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Giving hope to MSMEs and Filipino workers

In this critical moment of our history, it is crucial that we support the President’s call for unity and cooperation. Both the public and private sect...

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A salute to all women

PA Joey Concepcion led the ASEAN Women of Impact awardees: Kemariah Duraman (Brunei), Veronica Colondam (Indonesia), Khin Lay (Myanmar), Amb. Delia Do...

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Celebrating Women’s Month

Our Women of Impact awardees during a courtesy call with President Duterte after the summit.Founded in 2005, Go Negosyo has been, for 15 years now, ac...

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The real democracy

The commemoration of the 34th EDSA People Power Revolution. Among the attendees were NHCP and EPPC chair Rene Escalante and SOEF commissioner Christop...

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Negosyo Para sa Bayan

In my 15 years of leading Go Negosyo, I have had the great opportunity and privilege to know and work with many talented entrepreneurs big and small a...

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Building a positive mindset

Our MMOW was well attended by industry icons including DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and DOST Secretary Boy de la Peña last Feb. 10 at Glorietta 3, Makati...

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The Women of Impact Awardees

The Women of Impact Awardees across Asia. They will be recognized at the Women 2020 Entrepreneurship Summit happening on March 3 at World Trade Center...

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2020: A year of mentorship

Robina Gokongwei-Pe of Robinsons Retails Holdings with her mentee.Go Negosyo is celebrating its 15th year this 2020, and we have prepared events all y...

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My Go Negosyo mentorship experience

First of two partsWith our 15 years in Go Negosyo of bringing mentorship closer to every Filipino, I am proud to say we have served several thousands...

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Big Brothers Support MSMEs through Go Negosyo

PGMA actively joined our Go Negosyo programs. Here, she interviewed young participants of the Teen Negosyo Summit in 2006. With her were Go Negosyo ad...

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My Christmas Wish

President Digong, Merry Christmas! You are an inspiration to many. And thank you to Madam Honeylet for helping our weavers all over the Philippines. P...

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We Win as One

The 2019 Citi Microentrepreneurship awardees shared their success stories during a breakfast meeting last Nov. 27 hosted by presidential adviser for e...

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Living life with a purpose

PA Joey Concepcion with wife Marissa at the 2019 Philip- pine Tatler Ball last Nov. 15. They were recognized as the Couple of the Year. (Photo courtes...

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The key to a successful Entrepreneurship

PA Joey Concepcion led the Kapatid Mentor ME Program 2019 evaluation, assessment and planning workshop last Nov. 18 at Taguig City. DTI Regional Opera...

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Men of Legacy

John Gokongwei Jr. received the ASEAN Legacy Award from President Duterte, ASEAN BAC Phl chair Joey Concepcion and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez during...

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Building a more inclusive ASEAN

ASEAN-BAC Philippines chair Joey Concepcion led the successful ASEAN Business Investments Summit 2017. President Duterte, together with other ASEAN co...

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Bringing mentorship across the Asean

At the forefront of our advocacy, the 3Ms of entrepreneurship — mentorship, money, and market — play a crucial part in the advancement of the micro, s...

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Building a Stronger PHL-INDIA Partnership

India President Ram Nath Kovind commended Go Negosyo advocacy led by its founder, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, for makin...

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Angat Lahat Alliance Supports President’s SONA

Last Monday, President Duterte delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) which presented the achievements and plans of the administratio...

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Angat Lahat Alliance Supports President’s SONA

Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance launched in Malacanang Palace last August 14, 2018.Last Monday, President Duterte delivered his fourth State of the Nat...

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Mentor ME Philippines

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion together with the mentees and mentors of the Kapatid Mentor Me Progra...

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Mentor ME Philippines

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion together with the mentees and mentors of the Kapatid Mentor Me Progra...

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DIGITAL SUCCESS STORIES

In the rise of today’s digital era, it is important for our micro, small, and medium enterprises to adapt and benefit from these digital technologies...

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Negosyo for Peace

Harvest Festival of Marawi-Baloi Farms, one of the successful model farms which benefitted more than 200 local farmers and their families. Presid...

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Opportunities in Digitalization for Jeepney Drivers

Transportation is vital in all countries. In the Philippines, our transportation system is a very close issue to millions of Filipinos. It affects eve...

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Mobilizing the 3M’s Nationwide

FREE 1-ON-1 MENTORSHIP TRAVELS TO ILOILO. Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Mentor ME on Wheels traveled to Iloilo last June 21, 2...

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Building Capacities in ASEAN

The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) was launched last November 2017 with President Rodrigo Duterte, Presidential Adviser for Entrepr...

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Breaking the Shackles of Poverty

PA Joey Concepcion together with Hyacenth Bendaña during their meeting last week.Aside from being an advocacy that supports the development of micro a...

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Breaking the Shackles of Poverty

PA Joey Concepcion together with Hyacenth Bendaña during their meeting last week. Aside from being an advocacy that supports the development of m...

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Peace and Prosperity for the Philippines

Photo Caption: FFCCCII Honorary Presidents Dr. Alfonso Siy, Tan Ching, Dr. Francis Chua, and Jimmy Tang together with FFCCCII President Dr. Henry Lim...

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Peace and Prosperity for the Philippines

FFCCCII Honorary Presidents Dr. Alfonso Siy, Tan Ching, Dr. Francis Chua, and Jimmy Tang together with FFCCCII President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, Pres...

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Peace and Prosperity

PA Joey Concepcion during the Filipino Chinese Friendship Day hosted by the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by Dr....

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Peace and Prosperity

PA Joey Concepcion during the Filipino Chinese Friendship Day hosted by the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by Dr....

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Love for Family

PA Joey Concepcion with daughter, Catherine.It is almost 5 a.m. this early Tuesday morning, June 4, when I decided to write this column. It’s the 26th...

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Love For Family

PA Joey Concepcion with daughter, Catherine.It is almost 5 a.m. this early Tuesday morning, June 4, when I decided to write this column. It’s the 26th...

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Mentoring Farmers & Agri-Folks

EMPOWERING FARMERS. Go Negosyo successfully hosted its 17th rollout of Mentor ME On Wheels at SM City Dasmarinas last May 24, 2019, which was attended...

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Mentoring the Agriculture Sector

EMPOWERING FARMERS. Go Negosyo successfully hosted its 17th rollout of Mentor ME On Wheels at SM City Dasmarinas last May 24, 2019, which was attended...

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Mentoring the Agriculture Sector

EMPOWERING FARMERS. Go Negosyo successfully hosted its 17th rollout of Mentor ME On Wheels at SM City Dasmarinas last May 24, 2019, which was attended...

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Angat Lahat sa Digital Alliance Meeting

PA Joey Concepcion led the Angat Lahat sa Digital Alliance Meeting last May 21, 2019 at the Manila Polo Club. Digital players and other stakeholders o...

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Our Islands are our Treasures

PA Joey Concepcion together with Hans Sy, Eric Yu, Chris Chilip, Rikki Dee, Haresh Hiranand, Mikey Cojuangco, John Concepcion, Manuel Igual, and their...

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The YES Attitude

More than 15,000 participants joined the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 held last March 8, 2019 at the World Trade Center and simulcast in 10 scho...

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Pushing for Sustainable Tourism

PA Joey Concepcion (7th from left) together with forum speakers and interveners, (from left) Steve Cheah, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, former Ambassa...

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Pushing for Sustainable Tourism

PA Joey Concepcion (7th from left) together with forum speakers and interveners, (from left) Steve Cheah, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, former Ambassa...

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The 5’A’s of Tourism

IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES! Go Negosyo and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Tourism and To...

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FOCUS ON OUR ISLANDS

Concepcion Family during their safari trip in South Africa.As I finish this column, I’m on my way back to Manila after a short trip to South Africa. F...

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Agriculture as Pillar of Inclusive Growth

Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, President and CEO of SL Agritech and Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar, Adviser on Agripreneurship of Go Negosyo together with Michel...

