Go Negosyo Launches the Go Negosyo Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (BEST) Programme

November 20th, 2014

True to its commitment of helping transform the Philippines into an entrepreneurial nation, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. also known as Go Negosyo launched the Go Negosyo Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (BEST) Programme last November 17 at the Manila Polo Club, Makati City as one of the highlights of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 Philippine Celebration.

Go Negosyo is taking youth mentorship to the next level through the Go Negosyo BEST. It is a mentoring program that aims to be an avenue for academically outstanding college junior and senior students (who may not necessarily be business majors or business-inclined) to expose them to thought leaders and industry practitioners through a one-year program, with quarterly activities that may include but may not be limited to meet-and-greet with heads of corporations, company tours and immersions and teambuilding and personal enrichment sessions.

The launch conference was attended by around 400 students coming from 50 schools all over the region. The student delegates were selected based on their academic standing and leadership involvements.

Highlights of the seven-hour programme included lightning talks and power forums:

Voices, the official chorale group of the Assumption College- San Lorenzo rendered their soulful version of You Raised Me Up and performed the National Anthem.

Assumption College- San Lorenzo Voices.

Assumption College- San Lorenzo Voices.

It was then followed by the welcome message from the Founding Trustee of Go Negosyo Mr Joey Concepcion.

Go Negosyo Founder, Mr, Joey Concepcion welcomes everyone to the BEST Programme Launch.

Go Negosyo Founder, Mr, Joey Concepcion welcomes everyone to the BEST Programme Launch.

After the warm welcome from the founder of Go Negosyo himself, The United Kingdom Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Mr. Asif Ahmad delivered his speech for the BEST delegates.

The United Kingdom Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Ambassador Asif Ahmad  delivers the keynote message.

The United Kingdom Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Ambassador Asif Ahmad delivers the keynote message.

 

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The “crowd shot” has been a tradition in all the events of Go Negosyo. In the photo (L-R, front row): former CEO of the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Mr. Aurelio Montinola, world class Cebuano furniture designer Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue, Go Negosyo Founder, Mr. Joey Concepcion, British Ambassador Asif Ahmad, British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Trevor Lewis and Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon Lopez

Mr. Anthony Pangilinan from the Master’s Lighthouse Foundation, also an institutional partner furthered what Go Negosyo BEST is all about.

Mr. Anthony Pangilinan from the Master’s Lighthouse Foundation.

Mr. Anthony Pangilinan from the Master’s Lighthouse Foundation.

After the preliminaries, the award-winning Cebuano furniture designer and manufacture, Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue talked about his journey how he started and how his masterpieces became globally known. He was then followed by the Season 1 Winner of The Apprentice Asia, Mr. Jonathan Yabut who talked about the value of grit to be successful.

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Season 1 Winner of The Apprentice Asia, Mr. Jonathan Yabut talks about the value of grit to be successful.

Season 1 Winner of The Apprentice Asia, Mr. Jonathan Yabut talks about the value of grit to be successful.

Three chief executive officers were invited to be part of the Keynote Forum. Mr. Aurelio Montinola, former CEO of the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Ms. Sandy Prieto- Romualdez, CEO of Philippine Daily Inquirer and Mr. Johnlu Koa, CEO of The French Baker.

The CEO Forum with Mr. Anthony Pangilinan as the moderator.

The CEO Forum with Mr. Anthony Pangilinan as the moderator.

Mr. Aurelio Montinola, former CEO of the Bank of the Philippine Islands.

Mr. Aurelio Montinola, former CEO of the Bank of the Philippine Islands.

Ms. Sandy Prieto- Romualdez, President & CEO of Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Ms. Sandy Prieto- Romualdez, President & CEO of Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Mr. Johnlu Koa, Founder & CEO of The French Baker, Inc.

Mr. Johnlu Koa, Founder & CEO of The French Baker, Inc.

The Keynote Forum was followed by the lightning talk of  prominent fashion designer Mr. Rajo Laurel of the House of Laurel.

Mr. Rajo Laurel talks about his passion for fashion and design.

Mr. Rajo Laurel talks about his passion for fashion and design.

For The Enterprising and Entrepreneurial Young Filipinos Forum, seven inspiring young individuals from different fields were invited: Mary Joy Abaquin of Multiple International Intelligence School, Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation, RJ David of Olx Philippines, Clang Garcia of Jeepney Tours and Ronald Pineda of Folded and Hung. They were also joined by Luis Gabriel Moreno, the first-ever Filipino Gold Medalist in any of the Olympics and award-winning filmmaker, Mikhail Red.

The Enterprising and Entrepreneurial Young Filipinos Forum. In the photo (L-R): Ms. Mary Joy Abaquin of Multiple International Intelligence School, Mr. Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation, Mr. RJ David of OLX Philippines, Ms. Clang Garcia of Jeepney Tours , Luis Gabriel Moreno, Gold medalist in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, Mr. Ronald Pineda of Folded & Hung and award winning filmmaker Mikhail Red.

The Enterprising and Entrepreneurial Young Filipinos Forum. In the photo (L-R): Ms. Mary Joy Abaquin of Multiple International Intelligence School, Mr. Joseph Calata of Calata Corporation, Mr. RJ David of OLX Philippines, Ms. Clang Garcia of Jeepney Tours , Luis Gabriel Moreno, Gold medalist in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, Mr. Ronald Pineda of Folded & Hung and award winning filmmaker Mikhail Red.

An inspirational talk was delivered by the hilarious and moving Bro. Michael Angelo Lobrin right before Mr. Ramon Lopez, Executive Director Go Negosyo discussed the framework of the Go Negosyo BEST Programme- TEACH (Talk, Expose, Activate, Coach and Honor).

Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director.

Mr. Ramon Lopez, Go Negosyo Executive Director.

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Check out more photos of the BEST Programme Launch in our official Facebook Page.