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Go Negosyo and RFM Corporation Hosted Filipino Night for HPAIR Delegates

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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Last August 23, Go Negosyo and RFM Corporation hosted the Filipino Night for the delegates of the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations in Manila Polo Club.

The Filipino Night showcased the rich culture and heritage of the Philippines through the taste of our delicious local delicacies offered in our booths, the sound of our beautiful music, and the sight and experience of our stunning dances through a number of cultural dances and feel the warmth of the Filipino hospitality.

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The delegates also had a chance to meet and mingle with Go Negosyo’s entrepreneurs such as Esther Vibal, Manny Osmena, Siu Ping and Nelson Par, Nanette Medved-Po, Myrna Yao, Melito Salazar, Donna and Bong Jiao, Rey and Anais Lapid, Renen and Celinda De Guia, Sherill Quintana, Benedict Carandang, Koh Onozawa, Ofrace and Era Ocampo, and Angelpreneurs Carlo Calimon, Vix Madlangbayan, Mon Abrea, and Jorge Wieneke.

One of the highlights of the said event was the keynote message delivered by Sen. Sonny Angara where he introduced the Philippines by tackling several issues that affect our current identity as a country and as people. He cited the good, the bad, and the ones in between.

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It has been a privilege for Go Negosyo to be partner in mounting the HPAIR Manila Conference. We hope to see more of these delegates, especially the young Filipino representatives, become enterprising as they continue to lead their organizations in the future.

View HPAIR Filipino Night photos HERE

The Great Paradox

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Sen. Sonny Angara graced the Go Negosyo-HPAIR Filipino Night and delivered the keynote speech to the delegates of HPAIR Conference 2015.

Sen. Sonny Angara graced the Go Negosyo-HPAIR Filipino Night and delivered the keynote speech to the delegates of HPAIR Conference 2015.

Go Negosyo partnered with De La Salle University, the host university, for the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Manila Conference.

The HPAIR is student-run organization of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences. HPAIR organizes Harvard University’s largest annual student conferences in the Asia-Pacific region.

Go Negosyo was able to give exposure on entrepreneurship to the conference participants as we mounted a forum that discussed Social Entrepreneurship. They also had fora on corporate leadership, finance, energy and environment, security and diplomacy, human rights, and health and public policy.

Aside from that, we were able to introduce the Filipino culture to the HPAIR delegates by hosting a Filipino Night. 500 delegates from different schools all over the world representing 45 countries came to enjoy the festivities that we prepared especially for them.

Since the occasion is all about putting a spotlight on the Philippines, we served delicious Filipino and cultural performances presented by different groups which showed regional dances and traditions.

Well-known entrepreneurs also graced the Filipino Night with their presence including Esther Vibal, Manny Osmena, Siu Ping and Nelson Par, Nanette Medved-Po, Myrna Yao, Melito Salazar, Donna and Bong Jiao, Rey and Anais Lapid, Renen and Celinda De Guia, Sherill Quintana, Benedict Carandang, Koh Onozawa, Ofrace and Era Ocampo.

One of the highlights of this Filipino Night is the speech of Senator Sonny Angara, a Harvard alumnus himself. Sen. Angara introduced the Philippines to the foreign delegates by tackling several issues that affect our current identity as a country and as people. He cited the good, the bad, and the ones in between.

Senator Angara was proud to describe the Filipino hospitality, which arguably is the best kind there is in the world. As he puts it, “Our warmth and hospitality is world-renowned and translates well even over the phone. It has propped up the country’s profile as a humanitarian safe haven. We accepted 1,300 European Jews escaping Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In 1949, we housed nearly 6,000 Russians fleeing the communist revolution in China. We did this for up to 400,000 “boat people,” escaping the Vietnam War and extended the same invite to the Rohingya of Myanmar,” he said.

Aside from our hospitality, he also zeroed in on our other traits such as love for family, our being religious, our friendliness and our empathetic nature.

However, Senator Angara was not there to just promote our country, but to also show the international delegates a glimpse of the sad reality for Filipinos.

