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KSearch Consultants gain insights on entrepreneurship from the young master, Jaime Enrique Yuchengco Gonzales

“Success is temporary! Once you feel and think that it is permanent, that signals your imminent slide downward,” said Enrique matter-of-factly as he promptly jolted our interest during our Knowledge Enrichment Program (KEP) session. “But, mind you,” he added, “failure is a necessary antecedent to success, which I will explain a bit more as we tackle this interesting topic of entrepreneurship.”


We were privileged to have with us on April 13 Mr. Enrique Gonzales, a widely known Filipino entrepreneur and game-changer who made his mark early even as he was in United States still in his early 20’s, a passion he carried through quickly in the Philippine setting with breakthrough-type of ventures he introduced. 


Enrique holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College, attended the program for Masters in Entrepreneurship at the Asian Institute of Management, and completed Business courses from Sophia University in Tokyo .  These academic backgrounds notwithstanding, he gives the impression that the entrepreneur in him seemed inborn. “I simply want to create change; can’t stand the status quo and will never be good in a 9 to 5 environment,” he admitted – a propensity he said he had very early in life.


Enrique dabbled in investment banking to learn its mechanics and probably, its mystery, especially about its more glamorous aspect of fund-raising.  This gave him a kind of framework and impetus to pursue his pace-setting ventures in the technology space. He was only 27 when his company, IPVG, was listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange.  Since then, Enrique has listed two more companies in the PSE, IP Converge Data Center, which is the information and telecommunications subsidiary of IPVG, and IP E-Games, the online gaming unit of IPVG that bought ePLDT’s 75 percent stake in Digital Paradise which operates Netopia, Philippines’ largest and fastest growing internet café chain. He holds the exclusive franchise for the Highlands Coffee. And most recently, he played a major role in bringing in the NBA Store to the Philippines.


For Enrique, there are three necessary factors to succeed in a business venture: a strong leader, a clear vision, and a strong team to execute the vision. 


To be a leader, one has to be trustworthy and decisive to lead others. The people who would work for him needs to feel secure that there is a clear company goal or direction that they would take on as a team. A strong leader also has to be confident and enthusiastic about work and life, in general. A confident leader would inspire its people to be the best that they can be, to do their best and not be a mediocre.


And of course, this leader must have the heart and passion towards everyone’s success.  In case of adversity, this leader shall remain focused and calm to confront or veer away from the oncoming torrents that would threaten its steady course.  His priority is that every person in his team succeeds equally with the business.  He then shared his biggest regret when he had to sell off one of his earlier tech ventures and had to let go of what he considers the strongest team he ever had.


A clear vision is a must; just as building a strong team to execute the strategies with which to pursue the vision.


Enrique cautioned that succeeding with a new business venture masks many hidden traps and obstacles. It takes time, hard work, patience, capital and sticking to your goals. He himself struggled and failed many times, thus pointing out that failures have been a good teacher. It’s only after failing does one earn the right to be successful, he stressed in no uncertain terms. 


So inspired by Enrique’s no-holds-barred narratives, speaking from the heart based on his personal experiences, we couldn’t seem to wait our turn to ask him our burning questions.  It was easily one of our best KEP sessions, thanks to Enrique who so willingly shared his many gems of wisdom, all practical as they are all philosophical as well – probably a kind of mindset only a few are endowed with but which is within reach by the many who would so strive for it.            


Our best take-away from the session is clearly that we must earn the right to be successful.


Reported by:

Jennefer B. Cases

Search Consultant and KEP Coordinator

KSearch with Lyceum’s CIR Hold 9th Annual English Language Oratorical Contest

“The candidate that deserves our votes come May this year must, above all, not be corrupt, has the guts to craft an independent foreign policy, can expand the country’s economy, and in every way loyal to the people and country”, so advocated Jhasmine Anne A. Calo, a senior student at the College of International Relations (CIR) of the Lyceum of the Philippines University.  Jhasmine won the championship round among 15 finalists during the 9th Annual English Language Oratorical Contest held this year on 25th January. She added: “Our right candidate must have specific, measurable, realistic and time-bound action strategies,” reflecting conceivably the general sentiments of the youth of today who are first time voters and who would like to be the “change” their parents have -- hopelessly it must have seemed to them -- long aspired for. 


