Global Filipino entrepreneurs showcased in PH Time Is Now-Orlando

ORLANDO, Florida – After successful legs in New York and Toronto, ‘PH Time Is Now: A Mentoring and Brainstorming Event’ once again gathered global Filipinos for a day of immersive learning last Dec. 1, 2018 at the ecoSPEARS headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

While PH Time Is Now continues to be a platform for Filipinos to meet, engage, and collaborate with changemakers, innovators, and leaders, the Orlando Chapter honed in on the ins and outs of the often-bumpy entrepreneurial path.

“We had a lot of incredible trailblazers during the inaugural event in New York. But one of the highlights was definitely the Reginald F. Lewis Entrepreneurship Panel,” said event organizer Carissa Villacorta. “It resonated with a lot of the audience members because it tackled both the emotional and practical aspects of starting and sustaining a business.” 

“Also, when you think about it, Filipinos are naturally inclined to turn to entrepreneurship given the current landscape because they’re creative, irrepressible, and resourceful,” she added.

PH Time Is Now-Orlando featured panels tackling the following subject matters under the theme: “Global Filipino Entrepreneurs: Connect. Build. Grow.”

• “INVESTING IN THE FILIPINO” WITH TERRY BERLAND. As one of the first people to support ecoSPEARS, a Filipino-led clean-tech company based in Orlando, Berland talked about why it matters to invest in the Filipino community.

• STARTUP 101: FROM NOWHERE TO A PLACE ON THE MAP. With businesses established just three years ago, this panel of entrepreneurs shared real tips and concrete steps based on what worked and did not for them.

1. Miguel Carreon, Founder and CEO of HollowRock Gear
2. Charlene Dipaola, Founder and CEO of
• DISRUPT YOURSELF: FACE THE FUTURE WITH TECHNOLOGY E-COMMERCE. A discussion on how to utilize advancements made in things like payment platforms and social media in order to provide the modern customer with better products and better services. It featured experts in their fields. 

1. Rechelle Balanzat, Founder and CEO of Juliette
2. Raymond Eugenio, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Pushstory
3. Erwin Felicilda, Head of Growth at Partender
• ASIAN TIME IS NOW: FROM THE FAMILY TABLE TO THE WORLD. A panel of restaurateurs spoke about how culture, identity, and representation play into what they put on their plates, and what food they serve to other people. 

1. AC Boral, Owner and Executive Chef at Rice Shine
2. Lordfer Lalicon, Co-Owner of Kadence
3. Johnny Tung, Co-Owner of Bento
4. David Yu, Head of Operations Growth at The Bento Group, LLC

• “IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE” WITH SERG ALBINO. With a background in aerospace and thermal engineering, Albino made the transition from professional to entrepreneur when he co-founded ecoSPEARS. He enumerated the different turning points of his career in relation to this change.

• “ALL IN” WITH IAN DOROMAL. Pretty much everything in life is a gamble and getting into entrepreneurship is definitely that. Doromal talked about his journey into entrepreneurship – the many ups and downs, as well as the risks and rewards along the way.

• GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS: THE ART SCIENCE BEHIND DEAL-MAKING. Negotiation is a skill essential to many, if not all, aspects of doing business. The following professionals spoke about the many ways people can hone their skills and become better business people.

1. Licelle Cobrador, Founding Attorney at Cobrador Associates, PLLC
2. Mollie Q. Coleman, Founder and CEO at High Caliber Events
3. Gil Flores, Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Co.
4. Joy Murao, Founder and CEO at Practice Aligned Resources, LLC
“PH Time Is Now: A Mentoring and Brainstorming Event” is organized by ReachUs, LLC, and powered by ecoSPEARS, the Global Filipino Watch and For more information, visit  and follow @phtimeisnow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This piece has been contributed as part of a partnership between PHTimeIsNow and ABS-CBN News’ program ‘My Puhunan.’ 

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