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Go Negosyo recently selected 50 women who typify unparalleled success, character, passion, and head-strong leadership in the world of entrepreneurship. Among the 50 are thriving trailblazers; social entrepreneurs’ innovators and trendsetters for greater good; and, intrapreneurs’ corporate executives who worked their way to the top with an enterprising and entrepreneurial mindset.
Go Negosyo honors the 50 Inspiring Women of Passion. They are: Mary Joy Abaquin, founder of Multiple Intelligence International School, who raises leaders and entrepreneurs who use their intelligences for the greater good; CEO of Hyundai Asia Resource Inc. Ma. Fe Agudo who led her company with high growth in sales; Olivia Limpe-Aw, president of Distileria Limtuaco, re-crafted a proudly Filipino liquor keeping the integrity and product quality of the oldest distillery in the country; Dr. Vicki Belo and Crystalle Henares of the Belo Medical Group and Belo Essentials strengthens their pioneering brand further to bring out the beauty in every Filipinos; founding director of A Single Drop for Safe Water Philippines Gemma Bulos helps in creating income-generating community-based water service organizations; Leonarda Capuyan, founder of Narda’s Handwoven Arts and Crafts uses signature Cordillera fabrics for world-class and high-end fashion; Natividad Cheng, CEO of Uratex, continues the 45 years of success as one of the leading foam-makers in Southeast Asia; president of Standard Insurance Co. Patty Echauz-Chilip keeps her company at the forefront of quality service and sustainable profitability; vice chair of SM Investments Corp. Teresita Sy-Coson is regarded as one of Asia’s most powerful businesswoman leading and transforming their family-owned business empire; CEO Dahlia Dy of South Star Drug continues to manage 230 stores and 2,400 employees in serving the country’s healthcare needs.
Alice Eduardo, CEO of Santa Elena Construction and Development Corp., is the trusted name in building roads, bridges, ports, elevated structures in the country; CEO of Cibo Inc. Gaita Fores is one of the most established entrepreneurs in the Philippine food industry for her creativity and passion in art gastronomy; founder of Julie’s Bakeshop Julie Gandionco brought her bakeshop from the local roots, to domestic and global expansion as the largest bakeshop chain in the country; founder and president of Summit Media Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng established her company as the leading publishing company in the Philippines; Magsaysay Group of Companies CEO Doris Magsaysay-Ho believes in the potential for success of Filipino seafarers helping them find their niche; building remarkable presence and reaching international markets is HBC founder Rosalinda Ang-Hortaleza; executive vice president of Universal Harvesters Inc. Milagros Ong-How mastered the intricacies of agriculture industry and is committed in producing world-class fertilizers; CEO of ECHOstore Pacita Juan continues to promote social and environmental change and leads numerous campaigns to promote a green and healthy living; Milagros Leelin Yee and Clarita Leelin Go, founders of Goldilocks bakeshop are renowned for transforming a business of humble beginnings into the largest Filipino-owned bakeshop in the world; Unilever’s vice president for personal care Gina Lorenzana makes sure her company reaches out to Filipinos in all walks of life with products that can positively impact lives.
Building financial literacy and freedom for Filipinos through their company is Sun Life Philippines CEO Rizalina Mantaring’s thrust; CEO of Care.com Sheila Marcelo seeks to help families find the perfect caregivers for their loved ones who are in need of special care and assistance; through her brainchild project Hope in a Bottle, Nanette Medved-Po helps build classrooms through its sales; Lily Monteverde of Regal Entertainment continues to create films through her creativity and passion for it; Celestina Maristela Ocampo made her name in the global arena through her self-made and self-named brand; founder and CEO of CDO Foodsphere Corp. Corazon Ong started a home-based product which has achieved success in the food manufacturing industry; Sui Ping Par of PR Gaz is at the forefront of providing clients the whole package in the energy industry; CEO of Dizon Farms Catherine Dizon-Posas leads her company in providing quality and fresh fruits in the market; Marixi Prieto and Sandy Prieto-Romualdez continue to serve the country through the Philippine Daily Inquirer; Charita Puentespina of Puentespina Orchirds is the leader in agribusiness with the endeavour of saving the waling waling from extinction.
National Bookstore’s Socorro Ramos continues to keep her business thriving and leading in the country; Rappler’s CEO Maria Ressa is committed in delivering quick and reliable news at a click; Rags2Riches founder Reese Ruiz empowers women across communities through her social-enterprise; CEO of Sarabia Optical Dr. Vivian Sarabia is the only eyewear stylist in the Philippines to create her niche in the optical industry; Nelia Siggaoat of Manel’s remains strong as the top retailer and manufacturer of leather goods; Heny Sison of Heny Sison Culinary School continues to establish a self-named brand and comprehensive culinary education; founder of OB Montessori Preciosa Soliven continues to hone children as self-developing individuals through education; Eleanor Tan of Healthway Medical is committed in delivering primary and specialty care among Filipinos; Zenaida Tantoco of Rustan’s believes in providing excellence aside from luxury.
Tesoro Group of Companies president Beng Tesoro continues the legacy of upholding quality Filipino-made handicrafts; Esther Vibal of the Vibal Group leads the biggest book printer and publisher in the country; MDI group founder Myla Villanueva is one of the leading innovators in Silicon Valley; Sen. Cynthia Villar of Villar Foundation creates livelihood opportunities for women; PCI Worldwide’s Rosalind Wee marked the Philippines’ territory in the world market in agribusiness; co-founder of Human Nature Anna Meloto-Wilk forwards a social-enterprise addressing social and environmental issues; Raintree Hospitality Group CEO Annabella Wisniewski continues to make records in the hotel and restaurant business; Richwell founder Myrna Yao is the leading distributor of children’s products in the Philippines; Mega Group’s founder and CEO Sari Yap continues to grow a business empire out of her passion and enthusiasm; and Marife Zamora, Convergys’ managing director for Asia Pacific, is known for her remarkable leadership thrust.