Jose Mari L. Yupangco of Yamaha at Asia Leaders Forum Davao


On March 30, 2017 from 10AM to 4PM, another Asia Leaders Forum in Real Estate will be launched in Davao this time with the collaboration between Yupangco Electronics Corporation (Distributor of Yamaha Sound and Audio Technology) headed by Jose Mari Laurel Yupangco, the grandson of our former President of the Philippines (Jose P. Laurel) and TAG Media and Public Relations headed by Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas (Entrepreneur, Broadcaster, Writer, Public Speaker).

Just last month, January 31, 2017 at Misono Japanese Restaurant in Makati, the first of its series for this year under Asia Leaders Forum has been launched with speakers that includes Dr. Elton Tan of E-Hotels, Robert Laurel Yupangco of Zoomanity Group, Engr. Ben Co of BSC Construction, Mario Berta of Flyspaces, Congressman Prospero “Butch” Pichay of Surigao Del Sur, Koo Kwan Kon of Global Morning City Development, Tanya Llana of Victoria Court, LiZan Kuzter of Impact Hub Manila among others. Attended also by representatives from SMDC, ProFriends, DMCI, DibZ and Megaworld.

The subject matter experts are trail blazers in their fields. Participation at Asia Leaders Forum will give you the competitive edge you need to beat the myriad of other real estate participants chasing deals. These experts will share with you their strategies and on how to utilize the power in you to promote the Philippines.

For this year of ASEAN 50th Anniversary and the chairmanship of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, all eyes are focus to the Philippines as the hosting country, it’s time to showcase the skills of the Filipinos and the Philippines products and services. Asia Leaders Forum is just one way to promote the backbone of any organizations and our world class infrastructures and talents.

The objective of the forum is to promote the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia and to share to participants the updates with regards to the real estate landscapes in the Philippines & beyond, technology & digital marketing and the government mandates and initiatives to improve the real estate sector in the country and the preparations we are doing for ASEAN 50 since foreign tourist and investors are coming in.

For more information, please contact or call 09166299381.

I Was Afraid of Reading “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”

“Jake I am inviting you to take a look at this opportunity because this will make us really rich.”

More than 10 years ago, I first encountered the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” from a schoolmate. It was when he was sharing to me a network marketing opportunity. I was really looking up to this guy (even until now). So when he invited me to check something with a promise that it will improve my plight, I eagerly accepted his invitation.

To be more honest…

I said yes to his invite because my daughter was barely a year then. I was a young father who was yet to finish his studies. And, I was earning nothing.

Let’s just say that where I was made me an open-minded person.

From what I can recall in one of our conversations while he was making his presentation, he left his regular day-job in Makati. This was after reading the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” of Robert Kiyosaki. That, however, was not something that I would like to hear at that time. Thus, I made a decision then to veer away from “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” (not from him).

In the years that have passed, I’ve encountered so many people who also left their regular 8-to-5 jobs. And guess what, it was because they got also touched by the words written by Kiyosaki. Also, I noticed that a lot of them ventured into businesses where a lot of them failed. So it reinforced my resolve to veer away from “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”.

This was really ironic because I am a book person. I read almost anything during my spare time. But my decision was really firm. No Kiyosaki books for me since then.

I suddenly got inflicted with a sort-of Kiyosaki “allergy”.

Thus, every time someone would mention his name, I would automatically close my mind. And even at home, Wanna attempted several times before to let me read “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”. It was a good read according to her. It will change my mindset, she said.

I tried flicking through the book. However, my bias against it was so strong that I always find excuses for me not to read it. I am fond of reading self-help books but I told myself that Kiyosaki books is not for me.

Reflecting on it now, I would say that it was never about Kiyosaki or his words that I was afraid of. But it was actually the realizations that I would get and my potential actions from reading his words that I was really wary about. I was not sure how I would react. And that was what scared me.

I told myself that I was doing fine where I was.


I was earning relatively higher compared to my peers. Regularly, I conduct seminars. Appointed and elected to reputable positions in several organizations. I teach part-time at leading universities. I was even a globe-trotter. Also, I couldn’t help comparing myself to those I know who have been doing network marketing for several years. I would tell myself that what some of them are getting from what they do is relatively lower from what I earn. Thus, my resolve to not read Kiyosaki.

