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PM Dmitry Medvedev says Russia ready to provide infra capability to ASEAN

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

MANILA: November 13, 2017—Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lauded ASEAN for opening up their borders in an age of increasing protectionism during the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit where he gave a speech and answered questions related to the ASEAN Build, Build, Build panel. As Russia works towards recovering from economic hurdles such as trade embargoes or sanctions from the West, their gaze has turned towards its Eastern neighbors.

“Russia is looking for ways to adapt to the new economic reality,” Medvedev said in his keynote speech, “Growth is recovering in Russia with GDP expected to increase 2 percent by the end of the year.”

Medvedev shared that Foreign Direct Investment has also been pouring in to Russia, with a more than 100% increase reported in the first half of the year. However, Russia is now looking towards adapting to the digital economy and information age. In this end, Russia wishes to deepen its ties with the regional bloc.

“We see genuine interest within the business community of our countries to cooperate on energy, transport, agriculture, satellite navigation, high technology, financial services, and in almost all possible areas,” Medvedev said.

Connectivity seems to be a main priority of Russia with regards to ASEAN. “We are developing seaports and airport infrastructure in Russia’s Far East and are building cross-border oil and gas pipelines. The main goal of all these efforts is to ensure maximum efficiency in cargo transport between Asia and Europe and create a major transport and industrial hub in Russia’s Far East to serve the Asia-Pacific Region,” Medvedev said.

Another initiative for connectivity which Russia is spearheading is the Eurasian Economic Union—a new integration body that aims to create a large market wrought from Eastern Europe and Asia’s quest for a larger market and developed infrastructure. “Russia belongs to the Asia-Pacific Region in terms of its geopolitics, history and economy. Promoting cooperation with all countries within the region and contributing proactively to resolving regional issues is a strategic priority for us,” Medvedev said in closing.

ASEAN Build, Build, Build Open Forum

After his speech, Medvedev entertained questions from delegates of the summit. Prompted as to what Russia—with its achievements in infrastructure—can contribute to aid ASEAN in its Master Connectivity Plan, Medvedev said “[w]e are willing to provide our infrastructure capacities to all ASEAN economies. This includes airports and seaports, railways, roads, pipelines, powerlines and high-speed communication channels.”

Russian Federation Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev joins key business leader panelists for the first forum of ABIS2017, "Build, Build, Build (Infrastructure Development): Building for the Future.

Russian Federation Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev joins key business leader panelists for the first forum of ABIS2017, “Build, Build, Build (Infrastructure Development): Building for the Future.

Answering another question Medvedev said increasing trade relations with all ASEAN states was the strategic stance of Russia with regards to the economic community. Seeing that developmental gaps and increasing favoritism can threaten the stability and future of the economic union, Russia wishes to solidify ties with all.

Asked about how Russia plans to attract Asian businesses to their country, Medvedev said:

In October, Russia and ASEAN agreed on a plan of action in science, technology and innovation. I hope that the business community will also find a place in these plans. We have approved an energy development programme through 2020. There are programmes on agriculture, food security and tourism with ASEAN economies. All these programmes can make an additional contribution to our interaction.

Finally, Medvedev addressed a question raised by ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion on Russia’s plans of helping small businesses in Russia move up the value chain. He shared that Russia’s small businesses make up 50-60% of their business community which low compared to that of ASEAN’s more than 90%. Nevertheless, the country has endeavoured to support these small businesses as key drivers of growth thru pushing legislation that promotes and supports small businesses.


For full transcript of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s speech and Q&A, visit:


Aung San Suu Kyi Challenges Popular View on Development, Emphasizes Women as Key

Monday, November 13th, 2017
Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

During her keynote at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017, Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi centered her vision of prosperity for all on women economic empowerment and human capital development.

Suu Kyi was amongst the state leaders to be invited by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council to impart their own perspective on achieving inclusive growth in the region. To open the summit, Suu Kyi touched on ASEAN economic milestones paralleled with Myanmar’s distinct view on development and the central role women play.

“Since 2004, ASEAN’s GDP growth has reached 5%, outpacing that of any other region. Myanmar, as a member of the ASEAN family has been growing rapidly as we roll out rigorous reforms and structural changes in every sector. I would also like to mention that our young entrepreneurs are amongst the most vigorous of them all. I am very much happy to discover that in the recent seminar of young entrepreneurs, 49% of them are women,” Suu Kyi shared to delegates, eliciting applause.

