The 2018 Search for the Most Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs is On!

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The Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards is an annual event recognizing Filipina Entrepreneurs who have led their respective enterprises to unprecedented growth and prosperity. The search also recognizes women entrepreneurs who have initiated creativity and innovation in their business, provided an avenue for livelihood for her community and have become an inspiration to others.

Industry icons such as Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore), Esther Vibal (Vibal Publishing), Rosalind Wee (W Group), Dra. Vicky Belo (Belo Medical Group) and the late Helena Benitez (Philippine Women’s University) are amongst the many notable Filipina awardees from across the years. Now on its tenth year, Go Negosyo hopes to bring even more women entrepreneurs and their stories to the forefront in order to continue to inspire a new generation of empowered, entrepreneurial and game-changing Filipinas.

Download the nomination/application form through this link: http://bit.ly/2CTSOlo
Application deadline is on February 9, 2018.*

ELIGIBILITY:

  1. May or may not have come from humble beginnings;
  2. A Filipina entrepreneur who embodies the following: PASSIONATE, POSITIVE and INSPIRING;
  3. Must have an innovative business model (products/processes);
  4. Must show the ability to genuinely care for the community and stakeholders and must have the potential to share time and talent to help spread the entrepreneurship advocacy;
  5. Must be well-respected by their peers.

*Please send all nominations by January 31, 2018 to provide nominees time to accomplish the application process by the deadline. Self-nomination/application is also highly encouraged.

Go Negosyo 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

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The annual Filipina Summit is centered on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino people, particularly the Filipina and recognizing their capacity to be agents of change and progress. It also aims to provide inspiration and support to the significance of women’s economic power by covering different entrepreneurship and empowerment topics to be highlighted by plenary talks and forums featuring prominent female personalities.

On its decade, FES10 promises to be the biggest women event of the year organized by Go Negosyo in partnership with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines happening on March 6, 2018 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

As more and more Filipino women are now taking the path of entrepreneurship, the summit will present different business models where opportunity to develop your business acumen will be available. Top notch women speakers and prominent female personalities and successful women entrepreneurs will be invited to tackle on the different feature topics on women entrepreneurship.

While many stories have been told there are still many others to tell. The summit is a platform for stories of hope and inspirationto be shared. People can learn from, real-life stories of people who have experienced real-life challenges but succeeded.

We will also continue the annual tradition of awarding inspiring women entrepreneurs from the MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) sector and large enterprises to highlight inspiring stories of success that can serve as role models where more people especially the women can learn from and emulate. In line with the celebration of the National Women’s Month and International Women’s Day, this is an opportune time to recognize again a new batch of Filipina entrepreneurs and celebrate their contribution and brilliance.

Designed to be the biggest mentoring event, the summit will also be an avenue for the audience members to communicate with the distinguished guests through an open forum. Attendees can also seek practical business tips and advice from about 50 Go Negosyo mentors who will join the mentoring activity to be held simultaneous with the summit.

TO REGISTER:

1. GENERAL PUBLIC (NON-STUDENT & NON-TEACHER)
Registration fee is Eight Hundred Pesos (P800.00)
that will cover one (1) Go Negosyo Book, entrance to the event, access to exhibits and mentoring booths, lunch and snack, seat and Certificate of Attendance. PWDs and Senior Citizens are entitled for a discounted amount of P500.00

  1. REGISTER: Interested registrants may preregister online through this link: www.tinyurl.com/FES10registration. An email will be sent by the Secretariat to confirm that the registration has been received.
  1. PAY AND COMPLETE SLOT RESERVATION:

PAYMENT DETAILS:
Account Name: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc
Account Number: 4850-088-492
Bank: BDO Pioneer Highlands, Mandaluyong City

As a proof of payment, a photo or scanned copy of the slip to must be sent to filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com
(Subject: FES10Payment/LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME).

*An acknowledgement email will be sent by the Secretariat to confirm slot reservation.

 

2. STUDENTS AND TEACHERS (ACADEME)
Interested students and teachers may get in touch with the FES10 Secretariat through 637-9229, 6315001 or 6315094. Schools were sent official invitation letters addressed to the College or University President. Request for the FES10 Official Invitation Packet for SUCs may also be communicated through the Secretariat. Registration is FREE for students and teachers.

To complete registration and slot reservation, the official school confirmation slip must be sent to the FES10 School Secretariat through this email: filipinasummit2018.pce@gmail.com.

