ASEAN and AMEN Get High Trust

The result of a nationwide survey conducted by Pulse Asia indicated a high trust rating among Filipinos for ASEAN compared to APEC. This is a positive effect of our recent and successful chairmanship last 2017 which focused on inclusive growth. The Philippine...

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Be an optimist in 2019!

To all those who have followed this column since 2006, I wish you all a happy new year! It’s been 12 years since I started writing for The Star, and with over 800 columns, written every Thursday and another bi-monthly column. This year, Go Negosyo also celebrates 14...

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Appreciation and thanksgiving

While everyone is busy shopping for gifts or enjoying their vacation, I’m reflecting on the many things that has happened this 2018. It’s been a fruitful year indeed, not just for me and my family, but also for Go Negosyo, which continues to push forward our goal of...

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A night of awards & surprises

Last Saturday, I hosted a Christmas appreciation dinner, which I do annually to foster relationships between the public and private sector and engage them in our efforts to bring about more inclusive growth in the Philippines. It is essential that both sectors have...

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Kapatid Mentor Me Program Works!

I was surprised to find out that four out of nine awardees of the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards are graduates of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program, which is the mentoring sessions that we are doing with the Department of Trade and Industry. The...

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Sharing blessings and success

To be recognized as one of the Outstanding Filipinos is truly an honor. Last night, I was given this recognition by the JCI Senate Philippines. Other awardees include Fr. Ben Beltran, Rep. Raul del Mar and Dr. Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit. I share this recognition with the...

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Prosperity and happiness

I arrived yesterday from Malaysia after attending the ASEAN-India Business Summit which was chaired by fellow ASEAN Business Advisory Council member Dato Ramesh Kodammal. After receiving the Padma Shri award, one of the most prestigious award of the Republic of India...

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