Archive for February, 2017

Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years (Part 1)

Monday, February 27th, 2017

We honor the Filipinas who have been constant inspirations in the entrepreneurial journeys of women from all walks life in our country. This coming March, Go Negosyo will hail a new set of women entrepreneurs as the Inspiring Filipina Awardees of 2017. This is done yearly aligned with the National Women’s Month and the International Women’s Day. As we honor a new batch of women for fiercely conquering the entrepreneurial world with their own brand of strength and bravery, let us remember those who have inspired us in the past:

THE LEGENDS

Soccoro Ramos — National Bookstore (Retail)

Socorro Ramos of National Bookstore receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship in the field of Education during the 7th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (March 2015).

Socorro Ramos of National Bookstore receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship in the field of Education during the 7th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (March 2015).

Soccoro Ramos, fondly called Nanay Coring, is considered an institution within the Philippine entrepreneurial community. She was featured in the original Joey Concepcion’s 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories and one of the first to be awarded as an Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur by Go Negosyo back in 2009. As one of the first who supported our advocacy of spreading the spirit of entrepreneurship, we recognize her role in inspiring a whole new generation of aspiring entrepreneurs through her story of perseverance and hardwork.

Today, Nanay Coring’s story of rebuilding her business three times still touches many hearts. When a lot of factors in the entrepreneurial landscape have already changed, such as technology, venture capitalists, start-up incubators, and mentoring programs, Nanay Coring has been a testament to the timeless adagé that hard work and perseverance still pays off.

Rosalind Wee – Marine Resources Development Corporation (Agribusiness)

Rosalind Wee

Rosalind Wee

 Rosalind Wee was awarded as an Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur in 2010 due to her pioneering venture into the agri-food business sector. Wee founded Marine Resources Development Corporation – the country’s biggest producer of carrageenan (seaweed powder), which is used for food stabilizers and emulsifiers. Known for her efforts in various social causes, she is a member of the board of governors of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), treasurer for the PRC-Quezon City chapter, President of the Philippine Federation of Local Councils of Women, President of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Philippine and is the Third Filipino woman to have received the Pearl S. Buck International Woman of the Year Award.

Myrna Yao – Richprime Global (Retail)

Myrna YaoMyrna Yao was amongst the inspiring Filipinas awarded in 2011, and has since become a force to be reckoned with in the entrepreneurial community. She is the current President of Richprime Global Inc. which concerns itself with children’s products such as toys, shoes, apparel, baby products, juvenile, clothes and accessories. Her company is the exclusive Distributor of Mattel Toys, Fisher Price, Video Technology Inc., Safety First, Shelcore, Pigeon Baby Products, Cosco, Goodyear Tires and Shoes (5 Brands) in the Philippines and is a licensing agent for Barbie & Garfield, Hotwheels & Carebears.

Yao is the founding president of the Filipino-Chinese Federation of Business and Professional Women of the Philippines and the founding chairperson of Philippine Federation of Local Councils of Women (PFLCW). These are among the biggest non-government organization in the country.  Recently, she has been lauded for her efforts to empower more women as entrepreneurs through the direct selling of Grace Aloe Vera Organic Skin Care from Australia.

Esther Vibal – Vibal Publishing (Education)

Esther Vibal receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship in the field of Education during the 7th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on March 2015.

Esther Vibal receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship in the field of Education during the 7th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on March 2015.

Esther Vibal was awarded by Go Negosyo with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her exceptional leadership for many decades in Vibal Publishing House Inc., the country’s leading and most reputable publisher of textbooks and other educational materials. Vibal Publishing is instrumental to the education of Filipinos everywhere, with their textbooks being distributed in thousands of schools nationwide. With her experience and passion in writing, Esther Vibal steered the company to greater heights and has conquered the publishing industry. As the head of Vibal Group, Mrs. Vibal continues to lead the company towards innovation and change with the development of technology.

THE SOCIAL INNOVATORS

Girlie Lorenzo – Kythe (Social Entrepreneur)

Girlie Lorenzo of Kythe.

Girlie Lorenzo of Kythe.

Girlie Lorenzo is an Inspiring Filipina Awardee who was also featured as one of the 55 Inspiring Women in Go Negosyo’s latest publication. Her foundation Kythe celebrates its 25th year of bringing hope and service to the lives of many children. Providing the much needed psycho-social support for children with chronic illnesses, Girlie imparts that Kythe will always be about spreading the message of love. She wants others people to know that the best way to get involved with Kythe is to volunteer and meet the kids themselves. She is truly proud that throughout the years, Kythe has continuously transformed lives— not just of the children but of her volunteers as well.

Nanette Po – Friends of Hope (Social Entrepreneur)

Nanette Medved-Po of Friends of Hope. Photo courtesy of zcoop.zalora.com.ph

Nanette Medved-Po of Friends of Hope. Photo courtesy of zcoop.zalora.com.ph

Nanette Po is an Inspiring Filipina Awardee whose social enterprise has built classrooms through its efforts of selling Hope in A Bottle. Before founding Friends of Hope, Nanette was more popularly know as the star of Darna. Today, she acts as a real life hero through building a brand centered on hope getting respect and backing of the entrepreneurial community who also continue to rally behind her cause of making education more accessible to all.