Suu Kyi underlined the importance in investing on people-based initiatives and solutions in their nation’s course towards development and integration amidst years of isolation and turmoil. “As a responsible member of the ASEAN family, we will work together to be more connected and integrated economically and socially. In the process of such integration, human capital, and intellectual resources play a pivotal role in filling the gap between diverse ASEAN countries at different stages of economic and social development,” Suu Kyi said.

From this, Suu Kyi further elaborated on her people-based vision, founded on unleashing women’s latent economic power. “More and more women entrepreneurs have emerged to participate vigorously in [Myanmar’s] transformation, demonstrating the increasing importance of women not only in the social but also in the economic sphere,”  she said.

H.E. Aung San Suu Kyi with members of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC).

H.E. Aung San Suu Kyi with members of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC).

Many women entrepreneurs are classified as MSMEs; Suu Kyi recognized the multitude of challenges MSMEs face, and for women in this sector, there is the added crutch of gender discrimination. And gender discrimination leading to a gender gap in various opportunities is a stark reality many feel in the ASEAN.

“To achieve positive changes in women’s rights, it is important to increase number of girls enrolling in primary and secondary schools , improve the participation of women in the labor force, ensure better maternal care outcomes, provide social protection measures, and promote the role of women in decision making,” she proposed as steps to move towards gender equality.

Suu Kyi wrapped up her keynote by challenging the current popular view on development. “What is empowerment for? What is development about? Is it simply to develop our countries materially or to develop ourselves to become better human beings?,” she said, “Myanmar, as a young democracy started with many, many challenges has become fully aware to the need for development of peoples as human beings not just economic powerhouses.”

Unleashing Women Economic Power and Human Capital Development

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

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Education, global competencies, women, and affirmative action are at the forefront of ASEAN’s  developmental agenda. The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit has dedicated a forum focusing on key areas in governance and business which leverage on the brilliance of women and other minorities.

The 50th year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations sends the message of prosperity for all. The region’s leaders are pushing for inclusivity and connectivity by enabling all sectors to participate in various discussions and engagements towards achieving development goals.

The latest Projected Gender Impact of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) published by the ASEAN Secretariat, suggests that trade and non-trade policies and programmes should avoid bias toward a particular sex or social gender in order to reap the full benefits of trade expansion and economic integration.

It found that while the supply of women is the workforce is relatively stable, it is consistently lower than men due to a combination of social, cultural and institutional factors. Despite increase in women employment, other employment outcomes remain problematic such as wages, types of jobs and the sectors where women are currently employed.

With the expansion in regional trade and economic integration, women in AEC will feel the impact of opening up of trade opportunities. But it will be felt in varying degrees. Unfortunately, as the report stated, such drastic changes often exacerbate existing inequalities in the absence of counteractive measures and barriers.

How does the role of women strengthen AEC? How can the public and private sector ensure inclusivity for  women in its processes and decision-making? What can the region’s leaders commit for the development opportunities for women?

The forum offers inspiration and support to the significance of women’s economic power and the development of human capital in the global setting.

The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 will gather prominent women leaders who will impart their knowledge and experience to shed light on the necessary measures addressing ASEAN’s gender gap, particularly in labor and entrepreneurial opportunities towards female economic empowerment.

ABIS  2017 is  the biggest and most prestigious business event in ASEAN  set to be a three-day conference presented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council which will bring attention to the business, investment opportunities, global issues, and key strategic directions that impact on business opportunities for ASEAN member nations today.

To join this year’s ABIS, register now at

“Negosyong Aarangkada, Ikaw and Bida!”

Friday, August 11th, 2017

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On August 09, 2017, Go Negosyo Radio hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Nathaniel Lee (GoMoto), Dennis Ng (Mober), and Go Negosyo Angelpreneur Paulo Tibig (VCargo Group) for an episode tackling the the logistics industry and the innovations and challenges present in it.

On-demand, in demand
Mober and GoMoto are tech startups hoping to change the game in logistics. VCargo’s Paulo Tibig, whose company addresses logitics in the country on a larger scale, says that these tech startups will be good for small businesses by helping them outsource services that are outside their core competencies.

