Go Negosyo Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs of 2010

Won a Go Negosyo Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur award for being a creative entrepreneur today! Pushed my luck and submitted my CV a few weeks ago… and I actually got chosen, much to my surprise. Thanks heaps Go Negosyo!

Other winners were Happy and Viva Andrada (F*Art), Reymont Choachuy (Noble House), RJ David (Sulit.com.ph), Anton Diaz (Our Awesome Planet), Cris Guerrero (Ideal Events), Valerie Mendoza (Y3L Hand-Painted Sneakers), Mary Grace Santos (Li’l People Enterprise), Richard Sanz (Food Asia Corporation), Timothy Sarvida (El Buono Pizza), as well as social entrepreneurs Reese Fernandez (Rags2Riches), Bam Aquino and Mark Ruiz (Hapinoy), and Anna Meloto-Wilk, Dylan Wilk and Camille Meloto (Gandang Kalikasan). An article by Joey Concepcion came out in today’s The Philippine Star, Business Life section, if you want to know more about each winner.

Was awarded by GMA 7 CEO Felipe Gozon, Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion and the Vice President of the Philippines Jejomar Binay!

Looking lost, out of place and overwhelmed! I was the youngest awardee, so I was extra shy especially among people I normally just read about in the papers. I was a panelist during the afternoon forum and it was so strange for me to be grouped with some really big-time businessmen who mostly already had kids and at least a decade of work experience. Ten years ago I was only eleven, geeking out on anime and spending all my time after school playing video games.

And then we were asked to share secrets to our success. Talk about pressure!

Thanks to my dad for helping me fix my CV and for encouraging me to go for it even if I was iffy about joining in the first place. I need to believe in myself more, really. :s

And thanks to my brothers Chase and Juju for being there! <3

Really nice experience altogether. I hope this encourages more teens and young adults to work hard and to push their luck when it comes to these things too. Dream big!