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Business Heroes Championing Homegrown Products

To commemorate the recently celebrated 119th Philippine Independence Day, here are some local businessmen who have elevated the Filipino brand through...

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Fashion Tips for your Business (not your wardrobe)

For the Go Negosyo sa Radyo (GNSR) episode aired last February 3, 2017, regular hosts Sen. Bam Aquino and DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by...

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Tax 101 with the Tax Whiz

Last January 27, Go Negosyo sa Radyo (GNSR) hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Go Negosyo angelpreneur Mon “The Tax...

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ASEAN at ang Pilipinong Negosyante

Photo Caption: Go Negosyo sa Radyo guest Gil Gonzales (Executive Director, ASEAN Business Advisory Council) was anchored by Sherill Quintana (Owner, O...

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Usapang Pera: Tips on Savings and Personal Finance

For the Go Negosyo radio episode aired on January 13, 2017, hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska Diego-Babadilla were joined by Angelpreneur Armand Bengc...

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“Mga Patok na Negosyo para sa 2017”

The first episode of the year for Go Negosyo Radio aired last January 6 on DZRH 666 kHz and covered the different types of business that would be idea...

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Go Negosyo helps Philippine SMEs gear up for ASEAN Integration 2015

The vision of a united ASEAN Community was put forward by the leaders of the ten ASEAN nations in 1997. They dreamed of the whole ASEAN region as part...

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7th Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Reached Greater Heights

PASAY CITY, PHILIPPINES (Friday, March 6, 2015) – The World Trade Center got fired up with burning Filipina spirit as the “7th Go Negosyo Filipina Ent...

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Go Negosyo Holds Session 2 of the Go Negosyo Building Enterprising Students for Tomorrow (BEST) Program

To continue the mission of empowering the academically outstanding junior and senior students of today, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, In...

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Search for the Go Negosyo Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs of 2015

Awardees of Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs for 2014 during the 6th Filipina Summit.The search for the Go Negosyo Inspiring WOMEN Entrepreneurs is a cam...

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A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

Few days from now, our country will be blessed to have Pope Francis, the Holy Father and Vicar of Christ, in our country. It is truly a blessing for t...

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My Christmas Wish

My family with Cardinal Tagle. In photo (L-R) My mom Marivic, my dad, Jose Concepcion Jr., Cardinal Tagle, me, my wife Marissa and our kids.Merry Chri...

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From Employee to Employer

I must have shared this in the past but let me mention once again the importance of developing micro/ small enterprises if we are to have an inclusive...

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I Am Change Maker

“The Changemakers awards night. With UK Amb Asif Ahmad and British Council Nick. Business models that benefit Communities/ address social issues.. Win...

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Rimat Ti Amianan Expo 2014 Opening

The opening ceremonies of Rimat Ti Amianan Expo 2014 held last October 20, 2014 at CSI Stadia, Dagupan City. Go Negosyo Executive Director, Mr. Ramon...

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Creativity and Innovation

     It was only a few weeks ago when we last had a successful Agri Negosyo summit, and now we are gearing up for another exciting negosyo summit dedi...

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Magandang Business Advice: Franchising 101, April 23, 2014

MAGANDANG BUSINESS ADVICE (MBA)23 May 2014 | Friday | RFM Auditorium, Sheridan cor. Sts. Mandaluyong CityA four-hour training on the basics of franchi...

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Business Beyond Books

I am thankful for the privilege of being in the company of an amazing woman, Mrs. Esther Vibal. She founded Vibal Publishing House, a company that has...

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The Heart of the Nation – Family

For my column today I will take a look back in time, because as we get so occupied with all the parties brought by the Christmas fever, we sometimes t...

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Peace

In a recent interview, someone asked me what does 2013 look like for the Philippines, and if a Republican or a Democrat president will be good for us....

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Felix the CAT

This story is not about that popular cartoon character Felix the Cat, which was loved by children and adults back in the 90s. I am talking about Felix...

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Pilipinas: Now is Our Time!

For close to seven years now since we started the advocacy on Go Negosyo, we have been pushing for a mindset change among Filipinos: that we are not d...

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The Mango King

Since I started the advocacy almost seven years ago, Go Negosyo has been able to connect aspiring and well-known entrepreneurs, creating a big network...

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Summer Adventures

Summer is definitely here, and this time I believe we will have a hotter and longer summer than last year. This is good news for the tourism entrepren...

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Miss W

This country’s future will depend a lot on the entrepreneurial ability of the private sector. Optimism, passion and of course creativity will spur gre...

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Magnum Explodes

Two weeks ago, Unilever-RFM Ice Cream Company launched the game-changing product Selecta Magnum in one of the best events I’ve ever attended. Prior to...

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Poverty is the problem

The much talked about mining debate took center stage, briefly rating better than the trial on the chief justice. The real issue here to my mind is po...

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The Filipina Story

by Len Ocayo, 25 years old1st place, Babae Kapuso Ka ng Bayan Essay Writing Contest“Siya’y taong-bahay,Ang kanyang kapatid na lalaki,Ang ilustrado,Ay...

