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With GInvest, Invest Anytime Anywhere!

I’ve been setting aside money for different investments. I’ve been investing since I was 27 years old. I’m using around 4 kinds on investment channels. The reason for the various channels is that I have different investment objectives for each channel. I have one that I will use for my retirement. The two other policies that we have are for the education of Zeeka (and other children, if we do have others). The last one that I have is really for emergency funds.

I personally love investing. Why? I just think that it’s like a game. Funny as this may sound, I love that investing feels like a personal game that I’m playing, and I’m competing against myself. I love that I actually have control over what happens, and the forces around me and the temptation to go shopping are my opponents! haha!

Recently, I found this cool new way of investing and it’s super easy! It’s called GInvest. So it’s hidden in our GCash App, in the “Show More” portion. Currently though, it’s on BETA and only available to a few individuals. Super blessed to be given the chance to test this.

So I clicked on GInvest and it asked me these questions first. You have to answer these questions as truthfully as possible since the main reason for this quiz is not to spy on you. It’s actually to get your risk profile and to get a sense of your risk appetite.

 

After you answer all of the questions, you will be shown your risk profile. In my case, I am a moderately aggressive investor.

You will then have access to the GInvest dashboard once your registration has been approved. Note that you will receive emails every step of the way. I like this, because it informs me of what’s happening with my registration / account event is I don’t open the application.

With GInvest, they will match your investment with what your risk profile is. Their partner for the investment products that they offer is ATRAM.

The ATR Asset Management​ (ATRAM or ATRAM Group) operates through ATR Asset Management, Inc. (ATRAM MF) and the ATRAM Trust Corporation. In 2009, the ATRAM Group decided to expand its presence in the fast growing domestic asset management industry by forming a dedicated business group called ATR Asset Management (ATRAM or ATRAM Group). Under this group is ATRAM Trust and ATRAM MF.

For those that don’t know, ATRAM Trust Corporation (ATRAM Trust) is the first stand-alone trust corporation in the Philippines. It received its license to operate last October 2016.

ATR Asset Management (ATRAM MF), on the other hand, was established in July 1995 as the Mutual Fund Management Co. of the Phils. (MFMCP) by the Clemente Fund Management Asia Ltd. to serve as investment adviser, principal distributor and administrator of the Mutual Fund Company of the Philippines also known as the “Kabuhayan Fund”. In 2003, Maybank ATR Kim Eng Capital Partners, Inc. purchased an 83% stake in MFMCP from some of the original shareholders thereby gaining control of the company.

Personally, I did my research first before I invested. I think they’re a pretty legit company. You can read more about them here: https://www.atram.com.ph/ATRAM/AboutUs/default.aspx

So the type of investment presented to me was ATRAM Peso Money Market Fund. This fund is a UITF or a Unit Investment Trust Fund. UITFs are types of funds that pools funds from different investors with the same objectives.

I wanted to try GInvest, so I clicked on the subscribed button, and transferred around Php 1000 for investment. Get this! The minimum investment amount is Php 50! If you want to invest extra funds every day, you actually can! So after hitting the subscribe button, I got a message that GInvest will message me back once I have the subscribed units.

It just took a couple of days (or less) before I got to see it on my dashboard as “subscribed”. For those who want more information about the ATRAM PESO MONEY MARKET FUND, don’t worry! You will receive an email that contains information about the fund like this.

 

What I like about GInvest

I like that I can easily invest. Investing before was (in my opinion) more tedious than just setting aside money for savings. I think it’s tedious because of the documentation that you need to fill out. You also need to coordinate with a financial or wealth advisor, even during the initial stages of the discussion. And lastly, to top up, you pay using bills payment channels, but to know if you have “subscribed”, you will still receive their manual “letters and official receipts” weeks after. If you want to know if your subscription was received, you will still need to check with you advisor oftentimes.

I also appreciate the amount of control that’s given by GInvest. I can invest or redeem whenever I want. I can also get updates and see my subscribed shares when I open the app.

