Design Center bags prestigious Quill award

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L-R: DTI-TIPG communications consultant Ed Ramirez, former DTI ASEAN CBIP deputy
director Aizel Anolin, Undersecretary Noya Terrado, Design Center executive director Rhea Matute, former Design Center promo division OIC Nenita Dulay, trade service officer Clariza Columna, Brian Ambulo and Kate Bondoc at the recent Quill Awards ceremonies at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Newport City, Pasay City
Design Center of the Philippines recently received a merit award in the Communications
Management Division – Community Relations Category at the highly-prestigious 16th Philippine Quill Awards.
Through the ASEAN Creative Cities Forum and Exhibition, Design Center was honored
for its ability to galvanize the creative community not just in the Philippines but also in
other ASEAN countries. This event inspired the City of Baguio to become the first
UNESCO Creative City in the Philippines and one of the only five creative cities in the
ASEAN region.
With the support of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Design Center organized
the ASEAN Creative Cities Forum and Exhibition to provide a platform for government, policy makers, business and creative communities and the academe to share insights
on how best to advance the development of the ASEAN region’s creative economy,
through creative cities and creative clusters. The ASEAN Creative Cities Forum and
Exhibition is also one of the great and effective venues to help promote and strengthen
the design industry in the country.
DTI also received merit awards in the Government Communications Programs,
Leadership Communications and Community Relations categories at the recent
Philippine Quill Awards.
The 40-year-old Quill Awards is a global award-giving body that recognizes excellence
in strategic communications. The award is an acknowledgment that the recipient is one
of the best in business communications nationwide.
The Design Center of the Philippines, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), successfully showcased the diverse industry creative disciplines at the recent Cebu Design Week. Design Center presented two master classes, which further strengthened Cebu’s reputation as a creative hub.
The Business of Design Module, covered the fundamentals of design management was
spearheaded by Pino Group of Concepts, Inc. president John Paul “PJ” Lagnot with
Atty. BJ Palattao who focused on legal matters and intellectual property. The Business
of Fashion Module outlined the essentials of building a global fashion brand and was
presented by Design Center product specialist for Go Lokal! Carol de Leon. The Cebu
Design Week served as a platform for new and seasoned designers to collaborate,
unite and generate strategies for Cebu’s future development while preserving Cebuano
heritage and traditional craftsmanship.

Globe myBusiness turns spotlight on celebrity entreprenuers at Star Bazaar

Show business is a business that everyone dreams about, but not all retains the shine and some may opt to turn their light off for a more private living.

Globe myBusiness, in partnership with Summit Media’s Philippine Entertainment Porta (PEP), gathered celebrity entrepreneurs who showcased their businesses and shared their success stories with small and medium enterprise (SME) owners during the Star Bazaar held at SM Megamall Activity Center to serve as inspiration to aspiring and budding entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their business.

Star Bazaar is a free-for-all shopping and learning experience that features booths of the stars; businesses, and open mic discussions with entrepreneurial experts through Globe myBusiness Academy’s Artistalks.

Among the celebrity entrepreneurs who graced Artistalks are Ner’s Gourmet Tuyo owner Neri Naig-Miranda, Pedro ‘N Coi owner and beauty queen Shamcey Supsup-Lee and Filipino restaurant Salu owner Harlene Bautista.

These celebrity star entrepreneurs shared their take on the importance of partnerships, balancing time for multiple careers and how to start a business ventures based on their own experience as entrepreneurs.

In addition, Neri together with Janice de Belen, LJ Moreno, Marlo Mortel, Almira Muhlach, RR Enriquez, Diana Zubiri, TInTin Bersola, Bianca Lapus, and Candy Pangilinan showcased their businesses, enriching shoppers’ experience with a variety of products: from sweet confections to savory dishes to workout apparel and fashion accessories.

“Globe myBusiness is always here to encourage people to put up their own business and live the life they dream of. We also help entrepreneurs create hassle-free operations so that they can focus more on bringing the best experience to their customers. Through the help of our celebrity guests and business experts, we hope that we can impart valuable tips and inspiring lessons to those who visit the Star Bazaar,” said Derrick Heng, Senior Advisor for Globe myBusiness.

