe and Joey Concepcion.

Recipients of the “2015 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina” Awards from right to left: (Front Row) Stella Sy (Mint), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Ria Lu (Komikasi Games), Patis Tesoro (Patis Tesoro Shop), Josephine See (JM Peanut World), and Nanette Medved-Po (Friends of Hope Inc.). (Middle Row) Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), RizaMantaring (Sun Life Financial Philippines), Kathleen Go (Universal Records), Roxanne Farillas (Plains and Prints), Myrna Bituin (Betis Crafts Inc.), Celinda De Guia (Ovation Productions) and Fe Vidal (CBN Boneless Bangus). (Back Row) Alice Eduardo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore), Esther Vibal (Vibal Publishing House), Sen. Grace Poe and Joey Concepcion.

Social entrepreneurs such as Nanette Medved-Po (Friends of Hope Inc. and received the BPI Ka-Negosyo, Kababaihan sa Negosyo Financial Excellence Award) and Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo) were also recognized for their unwavering efforts in changing other people’s lives. Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Ms. Socorro Ramos of National Book Store and Ms. Esther Asuncion-Vibal of Vibal Publishing House, Inc. These exquisite Filipinas who are in their golden age have imparted to the younger generation the real essence of industry and perseverance.

Socorro "Nanay Coring" Ramos, recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship in the field of Education.

Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos, recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship in the field of Education.

Esther Vibal, also a recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship in the field of Education.

Esther Vibal, also a recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship in the field of Education.

The Key Entrepreneurs Forum (Forum 2) was moderated by Karen Davila. Yati Abdullah of DHL Express, Marife Agudo of Hyundai Philippines, and Rosalind Wee of W Group of Companies alongside with this year’s Filipina Entrepreneurship Awardees were the ones who shared their experiences when they were only beginning to enter the doors which lead them to where they are right now.

Karen Davila, moderator for the Key Entrepreneurs Forum.

Karen Davila, moderator for the Key Entrepreneurs Forum.

(From left to right) Rosalind Wee, Patis Tesoro, Stella Sy, Riza Mantaring, Ria Lu, Emma Imperial and Myrna Bituin (some of our Awardees) with Marife Agudo (Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.) and Yati Abdullah (DHL Express).

(From left to right) Rosalind Wee, Patis Tesoro, Stella Sy, Riza Mantaring, Ria Lu, Emma Imperial and Myrna Bituin (some of our Awardees) with Marife Agudo (Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.) and Yati Abdullah (DHL Express).

The De La Salle Greenhills Airforce with their energetic dance moves.

The De La Salle Greenhills Airforce with their energetic dance moves.

The third forum discussed by (the photo above from left to right) Marta Hernandez (TESDA), Karla Ilacad (Gypsy Girl Desserts), Kim Lato (Kimstore) and Nestor Raneses (UP ISSI) focused on conveying ideas to the participants on how to have businesses at the comfort of their homes.

The third forum discussed by (the photo above from left to right) Marta Hernandez (TESDA), Karla Ilacad (Gypsy Girl Desserts), Kim Lato (Kimstore) and Nestor Raneses (UP ISSI) focused on conveying ideas to the participants on how to have businesses at the comfort of their homes.

Forum 4: The Complete Woman: Forum on Women Areas of Concerns – which was said to be the biggest forum Filipina Summit ever had – was facilitated by Sen. Loren Legarda.

Forum 4: The Complete Woman: Forum on Women Areas of Concerns – which was said to be the biggest forum Filipina Summit ever had – was facilitated by Sen. Loren Legarda.

Ara Mina, Cheska Kramer, and Christine Bersola (just to name some of the panels) as they talk about handling family, marriage, and parenting as Celebrity Moms.

Ara Mina, Christine Bersola-Babao and Cheska Garcia-Kramer (just to name some of the panelists) as they talk about handling family, marriage, and parenting as Celebrity Moms.

Louise delos Reyes captivating the audience  with her talent and charm.

Louise delos Reyes captivating the audience
with her talent and charm.

Next up was the talk “How to Prepare Children to be Entrepreneurial and Enterprising: The Secrets of Enhancing Multiple Intelligences” delivered by Mary Joy Abaquin, author of Go Negosyo’s bestselling book “8 Simple Secrets of Raising Entrepreneurs.”

Mary Joy Abaquin imparting pieces of  her entrepreneurial knowledge for the youth

Mary Joy Abaquin imparting pieces of her entrepreneurial knowledge for the youth

The last forum is about how to do very well in the fields of direct selling and franchising, ways in getting franchises, and how direct selling goes.

Direct Selling and Franchising forum panelists (from left to right): Nicole Hyala, a DJ and an entrepreneur herself, joined the discussion with Joey Sarmiento (Direct Selling Association of the Philippines), Jun Pangilinan (Tupperware), Josie See (Peanut World), Lirio Posadas (Inihauz), Bing Limjoco (PFA), Vernie Farro (Tea Generation), Beverly Aquino (Lugaw Queen),  Jill Borja (Manang’s Chicken), and host Michael Angelo.

Direct Selling and Franchising forum panelists (from left to right): Nicole Hyala, a DJ and an entrepreneur herself, joined the discussion with Joey Sarmiento (Direct Selling Association of the Philippines), Jun Pangilinan (Tupperware), Josie See (Peanut World), Lirio Posadas (Inihauz), Bing Limjoco (PFA), Vernie Farro (Tea Generation), Beverly Aquino (Lugaw Queen), Jill Borja (Manang’s Chicken) and host Michael Angelo.

The stage was set on fire by the FEU Dance Company.

The stage was set on fire by the FEU Dance Company.

Aljur Abrenica making a student participant sing her heart out with him.

Aljur Abrenica making a student participant sing her heart out with him.

The crowd was astounded by the thoughts coming from multitudes of intelligent and talented lady entrepreneurs in the land. Moved by what they have heard at that very day, participants went out of the venue with smiles on their faces carrying in their minds all the lessons they have learned. Because the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit this 2015 was a huge success, a bigger and better version promised to be set next year. See you in March 2016!