I also like that the minimum investment amount is Php 50. When I first saw this, I couldn’t believe it!

Lastly, the “set reminder” functionality that sends an SMS to you with the amount that you set is something that is very useful. You can set it to remind you every middle and end of the month or every end of the month or every end of the quarter. It just makes everything more consistent.

What I wish GInvest would have

I wish they would have more investment products like stock both local and foreign stocks, etc. Also, if there’s a way to lock that certain portion of the GCASH app. This is just for extra data privacy. Also, if you could possibly add analytics (or a way to tell us how much we should invest to POSSIBLY reach a goal for our personal investments, that would be awesome!

So that’s about it, guys! Will I continue investing GInvest? Yes, I will.

I think I trust GInvest enough and most importantly, it’s so easy and convenient! haha!

Love Lots,

First of all, I’d like to thank the hundreds of people who have attended The Freelancer Fair. I am deeply moved by your support. I hope that The Freelancer Fair will be a milestone in your freelancing journey. As I’m excited to write about the fair, I found myself thinking about the industry and things that stop freelancers from achieving their dreams. I’ll probably write about the fair in the days to come. I decided to download all of my thoughts into this blogpost.

I’ve seen this industry grow and thrive since 2010. This was the year I started my own freelancing journey. The freelancing industry is definitely a colorful industry. This is what I find most appealing about it. There are a lot of things happening, a lot of events and workshops, a lot of online courses being offered and a lot of live videos, and a lot of inspiration. There’s enough variety to make someone from the outside curious about what’s happening on the inside.

In this industry, there are people willing and able to help you start freelancing. They will help you when you’re stuck in a rut and don’t know what to do. There are big brands, like PayPal, who support you every step of the way (BTW, if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you can click on this link: PayPal). We have more than 20 communities in the Philippines. Each of these communities have their own advocacies and each one captures their own segment of the industry. All of these support are readily available for anyone interested to be a freelancer.

So I still wonder why there are still aspiring freelancers who are scared to get into this fun-filled, super caring and supportive industry? Why can’t they start their freelancing journey? Why is one disheartened (after a few months or a year) to continue freelancing? Why do some people fail while others succeed?

A big factor is FEAR. We are scared of a lot of things.

I talked to a lot of long-time freelancers and those who are thinking of jumping into this industry and I have grouped the “fears” that they have encountered into 6 FEARS.

Fear #1: Lack of skills
Being new to this industry, we hear things like Virtual Assistance, Online Business Manager, Email Marketing, Facebook Marketing, Content Marketing, SEO, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Media Buying, etc. Most of these things are words that we haven’t heard before. We often feel that we may not be able to grasp and fully understand any of these things. We think that we may not have any place in this freelancing world, but this is not true!

IMHO: There will always a place for you in this industry IF you REALLY, REALLY want to be part of it. You just need to discover your own strengths and weaknesses. After which, focus on your strengths and develop skills that are aligned with these strengths. Note that if you discover in the future that what you really love is not in this industry, there is nothing wrong with that. The most important thing is that you live a life doing the things that you love.

Also, we need constantly be curious about different things. We always need to strive to learn something new every day!

Do you feel like you’re not spending enough time with family?

Fear #2: Lack of Time Management Skills

A lot of people who start in this industry juggled family life, maintaining a day job and doing side projects. With this, some people feel like they will fail because they don’t have time management skills.

IMHO: The way to face feeling this way is to accept that you will never have the perfect balance of time spent for each aspect in your life. I, too, still feel guilty that I don’t spend time with my family as often as I want to. On other days, I feel useless for some projects that I’m involved with. And in other days, I feel guilty that I could have done better in a freelance work that I delivered to a Client.

But this is not how I feel each and every single day. In days that I feel guilty about not spending time with family, those are the day that I excelled in my freelancing career, and vice versa. So no matter how good your time management skills are, juggling all of these is a fact of life so there is no need to fear it — just be ready for this kind of life.