He cited some of the most crucial contradictions in the Philippines. For instance, we might have some of the world’s best beaches, but we also have the world’s worst airport. We were lauded as a social media capital of the world, but we have the world’s 2nd slowest Internet speed and quality. Our hospitality and being accommodating sometimes also lead to lack of discipline and to being too permissive and forgiving. Our love for the family clouds our judgment in electing political leaders as “the bloodlines not principles or competence become important considerations” when voting. Our friendliness blurs the line between what is public and what is private. Thus, the usisero culture. And while we are empathic and caring people, we could not say the same for our institutions.

Indeed, the Philippines is a country of paradoxes.

If there is one thing I have noticed from all these though, it is that no matter how difficult life is for our kababayans, we remain to be positive people. This is a fact evidenced by a Gallup study in 2012, saying that Filipinos are the 5th happiest people in the world. This piece of information surprised me, but in a good way. It only goes to show that we are resilient people with a hopeful mindset.

I, too, remain hopeful. And it’s not only because Ninoy Aquino International Airport is no longer the world’s worst airport, or because the issue on internet speed is now being talked about in the senate. I remain hopeful because I see the young people of this country—the Filipino millennial—more hungry and impatient for change than ever. This can only result in a better country moving forward.

To quote Senator Sonny Angara, “Being so connected to the rest of the world, you [the millennial] have “so much feels” for things other than yourself. You may have given the world Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, but you also showed us how to Occupy Wall Street and demonstrated in Hong Kong the revolutionary power of umbrellas.

I have to agree on that.

The next day, Go Negosyo was also part of the last conference of HPAIR. Go Negosyo hosted the Changing the World is our Business, a seminar on Social Entrepreneurship.  Pacita Juan tackled how Echostore upcycled the products of the communities and produced a brand for environment-friendly products.  Bryan McClelland shared how Bambike has contributed to community and environment development.  Nanette Medved-Po discussed how consumers of Hope in A Bottle contribute to the building of classrooms around the country.

It has been a privilege for Go Negosyo to be partner in mounting the HPAIR Manila Conference. We hope to see more of these delegates, especially the young Filipino representatives, become enterprising as they continue to lead their organizations in the future.

Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2015

Monday, August 24th, 2015

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Few weeks ago, I had the privilege of joining the ceremony to recognize this year’s TOSP 2015. The ceremony was graced by the Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Dr. Patricia Licuanan and RFM Foundation President Marie Concepcion-Young. My father, Jose Concepcion Jr., was also present during the ceremony. It was great to have him again since he missed last year’s ceremony.

After the extensive school screening, regional selection and nomination process that gathered a total of two hundred thirty one (231) nominees from all over the country, the 30 National Finalists who have not only excelled academically, but have also lived a life of dedicated service and have made a difference in their respective communities, organizations, and fields of interest, was proudly presented.

In my speech, I have recognized the parents, teachers and school administrators in the audience. Why? Because they are the mentors and the sources of wisdom for these young heroes.

Mentorship is important as this process guides an individual to the right path with right competencies and right values.  The parents and the teachers have guided these students as they all enter the real world. That is why I also believe in the saying that “the Future of the country depends on the parents and mentors”.

But still, the greatest problem we have is poverty. Despite the growing market capitalization and being one of the best countries to invest in, I feel that there is still a lacking element on how we can reduce poverty.

To that, I can only answer – Entrepreneurship. It has given the country with more jobs, especially for those former OFWs who had sacrificed just to provide for their families. It has given us foreign reserves. And most especially, it made every Filipino strive to move up in life and proved the resilience of many.

I say, education is the key to help others. Mentorship and education contribute to an individual making them enterprising not only as entrepreneurs but also in the other roles they will take in the future.

Success, in a way, is really for those who want it most. Nobody can force you to become successful. Not your parents, not your teachers, not your friends. You must want it. Success, when you achieved it, you must return. Learn to give back to the community that has brought you to where you are.

Successful people must help others to become successful.

Congratulations to the Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines 2015 and I wish them the best success in life.

RFM Foundation Chairman and TOSP Founder Jose S. Concepcion Jr.

RFM Foundation Chairman and TOSP Founder Jose S. Concepcion Jr.

My wife, Marissa and me with Sec. Jose Rene Almendras and Dr. Patricia Licuanan.

My wife, Marissa and me with Sec. Jose Rene Almendras and Dr. Patricia Licuanan.