Initially conceived nine years ago by good friends CIR Dean Reynaldo Arcilla and KSearch President, Manny Guillermo, as a vehicle to call awareness to the need for the Philippine youth to be proficient in the English language so as to gain an edge in their ensuing career pursuits, this Annual English Oratorical Contest has since also allowed for the more articulate among the CIR students to use the forum to voice out each time their well-meant aspirations for a change in the country’s status quo.  The project has obviously gained much traction among the Lyceum’s CIR students such that this year it attracted nearly  100 participants which were pruned down to 15 finalists. Without exception, all did justice to the topic which centered on the 2016 National Elections and with each one in his or her own style provoked a rigid self-examination of values by every voter to choose for the “right” candidate.  


Ms. Karmeli U. Kintanar, KSearch Vice President, gave the overture at the event with pointers on the practical values of being English-proficient, drawn from her experiences in selecting the desired talents in the world of business.   Mr. Manny Guillermo headed, as usual, the panel of judges which this time around included Chairperson for Diplomacy Ambassador Fred Almendrala, Faculty members Ambassador Alladin Villacorte and Mr. Glenn Sartillo, and Registrar Ms. Jennifer Tucpi. Dean Arcilla announced the eight top winners and awarded their trophies, accompanied by Mr. Guillermo who handed out the corresponding cash prizes. KSearch Consultant Ms. Jennifer Cases was KSearch’s liaison with the Lyceum’s CIR in staging the event.


Reported by:

Jennefer Cases

KSearch Consultant/Coordinator

The Big One: Disaster Preparedness Seminar

Our country sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic activities occur. Combined with the looming idea of “The Big One” (or the mega quake caused by the West Valley Fault), Ksearch invited a resource person to help the employees be aware of and prepare for “The Big One”. 


On July 29, Dr. Ted Esguerra graced us with his presence to discuss about Disaster and Emergency Preparedness. Doc Ted is the Expedition & Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Physician of the Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition Team and the Voyage of the Balangay. He used to be part of the Philippine Coast Guard’s Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART). He is also the Subject Matter Expert for various shows including DZMM and ABS-CBN’s RED ALERT and is trained on Urban and Wilderness Rescue, Aviation Medicine, Expedition Medicine for Tropical and Alpine Mountain Operations, Tactical Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and high altitude medicine.


Doc Ted brushed on some man-made disasters but focused mostly on earthquakes, a natural disaster. An earthquake generated by the West Valley Fault could cause catastrophic deaths, injuries, and leave millions of people homeless. It is very important for us to prepare so we can reduce the possible risks (death, injury, etc.), and be self-sufficient while waiting for help to arrive, and make recovery faster and easier.


Before the disaster, we must prepare and plan. It is better to learn Basic Life Support & First Aid and survival skills/mountaineering basics. We must also have an emergency plan and a list of important emergency service numbers. One of the things that we must check is the sturdiness of our house/building. Those buildings that were constructed starting 1990 can withstand earthquakes better than those that were constructed earlier.


Aside from that, Doc Ted emphasized the importance of a “go bag” that contains food, water, clothes, medicine, first aid kit, and other necessities. The contents of the go bag are the things necessary for our lifeline until help arrives or until we reach our homes. 


During the earthquake, we must assume the Drop-Cover-Hold position under a sturdy table and stay away from windows. It is important to not panic and stay alert for falling debris. After the earthquake, we have to reassess our surroundings, check if our current location is still safe or if we need to move. If we are inside a building, we must move to an open area. If we are going to move and there is falling debris, we can use our go bag as a turtle shell or quick cover if we can’t avoid or duck. Those inside their vehicles are advised to stop in an open area away from power lines or anything that can fall.


