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Go Negosyo and US Embassy Empower Young Entrepreneurs in Mindanao

Friday, September 18th, 2015

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship—Go Negosyo and US Embassy in Manila hosted the Mindanao leg of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop in Zamboanga City last September 9-11. The three-day workshop was held in the Garden Orchid Hotel. Youth participants came from as far as Sulu, General Santos, Tawi-Tawi, Cagayan de Oro and other parts of Mindanao.

Go Negosyo Angelpreneurs graced the workshop’s Day 1 with their fruitful presentations. The first speaker is Mr. Armando “Butz” Bartolome, president of GMB Franchise Developers Inc. Sir Butz talked about how one can re-discover the entrepreneurial mindset and the secrets of spotting business opportunities. Mr. Victor “Vix” Madlangbayan of Manok Mabuhay zeroed in on business model development and Ms. Tess Dimaculangan, Managing Partner of Dimaculangan and Co. CPAs enlightened the YEDW fellows with the much needed business finance knowledge. Finally, Mr. Willy “The Brand Healer” Arcilla mentored everyone on the basics of marketing.

YEDW Mindanao leg speakers with Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez.

YEDW Mindanao leg speakers with Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez.

Day 2 kicked off with a talk entitled “That thing called Ideaction: Leaping from idea to proof of concept” from a Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative or YSEALI alumnus, Mr. Ryan Louie Madrid, followed by another topic presentations from franchising guru Mr. Butz Bartolome (Franchising as a Tool for Business Expansion) and Mr. Vix Madlangbayan (Product Development and Marketing.)

One of the highlights of the workshop is the experience sharing of home-grown Mindanaoan entrepreneurs through a panel discussion. The Fellows got to ask relevant questions to the panel composed of Mr. Edwin To of Price Wise Marketing Corporation, Imelda Dagus of Dennis Coffee Garden and Ivy Simbajon of Myrna’s Bakehouse.

Guests from the USAID Gerardo Porta (Senior Democracy and Governance Specialist) and Jay De Quiros (Economic Growth Specialist) also discussed the USAID Philippine-American Fund and USAID initiatives on improving the investment climate in cities respectively.

At the end of the day, Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director, shared his expertise on different entrepreneurial topics such as marketing, branding and tips in managing a business enterprise.

Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director.

Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director.

After the dinner, the participants and organizers enjoyed the fellowship night where they got to know each other more and play some games.

It’s all business on day 3. The top 10 from the business idea and existing business categories were chosen and each of them presented in front of the panel of judges composed of Mr. Edwin To, Mr. Willy Arcilla an Engineer Rolando G. Acuna of CESO V (Provincial Director of DTI Region 9.) Each fellow from the top 10 were given 5 minutes to present their business or idea and another 5 minutes to answer the questions from the judges.

After the deliberation, the top 5 and eventual cash prize winners were announced as follows:

Business Idea Category:
Fiel Melan Bulaong
Richard Celeste
Shayryl Mae Ramos
Nelben Raymunda
Business Idea category Winner of P10,000: Robert Basco

Existing Business Category:
Andrew Ryan Cabillas
Kaye Layco
Arnold Sotto
Hazel Yap
Existing Business Category Winner of P30,000: Gideon Rey Pahagas

VIEW PHOTOS HERE: YEDW Mindanao Day 1 | YEDW Mindanao Day 2 | YEDW Mindanao Day 3

Dreaming Big, Starting Small: How Great Women Achieve Success

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Multi-awarded Filipina entrepreneur launches new book to empower other women entrepreneurs


Richprime Global Inc. CEO and one of Go Negosyo’s staunch supporters and advocates, Ms. Myrna Yao with Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez.

MANILA, Philippines (September 15, 2015) Myrna Tang Yao, the savvy tycoon who made Barbie™ famous in the Philippines, shares her passion and  journey from being a micro entrepreneur to CEO of several companies in her new book, “The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project,” launching last Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

In her book, Yao also details how as a young woman, she dreamt of one day succeeding in business so she could help underprivileged women break free from helplessness due to poverty. Her dream soon became a reality when she was appointed Chair of the Philippine Commission on Women. She was tasked to spearhead the nationwide Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project, “a governance and capacity development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly those in microenterprises.” The project continues to succeed, thanks to Yao’s framework based on her invaluable business insights.

