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2015 Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Awardees

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

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.

1. Myrna C. Bituin , Betis Crafts Inc.

1. Myrna C. Bituin , Betis Crafts Inc.

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.

2. Celinda P. De Guia, Ovation Productions

2. Celinda P. De Guia, Ovation Productions

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.

3. Roxanne A. Farillas, Plains and Prints

3. Roxanne A. Farillas, Plains and Prints

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.

4. Kathleen D. Go, Universal Records

4. Kathleen D. Go, Universal Records

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.

5.Emma M. Imperial, Imperial Homes Corporation

5.Emma M. Imperial, Imperial Homes Corporation

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.

6. Mary Lizabeth R. Lu, Komikasi Games and Entertainment

6. Mary Lizabeth R. Lu, Komikasi Games and Entertainment

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.

7. Rizalina G. Mantaring, Sun Life Financial Philippines

7. Rizalina G. Mantaring, Sun Life Financial Philippines

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.

8. Josephine C. See, Peanut World

8. Josephine C. See, Peanut World

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.

9. Stella C. Sy, Mint

9. Stella C. Sy, Mint

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

10. Patis P. Tesoro, Patis Tesoro Shop

10. Patis P. Tesoro, Patis Tesoro Shop

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.

11. Fe M. Vidal, CBN Boneless Bangus

11. Fe M. Vidal, CBN Boneless Bangus

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.

12. Menchie L. De Guzman, Gantsilyo

12. Menchie L. De Guzman, Gantsilyo

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

13. Nanette M. Po, Friends of Hope Inc.

13. Nanette M. Po, Friends of Hope Inc.

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.

14. Socorro C. Ramos , National Book Store

14. Socorro C. Ramos , National Book Store

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.

15. Esther A. Vibal, Vibal Publishing House Inc.

15. Esther A. Vibal, Vibal Publishing House Inc.

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.

Go Negosyo Empowers Filipinas

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Go Negosyo, for the past 10 years, has placed greater focus in helping Filipina entrepreneurs improve their lives. Usually, many micro and small enterprises are home-based thus managed by many mothers. Mompreneurs, as we call them, are also the largest borrowers from microfinance institutions. These small businesses are often direct selling, sari-sari stores and retail of home-made products in wet markets. Many are into agribusiness, covering poultry, fishery and other farm-related businesses. They need the greatest help in terms of managing their humble businesses. That is why we invite them to participate in our summits and receive mentorships from the many experienced entrepreneurs who are eager to share tips and tricks from their own entrepreneurial stories. Through this, they can graduate from being micro and small and level up into medium enterprises.

This is also the reason why Go Negosyo continues to empower Filipina entrepreneurs through our Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. For the past seven years of this summit, we have invited countless of Filipina entrepreneurs who are willing to help mompreneurs and give them mentoring. One of the successful Filipina entrepreneurs we have always invited is Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation. She is the co-chair of this Filipina Summit.

One can never imagine that the company she leads is involved in construction of high-rise buildings and other plants, harbours and factories. Many will say that it is a man’s industry but for Alice, she proved it all wrong. Before Sta. Elena is established, she is part of the family business. But passion will always push one to pursue a different field. Alice have always wanted to be an engineer that is why when the opportunity came that one company asked her to supply materials for their construction, she grabbed it and used it as a stepping stone.

A woman with a heart of gold, Alice supports several advocacies including Go Negosyo. She believes in our advocacy that through entrepreneurship, people can level up in their lives and slowly, the country can eradicate poverty.

Aside from Alice, we also have several Filipina personalities who will share their insights on March 6, 2015 including Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo, Tessie Sy-Coson and Kris Aquino. Kris, who is an entrepreneur herself, will be leading a forum in the morning program.

Aside from them, we also have other invited power speakers for the full-packed program. Here are some of them:

Female Entrep Set 1

Female Entrep Set 2

Female Entrep Set 3

Female Entrep Set 4

 

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We are inviting you to register as we are extending the registration! For more information, call our hotlines 6379229 / 6379347 / 09183465101 / 09154747762 or visit www.gonegosyo.net and www.facebook.com/gonegosyoofficial.

 

Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Three weeks from now, we are once again celebrating the Women’s Month: March. And for the past six years, Go Negosyo has celebrated the contributions and the successes of many Filipinas through our Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. This summit is dedicated to all Filipinos, particularly Filipinas, who strive to improve their lives and contribute to the country’s success. For six years in a row, this Summit, which usually has over 5,000 attendees, empowers our Filipinas by equipping them with a positive mindset and the tools and concepts necessary for them to pursue the path towards success most especially by being entrepreneurial and enterprising.

This year, on our 7th Filipina Summit, we continue to recognize a new batch of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur Awardees who have inspiring stories of success in their own different fields. We all know that the business sector is no longer dominated by men. Even Pinays can be champions in various fields and industries of this country.

Before we name the latest batch of Filipinas, let me share with you some of our Most Inspiring Filipina Awardees for the past six seasons of Filipina Summit. They have shared their stories, inspirations and advices to many. We hope that as we release the latest batch of Filipinas, you can learn a thing or two from the challenges they conquered and triumphs they experienced.

A Set 1

1. Helena Benitez – One of the Mother of All Mother Entrepreneurs is Helena Benitez. She was the chair of the Philippine Women University, the first alumna who become the president and chairwoman of the university. She was an active educator, society leader, legislator, and a women’s advocate.

2. Socorro Ramos – The mother of the largest bookstore chain in the country, Socorro Ramos. Along with her husband, they opened their first bookstore in 1942. She is the chairman and CEO of National Bookstore today. Even in her 90s, she is still hands-on in managing the business. She was one of the Mother of All Mother Entrepreneurs.

3. Marixi Prieto – One of the featured entrepreneurs in our first book. She is the chairperson of The Philippine Daily Inquirer. She is a successful entrepreneur and an inspiration to many Filipina. She was awarded by Go Negosyo in 2010.

4. Esther Vibal – One of Go Negosyo’s trustees, Esther Vibal is the founder and chair of the Vibal Group of Companies. Recently, she was awarded as one of the MVP Bossings 2015 along with her son, Gus. Esther Vibal was one of Go Negosyo’s Most Inspiring Women of the Year 2010.

5. Rosalind Wee – Rosalind Wee is a co-founder of Marine Resources Development Corporation which is the country’s biggest producer of carrageenan or seaweed powder used as a natural additive for food products. She is also one of Go Negosyo trustee. She was awarded by Go Negosyo in 2010.

A Set 2

6. Victoria Belo – The beloved doctor of many celebrities, Victoria Belo was awarded in 2011 as one of the Filipina STARpreneurs. An active advocate of Go Negosyo, Vicky shares the gift of beauty to all Filipinas through her Belo Medical Group.

