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Gathering of the Tech Giants

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

After the successful Technopreneurship Summit last February, I hosted a cocktail dinner in my house in for the Filipino technopreneurs to have a meet and greet with the country’s tech giants Manny V. Pangilinan and Engr. Dado Banatao to thank them for the support that they have given for last year and this year’s summit.

Successful technopreneurs and giants in the Silicon Valley shared their views and insights on how to revolutionize the way entrepreneurs do business with the help of technology.

Thriving and successful Filipino technopreneurs are now considered as prime movers in the world of technopreneurship.

Joey Concepcion of Go Negosyo hosted a dinner for Manny V. Pangilinan and Engr. Dado Banatao for their continued support in helping develop Filipino Technopreneurs, an affair attended by 7000 people in the SMX Convention Center. Likewise, Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Bam Aquino (not in photo), Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Ralph Recto (not in photo ), Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano (not in photo ),and Dept. Of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima are all in support for the Go Negosyo Bill and the activities being done. Executive Director Ramon Lopez hosted the short program. Alice Eduardo, a Go Negosyo advocate and supporter, was the co-chair of the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Marissa Concepcion, PLDT President and CEO Napoleon Nazareno, PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures Inc, President and CEO Orlando Vea, Go Negosyo founder and CEO Joey Concepcion, Sen. Bam Aquino, Executive Director Mon Lopez, Sen. Sonny Angara, and former Camarines Sur Governor Lray Villafuerte

Three of the country’s renowned and successful technopreneurs: Maria Ressa of, Engr. Dado Banatao of Tallwood Venture Capital, and Manny V. Pangilinan of PLDT Group.

MVP giving a short yet meaningful message to the technopreneurs

Marine Resources Development Corporation founder Rosalind Wee and Vibal Publishing House Inc. president Esther Vibal

Hope Atienza of DHL Philippines, British Embassy’s Trevor Lewis, and DHL Country Manager Yati Abdullah

Cristalle Henares, Santa Elena Construction and Development Corp. president Alice Eduardo, Mons Romulo, and Marissa Concepcion

Technopreneurs and partners from the PLDT group

Jimmy Ayala of Hybrid Social Solutions, Ibba Bernardo of, and Joey Concepcion CEO Maria Ressa, Tallwood Venture Capital chairman Engr. Dado Banatao, PLDT Group chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, Philippine Star Executive Vice-President Grace Glory Go, PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures Inc, CEO Orlando Vea, and PLDT Corporate Business Group Senior Vice-President Eric Alberto

Ricky Dee, Joey Concepcion, Fe Agudo, and Sen. Cynthia Villar

DTI Secretary Greg Domingo, Convergys’ Marife Zamora, Weng Domingo, Sen. Grace Poe, and former National Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro

Injap Investments Inc. President Edgar “Injap” Sia, former Camarines Sur Governor Lray Villafuerte and wife Lara Villafuerte

Benjamin Liuson of the Generics Pharmacy, Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen, Sonny Angara, Judy Liuson, and Tallwood Capital Venture Chairman Engr. Dado Banatao

Narra Venture Capital managing Director Paco Sandejas , Danny Batac, and Christine Jacob -Sandejas

Philippine Star columnist Wilson Lee Flores, Bounty Agro Ventures’ Tennyson Chen, Angelpreneur Cito Beltran, and Lifeline Rescue’s Michael Deakin


Women entrepreneurs zealously get together during the techno cocktail dinner in line with the launch of the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Hope Atienza of DHL Philippines, Joey Concepcion, Marivic Concepcion, Jo Concepcion, DHL Philippines Country Manager Yati Abdullah, and Calata Corporation CEO Joseph Calata

Wilson Lee Flores, Injap Sia, Edward Lee, Armando “Butz” Bartolome, Dean Pax Lapid, Mon Lopez and Ms. Mylene Abiva


Chic’s E-Learning Venture     

Inspired by the power of the internet to disseminate information rapidly, Chic R. Francisco has decided to use this dynamic medium in her e-learning venture. Her first business enterprise was a dress shop, successively followed by a fashion school, a publishing house and now an e-learning project which teaches pattern-making through her website:

Having been invited by the TESDA to be one its technical adviser to set up the guidelines and standards of training for the garment sector and training centers in the 90’s, Chic was made aware that thousands of our people are employed as sewers, but they do not know how to take body measurements nor how to draft dress patterns, which Chic realized is also the sorry predicament of sewers in other third world countries.  This gave Chic the impetus to offer through her website, free very fundament on the subject.

