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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Go Negosyo Celebrates Women Entrepreneurship with 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit

We are a day away from the anticipated and biggest women negosyo summit in the Philippines, the Go Negosyo’s 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. Fo...

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2016: A Year for Prosperity

We are only a day before we welcome 2016 and I am sure that many of us cannot believe that 2015 is about end. Looking back, I can say that it has been...

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Two Promising Young Entrepreneurs Shine in YEDW 2015

I do not need to cite the very famous quotation from our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal for us to know that indeed, the future of our country lies on th...

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Microentrepreneurship Changes Lives

PHOTO CAPTION: The National Selection Committee of this year’s Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards. (L-R) Antonino ALindogan Jr., independent director o...

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Game Changers

MVP Bossing Awards 2014 awarded Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corporation as the Grand Bossing this year. (In photo L-R) Bossing Cecilio Pedro, Se...

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Levelling-Up the OFWs

PHOTO CAPTION: Go Negosyo’s Joey Concepcion and Ramon Lopez with Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Manny Villar, Cong. Mark Villar, and other entrepreneurs an...

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Innovation and Big Ideas: Pushing Boundaries

PHOTO CAPTION: President Benigno Aquino, III delivers keynote address at the APEC SME Summit 2015.SME development now takes center stage. For the firs...

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The Need for “Department of Common Sense”

PHOTO CAPTION: Mar Roxas in the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables last November 9, 2015.After the success of the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Preside...

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APEC SME Summit 2015

For the first time, APEC is giving extra push in helping SMEs by having a Summit for SMEs and this will be done on November 17, a day ahead of the mai...

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Entrepreneurship for a Cause

PHOTO CAPTION: BPI Sinag Grand Awardee: Karaw Craftventures received P500,000 along with a credit line up to P500,000 from BPI Ka-Negosyo. (In Photo L...

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Meet Presidential Candidate: VP Jejomar Binay

We would like to thank the Quezon City government led by the progressive Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimurung, as well as the...

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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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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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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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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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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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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 and US Embassy Partner to Empower Young Entrepreneurs

PHOTO CAPTION: Participants of YEDW Manila Leg with Mentors.The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and the United States Embassy part...

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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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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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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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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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Princess Diary

I was with The Princess Royal, Princess Anne and British Ambassador Asif Ahmad in a short meeting few days ago to discuss the advocacy of Go Negosyo f...

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Biggest Filipina Summit!

Close to 10,000 participants joined the 7th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit!Close to 10,000 participants attended our Filipina Entrepreneurship Summi...

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Women Power

Women entrepreneurship continues to be a growing sector; in fact, a prime mover in the economy especially if we talk of the micro and SME segment. The...

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Powering the Business Sector

The other week, Unilever’s Country Chairman and CEO Rohit Jawa and I, together with my brother John who is the Managing Director of our Selecta ice cr...

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Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs

Three weeks from now, we are once again celebrating the Women’s Month: March. And for the past six years, Go Negosyo has celebrated the contributions...

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Salute to Fallen 44

Runners of the Condura Skyway Marathon 2015 stopped and saluted the framed pictures of the slain PNP-SAF members. (Photo from Condura)Last January 25,...

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Tuloy ang Laban

PHOTO CAPTION: Sen. Grace Poe in Go Negosyo’s Meet the Presidentiables Forum.Less than a day prior to the Negosyo Talks: Meet the Presidentiables Seri...

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A Robust 2015 Outlook

In my first column for this year, I have shared with you some wishes and predictions of many of our partner entrepreneurs for 2015. Many of them are l...

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A Great Renewal of Faith and Spirituality

Pope Francis, in his four-day visit, has touched the lives of many Filipinos.The four-day Papal visit was a great spiritual renewal for millions of Fi...

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Viva il Santo Papa!

My sister Michelle had a once in a lifetime experience with Pope John Paul II during their trip to Vatican in 1984.Today, along with the millions of F...

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Positive Outlook for 2015

The New Year is a chance for us to start anew or improve on whatever we have started.  We hear almost all entrepreneurs being always positive with the...