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Agriculture as Pillar of Inclusive Growth

Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, President and CEO of SL Agritech and Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar, Adviser on Agripreneurship of Go Negosyo together with Michel...

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Mentorship, Creativity and Innovation

Mentors in the creative industries together with PA Joey Concepcion, Secretary Ramon Lopez, Former Presidential Adviser Francis Tolentino, and Golden...

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Mentorship, Creativity and Innovation

Mentors in the creative industries together with PA Joey Concepcion, Secretary Ramon Lopez, Former Presidential Adviser Francis Tolentino, and Golden...

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The Three Pillars of Inclusive Growth

In photo: (L-R seated) DOT Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Dute...

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The Three Pillars of Inclusive Growth

In photo: (L-R seated) DOT Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Dute...

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Pillars For Greater Inclusive Growth

Ever since President Duterte took his office in 2016, he has been actively promoting inclusive growth, the kind of development which should, and must...

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The New Angelpreneurs

Years back when Go Negosyo started, we called our first mentors as angelpreneurs who are “angel-entrepreneurs” to micro and small entrepreneurs. Go Ne...

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What is the one important attitude every entrepreneur must possess?

Over 15,000 participants joined the Go Negosyo Youth Entrepreneurship Summit last March 8 at the World Trade Center, led by (from left) Grab CEO and c...

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Choosing the Right Leaders

Candidates: Bong Go, Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe and Bam Aquino.It is election season once again and many of the senatorial candidates are...

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The YES Attitude

More than 15,000 participants joined the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 held last March 8, 2019 at the World Trade Center and simulcast in 10 scho...

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir meets RP business leaders

ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines and business leaders met with Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad (seated left) and his...

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Sustainable growth through agriculture

Go Negosyo model farm in Ganassi, Lanao del Sur celebrated the graduation of 180 farmer-trainees last March 3.From our recent meeting with Moro Islami...

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The Real Revolution

PHOTO CAPTION: (From Left) Education Undersecretary Lorna Dig-Dino, National Historical Commission of the Philippines and EDSA People Power Commission...

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The Real Revolution

(From Left) Education Undersecretary Lorna Dig-Dino, National Historical Commission of the Philippines and EDSA People Power Commission Chairman Rene...

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Choosing the Right Leaders

Candidates: Bong Go, Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe and Bam Aquino.It is election season once again and many of the senatorial candidates are...

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Agripreneurship or Technopreneurship

Last week, my column entitled “Making the Right Decision” discussed whether the rice tariffication bill should be signed into law or vetoed. The Presi...

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Making the Right Choice

PHOTO CONTENT: PA Joey Concepcion hosted a dinner for Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol together with agri entrepreneurs and stakeholders last night....

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Partners in the Government

Photo Content: Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion (seated, center) together with DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade, DOTr Usec. Mark Richm...

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Thank you, Tatang!

PHOTO CONTENT: Tatang Henry Sy Sr. (right) was recognized by Go Negosyo as the Big Brother of Filipino Entrepreneurs during its first summit in Februa...

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ASEAN and AMEN Get High Trust

PHOTO CAPTION: ASEAN 2017 Chair President Rodrigo Duterte together with ASEAN Business Advisory Council 2017 Philippines Chairman Joey Concepcion, and...

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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 w...

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Appreciation and thanksgiving

PHOTO CAPTION: Merry Christmas from PA Joey Concepcion and family!While everyone is busy shopping for gifts or enjoying their vacation, I’m reflecting...

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A Night with Awards and Surprises

PHOTO CAPTION: Author Joey Concepcion was surprised with a book from his wife Marissa and their children. Christian Concepcion, Olivia Concepcion, Mon...

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Kapatid Mentor Me Program Works!

PHOTO CAPTION: The 2018 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awardees together with Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. Chair Fr. Jose Victor Lobrigo,...

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Sharing blessings and success

PHOTO CAPTION: The Outstanding Filipino Awardees 2018 include presidential adviser for entrepre- neurship Joey Concepcion, Fr. Benigno P. Beltran, SVD...

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Prosperity and Happiness

PA Joey Concepcion was invited to an intimate dinner with Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and coordinating minister for economic and social policies T...

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Pinoy entrepreneurs bag ASEAN business awards

 PHOTO CAPTION: The ASEAN Business Advisory Council signs a memorandum of collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic to champion the online entrepreneur...

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The importance of strengthening the China-Philippines relationship

PHOTO CAPTION: China President Xi Jinping during the state dinner in Malacañang last Nov. 20.Since joining the ASEAN Business Advisory Council as chai...

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Building a more resilient ASEAN

PHOTO CAPTION: ASEAN Business Advisory Council together with the Asean leaders during their interface held last Nov. 13.This year, under Singapore’s c...

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Mentorship is Important

PHOTO CAPTION: In photo (from left): Jeff Hoffman together with the Go Negosyo entrepreneurs and mentors. (L-R) Rey Lapid, Richard Sanz, Rex Daryanani...

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RFM Celebrates 60 Years of Market Leadership

Photo Caption: RFM Corporation Celebratres 60th Anniversary.If RFM was a real person, then she/he would be qualified for a senior citizen discount as...

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Strengthening and Mentoring Agriculture

Photo Caption: The forum on Shaping the Future of Food Security and Agriculture featured the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Chairs and members Dr. Ro...

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Empowering Youth for Poverty Alleviation

Photo Caption: Last September 23, PA Joey inspires close to 1,000+ youth leaders at the Leaders Unite 2018 organized by The 2030 Project at Samsung Ha...

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Boom or Bust

Is the Philippines going back to a cycle of boom and bust? Over the last few weeks, I have been getting so many messages of wild speculation. One, t...

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A close encounter with PM Mahathir

Photo Caption: ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines chairman Joey Concepcion with Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.It is not e...

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International and local mentorship

Photo Caption: AMEN was officially launched in Singapore last August 27, 2018 during the ASEAN Responsible Business Forum.It has been an eventful week...

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Filipino creativity and innovation

Photo Caption: PA Joey Concepcion surprised Tatah Dela Calzada during her shop opening in Katipunan last August 18, 2018. DTI Asec. Bles Lantayona als...

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Filipino creativity and innovation

PHOTO CAPTION: PA Joey Concepcion surprised Tatah Dela Calzada during her shop opening in Katipunan last August 18, 2018. DTI Asec. Bles Lantayona als...

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Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance supports President Duterte

PHOTO CAPTION: Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion presented the Pledge of Commitment of the Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance to P...

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Pilipinas Angat Lahat!

In my position as the presidential adviser for entrepreneurship, I have a unique role between the public and private sector. I have made it a mission...

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Guidance and Mentorship

PHOTO CAPTION: Madame Honeylet Avanceña mentored Jeannette Maduay from Davao.After the four successful launches in Luzon, we decided to bring our Ment...

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Time for Change

PHOTO CAPTION: My father JoeCon together with the now Speaker of the House Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during a party last week. SPGMA was one of my fathe...

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DOTr approves NAIA Consortium

One of President Duterte’s promises during his campaign is to fervently help the poor. This can only be achieved by making the Philippines more inclus...

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A Life with Purpose Brings Happiness

PHOTO CAPTION: PA Joey Concepcion with wife, Marissa.Life is a process. From the moment we open our eyes to learn our ABCs and 123s, up to our current...

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Bringing ASEAN Mentorship to South Korea

PHOTO CAPTION: President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the MOU signing between ASEAN Business Advisory Council and Korean Federation of Small and Medium B...

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DOH-FDA, DTI & Go Negosyo to help MSMEs

Photo Caption: In photo (L-R): Atty. Mae Gallos (DOH), Alice Opena (DTI-BSMED), Usec. Zeny Maglaya (DTI-ROG), Sec. Francisco Duque (DOH), PA Joey Conc...

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Thank you, Mr. President

Photo Caption: President Rodrigo Duterte graced the launch of the first Kapatid Mentor Me Program in Davao last October 2016. Also in photo are Trade...