Joey Concepcion of RFM Corporation and Go Negosyo says of her book, “This book shall serve as an inspiration to women most especially to women entrepreneurs who are in their journey of reaching success. Myrna Yao’s passion is evident in all her works from her humble beginnings up until today.”

Bo Sanchez, bestselling author, also praises Yao’s latest achievement: “From page one, you’ll see Myrna’s fearless passion. But more than that, you’ll be deeply touched by her great love for disenfranchised women. These suffering women are the reason why she wakes up in the morning. Thank you Myrna for inspiring all of us and teaching us how to live.”

Indeed, the best validations come from those who benefitted from the GREAT Women Project themselves. Erlin Sullano, 35 years old, hails from Bacolod City, and has this to say about Myrna Yao’s brainchild project: “My husband was jobless a month before I delivered my fourth child. I had no experience in peddling, but I needed to earn for the baby’s delivery so I peddled food items. A lot of good-hearted people would give me money and not take my goods out of pity. A few weeks after giving birth, when our meager resources were all spent, I had no choice but to look for work. I became a manicurist.

“After 2 years, my clientele grew and then came The GREAT Women Project where I learned more and was given better tools for my trade and got a Certificate of Completion. I am very thankful for the training and certification through the project, as it has given me a better life. I have become a popular manicurist in my barangay and I am now able to save money. I was able to get our house fixed, buy appliances and, feed and clothe my children. As a woman, I now feel that I have the power to make my life and my family’s life change for the better.”

It seems the seed of Myrna Yao’s dream to empower a woman through entrepreneurship, can transform not just one woman’s life, but that of her family, and community, too.

“The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project” is published in partnership with the Vibal Publishing House, Inc., and is also available in digital format through their website,



A multi-awarded entrepreneur and champion of women’s rights and empowerment, MYRNA YAO is CEO of five companies including RichPrime Global, Inc., and Richwell Trading Corporation, founder and chairperson of The Philippine Federation of Local Council of Women, The Federation of the Filipino Chinese Business and Professional Women of the Philippines, the Pearl S. Buck Philippines and also served as the Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for six years. (PCW is the policy making body of the government in implementing laws on women and gender empowerment). Some of the numerous awards she has received include the International Entrepreneur Award by the Global Summit of Women in 2006, the Gold Prize Award for Women’s World Excellence Award in Beijing, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003. She was also granted the 2006 Presidential Merit Award by the President of the Republic of the Philippines for her success in the field of entrepreneurship in both local and international levels.

From its humble beginnings, her business has grown to include the marketing and distribution of children’s products from toys to fashion and shoes under the brands of Barbie, Hotwheels, Mattel toys and games, Fisher Price, Megablocks, Disney, Ninja Turtles, V-Tech, Ollie and more. She is very passionate in serving women and children, who inspire her to continue developing products which cater to kids’ needs. Starting with only 10 employees, her company now hires and provides livelihood to 1,400 employees.

To help underprivileged women in the Philippines, Myrna was instrumental in pushing for the enactment of Magna Carta of Women to law. The MCW is a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate violence against women, and ensure equal earning opportunity, among others. She spearheaded the GREAT Women Project, which helps alleviate poverty by engaging and mentoring women into becoming micro entrepreneurs, and connecting them with different Government Agencies and business networks.

Go Negosyo and US Embassy go to Mindanao for YEDW

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

YEDW Visayas fellows with Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez and workshop speakers.

(UPDATED) The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and the US Embassy will have the Mindanao leg of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) happening this coming September 9-11, 2015 in Zamboanga City to empower existing Filipino young entrepreneurs and young aspiring entrepreneurs in the area. This YEDW program will provide training, mentorship and networking opportunities for the participants.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:  (1) Must be a Filipino citizen, (2) Should either be a young entrepreneur with existing enterprises, or young person with profound interest with starting his/her own business (has a well thought-out idea that he/she is committed to pursuing or growing into a venture,) (3) Should be below 35 years old at the time of the deadline of application and (4) Requirements: business pitch (existing business and business idea.)