With the triumph of the 7th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, it is only right to express our deepest gratitude to the following: (Annual Partners: Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corp., PLDT SME Nation, DHL Express, Vibal Publishing House, Inc., Calata Corporation, Meralco, LBC, RFM Corporation, Wilcon Depot, SMART Communications, , Condura, Carrier, Double Dragon, BPI KaNegosyo, Cats Motors, Kettle Corn, and ProFoods International Corp. Institutional Partners: Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc., Philippine Franchise Association, and Women Business Council of the Philippines. Major Sponsors: Coca-Cola and Potato Corner. Minor Sponsors: Richprime Global, Tupperware, and Hyundai Philippines. Premium Sponsors: BDO, ChemWorld Fragrance Factory, PRGaz, Ace Water Spa, and Mekeni Food Corporation. Food Partners: French Baker and R Lapid. Special thanks to: San Miguel Corporation, Oryspa Spa Solutions, Mama Sita, All Day Supermarket, Mint, Selecta Ice Cream, Island Rose, Aficionado Germany Perfume, and Happy Haus Donuts. Media Partners: PTV 4, The Philippine Star, DZRH (Radyo Natin!), Rappler, GMA 7, Chinoy TV, SME Forum, DZAR Sonshine Radio, Wish 107.5, Magic 89.9, Entrepreneur.com.ph, Philstar.com, loQal.ph, 88DB.com, AsianNGO, Celebrity Mom, Flagship Newspaper, Creative Voices, and WhenInManila.com.)

FES All

 

Go Negosyo Holds Session 2 of the Go Negosyo Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (BEST) Program

Friday, March 27th, 2015

To continue the mission of empowering the academically outstanding junior and senior students of today, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., also known as Go Negosyo, has conducted the second session of the Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (BEST).

Go Negosyo BEST is a mentoring programme that aims to be an avenue for academically outstanding college junior and senior students (who are not necessarily business major or business inclined) to expose them to thought leaders and industry practitioners through a one-year program, with quarterly activities that may include but not limited to meet-and greet with heads of corporations, company tours and immersions, team building and personal enrichment sessions.

Last November 17, 2014, BEST was officially launched with a total of 359 students coming from 44 schools. The highlights of the launch were the lightning talks of Mr. Rajo Laurel, Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue and Mr. Jonathan Yabut and the two forums: CEO Forum and the The Enterprising and Entrepreneurial Young Filipinos Forum.

On its second session last February 28 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City, close to 400 student delegates represented their respective colleges and universities from different parts of Luzon and Visayas. This event is in partnership with the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines – Alumni Community (TOSP-AC).

Highlights of the session two’s 7 and a half program were the AM session’s Lightning Talks and the open forum; and the PM session’s teambuilding activities.

Registration started at 7 in the morning, and as expected, delegates started coming as early as six.

During registration.

During registration.

The invocation and the National Anthem were led by the Far Eastern University Chorale, followed by the welcome remarks of Go Negosyo’s Programs Development Manager, Mr. John Paul Uminga.

FEU Chorale

FEU Chorale

The event was hosted by Ms. Maida Salcedo, one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines for year (TOSP) 2004 and Mr. Jrex Jardinero, TOSP batch 2008. This was followed by a short orientation and house rules by TOSP Alumni Community Chair Pamela Asis-Layugan, to keep the delegates well behaved.

In photo: John Paul Uminga, Maida Salcedo and Jarex Jardinero.

In photo: John Paul Uminga, Maida Salcedo and Jarex Jardinero.

Before the lighting talks, the TOSP-AC taught an ice breaking dance where the delegates enjoyed themselves with.

The first speaker was Ms. Shaira Luna of Shaira Luna Photography. She had the delegates hooked with her interesting story being the “child genius” of a famous commercial from the 90’s. Being titled as a child genius when she entered college at the age of 13, she was expected to be the Philippines’ youngest doctor at the age of 19.

She shared how her hunger for passion never got tired as she shifted from one course to another just to find what interests her and for what makes her happy, which she eventually found in photography. Most of her noteworthy photos can be seen on both local and internationally known fashion, home, and food magazines.

Ms. Shaira Luna during her lightning talk.

Ms. Shaira Luna during her lightning talk.

“No matter how well you do your work, people will still say something about you,” says Tricia Robredo, the second speaker and the daughter of the late Jesse Robredo as she talked about family influences and the “tsinelas” leadership of her father.

She highlighted how her father worked efficiently while not breaking; instead, developing family ties during his period as a mayor in Naga City, and during his period as an acting secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Ms. Robredo currently serves as the Executive Director of Jesse Robredo Foundation.

Ms. Tricia Robredo during her lightning talk.

Ms. Tricia Robredo during her lightning talk.

Student leadership was the main focus of the lighting talk of the third speaker, Ms. Nicole Villarojo, Brand Manager of Proctor and Gamble Philippines and one of the TOSP batch 2009.

“It’s not all about your grades. Your grade isn’t a ticket in. What’s most important are your experiences,” these are just few of the many key take-aways from Ms. Villarojo’s leadership talk.

Nicole Villarojo

Nicole Villarojo

It’s okay to be scared because it means you have something to lose,” was the key message of Mr. Brian Poe-Llamanzares, our fourth speaker now working as a correspondent of the newly established CNN Philippines as he talked about the media and communication as tools for positive social change.

Brian Poe-Llamanzares

Brian Poe-Llamanzares

The fouth speaker, Commissioner JP Penol holds the distinction as the youngest Presidential appointees at the age of 23. He shared his inspiring journey towards making a difference to the community.

He currently sits as the Commissioner for Visayas and Chair of the Committee on Employment and Localization of the National Youth Commission (NYC).

