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Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2015

Monday, August 24th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Successful people must help others to become successful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Go Negosyo @ 10: Building a Country of Enterprising Filipinos

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Go Negosyo celebrated its 10th anniversary with a dinner program for its community of entrepreneurs, advocates and partners last July 28, 2015 in The Eye, Green Sun Makati.

Since 2005, Go Negosyo has been advocating for a change in mindset among Filipinos towards a positive and enterprising attitude and for competency building among Filipinos as the real solution to poverty. Go Negosyo continues to be a catalyst in grassroot economic upliftment. . It has been a decade of pursuing with passion the building of a more optimistic and entrepreneurial culture among Filipinos.

In a short program, Go Negosyo recognized dynamic legislative leaders like Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Cynthia Villar  for their respective efforts in empowering Filipino entrepreneurs.

Go Negosyo also recognized entrepreneur enablers, educators, and icon entrepreneurs who have become inspiration and mentors to many and who have programs that help, micro, small, and medium enterprises through its Mentor Me Award.

Apart from the recognitions, Go Negosyo launched its 10th book entitled: Go Negosyo: Joey Concepcion’s 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories (Special 10th Year Anniversary Edition. Go Negosyo also added a number of new champion entrepreneurs who have been making waves in the business industry in the past decade. The foreword was written by entrepreneur icon John Gokongwei Jr., and entrepreneurial lessons from the “Entrep Guru” and angelpreneur Andy Ferreria.

Mr. Joey Concepcion and Go Negosyo promised that it will continue with its mission to help move this country forward in becoming an entrepreneurial nation!

Go Negosyo's trustee Rosalind Wee and Destileria Limtuaco's president Olivia Limpe-Aw.

Go Negosyo’s trustee Rosalind Wee and Destileria Limtuaco’s president Olivia Limpe-Aw.

Sen. Bam Aquino was one of the legislators recognized for their efforts to help entrepreneurs. Sen. Aquino was once Go Negosyo's TV host.

Sen. Bam Aquino was one of the legislators recognized for their efforts to help entrepreneurs. Sen. Aquino was once Go Negosyo’s TV host.

Luli Arroyo-Bernas and Marissa Concepcion.

Luli Arroyo-Bernas and Marissa Concepcion.

Go Negosyo's founding trustee, Joey Concepcion, thanked all who have been part of the advocacy throughout the 10 years.

Go Negosyo’s founding trustee, Joey Concepcion, thanked all who have been part of the advocacy throughout the 10 years.

More than 750 entrepreneurs, advocates, government partners, enablers and partners joined Go Negosyo as it celebrated a decade of building a country of enterprising Filipinos.

More than 750 entrepreneurs, advocates, government partners, enablers and partners joined Go Negosyo as it celebrated a decade of building a country of enterprising Filipinos.

Luigi Bernas, Rosalind Wee, and James Bernas.

Luigi Bernas, Rosalind Wee, and James Bernas.

Tony Meloto (left), founder of Gawad Kalinga is one of the inspirations of Joey Concepcion when he started Go Negosyo. With him are Angelpreneurs Dean Pax Lapid, Francisco Colayco, Jorge Wieneke, Glenn Baticados, and Richie Cuna.

Tony Meloto (left), founder of Gawad Kalinga is one of the inspirations of Joey Concepcion when he started Go Negosyo. With him are Angelpreneurs Dean Pax Lapid, Francisco Colayco, Jorge Wieneke, Glenn Baticados, and Richie Cuna.

Samie Lim, Ramon Lopez, TG Limcaoco, and Eric Alberto.

Samie Lim, Ramon Lopez, TG Limcaoco, and Eric Alberto.

Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, Eco Dela Sala, and Sherill Quintana.

Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, Eco Dela Sala, and Sherill Quintana.

Cesar Enriquez, Eric Alberto, DTI Sec. Greg Domingo, and Atty. Arthur Tugade.

Cesar Enriquez, Eric Alberto, DTI Sec. Greg Domingo, and Atty. Arthur Tugade.

One of the valued partners of Go Negosyo is the Department of Trade and Industry headed by Sec. Greg Domingo.

One of the valued partners of Go Negosyo is the Department of Trade and Industry headed by Sec. Greg Domingo.

Marivic Concepcion and Jose Concepcion Jr.

Marivic Concepcion and Jose Concepcion Jr.

Mylene Abiva, Injap Sia, and Jose Magsaysay Jr.

Mylene Abiva, Injap Sia, and Jose Magsaysay Jr.

Ramon Lopez, Ricardo Po Jr., Sen. Cynthia Villar, Yati Abdullah, Sen. Sonny Angara, and Leonardo Po.

Ramon Lopez, Ricardo Po Jr., Sen. Cynthia Villar, Yati Abdullah, Sen. Sonny Angara, and Leonardo Po.

Marx Melencio, Ramon Lopez, Franklin Go, and Steve Benitez

Marx Melencio, Ramon Lopez, Franklin Go, and Steve Benitez

Joey Concepcion with Dra. Vicki Belo.

Joey Concepcion with Dra. Vicki Belo.

A gathering of bossings. Glenn Yu (Seaoil Philippines), Benjamin Liuson (The Generics Pharmacy), Alice Eduardo( Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation), Mark Belo and William Belo (Wilcon Builders Depot)  and Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo).

A gathering of bossings. Glenn Yu (Seaoil Philippines), Benjamin Liuson (The Generics Pharmacy), Alice Eduardo( Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation), Mark Belo and William Belo (Wilcon Builders Depot) and Ramon Lopez (Go Negosyo).

With Joey Concepcion are Parker Ong and Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation.

With Joey Concepcion are Parker Ong and Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation.

Go Negosyo trustee Felix Ang with Cong. Arthur Yap.

Go Negosyo trustee Felix Ang with Cong. Arthur Yap.

Joey Concepcion, Paolo Vera, Bobet Vera, Ruthy Vera, and Xandra Ramos.

Joey Concepcion, Paolo Vera, Bobet Vera, Ruthy Vera, and Xandra Ramos.

Joey Concepcion with Seaoil Philippines' President & CEO, Glenn Yu.