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Empowering Pinay Entrepreneurs as Key Players in Achieving National Progress

by Mark Pere Madrona, 21 years old2nd place, Babae Kapuso Ka ng Bayan Essay Writing ContestFilipina entrepreneurs are visible everywhere. In the broad...

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Babae, Kapuso Mula sa Hirap at Tagumpay

Ang Kababaihan ay sadyang makapangyarihan. Di makukulangan ng oras, di mauubusan ng pasensya at lalong lalo di mawawalan ng pagmamahal. Noon, kilala l...

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A Day for Womenpreneurs

Tomorrow is the 4th Women Entrepreneurship Summit and Expo of Go Negosyo happening at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. We are looking forward to s...

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The Winning Formula

The women of today have indeed become very driven and ambitious, striving hard for success, whether as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur. And you can se...

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Firedance

After my father and uncle’s celebration comes another one; this time Concepcion Industries, Inc. (CII) celebrates its 50th year. CII was started by my...

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Honoring our Fathers

Last Friday, my father Joe and Uncle Raul shared their life stories with their family and friends. Being twins, they both turned 80 years old, with my...

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Giving hope to the Out-of-School Youth

Last year, we introduced Go Negosyo’s newest program, Negosyo Mo, Bukas Ko (NMBK), a corporate social innovation thrust that benefits the out-of-schoo...

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Welcome 2012: A new year of greater hope

While I’ve been quite bearish with America since 2008, this time, I’m sensing that, even though things are still not going to be the same as when cred...

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My Father’s Legacy

My father Joecon and Tito Raul where born on December 29, 1931. They turn 80 years old today. My father is older by 10 minutes. Both are blessed to ha...

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Merry Christmas from Go Negosyo!

Thank you for being one with us! Happy Holidays from Go Negosyo!

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Merry Christmas

Let me greet all of you, readers of the Ask Go Negosyo column for the past three years, a very merry Christmas, as we celebrate once more this well-lo...

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Thousands of OFWs Inspired

What a first OFW summit it has been for the Villar Foundation and Go Negosyo. To our surprise, more than 6,000 people filled up the hall at the World...

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Giving Thanks

The end of the year is approaching once again. As this column comes out, it will be Thanksgiving Day. Most Americans celebrate, and sometimes even giv...

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The 1st OFW and Family Summit

I have always admired and respected our OFWs. Whenever I travel to other countries, in almost every place I go to, be it in a hotel, cruise ship, a ho...

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Entrepreneur vs. Intrapreneur

In the recent Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, we’ve been seeing more of what we call Intrapreneurs being recognized and in fact, winning the Entrepre...

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Go Negosyo continues to inspire

Many of you by now would have heard about our concluded Young Entrepreneurs Summit, probably our most successful summit to date. This Go Negosyo proje...

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Age-Defying Success

Last October 12 was the awarding of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. It was not a surprise to see Erramon Aboitiz win the 2011 Entreprene...

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The Game Changers

I was in Singapore when I got the news that Steve Jobs passed away. All my life, the only computer I owned was a Mac. Since the very first Macintosh,...

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Greece Lightning

Those who are my age may remember John Travolta’s song Greased Lightning. Well, John Travolta’s song and his very successful movie Grease reminds me o...

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We Were Wowed

Last Friday, the World Trade Center and the Philippine Stock Exchange were the venues creating a buzz. It was last Friday that Go Negosyo hit a record...

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Planting the seeds of entrepreneurship

We believe it’s best to teach entrepreneurship while they’re young. This is why we’re launching again the biggest annual gathering for young and aspir...

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Negosyo Madness

It’s definitely a Negosyo month. This month, three big entrepreneurial events are happening at almost the same time, as entrepreneurship (or negosyo)...

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Biggest Franchising Event of the Year

Six years ago when I started the advocacy of Go Negosyo, one of the very first persons I approached was franchise guru and Chairman Emeritus of the Ph...

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Go and Multiply

A couple of weeks back, Go Negosyo signed into another new partnership, this time with Multiply. Multiply was one of the social networking sites that...

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Heaven is for Real

Let me shift the topic a bit from the usual negosyo columns I write. My wife and I decided to visit our daughter in LA. She studies in Enderun Manila...

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Fear and Greed, Part 2

A couple of days ago, a good friend whom I regularly call to check what his crystal ball is saying on the financial market, warned me that something w...

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8 Simple Secrets, A Best-Seller

The future of our nation lies in the hands of our children, and we as parents have great responsibility in raising our children well. Our Go Negosyo 8...

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MSMEs Need Support

For the past six years, Go Negosyo has been partnering with DTI in empowering the micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. This year, our partnership wi...

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Go Negosyo’s True Philanthropists

Last Thursday, close to 400 entrepreneurs and partners confirmed attendance to our Pasasalamat affair. It’s an annual event that we do to thank the Go...

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A Night of Pasasalamat

It’s been almost six years since we started the Go Negosyo journey. Having come this far, we cannot help but look back at how it all started, and, mos...

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Proud To Be Green

Today, De La Salle turns 100 years old. That’s pretty long, especially for a school many would think is located only in the Philippines. And on this d...