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Manila Hosts ASEAN-EU Business Summit 2017

Friday, February 24th, 2017

The Philippines is all set to host the upcoming 2017 ASEAN-EU Business Summit happening on March 10 at The Conrad Manila in Pasay City. This is the country’s first big business event following its appointment to the ASEAN Chairmanship in September of last year. The fifth staging of the ASEAN-EU Business Summit coincides with the momentous occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the 40th Anniversary of the ASEAN-EU relations. 2017 also serves as a banner year thanks to the on-going negotiations for EU-Philippines Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

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ASEAN BAC Chair Joey Concepcion during the ASEAN EU press conference.

This year’s Business Summit aims to establish an even stronger relationship between the European Union and ASEAN, as well as strengthen the existing trade partnerships between the Philippines and the European Union. Since its inception in Indonesia in 2011, the Business Summit has become a formidable platform for business leaders, thought-leaders and policy makers to interact and discuss the key business and trade issues between the two regions. At the forefront of this year’s ASEAN-EU Business Summit is a distinguished panel of notable names, led by EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh, EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen, BSP Governor Amando Tentangco Jr. and several other ASEAN Trade Ministers, together with some of the notable names in business, trade and government from around the ASEAN region. The Summit will consist of a number of panel discussions focused on diverse topics such as finance in ASEAN, sustainable economic development and boosting regional trade

Topics that will be discussed during the summit include Financing the ASEAN’s prosperity: Sustaining economic development and protecting it; Developing a world class automotive industry in the ASEAN and enhancing road safety; CSR and role of business in achieving sustainable development; Making the ASEAN more competitive – tackling NTBs and boosting regional trade; and The AEC – How can governments and businesses work together in bringing economic prosperity to all. The 2017 ASEAN- EU Business Summit is jointly organized by the EU-ASEAN Business Council, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), with the support of the EU-Philippines Business Network and co-funding from the European Union.

EU Ambassador Franz Jessen.

EU Ambassador Franz Jessen.

The summit is expected to gather over 200 attendees representing EU and ASEAN countries, local and regional heads of multinational corporations and businesses and NGOs for the Summit. Speaking at the public launch of the Summit, the EU-ASEAN Business Council Executive Director, Chris Humphrey, said: “The EU remains the number one source of FDI to ASEAN and the region’s second largest trading partner. As a result, this Summit takes on added significance as a platform for the exchange of ideas on how to further deepen and extend the trading and investment relationship between these two complimentary regions.”

Florian Gottein, the Executive Director of ECCP, added: “2017 is an important and key year both for EU-ASEAN relations and EU-Philippine relations. We expect good progress to be made on the FTA this year, being the 40th Anniversary of EU-ASEAN dialogues. Progressing on FTAs between the EU and the ASEAN region will be key to expanding trade and investment.”

Meanwhile EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said: “This is an important anniversary year for the EU and ASEAN. The strength of our institutions is sometimes taken for granted: The EU is the world’s largest economy and trading partner and we benefit a great deal from our trade. But we also realize that trade is more than that, it is also a vehicle for promoting values: We can shape globalization, rather than merely submitting to it, or letting others shape it for us. This Summit is an example of EU-ASEAN partnership and leadership in the world.”

Joey Concepcion, Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council also adds: “As we celebrate a milestone year for ASEAN, the ASEAN-EU Summit will be a good platform to discuss and share the progressive business and investment relationship of ASEAN & EU regions. Moving forward, the program can serve as an opportunity to further widen and deepen our economic engagement with the EU community. This year’s Business Summit is also kindly supported by PRU Life UK, JTI, Swift Financial Messaging Services, Bosch, DHL and Invest KL Malaysia.

The Business of Fitness & Health

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Radio Synthesis 05 Fitness and Health
On February 22, Go Negosyo Radio hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Faith Salaver were joined by Yummy Diet CEO & Founder Ranice Suguitan-Faustino and Central Ground Crossfit Gym’s Job Wi to discuss the fitness and health industry. Health and Fitness continues to be on the rise and was cited as one of the top 10 industries to get into as a negosyante this 2017 (Read: Mga Patok na Negosyo para sa 2017).

It’s common knowledge to every health buff that exercise and a proper diet are of equal importance. Both our guests yesterday shared about how they got into the business of fitness and health industry and how its also transformed to being a personal advocacy.

In the photo (L-R): Sen. Bam Aquino, Job Wi of Central Ground Crossfit Gym, Ranice Suguitan-Faustino of Yummy Diet and DJ Faith Salaver.

In the photo (L-R): Sen. Bam Aquino, Job Wi of Central Ground Crossfit Gym, Ranice Suguitan-Faustino of Yummy Diet and DJ Faith Salaver.

Job Wi was a former Culinary Arts student before he became a Crossfit coach. He shared that his lifestyle as a culinary student was very unhealthy and led him to being diagnosed with obesity. Unhappy with his health, he decided to step into his first Crossfit Gym session wherein he only lasted 5 minutes of the warm-up before packing up and going home. But that didn’t matter because Job kept coming back to the gym. And he got stronger and fitter. Today, he has lost over 62 pounds since he first stepped into a Crossfit gym. From being a member struggling to finish the sets, he is now one of the trainers who motivate others who were just like him to push and become better & fitter versions of themselves.

Before joining the Central Ground Crossfit Gym staff in BGC, he was the Head Coach of the first Alabang branch of Crossfit. He shares that Crossfit is a unique gym in the sense that trainers are very involved in each of their client’s progress. They believe routine is the enemy so Crossfit programs are designed to have variety. The movements involved are very functional and are done in high-intensity intervals. Crossfit at its core is about strengthening and conditioning.