Do you feel like your missing out on the things that your friends have?

Fear #3: Fear of Missing Out on Corporate Success

Jumping into a new territory always makes us feel like we’re missing out on the world that we left behind. I remember the first time I went full-on freelancing. During the first three months of my freelancing journey, there wasn’t a day when I wanted to go back and work again. I felt bored, depressed, and discouraged. I felt that I was missing out on a lot of things. My friends were going up the corporate ladder, while I was starting from scratch. I had nothing. All I had was my dream and my skills and talent.

IMHO: You don’t need to be scared that you’ll miss out on things that your friends are experiencing. You have your own journey. Each one of us have our own mission in life and our purpose to accomplish. Stop comparing. You’ll miss out on a lot of things when you spend time comparing and sulking. Focus on growing, achieving and helping!

Fear #4: Fear of not having Income stability

Fear #5: Understanding Taxation

Fear #6: Lack of Client Projects or Lack of Skill in Handling Clients

I have much to say about the last three fears. These are the ones that came up more often when I interviewed aspiring freelancers. I will discuss these three during the workshop that I will have with PayPal (Take the Dare: Fear-Proof Your Freelancing Journey). This will be the 10th PayPal Freelancer Community Workshop on September 8, 2018!

The key topics that I will talk about for the Fear-proof your Freelancing Journey are the following:

– What are the challenges to income security and how to overcome it?
– Why it’s important to pay taxes and how it can benefit you and your business
– How to deal with tough clients and strictly manage projects

This is an outline of what I will cover.

Fear #1: Income stability

– Know how to secure finances even when projects are pending or hard to find
– Budget management
– Managing monthly projects and gross revenue

Fear #2: Taxation

– Get acquainted with taxation processes that you have to comply with as a Freelancer
– Know the business benefits and perks of paying taxes

Fear #3: Client projects

– Discover strategies and tactics for finding and pitching to clients for new projects
– Managing deadlines and pressures
– How to deal with hard clients
– How to confront rejection from a failed presentation
– Setting up an invoice system for recurring payments

If you have time to join me, please do sign up using this link: https://bit.ly/10thPayPalFreelancerWorkshop

There is a $100 surprise for a lucky attendee!


Having a PayPal account will really make things easier. PayPal is a trusted payment service by Clients from any country. This will make collecting payments easier for us, freelancers. Sign up for a PayPal account HERE!.

I’d really love to get to know you and let’s see how we can jointly overcome your fears and fear-proof your freelancing journey!

It’s been a few days since The Freelancer Fair 2018. I wanted to share my welcome remarks, since there are three things that I want to impart to this community. I love that I am part of this industry and I will do whatever it takes to keep us united and bonded.


Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the 3rd year of The Freelancer Fair! Wow! I can’t believe how amazing our turnout for this year is. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Manila Workshops thanks you!

Before anything else, I’d like to thank the Department of Trade and Industry (DICT) for consistently supporting us. USEC Mon Ibrahim, Miss Emmy and the rest of the DICT team, thank you very much for supporting us for the three consecutive years that we have been running this. Also, I would like to thank the Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines (DCAP), especially to my dear friend and the president of DCAP, Genesis Reonico. I’d like to thank all of our speakers who took time out to share their knowledge with you all here today.

I’d like to thank all of the freelancing communities who are here today. I would have liked to mention you all, but you’re already too many to mention! I’d like to thank all our brand sponsors who have stuck it out with us for three years and to those who have supported us this year. Thank you, too, to my team, team Manila Workshops who tirelessly put up this event for all of us and to the attendees of this year’s The Freelancer Fair. May you pick up new ideas, learnings, gain new friends, and even new love today! Haha!

Kidding aside, I really wanted to start this welcome speech with a lot of thank you’s because my heart is truly filled with gratitude. I am so blessed to be part of this community.