7. Natividad Cheng – Aside from being an awardee in 2011, Natividad Cheng also shared her story in Go Negosyo’s latest book, 50 Entrepreneurs of Passion. She is the CEO behind the Uratex Group of Companies and provides the country with quality mattresses, pillows and other foam products.

8. Lydia De Roca – Lydia De Roca is the founder and owner of the popular Lydia’s Lechon.  Her negosyo has become the leading lechon wholesale and retail restaurant with more than 20 branches in the Philippines. Go Negosyo awarded her in the 3rd Filipina Summit in 2011.

9. Rosalinda Ang-Hortaleza – Another Filipina entrepreneur who empowers women through quality products.  Rosalinda Ang-Hortaleza is chairman and CEO of HBC Inc., one of the biggest retailers of health, beauty, personal and home care products. She was Go Negosyo’s awardee in 2011.

10. Pacita Juan – Pacita ‘Chit’ Juan, is another inspiring entrepreneur who promotes social responsibility and environmental awareness through her successful ECHOstore (Environment, Community Hope Organization). She is one of the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs in 2011.

A Set 3
11. Genevieve Ledesma-Tan – She was awarded as one of the Go Negosyo’s Filipina STARpreneurs 2011. She was also featured in the 50 Entrepreneurs of Passion. Aside from that, she was also one of the MVP Bossings and was recognized for her contribution to the academe through her Southville International School and Colleges.

12. Myrna Yao – She is the Founder and CEO of Richwell Trading Corporation. Myrna started her entrepreneurial journey by selling anything that is available including blouses, yarns, melaware and other products. Today, she is a leading distributor of children’s toys and products. She was an awardee in the 2011 Filipina Summit.

13. Olivia Limpe-Aw – Olivia Limpe-Aw is the president of the Distileria Limtuaco & Co. Inc. which is manufacturing quality and world-class liquors to different parts of the world. She was awarded in 2012.

14. Marife Zamora – The chairperson of Convergy’s Philippines, Marife Zamora is one of the inspiring women entrepreneurs of today. She is also one of the featured entrepreneurs in the Go Negosyo 50 Entrepreneurs of Passion. She was an awardee in the 2012 Filipina Summit.

15. Fe Agudo – Fe Agudo is a successful Filipina entrepreneur in the automobile industry. She is the president and CEO of Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. She was awarded by Go Negosyo in 2013.

A Set 4

16. Corazon Ong – Corazon Ong is the owner and founder of the CDO-Foodsphere, a leading manufacturer of meat products in the country. She has been in the business since 1975.  Go Negosyo awarded her in 5th Filipina Summit.

17. Siu Ping Par – Siu Ping Par is the president of PR Gaz Hauz which she opened with her husband, Nelson, in 2001. PR Gaz Hauz is one of the Philippines’ providers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Their company is also known for innovating the country’s first LPG store. She was awarded in the 5th Filipina Summit.

18. Cynthia Villar – She was awarded in 2013 as one of the inspiring Filipinas. And active advocate of Go Negosyo, Senator Cynthia Villar uplifted the lives of many through livelihood programs.

19. Maria Ressa – Maria Ressa is the CEO of Rappler.com which is the leading social news network. She maximized the social media and integrated the current news and headlines.  She was awarded in the 6th Filipina Summit of Go Negosyo.

20. Milagros How – Milagros Ong-How is the founder of Universal Harvester Inc. Founder of Universal Harvester Inc., Her business is a leading distributor of fertilizers and agri chemicals. Milagros was awarded in the 6th Filipina Summit 2014.

Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Entrepreneurs of 2014

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Go Negosyo, in its past summits, recognized exemplary entrepreneurs whose stories inspire and empower fellow Filipinos towards entrepreneurship. Go Negosyo searches for individuals whose passion and dedication led to the successes of their businesses.

Last year, we had our 6th Filipina Entrepreneur Summit and awarded top and commendable Filipina entrepreneurs. The 2014 Filipina awardees are: Joy Abaquin, Edith Dacuycuy, Milagros Ong-How, Maria Ressa, Cathy Turvill, Michelle Asence-Fontelera, Monique Hilario, Judy Wong Guevarra, Donna Jiao, and Gwenn Albarracin.  Sta. Elena Construction and Development President Alice Eduardo was the Co-Chair of the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2014. Richwell Trading Corp. Founder and CEO Myrna Yao, and Go Negosyo trustee and owner of W Buildings, Rosalind Wee served as panel of judges in selecting the inspiring Filipinas of 2014.

In our mission to tap other important sectors in the economy, we also launched the first Agri-Negosyo Summit last July of 2014 to also showcase various agri-negosyo models that are profitable. We awarded 15 Most Inspiring Agripreneurs and Agri-Enablers. These awardees were chosen through deliberate consideration of their achievements and the quality of their entrep journey. They all have inspiring stories through which they have made a strong impact to the society and have helped their community by providing trainings and employment. The awardees are: Senen Bacani, Tennyson Chen, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Joseph Calata, Danilo Fausto, Arsenio Barcelona, Jacqueline and Antonio Alleje, Martin and Pilamar Ozaeta, Arestina Papillon, Ronald Costales, Jeffrey Lim, Maximo Ricohermoso, Neil Molina, GreenEarth Heritage Foundation and Philippine Biochar Association.

Go Negosyo brought the Creativity and Innovation Summit to Cebu last year after the successful launch in Manila in 2013. We recognized young Cebuano entrepreneurs who were selected and awarded because they have shown passion, integrated exceptional innovation and applied creativity with their products and services. Aside from that, they have contributed to the development of their communities. The Young and Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneurs are: Gabino Abejo Jr., Lorenz Florendo, Joy Anya Lim, Erica Neal, Koh Onozawa and Franz Ignacio, Christian Paro-an, Mark Ynoc, Carlo de Asis and Nico Ybanez, Pearl Sarcauga, and Nicolo Nimor.

Aside from our own summits, we recognized the latest batch of MVP Bossings in Partnership with PLDT SME Nation. The bossings were chosen because they are inspiring role models who were once SMEs and have managed to grow their businesses even further.  The 2015 MVP Bossings are Johnny Chan of Bellevue Hotels and Resorts, Ricky Reyes of Gandang Ricky Reyes, Julie Gandionco of Julie’s Bakeshop, Arthur Tugade of Perry’s Group, Ferdinand Marañon of Sagrex Corporation, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics and Esther & Gaspar Vibal of Vibal Publishing House. The Grand Bossing was Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation.