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To A Great Year Ahead

My dad, Joecon, turned 83 last December 29.Happy New Year Go Negosyantes!First, I would like to greet my father, Joecon, a belated birthday. He turned...

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Empowering SMEs for 2015

Doris Ho and Diane Wang during the dinner for APEC Summit on SME Development.A week ago, I was told by Doris Magasaysay Ho, who heads the Asia Society...

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Success is for the Passionate

ot all great stories of success started with grand beginnings. Most of them started with challenges, problems and dilemmas, and had to go through a lo...

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Go Negosyo is a Storyteller

“Go Negosyo is a storyteller. And we will continue to tell stories that will inspire more and more Filipinos to entrepreneurship.”These were my exact...

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Of Passion in Business and Marriage

Finally, after months of detailed preparation, we have come close to the celebration of the Global Entrepreneurship Week which is going to be from Nov...

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Passion to Succeed

In the many years of Go Negosyo, we have shared with you countless inspiring tales of entrepreneurial journey of our partners in the advocacy. They re...

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Success in Microentrepreneurship

The National Selection Committee for the 12th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards: Atty. Felipe Gozon, Antonino Alindogan Jr., Marixi Prieto, Batara Sia...

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Be Part of the Global Entrepreneurship Community

The Global Entrepreneurship Week will be from November 17-23, 2014One of the guiding questions whenever my team interviews an entrepreneur for our tel...

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Launch of Go Negosyo BEST Program

t’s almost November and it is the time of the year once again to prepare for the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).  Every third week of November, ov...

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Remembering Admiral Hotel

Sometimes, there are pieces of the past that will remind you of certain emotions and memories. Your childhood toy might remind you of days when you wo...

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Let’s Go Negosyo!

Nine years later, we see more and more Filipinos who took the risk and challenged themselves to venture into entrepreneurship. After every summits, ca...

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Are You Up for the Challenge

We all know how technology contributes to the development of today’s society. In particular, it significantly helps level-up the productivity in our d...

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Rise to the Rice Bucket Challenge

 heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge which trended over the internet and news media for the past few weeks. The challenge reached our country and soon,...

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Celebrating Cebu’s Creativity

Just two weeks ago, we had a very successful run of our Creativity and Innovation Summit in Cebu. We were delighted to see the participants so engross...

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Partners in our Mission

In the field of entrepreneurship, having partners who pursue same objectives is a key. It basically extends one’s capabilities and resources as the ot...

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Dream Big!

When we see what makes a person succeed in life, it starts with a vision. Some people call it a dream, and then followed by a plan. If I look at how G...

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10 Inspiring Young Cebuano Entrepreneurs

    The 2014 Inspiring Young Cebuano Entrepreneur Awardees.For the past few weeks, the Go Negosyo team has been researching and evaluating several nom...

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Negosyo Talks and Future Talks

Time flies fast when one is immersed into so many activities. And that is what we in Go Negosyo have been doing for the past nine years. We are so foc...

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Young Heroes and their Advocacies

The exemplary students with passion for nation building have been named as the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2014. Together with them ar...

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9 Years of Go Negosyo!

In my last column, I have shared the very good turnout in our first Agri-Negosyo Summit with over 7,000 young, aspiring agripreneur participants toget...

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Agrinegosyo is Key to Poverty Alleviation

Go Negosyo awarded the 15 Most Inspiring Agripreneurs 2014 at the first Agri-Negosyo Summit last Friday, July 25, 2014. (Front row L-R) Ronald Costale...

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First Agripreneur Summit

After the stormy start of the Franchising Asia 2014 last week and the PLDT SME Nation’s Future Talks last Friday, which were both empowering to many e...

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A Storm of SME Events

That was a strong typhoon that directly hit Metro Manila. As I was finalizing this column, the wind was banging our windows and door, and water seepin...

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From Farm Worker to Farm Owner

As we approach the July 25 Agri-Negosyo Summit, we get to encounter more institutions and hear more inspiring stories in the agri sector. They remind...

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Negosyo Mo, Bukas Ko

For almost three years now, Go Negosyo’s Negosyo Mo, Bukas Ko program aims to help more out-of-school youths get proper training and employment. For a...

