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A Celebration for Women as Catalysts for Change

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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March 30, 2017—Women from across the Philippines flocked the Malacañan palace, in a display of support for those who were recognized for their capacity to be catalyst for change and progress in the Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards 2017. The event was aligned with the first national celebration of Women’s Month under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration. The President, as the guest of honor that night, gave a short message on women and their role in the much needed change we seek in our country.

“More Filipinas are becoming leaders of their respective industries, contributing significantly to their institutions and making remarkable major strides that uplift the living conditions of their families and communities.”

The President then proceeded to highlight women’s role in nation building—underscoring the overarching theme of women’s month: We Make Change Work for Women.

Other notable attendees were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, SM Investment Corporation Vice Chairman and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Member Tessie Sy-Coson and Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez who gave a a brief address about women and their instrumental role in change. “Women are an inspiring breed because they are agents of change and progress. 80% of enterprises are started by women entrepreneurs. They are resourceful, very entrepreneurial and they find ways to augment the income of their families. We have several role models of entrepreneurship that provide for us a revolution of mindset—the change they inspire is something to look up to and aspire towards,” DTI Sec. Lopez said.

In the photo (L-R): President Rodrigo Duterte; Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion; and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

In the photo (L-R): President Rodrigo Duterte; Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion; and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Of course, in attendance and the head of the event was Founder of Go Negosyo and Presidential Adviser for Entrepeneurship, Joey Concepcion.

“Filipinos are not destined for poverty. We really have to put our work, heart and passion to become successful. The awards [the women entrepreneurs] will be receiving will inspire youth entrepreneurs because we need more of them. And they will be drawing inspiration from all of you,” Concepcion said. “One in a million [women entrepreneurs] will become one of the Legacy Awardees in the future. Hopefully, through these really inspiring, hardworking women, we all will learn never to give up,”

For many years, Joey Concepcion has been at the forefront of honoring women entrepreneurs across the nation. In fact, since its inception in 2005, Go Negosyo has already awarded over 200 outstanding women entrepreneurs for serving as inspirations in their respective fields. The Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards highlights the strength and perseverance of women entrepreneurs in the ever developing landscape of entrepreneurship in our country. The awarding ceremony celebrated the women who have greatly contributed and excelled in various ways in their respective fields. The new laudable batch of awardees were selected from an impressive pool of nominees and classified into seven categories: Youth, Inclusive Business, Women MSME Development Enabler, Micro, Small-Medium, Large, and Legacy.

Youth Awardee Arizza Nocum of KRIS Library & Good Karma Shirts gave a heartwarming message on how the women present and honored that night will continue to be sources of inspiration for herself and other as a positive indication of the bright future of women in entrepreneurship. She considers those awarded alongside her as “moms and titas” and promised before the audience that she aspire to be a source of inspiration to others as well.

Youth Entrepreneur Awardee Arizza Ann Nocum delivers a response speech in behalf of the 2017 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs.

Youth Entrepreneur Awardee Arizza Ann Nocum delivers a response speech in behalf of the 2017 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs.

Here are the list of awardees for this year’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs:

YOUTH
* Arizza Nocum, KRIS Library & Good Karma Shirts

INCLUSIVE BUSINESS
* Felicitas Pantoja, Coffee for Peace
* Rachel de Villa, Cropital

MICRO-SMALL
* Honie Krizia Navor, HK Stone Craft Trading
* Evelyn Daytao. Daytao Native Cake
* Pamela Henares. BuroBuro Springs Vermi Farm
* Imelda Dagus, Dennis Coffee Garden
* Cherrie Atilano, AGREA
* Maria Lydia Lomibao, J. Emmanuel Pastries
* Arlene Mabute, Mabute Lumpia Wrapper & Cheese Stick Maker
* Ester Vitto, Bahag Footwear

MEDIUM-LARGE
* Ana de Ocampo, Wildflour Café & Bakery
* Mary Ann Montemayor, Villa Margarita Hotel & Catering
* Sheree Gotuaco, Omnimoda International
* Anne Gonzalez, Terry S.A.
* Evelyn Palomo, Great Image
* Gina Lorenzana, Unilever Philippines
* Rebecca Mills, Chalre Associates
* Felicia Atienza, Chinese International School Manila

WOMEN MSME DEVELOPMENT ENABLERS
* Pacita Juan, ECHOstore
* Doris Ho, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation
* Cynthia Villar, Senate of the Philippines

LEGACY
* Corazon Ong, CDO Foodsphere, Inc.
* Socorro Ramos, National Bookstore
* Rosalind Wee, W Group of Companies
* Mercedes Gotianun, Filinvest Development Corp.

Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years (Part 3)

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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Now on its final installment, our Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years feature culminates with previous awardees who have shaped industries such as media, publications, retail and fashion. We’ve also included the women who have revolutionized long-standing corporations from the inside as lauded intrapreneurs. This Thursday, on March 30, 2017, Go Negosyo will be awarding a new set of women entrepreneurs as the Inspiring Filipina Awardees of 2017. As the much awaited awarding draws near, so does the end of the nationwide celebration of Women’s Month. As we continue on this 2017, let us not forget about the ever growing number of Filipina Entrepreneurs gaining recognition for their ability to be catalysts for change and leaders of true progress in our country.

MEDIA/PUBLICATION

Maria Ressa – Rappler
Maria Ressa SQMaria Ressa was awarded in 2014 by Go Negosyo as a Filipina Starpreneur for her work as the CEO and Founder of Rappler. Ressa is among the most fearless and decorated journalists of Asia. She spent decades of her life in investigative journalism, concentrating mostly in exposing terrorist groups and networks across the Asian region. In her 20s, she set up a a group called Probe Productions which aimed to introduce television broadcasting to television. She then went on to become a well-decorated journalist with CNN. From a journalist, she became a director of the Southeast Asian operations of the global news group. Today, she has taken her vast experience in journalism and continues to evolve the landscape of journalism and media.

Sari Yap – MEGA Publishing Group
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In 2012, Sari Yap was awarded as the STARpreneur in the field of Publishing for her work as CEO and Founder of One MEGA Publishing Group. Working in the world of fashion and publications was admittedly a rough journey for Yap. As the first nationwide fashion magazine in the country, Yap had to battle a lot of criticisms and doubts from investors and other naysayers. Her company has survived two financial crises, and today runs 10 magazines that focus on lifestyle, travel and of course, fashion. Yap has proven herself as a trailblazer in the local fashion publication industry and serves as an inspiration to many who choose to follow her path.

Marixi Rufino-Prieto – Philippine Daily Inquirer
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As the Chair of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), Marixi Prieto was awarded as early as 2010 for her expansive work in publications during the Most Inspiring Women Awards hosted by Go Negosyo. Aside from PDI, Prieto is also the Director of several businesses such as Cebu Daily News, Hinge Inquirer Publication Inc., Inquirer Interactive Inc., Inquirer Publications Inc., Printown Group, Sunvar Inc., Investment and Marketing Association, Ionian Industrial Property Inc., Corinthian Industrial Property, Inc., HMR Enterprises, Inc., Lexmedia Realty, Inc., Var Buildings, Inc., Parkside Realty Development Corporation, Golden Pizza Inc., Golden Donuts Inc., International Family Foods Services, Inc., Mix-plant Inc., LRP Inc., Pinnacle Printers Corporation, Inquirer Holdings, Inc., Mediacom Equities, Inc., Matrix Resources Portfolio Holdings, Inc., and Excel Pacific Equities, Inc.

 

RETAIL/FASHION

Natividad “Naty” Cheng – Uratex
Naty Cheng SQNaty Cheng was awarded in 2014 as one of the Medium/Large STARpreneurs by Go Negosyo. As the co-founder and CEO of Uratex, many know of her inspiring story as a factory worker with cum business owner who pioneered the first foam factory in the country. Her husband and her started the business with a capital of 4,000 pesos and today, Uratex continues on as a multi-million peso business that has expanded its products from beds/foams, to adhesives, containers and plastic furnitures and now sells to countries all over Asia, the Netherlands and Australia.


Zenaida “Nedy” Tantoco – Rustan’s Commercial Corp.