For the past years, I have also participated in the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards of Citibank, Citi Foundation, Microfinance Council of the Philippines and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. This award-giving body recognizes microentrepreneurs from all over the country who have used microfinance in their businesses. Last year’s winners were: Teresita Valdez (National Winner), Ernanie Llema (Luzon Awardee), Teresita Nicanor (Visayas Awardee), Edamil Patta (Mindanao Awardee), Johnny Larano (Special Awardee for Agri Micro-Business), Rosma Cabillon (Special Awardee for Community Leadership) and Purification Tagulinao (Special Award for Innovation).

Let me share with you their photos:

Go Negosyo's Filipina Starpreneurs of 2014.

Go Negosyo’s Filipina Starpreneurs of 2014.

Go Negosyo's Most Inspiring Agripreneurs and Agri-Enablers 2014.

Go Negosyo’s Most Inspiring Agripreneurs and Agri-Enablers 2014.

Go Negosyo's Young and Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneurs of 2014.

Go Negosyo’s Young and Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneurs of 2014.

MVP Bossing Awardees for 2015.

MVP Bossing Awardees for 2015.

12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awardees.

12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awardees.

A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Few days from now, our country will be blessed to have Pope Francis, the Holy Father and Vicar of Christ, in our country. It is truly a blessing for the Philippines to have His Holiness with us in the start of 2015. And with few days left, all plans and preparations are being finalized to perfection by the organizers, supporters and volunteers. This is once again, a memorable experience for the Filipinos. Through this visit, our Holy Father will deliver his message of “mercy and compassion.” All Catholic Filipinos must grab the opportunity to take part in the programs for the Pope’s visit. It is not every day that we have a close encounter with the Pope. And once an individual had a chance to meet the Pope, it will never be forgotten in his lifetime.

My sisters Marie and Michelle experienced this kind of opportunity with Pope John Paul II, who was canonised last year and is now Saint John Paul II. Three years before their encounter, Pope John Paul first visited the country from February 17 to February 22, 1981 and travelled to different provinces including Baguio, Cebu and Davao. He was welcomed by millions of Filipinos who were excited to see him personally

My sisters Michelle and Marie had an opportunity to meet Pope John Paul II in 1984 during their visit with dad and mom.  Michelle was carried by the Pope.

My sisters Michelle and Marie had an opportunity to meet Pope John Paul II in 1984 during their visit with dad and mom. Michelle was carried by the Pope.

In 1984, three years after the visit of the Pope in the Philippines, my dad, my mom and my two sisters visited the Vatican in 1984 to give a gift to the Pope. My father brought with them an album with a compilation of the Pope’s pictures taken during his first travel to the Philippines.  As my mom, and my sister Michelle, recalled the story, they remembered how it was a great chance to see him face to face. They were seated in a good first row seat during a mass. Afterwards, Michelle, who was only eight years old then, had a chance to be carried by Pope. It was really an unforgettable experience for them.

Then in 1995, Pope John Paul II returned to the Philippines for another visit. The youth was a huge part of the visit because of the World Youth Day which was hosted by the country, the first for any Asian country. His closing mass was attended by close to 5 million attendees.

And now, many Filipinos will have this same chance to meet Pope Francis and have a short but very meaningful encounter. Just few weeks ago, I met with Cardinal Tagle to give our support to the preparations they are making for the Pope’s arrival. And I am glad to know that many are eager to volunteer and be part of the program.

My dad, my mom and my family after our meeting with Cardinal Tagle last December.

My dad, my mom and my family after our meeting with Cardinal Tagle last December.

My dad and Cardinal Tagle enjoyed a good laugh during the meeting. We are also joined by Alice Eduardo.

My dad and Cardinal Tagle enjoyed a good laugh during the meeting. We are also joined by Alice Eduardo.

After 20 years since the last visit of Pope in 1995, we are blessed to have Pope Francis, the People’s Pope. He is known to have the affection towards the poor. He is the true example of humility and simplicity.  He will be visiting Tacloban as well, to comfort the Filipinos who were devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

Through this visit, we are reminded of the good works of our Lord.  Let us all reflect and remember that Jesus is the center of the Pope’s visit. Let us all welcome him with our love and prayers.

From all the difficulties we are facing in our everyday lives, let this be our chance to strengthen our values and faith and straighten the paths of our lives. Will you be one of the many who will be blessed by Pope Francis? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity or a very rare opportunity for all of us.

I hope that the Philippines will continue its spiritual growth even after the visit of the Pope. We should always remember our roots and keep our spiritual values alive.

The 2014 Highlights of Go Negosyo

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Let me first greet everyone a happy new year!

Some may have not known this yet but we are celebrating the 10th year of Go Negosyo this year and we are now preparing for this wonderful milestone. 2014 was a year to commemorate. Go Negosyo had been successful in promoting the advocacy to the different sectors; the women, the youth, the agricultural, the OFWs and aspiring entrepreneurs. We had the Filipina Summit, Agri-Summit, Creativity and Innovation Summit and the OFW Summit. We also launched important programs, such as the Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (Go Negosyo BEST), that we hope to continue throughout the years. On our 10th year, we hope to inspire and empower a larger crowd of students, aspirants and SMEs through the different seminars and summits we will have.

Before we continue to enjoy the days of 2015, let me first share with some of the important highlights of Go Negosyo’s 2014:

One of the highlights for the year of 2014, the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. We were joined by Kris Aquino, Sen. Grace Poe, Myrna Yao, and Alice Eduardo.

One of the highlights for the year of 2014, the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. We were joined by Kris Aquino, Sen. Grace Poe, Myrna Yao, and Alice Eduardo.

We also celebrated the success of the Go Negosyo’s Technopreneurship Summit through a dinner reception which was also the launch of the Filipina Summit. We were joined by Sec. Cesar Purisima, Manny V. Pangilinan, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Alice Eduardo, Sen. Grace Poe, Engr. Dado Banatao, and Sen. Sonny Angara.

We also celebrated the success of the Go Negosyo’s Technopreneurship Summit through a dinner reception which was also the launch of the Filipina Summit. We were joined by Sec. Cesar Purisima, Manny V. Pangilinan, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Alice Eduardo, Sen. Grace Poe, Engr. Dado Banatao, and Sen. Sonny Angara.

We also had our first Negosyo Talks with Maria Ressa, Sheila Marcelo and Jessica Cox.

We also had our first Negosyo Talks with Maria Ressa, Sheila Marcelo and Jessica Cox.

Our first Agri-Negosyo Summit held last July. We had more than 7,000 participants who were inspired to take a path in Agripreneurship. Our guests include Senen Bacani, Sec. Kiko Pangilinan, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Department of Agriculture Usec. Bern Puyat, Dr. Jaime Alip, and the then New Zealand Amb. Reuben Levermore.