(Subject: FES10 CONFIRMATION/NAME OF SCHOOL).

*An acknowledgement email will be sent by the Secretariat to confirm slot reservation.

 

3. KAPATID MENTOR ME (KMME) & KAPATID AGRI-MENTOR ME PROGRAM (KAMMP) GRADUATES AND MENTEES
Registration fee is Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00)
that will cover entrance to the event, access to exhibits and mentoring booths, lunch and snack, seat and Certificate of Attendance.

  1. REGISTER: Interested registrants may preregister online through this link: www.tinyurl.com/FES10registration. An email will be sent by the Secretariat to confirm that the registration has been received.
  1. PAY AND COMPLETE SLOT RESERVATION:

PAYMENT DETAILS:
Account Name: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc
Account Number: 4850-088-492
Bank: BDO Pioneer Highlands, Mandaluyong City

As a proof of payment, send the following filipinasummit.gonegosyo@gmail.com

(Subject: FES10Payment/LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME)
-photo or scanned copy of the slip
-KMME/ KAMMP Certificate

*An acknowledgement email will be sent by the Secretariat to confirm slot reservation.

Interested participants are encouraged to confirm immediately or reserve slots by calling the FES10 Secretariat at the following numbers: 637-9229, 631-5001 or 631-5094. An email will also be sent by the Secretariat to confirm any registration has been received. Registration and payment must be made until January 31, 2018.

 

A Celebration for Women as Catalysts for Change

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March 30, 2017—Women from across the Philippines flocked the Malacañan palace, in a display of support for those who were recognized for their capacity to be catalyst for change and progress in the Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards 2017. The event was aligned with the first national celebration of Women’s Month under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration. The President, as the guest of honor that night, gave a short message on women and their role in the much needed change we seek in our country.

“More Filipinas are becoming leaders of their respective industries, contributing significantly to their institutions and making remarkable major strides that uplift the living conditions of their families and communities.”

The President then proceeded to highlight women’s role in nation building—underscoring the overarching theme of women’s month: We Make Change Work for Women.

Other notable attendees were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, SM Investment Corporation Vice Chairman and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Member Tessie Sy-Coson and Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez who gave a a brief address about women and their instrumental role in change. “Women are an inspiring breed because they are agents of change and progress. 80% of enterprises are started by women entrepreneurs. They are resourceful, very entrepreneurial and they find ways to augment the income of their families. We have several role models of entrepreneurship that provide for us a revolution of mindset—the change they inspire is something to look up to and aspire towards,” DTI Sec. Lopez said.

In the photo (L-R): President Rodrigo Duterte; Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion; and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

In the photo (L-R): President Rodrigo Duterte; Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion; and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Of course, in attendance and the head of the event was Founder of Go Negosyo and Presidential Adviser for Entrepeneurship, Joey Concepcion.

“Filipinos are not destined for poverty. We really have to put our work, heart and passion to become successful. The awards [the women entrepreneurs] will be receiving will inspire youth entrepreneurs because we need more of them. And they will be drawing inspiration from all of you,” Concepcion said. “One in a million [women entrepreneurs] will become one of the Legacy Awardees in the future. Hopefully, through these really inspiring, hardworking women, we all will learn never to give up,”

For many years, Joey Concepcion has been at the forefront of honoring women entrepreneurs across the nation. In fact, since its inception in 2005, Go Negosyo has already awarded over 200 outstanding women entrepreneurs for serving as inspirations in their respective fields. The Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards highlights the strength and perseverance of women entrepreneurs in the ever developing landscape of entrepreneurship in our country. The awarding ceremony celebrated the women who have greatly contributed and excelled in various ways in their respective fields. The new laudable batch of awardees were selected from an impressive pool of nominees and classified into seven categories: Youth, Inclusive Business, Women MSME Development Enabler, Micro, Small-Medium, Large, and Legacy.

Youth Awardee Arizza Nocum of KRIS Library & Good Karma Shirts gave a heartwarming message on how the women present and honored that night will continue to be sources of inspiration for herself and other as a positive indication of the bright future of women in entrepreneurship. She considers those awarded alongside her as “moms and titas” and promised before the audience that she aspire to be a source of inspiration to others as well.

Youth Entrepreneur Awardee Arizza Ann Nocum delivers a response speech in behalf of the 2017 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs.