Zenaida Tantoco SQNedy Tantoco is the current Chair and CEO of Rustan Commercial Corp., the long-standing and most prominent high-end retail company in the country. Under the Tantoco’s, Rustan’s has outlasted many other department stores of the same concept—leading the Tantocos to be known as the first family of the luxury industry in our country. Today, Nedy continues to lead Rustan’s to greater heights as they diversified from home and fashion to food with Rustan’s Supermarkets. Nedy was awarded in 2011 by Go Negosyo as a STARpreneurs in the large category.


INTRAPRENEUR

Marife Zamora – Convergys Philippines 
Marife Zamora SQMarife Zamora was awarded as a STARpreneur by Go Negosyo in 2012 and was later on awarded as one of the Most 100 Influential Filipina Women in the World in 2013. Zamora’s numerous accolades is due to her pioneering success in the corporate world as the Convergys Managing Director for Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, the company’s largest region. In the business process outsourcing industy, men dominate the leadership positions and Zamora is the only Filipina in the world who has reached the C-Suite level. Under her leadership, Convergys has become the number 1 employer in the Philippines in just a little over a decade.

Rizalina Mantaring – Sun Life Financial Philippines
Riza Mantaring SQRizalina Mantaring is the current Country Head of Sun Life Financial Philippines. Under her leadership, the Philippine operation has implemented numerous industry firsts and innovations for which Sun Life is known, helping Sun Life become the number one insurance company in the country. With her background in IT, Mantaring was able to transfer the Philippines into the IT hub of the global Sun Life Financial Group in only five years. Before her ascent to leadership in Sun Life, the company had difficulty acquiring the number one spot in the country. Today, they’ve held on to the number on spot for 5 consecutive years. Mantaring was awarded by Go Negosyo in 2015 during the FIlipina summit for her often praised work and innovation in the Insurance industry.

Maria Fe Agudo – Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.
Fe Agudo SQAs the President of Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) Agudo received the 2011 Ernst & Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She was awarder due to her work with HARI not only in building the Hyundai brand in the Philippines as a formidable player in the auto industry, but also as an innovator in nation building through HARI’s engagement with government and private partners in sustainable community building projects such as the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation located in the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Bulacan; Hyundai Embraces Lanao Partnership for Education program in partnership with Synergeia Foundation; and St. Scholastica Mission Hospital in Catarman, Northern Samar.

She is also the current President and co-founder of the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) and a 2013 Go Negosyo Women Icons of Entrepreneurship Awardee.

READ: Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years Part 1 | Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years Part 2

Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years (Part 2)

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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In the first half of the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years feature, we focused on the legacies and social innovators in order to encourage our readers to dream big and have hearts of compassion. For the second part of this feature we wish to capture your imagination and minds with these group of educators, beauty and wellness proponents and food entrepreneurs who have been constant inspirations in the entrepreneurial journeys of women from all over the country. On March 30, 2017 Go Negosyo will be announcing a new set of women entrepreneurs as the Inspiring Filipina Awardees of 2017. We can’t wait for what stories will unfold then but for now, we hope this list will quell your thirst for inspiration and motivation:

EDUCATION

Helena Benitez – Philippine Women’s University
Helena BenitezThe late Helena Benitez was a champion of women’s education as a veteran educator, former senator and administrator of the Philippines Women’s University. As a senator, she authored several laws advocating the advancement of education and women’s right. She has received many accolades and awards, amongst them are the 2007 Manila Awardee, 2009 Woman Awardee, and the 2013 Womenpreneur Icon from Go Negosyo. She lived to be one 102, and her legacy carries on through PWU and the numerous lives she has touched. Her former residence has also been turned into a heritage home found in San Juan.


Preciosa Soliven – O.B. Montessori
Preciosa Soliven
In 1966, Dr. Preciosa Soliven opened the first OB Montessori school in the Philippines. OB Montessori has become the country’s premier co-educational institution that nurtures the inner teacher of the child and develops them holistically through its Prepared Environment and specially trained teachers. Through the innovative programs in entrepreneurship, agriculture, performing arts and leadership training, the school has reconditioned Filipino children to become “citizens of the world”. Today, the school has several campuses in Metro Manila, a 16-hectare farm in Alfonso, Cavite; several ecumenical shrines; a 30-year old Child and Community Foundation and a new school of Culinary Arts – Istituto Culinario. Go Negosyo Awarded Dr. Preciosa Soliven for her innovative and modern approach to education during the Filipina Summit in 2013.


