Archive for February, 2016

You Too Can Be Successful

Thursday, February 25th, 2016
11,000 participants composed of students and representatives from more than 200 schools and universities and aspiring, micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs attended the Go Negosyo Filipina Summit.

11,000 participants composed of students and representatives from more than 200 schools and universities and aspiring, micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs attended the Go Negosyo Filipina Summit.

Drawing a crowd of 11,000 in last week’s 8th Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit (FES8) is a good sign that the interest level and awareness on the value of entrepreneurship as the way to reach our dreams, are so high nowadays. We had a high number of attendance also from micro and small entrepreneurs aside from the students and teachers. To date, this is the biggest summit that Go Negosyo has organized in our 10 years of existence.

With the summit halls filled to the brim, it was like EDSA People Power happening again and which we are celebrating today the 30th anniversary. The EDSA People Power Anniversary is a celebration of freedom from a dictatorship. Now we are working on having freedom from poverty.

Like what I have always shared, not everyone will become an entrepreneur. But anybody can be enterprising. As I start my talk during the Filipina Summit, I mentioned that everybody struggles in life. And that is normal. I myself have failed a number of times and I know that there are countless of entrepreneurs who have failed at first before they are experienced the fruits of their perseverance today.

Even the most popular people meet different trials. As mentioned, even Sen. Grace Poe. She has been facing the biggest challenges in her candidacy – residency and citizenship, and yet she continues to face the people and runs for presidency. She has not given up the fight.

This is something we should all do. Despite the odds, we should continue to fulfil our goals and not give up on it as long as you live. Do the best that we can and find inspirations.

Take for example the two microentrepreneurs we recently awarded: Teresita Valdez and Lydia Malot.

The 2016 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs: (top row L-R) Chal Lontoc, Ramon Lopez, Joseph Calata, Yati Abdullah, Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, Joey Concepcion, and Mike Lobrin. (second row L-R) Adelfa Borro ​ - ​Ted’s Old-timer La Paz Batchoy​, Amina Aranaz-Alunan​ - ​ARANAZ and SoFa Design Institute, Delby Brag​ai​s​ - ​North Road Image and Fashion Group, Martine Cajucom​ - S​unnies Studios, Bea Soriano-Dee​ - S​unnies Studios, Rossana Llenado​ - ​AHEAD Learning Systems, Evelyn Lao-Yap​ - ​Benby Enterprise​,​ Rowena Matti​ - ​Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, Elizabeth Lahoz​ - T​echnological Institute of the Philippines, Yoling Sevilla​ - T​he Leather Collection​, ​Sherill Quintana​ - ​ORYSPA Spa Solutions, Abba Napa​ - ​The Moment Group (first row L-R) Cristina Liaison ​ - ​Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program​, Teresita Valdez​ - ​Viana Food Condiments, Girlie Lorenzo​ - ​Kythe Foundation, Lydia Malot​ - ​Lydia’s Nata de Coco, and Judith Versoza​ - ​Aveate Management Corporation​.

The 2016 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs:
(top row L-R) Chal Lontoc, Ramon Lopez, Joseph Calata, Yati Abdullah, Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, Joey Concepcion, and Mike Lobrin.
(second row L-R) Adelfa Borro
​ – ​Ted’s Old-timer La Paz Batchoy​, Amina Aranaz-Alunan​ – ​ARANAZ and SoFa Design Institute, Delby Brag​ai​s​ – ​North Road Image and Fashion Group, Martine Cajucom​ – S​unnies Studios, Bea Soriano-Dee​ – S​unnies Studios, Rossana Llenado​ – ​AHEAD Learning Systems, Evelyn Lao-Yap​ – ​Benby Enterprise​,​ Rowena Matti​ – ​Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, Elizabeth Lahoz​ – T​echnological Institute of the Philippines, Yoling Sevilla​ – T​he Leather Collection​, ​Sherill Quintana​ – ​ORYSPA Spa Solutions, Abba Napa​ – ​The Moment Group
(first row L-R) Cristina Liaison
​ – ​Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program​, Teresita Valdez​ – ​Viana Food Condiments, Girlie Lorenzo​ – ​Kythe Foundation, Lydia Malot​ – ​Lydia’s Nata de Coco, and Judith Versoza​ – ​Aveate Management Corporation​.

Teresita did not have the chance for a proper education. She started young as a worker in a bagoong factory but today, she has her own condiments factory in Bulacan. She learned the ways of the business through experience without the usual training. Her hard work and positive attitude determined her success. And that is how we should all be.

On the other hand, Lydia Malot got the inspiration for her nata de coco business after reading a magazine. The magazine featured a step-by-step procedure of how to make nata de coco. With her small capital, she is now distributing her products to large companies. I advised our participants to find inspiration and ideas from everywhere. May it be from your place of work, the people one meets outside, or any random information that one gets. It could also be the speakers and mentors we had that day, or their fellow participants who have business ideas also. It all starts from an inspiration.

“It is not the government who will shape the future of this country. It is you, the future entrepreneurs who will look for the problems and turn them into business opportunities”, I added. It will start from a vision, a dream. So keep on dreaming!

We were very fortunate to witness Senator Grace Poe in the event, as she delivered an inspirational message for everybody. Before her speech, she walked the aisles of the venue, happy to great all the participants. It must have taken us around 30 minutes to reach the stage area but it was all worth it as the students and entrepreneurs were glad to greet her and take pictures with her.  In her speech, she mentioned her aspirations to widen the micro and small to medium-sized enterprises’ access to financial mechanisms, training and mentorship in order to help them with their businesses, aside from other programs she cited. She also aims to help entrepreneurs by simplifying the business registration process through Negosyo Centers nationwide.