In my speech, I have mentioned that in good or bad leadership, there are opportunities.

In my speech, I have mentioned that in good or bad leadership, there are opportunities.

Hon. Patricia B. Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education has always been a partner of TOSP in its search of exemplary outstanding students who will be the next leaders of this country.

Hon. Patricia B. Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education has always been a partner of TOSP in its search of exemplary outstanding students who will be the next leaders of this country.

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras reminded that TOSPians, “May this award not only be tangible proof of recognition of your hard work and determination, but also a fervent motivation for you to strive harder and inspire generations of Filipino youths to follow on your footsteps.”,

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras reminded that TOSPians, “May this award not only be tangible proof of recognition of your hard work and determination, but also a fervent motivation for you to strive harder and inspire generations of Filipino youths to follow on your footsteps.”,

 In their batch response, all 30 Finalists for this search, represented by Mr. Gregg Louise C. Tolentino, put the context of being role models in the successor generation and to give hope in each in every Filipino, “Malugod ang pagtanggap naming lahat sa pribilehiyong makapaglingkod at makatugon sa mga isyu ng lipunan. Ang maging parte ng pamilyang tunay na nagmamahal sa Inang bayan at nagtitiwalang “Yes, the Filipino can.”

In their batch response, all 30 Finalists for this search, represented by Mr. Gregg Louise C. Tolentino, put the context of being role models in the successor generation and to give hope in each in every Filipino, “Malugod ang pagtanggap naming lahat sa pribilehiyong makapaglingkod at makatugon sa mga isyu ng lipunan. Ang maging parte ng pamilyang tunay na nagmamahal sa Inang bayan at nagtitiwalang “Yes, the Filipino can.”

RFM Corporation President and CEO Jose Ma. Concepcion III, CHED Chair Patricia B. Licuanan, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras, RFM Foundation Chairman and TOSP Founder Jose S. Concepcion Jr. and RFM Foundation President Marie Concepcion – Young during the awarding ceremony in Heroes’ Hall Malacanang.

RFM Corporation President and CEO Jose Ma. Concepcion III, CHED Chair Patricia B. Licuanan, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras, RFM Foundation Chairman and TOSP Founder Jose S. Concepcion Jr. and RFM Foundation President Marie Concepcion – Young during the awarding ceremony in Heroes’ Hall Malacanang.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2015. Khenn B. Arquiza of Western Mindanao State University, Apolinario A. Bagano Jr. of Benguet State University, Maria Stephanie A. Gaña of Far Eastern University, Lynrose Jane D. Genon of Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, Raphael Aaron A. Letaba of University of the Philippines-Diliman, Fharnieza S. Mohammad of Western Mindanao State University, Ma. Nerissa M. Nicolas of Dr. Yanga’s Colleges Inc., Adriel Gamier G. Sanchez of University of San Jose Recoletos, Gregg Louise C. Tolentino of De La Salle University and Ryan Y. Yu of Ateneo de Manila University.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2015. Khenn B. Arquiza of Western Mindanao State University, Apolinario A. Bagano Jr. of Benguet State University, Maria Stephanie A. Gaña of Far Eastern University, Lynrose Jane D. Genon of Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, Raphael Aaron A. Letaba of University of the Philippines-Diliman, Fharnieza S. Mohammad of Western Mindanao State University, Ma. Nerissa M. Nicolas of Dr. Yanga’s Colleges Inc., Adriel Gamier G. Sanchez of University of San Jose Recoletos, Gregg Louise C. Tolentino of De La Salle University and Ryan Y. Yu of Ateneo de Manila University.

One of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2015, Raphael Aaron Letaba is a graduate of University of the Philippines – Diliman in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy. UP Diliman also awarded him with the Gawad ng Tsanselor sa Natatanging Mag-aaral 2015.

One of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2015, Raphael Aaron Letaba is a graduate of University of the Philippines – Diliman in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy. UP Diliman also awarded him with the Gawad ng Tsanselor sa Natatanging Mag-aaral 2015.

 

Go Negosyo Renews Partnership with DHL Express Philippines

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
DHL Express Philippines has been one of staunch partners of Go Negosyo for the past years. DHL provides logistics solutions for many micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Yati Abdullah, DHL Express Philippines’ Country Manager, shares that even online shops and small entrepreneurs may use their services to send products to their customers. DHL Express Philippines promises to help entrepreneurs in their growth and market expansion.