Youth Entrepreneur Awardee Arizza Ann Nocum delivers a response speech in behalf of the 2017 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs.

Here are the list of awardees for this year’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs:

YOUTH
* Arizza Nocum, KRIS Library & Good Karma Shirts

INCLUSIVE BUSINESS
* Felicitas Pantoja, Coffee for Peace
* Rachel de Villa, Cropital

MICRO-SMALL
* Honie Krizia Navor, HK Stone Craft Trading
* Evelyn Daytao. Daytao Native Cake
* Pamela Henares. BuroBuro Springs Vermi Farm
* Imelda Dagus, Dennis Coffee Garden
* Cherrie Atilano, AGREA
* Maria Lydia Lomibao, J. Emmanuel Pastries
* Arlene Mabute, Mabute Lumpia Wrapper & Cheese Stick Maker
* Ester Vitto, Bahag Footwear

MEDIUM-LARGE
* Ana de Ocampo, Wildflour Café & Bakery
* Mary Ann Montemayor, Villa Margarita Hotel & Catering
* Sheree Gotuaco, Omnimoda International
* Anne Gonzalez, Terry S.A.
* Evelyn Palomo, Great Image
* Gina Lorenzana, Unilever Philippines
* Rebecca Mills, Chalre Associates
* Felicia Atienza, Chinese International School Manila

WOMEN MSME DEVELOPMENT ENABLERS
* Pacita Juan, ECHOstore
* Doris Ho, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation
* Cynthia Villar, Senate of the Philippines

LEGACY
* Corazon Ong, CDO Foodsphere, Inc.
* Socorro Ramos, National Bookstore
* Rosalind Wee, W Group of Companies
* Mercedes Gotianun, Filinvest Development Corp.

Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years (Part 3)

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Now on its final installment, our Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years feature culminates with previous awardees who have shaped industries such as media, publications, retail and fashion. We’ve also included the women who have revolutionized long-standing corporations from the inside as lauded intrapreneurs. This Thursday, on March 30, 2017, Go Negosyo will be awarding a new set of women entrepreneurs as the Inspiring Filipina Awardees of 2017. As the much awaited awarding draws near, so does the end of the nationwide celebration of Women’s Month. As we continue on this 2017, let us not forget about the ever growing number of Filipina Entrepreneurs gaining recognition for their ability to be catalysts for change and leaders of true progress in our country.

MEDIA/PUBLICATION

Maria Ressa – Rappler
Maria Ressa SQMaria Ressa was awarded in 2014 by Go Negosyo as a Filipina Starpreneur for her work as the CEO and Founder of Rappler. Ressa is among the most fearless and decorated journalists of Asia. She spent decades of her life in investigative journalism, concentrating mostly in exposing terrorist groups and networks across the Asian region. In her 20s, she set up a a group called Probe Productions which aimed to introduce television broadcasting to television. She then went on to become a well-decorated journalist with CNN. From a journalist, she became a director of the Southeast Asian operations of the global news group. Today, she has taken her vast experience in journalism and continues to evolve the landscape of journalism and media.

Sari Yap – MEGA Publishing Group
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In 2012, Sari Yap was awarded as the STARpreneur in the field of Publishing for her work as CEO and Founder of One MEGA Publishing Group. Working in the world of fashion and publications was admittedly a rough journey for Yap. As the first nationwide fashion magazine in the country, Yap had to battle a lot of criticisms and doubts from investors and other naysayers. Her company has survived two financial crises, and today runs 10 magazines that focus on lifestyle, travel and of course, fashion. Yap has proven herself as a trailblazer in the local fashion publication industry and serves as an inspiration to many who choose to follow her path.

Marixi Rufino-Prieto – Philippine Daily Inquirer
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As the Chair of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), Marixi Prieto was awarded as early as 2010 for her expansive work in publications during the Most Inspiring Women Awards hosted by Go Negosyo. Aside from PDI, Prieto is also the Director of several businesses such as Cebu Daily News, Hinge Inquirer Publication Inc., Inquirer Interactive Inc., Inquirer Publications Inc., Printown Group, Sunvar Inc., Investment and Marketing Association, Ionian Industrial Property Inc., Corinthian Industrial Property, Inc., HMR Enterprises, Inc., Lexmedia Realty, Inc., Var Buildings, Inc., Parkside Realty Development Corporation, Golden Pizza Inc., Golden Donuts Inc., International Family Foods Services, Inc., Mix-plant Inc., LRP Inc., Pinnacle Printers Corporation, Inquirer Holdings, Inc., Mediacom Equities, Inc., Matrix Resources Portfolio Holdings, Inc., and Excel Pacific Equities, Inc.