Customers of Mober—the first ever Philippine tech startup that offers an on-demand platform for same day delivery service—have definitely felt the benefits of having Mober in their lives. Their client base includes SMEs, shoppers, and families hoping to move in to their new homes, looking for a cost-effective, safe and fast logistics service. Mober shares that the demand for their service is growing and that they even encountered customers with unique requests. “We pick up pets from the airport then we drop them off to a training center and then back again to the airport,” Dennis shared.

GoMoto similarly provides a fast on-demand service for many customers seeking movement of small packages. Enlisting a credible fleet of motorcycle riders and an easy-to-use iOS and Android app, GoMoto ensures delivery within 90 minutes of booking. Their courier fleets save many businesses the cost of hiring personal couriers, whilst allowing motorcyclists to maximize their assets.


In the photo (L-R): Paulo Tibig of VCargo, Dennis Ng of Mober and Nathaniel Lee of GoMoto.

In photo (L-R): Paulo Tibig of VCargo, Dennis Ng of Mober and Nathaniel Lee of GoMoto.

Shared economy

Mober and GoMoto aren’t only providing in demand service for their customers. They also hope to address current transport problems through a sharing economy model. Dennis said that Mober approached colorum UV Express owners and recruited them as part of their fleet. “We don’t accept people who say that they will buy vans then join us. We prefer owners who already have under-utilized vans.” With over 15,000 under-utilized vans in Metro Manila, Mober hopes to provide a win-win solution wherein van owners can maximize their vehicles and SMEs and other potential customers can minimize their costs.

GoMoto concurred with Mober’s principle of avoiding getting more vehicles on the road. The true objective is to maximize the vehicles that are already there so that many families can supplement their current income. “We target Facebook groups/motorcycle groups,” Nathaniel said about the couriers they enlist into GoMoto, “we give them livelihood or additional income through GoMoto.” Hoping to ensure the safety of cyclists and others on the road, GoMoto said that they are very strict with their riders in terms of adhering to road safety rules and regulations.


Fast feedback loops and a drive to always improve keep Mober and GoMoto at the top of their game. Hoping to provide better service to both their partners and clients, the two companies act fast and gather feedback from all parties concerned, regularly. For example, GoMoto shares that they’ve improved their riders facilities to ensure the safe delivery of all kinds of food. At the same time they ensure the safety of their riders by always knowing what’s in the package being delivered to ensure that their aren’t any contraband present.

Mober provides easy access to their services by allowing interested clients to take on their service through their website, mobile app and call center hotline. They offer GPS tracking so customers can track the movement of their goods and can avail of the VanPlus service wherein a helper can assist in unloading cargo for a more convenient drop-off.

GoMoto has also developed an easy and intuitive mobile interface that will allow anyone to book and track the delivery of their packages.

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How to Apply

To apply as a partner of Mober, get in touch with their partner hotline: 0939-1282222, e-mail or Facebook @moberph.

For those who want to apply for GoMoto, visit for complete details of application process and requirements.

‘Dads’ to Riches: Mga Tatay ng Negosyo

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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On June 14, 2017, Go Negosyo sa Radyo hosts Sen. Bam Aquino and DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Manny Valencia, Joel Yala and Rey Lapid – 3 inspiring men who’ve kept a balance between being negosyantes and fathers as well.

Before being a full-time entrepreneur, Joel Yala was once a construction worker, a tricycle driver and an ordinary employee. His wife, Marissa, was also an employee before they decided to quit their jobs and start their own business. The idea of Chocovron started when Joel was grocery shopping with his wife and was fascinated by all things coated in chocolate. He then thought of producing a similar product and called it Chocovron in 2003. Joel shares that starting Chocovron was definitely not easy. He had to make the products “mano-mano” with his wife while his taste testers were his neighbours and co-workers. Joel would place his Chocovrons at the locker for people to taste in the factory where he was working at and perform an inventory every break time. “Sobrang sacrifice talaga pero mahal ko ginagawa ko” Joel said. In late 2004, Joel decided to get a DTI permit to make his business official. DTI called for a meeting since they were intrigued with the product, they were soon asked “willing ba kayo lumaki yung business”? Today, Chocovron is importing their products to the United States and Canada and has market exhibits in Thailand, China and Hongkong. From the small enterprise, Chocovron now employs 50 employees, all hailing from Surigao – the same province of Joel and Marissa since it has been their mission to help improve the lives of fellow Surigaonon. Everyday, they are producing a total of 5000 packs of Polvoron of different variants; from the class chocovron to the flavoured polvoron (cookies and cream, milk), nutrivon (sugar free, ampalaya, malunggay). What makes men different from women in his experience in business? “Stricto ako, weakness ng mga babae mga sale lagi may distraction, pag lalake, naka lista dire diretso kung ano sadya” Joel says.

