In every summit we organize, it is an integral part of the program to recognize entrepreneurs who are not only successful in their own business ventures but also inspiring because they have shown passion, perseverance and hard work in order to reach their success today. Aside from their skills and knowhow, they have portrayed the proper mindset and attitude in their journeys as entrepreneurs.
For the past 10 years of Go Negosyo, we have recognized more than 100 entrepreneurs from agri-preneurs, techno-preneurs, young and budding entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs and many more. Through our efforts, we are presenting the role models of this generation and the next. We want them to learn an advice or two and be inspired by their examples.
This time, for our 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, we shall recognize the new batch of inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs and their capacity to be catalysts of change and progress.
Aside from them, we are recognizing two top Filipina entrepreneurs who deserve an award for their contribution to the field of education and the country as a whole. Because of their passion to provide for the field of education, they have made countless of contributions to improve the educational growth of many Filipino students. The lifetime awardees are Socorro Ramos of National Bookstore and Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing Group.
Let me share with you the 2015 Most Inspiring Filipina awardees and the awardees of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in the Field of Education.
Myrna Bituin showcased the Philippine crafts and furniture and presented it to the world. Through Betis Crafts Inc., the legacy of intricate wood-carving continues even until today. Their products are recognized internationally for its quality and beauty.
Celinda De Guia co-leads the Ovation Productions with her husband, Renen De Guia. Their partnership in their company, Filipinos were able to meet international artists and experience world-class performances in concerts and theatre play.
Roxanne Farillas leads the chic and classy clothing line, Plains and Prints. The product is known for its stunning colors and remarkable designs that meet even the standard of global fashion trends.
Kathleen Go is the managing director of one of the country’s largest recording labels, Universal Records. They continue to champion Original Filipino Music (OPM) by producing countless of music records for many local artists.
Emma Imperial leads a company that supports the advocacy towards greener environment. Imperial Homes Corporation is a local realty developer provides the country with low-cost and energy efficient housing.
Mary Lizabeth Lu is the president and CEO of Komikasi Games and Entertainment which transforms creative ideas and concepts into real games. She leads a group of creative developers, programmers and writers in producing award-wining advergames available to the growing technology-savvy market.
Rizalina Mantaring is the president and CEO of Sun Life Financial Philippines. For 120 years of Sun Life Financial in the country, they have become the reliable insurance partner of many Filipinos. Aside from that, Riza and Sun Life Financial continuous to support communities through their many corporate social programs.
Peanut World is known for transforming traditional Filipino snacks into an upgraded, fun and modern snack. Josephine See leads the company in providing high-quality products to their vast customers. Her business model is also recognized as one of recommended and sought after franchising concepts in the country.
Stella Sy and her brand, Mint provides modern Filipinas affordable and quality clothes which is known for its trendy and stylish designs for both men and women. In 2013, it is recognized as the Outstanding Filipino Retailer
Patis Tesoro is known for redefining the traditional and classy Filipiniana into modernized creations. Exquisite Philippine handwoven fabrics have always been the trademark of her acclaimed clothing line. She has supported several local community craftsmen who help her produce world-class pieces.
Fe Vidal, the “Bangus Queen of Dagupan”, is one of the inspiring entrepreneurs we have today. She was a former OFW who returned in the country to start her entrepreneurial journey. Her CBN Boneless Bangues offers high-value milkfish products which is known not only in her locality but also in different provinces.
Menchie De Guzman started the Gantsilyo livelihood program and opened it to the mothers and all the women in their locality to preserve the detail-oriented and hands-on craft of crocheting. Gantsilyo produces globally competitive crocheted products that are sold in different parts of the country and is now considered as one of the leading manufacturers of souvenir items in La Union
Nanette Medved-Po started the advocacy of Friends of Hope Inc. which provides safe and stable classrooms to many Filipino students. Today, with the combined efforts of her team and the many Filipinos supporting their cause, they were able to construct 17 classrooms in different parts of the country.
The matriarch of National Bookstore, Socorro Ramos led the company to great heights throughout the years. Her passion and dedication in the business help her to survive countless of challenges. Even in her age, she continuous to drive the company toward unprecedented growth and success. She is an example of a true inspiring Filipina entrepreneur who is passionate in ensuring quality products and services to the customers at prices within the reach of mass-based Filipinos.
Esther Vibal, one of Go Negosyo’s trustees, led the Vibal Publishing for many decades. Their company is the country’s leading and most reputable publisher of textbooks and other educational materials. Vibal Publishing has become an institution in the education and publishing fields, but it has also managed technological changes in the industry and adapted to more relevant formats like e-books and other multimedia instructional materials.