Photo courtesy of centralgroundcf.com

Photo courtesy of centralgroundcf.com

Another unique quality of Crossfit is that in they build a close-knit community within the confines of their gym. Members and coaches know each other by name; they form a familial bond with everyone. “We want members to feel like Crossfit is their second family or their second home” Job shared. What makes Crossfit such a big phenomenon in our country today is truly how they make their gym centered on their clients. They prefer smaller gym sizes with high-retention of members rather than big gym sizes with really low retention. In creating a culture wherein the gym go-er can be motivated by so many factors, Crossfit has ensured clients who see results and are happy to come back and invite others to join the gym.

Ranice Suguitan-Faustino’s Yummy Diet has a similar to story to that of Job Wi. Diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries, a syndrome that affects a woman’s metabolism, she was forced to change her diet to improve her quality of life. What started out as a personal venture into a healthier lifestyle became Ranice’s business and advocacy. Today, Yummy Diet creates pre-packed low-calorie meals that don’t skimp on flavor. Her business offers a range of diets for people seeking to improve their eating habits and lose weight. The length of each diet can also be decided on by the client. The diet delivery service industry is a fast-growing one in the metro and Ranice stays ahead of the competition by offering personalized services. Plenty of Filipinos today seek to improve their diet, but lack the knowledge or time on how to. With Yummy Diet, Ranice shares that their meals are well-researched and well-seasoned to make dieting effective and easier. From her personal experience, counting calories can be a daunting task. Keeping people motivated to stick to their diet is even harder.

Photo courtesy of Yummy Diet's official Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Yummy Diet’s official Facebook page.

She shares that part of Yummy Diet’s way of helping their customers is providing motivation and information to help them stick to their diet. They use social media platforms to spread the reach of their service and also get much needed information to their customer. “Sometimes, our clients are stuck with just fast food as an option. We let them know that its okay to eat the burger without the patty, and other tips to help them stick to their low-calorie diet” Ranice shared.

The reason why the business of fitness and health have become so appealing is because self-improvement eventually overflows to all aspects of your life. Sen. Bam shared in the episode you may start off just with losing weight in your mind. So you begin going to the gym and see results. Then you’ll want to eat healthier since working out has made you more aware of your health and body. Then eventually you’ll start putting effort into dressing better as well. And when someone feels good about themselves, it radiates.

Having difficulty starting a workout routine or eating healthy?

Job says the most important thing is to start. “We always tell our clients that the most difficult part of joining Crossfit is getting themselves through the door.” Ranice shares that having people to enter into a healthier lifestyle is also a big help. Having a support group to help you reach your fitness goals can be an invaluable source of motivation.

Champion Women Entrepreneurs

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Women entrepreneurs are one of the leading drivers of our economy. They are conquering challenges, winning battles, and succeeding in life. Men are in awe as to how women work to create innovative products and services or construct business ideas and techniques while doing their role as mothers, sisters, or daughters.

For the past years, we have recognized Filipina entrepreneurs who are inspiring, passionate, and persistent in reaching goals not just for themselves but for their companies as well. As we say, there are women who have the “panalo” or “can do” attitude that helps them strive.

Go Negosyo searches for the new batch of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017!

Go Negosyo searches for the new batch of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017!

In 2009, we had our first Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit which was attended by more than 15,000 participants. I remembered that it was our first time to recognize women entrepreneurs who as we call, “The Mothers of Mother Entrepreneurs”. We recognized Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos of National Bookstore, Dr. Helena Benitez of Philippine Women University, and Madam Eulalia Baylon of Immaculate Conception College Albay.

Nanay Coring of National Bookstore is one of the oldest women entrepreneurs in the country. She is an example of hard work and passion. From a humble convenience store in Escolta and many struggles in between, Nanay Coring still heads the largest bookstore chain in the country, National Bookstore. Several years after we gave our first award for her, we recognized her with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in 2015 during the 7th Filipina Summit.

Another Lifetime Achievement Awardee is Esther Vibal. Tita Esther as I fondly call her is one of the Go Negosyo trustees and has been with us since then. She has actively supported the advocacy and helped promote entrepreneurship in the country. Her keen adherence to quality and excellence, guided the company to excel in its field. The Queen of Publishing, Tita Esther and her Vibal Publishing group continues to publish textbooks and other educational materials for the Filipinos.

Most well loved brands are run by women entrepreneurs or “mompreneurs”. Just like our favorite brand of foams, pillows and mattresses, Uratex, is run by Natividad Cheng who is one of the 2011 Filipina awardees. Their company started as Polyfoam Chemical Corporation which produces foam for furniture manufacturing. But like many entrepreneurs, they faced several trials that challenged their entrepreneurial spirit. With resilience and innovation, they continue to become a market leader.

Another women entrepreneur and advocate is Pacita Juan or Chit. She is also a 2011 Inspiring Filipina awardee and one of the keen supporters of women entrepreneurs. From being the CEO of Figaro Coffee Co., to running the social enterprise ECHOStore, Chit continues to show passion for Philippine products. ECHOStore houses different merchandise sourced from poor communities in the country which are environment friendly. Currently, she chairs the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) and works with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council for its programs for women.

