In a rare event, several senatorial candidates from different political parties came together for the Angkas Safety Fiesta and collectively called for the resumption of the app-based ride-hailing service and pushed for the rights of motorcycle riders.

Senatoriables Grace Poe, Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Bato dela Rosa, and JV Ejercito all graced the Safety Fiesta to support Angkas’ efforts to propagate the proper safety training of motorcycle riders in the Philippines.

The senatoriables were joined by Rep. Winston Castelo, the chair of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, and wife Councilor Precious Hipolito-Castelo.

In the event, the senatoriables and the other candidates agreed that it was high time for the government to implement the legalization and regulation of motorcycle taxis.

They also called for the resumption of Angkas’ operations, stressing that the non-action on the part of the concerned government agencies constitutes a continuing violation of motorcycle riders’ rights especially since Angkas has been providing a decent source of livelihood for thousands of motorcycle owners in the country, aside from helping Filipinos in their daily commuting woes.

Senator Grace Poe, in her speech during the program, commended Angkas’ safety training while declaring that the ride-hailing service will help in addressing the country’s mass transport problems. “Ang totoo, ako ay saludo sa Angkas dahil binibigyan kayo ng proper training and guidance. Kailangan natin talaga ang iba’t-ibang pagkakataon at modes of transportation. May bus, may jeep, at may MRT, pero kulang pa,” the senator said.

“Pero ang aking tututukan ay dapat ligtas ang ating mga pasahero. Kaya ako ay nagpapasalamat sa Angkas dahil nagbibigay sila ng tamang training sa inyong lahat,” Sen. Poe added.

Senatorial candidate Bato dela Rosa, in his own talk, also told the participants of the Safety Fiesta that he will support motorcycle taxi regulation if he gets elected to the Senate. “Ako’y anak ng tricycle driver. Motorsiklo ang gamit ng tatay ko. Nagmomotor din ako, kaya kung ako ay manalo, susuportahan ko ang Angkas bill na pending sa Senado,” dela Rosa declared.

The Angkas Safety Fiesta is a series of events that aim to promote motorcycle road safety among Filipinos. The most recent event was held at Vertis North, Quezon City and featured a safety seminar, an earthquake response briefing, and preventive maintenance discussions—all presided by Angkas trainers. A free medical assistance booth was also set up for the attendees of the event.

Performing during the event were Andrew E, Dante Gulapa, Mateo Guidicelli, Mayonnaise, Allmost, D&G, and Trix the Angkas Rapper. The program was hosted by DJ Laila.

In his speech, Senator Bam Aquino acknowledged the motorcycle riders’ need to seek a decent livelihood with the motorcycles that they own. “Lahat tayo na gustong maghanapbuhay, gustong magnegosyo ay hindi dapat pinipigilan,” Sen. Aquino stressed.

“Mahalaga na mabigyang suporta po natin yung ating mga sektor na naghahanap ng tulong upang makapaghanapbuhay para sa ating pamilya,” he added.

Sen. Aquino also commended Angkas for helping motorcycle riders in many ways. “Yung Angkas po, maganda yung kanilang framework, maganda yung kanilang app, marami pong natutulungan. Gaya po ninyo na puwede pong maghanapbuhay gamit ang inyong mga motor, at the same time nagbibigay ng mga leksiyon at lecture tungkol sa safety at security ninyo,” Sen. Aquino noted.

Administration senatorial candidate JV Ejercito, who is a motorcycle enthusiast himself, also expressed his support for the regulation of Angkas, reiterating that he has a pending bill in Congress that addresses the regulation issues of motorcycle taxis.

Rep. Winston Castelo echoed the other guests’ sentiments as he vowed to push for the legalization and regulation of motorcycle taxis. “Bigyan natin ng hanapbuhay ang taumbayan. Kaya ako po ay nagfile ng bill sa Kongreso and I am happy to announce, and I am proud to tell you that it has been approved,” Rep. Castelo revealed. “Hindi tayo papayag na mahirapang muli ang taumbayan. Hindi tayo papayag na hindi kayo mabigyan ng oportunidad na magkaroon ng hanapbuhay,” he added.