Our first Agri-Negosyo Summit held last July. We had more than 7,000 participants who were inspired to take a path in Agripreneurship. Our guests include Senen Bacani, Sec. Kiko Pangilinan, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Department of Agriculture Usec. Bern Puyat, Dr. Jaime Alip, and the then New Zealand Amb. Reuben Levermore.

 To celebrate the success of the first Agri-Negosyo Summit, we had our second Negosyo Talks. Manny V. Pangilinan, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Henry Lim Bon Liong, and Tennyson Chen joined us in the short forum.

To celebrate the success of the first Agri-Negosyo Summit, we had our second Negosyo Talks. Manny V. Pangilinan, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Henry Lim Bon Liong, and Tennyson Chen joined us in the short forum.

Go Negosyo brought the Creativity and Innovation Summit to Cebu last August. We had an inspiring forum during a dinner reception prior to the summit. Our panelists include Josiah Go, Manny Osmena, Justin Uy, Sen. Bam Aquino, Kenneth Cobonpue, Yati Abdullah, and Jay Aldeguer.

Go Negosyo brought the Creativity and Innovation Summit to Cebu last August. We had an inspiring forum during a dinner reception prior to the summit. Our panelists include Josiah Go, Manny Osmena, Justin Uy, Sen. Bam Aquino, Kenneth Cobonpue, Yati Abdullah, and Jay Aldeguer.

More than 5,000 Cebuanos joined us in our Creativity and Innovation Summit.

More than 5,000 Cebuanos joined us in our Creativity and Innovation Summit.

We launched our newest program, the Go Negosyo Building Enterprising Student for Tomorrow, last November 17. This aims to equip outstanding students from different colleges and universities for their future endeavours through series of activities. We will continue to have programs for the first batch of BEST students this 2015.

We launched our newest program, the Go Negosyo Building Enterprising Student for Tomorrow, last November 17. This aims to equip outstanding students from different colleges and universities for their future endeavours through series of activities. We will continue to have programs for the first batch of BEST students this 2015.

Together with Applied Innovation and Peace and Equity Foundation, Go Negosyo hosted the Philippine leg of the South East Asia Mobile Application Challenge (SEAMAC).

Together with Applied Innovation and Peace and Equity Foundation, Go Negosyo hosted the Philippine leg of the South East Asia Mobile Application Challenge (SEAMAC).

Before we ended the year of 2014, we empowered our fellow overseas Filipino workers and their families in the 4th OFW and Family Summit. This is in partnership with Villar Sipag Foundation headed by Sen. Cynthia Villar.

Before we ended the year of 2014, we empowered our fellow overseas Filipino workers and their families in the 4th OFW and Family Summit. This is in partnership with Villar Sipag Foundation headed by Sen. Cynthia Villar.

Go Negosyo also released its 9th book entitled: 50 Entrepreneurs of Passion. In photo are some of the featured entrepreneurs in the book.

Go Negosyo also released its 9th book entitled: 50 Entrepreneurs of Passion. In photo are some of the featured entrepreneurs in the book.

Go Negosyo also strengthened its partnership with Rappler. A preview of our television show, SME GO can be viewed in the Rappler website.

Go Negosyo also strengthened its partnership with Rappler. A preview of our television show, SME GO can be viewed in the Rappler website.

Our television show, SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo can be watched every Saturday at 4:00 pm in PTV4.

Our television show, SME Go! Powered by Go Negosyo can be watched every Saturday at 4:00 pm in PTV4.

Go Negosyo also has its radio program entitled Go Negosyo sa Radyo every Friday at 3:00 pm in DZRH.

Go Negosyo also has its radio program entitled Go Negosyo sa Radyo every Friday at 3:00 pm in DZRH.

One of the most important highlights of 2014 for Go Negosyo is the passing of the Go Negosyo Law which was  authored by Sen. Bam Aquino.

One of the most important highlights of 2014 for Go Negosyo is the passing of the Go Negosyo Law which was authored by Sen. Bam Aquino.

Gearing up for the APEC SME Summit 2015

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Diane Wang shared her views on the e-commerce boom in China.

Diane Wang shared her views on the e-commerce boom in China.

Few weeks ago, a good friend Doris Magsaysay-Ho hosted a dinner for 35-40 people who are involved in technology and e-commerce. We are also a part of the said dinner as Doris, who heads the Asia Society Philippines and APEC Business Advisory Council, would like to partner and has tapped Go Negosyo in the forthcoming APEC Summit on SME Development. As we share the same vision of empowering MSMEs, we are fortunate to be considered as an institutional partner.

 

The dinner also served as a welcome dinner for her good friend, Diane Wang, to share her views on e-commerce. The dinner went well as Diane, who is the founder and CEO of DHGate.com, gave a compelling presentation on the driving force behind e-Commerce business in China, her views on the cross border e-commerce – next decade of e-Commerce and how to capture this opportunity.

 

Diane said that in 2014, APEC prioritized the enhancement SME’s global competitiveness. ICT and E-commerce were identified as best ways to enable SME’s to access finance, global market, and sustain empowerment.  In China, they have empowered Chinese SMEs to transform and upgrade their business through E-commerce. The biggest driving force behind this success is the millions of Chinese SMEs that were encouraged to grow their businesses online. Over the years, e-commerce has directly created 1.8 millions of jobs plus 16.5 millions of jobs in e-commerce within the business.

 

Internet is really a great equalizer. We all can make this happen if we raise the level of awareness and knowhow.  Internet has indeed reached a stage where it can make one fulfil his or her dream and beat poverty!

 

We are looking forward to this partnership with Doris and the APEC Business Advisory Council and on how we can both empower MSMEs in 2015.

Bettina Quimson, Deputy Executive Director of e-society office under Department of Science and Technology - Information and Communication Office (DOST-ICT) joined the discussion during the dinner.

Bettina Quimson, Deputy Executive Director of e-society office under Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communication Office (DOST-ICT) joined the discussion during the dinner.

Paco Sandejas of Narra Ventures .

Paco Sandejas of Narra Ventures .

Nora Terrado, Undersecretary of Management Services Group of Department of Trade and Industry.

Nora Terrado, Undersecretary of Management Services Group of Department of Trade and Industry.

One of Go Negosyo's trustees, Myla Villanueva shared her inputs in the discussion.

One of Go Negosyo’s trustees, Myla Villanueva shared her inputs in the discussion.

Business Tycoon and one of the featured entrepreneurs in our latest book, Mr. Wash Sycip of SGV & Co.