Comm. JP Penol, Chair of the Committee on Employment and Localization of the NYC

Comm. JP Penol, Chair of the Committee on Employment and Localization of the NYC

Mr. Gelo Apostol, Co-Founder of iTAYO NA! and ADMU Class of 2011 Valedictorian spoke about the importance of a youth-led community is youth mobilization and collaboration.

Gelo Apostol

Gelo Apostol

An open forum with the speakers was also conducted during lunch time to give the official delegates a chance to ask questions to them. Students acclaimed, shared views, and asked questions to them.

Forum panelists

Forum panelists

During the open forum

During the open forum

The forum ended with a big photo op with the speakers and the delegates. It was then followed by a one-on-one interaction and selfie moment with the speakers, which marked the end of the AM session.

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The afternoon session led by TOSP-AC was packed with team building activities that showed the delegates’ enthusiastic and proactive involvement which sure improved their interpersonal communication skills.

In between activities, the delegates were extra motivated and inspired by Mr. Anthony Pangilinan of Master’s Lighthouse Foundation.

Anthony Pangilinan of Master's Lighthouse Foundation

Anthony Pangilinan of Master’s Lighthouse Foundation

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During the teambuilding

During the teambuilding

 

During the presentation.

During the presentation.

After the ice breaking and nerve-wracking series of activities, the PM session ended with Mr. John Paul Uminga’s reminders and overview of what to expect from the third and fourth sessions of BEST.

BEST Session 3 is set to happen on June this year. The session will be basically about company tours and immersions with the intention of giving the delegates a peek of their favorite companies. BEST Session 4 will be the last assembly of the year-long BEST Program and will come to blows this August. This will also be the time where the delegates will pitch for their Passion Project.

With the success of GoNegosyo BEST Session 2, GoNegosyo would like to express their deepest gratitude with the following: (Annual Partners: Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, PLDT SME Nation, RFM Corporation, Smart Communications, Meralco, DHL Express Philippines, Calata Corporation, Wilcon Builder’s Depot, Condura, Carrier, Business World, Vibal Group, LBC Business Solutions, Profood International Corporation, Double Dragon Properties Corporation, Cats Motors, BPI Family KaNegosyo, and Kettle Korn.  Media Parners: PTV4, The Philippine Star, DZRH, and Rappler. Food Sponsors: R Lapid’s, Peanut World, Pizza Pedrico’s, Universal Robina
Corporation).

BEST Sponsors Logo Set

 

Women for Others

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Empowering Filipinas! (L-R) Ali Sotto, Ramon Lopez, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Doris Ho, Dr. Jaime Alip, and Joey Concepcion.

Empowering Filipinas! (L-R) Ali Sotto, Ramon Lopez, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Doris Ho, Dr. Jaime Alip, and Joey Concepcion.

Still on the Women’s Month, we mounted another gathering of vibrant entrepreneurs after the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last March 6. More than 300 entrepreneurs attended the dinner forum with the theme: Women for Others. We celebrated their success as entrepreneurs and their personal advocacies to empower fellow Filipinas and others.

The dinner-forum featured Sen. Cynthia Villar, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos and Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip. They are what we call empowered women, and for Dr. Alip, one who also empowers women.

Before the dinner-forum started, I shared my gratitude to all women entrepreneurs in the audience who are truly an inspiration to many like Nanay Coring and Esther Vibal who are in their senior age but are still active in their businesses. These women entrepreneurs must share their knowledge and experiences to others so that we can all promote entrepreneurship in the country.

Sen. Cynthia Villar revealed the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey with husband and former Senate president, Manny Villar. They were delivering gravel and sand at the start when they saw the opportunity to construct homes for Filipinos and their first customer who gave them a chance to start a construction business was an OFW. Thus, they developed a soft heart for OFWs since then. Her efforts as the head of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food also continue as they help farmers think like businessmen through the trainings they provide. They also help communities with social enterprise projects through shared service facilities and training, such as transforming coconut husk wastes into coconet and water lilies into bags and gift items.

Doris Ho shared that before becoming the Chair of the Magsaysay Group of Companies, she learned from her father how to be a more effective leader. Her father was her great business mentor.  Hearing her story reminds me of how my father also prepared us to lead companies. The wisdom is being passed on from one generation to the next in order to keep the values and the integrity of the company.

Doris also believes that mass-based Filipina entrepreneurs must be empowered. She shared three important points in empowering small to medium enterprises. First, big businesses or corporations can help small entrepreneurs by including them in the value chain. Corporations need to tap on microentrepreneurs and serve as their sustained source of market which then help microentrepreneurs reach stable progress. Another point is the convergence of technology which she sees as a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to grow. She mentioned that the technology, such as internet and e-commerce help entrepreneurs “trade across borders.” This has been the case for many entrepreneurs who use the internet to market their products. Lastly, she shared how innovation can help one accelerate. She said that digital products increase the capacity in education, equipping everyone who wants to learn with the proper knowhow.

Talking of OFWs, Doris advised our OFWs to maximize learnings and eventually settle back home. She summed this up into three words: Earn. Learn and Return.

Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, founder of CARD-MRI which provides microfinance especially to rural women, shared that entrepreneurship is the solution to poverty and providing microfinance can help in the process. Their three million borrowers enjoy the easy transaction process of CARD-MRI. Dr. Alip proudly shared that they have a 99.5% repayment rate for all their borrowers, and credited women as real good payers. Rural women borrowers are really hands-on and can really generate economic possibilities, with multiplier impact.

Last but definitely not the least in our panel was the most endearing Nanay Coring. She, who is 92 years old, is still at her prime business mindset. She shared that her key characteristics include ‘sipag at tiyaga’ which the audience cheered on. The matriarch of the National Book Store, the country’s largest book store chain, enjoyed telling the short story of how they started during the Japanese time and how they would hide from the Japanese the books they were selling, and instead would sell slippers and other goods when they were around. When asked about the highlights of her career as a ‘tindera’, she cannot think of any specific moment. Instead she quipped, “Marami.” And the room resounded with cheers and laughter. Being a hands-on entrepreneur, she still visits their branches and checks every display and price tags of their products. She is definitely the mother of their business, taking good care of its operations. She also mentioned that the key in preparing the next generation to business is to start them young and start them at the lowest level like being a janitor, or sales clerk to know how it is done. As Nanay Coring told the audience “Kung hindi mo alam, hindi mo maituturo.”