Joey Concepcion with Seaoil Philippines’ President & CEO, Glenn Yu.

PLDT's Gabby Cui and Kat Luna-Abelarde with FERN Inc.'s Tommanny Tan.

PLDT’s Gabby Cui and Kat Luna-Abelarde with FERN Inc.’s Tommanny Tan.

Eric Alberto of PLDT and Felix Ang of CATS Motors Inc.

Eric Alberto of PLDT and Felix Ang of CATS Motors Inc.

Alice Eduardo, Joey Concepcion, Vivienne Tan, Mylene Abiva, and Grace Glory Go.

Alice Eduardo, Joey Concepcion, Vivienne Tan, Mylene Abiva, and Grace Glory Go.

Cong. Mark Villar with Francis and Erica Reyes.

Cong. Mark Villar with Francis and Erica Reyes.

Melba Solidum, Alice Eduardo, and Vivienne Tan.

Melba Solidum, Alice Eduardo, and Vivienne Tan.

Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs: Johnlu Koa, Glenn Baticados, Jap Uminga, Vix Madlangbayan, Mylene Abiva, Jorge Wieneke, Carlo Calimon, Paulo Tibig, Raymond Abrea, and Mike Lobrin.

Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs: Johnlu Koa, Glenn Baticados, Jap Uminga, Vix Madlangbayan, Mylene Abiva, Jorge Wieneke, Carlo Calimon, Paulo Tibig, Raymond Abrea, and Mike Lobrin.

Paco Sandejas of Narra Ventures Inc.

Paco Sandejas of Narra Ventures Inc.

Folded & Hung's Ronald Pineda, Entrepreneurs School of Asia's Vivienne Tan, and French Baker's Johnlu Koa.

Folded & Hung’s Ronald Pineda, Entrepreneurs School of Asia’s Vivienne Tan, and French Baker’s Johnlu Koa.

Peter Coyiuto, Kat Luna-Abelarde and British Ambassador Asif Ahmad.

Peter Coyiuto, Kat Luna-Abelarde and British Ambassador Asif Ahmad.

Sen. Cynthia Villar was one of the recognized legislators. Go Negosyo partners with Villar Sipag Foundation for the OFW and Family Summit held yearly.

Sen. Cynthia Villar was one of the recognized legislators. Go Negosyo partners with Villar Sipag Foundation for the OFW and Family Summit held yearly.

 Philex Mining Corporation's Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs Atty. Mike Toledo.

Philex Mining Corporation’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs Atty. Mike Toledo.

Go Negosyo's trustee Esther Vibal and son, Gaspar Vibal.

Go Negosyo’s trustee Esther Vibal and son, Gaspar Vibal.

Jay Aldeguer of Islands Group, Samie Lim of Blims Furniture, Yvette Orbeta of Wendy's Philippines, Franklin Go of Goldilocks, Bing Limjoco of Francorp, and Benjamin Liuson of The Generics Pharmacy.

Jay Aldeguer of Islands Group, Samie Lim of Blims Furniture, Yvette Orbeta of Wendy’s Philippines, Franklin Go of Goldilocks, Bing Limjoco of Francorp, and Benjamin Liuson of The Generics Pharmacy.

The Go Negosyo 10th Anniversary was held in Green Sun Makati.

The Go Negosyo 10th Anniversary was held in Green Sun Makati.

Ruthy Vera, Bobet Vera, Kevin Belmonte, Joseph Calata, Cong. Mark Villar, Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Injap Sia, Kevin Tan, and Ricardo Po. Jr.

Ruthy Vera, Bobet Vera, Kevin Belmonte, Joseph Calata, Cong. Mark Villar, Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Injap Sia, Kevin Tan, and Ricardo Po. Jr.

Ramon Lopez, Joey Concepcion, Dr. Abraham Pascual, and Joselito Sibayan.

Ramon Lopez, Joey Concepcion, Dr. Abraham Pascual, and Joselito Sibayan.

A Decade of Building a Country of Enterprising Filipinos

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Through the years, people have been asking me the question Why and What made me start this advocacy on entrepreneurship. 

 

In 2004, a year before this Go Negosyo advocacy started, my wife told me that I should meet the organization called Gawad Kalinga. I ignored it at the start, but somehow things fell into place that I got to meet its leaders Tony Meloto and Boy Montelibano.  At that time, they were just starting and they explained what they do, until I got to attend the huge GK event that year, which was also attended by President PGMA.

 

The exposure in those communities made me realize the need to have an environment that can create more entrepreneurial opportunities, or on a broader scale, the need to have a country of entrepreneurial Filipinos.  Fortunately, at about the same time, I was offered by then President Gloria Arroyo to help the country. She offered me to be a Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship. It was not a Cabinet rank and it did not have any budget or salary.  But Tony did touch my heart, so I viewed the offer as probably the time to give back to our society, a great opportunity to help others.

 

So I began to think of how to structure the advocacy. 

 

So we put-up the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) Foundation Inc, a non-government organization, that has since then been working on many programs that will elevate the awareness and competencies of Filipinos on entrepreneurship.  We adopted a battlecry called Go Negosyo, which I remember was a slogan that we were considering when I was brainstorming with my team way back in 2005. We used the word Negosyo since it is more easily understood (and spelled) than entrepreneurship.  And I thought that taking the two letters in the middle of Negosyo which is GO gives it the energy of GO (to do it now).

 

That Go Negosyo battlecry became the slogan and in effect the brand that we are now known for.  It is a call to action for Filipinos to have a change of mindset into a positive and progressive one.  A culture change is what we aim to achieve for Filipinos to beat poverty and move up in life. 

 

Go Negosyo has been privileged to do its share and to partner with many groups to help build a country of enterprising Filipinos.  We are committed to take this advocacy to the next level.  We thank everyone who has been part of this cause.

Fellow entrepreneurs and advocates supported our first summit. More than 50 respected entrepreneurs and 50, 000 participants joined the Go Negosyo Summit and Expo in 2006. Despite the military uprising currently happening in Makati at that time, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo arrived in the venue and expressed her support to our advocacy.