This is precisely to empower thousands by adding more competencies to their existing knowledge or skill, thus enabling them the ability to be on their own, or at least add to their salaried income by being able to accept orders at home and later on set up their garment business.

These free lessons available in Chic’s website are:  How to Take Body Measurements; How to Draft the Basic Dress with Waistline; How to Draft a Straight Blouse with a Sports Collar and Basic Sleeves are so detailed and comprehensive that many of her viewers have made comments saying that they have chosen Chic to be their sole tutor in pattern drafting and sewing.

Sometime in May, Chic’s e-book entitled The Step-by-Step Guide to Pattern Drafting of Various Ladies’ Pants and an e-learning supplementary material on the same subject will be available.  Both of which may be ordered from her website.  Chic is already preparing more e-learning lessons on fashion design and more lessons on pattern drafting.

The thought that this e-learning endeavor has far-reaching effects on people’s lives makes Chic immensely excited. Although she was already preparing to take things easy, the idea that she can still make her presence felt among countless individuals has so raised her energy level that her e-learning project keeps her thoroughly occupied.

Time to Honor Our Women

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The Filipino women of today are more pro-active, assertive, passionate, and empowered. They play a very significant part in our society be it the government, academe, private and public sectors, and in business and entrepreneurship. Following the success of the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, where Santa Elena Construction and Development Corp. President Alice Eduardo served as co-chair, I recently held a gathering in my home and invited successful and inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs. This is also to honor 50 inspiring women of passion who are the paragons of success.

Among the 50 women are thriving entrepreneurs – founders and next generation trailblazers; social entrepreneurs – innovators and trendsetters for the greater good; and intrapreneurs – corporate executives who worked their way to the top with an enterprising and entrepreneurial mindset.
It was also a privilege to have in a mini-forum three very inspiring and successful Filipinas namely Sheila Marcelo (CEO,, Maria Ressa (CEO, Rappler), and the world’s first licensed armless pilot and motivational speaker Jessica Cox. These three shared their inspirational success stories to more than 200 women entrepreneurs in the gathering.
It was a night full of insights, learning, and inspiration from these exceptional Filipinas. Go Negosyo celebrates the success of these Filipina entrepreneurs for they inspire and uplift the spirit of entrepreneurship in our country.


During the forum, CEO Maria Ressa (left) notes that the choices we make have to do with our character and what we believe is right. She also reiterates the importance of making the right decisions.


Author Joey Concepcion with Standard Insurance president Patty Echauz-Chilip, and Tyremart Inc. president Chris Chilip


Mom-and-daughter entrepreneurs Dr. Vicki Belo and Cristalle Henares are among the 50 inspiring women of passion: They continue to strengthen the pioneer brand of Belo Medical Group and Belo Essentials.


Strong-willed, driven and empowered, CEO Sheila Marcelo shares how her struggles and failures in life made her stronger to become the compassionate and successful entrepreneur that she is today. She said that entrepreneurs have the drive to fight. All we need to do is keep going.


Catherine Dizon Posas (Dizon Farms) and Sen. Grace Poe


Marissa Concepcion, Jeannie Goulbourn, Karen Davila, Women Summit co-chair Alice Eduardo, and Small Laude

Norma Lim (center), a Filipina entrepreneur who started a small carinderia, now has a company of her own. She owns a siopao, siomai, and hopia factory. Sen. Grace Poe (right) said that Norma is like family to them since she and FPJ were good friends.

Tennyson Chen, founder and president of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., with wife Terry Chen

Marissa Concepcion with motivational speaker Jessica Cox, CEO Sheila Marcelo, and Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca

Beauty and wellness guru Cory Quirino with Miss Universe 1973 and ambassador-trustee of Habitat for Humanity Philippines Margarita Moran-Floirendo

MDI Systems Integration Group founder Myla Villanueva (center), one of the leading innovators in Silicon Valley and creator of Novare Technologies, is one of the 50 inspiring women of passion.

Myrna Yao of Richwell Corporation, Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing, Joey Concepcion with wife Marissa Concepcion, Sheila Marcelo of, Nannette Medved – Po of Hope in a Bottle, and Gus Vibal of Vibal Publishing. Yao, Esther Vibal, and Marcelo are among the 50 inspiring women of passion.


