Bringing the Presidential Grandsons to Laguna

September 28, 2022– Los Baños, Laguna, the attendees of the much awaited Health, Sustainability and Good Food Forum learned and enjoyed the presentations of two high profile speakers, the grandsons of the Philippines former presidents; Jose P. Laurel and Ramon Magsaysay. The first in Laguna.

The event is a brainchild of two entrepreneurs and both part of Los Baños Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Merle Balicao of Mernel’s and Grace Bondad Nicolas of Tag Media Group.

Two of the suppliers of Mernel’s; San Miguel Mills and Puratos has representatives as speakers to share the best practices of the companies and 3 are entrepreneurs like Joey Garcia of Rairaiken Group of Companies and includes two of the grandsons of the former Philippine presidents; Paco Magsaysay and Robert Laurel Yupangco.

The ultra successful and nation builders; Paco Magsaysay of Carmen’s Best Ice Cream and Robert Laurel Yupangco of Yupangco Group of Companies for the first time attended and shared the same stage as speakers to different chamber of commerce members, business owners and non government organizations.

Robert, Paco and Joey shared the history of their companies, on how they started and also how they bounced back.

Grace Bondad Nicolas, the moderator, only asked two questions; How they all bounced back and their best practices.

Merle Balicao who did the closing remarks was also joined by her husband, Nelson Balicao and daughter Carmela.

Tag Media Group co founder Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas who moderated the panel discussion in collaboaration with Los Baños Chamber of Commerce and Industry headed by Rommel Caranto who did the welcome address. The Master of Ceremony was Ronald Calibo, Marketing of Mernels and part of Los Baños Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s all about collaboration and innovation.” – Joey Garcia

“It’s about authenticity.”- Paco Magsaysay

“Only Filipinos can love Filipinos.”- Robert Laurel Yupangco

Paco and Robert are both serial entrepreneurs and ultra successful on what they are doing. Recently, Carmen’s Best Ice Cream was acquired by the MVP Group of Companies and now owns 51% of the company, that makes them as the majority owners.

Robert owns 38 businesses that includes 5 Themed Parks, restaurants, real estates and financial institutions.

“This is the first in Los Baños and maybe in Laguna, bringing these two grandsons of the presidents and highly successful entrepreneurs like Paco and Robert is a pleasure. They shared valuable insights and strategies on how to be a successful entrepreneurs. I’m grateful also to them for the trust. Also grateful to Mernel’s for this collaboration.”- Grace Bondad Nicolas

Objective of the event is to highlight the food sustainability, challenges and success of these leaders to be emulated. Also to get more information about the speakers strategies for a successful business.


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