We have also awarded micro entrepreneurs such as Teresita Valdez and Lydia Malot. I met both of them in the Citi Microentrepreneur Awards organized by Citibank and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Teresita Valdez started as an employee in a bagoong manufacturing company in Navotas but eventually, she started her own company – Viana Food Condiments which manufactures sautéed shrimp paste and anchovy sauces and has reached not only her market in Navotas but also abroad. Lydia Malot, on the other hand, is a nata de coco manufacturer from Davao. Prior to being an entrepreneur, she is a teacher by profession but opted to focus on her business. She started the business from a capital of P300 and today, she is supplying products to large food and beverage companies in the country.

We have recognized 200 Filipina entrepreneurs already in the span of 12 years. These women entrepreneurs hail from different industries such as retail, fashion, academe, social enterprise, agriculture, arts and crafts, realty, technology, and many more. Looking back, I think we have recognized more women entrepreneurs than men.

For 2017, the search is on once again for the next batch of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs. We have open the nominations last week and we have received around 100 nominations from our partners and the general public. I read some of the nominations and I must agree, women are real entrepreneurs with their heart, mind and body dedicated in to it. Soon, we shall name the latest batch of empowering Pinays.

I hope more aspiring and young entrepreneurs can draw inspiration from these women. They are women worthy of praise and admiration for their commitment to reach success. May we all strive to become the best that we can be just like these women entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs to Pitch their Businesses on Reality TV show ‘The Final Pitch’

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

For the first time on Philippine TV, viewers will see the coming together of the best and brightest entrepreneurs on a reality TV show that will link them to multi-millionaire and billionaire investors who are searching to own a piece of the next big business idea. All of them will go through a business boot camp and series of challenges for their chance to make the pitch of their lives in a once-in-a-lifetime funding round.

Entitled ‘The Final Pitch’, the reality TV show is loosely inspired by the Emmy Award-winning shows ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘The Apprentice,’ and will challenge entrepreneur contestants in the realities of scaling their existing businesses- from exploring funding options, refining their business plans, and marketing their products and services. The show is set to air on History Channel this May, 2017.

Final Pitch

“The Final Pitch aims to help entrepreneurs find success by connecting them to investors who can finance them, and to mentors who can fine-tune their businesses—reducing risk factors and boosting growth potential and sustainability,” shares the creator and host of The Final Pitch, John Aguilar.

Entrepreneurs will go through a series of challenges that will test their creativity, motivation and character. At the same time, they will learn the secrets behind the success of their potential investors, who are also tasked to handpick the top finalists to proceed on the show.

For Jose ‘Jomag’ Magsaysay, founder of a well-loved global food brand and one of the investors on ‘The Final Pitch’, his picks for the show would be based on whether or not he can see them as future business partners. “I’m looking for people who deserve a break, as I believe in the person more than the business,” he shares.

Other investors include the multi-awarded Chairman and CEO of the Sterling Group of Companies and SL Agritech, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong; self-made billionaire and the youngest chairman of a publicly-listed company in the PSE, Joseph Calata; and lastly, 25-year old millennial CEO of the angel investing group MFT Group of Companies, Mica Tan.

Final Investor Slot

Aguilar reveals that the show is on the lookout for a final investor who will complete the  investor panel. “The final slot should go to someone who is not just a successful business person with the capability to invest,  but someone who would like to see and help other entrepreneurs succeed.”

In addition to the potential funding from the investors, contestants will receive business coaching from an esteemed lineup of mentors, who are composed of well-known business experts and inclusive business champions, namely Department of Trade and Industry Secretary, Mon Lopez; former President of MicroVentures, Inc., Senator Bam Aquino; Chairman of Start Up Village, Prof. Jay Bernardo and; President of the Ateneo Center for Entrepreneurship-Masters In Entrepreneurship (ACE-ME), Dr. Andy J. Ferreira, among others.

“The Philippines is host to so much untapped talent. With this show, we will find people who have great ideas and the willingness to overcome challenges, which are important qualities of a successful entrepreneur.” shares Aguilar. “This is also one way to help venture capitalists search for and nurture the next big business idea. We want to reinvigorate entrepreneurship in the Philippines, and rethink how we can contribute to its success.”

A Nation Building Venture

An entrepreneur himself, John Aguilar says that the show was founded on a more profound premise, which stemmed from his own experience as a young entrepreneur who put up his own business from scratch and persevered against seeking opportunities overseas.

“The intent is to help the nation through entrepreneurship, and the show does that in so many ways. First, we are helping put the idea of finding success through your own business out there in the hopes of inspiring others—especially the youth—to start their own business. Next, we are connecting entrepreneurs to potential investors, mentors and partners, and in the process, teaching viewers—who could potentially be future entrepreneurs—ways to start, improve, and grow their businesses.”

In addition, the show also promotes and showcases the value of adopting an inclusive business model, which helps alleviate poverty by creating a business ecosystem that makes the MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprises) sector an integral part of the value chain.

It is not uncommon knowledge that the Philippine economy is fueled by MSMEs. According to a data released by the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA) in 2014, 99.6% of all businesses in the country are MSMEs, which help reinforce sustainability of an economy by contributing on multiple fronts, like engaging local communities by bringing jobs to employment black spots, including in rural and far-flung areas. They also serve as valuable partners to large enterprises as suppliers and valuable providers of support services.

The Final Pitch aims to help bridge some of the sector’s major gaps by linking entrepreneurs to potential investors and imparting knowledge to them. According to Aguilar, each season of the show will have tangible and immediate results in terms of helping entrepreneurs and encouraging more people to start their own business ventures.

How to Join

To join The Final Pitch, applicants will be required to fill up and submit an online entry form to The Final Pitch via its official website www.TheFinalPitch.ph Deadline for submission of entries is until March 17, 2017. Investors interested in becoming a part of the show or investing in the entrepreneurs behind the scenes may also get in touch with The Final Pitch through through its website.

