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Celebrating Cebu’s Creativity

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Just two weeks ago, we had a very successful run of our Creativity and Innovation Summit in Cebu. We were delighted to see the participants so engrossed in the discussion and actively jotted down notes as a reference for their future entrepreneurial endeavours. It gave us a positive feel that there is now greater awareness and enthusiasm in developing and empowering one to achieve their dreams and becoming more successful in life. We came there with a mission to inspire, but we were the ones who got inspired by these determined individuals.

I do believe that Cebu is a land of creativity and innovation. Because of their mindset, world-class products from well-awarded entrepreneurs became available in our market. Their love and pride for their culture add to the character of the products.

We were glad to have Sen. Bam Aquino, Kenneth Cobonpue, Maria Ressa, Jay Aldeguer, Justin Uy, Josiah Go, Johnlu Koa and other distinguished guests in our program. They shared their stories and gave advices to the aspiring entrepreneurs in the audience. For sure, there were many empowered individuals who will now take their step towards entrepreneurship.

This is what we are doing in Go Negosyo. We do not just hold seminars and summits just for the sake of having one. Instead, we have the vision and the mission to develop the Filipinos to be enterprising.

Let me share to you some of our photos during the Creativity and Innovation Summit in Cebu.

Go Negosyo founder, Joey Concepcion welcomes the crowd of more than 3,000 participants in the Creativity and Innovation Summit - Cebu.

Go Negosyo founder, Joey Concepcion welcomes the crowd of more than 3,000 participants in the Creativity and Innovation Summit – Cebu.

 Sen. Bam Aquino went down the stage to talk to audience.

Sen. Bam Aquino went down the stage to talk to audience.

Marketing Guru, Josiah Go, shared the 10 Building Blocks on Innovation.

Marketing Guru, Josiah Go, shared the 10 Building Blocks on Innovation.

haring the background of Rappler, Maria Ressa showed how the technology helped them in establishing Rappler.

haring the background of Rappler, Maria Ressa showed how the technology helped them in establishing Rappler.

fter their informative talks, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue shared the stage with RJ Ledesma in answering the questions from the students during the open forum.

fter their informative talks, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue shared the stage with RJ Ledesma in answering the questions from the students during the open forum.

In photo (L-R): Joey Concepcion, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue.

In photo (L-R): Joey Concepcion, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue.

DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah answers the question addressed for her during the open forum. Beside her are Johnlu Koa and Koh Onozawa.

DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah answers the question addressed for her during the open forum. Beside her are Johnlu Koa and Koh Onozawa.

Lorenz Florendo, one of the Inspiring Young Cebuano entrepreneur awardees, said that it will be more expensive not to innovate.

Lorenz Florendo, one of the Inspiring Young Cebuano entrepreneur awardees, said that it will be more expensive not to innovate.

Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez with the panelists: Johnlu Koa, Yati Abdullah, Koh Onozawa, Lorenz Florendo and Josiah Go.

Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez with the panelists: Johnlu Koa, Yati Abdullah, Koh Onozawa, Lorenz Florendo and Josiah Go.

Chal Lontoc and an audience during the open forum.

Chal Lontoc and an audience during the open forum.

In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez of Aframe Surf Company, Jan Rodriguez of Irie, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Rey Calooy of RNC Marketing Philippines, Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Bunny Pages of Pages Holdings Inc, and RJ Ledesma

In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez of Aframe Surf Company, Jan Rodriguez of Irie, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Rey Calooy of RNC Marketing Philippines, Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Bunny Pages of Pages Holdings Inc, and RJ Ledesma

Kenneth Cobonpue showed his designs and his inspirations during his talk leaving the audience in awe.

Kenneth Cobonpue showed his designs and his inspirations during his talk leaving the audience in awe.

Jan Rodriguez, Go Negosyo Young Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneur 2012 awardee.

Jan Rodriguez, Go Negosyo Young Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneur 2012 awardee.

Jay Aldeguer, the man behind the Islands Souvenirs, shared how he innovated his customer branding strategy and leveraging his brand.

Jay Aldeguer, the man behind the Islands Souvenirs, shared how he innovated his customer branding strategy and leveraging his brand.

Our partner in the summit, Justin Uy answered the question as to how he started the famous Philippine Brand dried mangoes.

Our partner in the summit, Justin Uy answered the question as to how he started the famous Philippine Brand dried mangoes.

Even young entrepreneurs joined the discussion. In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez, Jan Rodriguez and Wesley Chiongbian.

Even young entrepreneurs joined the discussion. In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez, Jan Rodriguez and Wesley Chiongbian.

Wesley Chiongbian is also one of the Young Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneur 2012 awardee. He joined the forum on innovation of channels for critical mass.

Wesley Chiongbian is also one of the Young Inspiring Cebuano Entrepreneur 2012 awardee. He joined the forum on innovation of channels for critical mass.

Bunny Pages and RJ Ledesma tackled how innovation will improve efficiency and customer satisfaction when applied to operation processes.

Bunny Pages and RJ Ledesma tackled how innovation will improve efficiency and customer satisfaction when applied to operation processes.

Rey Calooy gave his advice for the audience during the last part of the forum.

Rey Calooy gave his advice for the audience during the last part of the forum.

Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez encouraged everyone to match their passion with opportunities in the market, and take action from the learnings that day. He also introduced the new Mobile App Challenge of Go Negosyo.

Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez encouraged everyone to match their passion with opportunities in the market, and take action from the learnings that day. He also introduced the new Mobile App Challenge of Go Negosyo.

In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez of Aframe Surf Company, Jan Rodriguez of Irie, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Rey Calooy of RNC Marketing Philippines, Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Bunny Pages of Pages Holdings Inc, and RJ Ledesma

In photo (L-R): Chal Lontoc, Nico Ybanez of Aframe Surf Company, Jan Rodriguez of Irie, Wesley Chiongbian of Mynimo.com, Rey Calooy of RNC Marketing Philippines, Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Bunny Pages of Pages Holdings Inc, and RJ Ledesma

Chal Lontoc and an audience during the open forum.

Chal Lontoc and an audience during the open forum.

Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez with the panelists: Johnlu Koa, Yati Abdullah, Koh Onozawa, Lorenz Florendo and Josiah Go.

Go Negosyo Executive Director, Ramon Lopez with the panelists: Johnlu Koa, Yati Abdullah, Koh Onozawa, Lorenz Florendo and Josiah Go.

Lorenz Florendo, one of the Inspiring Young Cebuano entrepreneur awardees, said that it will be more expensive not to innovate.

Lorenz Florendo, one of the Inspiring Young Cebuano entrepreneur awardees, said that it will be more expensive not to innovate.

DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah answers the question addressed for her during the open forum. Beside her are Johnlu Koa and Koh Onozawa.

DHL Express Philippines Country Manager, Yati Abdullah answers the question addressed for her during the open forum. Beside her are Johnlu Koa and Koh Onozawa.

In photo (L-R): Joey Concepcion, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue.

In photo (L-R): Joey Concepcion, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue.

fter their informative talks, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue shared the stage with RJ Ledesma in answering the questions from the students during the open forum.

fter their informative talks, Maria Ressa and Kenneth Cobonpue shared the stage with RJ Ledesma in answering the questions from the students during the open forum.

haring the background of Rappler, Maria Ressa showed how the technology helped them in establishing Rappler.

haring the background of Rappler, Maria Ressa showed how the technology helped them in establishing Rappler.

Go Negosyo Cebu!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Despite the heavy traffic due to the unexpected rain pour, more than 300 Cebuano entrepreneurs, institution representatives, government officials and Go Negosyo partners joined us in our gathering last August 28, in Laguna Garden Cafe, Cebu. This gathering welcomes the Cebuano entreps to the big network of Go Negosyo entrepreneurs.

We also awarded 10 Inspiring Young Cebuano Entrepreneurs who served as role models for the generations to follow. These young entrepreneurs maximized their creativity and properly incorporated innovation in their respective business.

Aside from the awarding ceremony, we also had a productive dinner forum with Cebuano entrepreneurs Justin Uy, Jay Aldeguer, Kenneth Cobonpue, Manny Osmena. Joey Concepcion, Sen. Bam Aquino, Yati Abdullah and Josiah Go also joined the discussion about having creativity and innovation in their businesses.

Go Negosyo founder, Joey Concepcion, welcomes the guests to the dinner forum.

Go Negosyo founder, Joey Concepcion, welcomes the guests to the dinner forum.

One of the ten Inspiring Young Cebuano Entrepreneur Awardee, Lorenz Florendo of Tatang's Extra Crispy Boneless Lechon, receives his award from Joey Concepcion, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, and DHL's country manager, Yati Abdullah.

One of the ten Inspiring Young Cebuano Entrepreneur Awardee, Lorenz Florendo of Tatang’s Extra Crispy Boneless Lechon, receives his award from Joey Concepcion, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, and DHL’s country manager, Yati Abdullah.

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(L-R) Gabby Cui of PLDT SME Nation, James Bernas of Smart Communications, Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, Justin Uy of Profoods International Corporation, Yati Abdullah of DHL, Mayor Michael Rama of Cebu City, Koh Onozawa and Franz Ignacio of Loudbasstard and Joey Concepcion.