Senator Poe’s message was followed by a keynote forum featuring two other iconic women in governance: Senator Cynthia Villar and Congresswoman Leni Robredo.

Senator Villar focused her message on starting more livelihood projects to provide more jobs to the Filipinos. She also plans to build farm schools to empower our farmers and expose them to modern farming technologies.

Meanwhile Congresswoman Robredo shared how her struggles as a woman and how she was able to overcome them. When asked about what the youth can contribute to nation-building, Congresswoman Leni answered, “Una, mag-aral ng mabuti. Pangalawa, mag-aral hindi lamang sa paaralan pero pag-aralan yung nangyayari sa mundo. Little knowledge is dangerous. Mas marami sanang community involvement, dahil eto yung mas nagpeprepare satin sa real world. Yung community involvement in the sense na saan ba yung interest mo saan yung husay mo at paano ka makakalahok sa usapin sa lipunan. Maraming advocacies ang naghahanap ng volunteers galing sa mga kabataan.”

Witnessing the great power of the Go Negosyo movement firsthand, only inspires me to further continue what we are doing. I hope that we empower more Filipinos to own their destinies.

Next week, I will continue to share with you the highlights of our recently concluded Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Go Negosyo NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics 2016

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Negosem 2016 Web Photo

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 REVIST AND BE RE-ORIENTED ABOUT THE ‘BASICS’ OF PAGNENEGOSYO?

Learn Key Negosyo Concepts and Principles from Go Negosyo Mentors and be more informed about running your business!

Take part in the very first run of NEGOSEM Negosyo Basics for the year 2016 on March 29! Learning Fee is P600.00 only. Get a chance to interact with likeminded individuals who are either aspiring to start their own enterprise or those who have already started and looking for ways to level up!

THE NEGOSEM NEGOSYO BASICS
The NEGOSEM Negosyo 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.

Date: March 29, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:00NN (Registration) 2:00PM – 6:00PM (Program Proper)
Venue: RFM Auditorium G/F RFM Corporate Center, Sheridan cor. Pioneer Sts. Mandaluyong City

For individual participants, register ONLINE HERE
For LGUs and NGOs, download the confirmation slip HERE

Cut off for Registration and Payment is on March 23, 2016. To complete registration and slot reservation, please proceed to payment:
Learning Fee: P600.00 (Six Hundred Pesos)
Bank: BDO Pioneer Highland Branch
Account Name: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc.
Savings Account Number: 485-0088492

REMINDER: As proof of payment kindly email a copy of the deposit slip to negosembasics.gonegosyo@gmail.com with the [Subject: NEGOSEM/Date of NEGOSEM Session (FULLNAME)]. Please bring your deposit slip at the registration booth on the day of the event.

NEGOSEM SECRETARIAT
Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (GoNegosyo)
5/F RFM Corporate Center, Sheridan cor. Pioneer Sts.
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
E: negosembasics.gonegosyo@gmail.com
DL: +632 6379229 | +632 6318101 (loc 7106)
F: (02) 638-8489
W: www.gonegosyo.net 

 

Go Negosyo’s 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Empowered Over 10,000 Participants

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Go Negosyo led by its founder Joey Concepcion together with Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, trustees, partners, and 2016 Inspiring Filipina Awardees welcomed more than 10,000 participants in the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES8) last Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center. Over 1,000 micro and small entrepreneurs as well as students from more than 200 schools and universities from all over the country joined the summit. 50 top women entrepreneurs also shared their stories and insights to empower and inspire the aspiring, micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs in the audience.

11,000 participants composed of students and representatives from more than 200 schools and universities and aspiring, micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs attended the Go Negosyo Filipina Summit.

11,000 participants composed of students and representatives from more than 200 schools and universities and aspiring, micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs attended the Go Negosyo Filipina Summit.

The biggest women negosyo summit of the year featured women icons such as Karen Davila, Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Maria Ressa, and Miriam Quiambao; and champion entrepreneurs Rosalind Wee, Myrna Yao, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Emma Imperial, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Laura Bertotto, Catherine Dizon, Chit Juan, and many more.

Go Negosyo also awarded 18 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs: social entrepreneurs Cristina Liamzon (Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program), and Fatima Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation); microentrepreneurs Lydia Malot (Lydia’s Nata de Coco), and Teresita Valdez (Viana Food Condiments); small and medium entrepreneurs Amina Aranaz-Alunan (ARANAZ and SoFA Design Institute), Adelfa Borro (Ted’s Oldtime La Paz Batchoy), Delby Bragais (The North Road Image and Fashion Group), Evelyn Lao-Yap (Benby Enterprise), Rossana Llenado (AHEAD Learning System), Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment Program), Sherill Quintana (Orsypa Spa Solutions), Yolanda Sevilla (The Leather Collection), Judith Versoza (Aveate Management Group), and Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee and Georgina Wilson (Sunnies Studios); and large entrepreneurs Elizabeth Lahoz (Technological Institute of the Philippines), and Abba Napa (The Moment Group).

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion greeted more than 11,000 participants in the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion greeted more than 11,000 participants in the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Sen. Grace Poe during her inspirational talk.

Sen. Grace Poe during her inspirational talk.