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How KMME helps MSMEs

Photo Caption: Some of the mentees who scaled up after successfully joining Kapatid Mentor ME Program of Go Negosyo and DTI.While I always stress the...

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Pilipinas Angat Lahat!

Photo Caption: Business organizations who are now part of the Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance discussed programs for stronger money, market and mentors...

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Recognizing bright young minds in the Philippines

PHOTO CAPTION: The 56th Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines are Ronald M. Calamba of University of Bohol, Brian Adam S. Anay of Xavier Univers...

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Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth

PHOTO CAPTION: Manny Pangilinan, PA Joey Concepcion & Jaime Zobel de Ayala.The road to an inclusive economy will be long and hard, but with everyone c...

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Mentors inspire

When we are in pain or experiencing discomfort, we usually go to the hospital to consult doctors to find out what is wrong. We needed someone to tell...

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A testament for the Right Path

PHOTO CAPTION: The Padma Awards started in 1954 and this year, they extended the awards to 16 foreigners including one from each of the ASEAN countrie...

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Partnering with Australia for mentorship

PHOTO CAPTION: Minister for Transport and Infrastructure of NSW Government Andrew James Constance opened the Australia-ASEAN Business Insights Dinner...

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The biggest women negosyo summit!

From one mentors’ conference to the biggest mentoring session, we are proud to share the success of the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. A recor...

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Wonderwomen

Today is March 1 and what a great way to celebrate International Women’s Month by recognizing women entrepreneurs who are the epitome of grace and lea...

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Forum 4: Doing Business the Millennial Way: Insights and Advices from Young Entrepreneurs

Today’s technology has leveled the playing field in terms of doing business. In this new age of computers, smartphones and a tech-savvy population, th...

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Empower women, empower Philippines

PHOTO CAPTION: PLDT and Smart chief revenue officer and ePLDT president and CEO Eric Alberto, PLDT Chairman Manny Pangilinan, and presidential adviser...

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Harvesting Hope in Sulu

With the on-going security threat in Mindanao which led to the declaration of Martial Law in the area, some might feel that there is no hope that is h...

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Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017

Today, we are recognizing the latest batch of Filipina entrepreneurs who have shown great examples to the next generation. Many of you would ask, why...

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Champion Women Entrepreneurs

Photo Caption: Go Negosyo searches for the new batch of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017!Women entrepreneurs are one of the leading drivers of ou...

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The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2016

After months of rigorous search process, the Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) 2016 has been awarded last February 9, 2017 in Malacaña...

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Youth of our Future

Photo Caption: The TOSP 2016 are Anne Malazarte of the University of San Agustin, Arizza Nocum of University of the Philippines Diliman, Nafieza Moham...

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ASEAN Brotherhood

Whenever ASEAN is being raised in discussions and conversations, we can only think of the brotherhood of the 10 countries involved. Since its establis...

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[email protected] Initiatives for Inclusive Growth

Photo Caption: The ASEAN Business and Advisory Council members had their 69th ASEAN Business Advisory Council Meeting last January 25-26, 2017. (In ph...

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Inclusive Prosperity

Following the successful consultation dinner of the Kapatid conglomerates with President Duterte two weeks ago, I arranged a meeting with Department o...

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ASEAN Business Launch

Photo Caption: The ASEAN Business Advisory Council led by its chair Joey Concepcion together with DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Executive Secretary Salva...

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Kapatid Taipans for Inclusive Growth

Photo Caption: President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion together with the Go Negosyo Kapatid taipans in a dinner in Malacana...

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Great Change Starts With Onions

Photo Caption: (L-R) Israel Reguyal (Chairman of Lognet), Grace Manalang (CDO Purchasing Manager), Shiela Villabroza (Office of Usec.Puyat), Joy Dela...

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Mentorship Strengthens Entrepreneurship Development

PHOTO CAPTION: RFM Corporation President & CEO and Go Negosyo Founding Trustee, Joey Concepcion joined a discussion on how the private sector could pa...

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Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series with Vice President Binay

Go Negosyo had its first of the three part Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Series last Thursday with Vice President Jejomar Binay. The Vice Pr...

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Celebrating Franchising

Franchising is definitely a growing sector. As we have been promoting entrepreneurship in the past 10 years, we have been pushing for a kind of enterp...

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Go Negosyo and the 2015 APEC SME Summit

Talking to Doris Ho of the APEC Business Advisory Council and the Magsaysay Maritime group is always inspiring.  She has been very much involved in th...

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Meet The Presidentiables Series

PHOTO CAPTION: Go Negosyo Meet the Presidentiables Series.It seems that the 2016 presidential election is starting to heat up. Recently, Sen. Grace Po...

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The Annual Bossing Banquet

Last September 12, PLDT SME Nation hosted the annual MVP Bossing Banquet in the famous Japanese restaurant, Nobu Restaurant located in City of Dreams....

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The Gift of A Dream

PHOTO CAPTION: Myrna Yao launched her new book: “The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project” last Tuesday, September 15. Her dream is to empowe...

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What is the Secret to Being a Successful Entrepreneur?

I am often asked with “What is the secret to being a successful entrepreneur?” To which I answer: “Success is for those who want it the most.” This mu...

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US Embassy and Go Negosyo Partner to Empower Young Entrepreneurs

PHOTO CAPTION: Cezar Chan and Mariel Obregon are presented with their prizes during the YEDW Iloilo.Go Negosyo in partnership with United States Embas...

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Growing Millenials

PHOTO CAPTION: Hans Sicat, President and CEO of Philippines Stock Exchange led the CEO Plenary Session with Joey Concepcion, President and CEO of RFM...

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The Great Paradox

PHOTO CAPTION: Sen. Sonny Angara graced the Go Negosyo-HPAIR Filipino Night and delivered the keynote speech to the delegates of HPAIR Conference 2015...

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Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2015

Few weeks ago, I had the privilege of joining the ceremony to recognize this year’s TOSP 2015. The ceremony was graced by the Cabinet Secretary Jose R...

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A Decade of Building a Country of Enterprising FilipinosA Decade of Building a Country of Enterprising Filipinos

Through the years, people have been asking me the question Why and What made me start this advocacy on entrepreneurship.  In 2004, a year be...

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Why?

Through the years, people have been asking me the question Why? and What made me start this advocacy on entrepreneurship?  Some felt I was politically...

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Go Negosyo Supports Harvard Conference 2015

Cross-cultural interaction has never been as inevitable as it is nowadays. I am blessed to have travelled the world by visiting several countries with...

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Mentor Me

Like many other things in life, everything begins in small steps, new beginnings and start-ups. Even the most successful businesses started with one u...

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Go Negosyo and US Embassy Partner to Empower Young Entrepreneurs

PHOTO CAPTION: Business Model Winner. Flora Señosa won the P30,000 cash prize for her existing agri-business. Flora Senosa is a graduate of UP Vi...

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Go Negosyo Celebrates its 10th Year with a Special Edition Book

One of the ways we instill the entrepreneurial mindset is by publishing inspiring stories of successful entrepreneurs who dreamt big but started small...

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Go Negosyo @ 10: Building a Country of Enterprising Filipinos

Go Negosyo celebrated its 10th anniversary with a dinner program for its community of entrepreneurs, advocates and partners last July 28, 2015 in The...

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Ten Years, Ten Books

In the 10 years of Go Negosyo, I am proud to say that our advocacy has consistently shown promise in its vision to make the country an entrepreneurial...

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Level-up Entrepreneurs

PHOTO CAPTION: Mayor Ed Dimacuha receives our symbolic offering of a set of Go Negosyo books from our Executive Director, Ramon Lopez during the Negos...

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Inclusive Agriculture Growth

PHOTO CAPTION: Forum on Agribusiness and Inclusive Growth. With Cito Alejandro of Del Monte, Glen Baticados of UPLB and Ramon Lopez of Go Negosyo. Pus...