Applications for YEDW Luzon (Batangas) leg are ongoing. Visit for details. Application deadline is on September 14, 2015.


CONGRATULATIONS! Below are the names of the 54 young entrepreneurs and young people with business idea who have been selected to be the official fellows for the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) Mindanao.

Abella, Fausto
Agbon, Rosan
Aliya, Akmad Carsum
Alawi, Almalin
Amil, Nadzla
Balena, Quiteria
Barahama, Andrew
Basco, Robert
Bencio, Marvelous
Biston, Omair
Bulaong, Fiel Melan
Bubong, Anzanoor
Cabillas, Andrew Ryan
Calunod, Joel
Castro, Jasmin
Catual, Muamar
Cawley, Arlo Alexander
Ceballos, Vermon Jake
Celeste, Richard
de Guzman, Irvin Michael
delos Reyes, Fatima
Deriposun, Annas
Derramas, Clarissa
Duran, Raven
Eldani, Yusuf Ali
Eusebio, Jessa Angela
Flores, Jeric
Fuentes, Mary Joy
Garcia, Annabelle
Garcia, Mernielyn
Jalal, Yolaneen
Judan, Shielamar
Kamensa, Jebrael
Layco, Helen Kaye
Madjiri, Saddam
Marfil, Janine Dominique
Mejia, Miguel
Mohammad, Anarika
Motoomull, Chrisha Marie
Pacalangot, Saidamen
Pahagas, Gideon Rey
Ramos, Shayryl Mae
Ranque, Jenelou
Raymunda, Nelben
Sali, Fatima
Sotto, Arnold
Suico III, Javier
Uapal, Sammy
Usman, Nur-Mukin
Vargas, Stephanie Rose
Vermont, Roneo
Villano, Jose Augustus
Villena, Emma Noelle
Yap, Hazel Marizella


Go Negosyo and RFM Corporation Hosted Filipino Night for HPAIR Delegates

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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Last August 23, Go Negosyo and RFM Corporation hosted the Filipino Night for the delegates of the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations in Manila Polo Club.

The Filipino Night showcased the rich culture and heritage of the Philippines through the taste of our delicious local delicacies offered in our booths, the sound of our beautiful music, and the sight and experience of our stunning dances through a number of cultural dances and feel the warmth of the Filipino hospitality.

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The delegates also had a chance to meet and mingle with Go Negosyo’s entrepreneurs such as Esther Vibal, Manny Osmena, Siu Ping and Nelson Par, Nanette Medved-Po, Myrna Yao, Melito Salazar, Donna and Bong Jiao, Rey and Anais Lapid, Renen and Celinda De Guia, Sherill Quintana, Benedict Carandang, Koh Onozawa, Ofrace and Era Ocampo, and Angelpreneurs Carlo Calimon, Vix Madlangbayan, Mon Abrea, and Jorge Wieneke.

One of the highlights of the said event was the keynote message delivered by Sen. Sonny Angara where he introduced the Philippines by tackling several issues that affect our current identity as a country and as people. He cited the good, the bad, and the ones in between.


It has been a privilege for Go Negosyo to be partner in mounting the HPAIR Manila Conference. We hope to see more of these delegates, especially the young Filipino representatives, become enterprising as they continue to lead their organizations in the future.

View HPAIR Filipino Night photos HERE

Go Negosyo Renews Partnership with DHL Express Philippines

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
DHL Express Philippines has been one of staunch partners of Go Negosyo for the past years. DHL provides logistics solutions for many micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Yati Abdullah, DHL Express Philippines’ Country Manager, shares that even online shops and small entrepreneurs may use their services to send products to their customers. DHL Express Philippines promises to help entrepreneurs in their growth and market expansion.

DHL Express Philippines has been one of staunch partners of Go Negosyo for the past years. DHL provides logistics solutions for many micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Yati Abdullah, DHL Express Philippines’ Country Manager, shares that even online shops and small entrepreneurs may use their services to send products to their customers. DHL Express Philippines promises to help entrepreneurs in their growth and market expansion.