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The 10 Inspiring Young Cebuano Entrepreneurs and the award presentors. Front row (L-R): Nico Ybanez and Carlo De Asis of Aframe Surf Company, Christian Paro-an of RC Goldline Salesshop, Mark Ynoc of Ynoc International Trading, Nico Nimor of Nick Automatic, Gabino Abejo Jr. of Abejo Waters Corporation, Erica Neal of Zoet Cakes and Pastries, Koh Onozawa and Franz Ignacio of Loudbasstard, Lorenz Florendo of Tatang’s Extra Crispy Boneless Lechon, Pearl Sarcauga of Dollface Cosmetics, Stephen Ferolino and Cham Lopez (in behalf of Anya Lim) of Anthill Fabric Gallery. Top row (L-R): Gabby Cui, PLDT SME Nation Community Consultancy Head, RJ Ledesma, Mercato Centrale’ Co-Owner and event emcee,  James Bernas, Head – Wireless Community Solutions, Smart Communications, Inc., Jay Aldeguer, Island Souvenirs, President and Chairman, Justin Uy, Profood Inc., Founder/Owner, Yati Abdullah, DHL Express (Philippines) Corporation, Country Manager, Michael Rama, Cebu City Mayor, Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, and Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director and Board of Trustee

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Cebu city Mayor, Michael Rama welcomes guests to Cebu city.

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Ms. Yati Abdullah shares DHL helps micro, small and medium entrepreneurs in their logistics.

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Award winning furniture designer and manufacturer, Kenneth Cobonpue, shares how creativity and innovation helped him to make a mark in the world market.

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One of the most successful Cebuano entrepreneurs, Mr. Justin Uy, imparts the characteristics of Cebuanos which help them in their successes.

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Mr. Manny Osmena, provided Manny O. wines for the guests and joined the discussion of the panel. Beside him are Justin Uy and Joey Concepcion.

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Marketing guru, Josiah Go, talked about how entrepreneurs can develop through creative marketing. Beside him are Manny Osmena and Justin Uy.

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Sen. Bam Aquino (center) flew over from Manila to join his Go Negosyo family in this dinner forum.

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The panelists include (L-R) Josiah Go, Manny Osmena, Justin Uy, Joey Concepcion, Sen. Bam Aquino, Kenneth Cobonpue, Yati Abdullah, Jay Aldeguer along with the night’s host, RJ Ledesma.

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An entrepreneur himself, RJ Ledesma, asked questions as to how creative ideas can help aspiring entrepreneurs start their businesses.

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Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group discussed how Cebuanos take great pride of their own products.

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(L-R) Joey Concepcion, Sen. Bam Aquino and Kenneth Cobonpue

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The awardees and distinguished guests gather on stage for a photo opportunity.

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Franz Ignacio and Koh Onozawa posed for a picture with Johnlu Koa (center) of French Baker.

The Agri-Negosyo Summit

Monday, August 4th, 2014

The first Agri-Negosyo Summit was a huge success! Over 7,000 participants showed their high interest in this sector.

The various speakers showed that there’s money in Agriculture as exemplified by their respective negosyo models,

and how several institutional enablers can assist them.

Over 40 resource person/agripreneurs and enablers surely empowered all the participants that day. The learnings

and opportunities have been provided and it is now up to participants to make very good use of them. The choice is

ours. And as we say, success is for those who want it most.

That is why Go Negosyo is promoting agripreneurship because millions of Filipinos live near lands dedicated for

agriculture and they should maximize it. With the Go Negosyo bill now signed into law, agri-negosyo should be a

major component in the development of the economy of this country.

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We would like to thank the Annual Sponsors of the 1st AgriNegosyo Summit: PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Meralco, RFM Corporation, Calata Corporation, Sta. Elena Development & Construction, Profood International Corp., Double Dragon Properties, WILCON Depot. DHL, BPI Family Ka-Negosyo, LBC, Kettle Korn and Condura.

Our 2014 Most Inspiring Agripreneurs

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

In almost 9 years of Go Negosyo, we have been recognizing inspiring entrepreneurs who have contributed to the social development of our country and their community. Many of them were featured in our books in the hope of rousing our readers’ interest in business. The stories can encourage them to try and test their skills in venturing into the right kind of idea-based entrepreneurship. And that is what we are aiming to do: to transform our country into an entrepreneurial nation. And it is great to know that some of our past audiences and readers have been emailing us to let us know that they are now entrepreneurs.

Even in our summits, we are honoring entrepreneurs who have started small but because of their passion and determination to continuously innovate to suit their products and services to market demand, their businesses have grown. Some are even recognized not only in the local market but also abroad through exporting or international operations. These entrepreneurs are now giving back as they inspire and share practical knowledge and advice to others in our fora and seminars.

This month, we are geared up for our first Agri-Negosyo Summit will happen on July 25, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. Part of the program is to recognize these role models in agri-business, who have been unselfish in sharing their time and knowhow for the good of others.

We have selected 15 awardees of the Most Inspiring Agripreneurs and Agri-Enablers 2014. These awardees are 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. We are not merely after the size of the agri business; instead we placed high regard to their innovativeness and creativity in turning raw products into higher-value goods, and to their integration of technology in their production processes. These awardees have different negosyo models that can likewise serve as examples for all aspiring agripreneurs.

Here are the awardees:

Senen Bacani

Senen Bacani leads his community towards change and development through the establishment of La Frutera Inc. His efforts to transform donated land into a productive plantation for Cavendish Bananas helped the province be recognized for high-quality fruits that are exported globally. La Frutera serves as an instrument to promote peace and equality in the region and has resulted in countless opportunities for prosperity.

Tennyson Chen

After facing many challenges in different business ventures, Tennyson Chen turned to breeding and growing livestock. His limited knowledge of the poultry business did not hinder his determination to succeed in agribusiness and has resulted in Bounty Fresh Food Inc. Now Bounty Fresh Food has been distributing thousands of dressed chickens all over the country and has partnered with their roast chicken chain, Chooks-To-Go.

Henry Lim Bon Liong

With his vision of a rice self-sufficient Philippines, Henry Lim Bon Liong developed SL Agritech Corporation. The creation of hybrid rice was caused by his long and detailed research into rice grains and has now resulted in progress and bountiful harvests. SL Agritech’s aggressiveness coupled with innovation and technology has led to the modernization of the rice industry.

Joseph Calata

The youngest business tycoon in the country started by bravely turning the family business into the Philippines’ largest distributor of agrochemicals, feeds, fertilizers and seed. He has proudly led the Calata Corporation to success, armed with his belief that the agriculture sector should and can be empowered. He recognizes the hard work of their farmers and has treated them as partners in success.

Danilo Fausto

Danilo Fausto has recognized that the Filipino farmers’ partners — the carabaos — don’t simply plow the fields but are also natural sources of nourishment for Filipinos.  Through DVF Dairy Farms, he has set a standard for high-quality milk, cheese and dairy products. His different mindset towards carabaos has helped farmers gain sustainable income and livelihood.

Arsenio Barcelona

Arsenio Barcelona transported and applied ideas and techniques he learned abroad in order to grow world-class fruit-bearing seeds in the country. He mastered the art of growing fruits, took the risk and persuaded farmers to utilize the seeds. His Harbes Agribusiness Corporation has helped increase farmers’ yield and improve production. He shares his knowledge through programs and seminars supported by the government and private institutions.

Jacqueline & Antonio Alleje

The pioneer of small-scale dairy production in the country, Rizal Dairy Farms continues to expand due to their strict quality controls and devotion to exceptional client service. Their advocacy on organic farming has inspired many to try and invest in the industry. Rizal Dairy Farms now is a top supplier of high-class dairy products to hotels and restaurants.

Martin & Pilamar Ozaeta

Martin and Pilamar hatched a poultry business despite challenging situations. Their partnership has provided them the strength and courage to continue with production. Gemsun Marketing has lent a hand to the town of San Jose, Batangas, making it known as the “Egg Basket of Luzon.” They are models of perseverance, determination and fortitude in achieving growth.

Ronald Costales

A humble man with big vision for agriculture, Ronald Costales leads in the integration of agriculture and tourism through his well-developed and eye-catching Costales Nature Farms. He proved that agriculture is not simply planting crops in vast lands but should also incorporate aesthetic value. Costales Nature Farm has provided its clients with educational and enjoyable trips.

Arestina Papillon

Arestina Papillon has a big heart and interest in chickens. Learning all farming methods from scratch, her passion, patience and high regard for quality has made Pamora Farms the pride of Abra province and an agri-tourism destination. But success is not theirs alone, as they share it with their community through their livelihood programs and seminars.

Jeffrey Lim

Jeffrey Lim’s capital in his JSJ Goat Farm is his passion and genuine love for animals, specifically goats. His consideration for their well-being has led to the top-quality facility that helps them produce delicious goats’ milk. JSJ Goat Farm is now one of the prime producers of goat products.

Maximo Ricohermoso

Maximo Ricohermoso pioneered seaweed cultivation in the country and transformed it into a high-value product, carrageenan. His company, MCPI Carrageenan Corporation, is committed to providing local fisher folk with an alternative but nature-friendly source of income. His leadership has led to awareness and appreciation of the world market for carrageenan.

GreenEarth Heritage Foundation

GreenEarth Heritage Foundation headed by Dr. Mylene Matti turned a land donation into a productive plantation of organic vegetables and herbs, moving its beneficiaries from a lifetime of deforestation into the organic agricultural way of life.  Their flagship product is MORINGA TEA, which is Certified-Organic by the US Dept. of Agriculture and Ecocert France. They are also Fair Trade Certified. GreenEarth believes that the transformation of their land is dependent on the loving hands of the farmers who cultivate and nurture it.   For them to succeed,  the holistic needs of their farmers must be addressed– www.greenearthheritage.org.