President and CEO of Raintree Hospitality Group Annabella Wisniewski with Marissa Concepcion, Sen. Cynthia Villar of Villar SIPAG Foundation, Karen Davila, Donna Jiao of XC Manufacturing and Trading Corp., and Mylene Abiva of FELTA. Wisniewski, Sen. Villar, and Jiao are among the 50 inspiring women of passion.

PSIA general manager Bettina Quimson, vice president for marketing, communications, and external relations of FEU Gianna Montinola, CHED chairman Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Marixi Prieto, and Rosalind Wee of Marine Resources Development Corporation

Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Anthony Pangilinan, Jessica Cox, and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan

Joey Concepcion’s daughters gave a sweet token to the forum guest speakers: (from left) Catherine Concepcion, Maria Ressa, Sheila Marcelo, Monica Concepcion, Joey Concepcion, and Magsie Concepcion.

President of BPI Family Savings Bank TG Limcaoco, executive director Mon Lopez, and Dean Pax Lapid



7,000 Filipina Eager to Succeed

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Go Negosyo celebrated the Filipina spirit and recognized the country’s inspiring women through the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. Over 7,000 Filipina women eager to succeed composed of students, women groups from local government units and private institutions, and existing and aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at the World Trade Center last March 7. Go Negosyo continues to mount this women-centered summit annually in its goal to inspire, educate, and empower more Filipinas to move up in life and have a right enterprising mindset, competencies and creativity, and to forward a thrust that Filipinos are never destined for poverty.

Inspiring and insightful sessions happened during the 6th Filipina entrepreneurship Summit. In photo: Joey Concepcion (center) with Kris Aquino (Special message), Sen. Grace Poe (Keynote Speaker), Women Summit Co-chair Alice Eduardo, and Executive Director Mon Lopez.

Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Filipina Starpreneurs 2014 with Go Negosyo trustees shows W-sign for women. In photo 1st row (from left to right): Myrna Yao (Richwell Trading), Edith Dacuycuy (awardee) Gwen Albarracin (awardee), Judy Wong Guevara (Leslie Corporation), Tricia Gosingtian (represented Chiqui Go, Go Negosyo Enabler awardee), Dr. Milagros Ong – How (awardee), Cathy Turvill (awardee). 2nd row (from left to right):  Donna Jiao (awardee), Maria Ressa (awardee), Michelle Fontelera (awardee) Mary Joy Abaquin (awardee), Monique Hilario (awardee). 3rd row (from left to right): Rosalind Wee (Marine Resources Development Corp.), Alice Eduardo (Summit’s co-chair), Sen. Grace Poe (Keynote speaker), , Sen. Cynthia Villar (forum speaker), Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion, Executive Director Mon Lopez, and Mekeni’s Pruds Garcia.

Sen. Grace Poe shared how her father, Fernando Poe Jr., managed to be successful and to positively affect other people through his hardwork, competitive knowledge, and creativity as an entrepreneur during her keynote speech. She noted that creativity is the key to success in today’s world for if one lacks creative talent then he will not be different from the rest.

Not just an accident but God’s plan. Marivic, an attendee from Tacloban during the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit, said that she got the courage to start her business again after Yolanda because of the inspiring speakers and it was God’s purpose of bringing her in the summit.

Successful women entrepreneurs shared their experiences in the business and how they managed to be competitive and on the forefront of the market. In photo (from left to right) Edith Dacycuy (REFMAD Farm), Jill Borja (Manang’s Chicken), Mylene Abiva (FELTA Multimedia), Zarah Juan (Panda Cleaners), and Kim Lato (Kim Store).

Women Summit Co-chair Alice Eduardo shared how she started as an entrepreneur at the very young age of 7, supplying rice grains, pan de sal, and other products to her community to generate income and shared how she became the queen of construction in the country.

Dr. Milagros Ong – How mentioned that the secret to become successful in a profession is to excel and to always give your best in what you do. She said that mediocrity is not helpful and the people who excel are the extraordinary.

Angelpreneurs mentoring participants at the Go Negosyo booth during the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Mrs. Hanepbuhay, Sen. Cynthia Villar, shared that her success was influenced by her grandmother and mom who were both entrepreneurs. She also highlighted that proper education is the key one’s success.

Fe Agudo of Hyundai Asia said that she believes that thru Go Negosyo Summits, Filipinos are gathered to have an inspiration. She noted that one should always have the courage to dream and the capability to choose the right path towards success.