DHL Express Philippines has been one of staunch partners of Go Negosyo for the past years. DHL provides logistics solutions for many micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Yati Abdullah, DHL Express Philippines’ Country Manager, shares that even online shops and small entrepreneurs may use their services to send products to their customers. DHL Express Philippines promises to help entrepreneurs in their growth and market expansion.

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo renews partnership with DHL Express Philippines led by Go Negosyo’s Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion and DHL Philippines’ Country Manager Yati Abdullah.

DHL Philippines has been a partner of Go Negosyo for the past three years. DHL provides logistics solutions for many micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Yati Abdullah, DHL Philippines’ Country Manager, shares that even online shops may use their services to send products to their customers.

DHL Philippines promises to help entrepreneurs in their growth and market expansion.

See photos HERE

Go Negosyo Supports Harvard Conference 2015

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

HPAIR 2Cross-cultural interaction has never been as inevitable as it is nowadays. I am blessed to have travelled the world by visiting several countries with my family. Aside from the peaceful vacations and beautiful places that I have visited, my most favourite part of travelling is meeting and interacting with different kinds of people. They may be tourists, business travellers or local residents of their particular countries, but they all have very interesting stories to share about their lives and culture.

Through the years, Go Negosyo has collaborated with a number of foreign partners like the United Stated Embassy and Australian Embassy. In our intention to promote our home-grown talents and give exposure to the Philippines, we once again partnered with another international organization—Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR).

The HPAIR is student-run organization of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences. HPAIR organizes Harvard University’s largest annual student conferences in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 1991, it has continuously gathered a growing pool of international students from top universities, renowned academics, business professionals, and political leaders to engage in our rigorous educational events. The organization aims to provide a dynamic forum of exchange on international issues vital to Asia, foster long-term relationships among young leaders around the world and connect talented delegates with some of today’s leaders in academia, business and government. (HPAIR.org)

In addition to its international conferences, HPAIR aims to promote understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural issues facing the Asia-Pacific region within the Harvard community by organizing panels and other events on Harvard’s campus.

This year, HPAIR’s host country organizing committee is the De La Salle Project for Asian and International Relations (DLSPAIR).

The HPAIR Asia Conference 2015 will be held in Manila from August 20-24 with the theme “Confronting Asia’s Development Challenges through Innovation.” The last time the Philippines hosted the same conference was back in 1994.

Delegates from different notable universities such as Princeton University, Berlin School of Economics and Law, University of Santo Tomas, Nanyang Technological University, Duke University, New York University, The University of Hong Kong, University of British Columbia, Cornell University, Graduate School of Industrial Labor Relations (Distance Education Program), University of Sydney, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Delhi, Georgetown University, National University of Singapore, University of Asia and The Pacific (UA&P), University of Manchester, University of California, Berkeley, Keio University, London School of, Economics, and University of Cambridge will benefit from gaining a broader exposure to issues spanning multiple arenas, including political, social, economic, cultural, and business. As the world becomes more globalized as well as commercialized, the boundary between business and other aspects of society is increasingly less rigid. The Asia Conference seeks to capture this phenomenon and help delegates understand its impacts on the future of international relations.

The conference will tackle various relevant issues on corporate leadership, energy and sustainability, entrepreneurship, finance and world economy, health and social policy, human rights and security and diplomacy.

RFM Corporation and Go Negosyo will host the “Manila Night” dinner for the delegates on August 23 wherein we will showcase the Filipino culture and heritage. Several entrepreneurs and school partners are also invited. On this dinner, we would allow the delegates to have a taste of the Philippines through our delicious local delicacies, hear our beautiful music, see our stunning dances through a number of cultural dances and feel the warmth of our friendliness and hospitality by welcoming them.

On the following day, August 24, we will also conduct a Social Entrepreneurship Seminar with the theme: “Changing the World is our Business.” We have invited reputable social entrepreneurs such as Pacita “Chit” Juan of Echostore, Nanette Medved- Po of Hope in a Bottle and Bryan McClelland, founder of Bambike to be the speakers of the event. After all the talks, the attendees will be given the opportunity to ask the panellists any question that they may have.