Philippine Biochar Association

Philippine Biochar Association played an important role in promoting the benefits of their product, biochar, towards environmental sustainability. This is part of their mission to save the planet and improve people’s lives by converting agricultural waste into a valuable product that helps boost farm soil fertility.

Neil Molina

A farm worker turned farm owner, Neil Molina is a source of inspiration for many Filipinos here and abroad. His dream for a better future for his family started with his cow investments. He shares his formula for success and gives advice to aspiring entrepreneurs through his mentorship programs.

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We would like to thank the Annual Sponsors of the 1st AgriNegosyo Summit: PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Meralco, RFM Corporation, Calata Corporation, Sta. Elena Development & Construction, Profood International Corp., Double Dragon Properties, WILCON Depot. DHL, BPI Family Ka-Negosyo, LBC, Kettle Korn and Condura.

The Agripreneurs and Agri-enablers

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

It is now the month of July and we are getting closer to our first Agri-Negosyo Summit which will be happening on July 25, 2014 in World Trade Center, Pasay City. We aim to promote the agricultural sector as filled with agri-business opportunities that also promote countryside and regional development.

We believe in the saying “there’s money in agriculture” and for many Filipinos, even those in the provinces, the opportunities and the resources are just around us, and we just have to open our eyes and sharpen our pencils on how we can start an interesting agri-negosyo model that may be close to our hearts. Even to those already in the sector, we are always wondering how we can further improve our business model to upgrade our income possibilities.

How can we move up in the value chain? This is probably the biggest challenge in the sector today. How can we make the farmers think like entrepreneurs? To go beyond farming or livestock production and move towards processing them or storing and packaging well the products? How to supply directly the major supermarkets and village stores?

Agripreneurs can level-up and produce higher value-added products that can command more stable and higher price levels as they may be in greater demand here and abroad. How we can process further or apply technology in the processes to lower costs and improve the product quality and presentation.

Many lives can improve through agripreneurship. Creativity and innovativeness will help them transform their raw products into high-value goods.

We invite everyone to join the Agri Negosyo summit to benefit from the whole program packed with plenary forums and seminars. We will be also having mentoring sessions with our guest entrepreneurs who are all well-experienced and knowledgeable in terms of agripreneurship. They will be able to answer questions and give advice to the participants. For more information, visit our website, www.gonegosyo.net or call 637 9229/637 9347. We hope to see you there.

Meanwhile, here are some of the inspiring agripreneurs and enablers who will be with us in the summit and who are ready to share their success through hard work and passion for agriculture.

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We would like to thank the Annual Sponsors of the 1st AgriNegosyo Summit: PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Meralco, RFM Corporation, Calata Corporation, Sta. Elena Development & Construction, Profood International Corp., Double Dragon Properties, WILCON Depot. DHL, BPI Family Ka-Negosyo, LBC, Kettle Korn and Condura.

Finding Success in Agripreneurship

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
Filipinos are never destined to be poor. We all deserve to live a life out of poverty for there are many ways of succeeding in life especially that our country is blessed with vast natural resources that we can capitalize on. In my last feature, we showcased successful Filipino entrepreneurs who saw the greener pasture through agriculture.Many are seeking ways to get a good paying job, some even go abroad to earn a living. In the context of small farmers and fishermen, many of them work very hard but still do not enjoy the quality of life that they deserve. Our advocacy wants to see this scenario change for the better and we hope to encourage future and present farmers to think like entrepreneurs and uplift their standard of living.

Agripreneurship is now becoming a hit for those who pioneered in this line of expertise and business. Many got their success because of their passion to do it. Today, many of our countrymen are enjoying the fruits of their labor and harvesting their success from their agribusiness’s success.

As we promote opportunities in agri-negosyo, we invite you to join the 1st Agri Negosyo Summit on July 25 at the World Trade Center. For more details, contact 6379229 or 6379347.

Meanwhile, let me share with you some more success stories of successful Filipino agripreneurs who were also featured in Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Stories of Agri-Entrepreneurs book.


SENEN BACANI (LA FUERTA INC.)
From being the former Department of Agriculture head during the Presidency of Corazon Aquino and former country manager for Dole Philippines and Costa Rica, Senen Bacani sure do know a lot about agriculture. He is now the CEO of one of the largest exporters of bananas in the country, La Fuerta Inc. With the determination to help his community in Mindanao, he converted the vast land into a plantation which now produces 5 to 6 million boxes of Cavendish bananas and exports them to the Middle East and some countries in Asia. They use their tagline as an inspiration, “We excel because we care.” True enough, it is not only in their World-class products that got them big, but also in their efforts to care and value their hard working farmers.


JOSEPH CALATA (CALATA CORPORATION)
The youngest business tycoon in the country started by studying their family business and through his passion to develop their business, Calata Corporation is now the country’s largest distributor of agrochemicals, feeds, fertilizers and seeds. Joseph Calata believes that the agricultural sector be empowered for it will bear great products. He also treats their farmers as their best asset for they will not be the biggest agricultural conglomerate without them. He helped in the introduction of technology related to agriculture. Now, Calata Corporation has been signing deals with different foreign firms.


DESIREE DURAN (DURAN FARM AND AGRIBUSINESS CENTER)

Without full expertise and with only limited knowledge in farming, Desiree Duran was challenged to start her agri-business after attending a seminar. She turned her 1 hectare of land into a plantation of tomato which piqued the interest of her own community. The community become involved in the production. Duran farm and Agri-business center now trains farmers and teach them about the modern technology in farming. Through these efforts, they have produced high quality fruits and vegetables. They also developed seeds which are now available in the market.


PARIS UY (LIVE GREEN INTERNATIONAL, INC.)
Paris Uy’s advocacy for organic products has been welcomed in the country. He is into producing organic vegetables which today is very in demand to many. Live Green International Inc., is now distributing fresh produce and organic products to 19 outlets in the country including well-known malls and establishments. They also opened the first whole foods store in the country named Organiko. Live Green also gives training programs to farmers and has now produced a total of 160 graduates as of May 2014. 88 of these are now certified and official organic contract growers.


ARSENIO BARCELONA (HARBEST AGRICULTURAL CORP.)

From his travel to Taiwan, Arsenio Barcelona was inspired by the technology and techniques used in their farming. He then brought this information back to Manila. In 1997, Known-You seeds Co. Ltd., the largest and most prestigious seed breeder, producer and distributor in Taiwan, got them to be the exclusive importer and distributor of their products which then led to the Harvest Agricultural Corporation.  After their success, they now offer monthly trainings to encourage and inspire Filipinos to try backyard farming.



JOEL MAGSAYSAY (ILOG NI MARIA)

Joel Magsaysay retreated from his top position in a food chain company, left the corporate world and pursued his mission to be a lover of nature.  He traded his prestigious life and lived in his own little farm. Turning his bee-farm into business was not the first plan. He and his family first started incorporating bee products to household items such as soaps and toothpaste. At first, they were just giving them as gifts to friends and family but through the word of mouth, news about their products eventually spread. Learning only through books, Joel Magsaysay and family is the proud owner of Ilog ni Maria Honeybee farm housing 800 colonies of bees. 


EDITH DACUYCUY (REFMAD FARMS)

Edith Dacuycuy of REFMAD farm owns the largest dragon fruit farm in the country located in Ilocos Norte. Her dragon fruit farm was a result of her search for a cure for her daughter’s illness. The Dragon Lady, as she is called, was able to grow her business thru process innovation and research, and her farm is very notable for its zero-waste farming practices. With the expansion of her business, Edith realized the need to register her agribusiness and encourage other local farmers to engage in dragon fruit production. Her dragon fruit is also distributed here in the country and abroad. Her vision is to make the Philippines a very big producer of dragon fruit.


JEFFREY LIM (JSJ GOAT FARMS)
Jeffrey Lim has been involved in the business at an early age for his family ran a noodle factory. His business inspiration came from a request from his friend to have a goat as a gift for his friend’s birthday. He thought that since many farmers raise goats, he can easily source it. He also realized that there is more that he can do to use these goats for business which is goat breeding.  He and his wife started raising 6 goats in 2001. In 2004, he decided to convert his goat breeding hobby into a full-blown business venture. His goat breeding venture began to soar and in 2009, he was able to sell more than 400 gat breeders. JSJ is also expanding into related business like goat milk production and feta cheese. Today, his business continues to gain profit and is goat-raising has been his gold mine since he started.


JOSE MERCADO (MERLO AGRICULTURAL CORPORATION)
Jose Mercado, Chairman of Merlo Agricultural Corp. knows that coffee business will make him successful. He grew up in a coffee farm in Lipa, Batangas owned by his father and spent his childhood years helping him run the farm. He was inspired to continue this kind of business for this is something that he knew by heart so he put up his own coffee business and realized his dream to have a better life. Jose did not go to college but took up courses in accounting and taxation for he knew by then what he wanted to do. MERLO is a combination of his and his wife’s last name – Mercado and Lopez. He is proud to say that his family is one of the pioneers in Batangas coffee industry. They bank on the quality of their coffee beans and roasting technique. In 1990, Jose developed his own blend which became a hit because of its flavour and called it Cafe de Lipa – named after his hometown. He sells three brands of coffee – Batangas Brew, Cafe de Lipa, and Kapeng Barako which are all proven to be popular in the market until today.