Business Tycoon and one of the featured entrepreneurs in our latest book, Mr. Wash Sycip of SGV & Co.

Go Negosyo was also represented by its executive director, Mon Lopez.

Go Negosyo was also represented by its executive director, Mon Lopez.

David Dodwell.

David Dodwell.

Diane Wang, one of Forbes’ Asia’s Most Powerful Businesswomen, gave inspiring examples on how low-income micro and individual entreps managed to grow their business, earning several millions via online.

Diane Wang, one of Forbes’ Asia’s Most Powerful Businesswomen, gave inspiring examples on how low-income micro and individual entreps managed to grow their business, earning several millions via online.

Doris Ho and Diane Wang during the question and answer portion for the APEC SME Summit dinner.

Doris Ho and Diane Wang during the question and answer portion for the APEC SME Summit dinner.

Doris Magasaysay Ho of  the Asia Society Philippines and APEC Business Advisory Council hosted the dinner to welcome Diane Wang.

Doris Magasaysay Ho of the Asia Society Philippines and APEC Business Advisory Council hosted the dinner to welcome Diane Wang.

Doris also presented how we can empower SMEs through e-commerce.

Doris also presented how we can empower SMEs through e-commerce.

Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo Founding Trustee.

Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo Founding Trustee.

John Michael Andersen.

John Michael Andersen.

Hapinoy's Mark Ruiz.

Hapinoy’s Mark Ruiz.

Matthew Gamser.

Matthew Gamser.

 

Entrepreneurs Look Forward to 2015!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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Dr. Andrew Tan – Megaworld CorporationI believe that our economy will get even better next year. I hope that there will be no calamity in our country next year.

Dr. Andrew Tan – Megaworld Corporation: I believe that our economy will get even better next year. I hope that there will be no calamity in our country next year.

Ricardo S. Po – Century Group of Companies   In the recent years, our country’s economy has improved tremendously. Beginning 2010, our GDP has hovered at about 7%. Now, the Philippines is reputed as the “Rising Dragon of Asia”. For 2015, I think our economy will continue its growth path and our GDP will stay in this area of 7%. I believe this is the most rigorous economy in our history.

Ricardo S. Po – Century Group of Companies
In the recent years, our country’s economy has improved tremendously. Beginning 2010, our GDP has hovered at about 7%. Now, the Philippines is reputed as the “Rising Dragon of Asia”. For 2015, I think our economy will continue its growth path and our GDP will stay in this area of 7%. I believe this is the most rigorous economy in our history.

Dr. Jaime Alip – CARD MRI   My wish for the country and our social enterprise, CARD MRI: With the imminent ASEAN integration, I wish that all entities of both the private and government sectors prepare well so that we may all realize its promise of prosperity for all, especially for the poor.

Dr. Jaime Alip – CARD MRI
My wish for the country and our social enterprise, CARD MRI: With the imminent ASEAN integration, I wish that all entities of both the private and government sectors prepare well so that we may all realize its promise of prosperity for all, especially for the poor.

Bernie Liu – Golden ABC Inc. I hope that our leaders will be able to sustain the positive growth we are experiencing and that development continues to spread throughout the country.  Entrepreneurs must increase their sphere of influence so they can affect more lives and work with our leaders in building a much more resilient and progressive Philippines.

Bernie Liu – Golden ABC Inc.
I hope that our leaders will be able to sustain the positive growth we are experiencing and that development continues to spread throughout the country. Entrepreneurs must increase their sphere of influence so they can affect more lives and work with our leaders in building a much more resilient and progressive Philippines.

Fe Agudo – Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. I hope that the Philippines will sustain its bullish growth track into 2015 and beyond, spurred by the emergence of fearless and innovative entrepreneurs whose ventures transcend the usual bottom-line, and make a difference in the lives they touch.

Fe Agudo – Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.
I hope that the Philippines will sustain its bullish growth track into 2015 and beyond, spurred by the emergence of fearless and innovative entrepreneurs whose ventures transcend the usual bottom-line, and make a difference in the lives they touch.

 Samie Lim - Francorp 2015 maybe the tipping point for our country to take the quantum leap to economic growth and prosperity with the confluence of a series of positive life changing events; starting with the Pope visit, the APEC meeting, the ASEAN Integration, and the economic activity before the 2016 election. It is my wish and hope that the Filipino will finally wake up and rise to the challenge to project itself on an irreversible course toward being the 1st world country within the decade.

Samie Lim – Francorp
2015 maybe the tipping point for our country to take the quantum leap to economic growth and prosperity with the confluence of a series of positive life changing events; starting with the Pope visit, the APEC meeting, the ASEAN Integration, and the economic activity before the 2016 election. It is my wish and hope that the Filipino will finally wake up and rise to the challenge to project itself on an irreversible course toward being the 1st world country within the decade.

Dr. Abe Pascual – Pascual Laboratories  I expect the Philippine economy to grow by more than 6% in 2015. Foreign remittances will continue to grow. Exports which are mainly electronics will be stable due to the robust US economy. Tourism will continue to grow. Altogether they increase consumer spending leading to a more robust local economy.

Dr. Abe Pascual – Pascual Laboratories
I expect the Philippine economy to grow by more than 6% in 2015. Foreign remittances will continue to grow. Exports which are mainly electronics will be stable due to the robust US economy. Tourism will continue to grow. Altogether they increase consumer spending leading to a more robust local economy.

Cecilio Pedro – Lamoiyan Corporation I am expecting the Philippines to continue growing in 2015 sustaining or even surpassing our growth this year. My wish is for the country to come to know Christ in a personal way and transform the Philippines into a developed economy.

Cecilio Pedro – Lamoiyan Corporation
I am expecting the Philippines to continue growing in 2015 sustaining or even surpassing our growth this year. My wish is for the country to come to know Christ in a personal way and transform the Philippines into a developed economy.

Jose E.B. Antonio – Century Properties Group Inc. My wish for the country is more action, less talk. More results, less promises. Since we cannot change many things as they are beyond our control, let’s just change our attitude towards them. Let’s be optimistic. We are a "glass half full".

Jose E.B. Antonio – Century Properties Group Inc. My wish for the country is more action, less talk. More results, less promises. Since we cannot change many things as they are beyond our control, let’s just change our attitude towards them. Let’s be optimistic. We are a “glass half full”.

Rosalind Wee – W Group Inc. I will expect a better year, 2015, with the coming of Pope Francis and APEC summit.We will continue to expect changes for good for our country and business because of the coming ASEAN.

Rosalind Wee – W Group Inc.
I will expect a better year, 2015, with the coming of Pope Francis and APEC summit.We will continue to expect changes for good for our country and business because of the coming ASEAN.