It is such an honor to be given an opportunity to present our country to the rest of the world. More than the festivities, we hope that our visitors also bring with them memories of friendship and cultural exchange when they go home to their respective countries. Rest assured that Go Negosyo will take good care of our guests as any Filipino would.

Go Negosyo Renews Partnership with DHL Express Philippines

 

DHL Express Philippines has been one of staunch partners of Go Negosyo for the past years. DHL provides logistics solutions for many micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Yati Abdullah, DHL Express Philippines’ Country Manager, shares that even online shops and small entrepreneurs may use their services to send products to their customers. DHL Express Philippines promises to help entrepreneurs in their growth and market expansion.

DHL Express Philippines has been one of staunch partners of Go Negosyo for the past years. DHL provides logistics solutions for many micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Yati Abdullah, DHL Express Philippines’ Country Manager, shares that even online shops and small entrepreneurs may use their services to send products to their customers. DHL Express Philippines promises to help entrepreneurs in their growth and market expansion.

 

 

Tech4ED Gets Support from Go Negosyo

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Go Negosyo Supports Tech4ED - Go Negosyo Founding Trustee,  Joey Conception (L) and Ms. Bettina Quimson of the DOST-ICT Office shake hands after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) wherein the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship thru GoNegosyo will provide educational content for the government’s Tech4ED centers for potential entrepreneurs in the countryside.

Go Negosyo Supports Tech4ED . In the photo (L-R) Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Conception, Ms. Bettina Quimson of the DOST-ICT Office and Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez. The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship thru GoNegosyo will provide educational content for the government’s Tech4ED centers for potential entrepreneurs in the countryside.

The Tech4ED project of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is getting support from the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) and Go Negosyo, a local network of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship advocates headed by businessman Joey Conception.

Go Negosyo will be providing content for the e-Assist segment of Tech4ED which will primarily tackle business literacy, investments, franchising and other materials useful for potential entrepreneurs. Through this partnership, these content will now be included in the Tech4ED platform, under the e-Assist segment.

The Technology for Economic Development (Tech4ED) Project envisions Tech4ED Centers in every barangay in the Philippines. Originally aiming to strengthen the existing Community eCenters in the country, the project utilizes its network from both government and non-government agencies to aggregate content to offer more opportunities for inclusive growth.

Tech4ED’s e-Assist component is part of a Learning Management System which contains content for ICT for Digital Literacy, for Financial Literacy, for entrepreneurship and for Career Shifter Learning Contents. According to Ms. Bettina Quimson, Deputy Executive Director for E-Society of the DOST-ICT Office, “Educational materials from the PCE and GoNegosyo will go a long way in helping Filipinos in countryside in starting their own businesses and help achieve our objectives for inclusive growth.”

Tech4ED Centers will serve as a hub for the community to have access to information, communication, technology, government services, non-formal education, skills training, telehealth, job markets, and business portals giving individuals and communities in rural and urban poor areas opportunity for inclusive growth.  With the single ICT Platform deployed, Tech4ED Centers will become access points for the underserved and marginalized which gives them the chance to upgrade their literacy level, acquire skills to gain employment or start a source of livelihood, look for jobs, improve their business and income, avail of government services, increase their knowledge, and communicate with their families (OFWs) or with individuals in the same field (farmer to farmer, entrepreneurs to entrepreneurs, etc.)

About DOST-ICT Office – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

Download Tech4ED Press Briefer HERE

Go Negosyo helps Philippine SMEs gear up for ASEAN Integration 2015

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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The vision of a united ASEAN Community was put forward by the leaders of the ten ASEAN nations in 1997. They dreamed of the whole ASEAN region as partners in development, together in peace, stability, and prosperity. Over the past year, with the December 31, 2015 target for the creation of the ASEAN Community looming, much has been said about this ongoing ASEAN integration, especially the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), one of its three pillars.

The AEC aims to integrate the ten diverse economies of Southeast Asia, a region of 625 million people, making up 9% of the world’s population, and which, taken as one, would be the 7th largest economy in the world. The commitments made by the ASEAN countries towards the AEC will not all be completed by end-2015, which was the agreed target for the implementation, but most of the nations are at above 95% completion.