FERDINAND MARAÑON (SAGREX)
Ferdinand Marañon started his career in sales and marketing. After 14 years of being in that field, he ventured into agriculture where he found his niche and success. In 1980, he put up his very first company which is Sagrex Group of Companies. For over 30 years, Sagrex has never stopped opening new markets and dominating the competition in terms of agricultural trading. It has grown to at least five different companies engaged in the production and sale of different products catering to the different needs of the market. Ferdinand’s desire to set apart his products from others allowed him to discover more opportunities. He also ventured into fertilizer trading and eventually saw the need for packaging innovation hence; they set up the first polyethylene foam plant in Davao in 1990. He considers this as his most successful venture involving bananas. It them expanded in Cavite, catering to Calabarzon area. Sagrex Foods Inc. embarked on the commercial production of frozen microwaveable bananas for export. Today, they are one of the largest exporters of this product around the world.


PHILIP CRUZ (HERBANEXT)
Interest in Science and his considerable scientific knowledge led Philip Cruz to establish Herbanext laboratories Inc. which has grown to become one of the largest local sources of herbal extracts. Philip grew up having agriculture as part of his life because he spent time mostly in his father’s farm and fishpond in Negros Occidental. He first devoted his time and resources to his own aquaculture venture and eventually shifted to mushroom growing and processing. He mastered the science and process of it so in 2002, Herbanext was born. Through intensive research and innovation, he was able to manufacture and export herbal extract which are being exported. Herbanext was very keen on entering the export market for it will generate more jobs for the farmers. Philip believes that his determination to benchmark Herbanext against the best in the field has borne fruit as it has been able to establish itself as the pioneer herbal extract manufacturer in the Philippines.


MARTIN & PILAMAR OZAETA (GEMSUN MARKETING)
Being in the poultry business since 1994, the close to 55,000 daily egg produce of GEMSUN Marketing has been the “gem” and “sun” of Martin and his wife Pilamar Ozatea. When they were starting, Martin did not have the background on poultry business but with the help of Pilamar’s parents, who are into this line of business, he learned the process slowly but surely. Martin and Pilamar started with 3,000 chickens and this has grown to over 60,000 today despite many challenges and setbacks thrown their way through the years. Hard work, determination, and fortitude are the two’s keys to success. Their determination to succeed comes from the fact that there will always be a demand for eggs in the market. Today, Martin and Pilamar are continuously searching ways to improve their production and produce quality to have a stronger market demand and trust.


CHARITA PUENTESPINA (PUENTESPINA ORCHIDS AND TROPICAL PLANTS INC.)
Credited for saving the waling-waling in the Philippines from extinction, Charita Puentespina’s passion to grow orchids and love for plants led her to establish her own business. Gerowing up, she has always loved plants perhaps because her family is into agriculture and their backyard is full of plants and vegetables. Charita was enticed to grow orchids by her friends who had beautiful orchids in their homes. She knew that she can grow them herself. She started importing orchids from Bangkok and Hawaii. She researched on orchid breeding and propagation and invested on it. By the 1980s, she was able to successfully propagate waling-waling in her laboratory. It attracted demands locally and abroad so she expanded her farm which is now known as Malagos Grden Resort. In 2008, she bought a land adjacent to her farm and named it Golden Sunset where cacaos are grown and manufactured as chocolates.

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Seeing the greener pasture through Agripreneurship

Monday, June 9th, 2014
The Philippines has been blessed and endowed with rich and abundant natural resources which we  can use to thrive in the agricultural industry and become a global player in this field. We in Go Negosyo would like to inspire and encourage more aspiring entrepreneurs to venture into agribusiness and explore the wonders of its fruits.

Although two-thirds of the population is into agribusiness, it only accounts for just about a third of our economy. We need to see more agri-producers become more entrepreneurial, to search for ways and means to improve their productivity and income, to bond together when feasible to create economies of scale, say in farming, to try new technologies that will increase yields, to value-add on their produce, to have direct links with the market and institutional accounts, and so on. Agri-modernization and levelling up the value chain are important in seeing one day more wealthy farmer and producers. We need higher value-added agricultural products to increase its contribution to the economy.

We recognize a growing number of entrepreneurs in the Go Negosyo community and we have featured them in the Go Negosyo book on Agri Entrepreneurship. We are also fortunate to have leading advocates in the sector, who are now in government like Senator Cynthia Villar who now heads the Senate Agriculture Oversight Committee and the newly installed Presidential Adviser on Agriculture Kiko Pangilinan.

Many Filipino entrepreneurs have also taken the path less travelled, not only to have agriculture as their business model but as an advocacy to promote agripreneurship in the country.

Let me share with you some success stories of inspiring and thriving agri-preneurs:


Senator Cynthia Villar

For the past years, Senator Cynthia Villar has been a strong advocate of Go Negosyo and its programs especially the OFW and Family Summit that we have been holding together for the past three years. Known as Mrs. Hanepbuhay, she is known for her social enterprise advocacies that have been sustainable and relevant to solving environmental problems and above all, give livelihood to affected communities.  In particular, she pioneered the conversion of water lily wastes that clogged the Las Pinas river into creatively produced basket and vases, bags and footwear ; converted buko husks waste into coco coir for rip-rapping needs in the property development sector. There are other examples but what is common is her ability to find solution to local waste problems, train and give processing equipment to communities, find a continuing market for their produce. This is done thru her Villar Sipag Foundation.

Sec. Kiko Pangilinan

Chairman for the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food in 2010, Secretary Kiko Pangilinan has been in support for Go Negosyo especially during the launch of our Go Negosyo Agribook. Senator Pangilinan, by profession, agriculture and farming were out of his areas of expertise. He only had cursory knowledge of the issues confronting Philippine agriculture. Armed with his vision of helping the farmers and fishermen in our country, Sec. Pangilinan set up a program known as Sagip Saka. This advocacy program aims to achieve sustainable modern agriculture and food security by transforming agricultural communities to reach their full potential, improving farmers’ and fishers’ quality of life, and bridging gaps through public-private partnerships. Sec. Pangilinan believes that farmers are entrepreneurs too and must be equipped with the mindset, skills, and the support structure to treat their farms as profitable enterprises.


Justin Uy (Profood International Corporation)

What seemed like useless because of very little demand despite its abundance became Justin Uy’s key to entrepreneurial success. In the late 1970s, Cebu’s mango farmers often left ripe mangoes to rot on the ground for there was very little market and demand compared to supply especially during summer months. Justin saw what others did not – converting these mangoes into income. At 19 years old, he and his family formed Jim-Jim Food products in 1978 where the dried mango production was done by his family. They gave the farmers income while generating income of their own. In 1984, the family found another business opportunity by producing mango puree from fresh mangoes, hence, forming Producer Food International. Today, Profood has plants in Cebu, Bulacan, Davao, and Iloilo to absorb and process the outputs of farmers around the country, and is exporting its products in more than 40 countries around the world.


Henry Lim Bon Liong

Rice farmers should not be poor and that hybrid rice is the perennial and problem with low yield. This is what CEO of SL Agritech Corporation believes in. Henry knows everything and anything about rice, especially the hybrid rice variety that his group, through SL Agritech Corp., seeks to encourage more Filipino farmers to plant in their fields to increase more yields and their income. Through his efforts in promoting hybrid rice, Henry was honored with a Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service for helping ensure food security in Asia in 2001. SL Agritech is also helping other countries like Nigeria, Indonesia, and Bangladesh develop hybrid rice. Patience and long term vision is what Henry has in achieving success in agribusiness.


Pacita Juan (EchoStore)

Echoing a sustainable lifestyle is what the CEO of ECHOStore Pacita “Chit” Juan is forwarding. ECHO is an acronym for Environment, Community, Hope, Organization.  It is about conscious and caring consumerism that chooses fair trade and green products to help drive livelihood to the marginalized while helping our planet, eating and drinking healthy supporting locavorism or buying food grown locally. It is a social enterprise that gives market access to small or marginalized groups, bridging the gap to bring products to the hands of people who need and can appreciate them.


Rob Crisostomo & Bea Misa (Islands Cacao)

Rob Crisostomo and Bea Misa saw the need to create a social enterprise from their love of hot chocolate made from local cacao which gave rise to the campaign to increase local production of cacao and make more people appreciate the goodness of local cacao products through their company. Both Rob and Bea have been engaged with various farming communities through the Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly, a non-government organization that seeks to get more youth involved in agriculture. The initial part of the business was challenging but with some help from an investor, they began making their infrastructure investments in their processing company in Davao City where the heart of cacao production in the Philippines is located. Islands Cacao believes in uncompromised quality, environmental sustainability, and income sustainability for their farmers.

Danilo Fausto (DVF Farms)What started out as a hobby turned out to a much bigger advocacy and business. This is what happened to Danilo Fausto, owner and president of DVF Dairy Farm Inc. His line of product, increasingly known as the “Gatas ng Kalabaw”, has been producing good quality milk, cheese, and pastillas candy. In 1988, he bought 10 buffalos and milked them and sold the excess milk produced by his buffalos in the 1990s and put together a makeshift processing and distribution plant. He enjoined the neighboring farmers in his town and encouraged them to form a cooperative with a plan to increase their number and the number of families that they can help through the cooperatives. Danilo is optimistic that the market for dairy and dairy products will continue growing fueled by the rising consumption and an expanding middle class.
Jun Castillo (Coconut House)

The Coconut House of Jun Castillo is not just a restaurant but also an advocacy that has been helping many farmers generate sustainable income. Jun believes that there is no reason why the close to four million coconut farmers all over the country should be among the poorest in the Philippines for they have the tree of life as their source of income. Jun’s vision is to use all the elements that can be taken from the coconut. He showcases various ways to maximize coconuts by putting many of the products under one roof which is the Coconut House which features cuisines that use coconut and all-organic produce. Jun has been involved in coconuts for more than 40 years. Education on the other uses of coconut is what they have been doing in the past years so they can maximize its use not only for food and consumption but for industrial purposes as well.