Rosalinda Hortaleza - HBC For 2015, my expectations are all about growth and development. For HBC, our retail company, I see it expanding its presence more in the Asian region.  On my personal side, I see my children strengthening their corporate involvement in the different companies that we have, thereby making the next generation better primed to receive the mantle of leadership. I wish that they will fully embrace the culture and values of the company as they proceed to take over the management of the organization.”

Rosalinda Hortaleza – HBC
For 2015, my expectations are all about growth and development.
For HBC, our retail company, I see it expanding its presence more in the Asian region.
On my personal side, I see my children strengthening their corporate involvement in the different companies that we have, thereby making the next generation better primed to receive the mantle of leadership. I wish that they will fully embrace the culture and values of the company as they proceed to take over the management of the organization.”

Patty Chilip – Standard Insurance Co. Inc. In 2015, we expect new car sales to continue its growth- from 250,000 this year to 300,000 next year. Hopefully, this will mean that car insurance will grow as well. For 2015, I hope for infrastructure and a system that makes life easier- in transport, regulation and in red tape. My wish for the country is sustainable growth, wealth that trickles down to all levels, the end of human trafficking, and less natural catastrophes.

Patty Chilip – Standard Insurance Co. Inc.
In 2015, we expect new car sales to continue its growth- from 250,000 this year to 300,000 next year. Hopefully, this will mean that car insurance will grow as well. For 2015, I hope for infrastructure and a system that makes life easier- in transport, regulation and in red tape. My wish for the country is sustainable growth, wealth that trickles down to all levels, the end of human trafficking, and less natural catastrophes.

Riza Mantaring – Sun Life Financial We have managed to sustain good growth over the past few years, and I would very much like to see that continue and accelerate even further.  I would wish to see more inclusive growth, as only if it is inclusive will the growth become sustainable.  And for our business, of course, I would like to see the strong growth we have experienced over the past five years continue well into the future!

Riza Mantaring – Sun Life Financial
We have managed to sustain good growth over the past few years, and I would very much like to see that continue and accelerate even further. I would wish to see more inclusive growth, as only if it is inclusive will the growth become sustainable. And for our business, of course, I would like to see the strong growth we have experienced over the past five years continue well into the future!

Malu Florendo – Lifedata Systems Inc.   We expect 2015 to be a prosperous year. For my industry, the telephone companies’ shift from feature phones to smart phones presents tremendous opportunities (and potential threats) for the mobile app business. It's the year to build alliances and to claim leadership.

Malu Florendo – Lifedata Systems Inc.
We expect 2015 to be a prosperous year. For my industry, the telephone companies’ shift from feature phones to smart phones presents tremendous opportunities (and potential threats) for the mobile app business. It’s the year to build alliances and to claim leadership.

Rajo Laurel – House of Laurel I expect 2015 to be a better year.  I have always been an optimist and every New Year is an opportunity to become better in all aspects.  To improve on what we have done and to focus on the attainment of the vision that we have put in place for ourselves.

Rajo Laurel – House of Laurel
I expect 2015 to be a better year. I have always been an optimist and every New Year is an opportunity to become better in all aspects. To improve on what we have done and to focus on the attainment of the vision that we have put in place for ourselves.

RJ David – OLX Philippines I expect that there will be an increased competition from the ASEAN nations in 2015 due to economic integration among the member nations. I wish the Philippines, as a country, becomes a start-up-friendly nation similar to Singapore as we have the mindset, talent and skills to build innovative businesses.

RJ David – OLX Philippines
I expect that there will be an increased competition from the ASEAN nations in 2015 due to economic integration among the member nations. I wish the Philippines, as a country, becomes a start-up-friendly nation similar to Singapore as we have the mindset, talent and skills to build innovative businesses.

Bobby Claudio – Toby’s Sports and Hobbies   My wish 2015 is for PPP projects that have started to be completed, and for those that are up for bidding to get going. When all of these are completed or bidden out, we will see higher growth rates and more economic/business activities for the Philippine economy.

Bobby Claudio – Toby’s Sports and Hobbies
My wish 2015 is for PPP projects that have started to be completed, and for those that are up for bidding to get going. When all of these are completed or bidden out, we will see higher growth rates and more economic/business activities for the Philippine economy.

 Jun Manas – Hen Lin    I wish that more and more employees in government agencies will understand and appreciate the role of an entrepreneur or of business as a major part of the backbone of a nation's economy.  Instead of causing impediments and making things difficult (as in getting permits and licenses), they should be helpful, friendly and above all, real public servants doing their duties professionally without expecting anything in return.

Jun Manas – Hen Lin
I wish that more and more employees in government agencies will understand and appreciate the role of an entrepreneur or of business as a major part of the backbone of a nation’s economy. Instead of causing impediments and making things difficult (as in getting permits and licenses), they should be helpful, friendly and above all, real public servants doing their duties professionally without expecting anything in return.

Josiah Go – Mansmith & Fielders Inc. I expect the man made barriers of doing business be removed to encourage more start-ups. I wish that the young people will see Philippines as a land of entrepreneurial opportunities instead of aspiring to be an OFW.

Josiah Go – Mansmith & Fielders Inc.
I expect the man made barriers of doing business be removed to encourage more start-ups. I wish that the young people will see Philippines as a land of entrepreneurial opportunities instead of aspiring to be an OFW.

Federico Moreno – Xcess Salon   I expect business in general to be better. With the first phase of the ASEAN Integration, this would bring more employment which will result to higher spending capacity for the Filipino consumers.

Federico Moreno – Xcess Salon
I expect business in general to be better. With the first phase of the ASEAN Integration, this would bring more employment which will result to higher spending capacity for the Filipino consumers.

Mark Ruiz - Hapinoy I wish for greater economic prosperity for the Philippines that will be tangibly felt by the poorest sectors of society - a truly inclusive growth. I hope that Hapinoy will be able to contribute to this, particularly through our Hapinoy Store program that helps Women Microentrepreneurs provide Mobile Financial Services to their communities.

Mark Ruiz – Hapinoy
I wish for greater economic prosperity for the Philippines that will be tangibly felt by the poorest sectors of society – a truly inclusive growth. I hope that Hapinoy will be able to contribute to this, particularly through our Hapinoy Store program that helps Women Microentrepreneurs provide Mobile Financial Services to their communities.

 

 

4th OFW & Family Summit & 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Every year, I am a part of two important gatherings dedicated for aspiring and start-up entrepreneurs: the OFW and Family Summit and the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

Villar Sipag Foundation headed by Sen. Cynthia Villar, former Senate President Manny Villar and Cong. Mark Villar in partnership with Go Negosyo opened the 4th OFW & Family Summit. It was another successful OFW Summit as we were jam-packed with more than 5000 OFWs and their families. This summit highlighted the opportunities on direct selling, franchising and agri-business which are available in our country and can be the new career path for our OFWs.

