MARY JOY ABAQUIN
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.
MILAGROS ONG – HOW
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 Rappler.com 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 Rappler.com 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.
MICHELLE ASENCE – FONTELERA
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
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.