CEO of Rappler Maria Ressa noted that this is a special time for the special generation of today and shared that proper use of imagination with the help of technology, and having the courage to do and act to affect positive change, and knowing your team members are important tools to be successful in life.

Renowned broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez opened her talk by asking the audience “Handa na ba kayo? Handa na ba kayong yumaman?” She shared that after following her passion, it opened and continues to open doors of opportunities for her. She mentioned that the secret to success is pursuing you passion and doing what you love.

Successful Filipina entrepreneurs shared their tips and best practices in doing business during the food and restaurant, retail, and information technology forum. In photo (from left to right): Willen Ma (Masuki), Juliet Herrera (Serenitea), Edith Dacuycuy (REFMAD Farms), Jill Borja (Manang’s Chicken), Mylene Abiva (FELTA Multimedia), Zarah Juan (Panda Cleaners), Kim Lato (Kim Store), Vanessa Ledesma (Mercato Centrale), Patsy Paterno (Papemelroti), Josephine Co – See (Peanut World).

Notable entrepreneurs during the red carpet at the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. In photo (from left to right): James Chi (Smart Communications), Donna Jiao (awardee), Executive Director Mon Lopez, Summit’s Co-chair Alice Eduardo, Cong. Leni Robredo, Myrna Yao (Richwell Trading), Yati Abdullah (DHL Country Manager), Love Anover (host), James Bernas (Smart Communications)

Successful Filipina entrepreneurs shared their story and imparted learnings during the Success Forum. In photo (from left to right): Alice Eduardo (summit’s co-chair), Fe Agudo (Hyundai Asia), Sen. Cynthia Villar (Villar Foundation), Maria Ressa (Rappler), Yati Abdullah (DHL Country Manager), Marife Zamora (Convergys Corp.), Dr. Milagros Ong – How (Universal Harvester Inc.), Karen Davila (forum moderator)

Joey Concepcion encouraged the summit participants to learn and get inspired through the forums and plenary talks in the summit. He reiterated that Filipinos were never destined to be poor and is very optimistic that the Filipinos can.

Sought after Radio DJ Nicole Hyala kept the crowd alive in the afternoon with her witty talk about her career success and how she managed to turn every challenge into opportunities towards achieving her stature.

Successful and inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs shared their thoughts and engaged the attendees in a meaningful discussion during the second forum tackling beauty, fashion, and health and wellness. In photo (from left to right) Roselin Pagunsan (Big Apple Spa), Janice Villanueva (Mommymundo),  Jen Horn (, Donna Jiao (XC Manufacturing and Trading Enterprise), Bettina Quimson (Phil. Software Industry Assoc.),  Rowena Matti (Galileo Enrichment), Marina Benipayo (School of Fashion and the Arts), and Sherill Quintana (Oryspa).

Convergys Corporation’s Marife Zamora, focus on excellence and concentrate on the best product and service that you can give to your clients. Her company today has more than 50,000 competitive employees.

Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano gave an all out performance, hyping the crowd, during the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.


Monday, March 3rd, 2014
In line with the global celebration of Women’s Month, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo will hold its 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit this Friday, March 7at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. This Summit will feature women of grace and empowerment like Kris Aquino, Senator Grace Poe, Senator Cynthia Villar, Maria Ressa, Korina Sanchez, Nicole Hyala, and other inspiring and successful Filipina entrepreneurs to share their success journeys and stories.This year, Go Negosyo will recognize and honor inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs. These are the women who moved up in life thru passion and hardwork in growing their business. Among the awardees are:

ALICE EDUARDO Santa Elena Construction and Development President Alice Eduardo as Co-Chair of the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2014. (L-R): MYRNA YAO and ROSALIND WEE Richwell Trading Corp. Founder and CEO Myrna Yao and Go Negosyo trustee and owner of W Buildings Rosalind Wee served as panel of judges in selecting the inspiring Filipinas of 2014.

Founding director of the Multiple Intelligence International School (MIIS) in Quezon City, Mary Joy Abaquin, believes in empowering the youth by cultivating a culture of innovation to make a difference. Her passion is to raise future leaders thru their intelligences to be change makers. MIIS pioneered the concept of developing the entrepreneurial mindset among their students.President and founder of the first of Multiple Intelligence International School in the country Mary Joy Abaquin. As a Go Negosyo Angelpreneur, she is committed in sharing her time in teaching many aspiring and young entrepreneurs. Using her own money, she put up a progressive school in 1996. Today, her school has over 700 students and over a hundred teaching staff. For her, education is the key to empower and enable people.