 The ceremonial ribbon cutting opened the program. In photo (L-R) Tommany Tan, Cong. Mark Villar, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Joey Concepcion, Atty. Jemelo Villiones and Mon Lopez.

The ceremonial ribbon cutting opened the program. In photo (L-R) Tommany Tan, Cong. Mark Villar, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Joey Concepcion, Atty. Jemelo Villiones and Mon Lopez.

Joey Concepcion gave an inspiring welcome message for the OFWs and their families.

Joey Concepcion gave an inspiring welcome message for the OFWs and their families.

British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis graced the summit as well.

British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis graced the summit as well.

Former Senate president Manny Villar encouraged everyone to apply 'sipag at tiyaga' in all ventures including business.

Former Senate president Manny Villar encouraged everyone to apply ‘sipag at tiyaga’ in all ventures including business.

4th OFW & Family Summit was packed with more than five thousand participants eager to learn more about different business models and gather tips from the distinguished speakers.

4th OFW & Family Summit was packed with more than five thousand participants eager to learn more about different business models and gather tips from the distinguished speakers.

Armando Bartolome, chairman of Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. discussed the opportunities in franchising.

Armando Bartolome, chairman of Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. discussed the opportunities in franchising.

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The panelists of the direct selling forum discussed the advantages of direct selling. In photo (L-R) Cheska San Diego, Joey Sarmiento of Direct Selling Association of the Philippines, Bernie Mercado of Stemtech Philippines Inc., Tommany Tan of Fern C, Joy Loria of Avon, Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo and Eco Sala.

With Senator Cynthia is Vicky Wallace-Sandidge, the woman behind the famous Bohol Bee Farm.

With Senator Cynthia is Vicky Wallace-Sandidge, the woman behind the famous Bohol Bee Farm.

Toots Ople, Head of Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, talked about illegal recruiting and human trafficking issue.

Toots Ople, Head of Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, talked about illegal recruiting and human trafficking issue.

Atty. Jijil Jimenez, EVP of Asia Pacific for Energy Synergies, discussed the National Reintegration Center for OFWs.

Atty. Jijil Jimenez, EVP of Asia Pacific for Energy Synergies, discussed the National Reintegration Center for OFWs.

One of Go Negosyo's Angelpreneurs and executive director of Colayco Foundation, Armand Bengco discussed the importance of financial literacy in business.

One of Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs and executive director of Colayco Foundation, Armand Bengco discussed the importance of financial literacy in business.

Panelists in the second forum inspired the participants with their stories of success. They were once OFWs and are now successful entrepreneurs. In photo (L-R)  Carl Balita, entrepinoy guru; Van Villaraza of Samuelitos Tacos, Quesadillas and Burritos; Vicky Wallace-Sandidge of Bohol Bee Farm; Fe Mejia Vidal of CBN Boneless Bangus; Zarah Juan of Panda Cleaners; and Rebecca Bustamante of Chalre Associates Management Consulting.

Panelists in the second forum inspired the participants with their stories of success. They were once OFWs and are now successful entrepreneurs. In photo (L-R) Carl Balita, entrepinoy guru; Van Villaraza of Samuelitos Tacos, Quesadillas and Burritos; Vicky Wallace-Sandidge of Bohol Bee Farm; Fe Mejia Vidal of CBN Boneless Bangus; Zarah Juan of Panda Cleaners; and Rebecca Bustamante of Chalre Associates Management Consulting.

Agri-entrepreneurs showed the opportunities in the progressive agriculture industry. In photo (L-R) Prince Rainier Domingo of 4H Club, Edu San Diego of Phil. Fisheries Societ, Tina Papillon of Pamora Farms, Rita Macabuhay of MFI Farm Business Institute, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sharon Dimaano of Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative, Ronald Costales of Costales Nature Farms, Brian Belen of Ato Belen's Farm and Engr. Nilo Cordero of Samahan ng Industriyang Agrikultura.

Agri-entrepreneurs showed the opportunities in the progressive agriculture industry. In photo (L-R) Prince Rainier Domingo of 4H Club, Edu San Diego of Phil. Fisheries Societ, Tina Papillon of Pamora Farms, Rita Macabuhay of MFI Farm Business Institute, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sharon Dimaano of Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative, Ronald Costales of Costales Nature Farms, Brian Belen of Ato Belen’s Farm and Engr. Nilo Cordero of Samahan ng Industriyang Agrikultura.

Sen. Cynthia Villar handed the key to the lucky participant who won a house and lot from Camella.

Sen. Cynthia Villar handed the key to the lucky participant who won a house and lot from Camella.

Aside from the inspirational talks during the summit, Go Negosyo also had its mentoring booth with our angelpreneurs.

Aside from the inspirational talks during the summit, Go Negosyo also had its mentoring booth with our angelpreneurs.

 

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The 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) is an awards program is organized by Citi Foundation in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Microfinance Council of the Philippines (MCPI) to recognize outstanding microentrepreneurs who used micro finance in funding their enterprises, which improved their lives and of their communities.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Gov. Amado Tetangco Jr. delivered the keynote address during the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Gov. Amado Tetangco Jr. delivered the keynote address during the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

BSP Gov. Tetangco Jr. and Citi Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi handed the award to the national winner, Teresita Valdez.

BSP Gov. Tetangco Jr. and Citi Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi handed the award to the national winner, Teresita Valdez.

The 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship winners with the National Selection Committee. In photo (front row L-R) Rosma Cabillon, Teresita Nicanor, Johnny Laraño, Teresita Valdez, Edamil Patta, Purificacion Tagulinao and Ernanie Llema. (back photo L-R)  Antonino Alindogan Jr., Commission on Filipino Overseas Secretary Imelda Nicolas, Batara Sianturi, Gov. Amado Tetangco, Marixi Rufino-Prieto, Dr. Darwin Yu and Joey Concepcion.

The 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship winners with the National Selection Committee. In photo (front row L-R) Rosma Cabillon, Teresita Nicanor, Johnny Laraño, Teresita Valdez, Edamil Patta, Purificacion Tagulinao and Ernanie Llema. (back photo L-R) Antonino Alindogan Jr., Commission on Filipino Overseas Secretary Imelda Nicolas, Batara Sianturi, Gov. Amado Tetangco, Marixi Rufino-Prieto, Dr. Darwin Yu and Joey Concepcion.

