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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.

 

Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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

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

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

A Set 1

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

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

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

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

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

A Set 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Set 4

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

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

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

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

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

Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Entrepreneurs of 2014

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let me share with you their photos:

Go Negosyo's Filipina Starpreneurs of 2014.

Go Negosyo’s Filipina Starpreneurs of 2014.

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

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

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

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

MVP Bossing Awardees for 2015.

MVP Bossing Awardees for 2015.

12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awardees.

12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awardees.

A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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