‘The Final Pitch’ is produced by Streetpark Productions Inc., the company behind the longest-running real estate and construction TV show Philippine Realty TV. For more info and for sponsorship and partnership inquiries, visit www.TheFinalPitch.ph or call 0917-8136674.

Go Negosyo Starts Kapatid Dev’t Projects in Sulu

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
GO NEGOSYO KAPATID BIG BROTHERS AND ENABLERS: (2nd row L-R) Merly Cruz of Go Negosyo, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Marissa Concepcion, Tony Meloto, George Barcelon of PCCI, Michael Tan, Manny Osmena, Luis Oquinena, Atty. Mike Toledo, Joseph Chua, Babe Romualdez, Sammy Uy, Alfredo Yao and William Belo of Wilcon Depot. (1st row L-R) Manny Pangilinan, Teresita Sy-Coson, Sec. Jess Dureza, Sec. Manny Pinol, PA Joey Concepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Datu Shah Bandar Abdusakur Tan, Gov. Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu, Ginggay Hontiveros and Henry Lim Bon Liong.

GO NEGOSYO KAPATID BIG BROTHERS AND ENABLERS: (2nd row L-R) Merly Cruz of Go Negosyo, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Marissa Concepcion, Tony Meloto, George Barcelon of PCCI, Michael Tan, Manny Osmena, Luis Oquinena, Atty. Mike Toledo, Joseph Chua, Babe Romualdez, Sammy Uy, Alfredo Yao and William Belo of Wilcon Depot. (1st row L-R) Manny Pangilinan, Teresita Sy-Coson, Sec. Jess Dureza, Sec. Manny Pinol, PA Joey Concepcion, President Rodrigo Duterte, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Datu Shah Bandar Abdusakur Tan, Gov. Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu, Ginggay Hontiveros and Henry Lim Bon Liong.

Last December 19, Go Negosyo led by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol launched the Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu in Malacanang together with President Rodrigo Duterte. Attended by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, former Sulu Governor Sakur Tan and current Governor Totoh Tan and more than 500 entrepreneurs, advocates, and government officials, the launch successfully presented the program of rehabilitation for Sulu.

A month after, big brother conglomerates and PA Concepcion met with President Duterte once again to give an update on the developments of the Sulu program. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez also joined the discussion. Go Negosyo Kapatid conglomerates supports the President in helping areas of conflict and extreme poverty in the country. The President also commended the private sector for helping Filipinos achieve inclusive growth.

In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Alfred Ty, Manny Pangilinan, Federico Lopez, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Michael Tan, George Barcelon, Kevin Tan, Hans Sy, Enrique Razon, Cong. Arthur Yap, Sec. Carlos Dominguez, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte; PA Joey Concepcion, Tomas Alcantara, Merly Cruz, Erramon Aboitiz, Alice Eduardo, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Tony Tan Caktiong, Injap Sia, Former DOH Sec. Dr. Francisco Duque and Domingo Yap.

In photo (L-R): Ginggay Hontiveros, Alfred Ty, Manny Pangilinan, Federico Lopez, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Michael Tan, George Barcelon, Kevin Tan, Hans Sy, Enrique Razon, Cong. Arthur Yap, Sec. Carlos Dominguez, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte; PA Joey Concepcion, Tomas Alcantara, Merly Cruz, Erramon Aboitiz, Alice Eduardo, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Tony Tan Caktiong, Injap Sia, Former DOH Sec. Dr. Francisco Duque and Domingo Yap.

Following the successful meeting with President Duterte, PA Concepcion arranged another meeting with Finance Secretary Dominguez together with the Kapatid Conglomerates to discuss more business and finance issues and most importantly, the projects concerning the areas of extreme poverty. Secretary Dominguez echoed the support of President Duterte and assured that the government has allotted a budget for the development of ARMM.

On February 23, there will be a series of events in Sulu to commence the some of the development programs. First, there will be a launch of the SM Foundation – Harbest Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Agri Training and Capacity Building Program in a demo farm area in Jolo City, Sulu. Second, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony in Sultan Jamalul Kiram Central School and Kulasi Elementary School for the classrooms donated by Chinese Federation of Commerce and Industry and Cong. Arthur Yap of Bohol. There will also be another ceremony for the first two Kapatid Villages in Sulu which will be located in Brgy. Anuling Patikul and Brgy. Kajatian Indanan. For the past months, more than 200 houses were donated by many Kapatid big brothers which will support hundreds of families in province. There is also an on-going rehabilitation work to improve mobile and data connection by PLDT and SMART.

(A) The Integrated Provincial Health Office will receive donations of medical equipments and capacity building trainings for its medical staff through the MVP Group of Companies. (B) Most classrooms which are old and dilapidated will receive donations for rehabilitation from Kapatid big brothers such as the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

(A) The Integrated Provincial Health Office will receive donations of medical equipments and capacity building trainings for its medical staff through the MVP Group of Companies. (B) Most classrooms which are old and dilapidated will receive donations for rehabilitation from Kapatid big brothers such as the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Aside from these, more projects will be launched in the coming months in Sulu including establishment of coconut mill industry, provision of hospital equipment and capacity building, rehabilitation of schools, villages, and other livelihood programs. By March, there will be a commencement of poultry contract growing project for small farmers by the Bounty Fresh group, and on May 2017, there will be an agriculture capacity training program by ATISCO of the Yazaki Torres group.