 

RETAIL/FASHION

Natividad “Naty” Cheng – Uratex
Naty Cheng SQNaty Cheng was awarded in 2014 as one of the Medium/Large STARpreneurs by Go Negosyo. As the co-founder and CEO of Uratex, many know of her inspiring story as a factory worker with cum business owner who pioneered the first foam factory in the country. Her husband and her started the business with a capital of 4,000 pesos and today, Uratex continues on as a multi-million peso business that has expanded its products from beds/foams, to adhesives, containers and plastic furnitures and now sells to countries all over Asia, the Netherlands and Australia.


Zenaida “Nedy” Tantoco – Rustan’s Commercial Corp.

Zenaida Tantoco SQNedy Tantoco is the current Chair and CEO of Rustan Commercial Corp., the long-standing and most prominent high-end retail company in the country. Under the Tantoco’s, Rustan’s has outlasted many other department stores of the same concept—leading the Tantocos to be known as the first family of the luxury industry in our country. Today, Nedy continues to lead Rustan’s to greater heights as they diversified from home and fashion to food with Rustan’s Supermarkets. Nedy was awarded in 2011 by Go Negosyo as a STARpreneurs in the large category.


INTRAPRENEUR

Marife Zamora – Convergys Philippines 
Marife Zamora SQMarife Zamora was awarded as a STARpreneur by Go Negosyo in 2012 and was later on awarded as one of the Most 100 Influential Filipina Women in the World in 2013. Zamora’s numerous accolades is due to her pioneering success in the corporate world as the Convergys Managing Director for Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, the company’s largest region. In the business process outsourcing industy, men dominate the leadership positions and Zamora is the only Filipina in the world who has reached the C-Suite level. Under her leadership, Convergys has become the number 1 employer in the Philippines in just a little over a decade.

Rizalina Mantaring – Sun Life Financial Philippines
Riza Mantaring SQRizalina Mantaring is the current Country Head of Sun Life Financial Philippines. Under her leadership, the Philippine operation has implemented numerous industry firsts and innovations for which Sun Life is known, helping Sun Life become the number one insurance company in the country. With her background in IT, Mantaring was able to transfer the Philippines into the IT hub of the global Sun Life Financial Group in only five years. Before her ascent to leadership in Sun Life, the company had difficulty acquiring the number one spot in the country. Today, they’ve held on to the number on spot for 5 consecutive years. Mantaring was awarded by Go Negosyo in 2015 during the FIlipina summit for her often praised work and innovation in the Insurance industry.

Maria Fe Agudo – Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.
Fe Agudo SQAs the President of Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) Agudo received the 2011 Ernst & Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She was awarder due to her work with HARI not only in building the Hyundai brand in the Philippines as a formidable player in the auto industry, but also as an innovator in nation building through HARI’s engagement with government and private partners in sustainable community building projects such as the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation located in the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Bulacan; Hyundai Embraces Lanao Partnership for Education program in partnership with Synergeia Foundation; and St. Scholastica Mission Hospital in Catarman, Northern Samar.

She is also the current President and co-founder of the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) and a 2013 Go Negosyo Women Icons of Entrepreneurship Awardee.

READ: Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years Part 1 | Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years Part 2

Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years (Part 2)

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In the first half of the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Across the Years feature, we focused on the legacies and social innovators in order to encourage our readers to dream big and have hearts of compassion. For the second part of this feature we wish to capture your imagination and minds with these group of educators, beauty and wellness proponents and food entrepreneurs who have been constant inspirations in the entrepreneurial journeys of women from all over the country. On March 30, 2017 Go Negosyo will be announcing a new set of women entrepreneurs as the Inspiring Filipina Awardees of 2017. We can’t wait for what stories will unfold then but for now, we hope this list will quell your thirst for inspiration and motivation:

EDUCATION

Helena Benitez – Philippine Women’s University
Helena BenitezThe late Helena Benitez was a champion of women’s education as a veteran educator, former senator and administrator of the Philippines Women’s University. As a senator, she authored several laws advocating the advancement of education and women’s right. She has received many accolades and awards, amongst them are the 2007 Manila Awardee, 2009 Woman Awardee, and the 2013 Womenpreneur Icon from Go Negosyo. She lived to be one 102, and her legacy carries on through PWU and the numerous lives she has touched. Her former residence has also been turned into a heritage home found in San Juan.