Mary Joy Abaquin – Multiple Intelligence
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Mary Joy Abaquin was awarded by Go Negosyo in 2014 as a Filipina Starpreneur for establishing the Multiple Intelligence School (M.I.S.). Abaquin’s involvement with Go Negosyo dates back to when she wrote the successful book “8 Simple Secrets to Raising Entrepreneurs” published in 2010. The Founding Directress of M.I.S. is a pioneering educator and advocate for innovative practice and reform in the education sector. Her school’s tagline “Where Every Child is Smart” is widely celebrated for being the first educational institution in the county that has integrated Entrepreneurship in the Basic Education and High Schoo Programs. Today, the school is receiving continuous praise for introducing kids to entrepreneurship at an early age and recognizing the different kinds of intelligence a child can possess.


BEAUTY & WELLNESS

Dra. Vicky Bello – Belo Medical Group

Vicky BeloDra. Vicky Belo is a household name to most Filipinos. Known as the doctor of the stars, she was awarded by Go Negosyo as a 2011 Starpreneur under the Large Enterprise category. She obtained her M.D. locally before training and receiving further qualifications in Thailand and the U.S. She is a speaker and guest lecturer for several institutions locally and abroad. Her success as an entrepreneur started out as a chain of clinics the became known for being the go-to places for cosmetic surgery for celebrities, and has now grown to become a retail powerhouse with Belo Cosmetics reaching drugstore and supermarket shelves nationwide.

Cathy Turvil – Nurture Wellness Spa

Cathy TurvillFounder of Nurture Wellness Spa Tagaytay; leader in the wellness spa industry; founded the first internationally accredited spa school in the Philippines; Founding President of Spa Association of the Philippines. Over the last 12 years, Nurture Wellness Village has continued to evolve and expand. Ms. Turvill’s spa began to incorporate additional wellness aspects such as improved nutrition. She introduced her clients to healthier foods from Nurture Wellness Village’s own organic garden offering delicious meals that are prepared on site with all fresh ingredients. One of the spa’s most recent innovations is The Workwell Project. This project is a corporate wellness program that encourages employers to invest in the health of employees by offering the services of the Nurture Wellness Village. Turvil was awarded by Go Negosyo as a Filipina Starpreneur in 2014.

Dr. Rosalinda Ang-Hortaleza – HBC
Rosalinda HortalezaDr. Rosalinda Ang-Hortaleza is the chief executive behind the beauty and cosmetics brand, HBC. What started out as six stores of Hortaleza Viciador, which Dr. Rosalinda inherited with her husband, has now expanded to more than 200 branches nationwide thanks to the smart rebranding and renaming of the business to HBC. Dr. Rosalinda strongly believes in the right of every woman to feel beautiful. This is the reason why the brand offers a wide range of beauty and cosmetic products and impressively reasonable prices—gaining a big following of loyal customers. In 2011, Go Negosyo awarded Dr. Rosalinda as Starpreneur for her enterprising and spirit for doing business inclusively—prioritizing the mass market to provide accessible beauty products for all.


FOOD

Corazon D. Ong – CDO Foodsphere, Inc.
CDOCorazon D. Ong was awarded in 2013 as a Trustee as the Founder of food processing giant CDO Foodsphere, Inc. Ong has been lauded for her ability to keep the company afloat despite several waves of crises hitting the industry and the country. The diverse line-up of meat products offered by CDO decorate the aisles of grocery stores and are a staple in any Filipino’s pantry. What started out as a venture into helping augment her own family’s income has now become a food enterprise that is largely admired by the entrepreneurial community.


Abba Napa – The Moment Group of Restaurants
Abba Napa
Abba Napa was amongst the Filipina entrepreneurs awarded by Go Negosyo during the Filipina Entrepreneur Summit last 2016. Napa’s story was also featured that same year in Go Negosyo’s 55 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs. Her business venture, The Moment Group, is responsible for some of the metro’s hottest restaurants and bars. Customer favorites like 8cuts, Ooma and Din Tai Fung are just some of the restaurant offerings under Napa’s group’s belt. The group looks forward to bringing more restaurants to delight Filipino foodies in the future and taking their business to greater heights.

