10 Years of Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

February 12th, 2018
GO NEGOSYO INSPIRING FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURS 2017. (first row from left) Gina Lorenzana, Sheree Gotuaco, Honie Navor, Mary Montemayor, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Rosalind Wee, Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Mercedes Gotianun, Go Negosyo Founder and PA on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Tessie Sy-Coson, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Pacita Juan, Corazon Dayro-Ong and Ester Vitto. (Second row from left) Rebecca Bustamante, Anne Gonzalez, Evelyn Palomo, Felicitas Pantoja, ArizzaNocum, Rachel de Villa, Ana de Ocampo, EvellinDaytao, Cherrie Atilano, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Felicia Atienza, Lydia Lomibao, Arlene Mabute, Pamela Henares and Imelda Dagus.

GO NEGOSYO INSPIRING FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURS 2017. (first row from left) Gina Lorenzana, Sheree Gotuaco, Honie Navor, Mary Montemayor, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Rosalind Wee, Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Mercedes Gotianun, Go Negosyo Founder and PA on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Tessie Sy-Coson, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Pacita Juan, Corazon Dayro-Ong and Ester Vitto. (Second row from left) Rebecca Bustamante, Anne Gonzalez, Evelyn Palomo, Felicitas Pantoja, ArizzaNocum, Rachel de Villa, Ana de Ocampo, EvellinDaytao, Cherrie Atilano, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Felicia Atienza, Lydia Lomibao, Arlene Mabute, Pamela Henares and Imelda Dagus.

A big part of our mission to empower Filipinos through entrepreneurship is directed towards mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and other women in the society. For the past 10 years, we have been honoring and recognizing successful and inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs through our annual Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit or FES.

FES is the platform we use to showcase creative business ideas, innovative business models, and well-thought of business strategies made by women entrepreneurs who have led their respective enterprises with grit and passion.

Looking back at those years, I was reminded of how many women entrepreneurs have been honored by Go Negosyo. More than 100 Pinays have been recognized as Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur and more than 300 women have been part of the program as they have shared their entrepreneurial journey to thousands of participants.

More than the women awardees, panelists and speakers, imagine the number of participants in the audience who have been touched and encouraged to pursue their goals. Every year, we are averaging 5,000 delegates who are all ears during the summit.

As we celebrate its tenth run this year, let me share with you some highlights of the past Filipina Entrepreneurship Summits:

Joey Concepcion’s 100 Inspiring Stories of Small Entrepreneurs was launched during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2010. In photo are the featured entrepreneurs together with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Joey Concepcion’s 100 Inspiring Stories of Small Entrepreneurs was launched during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2010. In photo are the featured entrepreneurs together with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

 

Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing received the award from Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Myrna Yao, and Kat Luna-Abelarde.

Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing received the award from Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Myrna Yao, and Kat Luna-Abelarde.

 

In 2011, Batangas Governor Vila Santos-Recto was recognized during the 3rd Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

In 2011, Batangas Governor Vila Santos-Recto was recognized during the 3rd Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

 

Joey Concepcion and then Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez with the 2013 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees.

Joey Concepcion and then Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez with the 2013 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees.

 

2012 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs together with their ladder trophies which signifies the path of entrepreneurship.

2012 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs together with their ladder trophies which signifies the path of entrepreneurship.

 

Joey Concepcion and Grace Padaca during the 2012 Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

Joey Concepcion and Grace Padaca during the 2012 Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.

 

Inspiring women entrepreneurs share their entrepreneurial stories. In photo (L-R) Alice Eduardo, Fe Agudo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Maria Ressa, Yati Abdullah, Marife Zamora, Dr. Milagros Ong-How, and Karen Davila.

Inspiring women entrepreneurs share their entrepreneurial stories. In photo (L-R) Alice Eduardo, Fe Agudo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Maria Ressa, Yati Abdullah, Marife Zamora, Dr. Milagros Ong-How, and Karen Davila.

 

4th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Awardees.

4th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Awardees.

 

Sen. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago together with Joey Concepcion and Sec. Ramon Lopez during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2013.

Sen. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago together with Joey Concepcion and Sec. Ramon Lopez during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2013.

 

Entrepreneur herself, Kris Aquino, interviewed one of the participants in the audience.

Entrepreneur herself, Kris Aquino, interviewed one of the participants in the audience.

 

Micro entrepreneur Marivic Quiero together with Alice Eduardo and Joey Concepcion.

Micro entrepreneur Marivic Quiero together with Alice Eduardo and Joey Concepcion.

 

Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.

Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.

 

Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.

Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.

 

The 2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awardees.

The 2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awardees.

 

Every year, more than 5000 delegates attend the Filipina Summit. Attendees include students, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Every year, more than 5000 delegates attend the Filipina Summit. Attendees include students, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

 

 For the first time, in 2017, the awarding ceremony for Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur Awards was held in Malacanang in the presence of President Duterte.

For the first time, in 2017, the awarding ceremony for Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur Awards was held in Malacanang in the presence of President Duterte.

 

Socorro Ramos or fondly known Nanay Coring received the legacy award from President Duterte and Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea.

Socorro Ramos or fondly known Nanay Coring received the legacy award from President Duterte and Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea.

 

One of the awardees’ mother hugged President Duterte during the awarding ceremony.

One of the awardees’ mother hugged President Duterte during the awarding ceremony.

 

In 2014, Joey Concepcion hosted a special dinner for 50 Inspiring women of Passion which includes Maria Ressa, Sheila Marcelo, and Jessica Cox. Joining them in photo is Karen Davila.

In 2014, Joey Concepcion hosted a special dinner for 50 Inspiring women of Passion which includes Maria Ressa, Sheila Marcelo, and Jessica Cox. Joining them in photo is Karen Davila.