The forum was a wonderful session with these business icons and entrepreneurship advocates. We have learned many lessons from their stories and advice. They are truly Women for Others, and we are one with them in empowering the Filipina to move up in life.

 

BEST Passion Project

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

BEST Passion Project Logo

True to its continuing commitment of helping transform the Philippines into an enterprising and entrepreneurial nation, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. – Go Negosyo launched the GO NEGOSYO BUILDING ENTERPRISING STUDENTS FOR TOMORROW (BEST) Program last November 17, 2014 at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City.

For the past nine years, Go Negosyo has been known for its sectoral summits attended by thousands of people from all walks of life.

On its 10th year, Go Negosyo specially designed the Go Negosyo BEST Program, a year-long mentoring that aims to serve as an avenue for academically outstanding college junior and senior students (who may not necessarily be business majors or business-inclined) to connect them to a very good pool of Filipino entrepreneurs and industry leaders and practitioners, and inspire and teach them to be enterprising and entrepreneurial. This will be done through a quarterly activity (four sessions in total) which may include but may not be limited to sessions with heads of corporations, company tours and immersions and teambuilding and personal enrichment activities.

The second session was held last February 28 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City featuring young Filipino trailblazers and engaging the delegates further through a teambuilding and group dynamics session facilitated by The Outstanding Students of the Philippines Alumni Community.

As part of Session 2, Go Negosyo BEST PassionProject was launched. PassionProject is one of the learning sessions of the Go Negosyo BEST Program that would allow the delegates to propose, design and roll out a project or a program which aims to address a particular problem/issue or rally a particular advocacy. This will serve as an opportunity for them think and design an innovative program which will contribute for the development of their chosen school or local communities and collaborate with fellow BEST Delegates.

(Download the Go Negosyo BEST Passion Project Primer HERE and the Official Go Negosyo BEST Passion Project Application form HERE)

Entries will be evaluated using the following criteria: Social Impact, Creativity and Innovation, Sustainability, Resource Optimization and Mobilization and Team and Community Management.

The competition is exclusive to the Go Negosyo BEST Delegates who are pre-grouped. (Download the official BEST Passion Project Groupings HERE)

For more inquiries, the GoNegosyo BEST Secretariat can be reached through (02) 637.9229/ (02) 634.4060 loc 7106 or email gonegosyo.best@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Magandang Business Advise (MBA) Program: Franchising 101

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

It shall be a four-hour training on the basics of franchising. This learning opportunity is intended for aspiring entrepreneurs who are eyeing to get a franchise business and practicing entrepreneurs who would like to convert their businesses into a potential franchise. Learn how certain brands started small and now invading international market.

DATE & VENUE: 22 April 2015 (Wednesday), RFM 8F Rooms 1 & 2, RFM Corporate Center, Sheridan cor. Sts. Mandaluyong City

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

– Aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to learn more about franchising as a business model
– Aspiring entrepreneurs who are thinking of getting a franchise business
– Those with existing businesses who would like to expand their knowledge about business models and business operations
– Seasoned entrepreneurs who want to know the process and requirements of transforming their existing businesses into a franchise
– Aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs who would like to know more about practical experiences to be shared by franchisees and franchisors themselves

ABOUT THE RESOURCE SPEAKER:

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Mr. Bartolome or Butz is the acclaimed “FRANCHISE GURU OF THE PHILIPPINES” and “BUSINESS MENTOR”.

This title was given to him by the many clients and people he has encouraged and mentored on franchising.  Rightfully, he is the Franchise Guru as he has given over 175 seminars on franchising all over the Philippines, in Asia, in North America and the Middle East.

Butz is a seasoned franchise expert with 36 years’ experience.  He started his foray into franchising in 1978 with Shakey’s Philippines.  After one year, he was assigned to Shakey’s Asia in Singapore.  Finally, he was absorbed by Shakey’s International as Regional Operations Manager setting up franchise branches in Asia and in the Middle East for six (6) years.

Mr. Bartolome, is the President of GMB Franchise Developers.  This is the first company in the Philippines specializing in franchise development.  He established this company with his wife Lyndah.  For 21 years, GMB Franchise Developers has assisted over 320 companies in using franchising as their route to expansion and growth. His business is product of word of mouth as clients referred their fellow entrepreneurs to him. To name a few, Goto King, Lots a Pizza, Kodak Express, Super Bowl of China, Fiorgelato, Mr. Softy, Godiva, Holy Kettle Corn, Bayad Center of Meralco and most recently, San Miguel Foods.  His company’s vision presently is not only expansion of these companies in the Philippines but also internationally like Figaro Coffee Company, Ginger Snaps and Surex. Mr. Bartolome is also the Chairman and founding member of AFFI.

Mr. Bartolome is also the Chairman of the Board, Past President and Founding Member of the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI Empowering Entrepreneurs). He also writes in the Entrepreneur Magazine on Franchising and ABS-CBN as “The Business Mentor”.

His life is completely dedicated to franchising and his joy and fulfillment is not only to grow companies thru franchising but more importantly to multiply the number of franchisees successful in their chosen franchise.

HIGHLIGHTS OF DISCUSSION/ TOPICS TO BE COVERED:

– Basics of Franchising
– Franchising as a Tool
– Checklist if Your Business is Franchiseable
– Choosing the Right Franchise Brand for You
– Qualities of a proven Franchise Brand
– Understanding Franchisee – Franchiser Relationship
– Secret of a Successful Franchisee
– Avoiding Franchise Scams

LEARNING INVESTMENT

Learning fee is One Thousand Five Hundred Pesos Only (P1,500.00) to include one (1) Go Negosyo book and a Certificate of Completion.