More and more Kapatid big brothers are extending their help to the small brothers through Go Negosyo’s Kapatid, Angat Lahat Program. Eventually, with the strengthened partnership of the private sector and the government, prosperity and inclusive growth will be achieved.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2016

Monday, February 20th, 2017
The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2016: (L-R) Gimar Reyes, Ladie Lyn Fuderanan, Janssen Rae Ramos, Arizza Nocum, Adrienne Bodo, Riego Ferrer Garcia, Ronalyn Jordan, Nafieza Mohammad, Vryxon Val del Valle, and Anne Catherine Malazarte.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2016: (L-R) Gimar Reyes, Ladie Lyn Fuderanan, Janssen Rae Ramos, Arizza Nocum, Adrienne Bodo, Riego Ferrer Garcia, Ronalyn Jordan, Nafieza Mohammad, Vryxon Val del Valle, and Anne Catherine Malazarte.

After months of rigorous search process, the Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) 2016 has been awarded last February 9, 2017 in Malacañan Palace. There are hundreds of students who were nominated but only 30 made it to the national screening process.

My father founded the TOSP Foundation, 55 years ago. There were many students who have been recognized for the past years. Many are serving in the government, some are in the private companies, while others are supporting advocacies.

I attended the awarding ceremony together with Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, and TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran. We were also joined by Michael Tan (LT Group) and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation).

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines are Anne Malazarte of the University of San Agustin, Arizza Nocum of University of the Philippines Diliman, Nafieza Mohammad of the Universidad de Zamboanga, Ronalyn Pordan of the Far Eastern University, Andrienne Boado of the University of Northern Philippines, Janssen Ramos of the University of the East, Gimar Reyes of Xavier University, Ladielyn Fuderanan of the University of Bohol, Vryxonval Del Valle of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, and Riego Garcia of the Central Philippine University.

I advised the students, “You have a bright future. Only ten will be chosen but nevertheless among the millions of students out there, you are part of the brightest students of the country… But in the end, with all of these, it’s all up to you… Many of you will be part of the government one day. Maybe one of you will be a president someday. Nothing is impossible. It all starts with a dream. You cannot wait for destiny. You will have to work hard for that. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

Secretary De la Pena represented President Duterte in the ceremony. In an inspiring message, he mentioned, “The recognitions serve as a reminder to the youth of today that learning is as much as a right of every young Filipino as much as it is a responsibility for those who have received it not only to oneself or the family but also to our nation.”

The Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) honors graduating college students who have not only excelled academically, but have also dedicated themselves to serve their respective communities, organizations, and other spheres of interaction. It is the domain of dedicated servant-leaders who have heeded the call of life-long learning, leading and serving.

Pamela Asis-Layugan and TOSP alumnus Ernest Acar hosted the ceremony last February 9.

Pamela Asis-Layugan and TOSP alumnus Ernest Acar hosted the ceremony last February 9.

 Marissa Concepcion and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation).

Marissa Concepcion and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation).

Dr. William Dar who is also part of the Go Negosyo projects is one of the national judges of TOSP.

Dr. William Dar who is also part of the Go Negosyo projects is one of the national judges of TOSP.

Sec. Boy De la Pena inspires the students to continue to hone their skills and talents and how they can create differences. He added, “Eventually, the torch of our nation will be passed on to you. I trust that you will all keep the fire burning and shape a magnificent future for the country and its people. In this journey, the government will always stand with you as an ally.”

Sec. Boy De la Pena inspires the students to continue to hone their skills and talents and how they can create differences. He added, “Eventually, the torch of our nation will be passed on to you. I trust that you will all keep the fire burning and shape a magnificent future for the country and its people. In this journey, the government will always stand with you as an ally.”

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines together with (first row L-R) Dr. Ryan Guinaran, Michael Tan, PA Joey Concepcion, DOST Sec. Boy de la Pena, Jose Concepcion Jr., Marie Concepcion-Young, Marivic Concepcion, Alice Eduardo, and Pamela Asis-Layugan.

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines together with (first row L-R) Dr. Ryan Guinaran, Michael Tan, PA Joey Concepcion, DOST Sec. Boy de la Pena, Jose Concepcion Jr., Marie Concepcion-Young, Marivic Concepcion, Alice Eduardo, and Pamela Asis-Layugan.

TAYO Finalists show that the YOUTH can make a CHANGE

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

On February 15, Go Negosyo Radio hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by the Livelihood and Social Enterprise Finalists of this year’s Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) namely, Kevin Cuevas of Amiga Philippines and Ricky Gervasa of Go2Virtualahan.

According to Senator Bam Aquino, The Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations is all about finding, recognizing, and rewarding youth organizations that create their own spark so that others may also bask in the same light. With the TAYO program, Filipino youth groups are proven to be able to change lives and turn the world around, because where others see only problems and despair, the youth see a call for action.

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tayoThe Search aims to recognize, reward, and encourage youth organizations all over the country with programs and projects that help their communities. TAYO hopes to inspire more young people to find innovative solutions and to challenge status quo through the organizations to which they belong. As movers in their communities, they can make a difference in the lives of the people they desire to serve and in the cause they choose to espouse.

One such project that has made a significant difference in the community of Calauan, Laguna is the UPLB Enactus Organization’s Amiga Philippines. Kevin shared that Amiga Philippines empowers women from Humanityville, a government relocation site, through teaching them the basics in finance in order to sustain their livelihoods.