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The Gift of Mentoring

PHOTO CAPTION: Marivic Quiero, one of our Kwentong Go Negosyo, shared her story to the many participants of the 6th Filipina Summit. The panelists inc...

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Breed of a Champion

PHOTO CAPTION: My wife and I with Fred Uytengsu and his wife, Kerrie in one of the championship games in NBA.The Philippines may be separated in diffe...

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Go Negosyo Supports Franchising

Through our summits and negosyo seminars, multi-media campaigns and books, Go Negosyo hopes to demystify entrepreneurial success and popularize entrep...

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Seminars and Business Matching Opportunities at Franchise Asia Philippines 2015

 Living up to its reputation as the country’s franchise authority, the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) is holding a series of seminars and busi...

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Giving Hope through Financial Inclusion

PHOTO CAPTION: During the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards Media Launch 2015. (In photo: Go Negosyo Executive Director Mon Lopez, Commission on Filip...

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Financial Literacy for our Youth Advocacy

PHOTO CAPTION: Mr. Edward Lee, Chairman and founder of COL Financial group, believes that every Filipino deserves to be rich!Looking back at the days...

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The Great Equalizer

PHOTO CAPTION: Agripreneur Brian Belen and Angelpreneur Victor Madlangbayan joined Go Negosyo’s Executive Director, Ramon Lopez in a short discussion...

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Winning Life’s Battles

Last Sunday, the Philippine nation was saddened with the loss of our country’s “Fighting Pride”, Manny Pacquiao to Floyd Mayweather. Days have passed,...

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Mastering the Digital Wave

The heat is on and the summer is in full blast as we head on to the month of May! And the better way to enjoy the season is to enjoy the sun, the sand...

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Riding the Digital Wave

The heat is on and the summer is in full blast as we head on to the month of May! And the better way to enjoy the season is to enjoy the sun, the sand...

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Learn Your Marketing

Many entrepreneurs would agree with me when I say that marketing is essential in the success of a business. It is one of the main growth drivers of bu...

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Go Negosyo and British Embassy Continue to Empower Entrepreneurs!

For the past two years, Go Negosyo partners with the British Embassy led by Amb. Asif Ahmad as we share our advocacy to a bigger audience. The British...

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HOPE FOR MINDANAO

PHOTO CAPTION: Go Negosyo shares its advocacy to the 28 delegates of the Basilan Young Leaders Program.Whenever outsiders hear of Mindanao,...

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Bringing Youth Empowerment to the Next Level

PHOTO CAPTION: The delegates of the recently concluded Forum on Public and Private Partnerships on Youth Opportunities and Entrepreneurship. ​(Ph...

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Be a Blessing to Others

PHOTO CAPTION: Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Corporation guided and mentored Marivic Quiero in her new business.Coming from the recent weeks that w...

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On The Ehje of Glory

This column will now highlight our new slogan; Go Negosyo is rallying its entrepreneurs to join us as we launch our new battlecry – Pilipinas: Now is...

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A different kind of altruism

We are about to end the year 2010. I can’t that believe I have been writing a column in the PhilStar for five years now, which is equivalent to more o...

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Be the next Bossing

Being an entrepreneur is being the “Bossing” in your place of work or business. This is one of the best parts about living the life of a negosyante. B...

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Victory

In terms of size, the Pacman vs. Margarito fight seemed like a David and Goliath fight. The odds for Pacman were like 80-20. This means that for every...

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Life

Last Saturday, I was emotionally affected after reading the paper. There was a photo of a father holding the hand of his 12-year-old daughter. She was...

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Passion to fight poverty

Poverty surrounds our country. A greater number of our population falls below the poverty line. The solution to this seemingly never ending problem do...

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Mr. Mang Inasal

Who is Injap? By now, the whole Philippines is getting to know the owner of this fast-growing Mang Inasal food chain –Edgar “Injap” Sia- who just sold...

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Tagumpay!

It has been a series of award-giving ceremonies for the past weeks. It all began with the Go Negosyo Youth Entrepreneurship Summit, where in 30 thousa...

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My Inspiration!

Today, this year’s search for The Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) will conclude with an awarding ceremony in Malacañang. Out of the hund...

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Tagumpay ang Kabataan!

Last Monday was an overwhelming success. Young (and not so young) people flooded the World Trade Center to attend our Go Negosyo Youth Entrepreneurshi...

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2010 Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs

This year, we will be recognizing 13 inspiring young entrepreneurs. The Go Negosyo Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur award is our way of giving im...

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Pagbabago Pilipinas!

Last Saturday, I was part of a forum in a two-day conference in Tagaytay called “7.0: Media Nation Building”. The [email protected] Foundation was b...

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Big Brothers

Many corporations have started to adopt programs and campaigns that support the development of micro SMEs. I have asked our Executive Director Mon Lo...

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Three P’s to Negosyo Success

What makes successful entrepreneurs? It is all about passion, persistence and perseverance. These are my three P’s to negosyo success.Choosing to be a...

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Mentoring and being mentored

Last week I read something in the internet about a wealthy Chinese entrepreneur from mainland China who decided to donate all his fortune to charity w...

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Tagumpay ang Kabataan!

The hostage tragedy that happened last week shocked all of us. It was a very sad day not only for the affected Hong Kong tourists, their families, fri...

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The makings of three entreprenuers

The entrepreneurial journeys I share in this column may give the impression to some people that it is pretty easy to start a negosyo and that the succ...

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Ducks Love to Quack

Some Filipinos abroad seem to have a mixed reaction of what has been happening back home. They think that the past nine years was a big waste and that...

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The 9th Filipino Franchise Show 2010

The Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI) is proud to announce that the 9th Filipino Franchise Show is happening on September 16-19, 2010 a...

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Negosyo Fever

It seems the negosyo fever is still rising. Our Go Negosyo books are hitting all time high sales. The calls for Negosyo seminars (Negosems), which our...

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The Concepcion Clan

I belong to a list of more or less 30 Concepcions who are third generation entrepreneurs. My cousin Renna Hechanova-Angeles, Vice Chairman of the Conc...

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Game Changer

We are nearing the 100th day since Pnoy has assumed presidency. While there were the usual critics during his campaign, many are now seeing Pnoy as a...

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The Greater Good

I remember my first days as an entrepreneur. My first store was a novel cotton candy cart in Fiesta Carnival. My then-girlfriend (who is now my wife)...

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Time to start a social enterprise

Last week, Go Negosyo held a lunch meeting with key players in the social entrepreneurship field. As we pursue our advocacy to build an entrepreneuria...

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A State of Good Governance

As I watched PNoy deliver his first State of the Nation Address in Filipino, I said to myself – this person, who was elected by majority of the Filipi...

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To See is to Believe

Last Thursday, we attended the wake of Frank Mayor. He was the father of good friends Joanne Ramirez and Val Sotto.Joanne was the classmate of my wife...

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Go Negosyo Mentors Giving Back

“Success is when your wife loves you and trusts you, your children respect you and admire you, your peers respond positively to your influence and the...

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The Yellow Revolution

The other night, as I was about to write this column, I got word that a storm was headed for Subic. As my family and friends love to dive and visit th...

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Bagong Tunog

During the 90s, after buying Cosmos from the Wong family, we launched an ad campaign that led to the beginning of the success of Cosmos brands like Po...

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The Philippines can be great

After writing a mushy column last week entitled “As we age”, I received quite a number of feedback, especially from women.Quiet time for oneself can c...

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As we age

Growing up, we look forward to our birthdays. We count down the number of nights of sleep until the most awaited day. We look forward to opening our g...

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Meeting Barack and Hillary

Last April 26 and 27, I was chosen to be a delegate of the Philippines for President Barack Obama’s first Entrepreneurship Summit in Washington, toget...

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Franchise 2010

Be part of Southeast Asia’s Biggest Franchise event! The Philippine Franchise Association (PFA), the pioneer and the only internationally-recognized f...