Globe myBusiness offers a wide range of digital tools and solutions to micro, small, and medium-size enterprises. This is in support of UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 8 which promotes sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth through entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation.

On the other hand, GCash, the leading mobile money service provider in the country, equipped the celebrity booths with QR codes which provided both merchants and consumers with hassle-free and secure cashless transactions.

Through GCash Scan to Pay, consumers were able to use their GCash account to pay for their purchases by simply scanning the QR codes with their GCash App, thereby, eliminating the need to bring cash or wait for change.

Meanwhile, Star Bazaar’s line of leading business experts include some of the most in-demand entrepreneurial advisors in the country, like motivational financial speaker Chinkee Tan, serial restauranteur Grace Lee, and The Final Pitch host and co-creator John Aguilar.

These top-notch business experts were also present during Artistalks and discussed the challenges of starting up, how to overcome challenges, and preparation that comes with conceptualizing and bringing the perfect business idea to life.

On the side, attendees were treated to different interactivities that allowed them to know more about their favourite celebrity entrepreneur’s businesses while winning prizes courtesy of Globe myBusiness and Star Bazaar’s featured merchants.

Singer Kiana Valenciano performed on the sidelines of Star Bazaar to entertain participants with a couple of songs from her new album.

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A Granting Genie in the Adult Realm

Adulting is hard, specially when financial obligations and responsibilities constantly slaps you every 15th and 30th of the month. Yes, you can always accept gifts but sometimes, gifts are a bit of a burden, too. Well, sometimes, I turn gifts into cash by selling it online or on a garage sale, but it always take time, effort and the reality is, it’s hard to turn unwanted gifts into cash when you lack luck.

  1. a spirit of Arabian folklore, as traditionally depicted imprisoned within a bottle or oil lamp, and capable of granting wishes when summoned. – Google

Once I fancy to have an enchanted item that could magically turn into something I need the most – basically to save the day! In my toddlers’ language, it would be like the wandering latina girl’s backpack, some famous clubhouse’s mouseketool; or if you’re a fan of classic stories, you’ll appreciate an oil lamp rubbed thrice; or Ginie Gives if you can relate to a local fast food web-serye.

One can dream, right? But did you know that this enchanted item also exist in the adults’ world? Believe it or not, it is! And we very well knew it on its more popular name, the Sodexo Gift Certificates!

Sodexo Gift Certificate is a Shapeshifter.

Several times over, I had learned the wonderful convenience of having Sodexo Gift Certificates just in the nick of time! And below I’ll share to you my top rewarding experiences whenever I use this shapeshifting gift in the adult world!

It can turn to scrumptious gastronomical discoveries – With more than a hundred participating food & beverage restaurants, having Sodexo Gift Certificates could surely fire your bravery to try a new cuisine and discover a new set of palette. Since Sodexo Gift Certificates are as good as cash, it can be used alongside with your regular discount cards like HappyPlus or Bistro Card, and can usually be paid even for limited time offer deals. From the comforting food of best friend Jollibee to Tong Yang cravings to your Vikings appetite! Everyone can be satisfied with a burp with Sodexo GC!


Sodexo Premium Pass – Ang Gift Certificate ng Bayan!

It can give the most relaxing treat I deserve – I sometimes discover new spa and massage destinations via my Sodexo Gift Certificates. What’s more, it can also be used as payment for hotel staycations – Dakak, Microtel, Subic Bay Yatch Club, and Holiday Inn  for some!

It can open the doors to more road trip adventures – Aside from using it on almost every food and restaurant establishments along the way, Sodexo Gift Certificate can also make sure that you’ll get to your destinations as it can be used on Shell Gas Stations as well. So fasten your seatbelt, gas up and fill your soul with the goodness that traveling can do!

Sodexo Gift Certificate can save the day!