The West Valley Fault moves roughly every 400 years. The last major earthquake caused by this fault was in 1658, almost 400 years ago. We are due for another major earthquake and it is not a matter of “if”. It’s a matter of “when”. Let us prepare as early as we can.


Nevertheless, aside from all the important points mentioned and shared with us by Doc Ted. It boils down to the kind of mindset one individual have. This is not an overnight change. It should be a routine that one should practice, one should embrace. At the end of the day, survival of one individual lays on the amount of preparation he or she has made. Cliché as it may seem, but, it is you and only you that could dictate your life’s direction.



Reported by:


Patricia Cruz


Research Associate


KSearch Consultants Learns from Chef Carlo

            Recently, consultants of KSearch had the good fortune of being tutored by one of the sought after executive chefs in Manila, Chef Carlo Santiago of the Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros. Despite his tight schedule, Chef Carlo gladly shared with us the different methods of cooking and how we can use them in our daily practical lives.


Chef Carlo quickly established the three key guidelines he wanted us to keep in mind. These objectives should guide us whether we aspire to produce the fanciest lamb chop we love or the “Adobo” dish that has always been part of our dining experience.


First guideline was that “We should understand and accept the different cooking methods. These are universal and non-negotiable. Efficiency in cooking should also be on top of our minds.”This only means that even the best Chefs in the world does no longer question such cooking methods as Braising, Simmering, Poaching among others.


Second guideline was “Always plan ahead before buying the ingredients so that time and money would not be wasted.” Chef Carlo reiterated that cooking should be fun. It should not be something that would stress us out. It should be an activity that is enjoyed and not rushed. It should be an activity that would bring out the creative side in us.


And the third was for us to “Use the effective and most appropriate cooking method to produce the intended result.” Cooking is thinking. You just don’t cook just to cook. You cook a dish because you have a purpose in mind.  It could be for experimental purposes or to impress your significant other. When you have this goal in mind, you would strive to do your best to make the best dish that you can.


One of the things that I realized from Chef Carlo’s talk is that cooking is science, as in Chemistry. The different cooking methods cause a series of chemical reactions that would change the molecular structure of food. Each cooking method will have a different end result. That is why we can actually use a number of cooking methods for one dish.


Another interesting point he mentioned was about the two categories of cooking. These are the Dry and Moist Heat Cooking. 


'Moist heat cooking' is cooking done to the food product using water or water-based liquids such as stock and sauces, or by steam. Well-known cooking methods under this category is boiling, simmering, poaching, blanching and steaming. On the other hand, 'Dry heat cooking' is done either by hot air, hot metal, radiation, or hot fat. There are two methods used in this: cooking with fat and without fat.


Cooking without fat involves grilling, broiling, roasting and baking. Our beloved burgers, fried chicken, french fries are cooked with fat. It could be done through griddling, sautéing, pan frying, deep frying, stir frying and using the microwave.


Aside from that, he also gave us tips on how to cook some known Filipino dishes. For  Caldereta, first marinate the beef belly in soy sauce, calamansi, garlic, bayleaf and peppercorn. The longer the meat is marinated, the more flavorful it will be. Then, simmer the beef in water with vinegar to tenderize it. While it simmers, make the sauce by cooking tomato sauce, liver spread, peanut butter, soy sauce and olives. Braise the beef in the sauce afterwards and for final touches, sauté garlic and chili and add it to the dish. Voila! You have your delicious Caldereta.


Overall, it was a session loaded with new information. It was not just about cooking but it was also about one’s lifestyle. One important lesson that we’ve learned is that, we can come up with a number of dishes but the most important factor is the judgment of the cook.  As quoted, “A cook’s judgment is based on his understanding of the raw material and knowledge of basic cooking principles”.


Reported by:

Karla Dawn Fuentes

Recruitment Consultant

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