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For You

For close to 8 years of writing this Go Negosyo column, I have shared different success stories of many entrepreneurs as Go Negosyo will turn 9 years...

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Go Negosyo Bill, Approved!

​After many deliberation, Go Negosyo Bill has been finally approved by both the Senate and House of Congress.In photo: Go Negosyo founder, Joey Concep...

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A Long Journey to Real Independence

In 1898, history saw the unfurling of the Philippine flag for the first time during the declaration of our independence. This signaled our freedom fro...

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Raising Future Leaders

A couple of weeks ago, I shared in this column (entitled Filipino Service at its Best) what we have seen during our annual summer trip which started a...

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PUSHING FORWARD THE GO NEGOSYO BILL IN CONGRESS

Committee on Trade and Industry Chairman Mark Villar (left) expressed his support for the Go Negosyo Bill and related Bills that seek to improve the p...

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The Good Samaritan

Being an entrepreneur knows no age, background, nor gender. Many Filipinos dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Well, anyone can be one given the right...

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PARTNERS IN FIGHTING POVERTY

People have asked me what motivated me to start an entrepreneurship movement. Even before I assumed a presidential advisory role on entrepreneurship a...

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The Power of Mentorship

Many years back, I had the opportunity to be appointed Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship with the former administration. On my first year, I re...

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Women of Passion

Inspiration can spark anywhere, anytime, or at any given circumstances. Go Negosyo has always believed that inspiration is one of the ingredients to b...

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Filipinos are not destined to be poor

For the past eight years, Go Negosyo has been in the forefront of forwarding an advocacy of changing the mindset of Filipinos to have an entrepreneuri...

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You Just Never Know

Tomorrow is Go Negosyo’s second summit dedicated to Filipina women, but all men are still invited to attend. This is just 2 and a half weeks after our...

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Women, the Passion to Serve

Last Wednesday, Feb. 19, Go Negosyo had its first successful major summit for the year, the 3rd Technopreneurship Summit at the SMX Convention Center....

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Inspiring and Enabling Technopreneurs

Inspiring, empowering, and full of learning best describes the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo’s recently concluded 3rd Filipino T...

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MY VALENTINE

For almost 40 years of untainted marriage, former Senator Manny Villar and Senator Cynthia Villar are ‘partner in all things’ and keeps their relation...

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The True Meaning of Christmas

People have been talking about the end of the world which will supposedly happen on December 21, the date when the Mayan Calendar stopped. But just re...

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THE ENTREP WINNERS OF 2012

The Christmas season is here, and we Filipinos celebrate because of two things: to commemorate the birth of Jesus and to be thankful for the blessings...

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Rising up from Poverty

The Christmas fever is definitely in the air, with parties that my wife and I have to attend almost every night. These gatherings are hosted by many o...

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Christmas Inspirations

It’s Christmas season once again, as marked by the first week of Advent that began with the traditional lighting of the Advent candle at church last S...

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A Toast to the Bossings of 2013

November 27 was a night of elegance and victory for the 12 new members of the growing PLDT MVP Bossings family. Now on its third year, Go Negosyo and...

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The Bossings of 2013

From over four years since our partnership with PLDT SME Nation started, the relationship between Go Negosyo and PLDT has blossomed. I remember that l...

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OFW and Family Summit 2012

The Villar Foundation, through its Managing Director Cynthia Villar, has been a Go Negosyo advocate for quite some time now. Cynthia, who is the wife...

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Hope amidst Adversity

Almost a year ago, Go Negosyo decided to embark on a different program. We are in existence for more than seven years now, and at this point we realiz...

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The Roadmap to Success and Happiness

When I was still a young boy, I dreamt of reaching certain goals in life. Aside from aspiring to become Batman someday (a dream which I know is next t...

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Rikki’s Resilience

Yesterday, America has reshaped their history once more after voting for their next President and Vice President. It is great to witness not only the...

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Champions in Entrepreneurship

What does it take for someone to become a champion?A champion is somebody who has done a great amount of good for the benefit of others. He is someone...

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Halloween

While Filipinos pay their respects to members of their families who have moved on to the next life—a tradition that has been with us as long as we can...