Regular Rate: P1,500.00
Early Bird Rate: P1,200.00 (on or before April 3)
Students/Teachers Rate: P1,000 (with valid school ID)
For registration assistance and for your other inquiry, contact Gianina Napo, Programs Development Officer through (02) 637-9229.

Deadline of Registration is until April 17, 2015.  To REGISTER sign up at:
http://tinyurl.com/MBA-franchising

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PAYMENT DETAILS:

Bank Details
BANK: BDO- Pioneer Highland Branch
ACCOUNT NAME: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc.
SAVINGS: 485-0088492

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

In case of Refunds, cancellation, and substitution:

– Refunds will be honored if we received a written notice of cancellation 30 days prior to the event and must be emailed at gonegosyoacademy.pce@gmail.com
– Cancellation received less than 30 days prior to the event will be charged 20% of the total learning investment fee while those received one (1) week prior will be charged 50%.
– Refund is unacceptable made for cancellations after the stated deadline.
– Substitution is possible but only upon the advice of the original attendee. The original participant can email the details of the representative.

Reminder: As proof of payment kindly email a copy of the deposit slip to gonegosyoacademy.pce@gmail.com with the SUBJECT: MBA FRACHISING/APRIL22(Last Name First Name). Please bring your deposit slip at the registration booth on the day of the event.

GOING TO THE VENUE

Address: 9/F RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer cor. Sheridan Sts., Mandaluyong City

How to get there: From north bound EDSA, turn right to Pioneer. You will find a 7-Eleven and Joey Pepperoni on the ground floor.

Parking: There is parking area behind the RFM building. There is a gate located beside 7-Eleven or you can turn right on Sheridan St. and you’ll find the parking entrance on the left side.

Go Negosyo NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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  • Do you have what it takes to be a ‘NEGOSYANTE’?
  • Would you like to know the FUNDAMENTALS OF STARTING A BUSINESS? 
  • Do you want to be inspired to take that first step in establishing your own enterprise? 
  • Do you have an EXISTING BUSINESS BUT FEELS YOU NEED TO REVISIT AND BE RE-ORIENTED ABOUT THE ‘BASICS’ OF PAG-NENEGOSYO?

Learn Key Negosyo Concepts and Principles from Go Negosyo Mentors and be more informed about running your business! Join the NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics for the year 2015. There are five (5) dates to choose from: April 17, May 22, June 19 OR September 25 (all are Fridays). Learning Fee (seminar fee) is P600.00 for each dates, inclusive of two seminar topics, one talk primer on Go Negosyo as an advocacy, Certificate of Participation, a copy of Go Negosyo book and a chance to interact with like-minded individuals who are either aspiring to start their own enterprise or those who have already started and looking for ways to level up!

Date: Choose between the following NEGOSEM Basics Schedules (April 17, 2015, May 22, 2015, June 19, 2015, OR September 25, 2015)

Time: 1:00 PM (Registration – Walk in Participants) | 2:00PM – 6:00PM (Program Proper)

Venue: RFM Auditorium, G/F RFM Corporate Center, Sheridan cor. Pioneer Sts., Mandaluyong City

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THE NEGOSEM BASICS

The NEGOSEM Basics is one of the three programs under the Go Negosyo Academy. It is a four-hour seminar that tackles the fundamentals of venturing into business with dedicated discussions on Cultivating a Positive Attitude and Enterprising Mindset as Key Ingredients to Business and Life Success & Strategies on Spotting Business Opportunities and Product Development and Marketing.

For individual participants, register ONLINE HERE
For LGUs and NGOs, download the confirmation slip HERE
For Government & Private Organizations, download the confirmation slip HERE
Download the Working Program APRIL 2015 MAY2015 JUNE2015 SEPTEMBER2015
To download the FAQ SHEET, click HERE

AVAIL OUR DISCOUNTS!*

The following are granted with a P100 discount (pay only P500):

– Participants from NGOs and LGUs (through PESO/Livelihood Offices);
– Practicing teachers and enrolled students;
– PWDs; and
– SENIOR CITIZENS
– Early birds who will pay on these dates:

          March 31 for April 17 (concluded)
          April 24 for May 22 (concluded)
          May 29 for June 19
          June 26 for July 24; and
          August 28 for September 25.

*avail only one type of discount.

Cut-off for confirmation of participants for April 17 will be on April 11; for May 22 will be on May 15; for June 19 will be on June 10; and for September 25 will be on September 18.

PAYMENT DETAILS:

Bank Details
BANK: BDO- Pioneer Highland Branch
ACCOUNT NAME: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc.
SAVINGS: 485-0088492

Reminder: As proof of payment kindly email a copy of the deposit slip to negosembasics.gonegosyo@gmail.com with the SUBJECT: NEGOSEM (preferred month of NEGOSEM) (Last Name First Name). Please bring your deposit slip at the registration booth on the day of the event.

For more information about Go Negosyo NEGOSEM BASICS, get in touch with us through the following:

Telephone: (02) 637-9229 / 02 637-9347
Mobile Number: SMART – 09183465101 / GLOBE – 09154747762
Website: www.gonegosyo.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gonegosyoofficial

 

Princess Diary

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
 I was with The Princess Royal, Princess Anne and British Ambassador Asif Ahmad in a short meeting few days ago to discuss the advocacy of Go Negosyo for the past 10 years.

I was with The Princess Royal, Princess Anne and British Ambassador Asif Ahmad in a short meeting few days ago to discuss the advocacy of Go Negosyo for the past 10 years.

Great Britain’s HRH, The Princess Royal or Princess Anne is in town for a series of high-level visits of British officials to strengthen relations between the two countries.

It seems that the Princess’ diary will be filled up.  We were told that she has a full schedule of meetings with various groups such as our social entrepreneurs’ round-table, meetings with top Government officials and the legislative, visits to projects and beneficiaries supported by Save the Children, as well as an elementary school in Leyte, and a visit to some microfinance groups.