Fellow entrepreneurs and advocates supported our first summit. More than 50 respected entrepreneurs and 50, 000 participants joined the Go Negosyo Summit and Expo in 2006. Despite the military uprising currently happening in Makati at that time, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo arrived in the venue and expressed her support to our advocacy.

Before we had our first summit, 2005 is a year for series of consultation meetings with fellow advocates and trustees. (In photo: Seated - Vivienne Tan, Vicki Belo, Anna Periquet, me, Socorro Ramos, Rolando Hortaleza, Les Reyes. Standing - Victor Tan, Jay Aldeguer, Richie Cuna, and Ben Colayco.)

Before we had our first summit, 2005 is a year for series of consultation meetings with fellow advocates and trustees. (In photo: Seated – Vivienne Tan, Vicki Belo, Anna Periquet, me, Socorro Ramos, Rolando Hortaleza, Les Reyes. Standing – Victor Tan, Jay Aldeguer, Richie Cuna, and Ben Colayco.)

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo actively joined our programs. Here, she interviewed young participants of our Teen Negosyo Summit in 2006.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo actively joined our programs. Here, she interviewed young participants of our Teen Negosyo Summit in 2006.

One of the icon entrepreneurs, Henry Sy was given the Big Brother of Filipino Entrepreneurs  Award in 2006.

One of the icon entrepreneurs, Henry Sy was given the Big Brother of Filipino Entrepreneurs Award in 2006.

To empower more Filipinos, Go Negosyo published relatable and inspirational stories of many champion entrepreneurs in its first book entitled 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories in 2007.

To empower more Filipinos, Go Negosyo published relatable and inspirational stories of many champion entrepreneurs in its first book entitled 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories in 2007.

It was Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga who inspired me to give back to our society. He has inspired me to help many Filipinos.

It was Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga who inspired me to give back to our society. He has inspired me to help many Filipinos.

We are fortunate to have the support of many influential leaders of our country. Here I was joined by now Sec. Kiko Pangilinan, Sec. Mar Roxas, former Senator Manny Villar, now FEU Chairman Aurelio Montinola and Anna Marie Periquet.

We are fortunate to have the support of many influential leaders of our country. Here I was joined by now Sec. Kiko Pangilinan, Sec. Mar Roxas, former Senator Manny Villar, now FEU Chairman Aurelio Montinola and Anna Marie Periquet.

We had a series of Go Negosyo Caravan in different provinces all over the country. Bataan was one of the few provinces we visited.

We had a series of Go Negosyo Caravan in different provinces all over the country. Bataan was one of the few provinces we visited.

Henry Sy is truly one of the inspiring entrepreneurs of the country. His inspiring story was featured in our first Go Negosyo book.

Henry Sy is truly one of the inspiring entrepreneurs of the country. His inspiring story was featured in our first Go Negosyo book.

Go Negosyo partnered with Gawad Kalinga in one of our first programs. We were also joined by Arthur Yap.

Go Negosyo partnered with Gawad Kalinga in one of our first programs. We were also joined by Arthur Yap.

In our mission to empower all Filipinos, we also reached out to people who are physically challenged and showed them ways on how they can start their own enterprise.

In our mission to empower all Filipinos, we also reached out to people who are physically challenged and showed them ways on how they can start their own enterprise.

Part of our Young Entrepreneurship Summit program is to recognize young entrepreneurs who are inspirations to the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

Part of our Young Entrepreneurship Summit program is to recognize young entrepreneurs who are inspirations to the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

We also recognized micro entrepreneurs in our provincial caravans.

We also recognized micro entrepreneurs in our provincial caravans.

Pampanga was also one of the provinces we visited and shared our advocacy to Cabalens.

Pampanga was also one of the provinces we visited and shared our advocacy to Cabalens.

Even celebrity-entrepreneurs were part of our mission. We launched our Celebrity Book filled with stories of celebrities who also bravely ventured into their own businesses.

Even celebrity-entrepreneurs were part of our mission. We launched our Celebrity Book filled with stories of celebrities who also bravely ventured into their own businesses.

Go Negosyo sa Bilibid. We successfully had a seminar for around 200 inmates of the New Bilibid prison in Muntinlupa City in 2010. The mission is to empower inmates to be enterprising and entrepreneurial even before they leave the steel prison cells.

Go Negosyo sa Bilibid. We successfully had a seminar for around 200 inmates of the New Bilibid prison in Muntinlupa City in 2010. The mission is to empower inmates to be enterprising and entrepreneurial even before they leave the steel prison cells.

It was in 2014 when Pres. Aquino signed into law the Go Negosyo Act which was authored by Sen. Bam Aquino, one of the staunch supporters of Go Negosyo and was once Go Negosyo's television show host.

It was in 2014 when Pres. Aquino signed into law the Go Negosyo Act which was authored by Sen. Bam Aquino, one of the staunch supporters of Go Negosyo and was once Go Negosyo’s television show host.

Thousands of participants flocked every summit we launched.

Thousands of participants flocked every summit we launched.

Women entrepreneurs have a growing number in the country. This inspires us more to empower Filipina mompreneurs through our yearly Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Women entrepreneurs have a growing number in the country. This inspires us more to empower Filipina mompreneurs through our yearly Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Our recent program, Building Enterprising Students of Tomorrow (BEST) Program aims to empower the outstanding students of different universities and colleges to become the next change-makers of this country.

Our recent program, Building Enterprising Students of Tomorrow (BEST) Program aims to empower the outstanding students of different universities and colleges to become the next change-makers of this country.

 

The Gift of Mentoring

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

 

Marivic Quiero, one of our Kwentong Go Negosyo, shared her story to the many participants of the 6th Filipina Summit. The panelists including Alice Eduardo gave advices and tips on how to start a new business.

Marivic Quiero, one of our Kwentong Go Negosyo, shared her story to the many participants of the 6th Filipina Summit. The panelists including Alice Eduardo gave advices and tips on how to start a new business.

Marivic Quiero has an inspiring story to tell. She is one of our Kwentong Go Negosyo, the stories of entrepreneurs who have been empowered or mentored in one of our programs.