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Go Negosyo sa Radyo hosts Sen. Bam Aquino and DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Manny Valencia, Joel Yala and Rey Lapid – 3 inspiring men who’ve kept a balance between being negosyantes and fathers as well.

At an early age of 12, Rey Lapid was already about getting down to business.  Rey’s father used to work at a public market and he would always come along especially during summer, “Gusto kong binibigyang halaga ang oras” he said. Rey noticed that whenever people would buy meat, “Very observant ako, pinapatanggal yung balat. Sayang yung balat kaya inipon and tinabi ko yung tirang balat” Rey said. From there his dad started making chicharron to be sold at the public market. In 1974 Rey started his own business, R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbeque, at a small stall in Quiapo. Rey and his wife sold chicken barbeque, longganisa, tocino and his best selling chicharron. Today, Lapid owns more than a 100 branches of R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbeque around the country. He even owns 2 resort hotels in Laguna and managed to put up a six-story mansion for his family. Rey plans to re-name his famous chicharron to “Manila Fries”.

In a business, it is inevitable for entrepreneurs to encounter obstacles. Manny shared that his biggest challenge was when he had little to no capital but this didn’t stop him because of his strong faith in the Lord, “naniniwala naman tayo na may plano si God. Nagpray talaga ako. Based on Romans 31. Sumipa bigla yung business, nabayarn ko yung 3 milion na utang. Yung resto na pinapagawa ko natapos. Tiwala lang talaga and sundin and instruction ni Lord”. Joel recalled, “nung ilang months na chocovron, na hold up ako. Parang sabotage kasi alam niya pwesto ko. Natrauma ako, 1 week di ako makatulog. Tinutukan kasi ako ng baril. Inicip ko Lord pano mga anak ko. Mula nun, di ako nagpakita 1 week sa trabaho. Sinabi ko sa misis ko na itigil to kasi baka dito pako mamatay. Pero parang may bumulong sakin na ituloy padin. Icipin mo we started sa 35 sqm ngayon may factory na”.  As for Rey, he went to America because he was invited by a friend to venture into a restaurant business. “I became so aggressive. May gusto mag partner sakin from USA. I became too excited, pumayag ako kaagd. Malaking good obstacle is opening up restaurant in san Francisco. Pagdating ko dun, nag invest ako. Ako tuloy nag operate lahat mag isa. Operated for 3 years ako lang mag isa. With that good experience, marami akong nalaman na tama at mali. Bumalik ako ng Pilipinas pero wala akong nabalik sa Pilipinas. Bago ko sinarado yung resto, nag trabaho ako dun bago umuwi para magka pera. Nung naka ipon nako, umuwi ako. I had to start from zero again. My wife was continuing my business for me here”.

How to balance being a father and a negosyante? All 3 answered that it was important to keep a good relationship with your wife and children. “Dapat may time sa asawa at pamilya. Ingatan ang relasyon sa pamilya, hindi yung puro negosyo tapos mapapabayaan yung pamilya” Manny said. As for their children, they make sure to train their children well before letting them in the business. “Tumutulong mga anak ko sa business, pero binabayaran ko sila parang empleyado” Joel said. “Mga anak ko very independent. Sabi ko subukan mo muna yung business natin dito, pag ayaw mo dun ka mag abroad” Rey told his children. “May bilin na sila ang mamana ng business, pero pinapa pasok ko muna sila sa ibang companya para makita and makasunod sa mga policy ng isang company” Manny shared.

As the segment came to an end, the 3 fathers left a few pieces of advice in how to be a father and negosyante at the same time. “May tatay din tayo sa langit na nakakakita satin at tutulungan tayo”, “Umasa sa taas pero wag kakalimutan nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa” and “Always keep a balance between negosyo and family”.

1st Negosyo sa Bayan Entrepreneurship Support and Development Training (NSBayan)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

The 1st Negosyo sa Bayan Entrepreneurship Support and Development Training (NSBayan) is open to all interested Municipal, City and Provincial Local Government Officials who would like to explore, learn, be exposed to, and share the wonders of entrepreneurship! A group of participants is encouraged to join to ensure the implementation of the Entrepreneurship Support and Development Action Plan.