Known as the Dragon Lady because of her 10 hectare Dragon fruit farm in Ilocos Norte, Edith Dacuycuy’s passion for her business comes from the love of her daughter. In search for cure for her daughter’s condition, she was able to expand and grow her Dragon fruit business. Her farm is the country’s largest dragon fruit exporter.

Edith Dacuycuy, the Dragon Fruit lady from Ilocos Norte, Founder of the Association of Dragon Fruit Growers. Her search for cure for her daughter’s condition led her to establish a vast dragon fruit farm. Today, her farm is the country’s leading dragon fruit exporter and her product innovations very notable for its zero-waste farming practices.

Mastering the intricacies of fertilizer industry, President of Universal Harvester Inc.(UHI) Milagros Ong-How, has transitioned from being a mere supplier of fertilizers into a valuable ally of farmers in their quest to increase their yield and improve production. UHI is a Filipino company engaged in manufacturing, distribution, and exportation of quality fertilizers.

Founder of Universal Harvester Inc., Milagros Ong – How, a distributor and importer of world-class fertilizers; Her experience and education in handling chemicals and seeing the opportunity of business growth eventually lead her in fertilizer manufacturing.

Renowned journalist, author, founder and CEO of Maria Ressa’s passion to deliver uncompromised journalism come from her vision to encourage greater self-awareness and inspire smart conversations among Filipinos. Ressa has worked for major television stations in the country and in Asia as CNN’s Bureau chief in Manila and Jakarta.

Maria Ressa, founder and CEO of established the leading social news network in the country. Her vision is to inspire community engagement and discussions with the help of new technology and social media. Ressa is a renowned journalist in Asia.

President of Nurture Spa Village Cathy Turvill is a pioneer and leader in the Philippine Spa and Wellness industry. Her passion in promoting beauty and wellness made CCN name her spa as one of 28 Most Relaxing Spas of Asia and President of Spa & Wellness Professionals. She also founded the first internationally accredited spa school in the Philippines.

President of Nurture Spa Village Cathy Turvill, a pioneer and leader in the Philippine Spa industry established her spa in her personal search for tranquility. It soon evolved into a venue offering international standard spa with a touch of Filipino ambience.

Owner of XC Manufacturing and Trading Enterprise Donna Jiao carried on and expanded her family’s business of jewelry, supplied jewelry shops in Binondo Manila, innovated designs, put up a jewelry shop in Makati until finally established a branch abroad. Today, her company is the top exporter in all of Bulacan and one of the top exporters of fine jewelry in the Philippines because of her passion in jewelry design.

Owner of XC Manufacturing and Trading Enterprise, Donna Jiao, the leading exporter of jewelry in Bulacan started as a helper of her mother in their pawnshop business. Having the experience, skills, and creativity on jewelry design, she was able to grow their business. Her business has had many of the country’s top socialites and members of the elite as its clientele.

President of Zen Zest Asia Michelle Asence – Fontelera developed a local brand of complete body and bath care products now available in the market. Her passion when it comes to managing her business resulted in more than 100 store outlets in the country. She keeps herself abreast of the latest skincare and beauty products, and continues to learn new business trends through research and innovation.

President of Zen Zest Asia, a Filipino body care product retailer, Michelle Asence – Fontelera saw the opportunity in pioneering a complete body and bath care product line. She was able to expand her business locally and market it abroad through continuous research and innovation.

Owner of Lay Bare Monique Hilario conceptualized the idea of having the first waxing salon in the Philippines that would concentrate solely on providing customers with a stress-free hair-removal experience by offering a full-range of professional body waxing services. With the help of her sister Fiona and through passion in business, they managed to expand their business in the country. Today, they also have branches in the US.

Owner of the first waxing salon in the county Monique Hilario wanted to offer hair-removal service that is not readily available to most of the beauty salons in the country. Together with her sister Fiona, they conceptualized a waxing boutique. It was a business concept that they did not plan at all, but its unexpected success changed their lives. 

Center for Pop CEO Gwen Albarracin believed that a small speck of idea can grow big like the country’s first and biggest training school in pop singing. Becasue of her passion in business, she continued to train aspiring singers and performers to help get rid of shyness, overcome stage fright while developing their pop singing voice and stage performance. Center for Pop has produced many outstanding contemporary performers in the country.

Founder of a training school for singing enthusiasts Gwen Albarracin continued what she and her husband started to train singers and performers, establishing Center for Pop. It was a small garage business which is now a 3-storey building complete with training facilities, music library and a concert hall. 