Arestina Papillon (Pamora Farm)

A streak of luck hit Arestina Papillon, co-owner of Pamora farm, when her husband sent her to attend a seminar on raising SASSO free-range chickens. They were in doubt at first but it led the husband and wife to consider raising free-range chickens as an alternative source of income. They tried to sell their chickens in the market but were unsuccessful and then realized a better way to market their chicken by sponsoring a lunch for the French Chamber of Commerce, where her husband is a member. The chicken was an instant hit. In 2002, they started to deliver chickens to gourmet stores and as the years passed it has continue to grow in numbers. Tina never thought that she would become a farmer. Because of her passion for her free-range chicken venture, Tina was recognized for promoting French agriculture in the country and she is the very first Filipino to be conferred with the rank of order of Merit for Agriculture, Grade of Knight by the French embassy.


Salvacion Leuenberger (Sul Orchids)

Lucky are those whose job is their hobby and their hobby their job because then, they are no longer working at all – that is the outlook of Salvacion “Sally” Leuenberger, owner of Sul Orchids. In 1988, Sally quit both her accounting practice and her teaching job in Ateneo de Davao University to devote her full time to orchids. She did not notice that her hobby of collecting orchids had become a growing business. Over the years, what started as a 600 square meter orchid farm in 1993, has now grown to 12 hectares filled with over 320,000 orchids. Today, Sul Orchids boasts of having the largest vanda collections in the country offering a variety of sought after orchids.


Tony & Beth De Castro (Earthworm Sanctuary)

Tony and Beth De Castro forward an advocacy of promoting earthworms as angels of the earth. It was in 2002 when Tony De Castro started to research about earthworms and found out that they eat biodegradable waste and that earthworm’s manure or vermicast produces vermicompost, are excellent fertilizer and soil conditioner. Beth on the other hand worked as a trauma psychologist for the United Nations and when she came back to the country, she got mentally exhausted from all the sad stories she heard from the victims. Her husband recommended her to take up gardening as hobby. She found joy in it. After three years, they felt that they were ready to sell the earthworms and organic fertilizers. They sold a starter kit to friends and neighbors which cost 3,500 pesos each. Just like the angels, the earthworms guided Tony and Beth into turning their backyard experiment into a profitable business with a special cause to help others and give back to the earth.


Dr. Justino Arboleda (Cocotech & Juboken Enterprises)

Dr. Justin Arboleda has proven that there is treasure in the husks that the coconut industry just casually threw away. Dr. Arboleda was studying bioengineering in Tokyo University when he realized the great and urgent need to find lasting solutions to environmental degradation, particularly erosion. He saw the potential of processing the husk into coconut coir fiber twine then weaving them into high strength mats for sale to companies here and abroad will go a long way in helping many poor coconut farmers of Bicol increase their income. In 1996, he went to Germany where he made the first sale of his patented coco coir products. From there, Juboken Enterprises has been known worldwide as a leading source of coco coir products. Dr. Arboleda is going full speed ahead with his venture as it is fulfilling his mission to contribute to environmental protection and give coconut farmers more income.


Mylene Matti (Green Earth Heritage Foundation)

Green Earth heritage Foundation is helping prove the wisdom of the saying “healthy soil leads to healthy people and a healthy planet” through its organic farm in San Miguel Bulacan. Mylene Matti, founded GreenEarth in 2009 after she got a donation of over 100 hectares of land in Bulacan giving her the opportunity to make more people realize the merits of consuming organic food and bring back to life the land damaged by decades of illegal logging. They wanted to showcase ecological restoration, biodiversity, and social and spiritual transformation so that it could bring equitable opportunities that contribute to national development and security. For GreenEarth, their biggest accomplishment so far is the “new order” of living that GreenEarth has been able to establish and the hope for a brighter tomorrow that the beneficiaries hold dear.

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Kalasag Farmers Producers Cooperative

Through the help of the local government of San Jose, Nueva Ecija and non-government organizations such as the Catholic Relief Services, National Livelihood Development Council and Jollibee Foundation, an initial group of 30 farmers from the villages of Kaliwanangan and San Agustin responded to the challenge of to supply Jollibee’s initial order in 2008 of 60 tons of peeled onions from the production area of 1,000 square meters per cooperative member. They are the members of the Kalasag Farmers Producers Cooperative. The first group of farmers was provided with needed support such as training on effective onion farming technologies, financial management, marketing, and agro-entrepreneurship. The farmers have become entrepreneurs and that transformation has earned for San Jose City the prestigious Galing Pook award that recognizes the best examples of good governance at work.


Philippine Biochar Association
Formed in 2011, the Philippine Biochar Association (PBIA) promotes the production and use of biochar in the Philippines. Biochar is produced by slow burning agricultural waste such as rice hull, rice straw, corn cobs, wood chips and leaves to produce a soil enhancer. It is incorporated in the soil to increase the nutrient content of the land for better produce. Biochar production also allows farmers to get rid of their solid waste without burning it to reduce the amount of green house gases released into the atmosphere. This industry help farmers generate income, enrich farmlands, and minimize the risks of climate change it’s vision is to develop and strengthen local biochar networks in the country. Through proper government funding and support, biochar can indeed help save our planet and help improve our food supply.

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As we promote opportunities in Agri Negosyo, join us in our forthcoming Agri Negosyo Summit on July 25 at the World Trade Center.

Tagumpay: Giving the OSY a Chance

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

For the past two years, Go Negosyo has been supporting its Negosyo Mo, Bukas Ko (NMBK) program of helping deserving out-of-school youths (OSYs) to be employed so they can save up to go back to school, to finish college or even a vocational course.

Go Negosyo, since it started 9 years ago, has been inspiring Filipinos to beat poverty by having a positive enterprising mindset and know-how. But there are some out there who need a helping hand, the OSYs whose parents, due to poverty, are not able to fund their schooling.

We do our best in selecting the most deserving among them whose background would warrant assistance and whose character shows the passion to succeed. We provide values formation that will equip the OSYs with some edge in work attitude that will benefit the employers. 

Our challenge is to invite more private sector companies to partner with us by giving the OSYs a chance, by hiring them.  Not only do they provide an opportunity for these youths to earn, but also obtain for themselves a source of motivated and trainable employees.

We are grateful to our partners – companies who have joined the program by hiring the OSYs and giving them a chance to succeed. Some mentioned that they will hire people anyway so why not give a chance to those most in need.  We thank the likes of French Baker, PR Gaz, Mekeni, RFM, Kettle Korn, Puregold, Shopwise, Shell, Bibingkinitan, SM Supermarket, among others.  There are many more helping and we still invite more companies to be a part of our program to help improve the lives of our OSYs.


AGNES BALON works for NMBK - Third among four siblings, the 22 year old Agnes Balon is determined to move up in life despite her family’s financial struggle. She is an undergraduate of Electronics Engineering and had to stop due to lack of funds for tuition. Though unemployed, she had many sidelines like direct selling and prepaid loading station but the money that she gets was not enough for her and her family’s needs. Under the NMBK training program, Agnes worked directly for NMBK as an office staff for almost two years. Today, she is going back to school to fulfill her dream to finish schooling. She hopes to someday give back and help more out-of-school youth.


ARDIE GUILLENA worked for PUREGOLD  - Eldest among the eight children of a driver and a housewife, Ardie Guillena dropped out of college to give way to his sister’s schooling. He worked as a construction worker, and did other odd jobs to help his family financially. He realized that he could do much better. Ardie became part of NMBK and worked as a merchandiser for Puregold. Today, he is a working student taking up Automotive Mechanics. Ardie said that the training built his confidence, improved his people skills, motivated him, and enabled him to bond with new friends.


ROANNE DE VERA worked for AFFI - Finishing school was Roanne De Vera’s biggest dream. Being part of a big family and due to financial hardship, she worked to support her family and to fulfill her dream. After her training in NMBK, she worked as office staff in the Association of Filipino Franchisers (AFFI). She is happy with her work and exerts effort to budget her expenses to save up. She hopes of fulfilling her dreams and she knows that someday she will be very proud to say that she made it, survived and solved her problems in life.


MELA ROSA  BUENSALIDA worked for SHOPWISE - A daughter of a carpenter with 12 other siblings, Mela Rosa Buensalida dreamed of finishing a 4-year course but her parents did not have enough means to support her. After finishing her NMBK training, she worked as a cashier teller in Shopwise and was able to save enough to help her family and used some of her savings for her father’s medication. Mela was inspired, motivated, and her confidence improved. She felt that the faith and hope that the NMBK training and the work experience that she gained were her most important take-away.


EDWARD PONES worked for SHOPWISE - Dropping out of school and being exposed to a number of bad vices did not hinder Edward Pones to redeem himself and defy hardships. His mother, a laundrywoman, is the only one working after his father died. His sister also passed away at an early age because of leukemia. Despite that, he tried to work part time as a foreman in a construction site and also packed books for a company. His friend introduced him the NMBK program which gave him the chance to make up for his mistakes. He worked as a bagger in Shopwise and was able to save up. He learned about time-management, gained confidence, and improved his skills in dealing with people.