With the theme “Local Government Units Creating a Nation of Entrepreneurs,” this year’s NSBayan aims to train policy and decision-makers at the municipal, city and provincial levels, on entrepreneurship development at the grassroots, and engage them to provide appropriate support, establish coordinative mechanisms and bridge efforts to significantly realize entrepreneurial communities. It also seeks to inspire and enable local government units to establish their own entrepreneurial ventures and economic enterprises towards financial independence.

The 1st Negosyo sa Bayan Entrepreneurship Support and Development Training will be held at The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City on September 16-19, 2015.

For more information, you may reach the NSBayan secretariat through telephone number (02) 729-3352, mobile numbers (0926) 616-3864 or (0929) 864-9045, or email address

This activity is pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2015-72.

Download Program HERE

Go Negosyo is a Storyteller

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

“Go Negosyo is a storyteller. And we will continue to tell stories that will inspire more and more Filipinos to entrepreneurship.”

These were my exact words last Monday when we launched the 9th publication of Go Negosyo entitled Go Negosyo: 50 Entrepreneurs of Passion. After months of preparation, we were able to successfully launch this wonderful book that will empower people to start their own journey of success.

More than 500 entrepreneurs and advocacy partners joined us as we unveil our 9th book. It was also the launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014. British Embassy Ambassador Asif Ahmad, who also joined our morning program and delivered his speech in Tagalog, also welcomed the guests that night and officially opened the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).   He was joined by Deputy Head of Mission Trevor Lewis and their guests from the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines and Philippine British Business Club.

Go Negosyo is a Storyteller. On its 9th year, Go Negosyo shares 50 inspiring success stories of entrepreneurs in its latest book entitled Go Negosyo 50 Entrepreneurs of Passion. Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion and Go Negosyo Ramon Lopez joins some of the featured entrepreneurs. In photo (Top L-R) Jose Magsaysay Jr., Enrico Dee, Rey Lapid, Willy Tee Ten, Jose Antonio, Nanette Medved-Po, Celestina Maristela Ocampo, Dr. Abraham Pascual, Bernie Liu. (Middle L-R) Prudencio Garcia, Nelson and Siu Ping Par, Alice Eduardo, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Dolly and Sarabeth Salcedo, Kathleen Dy-Go, Marife Zamora, Manny Osmena. (Front L-R) Samie Lim, Natividad Cheng, Esther Vibal, Patricia Chilip and Maria Lorena Florendo.

Go Negosyo is a Storyteller. On its 9th year, Go Negosyo shares 50 inspiring success stories of entrepreneurs in its latest book entitled Go Negosyo 50 Entrepreneurs of Passion. Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion and Go Negosyo Ramon Lopez joins some of the featured entrepreneurs. In photo (Top L-R) Jose Magsaysay Jr., Enrico Dee, Rey Lapid, Willy Tee Ten, Jose Antonio, Nanette Medved-Po, Celestina Maristela Ocampo, Dr. Abraham Pascual, Bernie Liu. (Middle L-R) Prudencio Garcia, Nelson and Siu Ping Par, Alice Eduardo, Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, Dolly and Sarabeth Salcedo, Kathleen Dy-Go, Marife Zamora, Manny Osmena. (Front L-R) Samie Lim, Natividad Cheng, Esther Vibal, Patricia Chilip and Maria Lorena Florendo.

I remember him saying: “Entrepreneurs are the driving force of growth in the country.” That is true. That is why these activities included in the GEW are to harness and strengthen the entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to embark on their own journey.

I have told everyone that night that we are publishing these books as this is also our way to share the advocacy that we have been promoting for the past nine years.

We had a wonderful sharing during the night as our three hosts table-hopped and interviewed the featured entrepreneurs in the book like Jose Antonio, Bernie Liu, Esther Vibal, Rey Lapid, Rikki Dee and many others. More than 40 entrepreneurs joined the discussion. It’s not the usual fora and talks we conduct every time we gather but it was more participative, informative and personal session as the entrepreneurs talked about their passion from their hearts.