This economic integration will be built on the creation of an ASEAN region that is a single market and production base, increasingly competitive, which upholds equitable economic development, and is integrated into the global economy. These may seem far removed from the day-to-day operations of businesses, especially small and medium enterprises, but as the growing number of ASEAN seminars, forums, and conferences show, more and more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are sitting up and taking notice. Entrepreneurs and business owners are finding out the many opportunities the regional integration can bring, while also wary of the potential competition from other ASEAN firms. What’s more, many of them realize that they need to prepare and take the necessary steps to be able to participate in the AEC, or risk being left behind.

The question for many entrepreneurs, after they acquaint themselves with the basics of the AEC, can be as basic as “Okay, now what?” While they understand that the AEC could impact their strategies for growing their business, it’s not always easy to start, especially if they’ve never done business outside their home country. How can Philippine SMEs take advantage of the trade and investment opportunities from the regional integration?

Former NEDA Director General, Dr. Cielito Habito.

Former NEDA Director General, Dr. Cielito Habito.

The ASEAN Economic Community Forum conducted by GoNegosyo last June 24, 2015 was brought together experts to talk about the AEC and what it means to SMEs. Dr. Cielito Habito, economist and former NEDA Director General, gave an overview on how the Philippine economy is doing, giving confidence that the country will be competitive in a stronger and more integrated ASEAN, while pointing out key areas that the Philippines needs to improve in to compete effectively, such as communication and transportation infrastructure. Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal of the Department of Trade and Industry also pointed out that not only our big corporations like San Miguel and Universal Robina Corporation are already doing business outside the company – there are many SMEs that are already taking steps to go global too.

The ASEAN Economic Community Forum also featured a panel interview with Filipino entrepreneurs and business practitioners who shared their strategies to ensure that their businesses will benefit from the integration, as well as practical tips for doing business with our ASEAN counterparts. Additionally, a webilogue with people from other ASEAN countries allowed for information sharing across borders. The ASEAN Economic Community Forum was put together with the support of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.

Presentations from the forum can be downloaded HERE

These ASEAN Economic Community inofgraphic primers from GoNegosyo present some additional information on the topic.
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Go Negosyo, DTI Samar hold SME Roving Academy in Catbalogan

Saturday, August 15th, 2015
From L-R: PA de Guzman, Go Negosyo Programs and Marketing Officer; Tess Dimaculangan, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur; Ardy Roberto, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur; Engr. Meilou Cinco-Macabare, DTI Samar Provincial Director; Elaine Limbaga, DTI-Samar; Victor Madlangbayan, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur

From L-R: PA de Guzman, Go Negosyo Programs and Marketing Officer; Tess Dimaculangan, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur; Ardy Roberto, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur; Engr. Meilou Cinco-Macabare, DTI Samar Provincial Director; Elaine Limbaga, DTI-Samar; Victor Madlangbayan, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur

The Department of Trade and Industry- Province of Samar and the Philippine Center of Entrepreneurship- GoNegosyo held the SME Roving Academy last August 7, 2015 at Tia Anita’s in Catbalogan, Samar.

Ms. Myla De Guia from the Office of the Mayor of Catbalogan and Engr. Meilou Cinco-Macabare, DTI Samar Provincial Director opened the seminar as they gave their opening and inspirational talks respectively. The SME Roving Academy (SMERA) program initiated by the Department of Trade and Industry was fully discussed to encourage SMEs to join the program. This was introduced by Ms. Ruthelma Samonte, DTI- Samar Business Development Division Chief.

To officially kick off the lectures, GoNegosyo Programs Development and Marketing Officer, P.A. de Guzman gave a background about the GoNegosyo advocacy. It was followed by a series of learning sessions delivered by GoNegosyo Angelrepreneurs: Ardy Roberto  (on Entrepreneurship Mindset) and Tess Dimaculangan (on Business Finance).

The afternoon session resumed with a panel of successful local entrepreneurs namely: Emma Bermejo (Charito’s Delights), Hon. Arthur Vaughn Zosa (VS Grand Tours) and Ariel Donceras (Farmacia Ma. Lorenza).