The 2016 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs: (top row L-R) Chal Lontoc, Ramon Lopez, Joseph Calata, Yati Abdullah, Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, Joey Concepcion, and Mike Lobrin. (second row L-R) Adelfa Borro (Ted’s Old-timer La Paz Batchoy), Amina Aranaz-Alunan (ARANAZ and SoFa Design Institute), Delby Brags (North Road Image and Fashion Group), Martine Cajucom (Sunnies Studios), Bea Soriano-Dee (Sunnies Studios), Rossana Llenado (AHEAD Learning Systems), Evelyn Lao-Yap (Benby Enterprise), Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment Learning Program), Elizabeth Lahoz (Technological Institute of the Philippines), Yoling Sevilla (The Leather Collection), Sherill Quintana (ORYSPA Spa Solutions), Abba Napa (The Moment Group) (first row L-R) Cristina Liaison (Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program), Teresita Valdez (Viana Food Condiments), Girlie Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation), Lydia Malot (Lydia’s Nata de Coco), and Judith Versoza (Aveate Management Corporation)

The 2016 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs:
(top row L-R) Chal Lontoc, Ramon Lopez, Joseph Calata, Yati Abdullah, Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, Joey Concepcion, and Mike Lobrin.
(second row L-R) Adelfa Borro (Ted’s Old-timer La Paz Batchoy), Amina Aranaz-Alunan (ARANAZ and SoFa Design Institute), Delby Brags (North Road Image and Fashion Group), Martine Cajucom (Sunnies Studios), Bea Soriano-Dee (Sunnies Studios), Rossana Llenado (AHEAD Learning Systems), Evelyn Lao-Yap (Benby Enterprise), Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment Learning Program), Elizabeth Lahoz (Technological Institute of the Philippines), Yoling Sevilla (The Leather Collection), Sherill Quintana (ORYSPA Spa Solutions), Abba Napa (The Moment Group)
(first row L-R) Cristina Liaison (Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program), Teresita Valdez (Viana Food Condiments), Girlie Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation), Lydia Malot (Lydia’s Nata de Coco), and Judith Versoza (Aveate Management Corporation)

 Keynote forum with Sen. Cynthia Villar and Cong. Lena Robredo. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo Executive Director Mon Lopez, and Chal Lontoc.

Keynote forum with Sen. Cynthia Villar and Cong. Lena Robredo. The forum was moderated by Go Negosyo Executive Director Mon Lopez, and Chal Lontoc.

Karen Davila shares her insights on entrepreneurship.

Karen Davila shares her insights on entrepreneurship.

2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs share the stories of their entrepreneurial journeys. (L-R) Yoling Sevilla, Rossana Llenado, Teresita Valdez, Lydia Malot, Cristina Liaison, Girlie Lorenzo, Delby Bragais, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Rowena Matti, Judith Versoza, Sherill Quintana. Karen Davila (rightmost) moderated the discussion.

2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs share the stories of their entrepreneurial journeys. (L-R) Yoling Sevilla, Rossana Llenado, Teresita Valdez, Lydia Malot, Cristina Liaison, Girlie Lorenzo, Delby Bragais, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Rowena Matti, Judith Versoza, Sherill Quintana. Karen Davila (rightmost) moderated the discussion.

Maria Ressa shares the value of social media through an informative talk.

Maria Ressa shares the value of social media through an informative talk.

Sandy Prieto-Romualdez

Sandy Prieto-Romualdez

Go Negosyo trustees Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing Group and Rosalind Wee (W Group).

Go Negosyo trustees Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing Group and Rosalind Wee (W Group).

Women Innovators and Brand Builders (L-R) Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Esther Vibal, Rosalind Wee, Emma Imperial, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Cathy Dizon-Posas, Chit Juan, Laura Bertotto, Joey Concepcion, and RJ Ledesma.

Women Innovators and Brand Builders (L-R) Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Esther Vibal, Rosalind Wee, Emma Imperial, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Cathy Dizon-Posas, Chit Juan, Laura Bertotto, Joey Concepcion, and RJ Ledesma.

Women in the Business of Changing the World (L-R) Joey Concepcion, Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Cherrie Atilano, April Cuenca, Antuza Refold, Desiree Duran, Nanette Medved-Po, Aisa Mijeno, Rachel de Villa, Xilca Protacio, Ces Rondario, Raquel Capio, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, and RJ Ledesma.

Women in the Business of Changing the World (L-R) Joey Concepcion, Mon Lopez, Ali Sotto, Cherrie Atilano, April Cuenca, Antuza Refold, Desiree Duran, Nanette Medved-Po, Aisa Mijeno, Rachel de Villa, Xilca Protacio, Ces Rondario, Raquel Capio, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, and RJ Ledesma.

Miriam Quiambao-Roberto gave an empowering talk to the aspiring entrepreneurs.

Miriam Quiambao-Roberto gave an empowering talk to the aspiring entrepreneurs.

Sen. Grace Poe greets the students and entrepreneurs in the audience.

Sen. Grace Poe greets the students and entrepreneurs in the audience.

BPI Ka-Negosyo awarded Sherill Quintana and Cristina Liamzon with the Ka-Negosyo (Kababaihan sa Negosyo) Financial Excellence Award). Jay Santos, Vice President for BPI Ka-Negosyo loans handed the award with Go Negosyo’s Mon Lopez and Joey Concepcion.

BPI Ka-Negosyo awarded Sherill Quintana and Cristina Liamzon with the Ka-Negosyo (Kababaihan sa Negosyo) Financial Excellence Award). Jay Santos, Vice President for BPI Ka-Negosyo loans handed the award with Go Negosyo’s Mon Lopez and Joey Concepcion.