Judy Wong Guevara is the President of Leslie Corporation since 1983. Her passion and commitment is to bring fresh and quality products. Leslie Corporation is exporting to 29 countries and Judy also owns Minute Burger with over 170 franchisees and 400 stores nationwide.

Leslie Corporation President Judy Wong forwards healthy and delicious snack products. Her passion in producing quality snacks made her company one of the leading snack food companies in the Philippines operating several modern & fully-automated manufacturing plants.

Among the judges in selecting the nominees were long-time Go Negosyo trustee Rosalind Wee and Founder and COO of Richwell Trading Corporation Myrna Yao.
It is best to recognize and honor the works and success of exemplary and inspiring Filipinas like them. They will surely serve as good role models for developing empowered and enterprising Filipinas, to beat poverty and fulfill their dreams.

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Go Negosyo’s 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

Monday, February 17th, 2014
William Arthur Ward once wrote that the adventure of life is to learn, the nature of life is to change, the purpose of life is to grow and the triumph of life is to prevail. Since 2006, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship has been teaching, inspiring and changing the lives of many Filipino women through its empowering seminars, trainings and summits, so they could learn, change, grow and eventually prevail.While preparing for our 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit happening two days from now, the GoNegosyo team is also simultaneously gearing up for our women summit. In line with the global celebration of the Women’s Month, we are scheduled to host the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on March 7 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. This has been an annual tradition of GoNegosyo since 2009 dedicated to target the very important sector of kababaihan.This one-day summit will feature Filipina icons from different backgrounds. Sen. Grace Poe is expected to keynote the summit while the ‘Queen of All Media’, Ms. Kris Aquino, is to give her special message.Meanwhile, Sen. Cynthia Villar who has always been very supportive of the GoNegosyo advocacy, and renowned educator Dr. Queena Chua – Lee, will be joined by other notable women and women entrepreneurs in the keynote forum while renowned broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez and radio disk jockey Emily Gaite aka Nicole Hyala will recount their individual journeys in the afternoon.Aside from the keynote speeches and the keynote forum, there will also be two fora to feature more female personalities and seasoned women entrepreneurs including celebrity entrepreneur Regine Tolentino, Serenitea’s Juliet Herrera, Manang’s Chicken’s Jill Borja, Greenleaf Bags’ Zarah Juan, Big Apple Spa’s Roselin Pagunsan, and many more.For the sixth year, we will also be recognizing another batch of outstanding and inspiring women entrepreneurs for their exemplary performance in their business and will be named as this year’s GoNegosyo Women STARpreneurs. We are expecting another full house event of about more 7,000 attendees including students, aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs particularly mompreneurs and enablers.

More details about the event will be out in the coming days. Make sure to visit our website or follow us on Facebook.

Former MTRCB Chairperson and now a Senator, Hon. Grace Poe will keynote the 6th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. Grace’s platform as a senator is focused on poverty alleviation, youth opportunity and electoral reform.
Filipina television and movie personality, game and talk show host, and Fiesta Pasta endorser, Ms. Kris Aquino is set to deliver a special message at the Summit. Aside from being the Queen of All Media, it will also be interesting to hear from the ‘presidential sister’. Kris is also an entrepreneur co-owning several businesses like restaurant, flower shop, and a boutique and agency.
Known as Mrs. Hanepbuhay, Sen. Cynthia Villar, a staunch GoNegosyo advocate even before entering the senate, is one of the distinguished panelists in the keynote forum. Sen. Cynthia is the founder of Villar SIPAG Foundation, a non-profit organization geared to help underprivileged, OFWs, the youth and women among others. Her social enterprise has been recognized internationally including that of the United Nations.

Filipina broadcast journalist, television news anchor, senior field correspondent, magazine show host, radio anchor and newspaper columnist, Korina Sanchez is our afternoon keynote speaker. Korina is also an advocate of health, pollution control, and coral and marine life preservation.

A professor, columnist, and author Dr. Queena Chua – Lee will also sit in the keynote forum. Dr. Queena is a recipient of the Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service Award for Education in 2001. TOWNS awardees are true role models for Filipino women and girls who wish to dedicate themselves to nation-building.
Renowned FM radio DJ Emmy Gaite Tinana aka Nicole Hyala will share her success journey and how she balances her life as a career and family person. Aside from being a DJ, she is also one of the most sought-after endorsers on radio. A cum laude graduate with a degree in Business Administration, Emmy is also an entrepreneur owning a franchise of peanut and water business.