Let me share with you her story:

When Typhoon Yolanda, one of the strongest typhoons recorded, hit the Visayas region, many lost their families, homes and even livelihood. Marivic Quiero, one of the survivors, shared their story of survival. From Palo, Leyte, she travelled with her family including her bed-ridden parents to Manila with the hopes of a better life after the typhoon.

Despite grieving for their loss of her brother and sister-in-law, their home and business, they all fled ground zero with the hope of starting anew in the city.  Upon arriving in the city, they only depended on donations and help from different institutions and individuals.

But Marivic knew that the donations and help that they are getting will not be enough to support their stay in the city. Since they have nothing to begin with, it was a great challenge.

March of 2014, months after the typhoon Yolanda, Marivic saw the advertisement of Go Negosyo regarding its 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. Even without the registration fee at hand, she has firmly decided to attend the summit. She said that this will help her be motivated to start another business, after losing her restaurant in Leyte.

And so it happened. It was an answered prayer for Marivic when she attended the Go Negosyo summit. More than being an audience, she was blessed to meet many entrepreneurs and mentors including Sen. Cynthia Villar, Maria Ressa, and Alice Eduardo among others. Sen. Villar offered her trainings and support while the other panelists gave her business advices. The Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation President and CEO, Alice Eduardo pursued her promised help which allowed Marivic to start anew.

After a year, Marivic shared how Alice Eduardo helped her in setting up her new pharmaceutical business. Alice became her mentor in all areas of this new venture.

After a year, Marivic shared how Alice Eduardo helped her in setting up her new pharmaceutical business. Alice became her mentor in all areas of this new venture.

Marivic was offered with the opportunity to be one of the food suppliers for her workers in the construction sites. Alice Eduardo lent her the capital including kitchen equipment and utensils. Marivic has found a mentor in Alice Eduardo who unselfishly provided them with guidance.

Unfortunately, they have to stop the operation of their food business due to several problems. But Marivic did not give up. Alice advised her to pursue a business that is of her interest and expertise.

Today, Marivic has a pharmaceutical business that supports the family and the medication of her parents. Also, from the profit of the initial capital, they were able to acquire a car that will help them in delivering the medicines to their clients.

We are glad to have inspiring stories of enterprising individuals such as Marivic. We must all learn from her. Challenges will come our way and hinder us from reaching our goals but we must positively look beyond these and continue to reach for the success.

Mastering the Digital Wave

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The heat is on and the summer is in full blast as we head on to the month of May! And the better way to enjoy the season is to enjoy the sun, the sand, and the sea! It’s also a time to still acquire knowledge and learn new skills.

We too in the business community had a great experience as we learned emerging trends together with solid business values amidst a beautiful setting. PLDT made digital waves as they launched their Tech Island 2.0 recently in Subic last April 15 & 16. PLDT, which is one of our valued partners in empowering SMEs, made sure that the second wave is bigger and better for digital surfers!

More than 300 entrepreneurs and business leaders and about two thousand techies and geeks joined the two day-conference opened by PLDT’s First Vice President and Head of SME Business Kat Luna-Abelarde.

Polly Nazareno, PLDT Group president and CEO, despite having the digital age for quite some time now, there are still a lot of ‘digital migrants’, those who are still acquiring skills in the digital age, who need to learn more about the borderless world of digital.

For Eric Alberto, PLDT Executive Vice President and ePLDT President and CEO, shared that with the power of PLDT, the leading digital dependable partner of many SMEs, businesses can definitely level up as they can also provide them with premier cloud storage and M2M solutions.

Innovator of social media and journalism, Maria Ressa shared that with the advent of digital technology, the consumers of news and public affairs can also become producers as they can easily share news and information through the help of the internet.

His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle also graced the conference to provide his wisdom on what makes a Transformational Leader.

The knowledge-filled sessions also included a forum with MVP Bossing and Golden ABC’s President and CEO Bernie Liu, Digital5 and TV5 Head of Sports coach Chot Reyes, and PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc. President and CEO and SMART Communication’s Chief Wireless Adviser Doy Vea, which was moderated by Atty. Mike Toledo, head of MVP Group Media Bureau. They have shared their insights on how Filipino SMEs can conquer the world with their high-quality products and services through the help of digital strategies.

The second day provided several break-out sessions that empowered a lot of business owners and IT practitioners on how they can master the digital wave and lead breakthrough programs.

Digital will be the new platform for innovation and creativity. We must all ride the digital wave and surf through the wonders of digital era!

Tourism, faith and technology: Robert Garcia, Chair of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority; Polly Nazareno, President and CEO of PLDT Group; Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle; Eric Alberto, Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise and International and Carrier Business of PLDT Group; and Kat Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and Head of SME Business of PLDT Group.

Tourism, faith and technology: Robert Garcia, Chair of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority; Polly Nazareno, President and CEO of PLDT Group; Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle; Eric Alberto, Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise and International and Carrier Business of PLDT Group; and Kat Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and Head of SME Business of PLDT Group.

Innovator of journalism and social media, Maria Ressa shares the personal story of Rappler and how it surpassed barriers of traditional media presentation.

Innovator of journalism and social media, Maria Ressa shares the personal story of Rappler and how it surpassed barriers of traditional media presentation.

 

MVP Bossing and Golden ABC’s President and CEO Bernie Liu, Digital5 and TV5 Head of Sports coach Chot Reyes, PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc. President and CEO and SMART Communication’s Chief Wireless Adviser Doy Vea, and  Atty. Mike Toledo, head of MVP Group Media Bureau all agreed that there is no template to success in business.

MVP Bossing and Golden ABC’s President and CEO Bernie Liu, Digital5 and TV5 Head of Sports coach Chot Reyes, PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc. President and CEO and SMART Communication’s Chief Wireless Adviser Doy Vea, and Atty. Mike Toledo, head of MVP Group Media Bureau all agreed that there is no template to success in business.

Albert Yao and Myrna Yao of Richprime Global.

Albert Yao and Myrna Yao of Richprime Global.

Bossings Nelson Par and Siu Ping Par of PR Gaz Haus.