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Defining Moments

Most of us have encountered a period in our lives that tested our courage and spelled what we are today. We call these as our defining moments—situati...

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Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2012

Tonight will be the awarding ceremonies of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2012. This is an annual recognition of the country...

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The Pinoy Avengers

The avengers are in town.Those who watched the movie Avengers will be familiar with the characters of Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Ha...

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RFM @54

Fifty four years ago, a handful of respected business leaders in the Philippines formed a corporation that aims to make a commodity accessible to Fili...

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YES, Cebu!

Go Negosyo has come a long way since we started out more than seven years ago. From being an advocacy with a handful of successful entrepreneurs, we a...

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Joy and Sadness

Life is indeed a journey, where we will experience happy and sad moments. A couple of days ago, Myrna Borja, who is a good friend of my parents and my...

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YES, Lucban! YES, Dagupan!

For seven years, Go Negosyo has been inspiring people to be what they want to be, and hopefully, to tread the path of entrepreneurship and succeed in...

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Let’s Go Negosyo

Let’s Go Negosyo!From experience, I know that it can be a real struggle for a person to reach his dreams. He must be able to learn how to spot opportu...

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A Flawless Difference

People often ask what is the secret to success, and one of the answers is to find what your passion is. Fortunately for some, they have known what the...

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The Learning

For the longest time, Go Negosyo has been inspiring Filipinos to move and work their way out of poverty. We have been adapting different ways to equip...

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Now, It’s Your Time!

In my last column, I introduced this year’s finalists for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. Thirty young men and women were able to pas...

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A Stolen Kiss

Last week, the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines was revealed in Malacanang. Congratulations to John Michael Dellariarte, Kenneth Isaiah Aba...

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The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2012

Today at 12 noon will be the awarding ceremonies of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines in Malacanang. I would like to congratulate the aw...

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The Philippine Dream Team

After listening to PNoy’s SONA, where he gave the Filipino people credit for helping him with the reforms he has done, I noticed that the newspaper he...

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Giving Back

It may sound as a cliché, but I believe that the youth is the hope of every nation. They are the next citizens who will basically run the government,...

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The Power of Transformation

The power of transformation is for real; it can be seen and it can happen if a person or a nation wants to see transformation happen. The power of pra...

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The Wonder of Baler

As I was writing this column about our recent Go Negosyo activity in Aurora, I remembered that there was a movie entitled Baler which was shown around...

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A Breakout Nation

Aligned with our current theme, Pilipinas, Now is our Time, we saw a viral video on Breakout Nations that identified the Philippines as one of the few...

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Words of Wisdom

This week, let me side track from our regular topic of sharing entrepreneur stories and their views about how the Philippines have reached its time to...

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Wily Willy

Willy Tee Ten has been gifted with a unique name that you can always remember. And this is probably the reason why he was able to succeed, because his...

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A Woman Technopreneur

To develop a technology enterprise in a developing country such as the Philippines may seem like a lost cause; but not to an enterprising and persever...

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A Luminary Story

Filipinos are hard working by nature. I have always believed in the Filipino’s capacity to be creative, determined, and goal-oriented. All that they n...

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Negosyo Mo, Bukas Ko

It has been over six years since Go Negosyo began its mission to empower people and inspire them to look at the country’s situation in a positive view...

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Women power

What can you say when over 25 thousand women (and men) gather for Go Negosyo’s biggest women entrepreneurship summit last week? There were three days...

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The Boss

When P-Noy took his oath as President, he said in his speech “Kayo ang BOSS ko.” When I was in Subic recently, the trainer of the gym I entered calle...

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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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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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A New Day for Prosperity

day8 Business Academy,Inc. is holding training courses for SME Enterprises. Be mentored by the bestselling marketing author and successful entrepreneu...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Let’s Go Negosyo Cebu

From the overwhelming success of our Go Negosyo Caravan last year, we are heading back to Cebu to share the good news of finding solutions to poverty...

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OUR DREAMS FOR OUR CHILDREN – Part 3

As we were once children, our parents worked hard to give us the best in life, a good education and guidance. Today, as parents, we do the same for ou...