The Princess Royal is the President/ Patron of some 320 organisations. The Princess Royal’s work with the Save the Children, of which she has been President since 1970, has given her great insight into the needs of children worldwide. She also serves as President of the Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief.

This is the second visit of the Princess Royal, a title given to the eldest daughter of the monarch.  Her first visit was March 1999.

Few days ago, my little daughter, Bella, forced me and the entire family to watch Cinderella. It was a great family movie.  I told her after the movie that I will be meeting a real princess this week and her name is Princess Anne.

So the other day, we had the rare opportunity to sit beside her in a small meeting. Unlike perhaps the typical image of a princess waiting for her prince charming and strolling in the gardens, I met a Princess who is so driven in social development works and economic upliftment programs in developing economies.

So when we sat down with her, she was engaging in our discussion as we talked about the Go Negosyo advocacy and how we attempt to improve the lives of common Filipinos by being entrepreneurial and by having the right mindset and competencies to move up in life.  As we shared our programs, she supported the direction to empower the least in society, the underprivileged sectors like the women, the out-of-school youth, the poor rural people and the disabled.  Efforts from the private sector to create activities that will nurture opportunities for these sectors must be encouraged and supported.  We mentioned of course the proactive role that the British Embassy has taken in the field of entrepreneurship development and social entrepreneurship in the country ever since Ambassador Asif Ahmad and Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis assumed office in the country.  They got the Philippines involved in the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) which happens every 3rd week of November and for the last two years, the two Embassy leaders have been at the forefront with us in mounting programs even beyond the GEW to push for entrepreneurship at all levels, from micro and SMEs to the youth and even the students.  We have also been working with the British Council for their annual social entrepreneurship competition called I Am A Changemaker.

The Princess seems to have strong interest to meet the social entrepreneurs and development advocates as we were just about 25 guests and I noticed most were social entrepreneurs and socially-oriented CEOs, and many were part of the Go Negosyo community.  ‘Mr. Hapee’ Lamoiyan Group Founder and CEO Cecilio Pedro was with us since his group has been helping the deaf and mute sector, hiring many of them and they account for about 30% of his workforce.  We were also joined by couple Dylan and Anna Wilk of Human Nature. It is one of the few social enterprises I admire and who has managed to scale up and sustained operations, benefitting over 20 GK communities around the country, which supply their needed raw materials for their soaps, shampoos and other personal care products.

One of the first social entrepreneurs and world-renowned creator of Nardas handwoven arts and crafts, Ms. Narda Capuyan also joined us in the table. Narda of course has been recognized for her great works on ikat woven tapestries and panels which are exported worldwide, and her all her products are woven by indigenous families working from their communities.  She confided that that’s her way to give opportunities to her town mates for several decades now to prevent them from leaving their town and working overseas.  Another successful social enterprise who was there was Resse Fernandez-Ruiz of R2R or Rags to Riches.  Her innovative designs are now exported worldwide and the mothers in Payatas communities who produce these creations have really gone a long way and we have seen how their lives have been improved.

I believe that this trip of Princess Anne will give her greater exposure and appreciation of the many good things happening in the country today especially in the field of social entrepreneurship, microfinance and upliftment programs for the underprivileged sectors in the country.

 

DHL Express invests 30 million pesos in Philippines to cater to the growing logistics demand

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Clark, Pampanga, 12 March 2015— DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, invests 30 million pesos (€594,308) in a new DHL Express Clark Service Center facility in Philippines; to expand its network and cater to the growing logistics demands of the region. Clark is Philippines’ second biggest metropolis, with a population of over 11 million that contributes 10 percent to the national economy.

The Clark Service Center, covering a total of 1,000 square meters, is designed to optimize processes that result to increased handling capacity; facilitating the industry’s growing demands for trade and benefitting customers particularly those based in the North Luzon area. North Luzon is a gateway to Manila for many industries such as electronics, semiconductors, agriculture and manufacturing.

“We see Clark as the future international gateway for the Philippines”, said Yasmin Aladad Khan, Senior Vice President for South East Asia & South Asia, DHL Express. ―Its existing infrastructure makes it a perfect hub for trade and commerce. The opening of our Service Center in Clark reinforces our commitment to strengthen the logistics capabilities in the area by building technologically-advanced infrastructure that will support and facilitate the industry’s growing demands for trade.

The Clark Service Center Facility will be the first investment of DHL Express in the Philippines in 2015; with other plans following for the year, including expansion in key provinces and cities such as Vismin, Calabarzon and North Luzon.

The facility will hold new vehicles, conveyor and a cargo scanner. For security purposes, the new service center will be equipped with CCTV cameras all strategically located throughout the service center in line with the shipment process flow. It is also equipped with efficient LED lighting to reduce power consumption and carbon emissions by an estimated 30%.

“The Philippine market holds great potential for us and we are always on the lookout to further expand our footprint in the country, such as with the investment in this Clark Service Center facility. More importantly, we will continue to invest in upgrading our facilities and skill sets of our employees to meet the changing demands of our customers in the Philippines”, said Yati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines.

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7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Close to 10,000 participants attended our Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last Friday, March 6 in the World Trade Center. On its 7th year, our Filipina Summit never failed to empower aspiring entrepreneurs and students and guide them in the start of their entrepreneurial journey. Yes, their attendance to the summit is the start of their entrepreneurial journey as they were equipped with the right attitude and knowhow just by listening to more than 50 female panelists and guests. This is the biggest mentoring summit we ever had! Definitely, every year of Filipina Summit is bigger and better!

We are joined by key Filipina entrepreneurs and Filipina icons as we inspire and empower students and aspiring Filipinas towards entrepreneurship! In our keynote forum led by Ali Sotto, we were joined by Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo and Tessie Sy-Coson.

We also awarded this year’s batch of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs who are Myrna Bituin of Betis Crafts Inc.,  Celinda De Guia of Ovation Productions,  Roxanne Farillas of Plains and Prints,  Kathleen Go of Universal Records, Emma Imperial of Imperial Homes Corporation, Mary Lizabeth Lu of Komikasi Games, Riza Mantaring of Sun Life Financial Philippines,  Josephine See of Peanut World,  Stella Sy of Mint, Patis Tesoro of Patis Tesoro Shop, and Fe Vidal of CBN Boneless Bangus.