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Bossing

My previous column was about Nelson Mandela uniting his country through a Rugby team. The movie “Invictus”, for those who have not seen it yet, is a m...

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Are we ready to be great?

For the next few weeks, I will be asking some of our Angelpreneurs — Francis Kong, Josiah Go, Ping Sotto, Pax Lapid, Ardy Roberto, Henry Tenedero, And...

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Youthpreneurs

As school season approaches, I decided to feature three young entrepreneurs for this Tagumpay column.I am a parent with two of my children in college....

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The economy should be our focus

A couple of days ago, I got an email from a friend. It was a forwarded blog entitled “The Challenge of a Hundred Days: Believing that Filipinos can En...

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A Nation to be Great

As our Independence Day is approaching this June, Noynoy would also soon be officially proclaimed as the new president.It was in 1986 when the Peopl...

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Grandpreneurs

For the past four years, I have had the privilege of meeting a number of genuinely inspiring entrepreneurs. While every entrepreneur has as different...

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Angels in Action

In one of the Apple stores in California, I, with the help of my daughter’s charm, was lucky to be among those who were able to purchase one of the ho...

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Warm Welcomes in the City of Golden Friendship

The Go Negosyo team was astounded by the response in Cagayan de Oro City as it carried out its 16th Negosyo Seminar with the Department of Trade & In...

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Yes, we did it!

Finally, our country has taken a big leap forward in the May 10 election process, and we are now part of a modern world. The automated election work...

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My President, my advice

Today, a new president and vice president will be elected. While surveys may have shown Noynoy’s lead increasing, the real test will be the actual vot...

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Mar is my choice

On Monday, May 10, Filipinos will elect a new President, Vice President and other officials in government. With the computerized election being done...

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Obama unites world enablers

This week, I arrived in Washington DC to attend President Obama’s Presidential Entrepreneurship Summit. I arrived with my family, since it is also our...

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Villar, Aquino lend a hand

As we know, both Manny Villar and Noynoy Aquino are in a close fight to be the country’s future president. While we do have a lot of entrepreneurs in...

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A Winner’s Attitude

As we approach May 10, all eyes are set on who will be the next president of our country. A number of Filipinos still believe that each Filipino’s des...

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Vote your Color

As we get closer to election, family members seem to have divided views on their choice for president. In our case, my father (coming from his NAMFREL...

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Touch by an Angel

The Holy Week allowed us to reflect on our lives and our relationship with God. We somehow got to work on our spiritual side, which admittedly is alwa...

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Time to make a bet

We have 45 days to make our bet for the elections. I don’t mean betting money on who will be the next president. I mean betting on a successful electi...

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Growing Child in Faith

This Holy Week gives us time to reflect on our spiritual life. Normally, we are reminded by our parents or wife to go to confession during the Lenten...

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Obama’s Presidential Entrepreneurship Summit

About a couple of weeks ago I got a call from Elzadia Washington, the Acting Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID...

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Women Power

March is Women’s Month. It is a reminder of the roles that women play in our lives. They are mothers to our children, sisters, daughters, wives and...

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Inverting the pyramid

The overwhelming response last March 8 in the Women Negosyo Summit was indeed very encouraging as we realized that somehow Go Negosyo has been able to...

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A Great Inspiration

Last Monday, we opened the Go Negosyo: Babae, Tagumpay ka ng Bayan; Women Entrepreneurship Summit, together with the Philippine Commission on Women he...

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Inspiring Women of the Year

In celebration of Women’s Month, today we open the Go Negosyo Women Entrepreneurship Summit at the World Trade Center in Pasay. Our theme, “Babae, tag...

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Babae, tagumpay ka ng bayan

Last Saturday, we had to come home early from a trip out of town, as my wife and daughter bugged me to watch the Backstreet Boys’ concert. Since women...

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Women in our lives

This coming March is Women’s Month, a recognition of what women empowerment is all about and a reflection of how far the influence of women has reache...

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Social entrepreneurship through coffee and water

Who is a social entrepreneur? Books and sources would suggest that a social entrepreneur is someone who identifies a social problem and uses entrepren...

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The Philippine map

Last 2008, my sister Liza and brother in law Dondi Santos gave me a unique shirt for my birthday. It drew inspiration from the polo brand shirts that...

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May the best win

One of my recent columns entitled The underdogs basically talked about Gibo and Villar being the underdogs. Prior to that column, Noynoy’s lead in mos...

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Women educators, enablers, entrepreneurs

As we celebrate women’s month on March, the Tagumpay column will be featuring women with stories of triumph. It will not only be about triumph over po...

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Helping people achieve their dreams

I have been involved in helping the PGMA administration spur entrepreneurial development for the last four years. I do not sit as a cabinet secretary...

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The underdogs

For the past weeks, the election fever has started to heat up. The advertisements are starting to build up. Positioning one name, be it Villar, Noynoy...

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Dreams and aspirations of small and big negosyantes

This 2010 is the year of the Tiger, as per the Chinese calendar. It so happens that the Chinese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day, so that may be a go...

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Thief in the night

Early this week, my wife was leaving for London to visit an ailing aunt. She promised to see her as the illness is terminal. Our two year old daughter...

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A Go Negosyo year

We spent our weekend in Baguio right after the long Christmas break to feel the cold. I normally go to Baguio every year, and I notice the Korean popu...

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Partners in business, partners for life

Today, microentrepreneurs are mostly women. We observe this in our caravans in the regions and provinces. Winners of the Citi Microentrepreneur of the...

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Our New Year’s Resolution

When we were kids, my father would insist that we prepare our New Year’s Resolution not later than a week after January 1. He would also write down hi...

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2010: A year of great promise

Last week’s column entitled “My Christmas wish” received a lot of feedback from people who were able to relate to its message. Miguel Belmonte of Phil...

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Blind men’s vision

If you are blessed to see, walk, hear and talk, think about how your life would be if you lose one of these abilities. Most people who are even perfec...

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My Christmas wish

Tonight the traditional Noche Buena is served, as Filipinos also celebrate the tradition of going to midnight masses and having the family come over t...

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Outlook for 2009

Last week’s article, “A fighter’s attitude”, elicited a number of good comments from people. Manny Pacquiao’s story is like a typical story of a succe...

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Be an angel this Christmas

Time seems to be moving so fast. Christmas is here again, with the usual traffic. This is a good sign for us in the food and beverage business as peop...

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The OFWs’ triumph over poverty

I have been writing for the Philippine Star Business Section for more than three years now, with my column entitled Ask Go Negosyo that comes out ever...

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The bold step of PGMA

Months ago, rumors were going around about PGMA running for congress. When I heard about it, I mentioned to her closest advisers that it’s not a good...

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Promise

About a week ago, my uncle Raul Concepcion and his wife Menchu celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary together with friends and family in their pla...

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Be a Filipino Hero

Pacman’s victory over Cotto definitely gave pride to a lot of Filipinos all over the world. It makes the world more aware of the competitiveness of Pi...

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Tagumpay!

Early this year, we were fortunate to get one of world’s greatest fighters Manny Pacquiao as our endorser. A breakfast meeting was arranged at my home...

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Boom Tarat!

The other day, my two-year-old daughter was singing Willie Revilame’s Boom Tarat song. I found it funny – how a two-year old kid would be able to lear...

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Eye of the Storm

Last Friday, we decided to spend our long weekend in our place in Punta Fuego, Batangas. We have a place right at the tip of punta, which gives us a c...

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Korina and Mar

Last Tuesday, I was in Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the judging of the Citi Microentrepreneur of the Year (MOTY) Award 2009. From there, I ha...

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Philippines 2010

As we now enter the final quarter of the year (which is supposed to be the best quarter for most consumer companies), we are now faced with challengin...

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Prisoners Can Be Entrepreneurs

About a month ago, Rod Cornejo, who handles GMA7’s public relations and who is also a part time professor in Miriam College for Entrepreneurship, ment...