Magandang Business Advice (MBA): Accounting as a Tool for Business Success

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

MBA Web Photo

True to its commitment of helping transform the Philippines into an entrepreneurial nation, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. – Go Negosyo, is organizing the Magandang Business Advice (MBA): Accounting as a Tool for Business Success on February 24, 2016 at the RFM 8/F, RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer corner Sheridan Sts., Mandaluyong City.

(MBA): Accounting as a Tool for Business Success is a four-hour training on the importance of accounting in making a business successful. This is intended for micro, small and medium entrepreneurs in the Philippines.

ABOUT THE MENTOR:

MBA Speaker

TERESITA “MARITES” DIMACULANGAN
Dimaculangan and Co. CPAs and Dimaculangan Consulting Inc.

Aside from being a well-respected public accountant, Tess is an educator. She is presently a lecturer on Understanding Accounting for SMEs of the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC), Accounting for NGOs of the Tritium Knowledge, Inc. She is also one of the “Angelpreneurs” of the Go Negosyo Foundation and joins its caravan as they travel all over the country- she discusses finance and accounting for SMEs. She used to be one of the CPA reviewers at the Center for Training and Development, Inc. and used to be in the faculty at the SAN BEDA COLLEGE, Alabang teaching accounting and finance subjects. She also taught at the DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-MANILA in 1986 on the same subjects earlier mentioned and also served as a resource speaker in accounting for non-accountants seminar of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) in 1995.  She also conducts workshops on IFRS regarding conversions.

She is presently the President of Southern Metro-Manila Council of Metro-Manila Region of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (SMMC-MMR- PICPA) for the year 2009-2010, but before this, she had also served in different positions in the SMMC-MMR-PICPA.   She was a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of ACPAPP (Association of Certified Public Accountants in Public Practice) and held other positions in PICPA and ACPAPP in the previous years. She is also a member of the Tax Management Association of the Philippines (TM-AP), Institute of Internal Auditors and an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

LEARNING FEE
Learning fee is One Thousand and Five Hundred Pesos Only (P1500.00)
Inclusions: One (1) GoNegosyo book and Certificate of Completion.

**EARLY BIRD & STUDENTS/TEACHERS RATE:
Those who will pay on or before February 15 will only pay One Thousand and Two Hundred Pesos (P1200.00). Students and teachers (with valid ID) are also entitled to a discounted rate of One Thousand and Two Hundred Pesos (P1200.00).

HOW TO REGISTER
There are two ways to register:

  1. For Organizations & Institutions: Fill up the Confirmation Slip then fax (02 6388489 or email (gonegosyoacademy.pce@gmail.com) together with the deposit slip.
  2. For regular individual participants: Sign up through the link http://tinyurl.com/MBA-Accounting

 After pre-registering, interested participants may already proceed with the payment.

HOW TO PAY

BANK DETAILS:
BANK: BDO Pioneer Highland Branch, Mandaluyong City
ACCOUNT NAME-Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc. (SAVINGS)
ACCOUNT NUMBER-485-0088-492

TERMS & 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.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
To verify slot, kindly email a scanned or photographed copy of the deposit slip to gonegosyoacademy.pce@gmail.com.

For organizations and institutions:
SUBJECT: MBA DIGITAL MARKETING/ [NAMEOFORGANIZATION])

For individual participants:
SUBJECT: MBA ACCOUNTING/ FEBRURY 24 (LASTNAME FIRSTNAME)

Please bring your deposit slip at the registration booth on the day of the event as a proof of payment.

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.

For questions and clarifications, you may contact Go Negosyo at (02) 6379229 and look for April Casas, or you may email gonegosyoacademy.pce@gmail.com.

Women Entrepreneurs for All

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Today is the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit at the World Trade Center! You still have a chance to listen to and learn from the inspiring and empowering talks of Filipina entrepreneurs and icons. Join us as we empower more Pinays to become womenpreneurs.

Previously, I have shared with you the stories of entrepreneurs who are into fashion, food, retail, beauty and wellness, and advocacies. In this column, let me share with you stories of Filipina entrepreneurs who are passionate educators who are making a difference in the country’s education system and three celebrity entrepreneurs who are models, endorsers, and fashion icons but have started their entrepreneurial journey through a brand that represents their personalities.

Elizabeth Lahoz (Technological Institute of the Philippines), Rossana Llenado (AHEAD Learning Systems Inc.), and Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment Learning Program).

Elizabeth Lahoz (Technological Institute of the Philippines), Rossana Llenado (AHEAD Learning Systems Inc.), and Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment Learning Program).

Technological Institute of the Philippines’ President Elizabeth Q. Lahoz is one of this year’s Filipina awardees. Dr. Elizabeth has assumed presidency since 2003. She succeeded her parents – Dr. Teresita U. Quirino and the late Engr. Demetrio A. Quirino, Jr.,T.I.P. founder and first T.I.P. president. She is one enterprising second generation entrepreneur who has succeeded in modernizing and bringing to a higher level the quality education in their school.  She has spearheaded programs that has helped TIP to become one of the largest and most prestigious private college specializing in engineering and technology programs that put emphasis on applied innovations and closely linked quality of graduates with what is needed by the industry. Aside from this, through the school’s Inhinyera Club, she advocates for the encouragement of Filipinas to take up engineering courses. They also give out around P80 Million worth of scholarships each year to poor but deserving students.