It can make ends meet. – At the end of the day, people just wanted to get by. And during these times of economical crisis and recessions, you can really be a friend in need if you consider giving friends and family Sodexo GC as gifts on their special occasions or just because you remember them.  Read about how you can make hassle-free gifts here.

The best news about this shapeshifting item beside from the fact that it’s so flexible and convenient to use, is that, Sodexo GCs have always been and forever will be valid, and that revalidation and replacement of Sodexo GC’s are free of charge once the validity date is reached. Check out the list of Sodexo Merchants here. 

I sometimes get Sodexo GC as a gift from my relatives, friends and as a token whenever I attend events; and I always keep my non-expiring Sodexo GCs in the back pocket of my planner as an emergency fund.

Sodexo Gift Certificates sustains us especially when my checks are in late-clearing or payments were delayed; and as a freelance designer, these kinds of incidents usually happen more than occasionally, so I always make sure that before heading out, my Sodexo GCs are inside the bag.

As a practical mom, I usually opt to use our Sodexo GC as an emergency fund for grocery items and medicines. Sodexo can be used as a cash payment for almost all the leading supermarket and pharmacy nationwide!

Sodexo GC can really save the day as it can be used to sustain one’s life – from grocery items to curb hunger to paying medicines to heal the sick.

From creating hot meals on a stormy night, to be able to buy the medicine for the sick, to just filling up the tab when I ran out of cash, Sodexo GC got my back and those were surely the most rewarding experiences my family and I had!

Thinking of gifting someone? Give Sodexo Gift Certificate! It’s like giving a them a portable genie that could grant wishes to save the day!

#GerifiedPH: No more Peligro every Petsa de Peligro!

Petsa de Peligro is a term that originated in Spain but was adopted in the Philippines in the Spanish Era – the time when the Spaniards colonized the Filipinos. It is term that defines “troubled times”.


In the corporate world, employees defined the days before their payday, usually the 14th of the month and the 29th of the month as their Petsa de Peligro due to the fact that most employees are hanging on to the last one hundred peso bill in their pocket simply because they do not know how to handle their finances or simply because the salary just isn’t enough.

Read more about Jollibee’s first ever web-series, #1429JolliSerye here.

Episode 1: Meet the office barkada na magpapasaya sa atin every Petsa de Peligro in 1429 Petsa de Peligro Episode 1 below!

Cast members include Bryan Mendoza as Pare, the “Diskarte Dude” ng Sales; Charlon Untalan as Jiro, the “Eat Guy” ng I.T.; Aldrin Angeles as James, Mr. Pogi ng Marketing; Justine Pena as Nina, the “Kikay-Diva” ng Accounting; Thea Yrastorza as Alex, the “Hugot Girl” ng Art Dept.; Arielle Roces as Queenie, H.R. Royalty; Almira Joverto as Terry, the Secretary/Businesswoman; Gerlie Hemilo as Ate Flor, the Janitress; and Cesar Batistis as Manong Gardo, the English-speaking Guard.

Episode 2: Namimiligro ba ang diskarte mo tuwing Petsa de Peligro? Nandito si Janno Gibbs for Episode 2 para tulungan ang barkada.

Stay tuned on November 29 for the 3rd webisode of Jollibee’s 1429 Petsa de Peligro serye!

I can’t wait to find out how Alex the Hugot Girl of Art Department will use her three wishes to turn things around for her and her friends na na mimiligro!

When asked what is the message this Jollibee webserye wants to tell the world, they just


looked in each other’s member and nod in agreement, they simply  want us to understand that it’s okay to be broke and that we should not be shy or be embarassed about it but instead accept it and be smart enough to get through it with Jollibee’s Jolly Savers Meals: Jolly Yumburger for Php 30.00, Jolly Spaghetti for Php 50.00 and Jolly Burger Steak for Php 50.00.


Dahil hindi lahat ng masarap, mahal!

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#GerifiedPH: Job Street Happy at Work

Which do you prefer? Stressed sa trabaho or no work pressure dahil walang trabaho to begin with? ( Stressed due to work or no work pressure because your jobless to begin with?)

