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Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Filipino CEOs share keys to entrepreneurship success

Owners and leaders of top Filipino homegrown brands will take up teaching posts in a professional development course developed by the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) for new and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Certificate Program on Practical Entrepreneurship is a mini-MBA program made up of courses to be personally taught by seasoned Entrep-Mentors who are expert in various areas of discipline, making it a much more intimate method of learning for the participants.

Among the Entrep-Mentors who will give lectures in the program are: Abrea Consulting Group's Mon Abrea; Center for Pop's Gwenn Albarracin; GMB Franchise Developers' Armando Bartolome; Mobkard's Carlo Calimon; Fiorgelato's Ricardo Cuna; Generika Drugstore's Teodoro Ferrer; ACCRA Law Firm's Atty. John Paul Gaba; Ink All You Can's Jerry Ilao; Reyes Barbecue's Inez Reyes; Lots A Pizza's Teresita Ngan Tian; Vcargo Worldwide's Paulo Tibig; Nail It!'s Jean Uvero; Tokyo Tempura's Jorge Wieneke; and SEAOIL's Francis Glenn Yu.

All Entrep-Mentors are members of the AFFI Entrepreneurship Mentors Fellows (AEMF), a sub-group of the association dedicated to serve in AFFI's entrepreneurship-related educational programs.

"Those of us who will be teaching in this course had once dreamt of managing our own business, so we took it upon ourselves to help anyone who wants to do the same. Our goal is to equip people with the skills, knowledge and connections for them to be able to jumpstart their entrepreneurship careers as soon as possible," said AFFI President Jerry Ilao in a statement.

Apart from skills and knowledge, Ilao said the program also seeks to build personal relationships between the mentors and the mentees, as well as boost the confidence of its participants.

A practical approach to learning

One key element of this particular mini-MBA program is the integration of site-visits in some of the modules, which means participants will get to see the actual workplaces and companies of their mentors. This, according to Ilao, is intended to provide them with a conducive venue for learning in a real business setting.

"Bringing the participants to where the real action happens allows them to get a feel of how a practicing entrepreneur manage his or her own business daily. It will be a bit of a hands-on experience for them," Ilao emphasized.

The Certificate Program on Practical Entrepreneurship will follow five modules on Leadership Skill-building; Personal Finance/ Profit-Loss Understanding; People Management; Basic Entrepreneurship Laws; and Cost Effective Marketing. Bonus mentoring sessions featuring at least three Entrep-Mentors in an active coaching session will also be added.

The program, in partnership with GoNegosyo and sponsored by PLDT SME Nation and BPI Family Ka-Negosyo, is one of AFFI's flagship projects devised under their Thrive Towards 2020 vision launched earlier this year. For more information and inquiries, call the AFFI Secretariat at (02) 501-5449/ 0949-889-0758 or email


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cavinti, Laguna holds the Guinness World Record for the largest Sambalilo hat in the world!


The photo posted here in my blog is the world’s largest hat made from pandan straw leaves, here in Cavinti, Laguna, they call it the sambalilo, a local term for “straw hat”. Last Aug 1, 2016, the town of Cavinti was placed in the books of Guinness World Record 2016 for carrying the title “largest sambalilo hat in the world”. The official measurement and awarding took place during the 1st week of August at the Sambalilo Festival, an annual festival of Cavinti, Laguna celebrating their local production of straw hats made by their local weavers. The awarding was officiated by Swapnil Mahesh Dangarikar, a Guinness Adjudicator, who flew here in our country to do the official measurement and awarding.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Libreng Tawag for Pampanga & Pangasinan

Globe reaches out to flood victims in Pampanga and Pangasinan through Libreng Tawag

Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom sets up Libreng Tawag stations in Pampanga and Pangasinan which were severely affected by the "habagat" to assist residents who needed to assure their family and friends of their safety or to request for aid if necessary.  

Libreng Tawag is now available from August 16-18, 8 am to 5 pm, at the 3rd floor of the Calasiao Municipal Hall in Pangasinan, and the San Matias Elementary School and San Vicente Municipal Gym in Sto. Tomas, Pampanga.  The said areas are being used as temporary evacuation sites for about 900 families.  

Pangasinan and Pampanga are two of the areas in Luzon submerged in floodwaters as a result of heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon over the weekend.   Through its Bangon Pinoy program, Globe provides help to Filipinos affected by disasters by providing communications facilities and relief operations.
Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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