The reason behind the program came about when the people behind Amiga saw a lot of livelihood programs in Humanityville failing. Upon assessment, they realized it was because the women weren’t taught how to manage their finances properly. Thus, Amiga Philippines devised a program wherein the basics of bookkeeping could be readily understood by the women; they called it Kaliwa­Kanan Cash Accounting System or KKASH. The system allowed the women to understand terms that they initially deemed intimidating such as debit and credit. They teach everything in Filipino and also crafted visual and easy-to-use journals/ledgers specifically designed for the women.

With regards to his team, Kevin shares that they all come from different courses — making Amiga Philippines a holistic effort. “We are a diverse group working on the project. That’s why it becomes vey collaborative when we come up with the training program for the women.”

Go2Virtualahan on the other hand is a social enterprise from Davao City that promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth through full and productive employment. Ricky Gervasa, the Founder of the enterprise, says that its goal is to help people who have difficulty finding a job, such as those diagnosed with certain sicknesses, PWDs or their parents, and former sex workers/drug addicts.

“They have difficulty finding jobs so they end up becoming a burden to their family or society. But we believe they have something to offer society,” Ricky said.

Senator Bam and Cheska asked the young founder about what prompted him to focus on this specific group of people. Ricky shared that he personally experienced rejection and discrimination while seeking employment simply because he was diagnosed with Hepatitis B.

“I found out when I was still pursuing medicine. I wanted to be a pathologist. It was a very difficult journey because the discrimination against people living with Hepatitis B was so strong that I kept it to myself for five years. So, Go2Virtualahan was actually why I began to accept my sickness. Before, I was really confused why I wasn’t getting employed despite graduating at the top of my class.”

By accepting his sickness, Ricky paved the way to the idea of Go2Virtualahan. As an online training resource, they educate their clients on online-based skills so that they may be employed as a work-at-home employee by Go2Virtualahan’s partners.

Go2Virtualahan also gives out full scholarships for their direct benficiaries, such as PWDs or people with certain ailments like Ricky. They have a “train now, pay later” system wherein you don’t have to pay them if you’re not yet employed. Once you get employed however, you have a period of ten months to complete your payments for your training.

Amiga Philippines and Go2Virtualahan are prime examples of why the youth are the future— why the change our nation seeks lies with them. The youth see the world with fresh eyes and possess an undeterred determination to act. Despite their age, these two youth groups have found a way to address issues in our society in creative ways. We only hope that the youth will continue to come together and build communities of change. The future truly rests in their hands.

Youth of our Future

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

As parents, we only think of the best for our children. Even as small kids, we plan for their future by enriching them with values, enrolling them in the best schools, and mentoring them with proper judgment and wisdom. We hope that they may grow as upright individuals pursuing their own advocacies and reaching their goals.

I am sure that it is a proud moment for parents whenever their children are recognized for being exemplary students. Last week, the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Foundation recognized the top 10 students of the country from different colleges and universities.

The TOSP 2016 are Anne Malazarte of the University of San Agustin, Arizza Nocum of University of the Philippines Diliman, Nafieza Mohammad of the Universidad de Zamboanga, Ronalyn Pordan of the Far Eastern University, Andrienne Boado of the University of Northern Philippines, Janssen Ramos of the University of the East, Gimar Reyes of Xavier University, Ladielyn Fuderanan of the University of Bohol, Vryxonval Del Valle of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, and Riego Garcia of the Central Philippine University. The awarding ceremony was graced by Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran, TOSP Alumni Community President Pamela Asis-Layugan, Marivic Concepcion, and sponsors Michael Tan (LT Group) and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

The TOSP 2016 are Anne Malazarte of the University of San Agustin, Arizza Nocum of University of the Philippines Diliman, Nafieza Mohammad of the Universidad de Zamboanga, Ronalyn Pordan of the Far Eastern University, Andrienne Boado of the University of Northern Philippines, Janssen Ramos of the University of the East, Gimar Reyes of Xavier University, Ladielyn Fuderanan of the University of Bohol, Vryxonval Del Valle of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, and Riego Garcia of the Central Philippine University.
The awarding ceremony was graced by Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran, TOSP Alumni Community President Pamela Asis-Layugan, Marivic Concepcion, and sponsors Michael Tan (LT Group) and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation).

After a rigorous screening process with hundreds of nominees from 350 schools, the top 30 students have been identified to join the national judging. And together with Department of Science and Technology Secretary Boy de la Pena, my dad and TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran, and program partners Michael Tan and Alice Eduardo, we awarded the 10 brightest students of the Philippines in Malacanang.

I shared to the students, “You have a bright future. Only ten will be chosen but nevertheless among the millions of students out there, you are part of the brightest students of the country. But in the end, with all of these, it’s all up to you. Many of you will be part of the government one day. Maybe one of you will be a president someday. Nothing is impossible. It all starts with a dream. You cannot wait for destiny. You will have to work hard for that. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

Sec. Boy de la Pena who has been part of the TOSP community for the past years as screening committee and national judge appreciated the efforts of these 10 students who excelled not only in their academics but also in their non-curricular activities and programs. He reminded them of their responsibility as a proactive citizen. In an inspiring message, he mentioned, “The recognitions serve as a reminder to the youth of today that learning is as much as a right of every young Filipino as much as it is a responsibility for those who have received it not only to oneself or the family but also to our nation.”