Hindi ba pwedeng both – work and happiness? (Can’t we have both work and happiness?)  With, pwede! (It’s possible.)

Yesterday, Mr. Philip Gioca, Country Manager of Philippines presented the Job Happiness in the Philippine Perspective. Let’s start off with statistics. Check out Philippines’ 2017 Happiness at Work Report.


One of the things I learned from this is that aside from doing what you love, you should be dealing with people that you care about. Employees are resigning and giving up, not because of the work load but because of co-workers, and apparently, according to – Filipinos are less happy in the workplace.Correspondents said salary increase, getting a new job will make them happier in 6 months.

In this 2017 survey, the Philippines, Top 1 in the most happiest employees in 2016 moved back and settled to third place this year; leading in Asia is first placer Indonesia and Vietnam holding the second happiest spot.

The Philippines’ job satisfaction level dropped from 5.25 in 2016 to its current rating of 4.97 on a 10-point scale. According to’s 2017 Job Happiness Index, the key factors associated with unhappiness at work are lack of career development and training opportunities, as well as the management style of a company’s leadership team.

CPD (Continuing Professional Development) was a great idea on doing about the lack in career development but in the Philippines, it still needs some major modifications. surveyed 9,326 Philippine respondents from July 31 to August 31, 2017. The respondents were from different position levels (predominantly junior executives and supervisors) and represented a diverse mix of specializations. Fiftysix percent of respondents came from the National Capital Region, 12% from Southern Tagalog, 7% from overseas, 6% from Central Luzon, and 5% from Cebu City/Province.

“More and more Filipinos are looking for career development. They want to move forward in their chosen fields, but the lack of career development and training opportunities in their current companies seem to hold them back,” Country Manager Philip Gioca said.

When respondents were asked what will make them happier in the next six months, 33% said a salary increase would help, but 23% wish to resign and get a new job.

Colleagues and work location make Filipinos happy at work.

The respondents who said they were happy cited colleagues, work location, and company reputation as the top three drivers of workplace satisfaction. This is largely true across all demographics.

Baby Boomers are the happiest, maybe because life before the internet and the wifi is so much simpler.

According to the study, in terms of generations, baby boomers, or those born before 1960, are the happiest at 5.63, followed by the those belonging to Generation Z at 5.10.

The same can be said in terms of position level, where the top executives or the more established segment of the workforce, which are expectedly populated by the baby boomers, as well as the Fresh Graduates, have the highest happiness score.

Generation Xers barely managed to score above neutral at 5, while millennials, who compose the majority of workplaces, are below neutral with an average of 4.9.

“The results of this study serve as a wake-up call for companies who wonder why there is such a high turnover rate. Career development, training opportunities, and the management style of the company’s leadership team are just some of the reasons why many Filipinos are unhappy in the workplace. It would be best if managers can get to the heart of why this is happening as each company’s DNA is unique,” Gioca added.

The 2017 Job Happiness Index was conducted in Southeast Asia, with a sample size of 35,513. Job satisfaction is highest in Indonesia (5.27), followed by Vietnam (5.19), the Philippines (4.97), Malaysia (4.65), Thailand (4.55), Hong Kong (4.45), and Singapore (4.31).

Kaya kung hanap mo’y both – work and happiness,  gumawa na ng account sa Jobstreet! Pumunta ka lang sa website na at pwede mo nang simulan ang paghahanap ng forever – aka masayang trabaho. (Just go to the official JobStreet website at and sign up for free using your email or Facebook. Then you can now find jobs you want using the search criteria bar.

About is a leading online job board presently covering the employment markets in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. currently services over 230,000 corporate hirers and over 15 million jobseekers in its database.

About SEEK Asia is part of SEEK Asia, which is the leading online employment market place in Asia. SEEK Asia covers 7 countries namely Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. SEEK Asia is the extension of the Australian Securities Exchange listed company called SEEK. The company’s purpose is to help improve people’s lives through a better career. SEEK Asia’s database consist of over 500,000 corporate hirers and over 24 million candidates.