All the entrepreneurs who were featured in the book are not simply working to earn, instead they are there because they pursued their passion, despite countless challenges and trials, and have now reached their success in life. I am happy with the launch as it was more intimate; with close friends and partners in the advocacy.  Even Washington Sycip of SGV & Co., who is now in his 90s, managed to join us and meet fellow-entrepreneurs.  I am sure he has inspired the young entrepreneurs in the audience just with his presence.

In the morning, we gathered more than 500 top students from various universities for the Go Negosyo Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow. These are the future leaders in our society and we aim to inspire and teach them further and that we can also help them in making a difference to other people’s lives.

Go Negosyo launches the Go Negosyo Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (BEST) program last November 17, 2014. Go Negosyo welcomed its pilot batch of more than 500 BEST Students.

Go Negosyo launches the Go Negosyo Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (BEST) program last November 17, 2014. Go Negosyo welcomed its pilot batch of more than 500 BEST Students.

We are sure they were inspired with the journey and creations of Kenneth Cobonpue.  Kenneth told them that his designs are of different forms, because “Form gives emotions.” Just like how he wowed the Cebu crowd during our Creativity and Innovation Summit, the students cannot help but be in awe during his presentation. I see his creativity even in his presentations.

Jonathan Yabut, the first winner of The Apprentice Asia also gave a very inspiring talk on his journey towards success at a young age, beating all challenges in life. His drive and determination coupled with his strategies and techniques helped him succeed in The Apprentice. And that is what we have always wanted our listeners to understand. That they have to have the positive mindset and the knowhow of things in order to surpass and achieve goals.

Our CEO forum with Aurelio Montinola, Sandy Prieto-Romualdez and Johnlu Koa was packed with insightful ideas from these great minds. Then our young enterprising and entrepreneurial Filipinos forum was also inspiring. Young billionaire Joseph Calata advised the students “Do not lose your drive.” Many successful entrepreneurs keep going because of that drive; their will to go on and progress. And that is what keeps them energized in the morning.

There are more stories to share and more and more people to empower. That is why we will keep on doing all these kinds of activities in order to fulfil our mission.


Of Passion in Business and Marriage

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Finally, after months of detailed preparation, we have come close to the celebration of the Global Entrepreneurship Week which is going to be from November 17 to 23. Next week is going to be one busy yet empowering week because it will be filled with activities to celebrate the growth and success of entrepreneurship in the country.

On Monday, we are formally launching our latest program, Go Negosyo BEST (Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow), dedicated to the top selected students from different colleges and universities who have shown their eagerness to become instruments of change by being outstanding and exemplary. I am sure that all of them will be equipped with more inspiration and knowhow on how to succeed in life and possibly in the field of entrepreneurship. They need not become entrepreneurs. What we want them to gain in this experience are the right values and character, the relevant competencies: to become enterprising and entrepreneurial. We know that these characteristics can also help them in their future endeavours as change makers of this society. The students will get to see and understand how successful individuals achieved their positions today. These role models will become the inspirations and examples for these students to follow.

We are glad to have for our whole day program on Monday Amb. Asif Ahmad, Senator Sonny Angara,  Anthony Pangilinan, Kenneth Cobonpue, Jonathan Yabut, Aurelio Montinola, Sandy Prieto, Dylan Wilk , Johnlu Koa, Rajo Laurel, Joseph Calata, Bro. Mike Lobrin, RJ David, Clang Garcia, Luis Gabriel Moreno, Ronald Pineda, and Mikhael Red as speakers in this premiere of Go Negosyo BEST. We have prepared a full-packed program for the students and we cannot wait to welcome them.

Aside from the opening of Go Negosyo BEST, we are also officially launching the Global Entrepreneurship Week on Monday in a private dinner with the Go Negosyo advocates.

In the photo (L-R): British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission, Trevor Lewis, British Ambassador Asif Ahmad, Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez invites everyone to be part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014.

In the photo (L-R): British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission, Trevor Lewis, British Ambassador Asif Ahmad, Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion and Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez invites everyone to be part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014.

Yesterday, I met with British Amb. Ahmad and Deputy Head of Mission, Trevor Lewis to seal our partnership for this year’s run of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in the Philippines.   We are both thankful to have this joint opportunity to raise the level of awareness on entrepreneurship and the importance of being enterprising to move up in life.  We mentioned in our previous columns the other activities such as the PLDT SME Nation Bossing search and Awards, the Southeast Asia Mobile App Challenge, The OFW and Families Negosyo Summit (with the Villar foundation), and a couple of other activities. Again, these will harness and strengthen the entrepreneurship revolution in the Philippines today.

