Even in her 90s, Socorro Ramos or fondly called Nanay Coring, is one of the inspiring mompreneurs in the country as she continues to lead the largest book store chain in the country, National Book Store.
During the 1940s, Nanay Coring and her husband Jose started their entrepreneurial journey by selling many different goods such as slippers, soaps and candies. Books were also sold but during the Japanese occupation, they had to hide them as these were censored by the authorities. After the Japanese war, Americans took over and they had to recover all the unused greeting cards and books. But wars are not the only challenges they have to face. Soon after they opened their new store, a typhoon struck Manila and destroyed the roof of their store leaving all books and other merchandise soaked in water. After seeing the damage, Nanay Coring could have stopped and ended their entrepreneurial journey but her firm determination and persistence pushed her to start the business again.
From the small convenience store in Escolta,a Nanay Coring now leads the company with more than 150 branches all over the country. Her tenacity withstood many challenges including wars and typhoons. Her inspiring story has been recognized by many including the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines (2005). She was also recently recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in the field of Education by Go Negosyo for maximizing her innate entrepreneurial spirit and sharp business acumen coupled with warm maternal instincts giving every Filipino kid a chance to become a laking National kid.
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True to its continuing commitment of helping transform the Philippines into an enterprising and entrepreneurial nation, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. – Go Negosyo launched the GO NEGOSYO BUILDING ENTERPRISING STUDENTS FOR TOMORROW (BEST) Program last November 17, 2014 at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City.
For the past nine years, Go Negosyo has been known for its sectoral summits attended by thousands of people from all walks of life.
On its 10th year, Go Negosyo specially designed the Go Negosyo BEST Program, a year-long mentoring that aims to serve as an avenue for academically outstanding college junior and senior students (who may not necessarily be business majors or business-inclined) to connect them to a very good pool of Filipino entrepreneurs and industry leaders and practitioners, and inspire and teach them to be enterprising and entrepreneurial. This will be done through a quarterly activity (four sessions in total) which may include but may not be limited to sessions with heads of corporations, company tours and immersions and teambuilding and personal enrichment activities.
The second session was held last February 28 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City featuring young Filipino trailblazers and engaging the delegates further through a teambuilding and group dynamics session facilitated by The Outstanding Students of the Philippines Alumni Community.
As part of Session 2, Go Negosyo BEST PassionProject was launched. PassionProject is one of the learning sessions of the Go Negosyo BEST Program that would allow the delegates to propose, design and roll out a project or a program which aims to address a particular problem/issue or rally a particular advocacy. This will serve as an opportunity for them think and design an innovative program which will contribute for the development of their chosen school or local communities and collaborate with fellow BEST Delegates.
(Download the Go Negosyo BEST Passion Project Primer HERE and the Official Go Negosyo BEST Passion Project Application form HERE)
Entries will be evaluated using the following criteria: Social Impact, Creativity and Innovation, Sustainability, Resource Optimization and Mobilization and Team and Community Management.
The competition is exclusive to the Go Negosyo BEST Delegates who are pre-grouped. (Download the official BEST Passion Project Groupings HERE)
For more inquiries, the GoNegosyo BEST Secretariat can be reached through (02) 637.9229/ (02) 634.4060 loc 7106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.