But among the 10 outstanding students, I have known two young and inspiring students who are both pursuing peace advocacies.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion with Arizza Nocum and Nafieza Mohammad.

Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion with Arizza Nocum and Nafieza Mohammad.

First is Nafieza “Happy” Mohammad who hails from Zamboanga City and a graduate of Universidad de Zamboanga. She has been a consistent outstanding student in her university and even graduated as the UZ Most Outstanding Student 2016. But aside from focusing on her course Pharmacy, she has pursued campaigns for peace and environmental conservation and protection, and for the fight against violence on women and children. She also opened the program “Runway Walk for Peace” during the Philippine Fashion Week. She is the first Muslim woman wearing Hijab on the runway.

Last June 2016, she spearheaded Project Aral mission in Basilan Province. They gave out notebooks, ball pens, pencils, and refillable water bottles to a Muslim school. She continues these peace activities to help the children of Basilan and other Muslim provinces achieve peace and prosperity.

Another empowered youth is Arizza Nocum who is a graduate of Industrial Engineering in University of the Philippines – Diliman. She graduated Magna cum Laude and one of the UP Oblation scholar of their university. She is also one of the four industrial engineering students who represented UP Diliman in the Industrial Engineering Competition in Indonesia, and won the competition. Aside from that, she has been recognized for projects and research, public speaking, and leadership among others.

But more importantly, Arizza is one of the young generation who is creating changes in her best capacity. She has founded Good Karma Shirts which sells shirts of different colors to raise funds for non-profit organizations in the country. Each color of the shirts supports different causes such as poor and ailing children, reforestation, marine conservation, underprivileged scholars, and the support for clean sources of light. Through Good Karma, they are also encouraging the customers to support and volunteer in the different organizations.

She is also the Overall Head of KRIS Library, an organization which promotes peace through education. This organization builds libraries, provides scholarships, and donates books to areas affected by conflict and poverty. They have built six libraries, have provided 400 scholarship grants, and have distributed 50,000 books to public schools and communities. Through KRIS Library, she has created a center of peace and unity for both Christians and Muslims.

They will be involved in the Sulu project that we our doing and in other areas.

I am inspired by these two young students who despite their young age, have started creating developments in their communities. They are the instruments of change that we need in this country. May they inspire more young members of the society to contribute to the brighter future ahead of us.

Labor of Love: Two Valentine’s Day-Worthy Negosyos

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

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The day of love is nearing and for those still looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones, we’ve got a treat for you!

On February 8, Go Negosyo sa Radyo aired for the first time on its new time slot — Wednesdays, 2:00 PM— with Senator Bam Aquino and DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla recurring as your regular hosts for the program. The two were eagerly joined by our two guests and bearers of love-laced gift ideas: Kevin Paraiso of Flowers by Pablo and Joanna Gutierrez of ISTORYA.

Prompted by hosts Sen. Bam and DJ Cheska, the two guests shared their respective Negosyo stories.


Flowers by Pablo

flowers by pabloKevin Paraiso started Flowers by Pablo in 2016. The relatively young flower shop began when Paraiso and his mother, also a florist, decided that his vision for their family flower shop wasn’t ideal. Kevin, a third generation florist, was then encouraged by his mom to put up his own shop to pursue his vision. They agreed that the two shops would not be in competition as Kevin’s market was far different from their family flower shop. For one, his family flower shop is stocked with local flowers and services a more traditional market. Whereas, Flowers by Pablo imports world-class flowers like Ecuadorian roses, packages them in signature buckets or boxes, marketed online, and sold to a more modern market. Today, Paraiso’s designs grew in popularity after several celebrities would post photos with Pablo’s unique and stylish arrangements.


ISTORYA Creations

istoryaJoanna Gutierrez shared that the inception ISTORYA was due to the gap she saw in the market when it comes to gifts with meaning. She traces back her fondness for jewelry when she used to play with her lola’s brooches. Before ISTORYA, Joanna worked in a cancer center where the realization of life’s fleetingness made her very sentimental. This love for jewelry and newly founded sentimentality led her to make ISTORYA — a place for customized jewelry, decorations and accessories.

 

 


Challenges and Growth

After our two guests shared their negosyo stories, our hosts proceeded to ask them questions regarding the challenges they’ve encountered as entrepreneurs. They two shared their experiences with bogus buyers, seemingly impossible requests and cancelled orders. However, the two shared that from these experiences they both learned and established better systems to deal or prevent similar occurrences in the future.

With their businesses largely grounded as gifts of love, these two entrepreneurs say they choose to go the extra mile for their customers. They choose not to charge for rush orders and do as much as they can to cater to each costumer’s specific request. Truly, Flowers by Pablo and ISTORYA Creations are labors of love worth giving to your significant other.

Here are some beautiful samples of Kevin and Joanna’s work:

FlowersbyPablo
Instagram: @flowersbypablo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Flowersbypablo
Contact No.: 09178037782

Bucket of white Ecuadorian roses .

Bucket of white Ecuadorian roses .

Box of Sunflowers.

Box of Sunflowers.

Bucket of assorted daisies with stargazers.

Bucket of assorted daisies with stargazers.

ISTORYA Creations
Instagram: @istorya
Facebook: https://facebook.com/istorya.creations/
Contact #: 09175432341

Necklaces with customized pendants, charms and chains.

Necklaces with customized pendants, charms and chains.

His and Hers customized matching leather bracelets.

His and Hers customized matching leather bracelets.

Large customize luggage tags.

Large customize luggage tags.