From L-R: Ariel Donceras, owner, Farmacia Ma. Lorenza; Hon. Arthur Vaughn Zosa, owner, VS Grand Tours and Emma Bermejo, owner,Charito’s Delights

From L-R: Ariel Donceras, owner, Farmacia Ma. Lorenza; Hon. Arthur Vaughn Zosa, owner, VS Grand Tours and Emma Bermejo, owner,Charito’s Delights

They imparted their stories of triumph and failures that they experienced through the years.

To end the seminar, another GoNegosyo Angelpreneur, Victor Madlangbayan gave an insightful and entertaining lecture on product development, business planning and marketing.

The venue was filled with more that 100 participants coming from difference sectors such as the Provincial Government of  Samar, the Philippine National Police, and local chamber of commerce and entrepreneurs.

Go Negosyo and US Embassy go to Visayas for YEDW

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and the US Embassy will have the Visayas leg of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) happening this coming August 26-28, 2015 in the province of Iloilo to empower existing Filipino young entrepreneurs and young aspiring entrepreneurs in the area. This YEDW program will provide training, mentorship and networking opportunities for the participants.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:  (1) Must be a Filipino citizen, (2) Should either be a young entrepreneur with existing enterprises, or young person with profound interest with starting his/her own business (has a well thought-out idea that he/she is committed to pursuing or growing into a venture,) (3) Should be below 35 years old at the time of the deadline of application and (4) Requirements: business pitch (existing business and business idea.)

Applications for YEDW Luzon (Batangas) and Mindanao Zamboanga) leg are ongoing. Visit www.gonegosyo.net/YEDW for details. Deadline of applications for the Mindanao leg is on August 21, 2015 and for Luzon leg on September 14, 2015.

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CONGRATULATIONS!
 Below are the names of the 50 young entrepreneurs and young people with business idea who have been selected to be the official fellows for the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop Visayas.Abellar, Trixie Nicole (Leyte)
Agan, Daniel ( Iloilo City)
Alejandro, Mae Ann ( Capiz)
Alis, Realm ( Aklan)
Candiasan, Isaac (Bacolod City)
Carmona, Jennifer (Negros Occidental)
Castroverde, Michael Earl (Tacloban City)
Chan II, Cezar (Iloilo City)
Chavarria, Betty Ann (Tacloban City)
Corot, Rossnel (Tacloban City)
Dalan, Archelle (Leyte)
dela Concepcion, Jenny Jebb (Iloilo City)
Dionisio, Emil Negros (Occidental)
Diosaban, Viktor Ivan (Iloilo City)
Erribal, Mary Lizette (Iloilo City)
Fama, Edmer (Iloilo City)
Fama, John Hanzel (Iloilo City)
Gajol, Maria Karen (Leyte)
Gregori, Rea Grace (Iloilo City)
Guzon, Athreo Negros (Occidental)
Hilvano, Maita Isabel (Tacloban City)
Ishikawa, Lotis (Negros Oriental)
Leopardas, Maria Lady Jean (Tacloban City)
Liem, Jennifer (Leyte)
Lozada, Mark Jayson (Bacolod City)
Mana-ay, Ramil (Iloilo City)
Mendoza, J Marie (Iloilo City)
Mercado I, Cybil (Leyte)
Mercado II, Cyril (Leyte)
Mondeja, Marie Faye (Iloilo City)
Obregon, Ma. Mariel May (Leyte)
Orias Jr., Lorenzo (Tacloban City)
Panes, Neshel (Iloilo City)
Pareja, Analou (Negros Oriental)
Pineda, John Rey (Antique)
Pineda, Mary Mar (Iloilo City)
Pue, Nikki (Iloilo City)
Raymundo Jr., Cesar (Bacolod City)
Rollo, Mary Grace (Negros Occidental)
Sabaldan, Rita Franchesca (Cebu City)
Solitis, Erwina (Iloilo City)
Tacder Jr., Reynaldo Nino (Cebu City)
Tan, Francis Michael (Leyte)
Tante, Himmler Von (Tacloban City)
Trayco, Nayza (Tacloban City)
Valero, Karmela (Bacolod City)
Vargas, Jenny (Negros Occidental)
Verdijo. Mitzie (Leyte)
Villanobos, Zarah (Leyte)
Zagala, Regina (Iloilo City) 

HPAIR 2015 Asia Conference: Confronting Asia’s Development Challenges Through Innovation

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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De La Salle University’s –De La Salle Project of Asian and International Relations (DLSPAIR) in partnership with Banco De Oro Unibank, will kick off the 2015 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR)  – Asia conference this coming August 20 at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Manila after a 21-year absence!