Angkas Head of Regulation and Public Affairs George Royeca, in turn, spoke on behalf of the ride-sharing service. “It has been our advocacy in Angkas to promote road safety consciousness among the motorcycle riders of the country,” Royeca stressed. “This is why we have been holding the Safety Fiesta in order to make as many motorcycle riders aware of the need to ride safely every single time and propagate the knowledge of how to ride motorcycles as safely as they can,” he added.


Franchise Asia Philippines 2019: Asia’s Biggest Franchise Show


Go Negosyo supports Philippine Franchise Associations’ Franchise Asia Philippines 2019! Considered as Asia’s biggest Franchise Show, Franchise Asia Philippines is happening on March 27-31, 2019 at the SMX Convention Centre, Manila.
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Go Negosyo Supports AFFI Franchise Expo

Go Negosyo is in full support for the Association of the Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) on their upcoming 17th Filipino Franchise and Business Expo with the theme, “Galing Ng Pinoy” a celebration of Filipino ingenuity, craftsmanship, and business acumen this February 1-3, 2019, at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

With its vision to empower entrepreneurs, AFFI will feature Filipino cultural and local products through exhibits, new franchise concepts, on-stage demonstrations, business walk tour, in-depth seminars and workshops, special cultural performances and product presentations.

“As AFFI celebrates its 21st year, given their companies’ success, I am sure that they will able to guide aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in scaling up or starting their own businesses by acquiring innovative franchise models. AFFI and Go Negosyo both have same battlecry in aiding our MSMEs and through this I believe that we can all achieve prosperity,” Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion.

Running on its 17th year, the expo is an initiative of AFFI that is designed to provide a venue for the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to showcase their products and services to those who want to franchise or start their own business. It is also a venue where established and aspiring entrepreneurs can learn, share and prosper.

AFFI is a well-established institution that inspires the public to take part in the franchising industry offering technical assistance like research and development. It also mentors aspiring entrepreneurs of the intricacies of the franchising trade.

Thousands of participants from across the country are expected to gather in the event. AFFI continuous to innovate and grow participation not only from its members but by the Association’s growing networks of industry partners.

Both budding, aspiring entrepreneurs and franchisees are encouraged to participate! For more information, contact [email protected] or [email protected] You may also call (02) 745-3237 or 09175199837.


Wilcon Breaks Ground in General Trias, Cavite

Philippines’ leading retailer of home building supplies, Wilcon Depot, successfully held another groundbreaking ceremony in Cavite on the first week of August 2018.

Eagerly fulfilling their aspiration of bringing their retail stores to more key cities and provincial localities, the retail giant marks another business milestone last August 3, 2018 at Brgy. San Francisco, General Trias, Cavite for the groundbreaking of Wilcon Depot General Trias, their fifth outlet in Cavite.

Photo shows (L-R) Mr. Joffrey B. Balanza, Project Manager from EM Paule Construction and Trading, Inc.; Engr. Ernell, Project Engineer from Wilcon Corporation; Ar. Nissi Del Rosario, Project Architect from Wilcon Corporation; Engr. Arthur Costales, Project coordinator / Manager of EM Paule Construction and Trading, Inc.; Engr. Royd Lanquin from EM Paule Construction and Trading, Inc.; Ar. Gerald Christopher Mañalac, Junior Architect from Wilcon Corporation; and Ms. Olga May Carcedo, CAD Operator from Wilcon Corporation.

With Wilcon’s plan to reach and serve more Filipino home builders and homeowners all over the country, expect more upcoming branches in different localities and provinces to be revealed soon. For more information, visit and follow Wilcon on their official Facebook and Instagram accounts at



Across Borders: Back-to-back Grand Opening for Wilcon

(L-R) Hocheng Philippines Corporation President Sam Chen, Wilcon Depot EVP and Chief Product Officer Careen Belo, Wilcon Depot EVP and Chief Financial Officer Mark Andrew Belo, Wilcon Depot SEVP and Chief Operating Officer and Philippine Retailers Association President Rosemarie Ong, Multi-awarded Architect and Interior Designer Architect James Jao, Naga City Vice Mayor Hon. Atty. Nelson Legacion, Camarines Sur Vice Governor Hon. Fortunato Ato Peña, Camarines Sur 3rd District Congressman Hon. Gabriel Bordado Jr., Wilcon Depot Founder and Chairman Emeritus William Belo, Wilcon Depot President and CEO Lorraine Belo-Cincochan and LIXIL Water Technology Country Manager Alen Alban


