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For the past 12 years, Go Negosyo has recognized women entrepreneurs from various fields for their successful and inspiring entrepreneurial journey, which we hope will empower the next generation to start their own enterprises. President Rodrigo Duterte joined the ceremony and personally handed out the trophies to the awardees, together with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, SM Investments Corporation vice chairman Tessie Sy-Coson, and Sta. Elena Corporation CEO Alice Eduardo.
We awarded these Filipino women because, despite their roles as mothers and wives, they pursued their dreams and conquered industries through their enterprises.
We awarded micro to small entrepreneurs, including Cherrie Atilano of AGREA, Imelda Dagus of Dennis Coffee Garde, Evellin Daytao of Daytao’s Native Cakes, Pamela Henares of Buro Buro Springs Vermi Farm, Lydia Lomibao of J. Emmanuel Pastries, Arlene Mabute of Mabute Lumpia Wrapper and Cheese Stick Maker, Honie Navor of HK Stone Craft Trading and Ester Vitto of Bahag Footwear.
Medium to large entrepreneurs were also recognized, such as Felicia Atienza of Chinese International School Manila, Ana de Ocampo of Wildflour Café & Bakery, Anne Gonzalez of Terry SA, Sheree Gotuaco of Omnimoda International, Gina Lorenzana of Unilever Philippines, Rebecca Mills of Asia CEO Forum, Mary Ann Montemayor of Villa Margarita Hotel and Catering, and Evelyn Palomo of Great Image.
We also awarded entrepreneurs with inclusive business models such as Rachel de Villa of Cropital and Felicitas Pantoja of Coffee for Peace. Arizza Nocum of KRIS Library and Good Karma Shirts was also part of this year’s awardees. She shared an inspiring speech on behalf of all the awardees.
We also honored women entrepreneurs who themselves have mentored and empowered fellow entrepreneurs, like Pacita Juan, Doris Ho, and Sen. Cynthia Villar.
Go Negosyo also recognized the female entrepreneurs worthy of being called “Legacy” for their contribution to the country, whose companies and brands have conquered challenges and celebrated many triumphs. Legacy awardees include Mercedes Gotianun of Filinvest Corporation, Corazon Ong of CDO Foodsphere, Socorro Ramos of National Book Store and Rosalind Wee of W Group.
Over 400 guests filled up the Rizal Hall of Malacañang and congratulated this year’s awardees.