Last year’s theme was Rise of the Free. And yes, we have truly risen and have made our voices heard. We made everyone know that the freelancing industry exists. And this year’s theme is Up Your Game. The reason why we thought of this theme is because we see what is to come, we see so much talent and we see the unlimited opportunities that await the Filipino Freelancer. We all need to be ready and pumped up to take on the world, Filipinos.

Today’s program is filled with a lot of amazing speakers who will give you the practical things that you need to be ready, and you will also be inspired by stories from freelancers who have succeeded during the past years.

So the things that I want to impart to you today are just three simple things that may be beneficial for you to take your freelancing profession to the next level.

Competency is useless without human decency.

Always treat others with respect and consideration. In the years that we have worked hard, we have all undergone hardships and challenges. Look at the person beside you. Nothing makes you superior enough to be granted a pass to disrespect your neighbour. We should all keep in mind that

Don’t mistake complacency for contentment.

This was actually mentioned to me by EJ, my better half and the CEO of Taxumo, while having a conversation on what would make this nation great again. We should constantly strive to be the very best we could be. We should seek for knowledge, know not only things that we are capable of doing, but get out, see the world. Learn about different things, and explore. Learn about other nations, but learn more about your nation. Strive to be a better version of yourself everyday.

No one rises without failing and falling.

When you stumble and fall, pick yourself up. When you see others fail and falter, help them pick up the pieces. When players quit, there’s no game to speak of. And this freelancing game doesn’t have to be one where there are losers. In this game, everyone CAN win. Everyone can win, because we make the rules.

I hope that today will be truly memorable for all of you. On behalf of the Manila Workshops team, welcome to The Freelancer Fair 2018 – Up your Game!

Sitting here at CBTL on a holiday, working. But hey, I’m happily working! This week, my focus is on The Freelancer Fair 2018! First of all, I thought we could never ever top the number of attendees that we had last year. But we did!!! So my heart is filled with gratitude. Last year, we had 450+ paid sign ups, and reached around a little over 500 attendees. But this year… WOW! We already have around 617 attendees who have signed up online! I’m super excited to meet everyone! We still have slots available so you can register online until 11:59 PM, August 23, Thursday. For those who do not make the cut-off, walk-ins are welcome, but only regular rate tickets (Php 1000 each) will be available. We won’t have group rates anymore and promo codes will not be applicable.

I took time out to write this post so that we will all be guided on what will happen during  The Freelancer Fair 2018. We all know that The Freelancer Fair 2018 will be on August 25 at Metrotent in Metrowalk, Pasig City. Here is the map to the event: https://goo.gl/maps/TBG3f8ngnsx Registration will open at 8 am and the program will start at 9 am and end at 5pm. We highly encourage you to come early so that you will have ample time to network and meet new people! That’s definitely one of the benefits of the fair. We also highly encourage the community heads and the sponsors to be done setting up by 8 am so that you’ll all be able to entertain guests and talk to our attendees. I’m super excited because we have so many partners and community involvement this year! There will be a lot of promos and surprises from our sponsors, so please check your email! Please also save these email addresses in your contact list so that emails from us don’t go to your spam folder (these are the email addresses to save: contact@manilaworkshops.com, manilaworkshops@gmail.com and ginger@manilaworkshops.com).

What is The Freelancer Fair 2018?

For three years now, we at Manila Workshops have ran The Freelancer Fair to gather, support and promote the freelancing industry. We gathered and gather not only online freelancers (virtual assistants, social media managers, content writers, etc.), but we have opened the event to offline freelancers like photographers, fitness professionals, videographers, event coordinator, etc.

Since we have started, we have seen this industry grow and prosper. We, at Manila Workshops, specifically chose the theme UP YOUR GAME, because we feel that the Filipino freelancers need to get ready to compete globally! We have talented freelancers here, and we need to help encourage and inspire one another to continue to learn and to be the best that we all can be.