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo renews partnership with DHL Express Philippines led by Go Negosyo’s Founding Trustee Joey Concepcion and DHL Philippines’ Country Manager Yati Abdullah.

DHL Philippines has been a partner of Go Negosyo for the past three years. DHL provides logistics solutions for many micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Yati Abdullah, DHL Philippines’ Country Manager, shares that even online shops may use their services to send products to their customers.

DHL Philippines promises to help entrepreneurs in their growth and market expansion.

See photos HERE

Tech4ED Gets Support from Go Negosyo

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Go Negosyo Supports Tech4ED - Go Negosyo Founding Trustee,  Joey Conception (L) and Ms. Bettina Quimson of the DOST-ICT Office shake hands after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) wherein the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship thru GoNegosyo will provide educational content for the government’s Tech4ED centers for potential entrepreneurs in the countryside.

Go Negosyo Supports Tech4ED . In the photo (L-R) Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Conception, Ms. Bettina Quimson of the DOST-ICT Office and Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez. The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship thru GoNegosyo will provide educational content for the government’s Tech4ED centers for potential entrepreneurs in the countryside.

The Tech4ED project of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is getting support from the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) and Go Negosyo, a local network of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship advocates headed by businessman Joey Conception.

Go Negosyo will be providing content for the e-Assist segment of Tech4ED which will primarily tackle business literacy, investments, franchising and other materials useful for potential entrepreneurs. Through this partnership, these content will now be included in the Tech4ED platform, under the e-Assist segment.

The Technology for Economic Development (Tech4ED) Project envisions Tech4ED Centers in every barangay in the Philippines. Originally aiming to strengthen the existing Community eCenters in the country, the project utilizes its network from both government and non-government agencies to aggregate content to offer more opportunities for inclusive growth.

Tech4ED’s e-Assist component is part of a Learning Management System which contains content for ICT for Digital Literacy, for Financial Literacy, for entrepreneurship and for Career Shifter Learning Contents. According to Ms. Bettina Quimson, Deputy Executive Director for E-Society of the DOST-ICT Office, “Educational materials from the PCE and GoNegosyo will go a long way in helping Filipinos in countryside in starting their own businesses and help achieve our objectives for inclusive growth.”

Tech4ED Centers will serve as a hub for the community to have access to information, communication, technology, government services, non-formal education, skills training, telehealth, job markets, and business portals giving individuals and communities in rural and urban poor areas opportunity for inclusive growth.  With the single ICT Platform deployed, Tech4ED Centers will become access points for the underserved and marginalized which gives them the chance to upgrade their literacy level, acquire skills to gain employment or start a source of livelihood, look for jobs, improve their business and income, avail of government services, increase their knowledge, and communicate with their families (OFWs) or with individuals in the same field (farmer to farmer, entrepreneurs to entrepreneurs, etc.)

About DOST-ICT Office – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

Download Tech4ED Press Briefer HERE

Go Negosyo helps Philippine SMEs gear up for ASEAN Integration 2015

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015


The vision of a united ASEAN Community was put forward by the leaders of the ten ASEAN nations in 1997. They dreamed of the whole ASEAN region as partners in development, together in peace, stability, and prosperity. Over the past year, with the December 31, 2015 target for the creation of the ASEAN Community looming, much has been said about this ongoing ASEAN integration, especially the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), one of its three pillars.

The AEC aims to integrate the ten diverse economies of Southeast Asia, a region of 625 million people, making up 9% of the world’s population, and which, taken as one, would be the 7th largest economy in the world. The commitments made by the ASEAN countries towards the AEC will not all be completed by end-2015, which was the agreed target for the implementation, but most of the nations are at above 95% completion.