Bossings Nelson Par and Siu Ping Par of PR Gaz Haus.

Bossing Les Reyes of Reyes Haircutters, Bossing Rey Lapid of R. Lapid's Chicharon and Barbecue, and Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo.

Bossing Les Reyes of Reyes Haircutters, Bossing Rey Lapid of R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbecue, and Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo.

Bossings Louie and Dulzzi Gutierrez of Silverworks with Bossing Genevieve Ledesma-Tan of Southville International School.

Bossings Louie and Dulzzi Gutierrez of Silverworks with Bossing Genevieve Ledesma-Tan of Southville International School.

Earl Valencia, co-founder and president of Ideaspace Foundation shares tips for start-ups.

Earl Valencia, co-founder and president of Ideaspace Foundation shares tips for start-ups.

PLDT SME Nation Assistant Vice President and Head of Marketing, Amil Azurin.

PLDT SME Nation Assistant Vice President and Head of Marketing, Amil Azurin.

PLDT Vice President and Head of Enterprise Subsidiaries at ABM Global Solutions Inc. Luigi Lopa, PLDT-SMART Foundation President Esther Santos, PLDT First Vice President and Head of Enterprise International and Carrier Business Revenue and Operations Support Cesar Enriquez, and Delnet Philippines President and CEO Klaas Oreel.

PLDT Vice President and Head of Enterprise Subsidiaries at ABM Global Solutions Inc. Luigi Lopa, PLDT-SMART Foundation President Esther Santos, PLDT First Vice President and Head of Enterprise International and Carrier Business Revenue and Operations Support Cesar Enriquez, and Delnet Philippines President and CEO Klaas Oreel.

 

 

 

Go Negosyo and British Embassy Continue to Empower Entrepreneurs!

Monday, April 20th, 2015

For the past two years, Go Negosyo partners with the British Embassy led by Amb. Asif Ahmad as we share our advocacy to a bigger audience. The British Embassy supports Go Negosyo in its mission to elevate lives of people through entrepreneurship, teaching them the right mindset and knowhow. We have launched several summits and programs, in which we have them as our institutional partner including the Creativity and Innovation Summit 2013, the Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration of 2013 and 2014 and they have also joined us in the launch of our recent program, the Building Enterprising Students of Tomorrow (BEST) Program for outstanding students of the country.

Let me also share with you an unforgettable experience when I was invited by Amb. Ahmad to personally meet the Great Britain’s HRH, Princess Royal or Princess Anne last few weeks ago in a very intimate and small gathering of Filipino entrepreneurs. Despite having a busy schedule for different engagements, she was able to meet social entrepreneurs in the country. In our brief round-table discussion, I have shared with her the efforts of Go Negosyo as an advocacy and the programs we are planning to roll out this year. And in these programs, British Embassy is one of the valued partners.

This year, we will be celebrating again the Global Entrepreneurship Week and with the help of Amb. Ahmad, more programs will be launched for entrepreneurs. In our 3rd year collaboration with British Embassy, we are looking forward to a stronger partnership with them.

The first summit we did with British Embassy is the first Creativity and Innovation Summit which was attended by more than 5,000 participants. In photo: (L-R) Mitch Padua, Lourd Ramos, Mon Lopez, Yati Abdullah, Trevor Lewis, Amb. Asif Ahmad, Sec. Mon Jimenez Jr., and Joey Concepcion.

The first summit we did with British Embassy is the first Creativity and Innovation Summit which was attended by more than 5,000 participants. In photo: (L-R) Mitch Padua, Lourd Ramos, Mon Lopez, Yati Abdullah, Trevor Lewis, Amb. Asif Ahmad, Sec. Mon Jimenez Jr., and Joey Concepcion.

To start the Global Entrepreneurship Week of 2013, Amb. Ahmad hosted a lovely dinner for entrepreneurs. In photo (L-R) Trevor Lewis, Bing Limjoco, Anb. Asif Ahmad, Joey Concepcion, Butz Bartolome and Mon Lopez.

To start the Global Entrepreneurship Week of 2013, Amb. Ahmad hosted a lovely dinner for entrepreneurs. In photo (L-R) Trevor Lewis, Bing Limjoco, Anb. Asif Ahmad, Joey Concepcion, Butz Bartolome and Mon Lopez.

Go Negosyo launched the Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow during the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week. 500 outstanding students from different universities and colleges attended the launch.

Go Negosyo launched the Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow during the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week. 500 outstanding students from different universities and colleges attended the launch.

Amb. Ahmad gave an inspiring welcome message for students in Tagalog during the BEST Program Launch.

Amb. Ahmad gave an inspiring welcome message for students in Tagalog during the BEST Program Launch.

British Embassy invited entrepreneurs in a small meeting with the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

British Embassy invited entrepreneurs in a small meeting with the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

Joey Concepcion and Great Britain's HRH, Princess Anne.

Joey Concepcion and Great Britain’s HRH, Princess Anne.

Women for Others!

Monday, March 30th, 2015

After the success of the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, we hosted a dinner-forum reception for the Go Negosyo entrepreneurs to celebrate Women’s Month and the success of women entrepreneurs. More than 300 entrepreneurs joined the small dinner-forum with the theme: Women for Others, featuring Sen. Cynthia Villar, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos and Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip.

I thanked all the women entrepreneurs for being good examples and inspirations to many aspiring entrepreneurs. They are part of the growth and development of this country. I hope that they will continue to prosper and grow in number as we all promote entrepreneurship.

Sen. Cynthia Villar shared her efforts as the chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food. Her programs include trainings and seminars for farmers, shared service facilities for communities with social enterprise projects and the innovation on coconut husks and water lilies.

Doris Magysaysay-Ho discussed key elements for entrepreneurs. First, she said that big corporations can help small entrepreneurs by linking them in their market. Second, the convergence of the technology is a great opportunity for many start-ups. Lastly, she advised that innovation can help one accelerate.

Dr. Jaime Alip, founder of CARD-MRI, proudly shared that they have a 99.49% of repayment rate from their three million borrowers. He also credited rural women entrepreneurs as good payers. Rural women borrowers are really hands-on and can really generate economic possibilities, with multiplier impact.