EUNICE CARUAL worked for SHOPWISE - Eldest among three children, Eunice Carual (right) did not finish her Hotel and Restaurant Services course because of insufficient funds for her tuition. She tried to study again but still was not able to finish and tried to find a job but failed. When she heard about NMBK, she grabbed the chance to be part of the training. She worked in Shopwise as a displayer and sales associate. After finishing her contract, she applied to go abroad. She used her savings to get and submit her application requirements. Last January 17, 2014 she flew to Kuwait to work as crew in a fast food chain. Eunice learned about teamwork and getting along with people. She felt that the monitoring done by the NMBK staff was sufficient and effective.


ROMEO BOY VALMONTE JR. worked for JOLLIBEE - Not having enough funds hindered the 21 year old Romeo Voy Valmonte Jr. from finishing his vocational course in food and beverage service. He tried to work, finding a job as an encoder at DSWD and as a griller-waiter in a restaurant, yet he still dreamed to study someday and finish a course in business administration. After finishing the NMBK training program, he worked as a crew in Jollibee for 5 months and was able to save up.  After his contract, he went back to Bulacan to find work and be with his family. Currently, he has a part time job in a supermarket. During the training phase, he built confidence, acknowledged his plans and dreams, tried to be independent, and became stronger and assertive.


RHEGENE GARCIA worked for POTATO CORNER - Second among seven children, Rhegene Garcia had a hard time finding a job because of dental problem. Although she studied a two-year associate degree at a small institution in Novaliches, her dental condition became her major challenge in landing a job. NMBK helped her in the training and sought for a dental sponsor to fix her teeth and gave her a new set of dentures. Afterwards, she worked in Potato Corner in Quezon City for six months. After her contract, she trained a new batch of NMBK participants also working in Potato Corner. Rhegene dreams of becoming an entrepreneur someday, and she is planning to study a course related to the food industry. Today, she is in Norway with her foster family who is helping her finish a vocational course.


DANDY BOY BENTOSO worked for NMBK - Lack of education credentials hindered the 26 year old Dandy Boy Bentoso in landing a job. He only finished one semester in college. His determination to work and earn a living is rooted for the love of his family. He worked on a contractual basis as a cook in a fast food chain, and a housekeeper in a hotel. He also became a carpenter after his contract has ended. NMBK helped Dandy to be equipped with the skills and knowledge and the opportunity to have a better job. He realized that it is never too late for anyone, including the out-of-school youth to dream and fulfill it. After working in Go Negosyo as NMBK staff for a year, he went back to school and took up Computer Science. He also worked for ITHINKspac which is a business partner of Go Negosyo.


MARIA LERIZA ORQUE worked for BIBINGKINITAN - Strong will to get out of poverty is what drove the 19 year old Maria Leriza Orque to work hard. Although she finished high school, she was not able to go to college because of financial hardship. She prioritized the need to help her parents and eight other siblings. After hearing about the NMBK program, she took the opportunity to attend trainings and was lucky to work at Bibingkinitan as sales crew. The program helped her to focus more on her work because of her yearning for a college degree. She is dedicated to her work, as she believes that NMBK is the step to reach her dreams.


JUMMEL BALANTAC worked for REYES HAIRCUTTERS - Eldest among three siblings, the 22 year old Jummel Balantac wants to help his family get out of poverty. Jummel being only a high school graduate hindered him from landing a good job. He worked as a merchandiser and delivery logistic person to earn a living. One day, someone advised him to go to NMBK to find a job, earn money and at the same time to study. After the training program, he worked as a hairstylist at Reyes Haircutters. Jummel also actively do volunteer works. His inspiration is his self, because when he was still young, he worked hard not only to help himself but his family.


JUN RONNEL BAYOG works for SHELL - At an early age, Jun Ronnel Bayog had the persistence to move up in life. Though financially challenged, he was able to help his siblings and parents in the daily grind of life. He sold pan de sal to support his studies and was able to finish high school and a vocational degree in Computer Technology. He did not ask money from his parents for his tuition because the money that his parents earn is not enough to send him to school so he decided to work for it instead. NMBK helped him to get a job. He is currently working as gasoline boy in Shell Corporation. His inspiration is his self because since he was a child, he had so many trials in life and he is quite jealous with other children who did not have to work at a very young age just to study.


ROXANNE DE VERA worked for BIBINGKINITAN - Despite her family’s struggle to make both ends meet, Roxanne De Vera did not lose hope of getting a job to make their lives better. Roxanne did not finish her course on Hotel and Restaurant services because of financial issues. Her biggest dream is to finish her studies though she knows that her parents may not be able to help her. When she underwent the NMBK training program, she was able to work as a service crew for Bibingkinitan. She learned so many things like self confidence, she became matured. She said that she can already help her family financially. She never stopped believing in herself. Now, Roxanne is making her step in fulfilling her dreams for knows that someday she will be very proud to say that she made it.


JUSTINE GABRIEL TOLIBAS works for PR GAZ - Eldest among three siblings, Justine Gabriel Tolibas (right) did a sacrifice for his younger siblings. Though he finished high school, he was not able to continue to college because they lack the financial means. Instead of pursuing college, he let his other siblings get the chance to study. Justine worked as a Red Cross volunteer but the income that he gets is insufficient to support his family. With the help of NMBK, he was delegated to be part of PR Gaz Company as data encoder. He learned a lot from the NMBK training program and is very thankful for the help and support that NMBK gave him. He said that he will strive hard to be successful and will not waste the opportunity that NMBK gave him to reach his goals and dreams in life.


GINALYN DOMANAIS worked for FRENCH BAKER – Though faced with the challenge of getting a job, Ginalyn Domanais worked hard to get one. Because of poverty, she only reached high school and did not continue to college. This is also to give way for her three other siblings for them to continue schooling. When she underwent the NMBK training, she was fortunate to get a job in French Baker as a crew and she was very glad to have learned a lot from that experience. She gained confidence and became a team player and is very thankful to NMBK.


JULIE MALINAO worked for KETTLE KORN – Second among six children, Julie Malinao (left) believed that poverty is not a hindrance to pursue her dreams in life. She did not finish schooling because she had to stop to give way for her other siblings and they are financially challenged. When she took the NMBK program, she worked with Kettle Korn as production crew. It was difficult for her to adjust at first but eventually she gained confidence. She was able to save up and today, she is taking up Criminology for she dreams to be a policewoman someday. Perseverance, hard work, and discipline are what helped Julie to be back on track.


JERLIE MANALANG works for MEKENI - Eager to help her parents and her siblings to get out of poverty and survive their everyday living, the 18 year old Jerlie Manalang had to stop her schooling to find a job and work for a living. Though her father works as maintenance in a mall, his income is not sufficient to make both ends meet. Good thing, when Jerlie underwent the NMBK training, she was able to work in Mekeni Corporation in Pampanga as a production crew. Her contract was extended because of her good performance and dedication to work. Today, she is saving up so she can go back to school and pursue a degree in Information Technology.


JENELDA ESTREMOS works for SM Supermarket- Second among six children; she stood as the eldest because she helped in supporting her family. She finished a vocational course as Computer Associate but she still had difficulties in getting a job. She tried to go back to school to take a 4 year course but financial hardship stopped her from pursuing her dream. She had the opportunity to become a lady bagger in SM Supermarket through NMBK training program. Right now, she is doing well with her work and is saving up to get back to school and help her family get out of poverty.


MERLYN BARBADILLO works for GAISANO MALL - Determination is what drove the 18 year old Merlyn Barbadillo to help her family. She only finished high school because her mother cannot provide her and her four other siblings their daily needs after her father died. Luckily, after finishing the NMBK program, she landed a job as a sales lady in Gaisano Mall in Cebu. Life’s challenges made her stronger and more determined to succeed in life and get out of poverty.


WILBERT TIMONIO works for LANTAW RESTAURANT - Though his parents sell fruits for a living, it’s still not enough to make both ends meet for the 20 year old Wilbert Timonio and his four other siblings. Wilbert finished a vocational course on Automotive in TESDA but it did not suffice for him to get a job. Under the NMBK program, Wilbert was able to improve his skills and worked as waiter in Lantaw Restaurant in Cebu. He is very thankful to NMBK for the learnings that he got from them.

SUMMER’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Thru the 9 years of Go Negosyo, we have awarded and recognized entrepreneurs who have tourism as their business model. Why not? I have always believed in what our country has to offer, our beautiful islands and beaches, remarkable sceneries, rich biodiversity, forest and mountains and our hospitable Filipinos who are always warm to visitors and would never fail to offer a smile. Tourism is where our country has a natural comparative advantage, and we are fortunate to have a marketing and business – oriented Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez who knows how to highlight these advantages to generate record – breaking tourism revenues.

With our government finally moving toward the airports and road infrastructure developments to make it really more fun and convenient to come to the Philippines, those setting up resorts, hotels, and other tourist destinations will definitely benefit. A chance also for the support services like the connecting transport system, restaurants, souvenirs negosyos to prosper, which many local entrepreneurs can do as a business model.

Let me share with you some of the entrepreneurs in our community, who are passionate on their negosyos and have all contributed to levelling-up our tourism industry, a reason for many tourists to come back again and again.