Another awardee is Rossana Llenado of AHEAD Learning Systems Inc. At an early age, Rossana has started her entrepreneurial journey by selling different merchandise to her classmates and friends. After graduating from UP Los Banos, she then started AHEAD when she was just 26 years old. The company pioneered the review and tutorial services for college entrance examinees to the best universities in the country.  Today, AHEAD has also diversified its service brand into AHEAD Tutorial and Review Center, AHEAD Professional Network, and AHEAD Online.

Another Filipina entrepreneur who is in the field of education is Rowena Matti. Her mother, Rosario Tambunting-Juan started the Sacred Heart School in 1968 where Rowena got the influence of running an education institution. Her strong desire to change the education system in the country further developed after taking up her master’s degree at the Asian Institute of Management. Rowena and his Galileo Enrichment Learning Program developed an effective program that answers the parent’s requirements for the learning process of their children. The English and Math enrichment program is fitted to the individual needs of the children. It welcomes students from preschool to elementary from ages 3 to 12.

Bea Soriano-Dee, Georgina Wilson, and Martine Cajucom of Sunnies Studios.

Bea Soriano-Dee, Georgina Wilson, and Martine Cajucom of Sunnies Studios.

To complete the list of 18 Inspiring Filipina Awardees of 2016, we will also recognize Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee, and Georgina Wilson of Sunnies Studios.

Martine Cajucom was a creative head for retailer and manufacturer American Apparel in Los Angeles. During her stay with the company, she headed creative ad campaigns from product development, visual merchandising and brand management. In 2012, she moved to Manila and co-founded Sunnies Studios.

As for Bea Soriano-Dee, she began her career as a model and started her own apparel business with then partner now husband Eric Dee. Eric is the son of one of Go Negosyo’s featured entrepreneur – Rikki Dee who leads a number of famous restaurants in the country. She was part of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines.

Georgina Wilson is the marketing director of Sunnies Studios. She has been a model, host, and endorser for many multi-national brands. She was also the host of Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3.

These inspiring Filipina awardees will be recognized today in the summit with more than 10,000 participants composed of students, teachers, institutions and organizations, and many aspiring and micro entrepreneurs.

We will be joined today by women in governance such as Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Cong. Leni Robredo; women icons such as Kris Aquino, Karen Davila, Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Maria Ressa, Miriam Quiambao, Ali Sotto and Chal Lontoc del Rosario; and champion entrepreneurs Rosalind Wee, Myrna Yao, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Emma Imperial, Olivia Limpe-Aw, Dra. Vivian Sarabia, Laura Bertotto, Catherine Dizon, Chit Juan, and many more.

Go Negosyo mentors Angelpreneurs like Mylene Abiva, Tess Dimaculangan, Jorge Wieneke, Butz Bartolome, Paulo Tibig, Vix Madlangbayan shall be conducting free mentoring sessions throughout the day.

We thank also our Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit co-chair Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

I can say that our sustained efforts in the past 10 years to develop an entrepreneurial culture and competence-building have empowered many Filipinos and Filipinas to pursue their dream, with passion and knowhow, with perseverance and a more innovative mind that can help them move up in life.  Some are becoming even game changers and are contributors to positive change and innovation we need in our society. We are here to spread success and prosperity to all. Let us all support them as they continue to drive the country forward.

The Biggest Women Negosyo Event!

Monday, February 15th, 2016

With the theme, “Building Innovative and Inclusive Enterprises”, we are having the 8th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on Thursday, February 18! This has been an annual tradition of Go Negosyo to recognize women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. For the past 7 years of holding a summit specially designed to inspire and empower more aspiring pinays to become entrepreneurs by showcasing inspiring stories of champion Filipina entrepreneurs.

We are also recognizing this year’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs who exemplary in their fields of business. Aside from this, here are 8 reasons as to why you should attend the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit:

First, it is a great platform to showcase women empowerment. We will expose you to different business models and have an opportunity to develop your business acumen through a roster of awesome speakers and panellists.

Second, we have an all-star team of speakers! From champion entrepreneurs like Maria Ressa to TV personalities like Karen Davila and Miriam Quiambao, we got you covered.

Third, we have also invited women icons from all fields of life who will discuss topics like governance, business management, innovation, and ways of changing the world.

Also, empowered women such as Kris Aquino, Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Cong. Leni Robredo will join us as they share their activities to empower and inspire women.

Another reason to attend is the four informative fora with amazing panellists such as champion entrepreneurs Myrna Yao, Rosalind Wee, Nanette Medved-Po, Aisa Mijeno, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, and many more.

Sixth on our list is the chance to ask questions and hear business tips and advices from our speakers and panellists.

Also, with more than 5,000 expected participants, you will get to network with like-minded Pinays who are all passionate to learn and enterprising.

Lastly, it is a great source of inspiration to start you own entrepreneurship journey!

Now, let me share with you the awardees of this year’s 8th Filipina Summit and some of our invited guests and speakers.

In the photo: Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Adelfa Borro, Belby Bragais and Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz,

In the photo: Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Adelfa Borro, Belby Bragais and Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz,

Amina Aranaz-Alunan has made a name in the fashion industry for leading Aranaz Bags, one of the premiere manufacturer of bags, totes and clutches. Her designs are a perfect combination of classic styles and intricate craftsmanship. Aside from this, she is also the founder of SoFA Design Institute, Manila’s first specialized fashion and design college which offers a wide range of degrees, certificate programs, and short courses for designers and artists in the Philippines.