What are the Official Hashtags?

The official hashtags are #UpYourGame, #TheFreelancerFair and #FreelancerPH. Kindly use these hashtags when posting. Also, please follow and like the new page that we have created on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefreelancerfair/

Do I need to bring anything to The Freelancer Fair 2018?

Aside from the details mentioned above, there is paid parking in Metrowalk and it can accommodate a lot of cars 🙂 The venue is walking distance from Robinsons Galleria. The event will start at 9:00 am, but registration will open at 8:00 am. We highly encourage you to purchase food from our food concessionaires! Let’s help our fellow entrepreneurs and freelancers!

Registration and Entering the Venue Proper

Please wear comfortable clothing, but please no shorts and slippers please. There will be different lines at the registration area. We will have the following lines:

a. Paid online – Surname or Last Name starts with A to L
b. Paid online – Surname or Last Name starts with M to Z
c. Walk-ins / Pre-registered
d. VIPS/Bloggers/Sponsors/Communities/Media

Children 15 years old and younger can enter the venue for FREE. Kindly present a proof of their age/birthday at the registration area.We have a play area for kids! Please do not leave your kids unattended. Also, let’s be respectful of other people’s intent to listen and learn. Any behaviour that is not conducive to learning is highly discouraged. 🙂 Hope you understand!

Upon signing up, you will be given an ID, which you need to wear at all times. We will be strict in implementing this as your security is our utmost concern. At the back of your ID will be a copy of the program. You will also be given a loot bag, which you will use to keep all of your belongings and all the freebies that you will get from our partner brands and sponsors. We highly encourage you to go and learn more about each sponsor and community. There are fun games and surprises in each booth! Go and make friends!

For those who asked, yes, it is advisable that you bring water tumblers/jugs, too.

For those who are breastfeeding, please do let anyone from Manila Workshops know. They will direct you to the room where you can breastfeed if you need privacy.

SOME SURPRISES FROM BOOTH SPONSORS!

Here are the list of the promos and surprises from our partner brands and communities! 🙂

LAZADA – Get a FREE Voucher when you sign up as a Lazada Seller!

ALFOX PRINTING SERVICES – Attendees get 30% OFF when you order your business cards from us. Use the promo code TFF2018 on our website www.alfoxprinting.com. For exhibitors, we are offering a special price for pull-up banners, flyers, stickers and business cards.

INVITATIONS BY TEN – Special prizes at Invitations by Ten booth when you like the facebook pages: Be Bizy Business Workbook and Invitations by Ten. Pick a prize when you buy the Be Bizy Business Workbook (limited prizes). Buddy Bundle Discount: 2 workbooks for 1,000. First 10 buyers of the Be Bizy Business Workbook will be receiving a special lootbag! 🙂

FHMOMS – Free Social Media Marketing Online Course when you visit Fhmoms booth.

O2SPACE – Get a chance to win free day pass when you visit their booth.

THE FULFILLED WOMEN – Get P400 off when they sign up and enter the coupon code: TFW400 (https://www.facebook.com/events/262792224452991/ and https://goo.gl/forms/S3SNq3VGLvBNOfuT2)

TAXUMO – Drop by our booth and let us introduce you to our new tax concierge service TAXUMO Premium! We will also be offering a special discounted rate for our TAXUMO Business Starter Package (almost 40% off). Sit down with us for a FREE consultation on how to go about registering your business with the BIR. You can submit your requirements for business registration at our booth. Check out the requirements by visiting: https://www.taxumo.com/business-registration

CODESKITCH

1. Exclusive discounted price for ALL our digital services for attendees – Web Development Package – Social Media Marketing – Graphic Design / Multi-media – Audio-Visual / Photography Services

2. Drop Your Business Card and Win Selfie Ring Light – one winner every hour from 11AM-5PM – Participants to drop their business card on our fish bowl – Winner will be contacted and should claim the prize on our booth during the event personally and present ID – Winner must follow our Facebook & Instagram account

URBANESSENCE – They are now open for franchise!