LIXIL Water Technology Country Manager Alen Alban, Iloilo City Hon. Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon, Iloilo 1st District Congressman Hon. Jerry Treñas, Wilcon Depot SEVP and Chief Operating Officer and Philippine Retailers Association President Rosemarie Ong, Iloilo Governor Hon. Arthur Defensor Sr., Wilcon Depot President and CEO Lorraine Belo-Cincochan, Alliance Global, Inc. CEO Kevin Tan, Iloilo City Mayor Hon. Jose S. Espinosa III, and Iloilo City Councilors Joshua Allim, Ed Peñaredondo and Candice Tupas

If there is one store that has shaped the home construction retail industry, it’s Wilcon Depot. The country’s leading home improvement and construction supply retailer primed its business succession plan after strategically mapping out a back-to-back store openings located in Southern Luzon and Western Visayas.

The industry leader continues to increase its store footprints as it launched their first home construction retail outlet in the Bicol region at Zone 4 National Highway, Brgy. Del Rosario, Naga City, Camarines Sur on June 29, 2018 and its second retail store in Iloilo City located at G/F Festive Walk Mall, Megaworld Blvd., Mandurriao on June 30, 2018.

Building Big Ideas for Bicolanos

Opening its 44th branch store, Wilcon started the celebration with a motorcade along the nearby barangays of its new operating store. It was joined by Wilcon valued suppliers and industry partners. The opening event continued at the store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Wilcon Founder and Chairman Emeritus William T. Belo, Wilcon President and CEO Lorraine Belo-Cincochan, SEVP-Chief Operating Officer Rosemarie Bosch-Ong, Wilcon EVP-Chief Financial Officer Mark Andrew Belo and Wilcon EVP-Chief Product Officer Careen Belo together with Wilcon’s valued suppliers LIXIL Water Technology Country Manager Alen Alban, HCG President Sam Chen and local government officials Vice Mayor Atty. Nelson Legacion, Congressman Gabriel Bordado Jr., and Vice Governor Fortunato Peña.

More than just being the heart of the Bicol region, Naga City serves as the home of commerce, trade, tourism, religion and education. With the entry of Wilcon Depot in Naga, it can serve not only the people of Naga but also the neighboring cities as well.

Wilcon houses numerous brands to choose from as it carries exclusive top-tier brands like Grohe and Kohler Sanitarywares, Franke Kitchen Systems, Hamden Kitchen appliances, Pozzi Bathroom Solutions, Koller Whirlpool Bathtubs and Shower Enclosures, Ariston Water Heaters, Geberit Monolith Puro, Bull Outdoor Products and Rubi Tile cutter. Spanish tile brands Alcalagres, Grespania, Rocersa, Cifre, Emigres, Keros and Tesany alongside with Italian tile brands Novabell, Energie Ker, Gardenia, Leonardo and Naxos are made available in the Tile Studio inside the store together with Asian tile brands Arte, Sol, Lola, Huanqiu, Verona, Picasso Mosaic, Roman, Mulia, Kia and Basel. Kasch bathroom accessories, Sefa specialty bathroom faucets, bathroom accessories, showerheads and kitchen organizers, Crown and Prussia Kitchen Sink, Electron Generators, Direct Hardware, Truper tools, Alphalux lighting solutions, PTech PVC mouldings, Forest wood products, and Solutherm PPR pipes are displayed in the DIY section of the store.

Being known for providing home improvement supplies and renowned international brands, Wilcon Depot has its full array of extensive and quality home building materials ranging from Tiles, Sanitarywares, Plumbing, Furniture, Home Interior, Building Materials, Hardware, Electrical, Appliances and other DIY items.

The 44th retail store has a total sales area of over 9,000 square meters accommodating thousands of strong and reliable local and international brands in the market, arranged in an organized and clutter-free manner inside an air-conditioned store. By maintaining its uniformity in the interior of its depot store, Wilcon makes its operations efficient to help the customers shop with ease.

Wilcon offers multitude of services that give customers convenient shopping experience like free parking spaces, reliable delivery service, and tile cutting service, among others. They also provide a service that allows customers in creating their desired 3D layout through a computer software with cost estimate and product list made possible in Design Hub section inside the store. Valued customers can also avail their Wilcon Loyalty Card for free and enjoy promo exclusives and offerings.