Former Camarines Sur governor and Go Negosyo trustee Lray Villafuerte Jr. started the first wake boarding spot in the country. The Camsur Watersports Complex or CWC is a unique watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. It offers a 6-point cable ski system, coupled with restaurants, sand bars, spas, pro-shops and grand stands for guests and tourists around the world. Since then it attracted tourists and garnered much attention making tourists from around the world want a piece of Camsur's adventure.

Former Camarines Sur governor and Go Negosyo trustee Lray Villafuerte Jr. started the first wake boarding spot in the country. The Camsur Watersports Complex or CWC is a unique watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. It offers a 6-point cable ski system, coupled with restaurants, sand bars, spas, pro-shops and grand stands for guests and tourists around the world. Since then it attracted tourists and garnered much attention making tourists from around the world want a piece of Camsur’s adventure.

CEO of Profood International Justin Uy is regarded as the Philippines' mango King because of his products and brand. Profood was born in 1980 and his 16 hectare manufacturing facility also provides plant tours for tourist and promoted as a tourist attraction in Cebu. Today, his mango products are available in 45 countries around the world including Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.

CEO of Profood International Justin Uy is regarded as the Philippines’ mango King because of his products and brand. Profood was born in 1980 and his 16 hectare manufacturing facility also provides plant tours for tourist and promoted as a tourist attraction in Cebu. Today, his mango products are available in 45 countries around the world including Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.

A dedicated mother of three, CEO of the Bluewater Beach Resorts Julie Alegrado Vergara founded her resort in Cebu in 1989. Her resorts are in Sumilon Island, Maribago, and Panglao, Bohol. It is a wholly Filipino-owned chain of resorts showcasing the best of Filipino culture: creative, warm, friendly, attentive, caring, and relaxing. Today, a lot of tourists go to her resort to experience exquisite relaxation, excellent food offering, and first-class accommodation.

A dedicated mother of three, CEO of the Bluewater Beach Resorts Julie Alegrado Vergara founded her resort in Cebu in 1989. Her resorts are in Sumilon Island, Maribago, and Panglao, Bohol. It is a wholly Filipino-owned chain of resorts showcasing the best of Filipino culture: creative, warm, friendly, attentive, caring, and relaxing. Today, a lot of tourists go to her resort to experience exquisite relaxation, excellent food offering, and first-class accommodation.

Go Negosyo Inspiring Entrepreneur awardee and owner of the famous Razon’s Halo-Halo and Palabok Ryan Razon continues to expand the reach of their products. What started out as a small business in Guagua now has five branches of the business, four in Pampanga, Cabanatuan, Pangasinan and Tarlac. The Razon halo-halo business already has 70 branches nationwide, all managed by members of the Razon family and still growing. Razon’s maintains its low-key reputation but is widely known because of its fine halo-halo and other Filipino delicacies.

Go Negosyo Inspiring Entrepreneur awardee and owner of the famous Razon’s Halo-Halo and Palabok Ryan Razon continues to expand the reach of their products. What started out as a small business in Guagua now has five branches of the business, four in Pampanga, Cabanatuan, Pangasinan and Tarlac. The Razon halo-halo business already has 70 branches nationwide, all managed by members of the Razon family and still growing. Razon’s maintains its low-key reputation but is widely known because of its fine halo-halo and other Filipino delicacies.

President of the Islands group Jay Aldeguer started with his famous Island Souvenirs in 1992. Island Souvenirs succeed in providing unique, creative and lively colored-souvenirs, incorporating the country's natural beauty through its designs. Jay expanded and added colors to related-businesses along the lines of tourism, where he has established recognition, as he put-up Island Pasalubong centers, Island Hotels, and Island Boat Rides.

President of the Islands group Jay Aldeguer started with his famous Island Souvenirs in 1992. Island Souvenirs succeed in providing unique, creative and lively colored-souvenirs, incorporating the country’s natural beauty through its designs. Jay expanded and added colors to related-businesses along the lines of tourism, where he has established recognition, as he put-up Island Pasalubong centers, Island Hotels, and Island Boat Rides.

Owned by the renowned hairdresser and pioneering salon entrepreneur Ricky Reyes, Golden Sunset Resort in Calatagan, Batangas is one of the country's premiere resorts. What started out as a mere weekend getaway place for families and friends and a training facility for the people of Calatagan, Batangas in the food and restaurant industry is now a fast becoming destination for tourists and vacationers alike. It offers the perfect mix of natural scenery, world-class amenities, relaxing ambiance, and excellent service for vacationers and beachgoers alike.

Owned by the renowned hairdresser and pioneering salon entrepreneur Ricky Reyes, Golden Sunset Resort in Calatagan, Batangas is one of the country’s premiere resorts. What started out as a mere weekend getaway place for families and friends and a training facility for the people of Calatagan, Batangas in the food and restaurant industry is now a fast becoming destination for tourists and vacationers alike. It offers the perfect mix of natural scenery, world-class amenities, relaxing ambiance, and excellent service for vacationers and beachgoers alike.

Raintree president Annabella Wisniewski expands her hotel business to cater to more tourists in our country. Costa Pacifica in Baler is one of her many world-class resort hotels that showcase Filipino hospitality bringing in tourism. Her company also manages world-class boutique hotels Discovery Suites and Discovery Country Suites, resorts like Discovery Shores and Discovery Misibis, and food courts like Food Parks. She is also the owner of M Café and Chelsea restaurants.

Raintree president Annabella Wisniewski expands her hotel business to cater to more tourists in our country. Costa Pacifica in Baler is one of her many world-class resort hotels that showcase Filipino hospitality bringing in tourism. Her company also manages world-class boutique hotels Discovery Suites and Discovery Country Suites, resorts like Discovery Shores and Discovery Misibis, and food courts like Food Parks. She is also the owner of M Café and Chelsea restaurants.

Raintree president Annabella Wisniewski expands her hotel business to cater to more tourists in our country. Costa Pacifica in Baler is one of her many world-class resort hotels that showcase Filipino hospitality bringing in tourism. Her company also manages world-class boutique hotels Discovery Suites and Discovery Country Suites, resorts like Discovery Shores and Discovery Misibis, and food courts like Food Parks. She is also the owner of M Café and Chelsea restaurants.

Coach Angelo Lozada is the COO of Bert Lozada Swim School since 2009. Certified and educated at the World Swimming Coaches and the Philippine Aquatic Sports Association, Coach Angelo makes sure that his students learn properly while enjoying and having fun in the water to draw out the best in them. Bert Lozada Swim School started in 1965 through the initiative of its founder and Coach Angelo’s father Bert Lozada.

Founder of Beach Hut Sunblock and Beach Hut Bar Dennis Balajadia (left), created the first ever spray sun block in the Philippines in 2005. His clever packaging set his product apart from ordinary clinically-looking sun sprays in the market. Starting only with one brand, his company has grown to a portfolio of almost 10 brands such as Cycles Baby Detergent, Cradle Nipple and Bottle Cleanser, Bliss Lubricant, Holy Seat toilet sanitizer, and many more. Today, Beach Hut is a leading brand in the market preferred by beach goers.

Founder of Beach Hut Sunblock and Beach Hut Bar Dennis Balajadia (left), created the first ever spray sun block in the Philippines in 2005. His clever packaging set his product apart from ordinary clinically-looking sun sprays in the market. Starting only with one brand, his company has grown to a portfolio of almost 10 brands such as Cycles Baby Detergent, Cradle Nipple and Bottle Cleanser, Bliss Lubricant, Holy Seat toilet sanitizer, and many more. Today, Beach Hut is a leading brand in the market preferred by beach goers.

Founder of Beach Hut Sunblock and Beach Hut Bar Dennis Balajadia (left), created the first ever spray sun block in the Philippines in 2005. His clever packaging set his product apart from ordinary clinically-looking sun sprays in the market. Starting only with one brand, his company has grown to a portfolio of almost 10 brands such as Cycles Baby Detergent, Cradle Nipple and Bottle Cleanser, Bliss Lubricant, Holy Seat toilet sanitizer, and many more. Today, Beach Hut is a leading brand in the market preferred by beach goers.

Founder of Beach Hut Sunblock and Beach Hut Bar Dennis Balajadia (left), created the first ever spray sun block in the Philippines in 2005. His clever packaging set his product apart from ordinary clinically-looking sun sprays in the market. Starting only with one brand, his company has grown to a portfolio of almost 10 brands such as Cycles Baby Detergent, Cradle Nipple and Bottle Cleanser, Bliss Lubricant, Holy Seat toilet sanitizer, and many more. Today, Beach Hut is a leading brand in the market preferred by beach goers.

One of Go Negosyo's Inspiring Women Awardee and Co-owner of Lay Bare Monique Hilario with her sister put up the first waxing salon in the country in 2006. It offers a comfortable hair removal service giving its customers a feel of relaxation and satisfaction. Perfect for removal of unwanted hair to show off a smooth skin during summer outing. Today, Lay Bare has branches here and abroad.

One of Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Women Awardee and Co-owner of Lay Bare Monique Hilario with her sister put up the first waxing salon in the country in 2006. It offers a comfortable hair removal service giving its customers a feel of relaxation and satisfaction. Perfect for removal of unwanted hair to show off a smooth skin during summer outing. Today, Lay Bare has branches here and abroad.

Head coach and program director of 360 Fitness Club Coach Chappy Callanta helps people who are on the go to manage to stay fit. His 360 Fitness Club serves as an express fitness facility for people who do not have the time to work out. It is a non-traditional Filipino fitness chain that constantly reinvents the perception and mode of exercise to help individuals develop healthy and active lifestyles, serving key cities of the country and will be the first Filipino fitness chain to reach major markets in Asia. A health buff and fitness expert himself, Coach Chappy is also an advocate of healthy living and healthy lifestyle.