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The Good Samaritans

We all remember the Parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible. It was also referred to as the story of The Good Neighbor. A man, who was robbed, was...

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The True Spirit of Bayanihan

Before typhoon Ondoy hit us last Friday, I had been monitoring the direction of the storm as we laid out plans to go to the beach with the family on t...

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Bet on the Philippines

Within a month, the political landscape entirely changed. We witnessed Sen. Mar Roxas do the unexpected, which was to give way to Sen. Noynoy. We also...

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20,000 now believe

Last Friday, I got an early call from a Go Negosyo staff reporting that the SMX Complex was jam-packed for our Youth Summit. I was advised to come ear...

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Be smart. Be enterprising.

Tomorrow we will be having the first and biggest Youth Entrepreneurship Summit in SMX Complex at 9am. This summit is supported by the Department of Ed...

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Next President must be Pro Economy

Few of my friends keep on kidding me that I have been quite brave in writing two of my past columns. Those columns cited how I felt about the past eig...

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PGMA is no Bush

The last days have been hectic, with requests for me to speak in various gatherings of organizations about our advocacy and how it created an impact o...

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Pro Economy, Pro Philippines

A week ago, someone from the government told me that I was courageous in devoting one column to PGMA after her SONA, to talk about her positive work a...

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Yellow Fever

In other countries, yellow fever has been the cause of many devastating epidemics. It is an acute viral disease that causes 200,000 illnesses and 30,0...

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A Woman of Simplicity

A daughter’s love for her mother cannot be expressed much more than how Cris Aquino did in her response in behalf of the Aquino family.In the same way...

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24/7

The weekend before the SONA, I was invited by Myrna Yao for dinner to celebrate her birthday with a small group in her place. Myrna is an entrepreneur...

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My Angelpreneurs

Last Friday, a good friend, Joey Cuisia, celebrated his 65th birthday and announced his new chapter in life as he retires.Joey Cuisia is an “intrapren...

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Negosyo gets a boost

Throughout Michael Jackson’s memorial, the whole world was tuned in. Many of us, whose teenage and courtship days were during the MJ era, were quite d...

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Destiny

Last Sunday, our “Dream Big Philippines” ad campaign came out in the major dailies. It quoted PGMA’s dream: “Believe that our dream of winning over po...

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88 Years

The news on Michael Jackson’s death saddened many of us, as we grew up listening to his music. For us who have approached our 50s and for those who ar...

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Our real heroes

My friend Gus Infante, who left the Philippines two years ago and now lives in Ottawa, Canada with his family, emailed me a couple of days ago. He men...

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Challenges we face as a nation

For the past columns, we have been featuring the dreams of some of this country’s successful entrepreneurs. They have shared their dreams for themselv...

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Let’s wait for 2010

Sometime early 2008, I wrote a series of columns about the need to start an intelligent discussion on what could be the most appropriate form of gover...

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A Future for Philippine Tourism

Over the past weeks, I have been traveling with my wife and kids in places that we have never been to – Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, and Budapest. We hav...

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Dreams shatter, dreams begin

Last year, while watching Bloomberg, a technical analyst who follows the Elliot Wave in charting the stock market predicted that the Dow would hit 9t....

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BIG dreams for the Philippines

For those who read last week’s column entitled “My dream for the Philippines”, there are actually a couple of sentences lacking in my dream. But due t...

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My dream for the Philippines

As I arrived in Vancouver the other day, I received great news from my staff in Manila. The Go Negosyo book on 55 women entrepreneurs is now the Numbe...

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Pacman’s dream achieved

Flying in from Manila, the immigration officer in San Francisco asked if we were going to watch Manny Pacquiao fight. I told him yes, as he is the end...

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Philippines, it’s our turn to ‘Dream a dream’

The first time I watched Susan Boyle in YouTube , I said to myself, what a perfect comparison to the Philippines and its people. If only through this...

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I dreamed a dream for the Philippines

Last Sunday, I noticed that my wife and daughter were teary-eyed. I asked them what was wrong. Did someone die? They were glued to the internet then t...

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Believe it. It’s happening.

Last December, I had my seven wishes. My fifth wish was for the Philippines. I wished for God to grant our nation with a blessing that will uplift the...

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Have you gone to confession?

This week is a time for us to reflect on our spirituality. We visit churches, complete the Stations of the Cross, and make confession – which my Mom u...

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Graduates

Last Friday, I tried a different ice cream brand just to see how good it was versus our very own Selecta – now the number one ice cream brand in the P...

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The Importance of Inspiring

I was surprised to find out that a lot of people read my column last week entitled “Gone So Soon”. For those who have not read it yet, I wrote about a...

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Gone so soon

We were in Sydney last week to attend the wedding of my wife’s cousin. At first, I was hesitant to join her as we just finished the Go Negosyo Women S...

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Time and Patience

President Obama is the choice of majority of Americans to lead the nation out of the world’s biggest financial crisis. What we see today is basically...

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JUST MAYBE…

Earlier this year, our Go Negosyo Bicol Caravan in the province of Gov. Lray Villafuerte set the record in terms of the attendance of people with the...

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Babae, Yaman Ka ng Bayan

Tonight, we will be launching our third book, the GO NEGOSYO 55 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs. Most of the 55 featured women have confirmed...

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Proof of Hope

Last week, I attended two of our companies’ sales convention. One was in Manila, which was for Selecta (Ice Cream). The other was in Boracay for RFM....

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Building on the Philippines’ YES Attitude

Last week, the Concepcion Clan, composed of about 60 of us from the second to the fourth generation, had our annual shareholders meeting in Macau. Nor...

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Te Amo

During the wake of my father in law, I was surprised to find out about the number of people who follow the Ask Go Negosyo column. There are many who r...

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Daughters

A series of my columns that started two weeks ago, from “’Til death do us part”, ends with this column.My wife received a call at 2:30am from her brot...

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The Power of Hope

The past columns have been very optimistic about the Philippines. Some friends who have read my last column ‘Till death do us part’ even found it mush...

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‘Til death do us part

Last week’s column, again, elicited a lot of response from many people. These are even the people who I thought would not read my column entitled “10...

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Ten reasons why we should be happy in 2009

Upon reading all the columns these days, there is nothing but bad news about 2009. Not that I disagree with many of the views, but I think things will...

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Wow, what a year!

For some reason, the Ask Go Negosyo Thursday column falls on important days this holiday season. Last Thursday was Christmas Day, and today is New Yea...

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My Christmas Wish List

Merry Christmas. I am sure the first thing people would not do during Christmas day is read the newspaper, but I still decided to write this column. T...

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A Fighter’s Attitude

Many wonder how Pacquiao reached this level of success in his boxing career. One could relate it to the many successful entrepreneurs today and how th...

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Great Opportunities at Scary Times

The world continues to face a financial crisis equal to an intensity-10 earthquake that has never been experienced before. While this disaster does no...

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Our Chance to Stand Out

Over the weekend, I arrived from a quick trip from San Francisco. As mentioned in my previous column, I have seen their situation in America.First, th...

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Turning Pessimism into an Opportunity

I have been in the states for the past week, and I have seen the slow down of their pace here.While property prices, especially in the bay area of San...

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Ate V Goes Go Negosyo in Batangas

As we all predicted, Obama won the USA election because Americans have been severely hurt by this great financial crisis and they are clamoring for a...

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A Call for Change

By the time this column comes out, it is highly probable that the first American-black president would have been elected – Barack Obama. He would also...

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The Great Equalizer

The nightmare seems to be never ending. What started in the USA has now reached Europe and recently emerging markets that include China, Southeast Asi...

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Recession or Depression in America

This column has been projecting optimism and inspiration for the past year now.In the past columns, I have mentioned that the financial crisis is stil...

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Yes the Filipino Can

Last Monday, after a rollercoaster ride in the financial markets during the weekend, RFM Corporation celebrated its 50th anniversary.In 1958, my grand...