SUNLIFE – Those who will visit our booth and register with us will receive a token!

REGIE.PH – From Pen to Pixels: Brush Lettering and Digitizing Workshop on Sept. 29, 2018 Regular Price: Php2000 inclusive of workshop materials Special Rate for TFF Attendees: Php1750 Bring-a-buddy Rate: Php1500 for each attendee Only 10 slots available. We’ll accept a downpayment of 500 pesos today to secure a slot. Visit us at the REGIE.PH booth to learn more. Freelance Life Doodle Shirt, yung prices are 400 for the White and 450 for the Black

ALLCARE – ALLCARE will be giving out raffle prizes such as Php 200 Grab coupons, Php 500 Honestbee delivery vouchers and some free co-working space passes from our partners. All they have to do is come by our booth and sign up for our platform for free. Our platform offers discounted benefits like healthcare, insurance and other items. Each sign-up is one raffle entry.

ANN/NINA – Freelancer Fair weekend promo They will be selling their e-book bundle for P997. Nina’s Basics ng FB Masters – 5995 yung price, 40% off Promo will be from Friday to Sunday

JASS ONLINE SOLUTIONS – Build Your Freelance Website in 5 days for Php2,000.00 only! Avail Domain + Hosting Package and Get A Free Tutorial on How To Build Your Own Website For more information, please visit this page: http://www.jassonlinesolutions.com/why-you-need-a-website-for-your-freelancing-career/

SOCIAL MEDIA ACADEMY – Games and Activities:

– Spin the Wheel of Social: Get a chance to win amazing prizes (books, gadgets, courses) by trying your luck and spinning for your favorite social media platform

– #SMAisLyf Photo Contest Take a photo with the official Freelancer Fair Hashtag of Social Media Academy to win surprise goodies!

– Special Social Media Academy Batch 4 Launch SMA will be launching Batch 4 at the Freelancer Fair and we are offering a special, on-the-day only discount and payment plan to enrol in the leading social media marketing school in the Philippines And more! Simply hang out in the Social Media Academy booth to chat with mentors and other SMA alumni. You can try to hustle for some stickers and exclusive shirts that will be available ONLY in their booth.

Healthy Baby Food Ideas PH – We would like to promote an online webinar called “FAQs to FACTS” where we will talk about the most asked questions by working moms about Complementary Feeding, Healthy Baby Food Ideas and Baon Ideas. There’s no time and date yet but it will be exclusive to members only so they need to join the group Healthy Baby Food Ideas Philippines

LaVie Essentials – For the first 20 customers they get 5% discount in leather goods and 20% on beauty products plus free cable snaps!

UNIONBANK EONUnionBank EON will be giving away an EON card to 5 lucky winners! Giveaway: Post in your Facebook or Instagram “Let’s talk a selfie at The Freelancer Fair” and use #SelfieBanking #TheFreelancerFair. Winners can pick up the prize at the EON Booth at the Freelancer Fair.

BRING CALLING CARDS OR COPIES OF YOUR WORK (JUST IN CASE)

Network, network, network! It’s good to be prepared with calling cards. Alfox Printing Services will have a special discount for those who order during The Freelancer Fair. Also, be sure to use the hashtags when posting, since a lot of the attendees will follow the event by searching for the hashtags. They might find you and your services by going through the hashtags. Also, update your Facebook, Linked-In, and other profiles prior to The Freelancer Fair 2018.

BE SURE TO INTERACT WITH THE SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS!

We have an interesting line-up of speakers, and these people are very open and willing to help you jumpstart your freelancing career. Don’t be shy to approach them!

The list of speakers and their pictures are on this page: http://thefreelancerfair.com. Some of the speakers will offer great deals for attendees of the Freelancer Fair. I will also drop my consultation rate from $100 dollars per hour t $50 per hour. You can book a consultation here: https://www.gingerarboleda.com/consult  This will be available only until the end of September.