Preciosa Soliven – O.B. Montessori
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In 1966, Dr. Preciosa Soliven opened the first OB Montessori school in the Philippines. OB Montessori has become the country’s premier co-educational institution that nurtures the inner teacher of the child and develops them holistically through its Prepared Environment and specially trained teachers. Through the innovative programs in entrepreneurship, agriculture, performing arts and leadership training, the school has reconditioned Filipino children to become “citizens of the world”. Today, the school has several campuses in Metro Manila, a 16-hectare farm in Alfonso, Cavite; several ecumenical shrines; a 30-year old Child and Community Foundation and a new school of Culinary Arts – Istituto Culinario. Go Negosyo Awarded Dr. Preciosa Soliven for her innovative and modern approach to education during the Filipina Summit in 2013.


Mary Joy Abaquin – Multiple Intelligence
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Mary Joy Abaquin was awarded by Go Negosyo in 2014 as a Filipina Starpreneur for establishing the Multiple Intelligence School (M.I.S.). Abaquin’s involvement with Go Negosyo dates back to when she wrote the successful book “8 Simple Secrets to Raising Entrepreneurs” published in 2010. The Founding Directress of M.I.S. is a pioneering educator and advocate for innovative practice and reform in the education sector. Her school’s tagline “Where Every Child is Smart” is widely celebrated for being the first educational institution in the county that has integrated Entrepreneurship in the Basic Education and High Schoo Programs. Today, the school is receiving continuous praise for introducing kids to entrepreneurship at an early age and recognizing the different kinds of intelligence a child can possess.


BEAUTY & WELLNESS

Dra. Vicky Bello – Belo Medical Group

Vicky BeloDra. Vicky Belo is a household name to most Filipinos. Known as the doctor of the stars, she was awarded by Go Negosyo as a 2011 Starpreneur under the Large Enterprise category. She obtained her M.D. locally before training and receiving further qualifications in Thailand and the U.S. She is a speaker and guest lecturer for several institutions locally and abroad. Her success as an entrepreneur started out as a chain of clinics the became known for being the go-to places for cosmetic surgery for celebrities, and has now grown to become a retail powerhouse with Belo Cosmetics reaching drugstore and supermarket shelves nationwide.

Cathy Turvil – Nurture Wellness Spa

Cathy TurvillFounder of Nurture Wellness Spa Tagaytay; leader in the wellness spa industry; founded the first internationally accredited spa school in the Philippines; Founding President of Spa Association of the Philippines. Over the last 12 years, Nurture Wellness Village has continued to evolve and expand. Ms. Turvill’s spa began to incorporate additional wellness aspects such as improved nutrition. She introduced her clients to healthier foods from Nurture Wellness Village’s own organic garden offering delicious meals that are prepared on site with all fresh ingredients. One of the spa’s most recent innovations is The Workwell Project. This project is a corporate wellness program that encourages employers to invest in the health of employees by offering the services of the Nurture Wellness Village. Turvil was awarded by Go Negosyo as a Filipina Starpreneur in 2014.

Dr. Rosalinda Ang-Hortaleza – HBC
Rosalinda HortalezaDr. Rosalinda Ang-Hortaleza is the chief executive behind the beauty and cosmetics brand, HBC. What started out as six stores of Hortaleza Viciador, which Dr. Rosalinda inherited with her husband, has now expanded to more than 200 branches nationwide thanks to the smart rebranding and renaming of the business to HBC. Dr. Rosalinda strongly believes in the right of every woman to feel beautiful. This is the reason why the brand offers a wide range of beauty and cosmetic products and impressively reasonable prices—gaining a big following of loyal customers. In 2011, Go Negosyo awarded Dr. Rosalinda as Starpreneur for her enterprising and spirit for doing business inclusively—prioritizing the mass market to provide accessible beauty products for all.