This economic integration will be built on the creation of an ASEAN region that is a single market and production base, increasingly competitive, which upholds equitable economic development, and is integrated into the global economy. These may seem far removed from the day-to-day operations of businesses, especially small and medium enterprises, but as the growing number of ASEAN seminars, forums, and conferences show, more and more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are sitting up and taking notice. Entrepreneurs and business owners are finding out the many opportunities the regional integration can bring, while also wary of the potential competition from other ASEAN firms. What’s more, many of them realize that they need to prepare and take the necessary steps to be able to participate in the AEC, or risk being left behind.

The question for many entrepreneurs, after they acquaint themselves with the basics of the AEC, can be as basic as “Okay, now what?” While they understand that the AEC could impact their strategies for growing their business, it’s not always easy to start, especially if they’ve never done business outside their home country. How can Philippine SMEs take advantage of the trade and investment opportunities from the regional integration?

Former NEDA Director General, Dr. Cielito Habito.

Former NEDA Director General, Dr. Cielito Habito.

The ASEAN Economic Community Forum conducted by GoNegosyo last June 24, 2015 was brought together experts to talk about the AEC and what it means to SMEs. Dr. Cielito Habito, economist and former NEDA Director General, gave an overview on how the Philippine economy is doing, giving confidence that the country will be competitive in a stronger and more integrated ASEAN, while pointing out key areas that the Philippines needs to improve in to compete effectively, such as communication and transportation infrastructure. Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal of the Department of Trade and Industry also pointed out that not only our big corporations like San Miguel and Universal Robina Corporation are already doing business outside the company – there are many SMEs that are already taking steps to go global too.

The ASEAN Economic Community Forum also featured a panel interview with Filipino entrepreneurs and business practitioners who shared their strategies to ensure that their businesses will benefit from the integration, as well as practical tips for doing business with our ASEAN counterparts. Additionally, a webilogue with people from other ASEAN countries allowed for information sharing across borders. The ASEAN Economic Community Forum was put together with the support of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.

Presentations from the forum can be downloaded HERE

These ASEAN Economic Community inofgraphic primers from GoNegosyo present some additional information on the topic.



Go Negosyo, DTI Samar hold SME Roving Academy in Catbalogan

Saturday, August 15th, 2015
From L-R: PA de Guzman, Go Negosyo Programs and Marketing Officer; Tess Dimaculangan, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur; Ardy Roberto, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur; Engr. Meilou Cinco-Macabare, DTI Samar Provincial Director; Elaine Limbaga, DTI-Samar; Victor Madlangbayan, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur

From L-R: PA de Guzman, Go Negosyo Programs and Marketing Officer; Tess Dimaculangan, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur; Ardy Roberto, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur; Engr. Meilou Cinco-Macabare, DTI Samar Provincial Director; Elaine Limbaga, DTI-Samar; Victor Madlangbayan, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur

The Department of Trade and Industry- Province of Samar and the Philippine Center of Entrepreneurship- GoNegosyo held the SME Roving Academy last August 7, 2015 at Tia Anita’s in Catbalogan, Samar.

Ms. Myla De Guia from the Office of the Mayor of Catbalogan and Engr. Meilou Cinco-Macabare, DTI Samar Provincial Director opened the seminar as they gave their opening and inspirational talks respectively. The SME Roving Academy (SMERA) program initiated by the Department of Trade and Industry was fully discussed to encourage SMEs to join the program. This was introduced by Ms. Ruthelma Samonte, DTI- Samar Business Development Division Chief.

To officially kick off the lectures, GoNegosyo Programs Development and Marketing Officer, P.A. de Guzman gave a background about the GoNegosyo advocacy. It was followed by a series of learning sessions delivered by GoNegosyo Angelrepreneurs: Ardy Roberto  (on Entrepreneurship Mindset) and Tess Dimaculangan (on Business Finance).

The afternoon session resumed with a panel of successful local entrepreneurs namely: Emma Bermejo (Charito’s Delights), Hon. Arthur Vaughn Zosa (VS Grand Tours) and Ariel Donceras (Farmacia Ma. Lorenza).