But let me put it bluntly:

I was just really afraid to shake my comfort zone.

One thing though that I find weird is that every Christmas party, his books would find its way to my hands. I guess it was a message from the universe. So, against my bias, I finally read one of his books late this year — “Rich Dad’s Guide To Investing”.

I realized one thing. He teaches people on hard-wiring your brain about money and how this can positively enable your life. And many of the things he is teaching is somehow familiar to me — especially that I was raised by an entrepreneur who also loves to read self-help books. But what really excites me was the new knowledge I got from reading his book on investing.

I then became warm in finally reading “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”. I told myself to look for a copy.  And what a twist of fate, early this month, the President and CEO gave me that very book. I’ve been running away from it for more than 10 years and here it is beckoning me again to open up to what’s written inside.

The book I got from the CEO during our company Christmas Party

Seems like I could never run away from it.

Friends, a lot of us has our bias against certain ideas. And most of the time, we just simply shot the message (even the messenger) down just for us not to be bothered by it. We need to consider though that these are simply ideas and can only provide us with recommendations. At the end of the day, we are the ones who will control what happens in our lives.

Not the book!

Not your friends!

Not your partners (ex or not)!

You just have to open up to all possibilities and decide things for your self.

So now, I am opening myself to the possibilities and realizations that I could get from reading “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”.

I am positive that this will do me good.


PS: Here are some of Kiyosaki’s books. Click the images and get one for yourself.

Time To Re-connect (Reunion) – UP CBA Celebrates 100 Years of Business Excellence

“How do you see yourself 5/10 years from now?”

This is a typical question thrown to us during job interviews. And we usually indulge the interviewers with answers that approximate you becoming either the company CEO or running your own business. This is the usual mindset we take especially right after receiving our college diploma. But how really things are after those years?

Last December 4, the UP College of Business Administration (UP CBA) celebrated its 100 years. It was an event filled with laughter and opportunities to re-connect with old friends and meeting new ones. Also, seeing seasoned alumni reconnecting with their peers made me realized how lucky I was to attend this once in a lifetime celebration. Also, I had a blast exchanging updates-cum-rumors with my batch mates – not to mention the photos we took.

The sumptuous buffet and red wine gratified our palates more than what we could really manage. We were told that we can make unlimited visits to the buffet table. And, we were also advised that we could order as much red wine as we want – aside from the free bottle of red wine that we will be taking home with us. I just went to the buffet table though – believe it or not – once, but I almost emptied a whole bottle of red wine. I had to remind myself that I was driving home alone.


With Jason and Hazel

The raffle prizes given tickled the interest of the attendees from what anyone could easily observe from the eager faces. This baffled me as I don’t see a lot of them who could easily handle big motor bikes (the major raffle prizes). A lot, however, waited until the end just to know who gets to go home with the three major prizes, if not hoping to get their names called.

What made the whole thing quite more exciting was that there were some who left the venue before the major prizes were drawn (mostly those belonging to senior batches). It actually made a lot of attendees raised their hopes high that they’ll be the ones to take home the major prize – including me. Unfortunately it was not my lucky night for raffles. I knew though two people whose names were called for the major prizes but got forfeited because they left early.

Tsk… Tsk…

As a whole, it was a night that I would always remember. Kudos to the organizers.

Let me also share what my mind went through before I attended the event.

Firstly, I was not really keen on attending the celebration. I was afraid at the outset for anyone to even get a glimpse of my shadow. I thought, a decade after graduation, I have not accomplished enough milestones that I could ruffle under my feathers. The intimidating question – “Where I am now years after graduating from a famous UP degree program?” – hounded me. I actually contemplated on booking a mountain hike on that day just for me to justify missing the event – even if I was the appointed batch representative.

However, it dawned on me that I would never get the chance to witness another centennial celebration of the UP CBA if was to miss this reunion. So I closed my eyes, suppressed my insecurities and decided to register for the event (and showed up). This I did even if a voice inside of me was shouting that I don’t have much to banter.