For more information about and the 2017 Job Happiness Index, please visit the website at Philippines is located at 20F Cybergate Tower 3, Pioneer St, Mandaluyong City. Tel: (632) 286-62-22 Fax: (632) 637 22 08

#GerifiedPH: Pop Up Town 2017

We are half way off the ber-months and sales are flashing here and there. Now, all you have to do is pick which stores are you going. But, if you have no idea where to shop first, and which sale events should you go to… Let me help you navigate and see why you have to stop over at the Pop Up Town and shop ’till you drop!

Make Circuit Makati and Arca South your ultimate entertainment and hassle-free shopping destinations this Holiday season! The holidays are just around the corner and the only thing better than the breeze getting colder and nights getting longer, is the fact it’s now the time, the best time actually to do some shopping! With bazaars in various parts of the Metro that offer almost always similar items, it may be hard to find something unique for loved ones. But don’t fret! There’s a better way to get a head start at crossing out items on your list without having to go from one place to another to find that one-of-a-kind present for your loved ones.

If you happen to live in the city, you’ll be a stone’s throw away to the much-awaited ultimate holiday shopping and entertainment experience! Introducing Pop Up Town – the biggest and hippest Holiday bazaar happening at two of Ayala Land’s sustainable estates: Circuit Makati and Arca South.

These are set on November 17 to 19 at Circuit Makati, and December 2 to 3 at Arca South in Taguig. The bazaar is on its fourth year at Circuit Makati and promises to jumpstart the holiday shopping mood through Pop up Town.


The event will feature over 200 curated shops, dining options and a ton of activities for the whole family.

What’s in store at Pop up Town? With a variety of shopping options to choose from – everything from quirky novelty gifts, to hard-to-find local products, Pop-Up Town will consist of four zones – – Pop Up Shop, Pop Up Market, Pop Up Gallery and Pop Up Local.

Pop Up Shop

Pop Up Shop will have a variety of well curated goods and pre-loved items from Karl Edwards, Passion Fly, UP JMA, Mommy Mundo, and big discounts by Folded and Hung. Unique brands and pre-loved items from our favorite stars will also be featured under the Star Avenue such as Janice De Belen, Karla Estrada, Inah de Belen, Ara Mina, Danita Paner, Maricar Reyes Poon, Marissa Sanchez, Nene Tamayo, Nilki Valdez, Christine Babao, Maria Lopez, Mara Lopez, Gretchen Fullido, MJ Marfori, Aubrey Carampel, Cherry Lou Damaso, Denise Joaquin, Mike Agassi amd Miriam Quiambao.

Mommy Mundo – Online Community of Moms and Momenterprenuers showcases wide range of mom and baby-friendly products like Maternity belt, Sun Life Insurances and more

Botanicals in Bloom – aside from essential oils, they also offer All natural skin care locally handmade made from premium ingredients like olive oil and bees wax and food grade flowers and leaves infused to become oil. These long lasting scents could calm your senses

UP JMA – students on businesses like Medjas, a Korean pop culture inspired socks. UP JMA support millennials discovering potential in the business markets. What’s more? It is for the benefits of the kids they support every semester – 40 kids are sent to school.

Karl Edwards – old company that support small businesses and Start up businesses to give back to the community, basically making dreams come true!

LukieBear – named after her first born, this swaddled blankets has many uses with beautiful verses that could comfort and inspire new moms.

Every good and perfect gift is from above.

Outdoor blankets, Gawang Pinoy Candle Soy, water based oils, and home sprays are some of their offerings. Fashion design clothes will also be featured at Karl Edwards pop up shop.

Bake Goods by Janice De Belen – homemade cheese cupcakes, pulvoron

Gretchen’s Fashion – preloved shinning shimmering splendid fashion items and size 5 shoes

Isabelle Glamour and Mara Sports- Mara’s surfing stuff and gears like rashguards, wetsuits, and bikinis and Isabelle’s Glamour beauty and the red carpet pre loved selling for only a fraction of the cos.