From a family recipe, Adelfa Borro shared her father’s well-loved La Paz Batchoy to the whole country through Ted’s Old Timer La Paz Batchoy. Her father started this business with just 10.00 capital but today, their enterprise has reached the different provinces in the country including Metro Manila with more than 40. Because of Adelfa’s leadership in the business, she has guided the company to progress and development, including the formulation of new recipes and additional food offers.

Delby Bragais is the president of The North Road Image and Fashion Group which provides custom-made bridal and luxe wear, designer ready-to-wear clothes, and image consultancy. Believing in the importance of carrying a great image, Delby studied and specialized further to become the sole Filipino with the advanced “Certified Image Professional” level of certification in the image industry. Her ensembles have been recognized in different fashion shows in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Singapore.

Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz is the third president of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.). She assumed the presidency in 2003, succeeding Dr. Teresita U. Quirino, who succeeded Engr. Demetrio A. Quirino, Jr., T.I.P. founder and first T.I.P. president. Continuing the entrepreneurial drive and legacy of the school’s founders, Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz continues to empower the filipino youth towards national development. To date, TIP holds the distinction of being the only educational institution in the country to offer 20 engineering and computing programs accredited by the US-based ABET engineering accreditation commission (CAC), the gold standard in engineering and computing education.

In the photo: Evelyn Lao-Yap, Cristina Liamzon, Rossana Llenado and Girlie Lorenzo.

In the photo: Evelyn Lao-Yap, Cristina Liamzon, Rossana Llenado and Girlie Lorenzo.

 If you have enjoyed imported snacks from different countries, you should thank Evelyn Lao-Yap and her company Benby Enterprise. After three years of being an employee, she started her business Benby which is the leading distribution company handling multi-national brands. Today, her company is the distributor of Quaker Oats, Frito Lay, Ferrero, Loacker, Splenda, and other food and non-food products.

Cristina Liamzon. She has built a global community of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who are empowered through leadership and educational programs on entrepreneurship and other related topics. Tina believes that by influencing the mindset of our hard working OFWs, they can look beyond their current status and plan for long-term goals which will help their families and themselves. Through the Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (LSE) Program, OFWs receive financial literacy trainings, counselling and mentorships, and most especially entrepreneurship classes.

With only P5000 as starting capital, Rossana Llenado brought AHEAD Tutorial & Review Center to life. Her friends, all graduates from UP—helped develop AHEAD’s course material which focused on providing programs for students to prepare them for the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT). Soon they expanded AHEAD’s review program which now included admission exams for the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) and the De La Salle College Entrance Test (DLSUCET). In 2006, she opened AHEAD’s door to franchising.

Fatima “Girlie” Lorenzo, Philippine’s first Ashoka fellow, started Kythe Foundation in 1992 to provide children with cancer and other chronic illnesses with psychosocial support. Since their establishment, 8,000 children have been given support and has received counselling and emotional provision through the help of volunteer and the Kythe Child Life coordinators. Aside from donations, Kythe also has programs such as Adopt-a-Hospital, Adopt-a-Patient, Tithe for Kythe and other monthly programs for its patients.

In the photo: Lydia Malot, Rowenna Matti, Abba Napa, and Sherill Quintana.

In the photo: Lydia Malot, Rowenna Matti, Abba Napa, and Sherill Quintana.

Another microentrepreneur who will be receiving an award in our Filipina Summit is Lydia Malot of Lydia’s Nata De Coco. She started her business with just P300 after reading a magazine with step-by-step instruction on how to make a nata de coco. This motivated her to turn her dreams of having a better life into a reality. With the help of microfinance company in their region, Lydia started her production in 1993. Today, Lydia has tapped on a bigger market by becoming one of the top suppliers of nata de coco to large food and beverage companies in the country.

In 2005, Rowena Matti founded the Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, Inc. an enrichment program for students’ ages 3 to 12.Anchored on play-based learning, toddlers are taught early numeracy and literacy skills, practical life skills such as good manners, proper socialization, responsibility, awareness of their environment and appreciation of nature. As for Rowena Matti, The key is to strengthen the basic knowledge of learners and to make an impact on the child’s early stages of learning is Galileo’s primary goal.

Abba Napa is the founding partner and concept development officer of the Moment Group. Her first business venture was in retail focusing on skincare. Later on, she founded the country’ largest retailers of casual footwear. But since she grew up in the food industry – her mother’s bakery and her father’s investment in restaurants like L’Opera, she went into food businesses with modern treatment. Thus the establishment of The Moment Group. The Moment Group is the company behind ‘Cue, Phat Pho, 8 Cuts, Manam, Mecha Uma, and Bistro Du Vin. , Ooma, Bank Bar  Linguini Fini and, Din Tai Fung.

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The Different Duterte

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

While the official campaign period for national candidates just started last Tuesday, we have been seeing or hearing them in many gatherings and campaign materials since last year. The presidential candidates (not in order) – VP Binay, Sen. Poe, Sen. Santiago, Sec. Roxas, and Mayor Duterte have been active in reaching out to the different sectors in the country, from the countryside to the metro.