Lastly, Nanay Coring lovingly shared how she started the largest book store chain in the country, the National Book Store. She also shared her secret to her success; it’s her ‘sipag at tiyaga’. When asked on how to prepare the next generation for business, she advised them to start them young and let them start in the lowest level.

Let us all continue to empower Filipinas and promote entrepreneurship!

Ali Sotto and RJ Ledesma welcomed all Go Negosyo entrepreneurs to the dinner forum last March 18, 2015 at the Manila Polo Club.

Ali Sotto and RJ Ledesma welcomed all Go Negosyo entrepreneurs to the dinner forum last March 18, 2015 at the Manila Polo Club.

Some of the 2015 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs posed for a picture with the forum panelists. (L-R) Roxanne Farillas, Kathleen Go, Ria Lu, Josie See, Esther Vibal, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Doris Ho, Dr. Jaime Alip, Celinda De Guia, Menchie De Guzman, Joey Concepcion and RJ Ledesma.

Some of the 2015 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs posed for a picture with the forum panelists. (L-R) Roxanne Farillas, Kathleen Go, Ria Lu, Josie See, Esther Vibal, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Doris Ho, Dr. Jaime Alip, Celinda De Guia, Menchie De Guzman, Joey Concepcion and RJ Ledesma.

Joey Concepcion recognized all Filipina entrepreneurs who are also inspirations to many.

Joey Concepcion recognized all Filipina entrepreneurs who are also inspirations to many.

Ovation Productions' Celinda and Renen De Guia joined Sen. Villar, Nanay Coring and Doris Magsaysay-Ho.

Ovation Productions’ Celinda and Renen De Guia joined Sen. Villar, Nanay Coring and Doris Magsaysay-Ho.

During the forum, the panelists shared how they are empowering Filipinas and entrepreneurs through their own advocacies.

During the forum, the panelists shared how they are empowering Filipinas and entrepreneurs through their own advocacies.

 Joey Concepcion, founding trustee of Go Negosyo with the Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs, Tess Dimaculangan, Mylene Abiva, Carlo Calimon, Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke, Mon Abrea and Paulo Tibig.

Joey Concepcion, founding trustee of Go Negosyo with the Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs, Tess Dimaculangan, Mylene Abiva, Carlo Calimon, Vix Madlangbayan, Jorge Wieneke, Mon Abrea and Paulo Tibig.

Tito Tesoro and Fritz Server.

Tito Tesoro and Fritz Server.

PLDT SME Nation supported the dinner forum. (L-R) Mannix De Perio, Yna Maclang, Nikk Encarnacion and Gabby Cui.

PLDT SME Nation supported the dinner forum. (L-R) Mannix De Perio, Yna Maclang, Nikk Encarnacion and Gabby Cui.

One of the institutional partners of Go Negosyo, AFFI members attended the celebration. (L-R) Raffy Canare, Linda and Teodoro Ferrer, Josefina Ervite, Brenda Hernandez, Lea Recomite, Josephine See, Vivian Santos, Rio and Jerry Ilao and Paul Tan.

One of the institutional partners of Go Negosyo, AFFI members attended the celebration. (L-R) Raffy Canare, Linda and Teodoro Ferrer, Josefina Ervite, Brenda Hernandez, Lea Recomite, Josephine See, Vivian Santos, Rio and Jerry Ilao and Paul Tan.

Filipina Entrepreneurs Sherill Quintana of Oryspa and Mary Grace Santos of Li'l People.

Filipina Entrepreneurs Sherill Quintana of Oryspa and Mary Grace Santos of Li’l People.

Husband and wife, Dr. Jaime Alip and Annie Alip attended the Go Negosyo dinner forum.

Husband and wife, Dr. Jaime Alip and Annie Alip attended the Go Negosyo dinner forum.

 PLDT's First Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation, Kat Abelarde is one of the empowered women in the audience. PLDT SME Nation is one of the staunch partners of Go Negosyo in promoting entrepreneurship in the country.

PLDT’s First Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation, Kat Abelarde is one of the empowered women in the audience. PLDT SME Nation is one of the staunch partners of Go Negosyo in promoting entrepreneurship in the country.

 Women empowerment advocates: Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Marissa Concepcion, Emma Imperial, Marife Zamora and Cory Quirino.

Women empowerment advocates: Rosalind Wee, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Marissa Concepcion, Emma Imperial, Marife Zamora and Cory Quirino.

 Lray Villafuerte greeted Esther Vibal for being recognized as one of the Lifetime Achievement Awardees.

Lray Villafuerte greeted Esther Vibal for being recognized as one of the Lifetime Achievement Awardees.

(L-R) Samie Lim, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Nanay Coring, Doris Ho and Esther Vibal.

(L-R) Samie Lim, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Nanay Coring, Doris Ho and Esther Vibal.

Myrna Yao (right) attended with her daughter, Jane Yao-Tiu.

Myrna Yao (right) attended with her daughter, Jane Yao-Tiu.

Also present in the dinner were Violy and Rey Lapid.

Also present in the dinner were Violy and Rey Lapid.

7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Close to 10,000 participants attended our Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last Friday, March 6 in the World Trade Center. On its 7th year, our Filipina Summit never failed to empower aspiring entrepreneurs and students and guide them in the start of their entrepreneurial journey. Yes, their attendance to the summit is the start of their entrepreneurial journey as they were equipped with the right attitude and knowhow just by listening to more than 50 female panelists and guests. This is the biggest mentoring summit we ever had! Definitely, every year of Filipina Summit is bigger and better!

We are joined by key Filipina entrepreneurs and Filipina icons as we inspire and empower students and aspiring Filipinas towards entrepreneurship! In our keynote forum led by Ali Sotto, we were joined by Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo and Tessie Sy-Coson.