We also awarded social entrepreneurs Menchie De Guzman of Gantsilyo and Nanette Medved-Po of Friends of Hope Inc. Nanette has been awarded as well by BPI Ka-Negosyo with their Ka-Negosyo, Kababaihan sa Negosyo Financial Excellence Award.

We also paid tribute to iconic Filipina entrepreneurs who contributed to both the business and education sector. They are both in their 90s but are still sharp in making business decisions and in leading their respective companies. Socorro Ramos of National Book Store, who is now 92, shared that with ‘sipag at tiyaga’ one can reach their goals and be successful in life. Esther Vibal of Vibal Group believes that “From nothing, you can be something. Just work hard.” They truly deserve to be recognized as Lifetime Achievers in the field of Education!

We also had an informative discussion with some of our awardees and entrepreneurs in four different fora. In the end, we all learned a lot from this full-packed program. I hope that through our Filipina Summit, the growth in enterprises will continue and more and more Filipinas venture into entrepreneurship.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion welcomes the thousands of participants to the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last March 6, 2015 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion welcomes the thousands of participants to the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last March 6, 2015 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Marivic Quiero, an entrepreneur from Tacloban who joined last year’s Filipina Summit joined Alice Eduardo, co-chair of Filipina Summit and shared her inspiring story. Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Corporation helped and guided Marivic in building her own pharmaceutical business in Tacloban.

Marivic Quiero, an entrepreneur from Tacloban who joined last year’s Filipina Summit joined Alice Eduardo, co-chair of Filipina Summit and shared her inspiring story. Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Corporation helped and guided Marivic in building her own pharmaceutical business in Tacloban.

Cong. Leni Robredo joined the keynote forum and shared how she manages to balance family life with her children and her duties in the congress.

Cong. Leni Robredo joined the keynote forum and shared how she manages to balance family life with her children and her duties in the congress.

 Sen. Cynthia Villar, a staunch supporter of women and entrepreneurship, empowered Filipinas to venture into livelihood programs and start their business ventures. She also leads Villar Sipag foundation which provides training programs for many Filipinos.

Sen. Cynthia Villar, a staunch supporter of women and entrepreneurship, empowered Filipinas to venture into livelihood programs and start their business ventures. She also leads Villar Sipag foundation which provides training programs for many Filipinos.

Tessie Sy-Coson advised the young participants in the summit to maximize and join free trainings and seminars because these can help them in their future endeavours.

Tessie Sy-Coson advised the young participants in the summit to maximize and join free trainings and seminars because these can help them in their future endeavours.

 Ali Sotto led the forum of Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo and Tessie Sy-Coson. She also shared her insights in empowering Filipinas in the country.

Ali Sotto led the forum of Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo and Tessie Sy-Coson. She also shared her insights in empowering Filipinas in the country.

 Socorro Ramos, the matriarch of National Book Store, shared that it is her ‘sipag at tiyaga’ that made her survive all the challenges they faced throughout the years.

Socorro Ramos, the matriarch of National Book Store, shared that it is her ‘sipag at tiyaga’ that made her survive all the challenges they faced throughout the years.

Esther Vibal, chair of Vibal Group, said that one can achieve success if they work hard.

Esther Vibal, chair of Vibal Group, said that one can achieve success if they work hard.

Nanette Medved-Po, one of this year’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs, received her award from Sen. Grace Poe. She also received the BPI Ka-Negosyo, Kababaihan sa Negosyo Financial Excellence Award.

Nanette Medved-Po, one of this year’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs, received her award from Sen. Grace Poe. She also received the BPI Ka-Negosyo, Kababaihan sa Negosyo Financial Excellence Award.

Patis Tesoro received her award from Sen. Cynthia Villar and Alice Eduardo.

Patis Tesoro received her award from Sen. Cynthia Villar and Alice Eduardo.

Go Negosyo also recognized iconic Filipina entrepreneurs from the field of education including Socorro C. Ramos of National Bookstore. Her award was given by Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Alice Eduardo and Joey Concepcion

Go Negosyo also recognized iconic Filipina entrepreneurs from the field of education including Socorro C. Ramos of National Bookstore. Her award was given by Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Alice Eduardo and Joey Concepcion

 Esther Vibal also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in the Field of Education.

Esther Vibal also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in the Field of Education.

The 2015 Inspiring Filipina Awardees: (front row L-R) Stella Sy (Mint), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Ria Lu (Komikasi), Patis Tesoro, Josephine See (JM Peanut World), and Nanette Po (Friends of Hope Inc.). (Middle row L-R) Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), Riza Mantaring (Sun Life Financial Philippines), Kathleen Go (Universal Records), Roxanne Farillas (Plains and Prints), Myrna Bituin (Betis Crafts Inc.), Celinda De Guia (Ovation Productions) and Fe Vidal (CBN Boneless Bangus). (Back row L-R) Alice Eduardo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Esther Vibal, Sen. Grace Poe and Joey Concepcion.

The 2015 Inspiring Filipina Awardees: (front row L-R) Stella Sy (Mint), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Ria Lu (Komikasi), Patis Tesoro, Josephine See (JM Peanut World), and Nanette Po (Friends of Hope Inc.). (Middle row L-R) Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), Riza Mantaring (Sun Life Financial Philippines), Kathleen Go (Universal Records), Roxanne Farillas (Plains and Prints), Myrna Bituin (Betis Crafts Inc.), Celinda De Guia (Ovation Productions) and Fe Vidal (CBN Boneless Bangus). (Back row L-R) Alice Eduardo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Esther Vibal, Sen. Grace Poe and Joey Concepcion.