Last week, we had Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in our Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series. In earlier fora, we had the privilege to listen to Vice President Binay, Former DILG Secretary Roxas, and Senator Poe. Go Negosyo invited the presidential candidate, Mayor Duterte to a forum to discuss his platform, and answer questions related to business and entrepreneurship and issues raised against him, and his plans for the country once he became the president. The forum was led by TV5’s Luchi Cruz-Valdes and joined by panellists – Atty. Mike Toledo of Phil. Bar Association, Myla Villanueva of MDI Holdings, Babe Romualdez of Stargate Media Corporation, Sherill Quintana of Oryspa, Grace Gupana of ABS Gen Herbs, and Go Negosyo’s Mon Lopez.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Go Negosyo's Meet te Presidentiables Forum. [L-R] Atty. Mike Toledo, Sherill Quintana, Luchi Cruz-Valdes, Myla Villanueva, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Joey Concepcion, Ramon Lopez, and Grace Gupana.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Go Negosyo’s Meet te Presidentiables Forum. [L-R] Atty. Mike Toledo, Sherill Quintana, Luchi Cruz-Valdes, Myla Villanueva, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Joey Concepcion, Ramon Lopez, and Grace Gupana.

I saw a man of integrity and simplicity. His good record and uncorrupted local governance is commendable. I think his solutions to the problems are radical, solid and doable but I just find it hard to accept the drastic approach of going beyond the law itself to implement the law.  Absolute power can corrupt and dictatorship is dangerous and can be abused, maybe not by the leader but those below him.

But I can say that he is serious in his plans. Let me share with you his views.

Known for his straight-forward and uncensored answers, Duterte proved to us that he is more than just what the media projects him to be. We had a fair share of laughter from his remarks and jokes and also approving nods for his opinions and arguments raised.

First, I am glad to hear that he is for the empowerment of MSMEs in the country. Duterte mentioned that a sizeable amount of budget will be given to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to work with institutions like Go Negosyo in promoting entrepreneurship. Our entrepreneurs appreciate the full support that he is giving to the industry. We can see a vibrant entrepreneurship growth under his leadership, not simply because of the financial aid that he promises, but also because of the support to entrepreneurs to become competitive and creative through training programs and entrepreneurship education.

On the related topic of taxes, he acknowledges the fact that our economy is dynamic and must be well-studied before he makes necessary changes. He mentioned that he was advised not to commit anything regarding the taxes but once he become the president, a committee will be organized to address this matter and other programs that will help the business sector. He adds, “The only commitment I can give you is that those who are earning 20,000 or less must have no tax.”

We can also expect an open economy under his leadership attracting more foreign investments, and welcoming the reality of globalization and integrating economies under ASEAN, APEC and other regional cooperation, and ensuring that we build likewise competitive industries to be able to compete globally.

With respect to the China issue, Duterte is open to joint exploration with specific margins or limitations. He honestly shared that we are not geared up for any military dispute against the Chinese army, so he sees a bilateral cooperation as the way to deal with this.

He promises to give a large amount of the national budget to the Education and Agriculture sectors which need the most support today.

But aside from all the other issues that he wishes to address, he is most determined to fight corruption and eradicate crime and illegal drug use. With more than 20 years of quality leadership in Davao City, Duterte’s iron fist will surely be experienced by lawbreakers and offenders. But with due respect to Duterte’s solution of going beyond the law to solve crime and drugs, doing this will encourage more vigilantes to do the same and will result to lawlessness in the country.

After hearing his answers and opinions on national issues, I can say that he is one serious candidate. He is firm in his judgments with solid plans to change the system.  More than his rough side, we learned how he is knowledgeable and well-versed on Philippine history, geopolitics, and international issues. Yes, business and economics is not his forte, as he had confessed, but he is open to getting advice from experts who will help him carry out the development plans for the country.

Our Meet the Presidentiables Series was a success. We were able to see and hear how these presidential candidates plan on changing the Philippines for the better. They may have different takes and strategies on national issues, but one thing is common for all of them – they promise to continue the positive growth that we are experiencing today. And with only a few months left, we hope that the Filipinos will choose the right leader. As they say, ‘May the best candidate win.’

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Let me invite you to the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on February 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center. Be inspired and be empowered as champion Filipina entrepreneurs share their stories and give advices to aspiring Filipina entrepreneurs!

For more information, visit www.gonegosyo.net/FES8. Or call 637-9347/637-9229.

Go Negosyo to Hold the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

In celebration of the success and empowerment of Filipina entrepreneurs, Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo will be holding its 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (#FES8) on February 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

#FES8  is a one-day activity centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people, particularly the Filipinas. It is an annual tradition of recognizing our women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. It aims to empower Filipinas by equipping them with a positive mindset, tools and concepts necessary for them to pursue the path towards success most especially by being entrepreneurial and enterprising.

FES8 Confirmed Speakers ThumbnailThe summit will also cover different entrepreneurship topics in the form of keynote speeches and plenary forum, as well as individual mentoring sessions featuring prominent female personalities, expert entrepreneurs and consultants including Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robred, queen of all media Kris Aquino, broadcast journalists Karen Davila andjournalist turned technopreneur Maria Ressa (Rappler), beauty queen and entrepreneurship advocate Miriam Quiambao, and inspiring female entrepreneurs like Rosalind Wee (W Group of Companies), Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), Genevieve Ledesma-Tan (Southville International School and Colleges), Dra. Vivian Sarabia (Sarabia Optical), Olivia Limpe-Aw (Destileria Limtuaco & Co.), Laura Bertotto (VMV Hypoallergenics), Myrna Yao (RichPrime Global), Catherine Dizon-Posas (Dizon Farms), Chit Juan (ECHOStore), and many more!

In addition, Go Negosyo will be awarding the latest batch of outstanding and inspiring women entrepreneurs with the Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2016 award. This award is given to Filipina entrepreneurs who have the capacity to be catalysts of change and progress. An official list of awardees will be released before the summit.

There will also be individual mentoring sessions with Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs (expert business mentors) in the Go Negosyo Mentoring Booth.