Another big part of the Monday activities is the launch of the 9th Go Negosyo book in the evening. This is very dear to me as this is as special as our first book. I cannot wait to share with you all their very encouraging stories. Last Monday, I released an article regarding this book. I have released the first 25 passionate and successful entrepreneurs. I will now release the next 25 entrepreneurs on Monday to complete the list of featured entrepreneurs.

Sen. Bam Aquino, one of the most active advocates of entrepreneurship in the country, is also joining us. He will be joined by DTI Secretary Greg Domingo, and both will share their views on the progress of the implementation of the new Go Negosyo Act and the setting-up of Negosyo Centers in all cities and municipalities.  Over 400 entrepreneurs, advocates and enablers shall be joining us that evening and we are fortunate to have with  us for a very interesting forum, PLDT Chairman Manny MVP Pangilinan, Washington Sycip, Andrew Gotianun, Andrew Tan, who are all featured as well in the book we are launching. MVP wrote the foreword of that new book.

I am now inviting everyone to be part of the Global Entrepreneurship week. You can check the activities in our website, or




From the story of passion for business and success, comes the passion in life and marriage.

Rikki Dee celebrated his birthday with wife, Beng.

Rikki Dee celebrated his birthday with wife, Beng.

Congratulations to our good friend, Rikki Dee who celebrated his birthday last Saturday. Rikki is a serial entrepreneur and has been so passionate in the restaurant business from the very first day he started. He is a supporter of Go Negosyo as he wants to share and inspire others to pursue their dreams and that they too can make it in life. He is one of the 50 featured entrepreneurs in Go Negosyo book on passion which will be unveiled on Monday. He is lucky to have a wife like Beng who is an important factor in his success. As I always say, our partners in life complete our success. They have been married for 31 years and they are relishing on the joy that their only grandson gives them.  As you can see in the photo, Rikki and Beng not only show the passion they have in business but in their marriage as well.


Success in Microentrepreneurship

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
The National Selection Committee for the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards: Atty. Felipe Gozon, Antonino Alindogan Jr., Marixi Prieto, Batara Sianturi, BSP Governor Amando Tetangco, Sec. Imelda Nicolas, Joey Concepcion and Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr.

The National Selection Committee for the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards: Atty. Felipe Gozon, Antonino Alindogan Jr., Marixi Prieto, Batara Sianturi, BSP Governor Amando Tetangco, Sec. Imelda Nicolas, Joey Concepcion and Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr.

Not all successful businesses started as big enterprises. Actually, many started small and would always face countless of challenges before it reached stability. This is the real story of micro entrepreneurship; it is a risk, a continuous process towards success.

Just like the micro entrepreneurs who are nominated in the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards. Last October 20, I had the privilege of becoming a judge once again for the said award. Along with the other committee members who include Felipe Gozon, Antonino Alindogan Jr., Marixi Rufino-Prieto, Batara Sianturi, Governor Amando Tetangco, Sec. Imelda Nicolas and Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr., we learned about the stories of microentrepreneurs who maximized their resources and transformed it to produce high-value products.

Let me share with you some of the stories of the nominees and be inspired of how they are striving to not just earn a living for themselves but also help their community in their own simply ways.

One nominee is a simple housewife who is manufacturing barong tagalogs in their province. Her edge over her competitors is her unique designs which are produced by her craft and artistry in embroidery. She encourages her employees to generate and contribute ideas in order to improve their products and be distinguished from the other barong tagalog manufacturers.

Another nominee who is from Bulacan started as an employee in a factory manufacturing sautéed shrimp paste or bagoong. While she was still in the factory, she experimented on how to prolong the shelf life of their products. Soon after discovering the right the mix of ingredients, she left the factory and started her own manufacturing. Her business is now successful because she is hands-on the processes and knows diligently the dynamics of it due to her experience and expertise.

Just like how other entrepreneurs started, a nominee from Visayas turned her hobby into a productive livelihood. She and her husband banked on their creativity and talent in transforming different kinds of drift and salvaged woods into home furniture. Their use of these woods does not harm the environment for they transform these useless materials into something valuable and usable products. Their furniture shop now is a home to 12 regular employees and 6 seasonal workers.