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Fear and greed

The biggest world financial crisis in our lifetime is happening right before our eyes. For our grandparents, maybe the depression in 1936 is what they...

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Father and son

Last Thursday, I was able to watch the Ateneo vs. La Salle basketball championship game. I sat behind the Ateneo bench with some die hard La Sallites....

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Learn to save

If one were to look at the basic reason for all the problems caused by USA’s sub-prime crisis, one will find the people’s spending habits as the funda...

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Weekend Tsunami

As early as May, I wrote a column entitled “The Perfect Storm”, which was about the worsening crisis in America. In the month of July, my column talke...

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The Passion and Creativity of an Entrepreneur

Last week’s column touched on our purpose driven life. A number of people asked me if I read the book. I haven’t actually, but I am familiar with the...

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Our purpose-driven life

The column last week touched on the question of whether or not Ninoy’s death was a waste. We received a lot of positive feedback from readers and most...

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Did Ninoy die for nothing?

August 21, 2008 marked the 25th death anniversary of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. After so many years, it still brings back a lot of memories, having sp...

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Are we ready to change?

Sometime early this year, February and March, we featured in this column the topic of “Pagbabago 2010.2016”. It is basically a call to our legislators...

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The Eagles that Fly

In the past columns I have stated that the price of oil and commodities will drop, and all of these are cyclical. Likewise, they have a correlation to...

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While ducks quack and eagles fly

Last week’s column, entitled “Superwoman at the SONA”, ended with an introduction of a story that is being passed around through email. It is entitled...

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Superwoman at the SONA

This time, there was something special in the SONA for Go Negosyo. I was asked to attend since the President will be acknowledging the efforts of Go N...

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“Calabasa” No More

It seems that I don’t hear the end of it, with my friends saying that my column about the “Secret of My ‘Success'” (the mushy column dedicated to my w...

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Superman Meets A Kryptonite Economy

In last week’s column “Sailing through the Perfect Storm”, I mentioned the possibility of the Dow hitting the 10,000 index. A number of readers asked...

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Sailing through the Perfect Storm

About three months ago, I somehow described the problems in the United States similar to the perfect storm, wherein a sub-prime crisis affected the wi...

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Recession or Depression?

After turning 50 years old, my male friends called me Mr. Mushy for dedicating last week’s column to the secret of my “success” – my wife, as we also...

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My Secret of ‘Success’

Over the past weeks, I have been trying to dodge the idea of celebrating my 50th birthday. Maybe it’s just part of the denial stage when age is catchi...

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OUR DREAMS FOR OUR CHILDREN Part 2

Benito Fajilan has been working as a bartender in Highlands Inn at Carmel Valley, California for 13 years. He has three jobs and sleeps four hours a d...

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OUR DREAMS FOR OUR CHILDREN

As the summer vacation in the Philippines comes to an end, high school graduates who are now bound for college should start taking life more seriously...

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Food for Thought on Food Crisis

What is causing the insufficient rice produce in the country? Should we blame the free trade disciples who have been saying “let the countries with th...

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PAGBABAGO 2010.2016

As the USA elections unfold, I took time to visit Washington with my kids just a week ago. We went to see the tourist attractions, one of which was th...

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The Perfect Storm

As recession hangs over America today; it brings about memories of the Asian crisis during the late 90s, which was also the last three years of Presid...

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Our Last Chance

I guess we have been saying for many years now that the Philippines has its last chance, but somehow God has been gracious enough to keep giving us ma...

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Yes You Can, Go For It

I was in the Hongkong airport with my family on the way to San Francisco when a fellow Filipino approached and congratulated me. I asked him for what...

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Blue Ocean Strategy in the Government

As a continuation of last week’s column, let me share with you some insights from Mr. Josiah Go, Chief Strategist of Mansmith and Fielders and the 1st...

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Philippine Blue Ocean

Recently, we engaged the services of Josiah Go who used to work for RFM Corporation during the early days but decided to go on his own as an entrepren...

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Congratulations Graduates

I attended the graduation of my daughter Margarita who graduated from Assumption High School, the same school that PGMA and Loren Legarda came from. M...

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2010.2016 – Time For A Real Change

Over the past few days, we continued to get a healthy consensus from sectors we met that it is time for a real change. I have been consulting a number...

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Happy Easter

I don’t know how many people will be in town to read this column as I am sure the beaches from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will be full of people espe...

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2010.2016 (Part 2)

The topic on a real change in our political system elicited the greatest response including from no less than former president FVR. We shall present s...

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2010.2016

It’s been weeks now that the ZTE controversy has been grabbing the headlines on TV and the newspapers. There seems to be no end to it and the investig...

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An Honor to be Honored

About two weeks ago, I was advised by EDSA People Power Commissioner Angie Barrera that Go Negosyo has been unanimously nominated to be a recipient of...

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Moving On

Last Sunday, I read the column of fellow Philstar columnist Babes Romualdez. I don’t normally comment on what people write or say but what he wrote re...

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Go Negosyo, the Bestseller

Yes, the Go Negosyo Book of 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories is the number one bestseller for the non-fiction category in National Bookstore. This...

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Dream. Believe. Achieve.

Kung hei fat choi! Happy New Year to all the Filipino-Chinese entrepreneurs. While I may not be a Filipino-Chinese, we are always mistaken to be one b...

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Turbulent Times

As we entered the year 2008 full of optimism, we saw one of the worst stock market crashes in history brought about by massive write downs of the worl...

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Myla’s Reflections on a Rising China

The following is a very interesting article from Go Negosyo advocate and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Trustee Myla Villanueva. Being one of...

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An Entrep’s Advice for 2008

In the following columns, we will be getting article contributions from different entrepreneurs who have been actively supporting the Go Negosy fever....

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Fernando’s Views on Entrep Development

Entrepreneurship and Development: Supporting Young Filipino EntrepreneursBy Fernando Zobel de AyalaGo Negosyo is a movement that constantly inspires....

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Do It in 2008

It was indeed a very happy year in 2007 for those who believed in this country, especially those who started believing as early as 2006. The good spir...

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Thank You

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all the Filipinos who have contributed to a more optimistic environment in 2007. To those who have been s...

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Discover Your Purpose in Life

While on a family vacation with some balikbayan relatives in Bora, I still had the chance to work on this column and get in touch with the office. As...

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Reach for the Star

It’s been over one year now since I started writing for the Philippine Star and until now my colleagues can’t believe I write my own column given my s...

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The Challenges of Nation Building

The Makati Standoff last Thursday showed us the price we have to pay for democracy. Sometimes, I feel that democracy is being abused and that it will...

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Social Entrepreneurs in Action

What urged me to write about social entreps in action is a letter sent to me from an OFW in Nigeria. Let me share it with you his letter: Dear Joey,...

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It’s not Aptitude but ATTITUDE

Go Negosyo ended its caravan series for this year last Tuesday with PWD’s (People with Disabilities) Can Go Negosyo! at the DLS College of St. Benilde...

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Let’s Kill Poverty

Despite yesterday’s bombing at the Batasan Complex, the market still went up and the Philippine peso continued to appreciate. While we condemn what ha...

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Spreading the Wealth

Over the long weekend, I had the chance to go with my family to Sydney and took the new Singapore 380 Airbus, though not on its maiden flight as I cou...

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Partners in Nation Building

As partners, Go Negosyo and Gawad Kalinga jointly recognized inspiring entrepreneurial GK communities during the GK’s anniversary last Saturday at the...

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Dream the Impossible

Over the past few weeks, the headlines again had a feast from the ZTE and into the alleged gift-giving at the palace, and then the accidental explosio...

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Our GEM, the Microentrepreneur

Fortunately, our economy was able to absorb last week’s shocks caused by recent political noise and we are again on a stable path towards a strong pes...

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The Challenges of Inspiring

The Philippine economy and general climate of optimism has improved dramatically over the past 12 months. This is quite evident from the number of for...

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Can I Be An Entrepreneur?