Miriam Quiambao’s Tubo – freshly squeezed sugar cane juice comes in natural flavor of tubo skin tonic, good for the liver, and high folic acid. Other flavors tubomango, tubomansi, tuboguyabano. Sweet taste for a healthier you! Sometime in 2015, Miriam and husband walking in Cebu and tried tubo juice. Long story short, they franchise one to make it available here in Manila.

Nikki’s Homemade Goodies – homemade goodies and chocoloco brownies Classic butter polvoron Red velvet cocoa polvoron and cakes bazaar best seller 2012 backings MissButtercream by Nikki Valdez on Instagram.

Pop up Market

A wide variety of scrumptious dishes will gibe everyone a taste of the season with Pop Up Market with Mercato. It features Takoichi Authentic Takoyaki – Squids fresh from Calaguas, and other great Filipino street food!

Pop Up Arena

Ayala Land’s estates, being a one-stop destination f leisure and entertainment, will be the perfect venue to spend the long weekend and holidays. Complementing all the shopping choices are activities like outdoor movie screenings, art workshops, battle of the bands and live acoustic performances. Kids and the kids at the heart will even be able to enjoy an inflatable obstacle course dubbed as Wacky Obstacle Run.

Bringing war into the town! Go up on different inflatable of giant activities with a twist.! Obstacle courses, swirl ball experience of different types of inflatables,  giant jackstones, speed racks and wacky activities for kids and kids at heart. Open for all ages but kids ranging 10 years and below should be accompanied by a guardian.

Pop Up Lokal

Home grown and locally-sourced and locally-made products will be showcased under the Pop Up Local. It features crafts like accessories and jewelries made and designed by PWDs.

Papelikhaan – recycled papers made by partner communities.

Pop Up Gallery

Appreciate and own a piece of art at the Pop Up Gallery featuring works curated by Para sa Sining.

Para Sa Sining – Non government organizations collaborated to celebrate arts – music, poetry, music and more! Philippines community of collaborators also features Digitized artworks like postcards and stickers like I am, I create, and we create Filipino identity – pagkilala sa iyong sarili at paglikha ng obramaestra.

Siklo Pilipinas – upcycle materials arts and crafts like products made out of airplane tires! That’s very interesting!

There’s definitely something for all at the Pop Up Town. Pop up Town offers a comprehensive collection of merchants that highlight the rich heritage of flavor and culture in the country with their local products from different regions. Student entrepreneurs will feature their innovative and unique products. Celebrity and blogger merchants will also offer everything from artisanal delicacies to pre-loved fashion items. This is the most wonderful time of the year, especially in the city that makes it happen, bringing together family, friends and colleagues. And since the success of the previous Circuit Makati Christmas Bazaars in the past years, Ayala Land ups the ante by bringing it to another Ayala Land estate, giving more people the chance to create new memorable holiday traditions.

At Pop Up Town, surprises awaits Mastercard holders as they have the chance to win prizes during the bazaar, and experience a variety of perks–from hassle free cashless shopping to free entrance to both bazaars at Circuit Makati and Arca South!

In addition, Circuit Makati and Arca South also partnered with Grab to offer discounted Grab rides heading to and from venue, free shuttle rides in select areas across the metro, free parking and option to go cashless shopping via Mastercard. This is truly the easiest way to create fun and exciting memories to remember this holiday season by. Drop by on November 17 to 19 and December 2 to 3, and get a head start on your shopping list! Pop up Town is co-presented by Mastercard and Fox Life, in cooperation with Grab.

What are you waiting for? Save the pennies and prepare your Mastercard for the great fashion, food, family run and art feast for all! See you there!

#GerifiedPH: All About QBO

Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut) is an indigeneous stilt house usually made light materials like kawayan and nipa for roof. It is a well-known Philippine cultural icon that represents bayanihan or teamwork.

Bahay Kubo are once usually carried by neighbors to transfer location, hence, teamwork and just like the humble one-room house that inspired the name, QBO (‘ku-bo’), it represents bayanihan or teamwork. They are welcoming entrepreneurs, talents, and mentors and investors alike to come together and make ideas flourish, showcase Filipino innovation, and build great companies.