This Summit follows the overwhelming success of other Go Negosyo sectoral summits over the years.

For more information, please call 637-9347 or 637-9229 or visit www.gonegosyo.net/FES8

Women of Passion

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Last week, I have shared with you in this column, Women Changing Lives, the stories of four of our Inspiring Filipina Awardees. But aside from the leading microentrepreneurs who continue to be inspiration to many, and our social entrepreneurs who are changing the world through their advocacies, we are also recognizing established and award-winning Pinay entrepreneurs who have made a name in their industries.

These are remarkable women who have focused their passion, creativity, and hard work into their negosyos.

Here are the second batch of awardees:

Amina A​ranaz-Alunan; Judith Versoza; Abba Napa; and Delby Bragais.

Amina A​ranaz-Alunan; Judith Versoza; Abba Napa; and Delby Bragais.

Abba Napa is the founding partner and concept development officer of the Moment Group. After finishing a degree in Management at the Ateneo de Manila University, she took up Restaurant Management and Culinary Techniques in New York. Her first business venture was in retail focusing on skincare. Later on, she founded the country’ largest retailers of casual footwear. But since she grew up in the food industry – her mother’s bakery and her father’s investment in restaurants like L’Opera, she went into food businesses with modern treatment. Thus the establishment of The Moment Group. The Moment Group is the company behind ‘Cue, Phat Pho, 8 Cuts, Manam, Mecha Uma, and Bistro Du Vin.

Another female entrepreneur who is in the food industry is Judith Versoza of Aveate Management Corporation or more popularly known as Josiah’s Catering – one of the pioneers in catering industry providing full service to its clients. Started from humble beginnings, Josiah’s Catering has been one of the popular and well-trusted food caterers in the metro and nearby provinces. Because of Judith’s innate passion in food, she also started Cuissentials, a canteen concessionaire that manages eight office buildings in Manila. She also opened a restaurant called Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse with branches in Marikina and Taguig.

Sherill Quintana is one of the inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs who just recently started but has managed to grow her business exponentially. I can cite perhaps the unique innovation on its products plus of course her passion and perseverance to differentiate. Her business, Oryspa Spa Solutions, is the first and finest maker of rice bran based spa products in the Philippines. She innovated and transformed rice bran or the byproduct of the rice milling process as the essential ingredient of her products. Because of her enterprise, she was awarded by the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) as the Most Promising Filipino Franchise of Franchise Excellence Awards 2015. She was also nominated to the ASEAN Business Awards for two categories: ASEAN Women Entrepreneur award and ASEAN Priority Integration Sectors Excellence Awards for Healthcare. Barely five years in developing the Oryspa business, she is now the one inspiring and mentoring young entrepreneurs in Go Negosyo forums.

A long-time entrepreneur who deserves recognition is Yoling Sevilla of The Leather Collection. Since 1991, her business has been providing bags, briefcases, organizers, folders, small leather goods and other business accessories in high-quality leather. But what is more interesting is that the Leather Collection uses Green-Earth Friendly materials. The designs of their products are stylish and caters to the lifestyle and fashion of the business industry.

Yoling Sevilla; Sherill Quintan; Evelyn Lao-Yap; and Adelfa Borro.

Yoling Sevilla; Sherill Quintan; Evelyn Lao-Yap; and Adelfa Borro.

Amina Aranaz-Alunan has made a name in the fashion industry for leading Aranaz Bags, one of the premiere manufacturer of bags, totes and clutches. Her designs are a perfect combination of classic styles and intricate craftsmanship. Aside from this, she is also the founder of SoFA Design Institute, Manila’s first specialized fashion and design college which offers a wide range of degrees, certificate programs, and short courses for designers and artists in the Philippines.

Mention the province Iloilo and one can immediately imagine a La Paz Batchoy. From a family recipe, Adelfa Borro shared her father’s well-loved La Paz Batchoy to the whole country through Ted’s Old Timer La Paz Batchoy. Her father started this business with just 10.00 capital but today, their enterprise has reached the different provinces in the country including Metro Manila with more than 40. Because of Adelfa’s leadership in the business, she has guided the company to progress and development, including the formulation of new recipes and additional food offers.

If you have enjoyed imported snacks from different countries, you should thank Evelyn Lao-Yap and her company Benby Enterprise. After three years of being an employee, she started her business Benby which is the leading distribution company handling multi-national brands. Without any sales or marketing background, she decided to join her brother in the importation business. She started by writing letters to international companies, asking for distribution rights. Today, her company is the distributor of Quaker Oats, Frito Lay, Ferrero, Loacker, Splenda, and other food and non-food products.

One of the Inspiring Filipina Awardees this year is the award-winning designer Delby Bragais. Delby is the president of The North Road Image and Fashion Group which provides custom-made bridal and luxe wear, designer ready-to-wear clothes, and image consultancy. Believing in the importance of carrying a great image, Delby studied and specialized further to become the sole Filipino with the advanced “Certified Image Professional” level of certification in the image industry. Her ensembles have been recognized in different fashion shows in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Singapore.

May I celebrate with them Filipina entrepreneurship, as they dedicate their lives in pursuit of their passion, excellence, and making a difference. They ignite others again to hope and dream and to succeed in life.

Let me invite you to join us on February 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center for Go Negosyo’s 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit to experience life-changing learnings. This is a one-day activity centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipina by equipping them with a positive mindset, as well as the tools and concepts necessary for them to pursue the path towards success.

For more information, visit www.gonegosyo.net/FES8 or call us at 6379347/6379229.