From L-R: Ariel Donceras, owner, Farmacia Ma. Lorenza; Hon. Arthur Vaughn Zosa, owner, VS Grand Tours and Emma Bermejo, owner,Charito’s Delights

From L-R: Ariel Donceras, owner, Farmacia Ma. Lorenza; Hon. Arthur Vaughn Zosa, owner, VS Grand Tours and Emma Bermejo, owner,Charito’s Delights

They imparted their stories of triumph and failures that they experienced through the years.

To end the seminar, another GoNegosyo Angelpreneur, Victor Madlangbayan gave an insightful and entertaining lecture on product development, business planning and marketing.

The venue was filled with more that 100 participants coming from difference sectors such as the Provincial Government of  Samar, the Philippine National Police, and local chamber of commerce and entrepreneurs.

HPAIR 2015 Asia Conference: Confronting Asia’s Development Challenges Through Innovation

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

De La Salle University’s –De La Salle Project of Asian and International Relations (DLSPAIR) in partnership with Banco De Oro Unibank, will kick off the 2015 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR)  – Asia conference this coming August 20 at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Manila after a 21-year absence!

Since 1991, the HPAIR has been hosting one of Asia and the world’s largest and most prestigious student conferences, having an annual delegation of 700. Every year, HPAIR hosts two academic conferences, one in Harvard itself which is held every February convening around 200 delegates and one in Asia which is held every August with 500 delegates coming in from across the world. The Asia Conference has also been recently hosted in some of Asia’s leading universities and cities such as the 2012 conference in Taiwan, hosted by the National Chengchi University, 2013 in Dubai hosted by the American University in Dubai and the 2014 conference in Tokyo hosted by Keio University.

In 1994, the conference was also hosted in the Philippines with the theme “Economic Cooperation for the Pacific Century” discussing about the relevance of increasing economic trade between the tiger economies in the Asian region (which is now happening due to the ASEAN Economic Integration). As a fun fact revealed to us by the organizers, the 1994 HPAIR Conference was also held in the same venue they have unknowingly reserved—The Makati Shangri-la. This information was passed on to the organizers after they have reserved the venue by no other than Mr. Vincent Tobias, who is currently the lead for Innovation at the Ayala Corporation and was the previous Host Country Organizing Committee Executive Director of the 1994 conference. Today he will join the conference as a speaker for one of the conference’s sponsors—the Ayala Corporation.

HPAIR 1During the 5-day conference from August 20-24, 2015, the students are exposed to various issues, its over-all conference theme is “Confronting Asia’s Development Challenges through Innovation” advocating for the need of innovative ideas and practices in both government and business, especially in mending the wide economic gap between the rich and the poor experienced across developing nations. The conference is divided into seven panels: Corporate Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Finance and the World Economy, Security & Diplomacy, Health and Social Policy, Energy and Sustainability & Human Rights.

De La Salle University – Manila was chosen to be the partner university through a competitive bidding process. “We wanted to redefine HPAIR’s standards and bring the conference closer to the issues and problems discussed throughout the conference, such as those issues being experienced in the Philippines” said Jonathan Beltran, Executive Director, Host Country Organizing Committee of HPAIR (DLSPAIR). The team immediately began working after last year’s HPAIR-Asia conference in Tokyo with great support from the President of BDO Unibank Inc., Mr. Nestor V. Tan and the Chairman and CEO of the Ayala Corporation Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

The Host Country Organizing Committee Executive Director of this year’s conference, Mr. Jonathan Beltran said,  “We also reinvented the conference experience through increased participation of sponsors and companies throughout the Philippines”

For the first time ever, HPAIR will have company sponsored case studies, and company hosted dinners- On the 21st the “Globe Dinner” at the Globe headquarters in BGC, on the 23rd there will be an event entitled “Manila Night” hosted by RFM and Go Negosyo which will be held at The Manila Polo Club and both will feature speakers such as Globe’s top management team including its CEO Mr. Ernest Cu, Senator Bam Aquino and Mr. Joey Concepcion of RFM and Go Negosyo respectively.

For the first time in HPAIR’s history, the conference will include an International Night, Manila Night, Entertainment Night, field trips per panel, Mixers for delegates and speakers to mingle and so much more.