“Known to be as the heart of Bicol, Naga City is also the region’s top tourist destinations not only because of Peñafrancia Festival, but it is also considered as “maogmang lugar” (happy place) which keeps it a welcoming and vibrant city. Aside from it, Naga City was awarded as the country’s most competitive component city in 2016 and 2017. These are just few reasons why we feel that our expansion here in Naga City is very timely,” said Wilcon SEVP-Chief Operating Officer Rosemarie Ong.

Reliable neighborhood hardware store for Ilonggos

In providing the best value and quality home improvement products in the neighborhood, Wilcon opened a Home Essentials store, a mall-based format retail outlet to provide the needs of the DIYers. Being its 45th retail outlet nationwide, Wilcon Home Essentials offers wide variety of home must-haves including Plumbing, Electrical, Tools and Hardware, Outdoor Living, Paints, Building Materials, Appliances and Housewares.

“After opening our first depot store at Jaro, Iloilo in December 2017, I am looking forward that we can provide more of what we offer here in Iloilo City. Now, as we open a Home Essentials store, more Ilonggos can efficiently renovate and design their homes by providing them a more accessible and convenient way of getting their home improvement needs. Wilcon will stay as the strong and reliable home shopping store for more and more Filipino homeowners and builders across the country,” Wilcon President and CEO Lorraine Belo-Cincochan said.

In fulfilling its mission and commitment, more Filipino homeowners and builders can acquire high quality products and home solutions with the latest innovation and technology features, and at the same time, experience unparalleled services.

With over 40 years of experience in the home improvement and construction supply industry, Wilcon remains to be the country’s most preferred one-stop shop that provides great value and selection for every Filipino home building needs.

Wilcon stands fast to their commitment to have a total of 67 operating stores by 2020, earlier than planned, barring any unexpected external factors. Wilcon is set to open 6 more stores this year located in Zamboanga; Lipa, Batangas; Tayabas, Quezon Province; Davao; GenSan and Puerto Princesa.

Fill up your homes with the right choices of home building and improvement products, and experience superior services from Wilcon. Visit their newest branches in Zone 4 National Highway, Brgy. Del Rosario, Naga City, Camarines Sur, and G/F Festive Walk Mall, Megaworld Blvd., Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

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Here’s how it goes –  you are seriously craving for popcorn and is thinking of something sweet. Then you realize you also want something savory… but you can’t have both so you’re forced to choose just one! Ugh.

Eat your heart out! Now you can have the best of both worlds with Kettle Korn Pop N Mix – the newest store of Kettle Korn that features a wider array of freshly popped popcorn creations. It’s also the first store of Kettle Korn that encourages popcorn lovers to choose and mix different flavors! Inspired by popcorn lovers who can’t stick to just one flavor, you can mix and match any two flavors of your choice! And we’ve prepared a wider selection of flavors to make mixing more enjoyable! Just go ahead and MIXperiment which we describe as “the act of mixing different popcorn flavors to discover maximum enjoyment!” You can choose and combine 2 sweet flavors or 2 savory flavors or have the best of both worlds by mixing sweet and savory flavors! What’s more, we commit to making our popcorn always freshly popped so you can enjoy it at its best!

Kettle Korn has since created best-selling flavors such as Cheese and Sweet N’ Salty which have been strong crowd favorites. Kettle Korn intends to continuously offer something new to excite the market as we have always believed in the limitless possibilities of popcorn.

Pop N Mix introduces its NEW CHEECA Mix which combines Kettle Korn’s Cheese and Salted Caramel Popcorn in one pack. And for those who have been looking for traditional popcorn style, we have a new line of Savory flavors just for you!  Choose among Sour Cream & Chives, Backyard BBQ, White Cheddar, Sea Salt and Melted Butter flavors. If sweet popcorn is your weakness, you can never go wrong with our best glazed selection like Kettle Korn’s famous Cheese and Salted Caramel flavors. Do watch out for MORE flavors and popcorn mixes that will pop out in the next couple of months!

You don’t have to watch a movie to enjoy our popcorn. Just pop by anytime and Mixperiment with your family and friends! The first Kettle Korn Pop N’ Mix  branch recently opened this June at the Ground floor of Greenbelt 1 Makati.

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