Lydia De Roca – Lydia’s Lechon
Lydia de Roca
Lydia De Roca’s name is synonymous to the famed Filipino fiesta staple of lechon.  For over 50 years now, Lydia’s Lechon has provided the iconic roasted dish to parties and gatherings nationwide. Equally impressive to the growth of her business is the underdog story behind it. Lydia’s Lechon started out as a simple bangketa stall in the 1960’s. But because of her hard work, perseverance, and of course, tasteful renditions of menu items featuring lechon, Lydia’s Lechon now sits amongst the most successful local food enterprises in the country. In 2011, she was awarded by Go Negosyo as Starpreneur for her success in taking a well-loved Filipino dish and turning it into a thriving business.

A Celebration for Women as Catalysts for Change

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

On March 30, 2017, at the prestigious Malacañan Palace, an event will be solely dedicated to the recognition of women across the Philippines and their capacity to be catalyst for change and progress during the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards 2017. This event is aligned with the first national celebration of Women’s Month, held every March as part of the worldwide observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration. For the celebration, the new leadership will focus on these key foundations: partnership for change and full implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710), captured through the theme: “WE Make Change Work for Women.”

Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2016 Awardees – First row: Teresita Valdez, Girlie Lorenzo, Lydia Malot, Judith Versoza, Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz. Second Row: Cristina Liamzon, Adelfa Borro, Amina Alunan, Delby Bragais, Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee, Rossana Llenado, Evelyn Lao-Yap, Rowie Matti, Yoling Sevilla, Sherill Quintana and Abba Napa.

Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2016 Awardees – First row: Teresita Valdez, Girlie Lorenzo, Lydia Malot, Judith Versoza, Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz. Second Row: Cristina Liamzon, Adelfa Borro, Amina Alunan, Delby Bragais, Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee, Rossana Llenado, Evelyn Lao-Yap, Rowie Matti, Yoling Sevilla, Sherill Quintana and Abba Napa.

The Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards will highlight the strength and perseverance of women entrepreneurs in the ever developing landscape of entrepreneurship in our country. The awarding ceremony will celebrate the women who have greatly contributed and excelled in various ways in their respective fields. This new laudable batch of awardees are selected from an impressive pool of nominees and classified into seven categories: Youth, Inclusive Business, Women MSME Development Enabler, Micro, Small-Medium, Large, and Legacy.

“Women have been playing an active role, not just in their families, but also in their respective communities. We see more and more inspiring women who are empowered and passionate in their own respective fields and they deserve to be recognized. From conquering different industries such as food, fashion, health and wellness, to even male-dominated businesses such as construction and development. Women have truly proven themselves as catalysts for change and innovation,” Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion said.

As the Founder of Go Negosyo and the Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, Joey Concepcion has been at the forefront of honoring women entrepreneurs since the organization’s early years. In fact, Go Negosyo has already awarded over 200 outstanding women entrepreneurs for serving as inspirations in their respective fields. Among these women are Lifetime Achievement awardees Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore) and Esther Vibal (Vibal Publishing) and the Mother of All Mother Entrepreneurs awardee Helena Benitez (Philippine Women University).

In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte directed “all agencies, oversight bodies and local government units down to the barangay level to fully implement the Magna Carta of Women.” This is to ensure that man and woman will be partners in the pursuit of the country’s economic, social, cultural and political developments. This pursuit of development under the new administration is also anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change.

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Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years (Part 1)

Monday, February 27th, 2017

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

THE LEGENDS

Soccoro Ramos — National Bookstore (Retail)

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

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

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

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

Rosalind Wee – Marine Resources Development Corporation (Agribusiness)

Rosalind Wee

Rosalind Wee

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

Myrna Yao – Richprime Global (Retail)

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

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

Esther Vibal – Vibal Publishing (Education)

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

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

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

THE SOCIAL INNOVATORS

Girlie Lorenzo – Kythe (Social Entrepreneur)

Girlie Lorenzo of Kythe.

