On September 05, 2017 (Tuesday), John Marc B. Estoque, founder of Teach to Fish PH is privileged to be one of the delegates in this 2nd ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival held at the Plenary Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
This event is joined by different delegates from 10 member countries of the ASEAN region serving as a platform for these young entrepreneurs, business owners, and other stake holders to interact, build relationships, and network with regional linkage.
With this year’s theme: “Unleash the Hero in You”, Mr. Ramon M. Lopez, Secretary of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Chairman of ASEAN Economic Ministers, gave his opening message as he inspires the delegates to B.E. A. H.E.R.O. This means Build, Encourage disruptions, Advanced networking, Harness Excellence, and Realize Opportunities.
Secretary Lopez also challenges us to dream big. If one aspires to become successful in life, one must dream big and dreaming big does not ends there but being open to commit mistakes. Because in every mistakes lies an opportunity and how can one go to somewhere is one is afraid to take a risk and make a mistake?
Next came the segment “Big Brother Knows” hosted by Mr. Joey Concepcion, founder of GoNegosyo and now Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, and currently Chair to ASEAN Business Advisory Council, and also co-hosted by Mr. Rommel Geredias, President of Philippine Young Entrepreneurs Association and Chair for the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council.
Mr. Concepcion tells a story on how he also started his journey being an entrepreneur as a young man, the challenges and life mistakes that he had earned along the way, and finally being what he is now.
He strictly emphasized the need of having a mentor if you want to be successful. You have to have your big brother who will open your eyes of your mistakes and encourages you to learning and give you wisdom on how to rebound from your mistakes and redirect your path towards achieving your dream.
Next is the Behind the ASEAN Economic community or #BAE segment which gave an overview about the ASEAN community and what doors of opportunities will this ASEAN Integration will be open to everyone of us as together we strive for shared growth and prosperity.
This segment was moderated by Ms. Renelyn Tan-Castillejos, Program Manager for the World Youth Alliance and enjoined by panel discussants namely Ms. Alma Argayoso, Former attache of the Philippine to Indonesia Foreign Trade Corps; Mr. Syed Nabil Aljeffri, Founder of Malaysian Association of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs; Ms. Eleanor Mak, President of Australia-ASEAN Business Council; Mr. Hans Lukiman, Head of ASEAN and Asia-Pacific Relations, Himpunan Pengusaha Muda Indonesia (Indonesia Young Entrepreneurs Association); and finally Mr. Wu Youjian, Vice President of China Young Entrepreneurs Association.
The delegation was halted temporarily by a Lunch Break gaving opportunity to the fellow delegates to know each other and make new friends.
The afternoon event started with the segment #YOLO: Youth on Limitless Opportunities.
After introducing the aims and purpose of the ASEAN community, the talk now moves into a microscale focusing on the inspiring success stories of young entrepreneurs and their personal journey through hardships and success to where they are today.
The sharing of stories from these successful young entrepreneurs, themselves, provides guidance on the youth’s role in shaping the future. Inspirational advices were shared based from their life experiences to encourage the youth participation towards the shared ASEAN dream and help them see the opportunities that can be gained from the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Dialogue Partners.
The segment was moderated by Ces Rondario, Co-Founder of Impact Hub Manila. Speakers for this segment who shared their life stories are Audrey Pe, just a teenage girl who had already founded and is an Executive Director of her own company WiTech (Women in Technology); Vince Golangco who like everyone else started with different jobs but after experiencing one of the most emotional heartbreak of his life (if not the most)… was challenged and eventually succeeded in founding his own company, WhenInManila.com; Mr. Kesavan Sathyamoorthy who once decided to take a risk and had chosen a decision that had changed his entire life forever and now Chairman of Diamond Glass Enterprise Pte Ltd; and Mr. Gigih Septianto who in his passion to solve a social problem in his country created the WeCare.id.
As Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motors Inc, puts it, “A business that makes nothing but money is poor business.” Thus, the calling for entrepreneurship is not only about making profits but also it should have a goal of changing the lives of the people.
Therefore in this last segment #LOL: Leaders On Lending a hand, the session focuses on how young entrepreneurs create social impact through building sustainable social enterprises. It starts with acknowledging the power of collective dreams and community collaboration to empower local communities and ends with pushing for passion, purpose, and impact before profit and income.
The last segment was moderated by Mr. Brian Tenorio, Chair, Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce, enjoined by speakers: Ms. Cherrie Atilano, President of Agrea; Mr. Prim Paypon, Founder of The Dream Project PH; Ms. Tal de Guzman, CEO and Founder of Risque Designs; Mr. Henry Motte-Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Edukasyon.ph and Philippine Winner of the ASEAN Young Social Entrepreneur Award; Ms. Liza Diño, Chairperson of Film Development Council of the Philippines; and Ms. Kim Lim, Co-Founder, The Picha Project Malaysia.
“Shared Growth, Shared Prosperity”, such is the dream of this ASEAN Integration. As we moved towards the realization of this dream, the event emphasized that if we help one another, together we will reach for our goals.
This update is brought to you by Teach to Fish PH, a non-government organization that has a purpose of extending opportunities for our fellow Filipinos. It is the mission of our every project and program for you to be inspired, to be equipped with necessary knowledge, and to mobilize you towards achieving your dreams of becoming an entrepreneur someday or at least to have an additional source of income.