While in Hongkong over the weekend, I came across a shirt that said “If you don’t try you’ll never know”. Unfortunately they didn’t have my size. That...

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An Honor to Inspire

Last Friday, Go Negosyo sa Manila was held at the Philamlife Auditorium which only has a capacity of 950 people. As early at 7:30am, we had already do...

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Yes, I Love My Country

Over the past weeks, the La Salle-Ateneo matches have been one of the most thrill-seeking series to watch. Witnessing the games and even that of La Sa...

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The C-Factor

The past two columns talked about how the education system should nurture the e-factor for their students to have a greater chance of becoming success...

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Creative Entrepreneurship

I had the chance to speak before the Aid for Trade Convention in ADB where foreign dignitaries mostly trade ministers and the country’s top entreprene...

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The E-Factor (Part 2)

Last week’s column talked about the e-factor and how it is important to have a healthy mix of academic framework and experiential learning when it com...

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The E-Factor

For the next 2 weeks, this column will talk about entrepreneurship education in the Philippines. Can running a negosyo really be taught and is a diplo...

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High Anxiety

Over the past few days, a number of friends and column followers have been asking me on the right thing to do as some people see the world markets col...

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It Is Better to Light a Candle than to Curse the Darkness

Last Thursday, the Makati Business Club and the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) awarded Namfrel for its efforts in restoring democracy...

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Are the Good Times About to End?

Some people are saying that with the market in the USA crashing due to concerns in the sub-prime loans and weaker US housing market and I guess the ba...

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The Crystal Ball

The SONA speech of PGMA was great. This is the usual comment of fellow entrepreneurs. The President showed that she really means business and she want...

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Friday the 13th

Most people still believe that Friday the 13th is unlucky and people try to avoid doing major things on this day. July 13 was a different story for us...

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Kadtu kamo para mainspirasyon kayo! (Come and Be Inspired!)

Tomorrow Go Negosyo goes to Bacolod and the University of St. La Salle coliseum is expected to be full to the rafters of students, teachers, governmen...

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Women of Vision

PGMA, Vicky Belo (Belo Medical Group), Nanay Coring (National Bookstore), Chit Juan (Figaro), Margarita Fores (Cibo), Julie Gandionco (Julie’s Bakesho...

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Cebu Explodes

That’s right! Cebu explodes with optimism and great enthusiasm towards entrepreneurship, as can be seen from the eyes of the thousands of students and...

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The New Philippine Stars

You may think I am referring to the Philippine Star newspaper which is ran by the Belmonte brothers Isaac, Kevin and Miguel and their Auntie Gracie, w...

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The True Meaning of Success

This column will deviate a bit from the usual topics of Go Negosyo and will talk about what to me is a true definition of success in life. On June 15,...

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We Believe (Part 2)

Last week’s column talked about the power of WE BELIEVE and how these two words can convert this pessimistic society into a nation filled with optimis...

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We Believe

Ateneo used WE BELIEVE as their slogan when they played against La Salle for the UAAP Championships. I am a La Sallite but I do have a lot of friends...

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Go Negosyo Book Now a Bestseller

With just four months after its first date of publication, the Go Negosyo Book of Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories has reached the top spot of the Be...

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Vote Go Negosyo

This May 14, Filipinos will again have the chance to choose their leaders in the Senate, Congress and in the local government. It is common to hear pe...

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Go Negosyo, Go Gobyerno

For more than a year now, we are happy that in our own little way, our Go Negosyo advocacy has reached a number of sectors in terms of promoting an en...

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Correcting Corruption (Part 2)

For the past three weeks, this column tackled two of the most serious problems that our country faces today, as cited in a survey: hunger and corrupti...

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Correcting Corruption

For the past two weeks, this column has discussed the issue on hunger and possible solutions to this problem. Eleven entreps gave their opinions on ho...

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Solutions to Hunger (Part 2)

It seems my column entitled “God’s Greatest Gift” which was written two weeks ago when my daughter Maria Isabella Alexandria was born has elicited a l...

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Solutions to Hunger and Corruption

Upon hearing that the Philippines ranked pretty high up in terms of hunger and corruption made me think of possible solutions to the age-old problems...

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The Go Negosyo Superstars

Last Friday, March 16, Go Negosyo had the largest book signing ever at the National Bookstore in SM Megamall. Together with President GMA, twenty entr...

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The Go Negosyo Book

Since the book was launched last February 5, the Go Negosyo Book of 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories has sold close to 15 thousand copies in just...

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Hope and Go

As I read the headlines this week, the front page was all about GO. I thought for a while that it was about Go Negosyo, only to find out that it was a...

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Tourism Gold Rush

For the past 20 years, the tourism sector has been pretty upbeat. Visitor arrivals have been making huge leaps, posting double digit growth rates of 2...

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Mar and Joey

No it’s not Mel and Joey, it’s Mar and Joey: Mr. Palengke and Mr. Negosyo. Funny how people call me up these days and think I am running in the upcomi...

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Is it luck or destiny?

Since we are celebrating Chinese New Year this week, this column will talk about Feng-Shui, luck and destiny. Feng-Shui which is commonly practiced in...

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Are Angels for Real?

Last Monday, I hosted a dinner at our home, to make it more personal, for the launch of Go Negosyo’s campaign for the year 2007 which carries the them...

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Teaching a Nation How to Fish

On February 5, Go Negosyo will launch its program for 2007 with the main theme “Teach a nation how to fish and we will feed a nation for many lifetime...

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Can Government Employees Think Like Entrepreneurs?

If the CEO of the Philippines Inc has to have an entrepreneurial mindset, the COO’s which in this case of Phil Inc, are the Department Secretaries, ha...

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The Building of a Go Negosyo Mindset

I got different reactions from what I wrote in last week’s column about PGMA the entrepreneur. An overwhelming majority was favorable on how I saw PGM...

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PGMA the Entrepreneur

What is the definition of an entrepreneur? According to AIM professor and entrep guru Andy Ferreria, entrepreneur originated from a French word which...

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How Do Entrepreneurs See 2007?

From people who read the column last week on my father, the social entrepreneur, I didn’t expect that kind of response.  A lot of them were deeply tou...

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My Father the Social Entrepreneur

Today let me dedicate this column to my father, who is more popularly known as Joecon, as he celebrates his 75th birthday tomorrow, together with his...

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The OFW Entrepreneur

Let me dedicate this column to our country’s OFWs and balikbayans who have started to arrive in time for the holidays. Today, our OFWs and balikbayans...

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Spreading the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

It’s barely two weeks before Christmas and Go Negosyo has continued to be very busy in spreading the spirit of entrepreneurship this yuletide season. ...

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Building Brands, Building Hope

Congratulations to Miguel Belmonte, Gracie Go, and the rest of their team for winning the Marketing Company of the Year Award.  This award has eluded...

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Creativity and Balance

Last Thursday, we witnessed the launch in Cebu of the DTI “One Town, One Product” project led by the energetic Undersecretary Carissa Cruz. To have mo...

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Let’s Keep Inspiring

Manny Pacquiao’s win comes at the right time making more people proud to be Filipinos.  Monique Lhuillier’s fashion show elicited the same response. ...

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A Brand in People’s Mind

Last week I talked about women in negosyo citing that 90 percent of micro finance lending institutions lend to women. As I immersed myself more in an...

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Women in Negosyo

Are women naturally born entrepreneurs? For us men, a “yes” would be hard to accept especially in cases when this statement becomes more of a fact tha...

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Women in Negosyo

Are women naturally born entrepreneurs? For us men, a “yes” would be hard to accept especially in cases when this statement becomes more of a fact tha...

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Lessons Learned

Wow. What an overwhelming response from so many friends who got a copy of The Philippine Star last Thursday as well as to those who browsed over the i...

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Source of Business Inspiration

When asked by the The Philippine Star owner Kevin to do a column on GoNegosyo, I thought of how it would be best done. GoNegosyo was born as the key a...