Head coach and program director of 360 Fitness Club Coach Chappy Callanta helps people who are on the go to manage to stay fit. His 360 Fitness Club serves as an express fitness facility for people who do not have the time to work out. It is a non-traditional Filipino fitness chain that constantly reinvents the perception and mode of exercise to help individuals develop healthy and active lifestyles, serving key cities of the country and will be the first Filipino fitness chain to reach major markets in Asia. A health buff and fitness expert himself, Coach Chappy is also an advocate of healthy living and healthy lifestyle.

Known for performing arts and social activism, Carlos Celdran holds a historical tour in Metro Manila through his Walk this Way Tour. Walking with Carlos at the walking tour of Intramuros gives you a throwback of history for he is very knowledgeable and armed with an eloquent script he giving a detailed view of the history of Manila and the town. He started this tour in 2002 gaining the public's eye and eventually attracting tourists around the world to experience this one of a kind tour.

Known for performing arts and social activism, Carlos Celdran holds a historical tour in Metro Manila through his Walk this Way Tour. Walking with Carlos at the walking tour of Intramuros gives you a throwback of history for he is very knowledgeable and armed with an eloquent script he giving a detailed view of the history of Manila and the town. He started this tour in 2002 gaining the public’s eye and eventually attracting tourists around the world to experience this one of a kind tour.

The "feet" behind Old Manila Walks Ivan Man Dy holds a tour around Manila to talk about history, culture, and heritage, and anything and everything interesting inside the city. Old Manila Walks operates on a simple principle: to have you experience the best of historic Manila - one step at a time. Since 2005, he has led thousands of people down the city's most historic venues.

The “feet” behind Old Manila Walks Ivan Man Dy holds a tour around Manila to talk about history, culture, and heritage, and anything and everything interesting inside the city. Old Manila Walks operates on a simple principle: to have you experience the best of historic Manila – one step at a time. Since 2005, he has led thousands of people down the city’s most historic venues.

Giving a twist to the normal travel-and-tour business, Clang Garcia of Jeepney Tours offers tours while riding inside a jeepney. The jeeps are custom built with a 20 seating capacity and good air-conditioning unit. Also, a videoke is installed onboard to keep the passengers entertained. It is a tourism breakthrough in the Philippines offering fascinating day trips to travelers onboard the cultural icon. The tour service comes with an English speaking guide dressed up in traditional costume. Clang is one of Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs.

Giving a twist to the normal travel-and-tour business, Clang Garcia of Jeepney Tours offers tours while riding inside a jeepney. The jeeps are custom built with a 20 seating capacity and good air-conditioning unit. Also, a videoke is installed onboard to keep the passengers entertained. It is a tourism breakthrough in the Philippines offering fascinating day trips to travelers onboard the cultural icon. The tour service comes with an English speaking guide dressed up in traditional costume. Clang is one of Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs.

President of Enchanted Kingdom Cesar Mario Mamon opened the gates of the Philippines' renowned theme park in Sta. Rosa, Laguna in 1995. Millions of guests have entered its gates and have enjoyed the brand of magic it gives. Cesar Mamon's venture gave him the unique opportunity to touch the hearts and lives of many Filipinos.

President of Enchanted Kingdom Cesar Mario Mamon opened the gates of the Philippines’ renowned theme park in Sta. Rosa, Laguna in 1995. Millions of guests have entered its gates and have enjoyed the brand of magic it gives. Cesar Mamon’s venture gave him the unique opportunity to touch the hearts and lives of many Filipinos.

CEO of Crown Regency Hotel Group Richard King manages the country’s prime hotel and resort – Crown Regency and Resorts. Providing no less than excellent service, Crown regency is focused on providing comfort and satisfaction to its clients blending traditional charm and beauty with modern amenities of a first-class hotel. Today, his company is set to expand and build another prime hotel in Bohol and in Palawan.

CEO of Crown Regency Hotel Group Richard King manages the country’s prime hotel and resort – Crown Regency and Resorts. Providing no less than excellent service, Crown regency is focused on providing comfort and satisfaction to its clients blending traditional charm and beauty with modern amenities of a first-class hotel. Today, his company is set to expand and build another prime hotel in Bohol and in Palawan.

FoodAsia president Richard Sanz’ Bibingkinitan is surely a hit Pinoy snack in the market today. Recently recognized by the Department of Tourism as the official cupcake of the Philippines, it is now becoming a must-try food for tourists. Bibingkinitan started in 2006 and today it has grown to more than 200 branches nationwide. His company has achieved a lot of milestones in the past 10 years in the industry.

FoodAsia president Richard Sanz’ Bibingkinitan is surely a hit Pinoy snack in the market today. Recently recognized by the Department of Tourism as the official cupcake of the Philippines, it is now becoming a must-try food for tourists. Bibingkinitan started in 2006 and today it has grown to more than 200 branches nationwide. His company has achieved a lot of milestones in the past 10 years in the industry.

Tagumpay: Go Negosyo and PhilDev Supports Technopreneurship

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Early this year, Go Negosyo held the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit at the SMX Convention Center where more than 7,000 participants form different universities and institutions attended to learn and get inspired with the country’s top and successful technopreneurs. The crowd was very enthusiastic and eager to learn from the technopreneurs and was able to have a dialogue with tech giants Manny Pangilinan of PLDT and Engr. Dado Banatao of Tallwood Venture Capital.

Recently, the Philippine S&T Development Foundation (PhilDev S&T), where Engr. Banatao is the chairperson, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) mounted the IDEA Symposium. Close to a thousand attended including students and young professionals, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and government officials.

Go Negosyo and PhilDev supports Filipino technopreneurship and are one with the vision of a headstrong Philippine technopreneurship through summits, symposiums, and seminars like these. 

Filipino technopreneurs around the world are coming back to our country to help aspiring technopreneurs tread the path of success. This is something that we should celebrate and be proud of.



Joey Concepcion encouraged young and aspiring entrepreneurs to explore and venture the world of technopreneurship during his welcome address at the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit.


A tribute to the country’s top technopreneurs. In photo: Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion, Rappler.com CEO Maria Ressa, Tallwood Venture Capital Founder Engr. Dado Banatao, and PLDT Group Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan


Young entrepreneur and CEO Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation supports Go Negosyo’s Techno summit.


SM Mall owner and Go Negosyo trustee Harley Sy (second from left) supports Go Negosyo during the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit


Manny Pangilinan shared nuggets of wisdom to aspiring and practicing technopreneurs during the dialogue forum with Engr. Dado Banatao (right) and Maria Ressa (center)


Close to 7,000 attendees from different universities and institutions filled the SMX Convention Center for Go Negosyo’s 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit


Enthusiastic crowd showed their support for Go Negosyo. In photo: Executive Director Ramon Lopez, Manny Pangilinan, Maria Ressa, and Joey Concepcion


Philippines’ successful technopreneurs gather and shared their secrets and tips for success during the forums.


Rappler.com CEO Maria Ressa challenged and inspired the summit participants to utilize the power of technology to their advantage and betterment of the community.


Senator Ralph Recto gave a remarkable and inspiring talk on his vision for 2020, and all the important requirements in health, education, food security, infrastructure, and technology.


PhilDev Chairman Engr. Dado Banatao discussing the importance of private sectors and entrepreneurs in nation building.


Ahmet Alpdemir (center) Shimdi Venture Advisors Management Consultant, with Director of Enterprise Channel and Operations for APAC, Google John Mulder, and Kai Elmer Sotto of International Growth & Mobile for APAC, Facebook, Inc. discussing the trends in innovation and entrepreneurship in the global market.


Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion (center) shared that inclusive growth is the way forward and it starts with a proper entrepreneurial attitude and mindset during the IDEA Global Entrepreneurship Symposium 2014. In photo: PhilDev Chairman Engr. Dado Banatao (left) with former NEDA Director General Dr. Cayetano Paderanga Jr. (right)


Sen. Bam Aquino (second from left) suggesting easier ways to start a business during the breakout forum on government policies that help entrepreneurs start their ventures. In photo: Navegar Fund Managing partner Honorio Poblador IV (left), PEZA Director General Dr. Lilia De Lima (center), Global Electric Transportation, Inc. President Sigfrido R. Tiñga , and PhilDev trustee Atty. Denny Roja


Building Entrepreneurial Communities: entrepreneurs from the private sector shared their views and insights during the breakout session. In photo: (from left to right) Chief of Staff Kmart Apparel Jamie Castro, PhilDev lecturer Eros Resmini, Vice President and Head of Community Investment, Kickstart Ventures, Inc. Christian Besler, Co-Founder of Sulit.com.ph RJ David, Project Leader of CebuinIT Prof. Pauline Wade, and Chairman, Pascual Pharma Corporation Chairman Martin Pascual


More than a thousand attendees ranging from students and young professionals, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and government officials participated in the recent IDEA Symposium 2014 organized by PhilDev.


Sen. Sonny Angara and Sen. Grace Poe talked about government strategies to removing barriers to scaling and commercialization during one of the breakout sessions in the symposium.


Key persons in the academe discussed how entrepreneurship can be taught in universities.


Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo


University of the Philippines System President Dr. Alfredo E. Pascual (right) discussing the current state of entrepreneur ecosystem in the country. In photo (from left to right) PhilDev trustee Francisco “Paco” Sandejas, CHED Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, and Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad