Girls, i-Google niyo na!-A A +A
By Betsy Gazo
Monday, September 16, 2013
THIRTY-TWO women eager to learn and improve themselves participated in the Negrense Women Summit organized by GBG Bacolod and GDG Bacolod.
Google Business Group Bacolod Community manager Maricar Dabao, with Google Developer Group Community Manager Anne Olvido, tapped fellow volunteers from the Google Student Ambassador Franz Sarmiento, Benj Tupas, Kate Orcena and Shad Roi de la Cruz to assist at the event.
Emily Go-Villanueva, the keynote speaker, started the day with narrating her experiences as a wife and mother in the world of business. Her main point throughout her talk was how God takes a major role in her life.
Many would really agree that our faith determines how we face life and its vicissitudes. Things may not necessarily be easier but life becomes purpose-driven when God is in it.
This was followed by Taking Care of Your Physical Well-being was expertly tackled by Dr. Filipinas Ganchoon, MD, CCD, FPARM, DPBRM. Included in her discussion were practical tips to guard our physical health and maintain a positive mental disposition.
A practicing lawyer since 1997 is Atty. Pearl Montesino, who handled Legal Matters in Family and Business. Atty. Montesino is also a professorial lecturer at the College of Business and Accountancy and the College of Law at the University of St. La Salle.
The highlight of the event was, of course, how technology can improve one’s business!
Google Business Groups presented the contemporarily significant Online Education by Anne Olvido, and How to Promote your Business On the Web by Yen de Felipe.
Anne Olvido, product development manager at Globe Telecom, is the community leader of the Google Developer Group in Bacolod. She presented on the possibility of learning skills online free-of-charge.
From language courses to complicated techie matters, recorded lessons of actual professors from the world’s leading universities, he can impart to you instructions right at the comfort of your desk.
Growing your business is what the ladies were there for. So for the final topic, GBG Iloilo Community Manager Yen de Felipe gave us “How to Promote your Business On the Web.”
Ms. de Felipe knows what she is talking about of course, being co-owner and founder of Mavericks Web Marketing and Solutions Co. She is also an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) specialist and so she gave us precious tips on which social network gives better results, how to place ads on websites, and why paying for certain services is worth the money.
The event was also supported by Munsterrific, the Grand Royal Spa, Pioneer Insurance, Jojo Vito Gallery and Tumandok Crafts.
This event was one of the five in South East Asia that was carefully selected and supported by Google.
Google supported this event in line with its goals of supporting diversity in businesses and pushing for more women entrepreneurs to understand how internet technologies make a difference in growing their markets and increase cost savings.
Google Business Groups (GBGs) are independent community-led groups formed by passionate individuals. All events are free and open to business professionals who are interested to learn and become more successful in using the internet for their business.
Next month, the community will be organizing Bacolod’s gDayX, a conference with the mission of building an ecosystem of top developers, businesses/decision makers and students in some of the most exciting emerging countries.
To know more about the community, visit gbgbacolod.blogspot.com.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 16, 2013.