Girlie Lorenzo of Kythe.

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

Nanette Po – Friends of Hope (Social Entrepreneur)

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

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

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

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Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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The Search for the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs is a campaign spearheaded by Go Negosyo. This annual tradition aims to recognize women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. The award will be presented at the Malacanang Palace on March 2017 (date to be confirmed) in line with Go Negosyo’s celebration of International Women’s Month.

Qualifications:
(The nominator must write a supporting statement or a short essay highlighting each of the qualifications below. See Official Nomination Form for the format.)

1. May or may not have come from humble beginnings.
2. A Filipino who embodies the following traits: PASSIONATEPOSITIVE and PANALO (‘can do’) attitude.
3. Must have an innovative business model (products/ processes).
4. Must show the ability to genuinely care for the community and stakeholders and must have the potential to share time and talent to help spread the entrepreneurship advocacy.
5. Must be well-respected by their peers.

Mechanics & Requirements
Nominators must submit the following requirements or before February 21 2017.

  1. Duly accomplished Nomination Form
  2. Short essay/ supporting statement (Please see attached Nomination Form for the format)
  3. Supporting documents:
    – Certificate of Business Registration or SEC Registration
    – Pictures of products and/or business establishment/s
    – Feature articles/press releases (if any)

Submission and Queries:
Via Email:
Completed Nomination Form and Requirements must be sent to gnfilipina2017@gmail.com and put “Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2017” as the subject.

Via Mail:
Completed Nomination Form and Requirements can be mailed directly to:

Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship
5/F RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer corner Sheridan Streets,
Mandaluyong Metro Manila 1552

DOWNLOAD Official Nomination Form HERE

Go Negosyo to Hold the 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Go Negosyo 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Here are the 8 reasons why you should attend the Go Negosyo 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on February 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

1. Women Entrepreneurs are Taking the Business Industry by Storm

According to a recent study by the MasterCard Worldwide Index of Women’s Advancement, the Philippines is one of only two countries in Asia Pacific with more than 50 female business and government leaders and business owners for every 100 of their male counterparts. This means that more and more Filipino women are now taking the path of entrepreneurship. If you will attend Go Negosyo’s 8th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES), you will be exposed to different business models and have an opportunity to develop your business acumen through a roster of awesome speakers and panelists.

The Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit has been an annual tradition of Go Negosyo in recognizing our women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. It empowers Filipinas by equipping them with a positive mindset, tools and concepts necessary for them to pursue the path towards success most especially by being entrepreneurial and enterprising.

The Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit has been an annual tradition of Go Negosyo in recognizing our women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. It empowers Filipinas by equipping them with a positive mindset, tools and concepts necessary for them to pursue the path towards success most especially by being entrepreneurial and enterprising.

2. We have an All-Star team of Speakers!

Whether you are there for business or pleasure, we have a topnotch plenary speaker for you. From champion entrepreneurs like Maria Ressa to TV personalities like Kris Aquino, Karen Davila and Miriam Quiambao, we got you covered.

3. You can Meet Women Icons from Practically all Fields of Life

The topics that will be talked about in this year’s Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES) range from governance, business, to innovation and changing the world.

Maria Ressa, Kris Aquino, Karen Davila and Miriam Quiambao.

Maria Ressa, Kris Aquino, Karen Davila and Miriam Quiambao.

4. Joey Concepcion

While the man behind Go Negosyo tries to keep a low profile, he wouldn’t miss this spectacular event. Go Negosyo founding trustee Joey Concepcion has always been a staunch supporter of women game-changers. And that is why he will grace the 8th Go Negosyo FES with not only his presence, but with an inspiring message.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion.

Go Negosyo Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion.

5. There are FOUR Informative Fora with Amazing Panellists!

You read that right. Not one, not two, but four forums you can all listen to. What makes these fora even more exciting are the panels composed of incredible women icons like Congresswoman Leni Robredo, Senator Cynthia Villar, Rosalind Wee, Emma Imperial, Genevieve Tan, Chit Juan, Laura Bertotto, Nanette Medved-Poe, Aisa Mijeno and many others!