This event is about building relationships and focusing on personal development.  I’m excited to meet you all. I’m also excited to see friends and reconnect with past attendees. We really hope that you enjoy your time at the fair.

Let’s start living the life we want to live!

Love,

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

P.S. For those who haven’t bought a ticket yet, you still have time! Please visit this link: http://thefreelancerfair.com ONLY PREPAID ATTENDEES THOUGH WILL GET LOOTBAGS 🙂 🙂 See you!

P.P.S. Please join our newly created The Freelancer Fair Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thefreelancerfair/

 

Great news for social entrepreneurs! Now in its fourth year, BPI Sinag is looking to help more social enterprises get a head start on their business ideas.

And this year, they are challenging social entrepreneurs to encourage the creation of wealth among the Filipino ultra-poor.

BPI Sinag is the flagship program of BPI Foundation, the social innovation arm of the Bank of the Philippine Islands. Its goal is to accelerate businesses that create products and services that aim to make a social impact in a sustainable manner, targeting the triple-bottom-line of people, planet, and profit.

To celebrate BPI Foundation’s 40th anniversary, BPI Sinag is taking on the road to reach new social enterprises, launch new ideas and opportunities, and pave the way in improving the social enterprise ecosystem in the country.

Since its launch in 2015, BPI Sinag has been able to reach out and help 138 social enterprises nationwide. Each year, social entrepreneurs are given a chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. They are then shortlisted based on their pitches and their performance until ten awardees are selected.

To reach social enterprises all over the nation, BPI Foundation conducted the Sinag Fast Track. Qualified applicants will secure a spot on the #BPISinag2018 Top 40 and will be moving on to the first round of Sinag Bootcamp to be held in Manila. From there, 20 enterprises will be selected based on their presentation until only ten are left.

Five of the awardees will get P100,000 while the top five will get P500,000. Winners will also receive cash grants and continued mentorship that can increase the chances of their project’s success.

Here’s the list of social enterprises that made it last year.

Accents and Petals Crafts and Accessories  a novelty shop selling flowers made from recycled wood and paper

Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. – develops, manufactures, and installs technologies such as ram pumps for drinking and irrigation water, for the poor in the uplands

Association of Differently-Abled Persons in Iloilo Multi-Purpose Cooperative – a furniture making business giving jobs to persons with disabilities

Buhatan River Eco-Adventure Service Cooperative (BRESC) – an eco-tourism service in Sorsogon promoting the attractions of the Buhatan River

Coffee For Peace – a coffee supplier of world-class Arabica and Robusta beans working to promote peace in Mindanao

CustomMade Crafts Center, Inc. – a weaving novelty shop offering assorted items designed with Hinabol fabric

Happy Helpers a professional home cleaning service that employs and empowers mothers from poor communities

Lamlifew Village Museum and School of Living Tradition – a living museum which showcases the cultural practices of Blaan tribe in the Sarangani Province

Mori Creations – a designer of innovative fashion accessories collaborates with mothers from poor communities in Apolonio Samson, Quezon City

Zarraga Integrated Diversified Organic Farmers Association (ZIDOFA) – a community of farmers revolutionizing rice growth with rich organic fertilizer 

As an entrepreneur, I think it’s an awesome venue for fellow entrepreneurs to test their ideas. Pitching your ideas to an expert panel can give you a different perspective and feedback on which aspects need improvement. Pitching on the stage also helps boost your confidence, presentation, and negotiation skills.

Events like these are also a great place to meet people who are as ambitious and as driven as you are. Here you can exchange ideas and get the support that you need to change the world as we know it. Who knows, you might also meet your future mentor in these events!

So if you think your idea has the potential to make a great impact and improve the lives of the Filipino people, send your entries to www.sinag.bpifoundation.org or email info.bpisinag@gmail.com. Deadline of entries is on May 15, 2018.