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Making memories

Our Baltic Cruise ended with a surprise from my dad, who has been complaining of chest pains since the early morning. Just as we were about to disemba...

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Article 51 of the Water Code

Life is moving so fast. And, just before you know it, Holy Week has just gone by. As I look at my parents and children, I am reminded that we are all...

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The son also shines

A couple of weeks ago I had a meeting with David Lim, together with Mon Lopez (our Executive Director in Go Negosyo). David is now the big boss of Sol...

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8th International Food Exhibition Philippines

More than 400 exhibitors join the 8th International Food Exhibition PhilippinesThe Philippines’ biggest food brands like Goldilocks, Saranggani Bay, a...

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2011 Graduates

Every year, the month of March (aside from being women’s month) is also graduation month. It is celebrated by grade school, high school, college and p...

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A family that prays together stays together

As we approach the Lenten Season, with all the calamities and unrest in other parts of the world, it may be good to reflect on our purpose in life…Onc...

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Periquet Re-appointed Chairman of Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia-Pacific

Istanbul, Turkey – Entrepreneurship advocate Anna Marie Periquet, was re-appointed chairman of the Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia Pacific for her s...

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We survived the great Japan earthquake

Last week, my wife Marissa and our youngest daughter Isabella left early for Japan after a tiring Go Negosyo Women Entrep Summit weekend at the World...

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Go Negosyo Celebrates International Women’s Month

More than 25,000 Filipinos celebrated with Go Negosyo last weekend at the World Trade Center for Babae: Kapuso Ka ng Bayan, the third Go Negosyo Entre...

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Josiah Go’s Entrepreneurship Strategy and Innovation Bootcamp

Mansmith and Fielders in partnership with Day 8 Business Academy is coming up with a 2-day seminar designed for established or challenged entrepreneur...

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RP’S BATTLECRY FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS GO NEGOSYO—ANVIL AWARDS ‘11

The Philippine Public Relations Society honored the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship—Go Negosyo the Anvil awards of Excellence and Merit on Febr...

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The yellow revolution, the beginning of change

Twenty five years ago, my father Joecon was 54 years old. He started NAMFREL when he was in his 50s. While my siblings and I were children of the EDSA...

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Silliman University visits Go Negosyo!

February 03—Around 40 senior entrepreneurship students of Silliman University visited the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE)—Go Negosyo to k...

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Honor beyond politics

Last week, I was able to have coffee with Sen. Mar Roxas after quite a long time. Since the election, he decided to maintain a low profile.After seein...

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8 Secrets to Raising our Children

Last Tuesday, Go Negosyo presented another “baby” to the public – the Go Negosyo: 8 Simple Secrets to Raising Entrepreneurs book authored by Mary Joy...

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8 Simple secrets

A teenage boy once approached our Go Negosyo booth in one of our events. He was looking at our displayed books for sale and picked up one of the Tagum...

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Kung Hei Fat Choi

Happy new year to all the Filipino-Chinese entrepreneurs! The Year of the Rabbit should be a great year. For those whose signs don’t match the rabbit,...

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Love for our Parents

Last Tuesday, a bus exploded in the middle of EDSA. People were killed and injured. Could this be a destabilization attempt under the PNoy administrat...

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Go Negosyo:5 years and counting

Aside from five years in Go Negosyo, I also have my work in RFM Corporation — a food and beverage company. My grandfather started it in 1958. He passe...

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Time Flies

Many of us have been so busy with preparations and cleanups for the holidays. Before you know it, all the celebrations have come and gone so fast. Man...

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2011: another great year

As we look back at the year 2010, one cannot complain. It was a great year for those who participated in the Philippine economy, either as an entrepre...

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My Christmas wish

Tomorrow, we will be celebrating my father’s 79th birthday. JoeCon, as he is known by many, finally retired as the Forbes Barangay Captain after 16 ye...

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My best Christmas memories

Just two sleeps more ‘til Christmas… Our youngest, Isabella, eagerly counts her “sleeps”. It has been a busy Christmas season. There have been parties...

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Pinoy family values increase reserves

My column last week topped all the “Ask Go Negosyo” columns in terms of the number of responses that I received from people. Entitled “The Love of a D...

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The love of a daughter

About a week ago, I got a call from Ambassador Albert del Rosario. He requested to meet me in a short notice. I had to make sure he wanted to meet me...

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3rd Grand Global Exporters and Importers Christmas Bazaar

It doesn’t always start with “once upon a time”. For Jennilyn Antonio, owner of Ehje’s Peanut Butter, it all started with a kilo of mani.Jennilyn narr...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crisis 101: Beat the Budget Crunch!

Crisis 101: Beat the BudgetCrunch!James Lafferty(President of Procter & Gamble); Nandu Nandkishore (CEO of Nestle Phils.);Josiah Go (Chairmanof Mansmi...

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APEC Seminar-Workshop

APEC Seminar-Workshop to Develop a Framework on Mentoring/Coaching Out-of-School Youth on entrepreneurshipThis paper is the output of the three-day se...

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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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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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The port to entrepreneurship

By Anna Marie Periquet, Go Negosyo mentorMy post as chairman of the Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia Pacific (YEGAP) gives me the distinct opportunit...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...