6. YOU Get to Ask Questions

It’s not everyday that you get to ask women icons questions that matter to you. At the 8th Go Negosyo FES, the forum will be opened to the audience members, allowing participants to communicate with the distinguished guests.

The Summit will have plenary fora featuring female personalities. This will include the Keynote Forum which will cover inspiring stories, platforms and advocacies of women in governance. It will also continue to recognize inspiring female entrepreneurs who are exemplary in the field of business. There will also be individual mentoring sessions with Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs (expert business mentors).

The Summit will have plenary fora featuring female personalities. This will include the Keynote Forum which will cover inspiring stories, platforms and advocacies of women in governance. It will also continue to recognize inspiring female entrepreneurs who are exemplary in the field of business. There will also be individual mentoring sessions with Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs (expert business mentors).

7. It will be A Great Source of Inspiration

Among other things, Go Negosyo is a storyteller. As Joey Concepcion once said, “many stories have been told, but there are many others to tell.” The 8th Go Negosyo FES is a perfect avenue to share stories of hope and inspiration. It is a platform where people can learn from real-life stories of people who have experienced real-life challenges but succeeded.

8. You Get to Network with Like-minded Pinays

Summits like FES cater to a particular group of people. Since the 8th Go Negosyo FES is all about women empowerment, we expect the see people who have passion for learning and an entrepreneurial mindset. The more people you meet, the bigger your network becomes. What an awesome way to make friends!


FES8 Web Banner
REGISTRATION DETAILS:

A. For Students and Teachers (Academe)
Interested students and teachers may get in touch with the FES8 Secretariat through 637-9229 or 638-8489 (Look for Rona Marcellana). Schools were sent official invitation letters addressed to the College or University President.  Request for the FES8 Official Invitation Packet for SUCs may also be communicated through the Secretariat.

B. Non-student/ non- teacher
Go Negosyo is reserving 500 seats for regular participants. Registration fee is Six Hundred Pesos (P600.00) which will cover for a packed lunch meal, seat reservation and Certificate of Participation.

To pre-register, fill out the online registration database with your complete details through this link: http://tinyurl.com/gonegosyo-FES8. An email will be sent by the Secretariat to confirm that the registration has been received.

PAYMENT DETAILS:

To complete registration and slot reservation, please proceed to payment.

Account Name: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc
Account Number: 4850-088-492
Bank: BDO Pioneer Highlands, Mandaluyong City

After depositing the payment, kindly email a photo or scanned copy of the slip to filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com
(Subject: FES8Payment/LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME). An acknowledgement email will be sent by the Secretariat to confirm slot reservation.

We encourage you to confirm immediately or reserve your slots by calling 637.9229 or 6318101 loc. 7106. Wait for the Secretariat’s confirmation email that your registration has been received. Registration and payment must be made until February 12, 2016.

 

8th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
With the theme 'Building Inclusive and Innovative Enterprises', the 8th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit happens on February 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

With the theme ‘Building Inclusive and Innovative Enterprises’, the 8th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit happens on February 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

(UPDATED) Be part of the biggest women summit of the year! Now on its 8th year, the Summit centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people, particularly the Filipinas. Happening on February 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, it is an annual tradition of recognizing our women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. It aims to empower Filipinas by equipping them with a positive mindset, tools and concepts necessary for them to pursue the path towards success most especially b being entrepreneurial and enterprising.

SUMMIT AGENDA:

* EMPOWER people especially Filipinas to be entrepreneurs and to INSPIRE them to look at entrepreneurship not only as an alternative to employment but a viable option for a career;
* INSPIRE the people by presenting in the plenary forum actual practicing and successful negosyantes who would share their own entrepreneurship journey;
* ENCOURAGE people to take on pagnenegosyonot only to help themselves but more importantly their families and communities;
* PROVIDE a venue for possible networking between and among schools, NGOs and other organizations in the region.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SUMMIT:

The Summit will have plenary fora featuring female personalities. This will include the Keynote Forum which will cover inspiring stories, platforms and advocacies of women in governance. It will also continue to recognize inspiring female entrepreneurs who are exemplary in the field of business. There will also be individual mentoring sessions with Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs (expert business mentors).