We also awarded this year’s batch of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs who are Myrna Bituin of Betis Crafts Inc.,  Celinda De Guia of Ovation Productions,  Roxanne Farillas of Plains and Prints,  Kathleen Go of Universal Records, Emma Imperial of Imperial Homes Corporation, Mary Lizabeth Lu of Komikasi Games, Riza Mantaring of Sun Life Financial Philippines,  Josephine See of Peanut World,  Stella Sy of Mint, Patis Tesoro of Patis Tesoro Shop, and Fe Vidal of CBN Boneless Bangus.

We also awarded social entrepreneurs Menchie De Guzman of Gantsilyo and Nanette Medved-Po of Friends of Hope Inc. Nanette has been awarded as well by BPI Ka-Negosyo with their Ka-Negosyo, Kababaihan sa Negosyo Financial Excellence Award.

We also paid tribute to iconic Filipina entrepreneurs who contributed to both the business and education sector. They are both in their 90s but are still sharp in making business decisions and in leading their respective companies. Socorro Ramos of National Book Store, who is now 92, shared that with ‘sipag at tiyaga’ one can reach their goals and be successful in life. Esther Vibal of Vibal Group believes that “From nothing, you can be something. Just work hard.” They truly deserve to be recognized as Lifetime Achievers in the field of Education!

We also had an informative discussion with some of our awardees and entrepreneurs in four different fora. In the end, we all learned a lot from this full-packed program. I hope that through our Filipina Summit, the growth in enterprises will continue and more and more Filipinas venture into entrepreneurship.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion welcomes the thousands of participants to the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last March 6, 2015 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion welcomes the thousands of participants to the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit last March 6, 2015 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Marivic Quiero, an entrepreneur from Tacloban who joined last year’s Filipina Summit joined Alice Eduardo, co-chair of Filipina Summit and shared her inspiring story. Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Corporation helped and guided Marivic in building her own pharmaceutical business in Tacloban.

Marivic Quiero, an entrepreneur from Tacloban who joined last year’s Filipina Summit joined Alice Eduardo, co-chair of Filipina Summit and shared her inspiring story. Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Corporation helped and guided Marivic in building her own pharmaceutical business in Tacloban.

Cong. Leni Robredo joined the keynote forum and shared how she manages to balance family life with her children and her duties in the congress.

Cong. Leni Robredo joined the keynote forum and shared how she manages to balance family life with her children and her duties in the congress.

 Sen. Cynthia Villar, a staunch supporter of women and entrepreneurship, empowered Filipinas to venture into livelihood programs and start their business ventures. She also leads Villar Sipag foundation which provides training programs for many Filipinos.

Sen. Cynthia Villar, a staunch supporter of women and entrepreneurship, empowered Filipinas to venture into livelihood programs and start their business ventures. She also leads Villar Sipag foundation which provides training programs for many Filipinos.

Tessie Sy-Coson advised the young participants in the summit to maximize and join free trainings and seminars because these can help them in their future endeavours.

Tessie Sy-Coson advised the young participants in the summit to maximize and join free trainings and seminars because these can help them in their future endeavours.

 Ali Sotto led the forum of Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo and Tessie Sy-Coson. She also shared her insights in empowering Filipinas in the country.

Ali Sotto led the forum of Sen. Cynthia Villar, Cong. Leni Robredo and Tessie Sy-Coson. She also shared her insights in empowering Filipinas in the country.

 Socorro Ramos, the matriarch of National Book Store, shared that it is her ‘sipag at tiyaga’ that made her survive all the challenges they faced throughout the years.

Socorro Ramos, the matriarch of National Book Store, shared that it is her ‘sipag at tiyaga’ that made her survive all the challenges they faced throughout the years.

Esther Vibal, chair of Vibal Group, said that one can achieve success if they work hard.

Esther Vibal, chair of Vibal Group, said that one can achieve success if they work hard.

Nanette Medved-Po, one of this year’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs, received her award from Sen. Grace Poe. She also received the BPI Ka-Negosyo, Kababaihan sa Negosyo Financial Excellence Award.

Nanette Medved-Po, one of this year’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs, received her award from Sen. Grace Poe. She also received the BPI Ka-Negosyo, Kababaihan sa Negosyo Financial Excellence Award.

Patis Tesoro received her award from Sen. Cynthia Villar and Alice Eduardo.

Patis Tesoro received her award from Sen. Cynthia Villar and Alice Eduardo.

Go Negosyo also recognized iconic Filipina entrepreneurs from the field of education including Socorro C. Ramos of National Bookstore. Her award was given by Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Alice Eduardo and Joey Concepcion

Go Negosyo also recognized iconic Filipina entrepreneurs from the field of education including Socorro C. Ramos of National Bookstore. Her award was given by Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Alice Eduardo and Joey Concepcion

 Esther Vibal also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in the Field of Education.

Esther Vibal also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in the Field of Education.

The 2015 Inspiring Filipina Awardees: (front row L-R) Stella Sy (Mint), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Ria Lu (Komikasi), Patis Tesoro, Josephine See (JM Peanut World), and Nanette Po (Friends of Hope Inc.). (Middle row L-R) Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), Riza Mantaring (Sun Life Financial Philippines), Kathleen Go (Universal Records), Roxanne Farillas (Plains and Prints), Myrna Bituin (Betis Crafts Inc.), Celinda De Guia (Ovation Productions) and Fe Vidal (CBN Boneless Bangus). (Back row L-R) Alice Eduardo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Esther Vibal, Sen. Grace Poe and Joey Concepcion.

The 2015 Inspiring Filipina Awardees: (front row L-R) Stella Sy (Mint), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Ria Lu (Komikasi), Patis Tesoro, Josephine See (JM Peanut World), and Nanette Po (Friends of Hope Inc.). (Middle row L-R) Emma Imperial (Imperial Homes Corporation), Riza Mantaring (Sun Life Financial Philippines), Kathleen Go (Universal Records), Roxanne Farillas (Plains and Prints), Myrna Bituin (Betis Crafts Inc.), Celinda De Guia (Ovation Productions) and Fe Vidal (CBN Boneless Bangus). (Back row L-R) Alice Eduardo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Esther Vibal, Sen. Grace Poe and Joey Concepcion.