QBO (‘ku-bo’) is an innovation hub, or a platform for the startup community to collaborate, develop talent, and grow. It provide startups with support and resources through events and capacity building programs as well as focused interventions designed to improve access to markets, knowledge, capital, and talent.  QBO is the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, created through a partnership between IdeaSpace, J.P. Morgan, DOST, and DTI. Spurred on by the vision of Filipinos startups changing the world, QBO’s mission is to create a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines.

 QBO VISION: Filipino startups changing the world.

QBO MISSION: Developing a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines by encouraging collaboration between the public and private sectors, developing the startup community and providing business incubation from ideation to exit.

To fulfill their mission to develop a globally competitive startup ecosystem, they believe in three core actions to achieve it:




Confident and optimistic, with plans ranging from conducting initial public offering (IPO) to tapping new markets within and outside the Philippines. To achieve their goals, they want to make their businesses sustainable through improved tax incentives, greater ease in doing business, and better access to capital. QBO recently launched the first ever Start Up Survey in the Philippines. Read more about the results and potentials here.

QLITAN. Networking events

Yesterday, QBO held a Qlitan Networking Events with the media and bloggers. These kinds of Qlitan are hosting regular networking events that also feature guest speakers for startup community to discover, collaborate, and bounce ideas off of each other. Yesterday’s qlitan was graced by Ms. Nora K. Terrado, Undersecretary of Department of Trade and Industry, the QBO Philippines & Ideaspace Foundation President himself, Mr. Rene “Butch” Meily, PwC Philippines and Isla Lipana Chairman and Senior Partner, Atty. Alexander Cabrera, and Ms. Jane Roxas-Divinagracia, Deals and Corporate Finance Managing Partner of PwC Philippines and Isla Lipana.

22540048_1551484614894793_85760377448933058_n.jpgMs. Katrina Rausa Chan, Director of QBO Philippines introduced the Audience to QBO Philippines, followed by welcome remarks from the QBO Philippines President Meily. The 2017 Philippine StartUp Survey Media Briefing also showed remarks from the companies that supports this first ever StartUp in the Philippines which includes Department of Trade and Industry, IdeaSpace Foundation and PwC Philippines.

Aside from Qlitan, QBO also hold the following:

BASIQS. Introductory classes

We conduct classes that run through the fundamentals of initiating a startup for those who are new to the scene and are exploring putting up their own venture.

WORQSHOPS. Specialized workshops

We offer in-depth workshops on a range of topics like branding, marketing, and fundraising to shed more light on specialized topics and provide actionable learnings.

FEEDBAQ. Feedback and mentorships sessions

We provide an avenue for startups to receive insight on different aspects of their business through small group sessions with peers and our network of mentors and industry leaders.

SHOWQASE. Investor pitch

We set up sessions where startups get the opportunity to pitch their ideas to top angel investors, venture capitalists, and corporations for a chance to get funded or secure partnerships.

QONSULTATION. Consultation services

We equip startups with expert advice and practical tips through individual consultation services on government-related matters as well as legal, financial, and design concerns with top firms.

QBO HQ. Co-working space

We provide members of our QMMUNITY access to our headquarters to use as a co-working space or a venue to host meetings, workshops, and other startup-related events.

INQBATION. Incubation Program

We offer select startups the opportunity to be considered for INQBATION, a program created in partnership with J.P. Morgan that provides customized mentorship and other resources based on a startup’s specific needs.

I learned that 4 of the Top 5 Companies in the world are under Technology section, that includes, and in order 1- Apple, 2-Google. 3 Microsoft and 4 Amazon. What’s amazing about these giant companies is that they are open to StartUps!

Some qualifications for StartUps are the high growth and huge potential of product, financially engaged to technology, an innovation/business style that could attract incubators, excellarators and investors. It should also be at least 5 years or younger, enabled by technology like apps with digital components or bio-tech and is applying the latest advanced materials ready for modeling for customer experience with high scalability.

If you have ideas lighting in your head, join the QBO StartUp Qmunnity today!

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