The HPAIR Asia Conference 2015 is hosted by De La Salle University in partnership with Banco De Oro Unibank. The organizers would also like to thank its Platinum Sponsors, The Ayala Corporation, Go Negosyo and RFM; its Executive Sponsor Globe, its De Luxe Sponsor Security Bank; Bronze Sponsors the PHINMA Foundation and Unilab; its Official Airline Carrier Philippine Airlines; Academic Partners, DLSU College of Liberal Arts, AIM 2015 ASEAN Project and Google Philippines, its Media Sponsors,, Monster Radio RX 93.1, RX Magic 89.9, Animo Magazine, ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) and lastly, French Baker, Jollibee, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Kettle Korn.

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Go Negosyo and US Embassy Partner to Empower Young Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Participants of YEDW Manila leg with mentors.

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and the United States Embassy partnered to empower young entrepreneurs through the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop.

YEDW is a developmental three-day workshop for existing Filipino young entrepreneurs and young aspiring entrepreneurs (with actual business ideas) that will be held in Manila, Iloilo, Zamboanga City, and Batangas.

The four initial workshops will include training, networking, and mentorship opportunities, as well as U.S. exchange program alumni and Go Negosyo angelpreneurs who will be guest speakers and mentors.

At the conclusion of each workshop, a panel of judges from the American and Filipino business communities will vote on the best plans to innovate and expand their businesses.  One finalist from each city will receive a P30,000.00 grant with the exception of the grand prize winner, who will receive P100,000.

Finally, the top ten participants from each workshop will be invited to Manila to participate in a final workshop that will coincide with the 2015 APEC Ministerial meetings in November 2015.  This final workshop will build upon previous workshops by giving participants an opportunity reflect on the progress and challenges they encountered since the initial workshop, further hone their business development skills, network with counterparts from across the Philippines, tour successful U.S. and Philippine companies, engage with special guest speakers, and meet with APEC Ministerial meeting interlocutors.

The Manila leg of YEDW was held last July 8–10 at St. Giles Hotel, Makati.

Winner of YEDW Manila existing business category, Flora Mae Señosa.

Winner of YEDW Manila existing business category, Flora Mae Señosa.

Flora Mae Señosa, a graduate of B.S. Management from UP Visayas Tacloban College, won the P30,000 grant for existing business category during the Manila leg. Flora is the general manager is FDIC Broilers which supplies broiler chickens in their community. She joined YEDW to learn more about marketing and finance.


She shared, “I learned that in evaluating a business idea or a product, you should first think of the marketability. As according to Dean Pax, it’s not what you sell, but, it’s what people buy. It’s all about the customer’s perceived value of the product. With regards to Financial Statements, I learned about the big difference between Profitability and Valuation. Most businesses fail because they focus on profitability and not on the value of their equity. Getting out of our comfort zones was also discussed and that we should always see an opportunity behind all the uncertainty in our lives.”

Winner of YEDW Manila existing business category, Rachel de Villa.

Winner of YEDW Manila business idea category, Rachel de Villa.

23 year old Rachel de Villa, a B.S. Computer Science graduate from UP Diliman won the P10,000 cash grant for her business idea – Cropital. It is a crowd funding platform that connects interested investors to local farmers.


“We provide an alternative source of funding for farmers; and introduces a new form of investment medium for Filipinos who want to grow their money but at the same time wants to give back to our community. We believe that it is high time we encourage the change in mindset of our farmers into becoming more entrepreneurial. Cropital will not only provide funding but also guide them with best practices and information on managing their farms.” She said.


“I encourage everyone to be part of this inspiring and life-changing event. It’s really good to know that there are efforts like these in helping young entrepreneurs to pursue their passion and fast track their businesses.” Rachel added.


The Iloilo run will be on August 26-28 at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City. The Zamboanga run will be on September 9-11 and Batangas will be on October 12-14.


Applications are still on-going for the Zamboanga & Batangas leg. Deadline of applications for the Zamboanga leg is on August 21, 2015 and September 14, 2015 for Batangas.


For more information, do visit

View YEDW Manila leg photos: DAY 1 | DAY2 | DAY 3