In photo (L-R) Antonino Alindogan Jr., Sec. Imelda Nicolas, Batara Sianturi, Teresita Valdez, Gov. Amado Tetangco, Marixi Rufino-Prieto, Dr. Darwin Yu and Joey Concepcion.

In photo (L-R) Antonino Alindogan Jr., Sec. Imelda Nicolas, Batara Sianturi, Teresita Valdez, Gov. Amado Tetangco, Marixi Rufino-Prieto, Dr. Darwin Yu and Joey Concepcion.

Teresita Nicanor, Visayas Awardee.

Teresita Nicanor, Visayas Awardee.

Edamil Patta, Mindanao Awardee.

Edamil Patta, Mindanao Awardee.

Rosma Cabillon, Special Award for Community Leadership.

Rosma Cabillon, Special Award for Community Leadership.

Johnny Laraño, Special Award for Agri Micro-business.

Johnny Laraño, Special Award for Agri Micro-business.

Purificacion Tagulinao, Special Award for Innovation.

Purificacion Tagulinao, Special Award for Innovation.

Ernanie Llema, Luzon Awardee.

Ernanie Llema, Luzon Awardee.

Teresita Valdez, National Winner. ​ ​

Teresita Valdez, National Winner. ​ ​

 

 

MVP Bossings 2015

Monday, December 8th, 2014

PLDT SME Nation in partnership with Go Negosyo named the latest roster of MVP Bossings! In our continuous efforts to recognize and honor leading entrepreneurs in the country, we have carefully selected the 9 Bossings this year. They have been an inspiration and driving force to young and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The 2015 MVP Bossings are Johnny Chan of Bellevue Hotels and Resorts, Ricky Reyes of Gandang Ricky Reyes, Julie Gandionco of Julie’s Bakeshop, Arthur Tugade of Perry’s Group, Ferdinand Marañon of Sagrex Corporation, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics and Esther & Gaspar Vibal of Vibal Publishing House. The Grand Bossing is Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation.

PLDT and Smart's  Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise International and Carrier Business, Eric Alberto welcomed everyone to the 2014 MVP Bossing Awards.

PLDT and Smart’s Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise International and Carrier Business, Eric Alberto welcomed everyone to the 2014 MVP Bossing Awards.

Together with Eric, I awarded Johnny Chan of Bellevue Hotels and Resorts as one of the MVP Bossings 2014.

Together with Eric, I awarded Johnny Chan of Bellevue Hotels and Resorts as one of the MVP Bossings 2015.

Another story of inspiration came from Ricky Reyes of Gandang Ricky Reyes. He is  one of the 2015 bossings.

Another story of inspiration came from Ricky Reyes of Gandang Ricky Reyes. He is one of the 2014 bossings.

.One proud MVP Bossing 2015 from Cebu, Ms. Julia Gandionco and her husband Mr. Rodrigo Gandionco established the now famous, Julie's Bakeshop.

.One proud MVP Bossing 2015 from Cebu, Ms. Julia Gandionco and her husband Mr. Rodrigo Gandionco established the now famous, Julie’s Bakeshop.

Another bossing 2015 is Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation

Another bossing 2015 is Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation

Atty. Arthur Tugade of Perry's Group.

Atty. Arthur Tugade of Perry’s Group.

Ferdinand Maranon of Sagrex Corporation.

Ferdinand Maranon of Sagrex Corporation.

Go Negosyo's advocacy partner, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Go Negosyo’s advocacy partner, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Mrs. Esther Vibal and Gaspar Vibal of Vibal Publishing House.

Mrs. Esther Vibal and Gaspar Vibal of Vibal Publishing House.

Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics.

Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics.

Carlos Chan has also been named as the Grand Bossing for 2015.

Carlos Chan has also been named as the Grand Bossing for 2015.

 

International artist Apl. de Ap received the People Saving the Future Special Award from PLDT Chairman, Manny V. Pangilinan.

International artist Apl. de Ap received the People Saving the Future Special Award from PLDT Chairman, Manny V. Pangilinan.

In photo: British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis, Dr. Jaime Alip, myself, Annie Alip, and my father Joecon.

In photo: British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis, Dr. Jaime Alip, myself, Annie Alip, and my father Joecon.

Carlos Chan received the award from Sen. Bam Aquino, Manny V. Pangilinan and last year's Grand Bossing, Alfredo Yao.

Carlos Chan received the award from Sen. Bam Aquino, Manny V. Pangilinan and last year’s Grand Bossing, Alfredo Yao.

 The Bossing Awardees this year. In photo: Rodrigo & Julie Gandionco, Arthur Tugade, Johnny Chan, Carlos Chan, Gaspar and Esther Vibal, Joey Concepcion, Manny V. Pangilinan, Ricky Reyes, Alice Eduardo, Laura Verallo de Bertotto, Ferdinand Maranon, Kat Luna-Abelarde and Eric Alberto.

The Bossing Awardees this year. In photo: Rodrigo & Julie Gandionco, Arthur Tugade, Johnny Chan, Carlos Chan, Gaspar and Esther Vibal, Joey Concepcion, Manny V. Pangilinan, Ricky Reyes, Alice Eduardo, Laura Verallo de Bertotto, Ferdinand Maranon, Kat Luna-Abelarde and Eric Alberto.

Les Reyes, Joey Concepcion and Ricky Reyes.

Les Reyes, Joey Concepcion and Ricky Reyes.

In photo: Joey Concepcion, Sen. Bam Aquino, Manny V. Pangilinan, Dr. Jaime Alip, Annie Alip, Alfredo Yao, Ramon Lopez and Eric Alberto.

In photo: Joey Concepcion, Sen. Bam Aquino, Manny V. Pangilinan, Dr. Jaime Alip, Annie Alip, Alfredo Yao, Ramon Lopez and Eric Alberto.

Marilou and Johnlu Koa

Marilou and Johnlu Koa

Bossing Vina Morales of Ystillo Salon.

Bossing Vina Morales of Ystillo Salon.

Marissa Concepcion with Kat Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation.

Marissa Concepcion with Kat Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation.

Bossings: Federico Moreno, Nelson and Siu Ping Par.

Bossings: Federico Moreno, Nelson and Siu Ping Par.

Bossings: Willy Tee Ten and Alice Eduardo.

Bossings: Willy Tee Ten and Alice Eduardo.

Bossing Michael Deakin with Patrick Deakin.

Bossing Michael Deakin with Patrick Deakin.

Rico Hizon hosted the night's awarding.

Rico Hizon hosted the night’s awarding.

Joecon being introduced to Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis.

Joecon being introduced to Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis.

After being awarded, Apl. de Ap entertained the audience with his music.

After being awarded, Apl. de Ap entertained the audience with his music.