TV host. actress, and fitness enthusiast Regine Tolentino is joining the forum on fashion and clothing. As a celebrity fashionista, one of Regine’s pride is her fashion boutique which started in 1999 designing dresses and costumes for children.

Recipient of Ernst and Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Juliet Herrera will share her story running Serenitea. Juliet was only 23 when she and her fiancé put up quickly a growing business in 2008. As a young entrepreneur, she proved that age is not a hindrance to move up in life.

One of the co-founders of the Big Apple Express Spa, Roselin Pagunsan will sit in the health and beauty forum. Roselin currently acts as the Marketing Director of Big Apple Express Spa. Started in 2004, her spa has 20 branches all over the country. Roselin defines herself as a woman entrepreneur who trusts her instincts and who dares to blaze trails in the industry.

Greenleaf Bags founder Zarah Juan will serve as a panelist in the culinary, food and restaurant, retail and others forum. She worked as a flight attendant before venturing into the idea of an eco-friendly business. Her idea of eco-friendly bags came about when she designed and made it as souvenirs and presents to her friends.

Also serving as one of the panelists in the Culinary, Food, and Restaurant forum is Manang’s Chicken President and CEO Jill Borja. The success of Manang’s Chicken was unexpected and started only as a weekend hobby selling fried chicken in weekend markets. Jill Borja is a lawyer and certified public accountant by profession and at the same time an entrepreneur.


Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Technology and innovation is very useful, dynamic and it makes everything quick and easy. It is a platform where anyone can do almost everything. On February 19, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo will hold its 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

This event will feature the country’s top Technopreneurs like Engr. Dado Banatao of Tallwood Ventures and Manny V. Pangilinan of PLDT Group on a dialogue forum facilitated by Rappler’s CEO Maria Ressa. The summit aims to gather successful and inspiring technopreneurs to share their views and success stories to the youth and aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs.

This major summit will also feature technopreneurs who will talk about business models and enablers in the field like Earl Martin Valencia (Ideaspace), RJ David (, Ibba Bernardo (Sari Software Solutions), Gian Scottie Javelona (, Marx Melencio (Grayscale Business Consultancy & Marketing Services), Angeline Rodriguez (, Aurora Soriano (TimeFree Innovations), Monchito Ibrahim (DOST-ICT), Joey Gurango (Philippine Software Industry Assoc.), Beryl Li (formerly of Seed Asia), Paul Rivera (Manila Angels), Dr. Luis Sison (DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship), Janette Toral (, Francis Raymund Villanueva (, and other notable technopreneurs.

We are expecting another full house event for this summit!

Engr. Dado Banatao of Tallwood Ventures will have a dialogue forum at the
3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit at the SMX Convention Center.
He is one of the few Filipinos who made a name in the Silicon Valley.

Manny V. Pangilinan of PLDT Group
will grace the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit
for a dialogue forum on February 19.

Maria Ressa, CEO of,
will be the facilitator of the dialogue forum
and will be one of the plenary speakers in the Summit.

Earl Martin Valencia, President of Ideaspace Foundation will share his inspiring story and views during the plenary forum for the 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit

RJ David, Founder of – the country’s #1 classified ads website, will be one of the panelists on the forum. is an online marketplace where people buy and sell a wide variety of goods, products, and services under different categories such as real estates, car and automotives products and services, and many more among Filipino individuals and business groups all over the world.

Gian Scottie Javelona, President and CEO of – the first mobile portal for school. They provide schools in the Philippines with the best suite of school management software where everyone in the educational community in the country.

Bernardo Ibba, President of Sari Software Solutions – a platform, systems, and mobile apps developer, will share his views as one of the panelists on the forum about business models. They build a mobile technology platform to empower sari-sari stores and micro-entrepreneurs, and change the way they do business.

Janette Toral, an e-commerce specialist in the country and the site owner of, will be one of the panelists on the forum about business models. She is an advocate in promoting e-commerce in the country.

Marx Melencio, President of Grayscale Business Consultancy & Marketing Services – an ICT outsourcing firm. They have helped more than eighty corporations, companies, businesses, home businesses and individual Internet marketers increase their traffic and sales margins, all while cutting down their overheads.

Angeline Rodriguez, Managing Editor of – the top online magazine, will take part as a panelist. is known for its blogs on food, happenings, lifestyle, and events.