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) Gabby Cui, 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) Gabby Cui, Alice Eduardo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Socorro Ramos, Esther Vibal, Sen. Grace Poe and Joey Concepcion.

FES8 Confirmed Speakers Website


REGISTRATION DETAILS:

A. For Students and Teachers (Academe)
Interested students and teachers may get in touch with the FES8 Secretariat through 637-9229 or 638-8489 (Look for Rona Marcellana). Schools were sent official invitation letters addressed to the College or University President.  Request for the FES8 Official Invitation Packet for SUCs may also be communicated through the Secretariat.

B. Non-student/ non- teacher
Go Negosyo is reserving 500 seats for regular participants. Registration fee is Six Hundred Pesos (P600.00) which will cover for a packed lunch meal, seat reservation and Certificate of Participation.

To pre-register, fill out the online registration database with your complete details through this link: http://tinyurl.com/gonegosyo-FES8. An email will be sent by the Secretariat to confirm that the registration has been received.

PAYMENT DETAILS:

To complete registration and slot reservation, please proceed to payment.

Account Name: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc
Account Number: 4850-088-492
Bank: BDO Pioneer Highlands, Mandaluyong City

After depositing the payment, kindly email a photo or scanned copy of the slip to filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com
(Subject: FES8Payment/LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME). An acknowledgement email will be sent by the Secretariat to confirm slot reservation.

We encourage you to confirm immediately or reserve your slots by calling 637.9229 or 6318101 loc. 7106. Wait for the Secretariat’s confirmation email that your registration has been received. Registration and payment must be made until February 12, 2016.

Interested in being a sponsor for the 8th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit? Email us at padeguzman.pce@gmail.com or call (02) 631-8101 loc 7806 and we’ll help you find the perfect sponsorship package for you.

DOWNLOAD:

Event Primer HERE
Official Invitation for HEI HERE
Confirmation for HEI HERE

Search for the Go Negosyo Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs of 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Awardees of Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs for 2014 during the 6th Filipina Summit.

Awardees of Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs for 2014 during the 6th Filipina Summit.

The search for the Go Negosyo Inspiring WOMEN Entrepreneurs is a campaign spearheaded by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE). Through the recognition of inspiring role models, PCE hopes to instil a culture of entrepreneurship among the Filipino people and provide them with examples of potential negosyo models that they can go into.

Qualifications:
(The nominator must write a supporting statement or a short essay highlighting each of the qualifications below. See Official Nomination Form for the format.)

1. May or may not have come from humble beginnings;
2. A Filipino who embodies the following traits: PASSIONATE, POSITIVE and PANALO (‘can do’) attitude;
3.Must have an innovative business model (products/ processes);
4. Mus t show the ability to genuinely care for the community and stakeholders and must have the potential to share time and talent to help spread the entrepreneurship advocacy;
5. Must be well-respected by their peers.

Mechanics & Requirements
Nominators must fill-up the Nomination Form and send it on or before January 26, 2015. Candidates must submit their requirements not later than January 26, 2015.  Requirements include:

1. Duly accomplished Nomination Form
2. Short essay/ supporting statement (Please see attached Nomination Form for the format)
3. Supporting documents:
– Certificate of Business Registration or SEC Registration
– Pictures of products and/or business establishment/s
– Feature articles/press releases (if any)

Nomination Forms and Candidate Requirements can be sent:

VIA E-MAIL
 – send to filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com and and put “Go Negosyo Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs of 2015” as the subject.
VIA MAIL – send directly to the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, 5/F RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer corner Sheridan Streets, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila 1552
VIA FAX – send to (02) 637-9229

Please call the PCE Secretariat (02) 637-9229 to confirm if your entries were received. PCE shall not be responsible for any loss of data during transmission.

Deadlines:
          1. January 26, 2015– Deadline of submission of Nomination Forms and Candidate Requirements
          2. March 6, 2015– Awarding of the 10 winners at the 7th GO NEGOSYO Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Download the NOMINATION FORM – Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs of 2015 here.

For more information, please call the PCE Secretariat at (02) 637-9229 or e-mail us at filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com