The Philippine Trade Training Center of the Department of Trade and Industry was highly privileged to be visited by Her Excellency Vice President Leni Robredo on its opening event at PTTC Hall last 12 January 2017.

Entitled “National Youth Business Convention (NYBC)”, the event was organized by the UP Business League in celebration of UP Business Education’s Centennial Year. The NYBC is accredited by the Department of Education (DepED) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Her Excellency Vice President Leni Robredo was the guest of honor in NYBC’s kick-off activity. She was welcomed by the NYBC organizers and PTTC Deputy Executive Director Elizabeth Manuel. PTTC Executive Director Nestor Palabyab provided a quick tour/briefing about PTTC before VP Robredo’s keynote speech at the convention venue.

Aspiring entrepreneurs and students of business courses nationwide had a blast listening to VP Robredo’s welcome remarks that emphasized on the youth’s role in nation building as she firmly believes that they can offer genuine services for fellow Filipinos

In her speech, VP Robredo stated, “Remember that you don’t have to be a public official to make a difference. The real efforts that matter are small, daily, collective acts of service. Start in your home, in your school, in your organization and professional networks. This individual transformation multiplies 100 million times, will allow our country to embrace its own collective transformation.”

Highlights of the 1st day convention were simultaneous inspirational talks of distinguished speakers on Management, Finance, Socio & Technology Entrepreneurship, and Branding: ABS-CBN’s News Anchor Karen Davila on Shaping the Nation Through Social Media and Corporate Recruitment Head Arlyn Fausto on What Makes a Great Leader; UBER’s Country Manager Laurence Cua on Leveraging Technology to Drive Productivity; Novelino Wines’ CEO/Founder Vicente Quimbo on Developing Untapped Markets; Rustan Supercenters’ CEO Irwin Lee on How to Grow Successful Global Business Leaders; Philippine Stock Exchange’s COO Roel Refran on Investing for Millennials; Globe Telecom, Inc.’s Independent Director Rex Mendoza on The Early Track to Wealth Creation; Val Balace on Valuation of Start-ups; Security Bank’s Sales & Marketing Head Martin Belgado on Effective Cash Management; Strategic Accounts’ Tom patron on Reaching Your Investment Goals Through Asset Management; Machine Ventures’ CEO Shahab Shabibi on Breathing Life into your Ideas; How to Start and Grow your Start-Up; Human Nature’s President Anna Meloto-Wilk on Business for a Cause: Transforming Society into Entrepreneurship; MedGrocer’s CEO/Founder Jerome Uy on Redefining the Drugstore Experience; Gawad Kalinga’s Founder Tony Meloto on Inclusive Growth: Building the Lower Class; Frontliners’ CEO/Founder Elaine Velez on Transforming Learning Through Technology; Tinqer’s Founder Edmond Gozo on Design Thinking for Better Experiences; Google’s Industry Manager Jolly Estaris on Crafting Award Winning Campaigns; Commune’s CEO Rosario Juan on Social Media Strategies; Ace Saatchi’s President Mio Chiongson on The Future of Advertising; and Procter & Gamble’s Marketing Head Lester Estrada on Consumer-Centric Brand Building.

The entire 4-day event held in different venues across the country was described as a “new, noble, and fresh business convention” with insightful activities where the youth were immersed to various entrepreneurial ventures such as a start-up trade fair, visits to top performing companies, and a case competition to test acquired skills and learnings beyond the typical classroom scenario.