Pinoypreneurs, mSME development workers urged to join Distinguished Entrepreneurship Forum at UP ISSI

Entrepreneurship advocates and crusaders, development specialist and service provider, faculty, student, government, and entrepreneurs are invited to  attend the First Distinguished Entrepreneurship Leadership Public Forum, featuring two accomplished women entrepreneurs, at the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries (UP ISSI) on Wednesday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m.

The Forum is organized by the UP Institute of Small Scale Industries (UP ISSI) and the Small Enterprise Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (SERDEF) on the occasion of its 2012 Annual General Membership Meeting.

The main speakers are Cynthia Villar and Myrna Bituin,who trailblazed the building of an enterprising Philippines with their Filipino brand of “SIPAG, HUSAY at TIYAGA. “

Mrs. Villar is the president of Villar Foundation , a non-stock, non-profit  organization  working to help the less-privileged Filipinos break away from the clutches of poverty . A true icon in the cause of Filipino entrepreneurs, she spearheads the incubation and growth  of social enterprises in Las Pinas City particularly  the informal settlers.  She is a former member of the House of Representatives and championed the cause of NGOs and other micro and small business development institutions . She has served as a member of the UP Board of Regents.

Mrs. Bituin owns Betis Crafts, the country’s largest and most successful furniture design and manufacturing firm.  She  is  a multi-awarded furniture entrepreneur, having won the Golden Shell, Women Helping Women, Most Outstanding Kapampangan in Business, 2009 National Outstanding OTOP and  Top 10 Outstanding Entrepreneurs awards.  .  She is  currently  a Trustee of the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PECI) and heads the Association of Furniture Exporters under PECI.

As opening speaker, UP President Alfredo Pascual  will articulate   his  vision of  transforming  the University of the Philippines as a Great Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century  with his One UP One University Flagship  Initiative .

(For inquiries and reservations, please contact Ms. Ludy Cubillas at Telefax . 920- 6923, 928-7076 to 79 or at

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