Some of our awardees joined key Filipina Entrepreneurs in a forum. (L-R) Rosalind Wee (W Group), Patis Tesoro, Stella Sy, Riza Mantaring, Ria Lu, Emma Imperial, Myrna Bituin, Fe Agudo (Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.) and Yati Abdullah (DHL Express Philippines).

Some of our awardees joined key Filipina Entrepreneurs in a forum. (L-R) Rosalind Wee (W Group), Patis Tesoro, Stella Sy, Riza Mantaring, Ria Lu, Emma Imperial, Myrna Bituin, Fe Agudo (Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.) and Yati Abdullah (DHL Express Philippines).

  Award-winning broadcast journalist Karen Davila led the discussion of the awardees and Filipina entrepreneurs. She has also shared an inspiring talk prior to the forum.

Award-winning broadcast journalist Karen Davila led the discussion of the awardees and Filipina entrepreneurs. She has also shared an inspiring talk prior to the forum.

Home-based businesses are discussed by (L-R) Marta Hernandez of TESDA, Karla Ilacad of Gypsy Girl Desserts, Kim Lato of Kimstore, and Nestor Raneses of UP ISSI.

Home-based businesses are discussed by (L-R) Marta Hernandez of TESDA, Karla Ilacad of Gypsy Girl Desserts, Kim Lato of Kimstore, and Nestor Raneses of UP ISSI.

Celebrity mompreneur Bettina Carlos shared how her passion in baking helped her establish her business Baked Bites while doing her shows and taking care of her daughter.

Celebrity mompreneur Bettina Carlos shared how her passion in baking helped her establish her business Baked Bites while doing her shows and taking care of her daughter.

Ms. Erlinda Binanitan of Negoskwela shared how they help mothers through their programs. Beside her is Vanessa Ledesma of Mercato Central and Arianne David of OLX Philippines.

Ms. Erlinda Binanitan of Negoskwela shared how they help mothers through their programs. Beside her is Vanessa Ledesma of Mercato Central and Arianne David of OLX Philippines.

Complete Woman Forum, the biggest mentoring forum we had, was joined by (L-R) Celebrity Moms Ara Mina and Cheska Garcia and entrepreneurs Rebecca Bustamante (Chalre Associates, Amor Maclang (GeiserMaclang) and Patsy Paterno (Papemelroti).

Complete Woman Forum, the biggest mentoring forum we had, was joined by (L-R) Celebrity Moms Ara Mina and Cheska Garcia and entrepreneurs Rebecca Bustamante (Chalre Associates, Amor Maclang (GeiserMaclang) and Patsy Paterno (Papemelroti).

Complete Woman Forum Panelists: (L-R) Myrna Yao (Richprime Global), Remmy Rikken (Philippine Commission on Women), Patricia Chilip (Standard Insurance), Marife Zamora (Convergys), Ines Fernandes (Arugaan).

Complete Woman Forum Panelists: (L-R) Myrna Yao (Richprime Global), Remmy Rikken (Philippine Commission on Women), Patricia Chilip (Standard Insurance), Marife Zamora (Convergys), Ines Fernandes (Arugaan).

Complete Woman Forum Panelists: (L-R) Girlie Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Atty. Gianna Montinola (Hands On Manila), broadcast journalist Christine Bersola-Babao, and Danella Yaptinchay (Full Suite).

Complete Woman Forum Panelists: (L-R) Girlie Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Atty. Gianna Montinola (Hands On Manila), broadcast journalist Christine Bersola-Babao, and Danella Yaptinchay (Full Suite).

Our last forum discussed the processes in getting a franchise and how direct selling works. Forum panelists include (L-R) Beverly Aquino of Lugaw Queen, Jill Borja of Manang’s Chicken and host Michael Angelo.

Our last forum discussed the processes in getting a franchise and how direct selling works. Forum panelists include (L-R) Beverly Aquino of Lugaw Queen, Jill Borja of Manang’s Chicken and host Michael Angelo.

Other panelists on Direct Selling and Franchising forum include: (L-R) Lirio Posadas of Inihauz, Bing Limjoco of PFA, and Vernie Farro of Tea Generation.

Other panelists on Direct Selling and Franchising forum include: (L-R) Lirio Posadas of Inihauz, Bing Limjoco of PFA, and Vernie Farro of Tea Generation.

Nicole Hyala, an entrepreneur herself, joined the discussion with Joey Sarmiento of Direct Selling Association of the Philippines and Jun Pangilinan of Tupperware.

Nicole Hyala, an entrepreneur herself, joined the discussion with Joey Sarmiento of Direct Selling Association of the Philippines and Jun Pangilinan of Tupperware.

 Sen. Loren Legarda led the Complete Woman Forum. She gathered a lot of insights and advices from the panelists.

Sen. Loren Legarda led the Complete Woman Forum. She gathered a lot of insights and advices from the panelists.

Mary Joy Abaquin of Multiple Intelligence International School and one of Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs discussed how passion and intelligences can help one in determining the right business opportunity.

Mary Joy Abaquin of Multiple Intelligence International School and one of Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs discussed how passion and intelligences can help one in determining the right business opportunity.

Nicole Hyala shared how she also manages to become an entrepreneur while doing her responsibilities as a radio dj of Love Radio.

Nicole Hyala shared how she also manages to become an entrepreneur while doing her responsibilities as a radio dj of Love Radio.

Close to 10,000 participants joined the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit!

Close to 10,000 participants joined the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit!

William Belo of Wilcon, one of our partners in the Filipina summit, joined us to celebrate women entrepreneurship.

William Belo of Wilcon, one of our partners in the Filipina summit, joined us to celebrate women entrepreneurship.

Gabby Cui of PLDT SME Nation joined us as we celebrate the 7th Filipina Summit.

Gabby Cui of PLDT SME Nation joined us as we celebrate the 7th Filipina Summit.

AFFI Officers Raffy Canare, Teresita Ngan Tian, and Jerry Ilao joined Sen. Grace Poe.

AFFI Officers Raffy Canare, Teresita Ngan Tian, and Jerry Ilao joined Sen. Grace Poe.