In my earlier blog post, I talked about my happy surprises from the 4th OFW and Family Summit at the World Trade Center in Pasay last 4 December 2014. One of these was the knowledge that such event was not even government initiated. Unlike the usual tiangge events often held at that venue, entrance this time was free. In my books, this didn’t sound to be a mainly-for-profit event at all.
And the icing on top of the cake is that the raffle’s grand prize was not shabby at all, given that they were giving away a house and lot.
The fact that a non-profit foundation was willing to give away free shelter for a lucky Filipino just the same gave me a fuzzy feeling. I just wish there would be more foundations as legit as this one.
When Foundations Do their Mandate Right
I did not know much about the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance or Villar Sipag (except that it is a project of Congresswoman Cynthia Villar) until I visited the Villar Foundation’s website. The site easily gives one a good idea of the extent of the foundation’s mission. In the homepage alone, there is a description of what the foundation is all about (definitely not one of those bogus foundations currently in the news). I call this an “intelligent site” if only for the fact that its purposes for OFWs and Filipinos, in general, mirror the development goals of the government. I am impressed by now.
I do not personally know the congresswoman herself (and she definitely does not know me!) but I take my hats off for the scope of work and the visible actions the foundation initiated. The 4th OFW Summit is one proof of these projects.
Right in the middle of the venue’s booth area is GoNegosyo’s Mentoring Booth, where two volunteer-businessmen at a time were stationed to answer questions from anyone at the site. Called angelpreneurs, these volunteers specialized in areas ranging from agribusiness and farming, business startup, franchising, marketing, and tax management.
While waiting for my turn to be mentored, I eavesdropped on the conversation between a summit attendee and Mentor Jorge Wieneke, a marketing consultant and business developer, on the pros and cons of a franchise business, and why location is key to its success. All said, I didn’t mind the long wait for my turn at all.
Next to the house-and-lot prize, I would say that this free mentoring opportunity would be the best freebee of the event. After all, one seldom gets the chance to ask seasoned businessmen practically anything about business ownership.
It is however a pity that from among the attendees, only a few took advantage of the presence of the mentors. I am not really sure if this is indicative of our non-appreciation for mentoring—whether as mentee or mentor—or that the booth was simply too inconspicuous to get everyone’s attention. (Next: Pera, Kita and Yaman [Money, Earning and Wealth]).
NOTE: The Toffie Fan is not affiliated with nor commissioned or paid by the event’s sponsors to write this post. Opinions in this post are of the author only.