It was different from what I was expecting.

None asked me about my financial status and possessions – the number of cars I have bought, the mansions I have acquired or the size of my portfolio. We all just re-connected and had fun talking about simple things. It felt like being in college again where we were just talking about petty school issues, our school load and the “annoying” teachers. =)


With Hazel and Former Senate President Manny Villar

It brought to mind what my mother would pepper us during meal times. Generally, normal people when they get together (unless you are not normal) would not be talking about your bank accounts, your mundane possessions or how brilliant they are. People would always aim to re-connect and talk about relationships because that in life really matters. And at the end of the day, when we are at our deathbed, same thing will happen.

This is my take-away for all of you.

We need to realize that there are a lot of things that are more important than money or what it can buy. Sometimes we focus too much on earning money or accumulating laurels instead. And tend to shy away from our friends because we felt we are not progressing as we hope we could. And in the process, it gradually breaks our relationship with the people around us – including that with our families.

Do not wait until all are too late. While you still can, find time to connect and re-connect – especially with those you care most. Where you want to be will be more gratifying if you are not alone when you reach it.

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Batch 2004 Represented

Happiness is a Choice… An Influencer… Andrew Matthews Shared

“I don’t know what makes people happy. But I’m always happy because if there is a problem, I always just think that there is always a solution. I don’t like negative thoughts.”

It always made me wonder why Yuni (my 12-year old daughter) seems to be always happy. She has a jolly disposition. She would always greet people as if everything is always fine. So one night, I asked  her what she thought about the reason that makes people happy. She gave me that answer.

And, I thought that it makes sense.

At the recent National Achievers Congress Philippines (NACPH) 2016, “The Pursuit of Wealth and Happyness”, her answer came to mind while listening to Andrew Matthews (a Masterful Illustrator, International Speaker and a Bestselling Author). According to Matthews, at 25 years old, he realized that the happiest people he knew have more problems than he did. Which did not make sense to him then. He then discovered that being happy, however, was a decision they made. It was never an accident.

It is a choice — a daily decision.


Everyday, there is that huge chance that we will hit a fork in the road. And this provides uncertainty that could lead to unwanted situations — traffic violation tickets, hitting low in the stock market or getting the pink slip. Matthews said, nonetheless, that there are people who always choose to look at things positively.

He said our happiness is anchored on how we react to dire situations. And should bear in mind that people around us don’t expect us to be perfect. Instead, people expect us to be real. He said that we could be the only one holding ourselves from being happy. He then used the example of people when answering phones that even if they are so angry, they can suddenly shift to a jolly tone. An evidence that we can control our emotions, and likewise our happiness — he emphasized.

Matthews, then, shared to the audience happiness as an “influencer” to how we do things. He asked the audience who wants to be happy, and why is it important to them. According to him, based on research on happy people, happiness can improve our productivity and efficiency. He said:

…Happy managers solve problems 20% faster.

…Happy surgeons makes 20% less mistakes.

…Happy companies spend less re-training personnel.

Friends, there were so many things I got from listening to Matthews that what I am sharing here pale in comparison to all his insights at NACPH 2016. That is why I am encouraging all of you to attend the next run of the event. But one thing that I would like all of you to always remember (as what I gathered from him) was the debunking of this myth.

Myth: When you are successful, you are happy.

Truth: When you are happy, you become successful.

Remember, happy and successful people know that life is one challenge after another, and always that way. So they choose to be happy.

That is why happiness is your choice.


Note: NATIONAL ACHIEVERS CONGRESS PHILIPPINES (NACPH) 2016, “The Pursuit of Wealth and Happyness” with Mr. Chris Gardner as Keynote Speaker was held at SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia. The event was brought to us by Laurus Enterprises (LAURUS) and Success Resources Pte. Ltd. (SRPL) with Light Network Channel 33 as the official media partner.


PS1: And for our overworked managers, try this program.
The Overworked Manager’s Rescue Package

I’m sure it can help you see happiness in what you do at work or in your businesses.

PS2: Try the following Andrew Matthews’ books. You have to get all of these! So go ahead and click the link(s) to the book(s) of your choice.