FOOD

Corazon D. Ong – CDO Foodsphere, Inc.
CDOCorazon D. Ong was awarded in 2013 as a Trustee as the Founder of food processing giant CDO Foodsphere, Inc. Ong has been lauded for her ability to keep the company afloat despite several waves of crises hitting the industry and the country. The diverse line-up of meat products offered by CDO decorate the aisles of grocery stores and are a staple in any Filipino’s pantry. What started out as a venture into helping augment her own family’s income has now become a food enterprise that is largely admired by the entrepreneurial community.


Abba Napa – The Moment Group of Restaurants
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Abba Napa was amongst the Filipina entrepreneurs awarded by Go Negosyo during the Filipina Entrepreneur Summit last 2016. Napa’s story was also featured that same year in Go Negosyo’s 55 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs. Her business venture, The Moment Group, is responsible for some of the metro’s hottest restaurants and bars. Customer favorites like 8cuts, Ooma and Din Tai Fung are just some of the restaurant offerings under Napa’s group’s belt. The group looks forward to bringing more restaurants to delight Filipino foodies in the future and taking their business to greater heights.

Lydia De Roca – Lydia’s Lechon
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Lydia De Roca’s name is synonymous to the famed Filipino fiesta staple of lechon.  For over 50 years now, Lydia’s Lechon has provided the iconic roasted dish to parties and gatherings nationwide. Equally impressive to the growth of her business is the underdog story behind it. Lydia’s Lechon started out as a simple bangketa stall in the 1960’s. But because of her hard work, perseverance, and of course, tasteful renditions of menu items featuring lechon, Lydia’s Lechon now sits amongst the most successful local food enterprises in the country. In 2011, she was awarded by Go Negosyo as Starpreneur for her success in taking a well-loved Filipino dish and turning it into a thriving business.

A Celebration for Women as Catalysts for Change

On March 30, 2017, at the prestigious Malacañan Palace, an event will be solely dedicated to the recognition of women across the Philippines and their capacity to be catalyst for change and progress during the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards 2017. This event is aligned with the first national celebration of Women’s Month, held every March as part of the worldwide observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration. For the celebration, the new leadership will focus on these key foundations: partnership for change and full implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710), captured through the theme: “WE Make Change Work for Women.”

Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2016 Awardees – First row: Teresita Valdez, Girlie Lorenzo, Lydia Malot, Judith Versoza, Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz. Second Row: Cristina Liamzon, Adelfa Borro, Amina Alunan, Delby Bragais, Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee, Rossana Llenado, Evelyn Lao-Yap, Rowie Matti, Yoling Sevilla, Sherill Quintana and Abba Napa.

Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2016 Awardees – First row: Teresita Valdez, Girlie Lorenzo, Lydia Malot, Judith Versoza, Dr. Elizabeth Lahoz. Second Row: Cristina Liamzon, Adelfa Borro, Amina Alunan, Delby Bragais, Martine Cajucom, Bea Soriano-Dee, Rossana Llenado, Evelyn Lao-Yap, Rowie Matti, Yoling Sevilla, Sherill Quintana and Abba Napa.

The Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awards will highlight the strength and perseverance of women entrepreneurs in the ever developing landscape of entrepreneurship in our country. The awarding ceremony will celebrate the women who have greatly contributed and excelled in various ways in their respective fields. This new laudable batch of awardees are selected from an impressive pool of nominees and classified into seven categories: Youth, Inclusive Business, Women MSME Development Enabler, Micro, Small-Medium, Large, and Legacy.

“Women have been playing an active role, not just in their families, but also in their respective communities. We see more and more inspiring women who are empowered and passionate in their own respective fields and they deserve to be recognized. From conquering different industries such as food, fashion, health and wellness, to even male-dominated businesses such as construction and development. Women have truly proven themselves as catalysts for change and innovation,” Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chair Joey Concepcion said.

As the Founder of Go Negosyo and the Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, Joey Concepcion has been at the forefront of honoring women entrepreneurs since the organization’s early years. In fact, Go Negosyo has already awarded over 200 outstanding women entrepreneurs for serving as inspirations in their respective fields. Among these women are Lifetime Achievement awardees Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore) and Esther Vibal (Vibal Publishing) and the Mother of All Mother Entrepreneurs awardee Helena Benitez (Philippine Women University).

In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte directed “all agencies, oversight bodies and local government units down to the barangay level to fully implement the Magna Carta of Women.” This is to ensure that man and woman will be partners in the pursuit of the country’s economic, social, cultural and political developments. This pursuit of development under the new administration is also anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change.

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