Some of our awardees joined key Filipina Entrepreneurs in a forum. (L-R) Rosalind Wee (W Group), Patis Tesoro, Stella Sy, Riza Mantaring, Ria Lu, Emma Imperial, Myrna Bituin, Fe Agudo (Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.) and Yati Abdullah (DHL Express Philippines).

Some of our awardees joined key Filipina Entrepreneurs in a forum. (L-R) Rosalind Wee (W Group), Patis Tesoro, Stella Sy, Riza Mantaring, Ria Lu, Emma Imperial, Myrna Bituin, Fe Agudo (Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.) and Yati Abdullah (DHL Express Philippines).

  Award-winning broadcast journalist Karen Davila led the discussion of the awardees and Filipina entrepreneurs. She has also shared an inspiring talk prior to the forum.

Award-winning broadcast journalist Karen Davila led the discussion of the awardees and Filipina entrepreneurs. She has also shared an inspiring talk prior to the forum.

Home-based businesses are discussed by (L-R) Marta Hernandez of TESDA, Karla Ilacad of Gypsy Girl Desserts, Kim Lato of Kimstore, and Nestor Raneses of UP ISSI.

Home-based businesses are discussed by (L-R) Marta Hernandez of TESDA, Karla Ilacad of Gypsy Girl Desserts, Kim Lato of Kimstore, and Nestor Raneses of UP ISSI.

Celebrity mompreneur Bettina Carlos shared how her passion in baking helped her establish her business Baked Bites while doing her shows and taking care of her daughter.

Celebrity mompreneur Bettina Carlos shared how her passion in baking helped her establish her business Baked Bites while doing her shows and taking care of her daughter.

Ms. Erlinda Binanitan of Negoskwela shared how they help mothers through their programs. Beside her is Vanessa Ledesma of Mercato Central and Arianne David of OLX Philippines.

Ms. Erlinda Binanitan of Negoskwela shared how they help mothers through their programs. Beside her is Vanessa Ledesma of Mercato Central and Arianne David of OLX Philippines.

Complete Woman Forum, the biggest mentoring forum we had, was joined by (L-R) Celebrity Moms Ara Mina and Cheska Garcia and entrepreneurs Rebecca Bustamante (Chalre Associates, Amor Maclang (GeiserMaclang) and Patsy Paterno (Papemelroti).

Complete Woman Forum, the biggest mentoring forum we had, was joined by (L-R) Celebrity Moms Ara Mina and Cheska Garcia and entrepreneurs Rebecca Bustamante (Chalre Associates, Amor Maclang (GeiserMaclang) and Patsy Paterno (Papemelroti).

Complete Woman Forum Panelists: (L-R) Myrna Yao (Richprime Global), Remmy Rikken (Philippine Commission on Women), Patricia Chilip (Standard Insurance), Marife Zamora (Convergys), Ines Fernandes (Arugaan).

Complete Woman Forum Panelists: (L-R) Myrna Yao (Richprime Global), Remmy Rikken (Philippine Commission on Women), Patricia Chilip (Standard Insurance), Marife Zamora (Convergys), Ines Fernandes (Arugaan).

Complete Woman Forum Panelists: (L-R) Girlie Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Atty. Gianna Montinola (Hands On Manila), broadcast journalist Christine Bersola-Babao, and Danella Yaptinchay (Full Suite).

Complete Woman Forum Panelists: (L-R) Girlie Lorenzo (Kythe Foundation), Menchie De Guzman (Gantsilyo), Atty. Gianna Montinola (Hands On Manila), broadcast journalist Christine Bersola-Babao, and Danella Yaptinchay (Full Suite).

Our last forum discussed the processes in getting a franchise and how direct selling works. Forum panelists include (L-R) Beverly Aquino of Lugaw Queen, Jill Borja of Manang’s Chicken and host Michael Angelo.

Our last forum discussed the processes in getting a franchise and how direct selling works. Forum panelists include (L-R) Beverly Aquino of Lugaw Queen, Jill Borja of Manang’s Chicken and host Michael Angelo.

Other panelists on Direct Selling and Franchising forum include: (L-R) Lirio Posadas of Inihauz, Bing Limjoco of PFA, and Vernie Farro of Tea Generation.

Other panelists on Direct Selling and Franchising forum include: (L-R) Lirio Posadas of Inihauz, Bing Limjoco of PFA, and Vernie Farro of Tea Generation.

Nicole Hyala, an entrepreneur herself, joined the discussion with Joey Sarmiento of Direct Selling Association of the Philippines and Jun Pangilinan of Tupperware.

Nicole Hyala, an entrepreneur herself, joined the discussion with Joey Sarmiento of Direct Selling Association of the Philippines and Jun Pangilinan of Tupperware.

 Sen. Loren Legarda led the Complete Woman Forum. She gathered a lot of insights and advices from the panelists.

Sen. Loren Legarda led the Complete Woman Forum. She gathered a lot of insights and advices from the panelists.

Mary Joy Abaquin of Multiple Intelligence International School and one of Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs discussed how passion and intelligences can help one in determining the right business opportunity.

Mary Joy Abaquin of Multiple Intelligence International School and one of Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs discussed how passion and intelligences can help one in determining the right business opportunity.

Nicole Hyala shared how she also manages to become an entrepreneur while doing her responsibilities as a radio dj of Love Radio.

Nicole Hyala shared how she also manages to become an entrepreneur while doing her responsibilities as a radio dj of Love Radio.

Close to 10,000 participants joined the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit!

Close to 10,000 participants joined the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit!

William Belo of Wilcon, one of our partners in the Filipina summit, joined us to celebrate women entrepreneurship.

William Belo of Wilcon, one of our partners in the Filipina summit, joined us to celebrate women entrepreneurship.

Gabby Cui of PLDT SME Nation joined us as we celebrate the 7th Filipina Summit.

Gabby Cui of PLDT SME Nation joined us as we celebrate the 7th Filipina Summit.

AFFI Officers Raffy Canare, Teresita Ngan Tian, and Jerry Ilao joined Sen. Grace Poe.

AFFI Officers Raffy Canare, Teresita Ngan Tian, and Jerry Ilao joined Sen. Grace Poe.

 

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.