Monchito Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Director of DOST-ICT, will be one of the panelists for the technology enablers forum. He implemented the Philippine Cyber Corridor Initiative, which aims to make the Philippines the Global for IT-BPO services.

Joey Gurango, President of Philippine Software Industry Association, will be one of the panelists for the technology enablers forum. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professionals, in recognition of his mastery of software technology and business.

Beryl Li (formerly of Seed Asia) will be one of the panelists for the technology enablers forum. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a bachelor’s degree in International Business, Finance and Economics.

Paul Rivera (left), Co-founder of Manila Angels – Manila-based private network of Angel investors connecting people, ideas and capital in one of the world’s fastest growing markets, will also be one of the panelists for technology enablers forum. They bring together extraordinary people passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship and technology to make a difference in the companies and markets they operate in.

Dr. Luis Sison of DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship will also be one of the panelists for the technology enablers forum. He is also the co-founder of the Microcontroller Applications Design Contest, and was the chair of the Rules Committee and Board of Judges for the World Robotics Olympiad 2010. He was awarded by the Philippine Development Foundation in 2010 for his outstanding achievements in Science and Engineering Education.

Francis Raymund Villanueva, Digital Customer Marketing and Analytics of, will be present as one of the panelists for the technology enablers forum. TackThis is easiest Social Commerce technology solution available.

Angels in Disguise

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Go Negosyo has grown from an advocacy that supports entrepreneurship to an institution of inspiration and hope. The past seven years had been fruitful, but despite the successes that we are experiencing, I know that there is still so much work to do.

We are fortunate to have partners in the government and the private sector. But more importantly, Go Negosyo has its own group of experts which never ceases to inspire our audience with their personal stories and business knowledge.

Back in 2009, we launched our Angelpreneurs, a pool of seasoned entrepreneurship gurus who have the heart in devoting their time to mentor aspiring and existing negosyantes in their entrepreneurial journey. They have different areas of expertise ranging from education to business.

Let me share a short background on our Angelpreneurs. (more…)

The Great Visayan Adventure

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Let me take time out from my usual Go Negosyo columns and share with you our dive adventure in the Visayas. As I write this column, we are still at sea with friends, moving from island to island. The promise of tourism as a negosyo opportunity is definitely now happening. Bohol has new resorts opening, with the Regent group of Boracay buying Alona Panglao; the Bellevue group’s resort is now under construction; and rumors of the Discovery group setting up soon.

There are quite a number of newcomers setting up in different parts of the Visayas. What makes the Visayas different, aside from a number of sand bars, is the rich marine life where many resorts have started to create their own marine sanctuary, with them charging anywhere between 100 pesos to a high of 600 pesos. The highlight of our trip so far is the whale sharks of Oslob, and definitely, there is none other like this in the world. While some people would criticize that this is not a natural thing, since the whale sharks are fed like pets, I look at it differently. At least these fishermen, who at one point harmed the whales till a foreigner told them he would pay them to feed the sharks, can do their share in protecting the whale sharks and look after the environment. The whale sharks have turned into a major tourist attraction. (more…)


Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Last year, Go Negosyo and Multiply Philippines entered into a partnership to recognize, promote and develop a whole new generation of entrepreneurs. With technology and communications developing at lightning speed, it is the younger generation who is quicker to adapt to changing platforms in doing business and learn faster on how to make the most out of it. As Multiply has discovered, a booming number of very young entrepreneurs have begun to use what was once primarily a social networking site as their avenue to sell products and services.

This is why Multiply today has become known more as the website for young online entrepreneurs. And we at Go Negosyo support this innovation, especially because it encourages entrepreneurship among the youth. E-commerce websites such as Multiply address some of the most difficult challenges in starting a business faced by very young entrepreneurs: large capital, a physical store or location, advertising, and hiring staff. With an online website, a young entrepreneur virtually doesn’t need any of these. (more…)

World-Class Filipino Artisans

Monday, April 9th, 2012

There is no denying the unique and skilled craftsmanship of the Filipino. For the past decades, the masterpieces of designers who have become renowned worldwide have sparked real interest in Filipino craftsmanship.

Our featured artisans all attest to the seemingly innate talent for art and craft of the Filipino, which is also what motivated them even more to pursue artisanship. Using the rich natural resources of the country, as well as the rich creative talent Filipino artisans, these designer-entrepreneurs have produced pieces that have earned international acclaim and have made us proud. (more…)