Since 1991, the HPAIR has been hosting one of Asia and the world’s largest and most prestigious student conferences, having an annual delegation of 700. Every year, HPAIR hosts two academic conferences, one in Harvard itself which is held every February convening around 200 delegates and one in Asia which is held every August with 500 delegates coming in from across the world. The Asia Conference has also been recently hosted in some of Asia’s leading universities and cities such as the 2012 conference in Taiwan, hosted by the National Chengchi University, 2013 in Dubai hosted by the American University in Dubai and the 2014 conference in Tokyo hosted by Keio University.

In 1994, the conference was also hosted in the Philippines with the theme “Economic Cooperation for the Pacific Century” discussing about the relevance of increasing economic trade between the tiger economies in the Asian region (which is now happening due to the ASEAN Economic Integration). As a fun fact revealed to us by the organizers, the 1994 HPAIR Conference was also held in the same venue they have unknowingly reserved—The Makati Shangri-la. This information was passed on to the organizers after they have reserved the venue by no other than Mr. Vincent Tobias, who is currently the lead for Innovation at the Ayala Corporation and was the previous Host Country Organizing Committee Executive Director of the 1994 conference. Today he will join the conference as a speaker for one of the conference’s sponsors—the Ayala Corporation.

HPAIR 1During the 5-day conference from August 20-24, 2015, the students are exposed to various issues, its over-all conference theme is “Confronting Asia’s Development Challenges through Innovation” advocating for the need of innovative ideas and practices in both government and business, especially in mending the wide economic gap between the rich and the poor experienced across developing nations. The conference is divided into seven panels: Corporate Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Finance and the World Economy, Security & Diplomacy, Health and Social Policy, Energy and Sustainability & Human Rights.

De La Salle University – Manila was chosen to be the partner university through a competitive bidding process. “We wanted to redefine HPAIR’s standards and bring the conference closer to the issues and problems discussed throughout the conference, such as those issues being experienced in the Philippines” said Jonathan Beltran, Executive Director, Host Country Organizing Committee of HPAIR (DLSPAIR). The team immediately began working after last year’s HPAIR-Asia conference in Tokyo with great support from the President of BDO Unibank Inc., Mr. Nestor V. Tan and the Chairman and CEO of the Ayala Corporation Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

The Host Country Organizing Committee Executive Director of this year’s conference, Mr. Jonathan Beltran said,  “We also reinvented the conference experience through increased participation of sponsors and companies throughout the Philippines”

For the first time ever, HPAIR will have company sponsored case studies, and company hosted dinners- On the 21st the “Globe Dinner” at the Globe headquarters in BGC, on the 23rd there will be an event entitled “Manila Night” hosted by RFM and Go Negosyo which will be held at The Manila Polo Club and both will feature speakers such as Globe’s top management team including its CEO Mr. Ernest Cu, Senator Bam Aquino and Mr. Joey Concepcion of RFM and Go Negosyo respectively.

For the first time in HPAIR’s history, the conference will include an International Night, Manila Night, Entertainment Night, field trips per panel, Mixers for delegates and speakers to mingle and so much more.

The HPAIR Asia Conference 2015 is hosted by De La Salle University in partnership with Banco De Oro Unibank. The organizers would also like to thank its Platinum Sponsors, The Ayala Corporation, Go Negosyo and RFM; its Executive Sponsor Globe, its De Luxe Sponsor Security Bank; Bronze Sponsors the PHINMA Foundation and Unilab; its Official Airline Carrier Philippine Airlines; Academic Partners, DLSU College of Liberal Arts, AIM 2015 ASEAN Project and Google Philippines, its Media Sponsors WhenInManila.com, Rappler.com, Monster Radio RX 93.1, RX Magic 89.9, Animo Magazine, ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) and lastly, French Baker, Jollibee, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Kettle Korn.

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