With the busy and active market in their province, another nominee made full use of this situation to make a living. She is from Mindanao and her enterprise is a local coffee shop which provides breakfast and snacks partnered with their famous coffee to traders in the port area. She maintains good relations with her clients, welcoming them every day.

Again, these are just some of the stories of the nominees for the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards and are not winners yet. There are others but I cannot share all of them in this column. These micro entrepreneurs are truly inspiring; they are all determined to reach success. Aside from that, they too contribute to their community by providing their neighbours and even relatives employment and other incentives.

There will be 4 categories in this year’s awards which includes the Microentrepreneur of the Year, Special Awards for Community Leadership, for Agri Micro-Business and for Innovation. As much as I want to share with you the winners, I cannot. We all have to wait for the awarding ceremony which will be on first week of December.

But whoever wins the awards, advance congratulations to you. I hope that you can inspire others in your community and country to pursue entrepreneurship. It does not matter if one started small. If they do not have the money to start, enablers like Citibank and Microfinance Council of the Philippines that can help them.

For all the nominees, continue your entrepreneurial journey, despite the challenges and trials. With your hard work and positive mindset, you are all winners of success!

Let me congratulate our dear friends and leading Go Negosyo advocates , Johnlu Koa and Rey Lapid. Johnlu is celebrating the 25th year of French Baker. French Baker has been one of our partners in every summit we had, consistently providing us with delicious pasta and pastries. A congratulation as well to Rey Lapid for his famous R. Lapid’s chicharon is now on its 40th year of providing us with crunchy chicharon. I am sure that all Filipinos have tried and enjoyed his chicharon perfectly partnered with vinegar!
May your businesses continue its progress and success as you continuously share your blessings to many!


The month of November is fast approaching; we only have 2 weeks before we celebrate the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014. In line with this celebration, we are launching our newest program: the Go Negosyo Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (Go Negosyo BEST) which I have introduced to you in my previous articles. We have received registrations from 35 schools that will send their top 10 students for the BEST program. We are all excited for the official launch of this program on November 17. Towards the evening of November 17, we are unveiling the 9th book of Go Negosyo in a private and intimate dinner for our partners and supporters.

As for our Mobile App Challenge, we have 38 teams who are ready to take the challenge in making innovative mobile applications! I would like to challenge all the techies and non-techies out there; you can still join the competition as we are extending the deadline of registration.

Go Negosyo Holds Mobile App Challenge Info Session at FEU Manila

Monday, October 13th, 2014


To jumpstart the GoNegosyo Southeast Asia Mobile Application Challenge 2014 (GNSEAMAC), a Technoprenuership Conference and Information Session was held in partnership with Far Eastern University Manila last October 9, 2014.

The event was graced by three young technopreneurs, namely Gian Javelona, CEO of OrangeApps Inc., Brian Cu, co-founder of GrabTaxi Philippines and Vince Golangco, founder of The info session gave the students, professors and aspiring entrepreneurs in attendance the opportunity to learn the basics of technology with the use of mobile applications and of the web. Students were inspired by the stories of these technopreneurs which gave solutions, insights and entertainment to the readers and end users. The event gathered 200 participants from different schools and organizations all over the metro who are interested in using technology to make a difference.


Gian Javelona, CEO of OrangeApps Inc


Brian Cu, co-founder of GrabTaxi Philippines


Vince Golangco, founder of

The event was made possible with the support of FEU Manila through its Office of Student Development and partner students organizations: Tamaraw Volunteers, Institute of Arts and Sciences Student Council and Organization of Junior Finance Executives.

The GoNegosyo South East Asia Mobile Application Challenge 2014 is open for techies and non-techies alike from ages 18-35 years old. GNSEMAC accepts creative concepts that will solve a social problem of our country and of the world. To join, a group must be formed with at least two members up to six with at least one (1) Filipino citizen.

Deadline for app concept submission is on October 30, 2014. The winners of the Philippine Finals will be given a cash prize and will be brought to Singapore to compete with the rest of South East Asia and get a chance to go to Barcelona, Spain for the Mobile World Council on March 2015.

To register, log on to For more details visit, or email us at GoNegosyo South East Asia Mobile Application Challenge 2014 is brought to you by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Applied Innovation Institute and Peace and Equity Foundation.

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